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within a wider landscape of ambient intelligence
infrastructures. And a major, medium- to longer-term
challenge for the heritage institutions and networks
is to connect strongly with this vision and make
it work for them and their customers. Ever more
massive distributed and embedded computing and
communications, smart devices, novel interfaces, posi-
tioning and context-awareness technologies, etc. will
be provided by the ICT industries. However, when
it comes to prototyping novel cultural experiences
in ambient intelligence environments, new forms of
collaboration and true interdisciplinary efforts will be
needed. Therefore, cultural hotspots such as histor-
ic city centres, museums, science centres or heritage
sites should be strongly involved.
There is a clear need to involve, in a more qualita-
tive and effective way, experts from the cultural, artis-
tic and scientific heritage organisations (e.g. curators,
archivists, librarians, educational programme manag-
ers) as well as Arts & Humanities scholars and stu-
dents. Too often purely technology-driven projects,
proof of concept with little cultural heritage basis and
other shortcomings, have hampered the creation and
dissemination of RTD results that would need to find
their way into the heritage sector.
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