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44 DigiCULT
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HEME
3: N
ATURAL
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NJOYABLE
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NTERACTION
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n the information given on the DigiCULT
online consultation platform this theme was stat-
ed to concentrate on natural, enjoyable ways of
interacting with digital heritage environments, and
on making use of rich heritage resources. Targeting a
variety of user and consumer situations, such as edu-
cation and lifelong learning, entertainment and tour-
ism, this would include:
applications for personalised and dynamic access
to large repositories of intelligent digital heritage
resources, including collaborative and community
activities;
new ways of navigation and use of heritage
resources, e.g. visually driven interfaces, dynamically
generated thematic maps, chronologies and narra-
tive elements, and trails through large collections; and
multimodal and natural language interaction with
augmented and virtual reality environments (e.g.
rich and dynamic 3D structures, simulations and
game-like action spaces).
It was also noted that concepts and tools for creat-
ing animated 3D, augmented and virtual reality are
addressed under the theme "create/re-create" [3D/
VR/AR].
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XPERTS
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VIEWS
G
avan McCarthy (Director, Australian Science
and Technology Heritage Centre, University of
Melbourne) stated that `this area is ripe for picking
from our perspective. We have been developing data
sets with systematically managed multiple parameters
over the last twenty years that are ready for advanced
visualisation.' However, he also saw considerable lim-
itations for actually creating and maintaining new
applications for cultural experiences based on such
data sets, `especially the legacy issues and the need for
transportability through time'. Furthermore, McCa-
rthy considered as key issues `that funding is made
available for product-based projects in the humanities
but not research projects looking at cultural infor-
matics. Significant work has been done in this area
around the world but it has tended to become com-
plex and inward looking and create a jargonistic lan-
guage that inhibits broader understanding.'
Martin Doerr (ICS/FORTH, Greece) stated that
`applications for personalised and dynamic access
to large repositories of intelligent digital heritage
resources will become real only after semantic inter-
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