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Advanced Technologies and Tools for Providing Cultural Material Online with a Focus on Improving the User Experience

Abstract

The use of the Internet as a means to manage and promote cultural heritage material is a sector with already significant achievements and increasing activity internationally; however many of its aspects and potential are not fully understood and are still under investigation. Recent developments in terms of technology and user requirements call for approaches that are not limited to the digitization of cultural content and basic web presentation facilities. Further requirements include detailed documentation, application of advanced models for the representation of relevant information (metadata) and the presentation of digital material in more usable and resulting benefits are the reuse through third party applications and the drastic improvement of the user experience; both points may prove crucial for the utilisation of cultural content in more sophisticated and efficient ways and for attracting the interest of the wider public. The presentation focuses on some of the technical and non-technical challenges towards the achievement of these goals.

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