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DHRLab’s roundtables at CAA 2021

June 14, 2021 June 18, 2021 EEST

The annual conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology – CAA 2021 “Digital Crossroads”, is going to be virtual, due to the continuing challenges posed by the global Covid pandemic. This year, the DHRLab is going to propose 2 roundtables:

We still accept submission for session 35; the deadline has been extended to March 12th.

Submissions should be performed throughout the CAA’s portal: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/CAA2021

Below the Full call text and the Frequently Asked Questions.

Session 35 – Getting to know the users. Promoting User-Centred Design in Digital Cultural Heritage (Mnemosyne roundtable)

Francesco Ripanti, Cyprus University of Technology
Harriet Cliffen, Cyprus University of Technology
Nenad Joncic, Cyprus University of Technology
Marina Toumpouri, Cyprus University of Technology
Giulia Osti, Cyprus University of Technology
Douglas Pritchard, Cyprus University of Technology
Eleanna Avouri, Cyprus University of Technology
Kyriakos Efstathiou, Cyprus University of Technology

Marinos Ioannides, Cyprus University of Technology

The contemporary fast-paced evolution of tools and technologies that can be applied to facilitate Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH), from storytelling within museum exhibitions to e-archives, has enabled brand new scenarios in terms of human-machine interaction. The diversification of mobile devices and the ease of access to digital resources can now allow Cultural Heritage (CH) stakeholders – or better prosumers – to customise their interactions with the past and the present, even in real time. As the group of CH stakeholders is growing larger and more diverese, the conventional categorisations that included mostly traditional CH professionals are out-of-date and too limited: therefore, current and potential end users of DCH remain largely unidentified.

The development of methodologies and tools in order to address and understand their needs, motivations, degree of CH knowledge and technical expertise, has emerged as a critically important step in efforts towards the creation and implementation of guidelines on User Centred Design (UCD) for DCH. Therefore, this pioneering roundtable offers the opportunity to experts and/or practitioners from any field of DCH, to exchange and provide insights from the perspective of their sector about UCD. The participants can contribute as DCH users, as well as representatives of their institutions, which make CH digital assets available for use and re-use. Existing personalisation practices and tools will be discussed, along with specific methodological gaps in the area and proposals that will enrich current knowledge concerning use and reuse of DCH assets. The roundtable also considers the impact of the current pandemic on the needs of the users, and on how DCH is accessed, preserved and shared.

This session is organised by the European Research Area (ERA) Chair Mnemosyne on Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH), a research programme centred on the holistic documentation of the DCH lifecycle in support of existing and potential user needs. Contributions are not limited to researchers related to the project but are open for the wider DCH community. Participants are called to submit position papers that must not exceed 8 pages in total (references included), based on which they will be required to prepare a presentation with the duration of 10 or 15 minutes. We believe that a multidisciplinary approach is necessary in order to tackle UCD in DCH; contributions from any sector addressing global and post-pandemic UCD challenges are welcome, especially those covering topics such as:

  • Personas, stakeholder analysis and other approaches to user categorisation in DCH,
  • UI for specialised audiences in Knowledge Management in DCH (the story, memory and identity to be used by the audience, beyond concerns around 3D objects and environments),
  • Crowdsourcing and user needs in long term digital preservation, e-archiving and DCH repositories,
  • Interoperability, compatibility and standards in DCH Knowledge Management systems, for long-term preservation and e-archiving,
  • UX design in relation to Virtual Archaeology, -Museums, immersive technologies and serious games.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can take part in the roundtable?

We welcome contributions from DCH users, as well as representatives of their institutions, researchers, experts and/or practitioners from any field of DCH.

Which are the requirements to participate?

As participant of this roundtable session you need to provide a short abstract of approximately 400 words, including title and keywords.

What is the deadline for abstracts submission?

The deadline for abstract submission is the 12th of March 2021.

How does the submission process work?

Submission can should be performed throughout this portal: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/CAA2021

How the roundtable will be structured?

Participants will be required to prepare a presentation with the duration of 10 or 15 minutes.

What about registration and fees?

Fees have been published here: https://2021.caaconference.org/conference-information/registrations/

The registration fees will cover the cost of the online platform and related support that will be used to facilitate the virtual conference experience, as well as local registration logistics and publication of the conference proceedings.

Are there any conflicts with other sessions?

If you already submitted a paper for any other sessions it is fine – there are no incompatibility issues as roundtables are excluded from the limit of one paper per first-named author.

How can I manage to publish in the proceedings?

The roundtable speakers will have the option to publish their position paper in the CAA proceedings. This will be a separate submission and review process from the conference one. As of the moment, we do not know when the submission date for this will be, but it is usually several months after the conference.

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