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Cultural Heritage Communities

Technologies and Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Luigina Ciolfi, Areti Damala, Eva Hornecker, Monika Lechner, Laura Maye


206 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Cultural heritage communities of interest have increasingly expanded from cultural heritage professionals to volunteers, special interest groups and independent citizen-led initiative groups. Digital technology has also increasingly impacted cultural heritage by affording novel experiences of it – it features in a number of activities for all the aforementioned groups, as well as acting as support for visitors to cultural heritage centres.

With different degrees of formality and training, these communities are increasingly defining and taking ownership of what is of value to them, thus reconfiguring the care, communication, interpretation and validation of heritage. Digital technology has played a crucial role in this transformative process.

In a fully international context, cultural heritage practitioners, community champions and academics from different fields of study have contributed to this book. Each chapter brings to the fore the multiple relationships between heritage, communities and technologies as a focus of study and reflection in an inclusive way. Contributions touch upon present and future opportunities for technology, as well as participatory design processes with different stakeholders.

This book brings together ideas from different disciplines, cultures, methods and goals, to inspire scholars and practitioners involved in community heritage projects.

Table of Contents


Luigina Ciolfi, Areti Damala, Eva Hornecker, Monika Lechner and Laura Maye

  1. Archaeological Remote Sensing: Some Community Engagement
  2. in Ireland

    Kevin Barton and Daniel Curley

  3. Online Maker Communities: Craft and New Spaces of Engagement
  4. with Cultural Heritage

    Amalia Sabiescu, Martin Woolley, Catherine Cummings, Janine Prins, and Neil Forbes

  5. The Limerick Dance Halls Project: The Charm of Discreet Technology
  6. Gabriela Avram

  7. Towards User Engagement Models for Citizen Science:
  8. Initiatives in the Digital Cultural Heritage Domain

    Edel Jennings, Milena Dobreva, and Anna Devreni-Koutsouki

  9. Challenges in Designing Cultural Heritage Crowdsourcing:
  10. Tools with Indigenous Communities

    Colin Stanley, Daniel G. Cabrero, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, and Edwin Blake

  11. How to get small museums involved in digital innovation: A
  12. design-inclusive research approach

    Arnold P.O.S. Vermeeren and Licia Calvi

  13. Emotional Connections with the Past: Exploring Engagement with
  14. Historical Images from an Online Museum Collection

    Tom Wrigglesworth and Leon Watts

  15. Artcasting, Mobilities, and Inventiveness: Engaging with New
  16. Approaches to Arts Evaluation

    Jen Ross, Claire Sowton, Jeremy Knox, and Chris Speed

  17. Challenging Political Agendas through Indigenous Media:
  18. Hawai'i and the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Heritage

    through the Use of Social Media

    Susan Shay

  19. War at your Doorstep: Supporting Communities Discovering their

Local History via Interactive Technology

Anna Pisetti, Elena Not and Daniela Petrelli

About the Editors

Luigina Ciolfi is Professor of Human-Centred Computing at The Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI), Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Areti Damala is an Adjunct Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Augmented Heritage at the Université Paris 8, Vincennes - Saint-Denis, France, and a Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, UK.

Eva Hornecker is a Professor of Human–Computer Interaction in the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany.

Monika Lechner is an advisor on Digital Heritage for foundations such as Dutch Digital Heritage and (currently) Erfgoed Brabant, the Netherlands.

Laura Maye is a Postdoctoral Researcher based in the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.

About the Series

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities

Digital technologies are increasingly important to arts and humanities research, expanding the horizons of research methods in all aspects of data capture, investigation, analysis, modelling, presentation and dissemination. This series, one of the first and most highly regarded in the field, covers a wide range of disciplines and provides an authoritative reflection of the 'state of the art' in the application of computing and technology. The titles in this peer-reviewed series are critical reading not just for experts in digital humanities and technology issues, but for all scholars working in arts and humanities who need to understand the issues around digital research.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General