Special Issue "Computational Approaches to the Sustainability of Cultural Heritage"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. George P. Pavlidis
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Athena – Research and Innovation Centre in Information Communication and Knowledge Technologies / Institute for Language and Speech Processing, University Campus at Kimmeria, GR-67100 Xanthi, Greece
Interests: 2D/3D imaging; CBIR; machine learning and artificial intelligence; multimedia technologies; human-computer interaction; intelligent user interfaces; multi- sensory environments and ambient intelligence; 3D digitization and reconstruction; 3D-GIS and mixed/augmented/virtual reality
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Dear Colleagues,

Cultural heritage is the legacy and the archive of mankind's identity, an account of peoples' advancement and achievement through time. The assorted variety in this legacy is enormously rich and mirrors the extravagance of human development through the ages. Cultural heritage can be said that it encodes knowledge, which in turn renders it a profound wellspring of learning. In the entirety of its structures, either tangible or not, it has been perceived as a valuable element and, thus, noteworthy endeavors and assets have been apportioned to its protection and interpretation. Natural sciences and engineering have contributed over the ongoing decades, in such an amount that the fringes among science and art in this domain began to obscure. This area is now a wide field of research with noteworthy advancements for various research questions, including digitization, documentation, examination, visualization, interpretation, dissemination, learning, storytelling, administration and sustainability.

Perceiving the cross-disciplinary elements in this area, this special issue centers around the use of engineering and data innovation in the aid of cultural heritage and its sustainability.

Dr. George P. Pavlidis
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Optical documentation
  • Reconstruction and visualization
  • Virtual museums
  • Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
  • Gamification
  • Storytelling
  • Knowledge modeling, digital archives, interoperability
  • Language tools, resources and innovations
  • Tourism, the Web, mobiles and social networks
  • Scientific tools
  • Big-data and open-data approaches
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Sustainability models
  • Urban development and cultural management

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Contextualization of Archaeological Information Using Augmented Photospheres, Viewed with Head-Mounted Displays
Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3894; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143894 - 17 Jul 2019
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Photospheres, or 360° photos, offer valuable opportunities for perceiving space, especially when viewed through head-mounted displays designed for virtual reality. Here, we propose to take advantage of this potential for archaeology and cultural heritage, and to extend it by augmenting the images with [...] Read more.
Photospheres, or 360° photos, offer valuable opportunities for perceiving space, especially when viewed through head-mounted displays designed for virtual reality. Here, we propose to take advantage of this potential for archaeology and cultural heritage, and to extend it by augmenting the images with existing documentation, such as 2D maps or 3D models, resulting from research studies. Photospheres are generally produced in the form of distorted equirectangular projections, neither georeferenced nor oriented, so that any registration of external documentation is far from straightforward. The present paper seeks to fill this gap by providing simple practical solutions, based on rigid and non-rigid transformations. Immersive virtual environments augmented by research materials can be very useful to contextualize archaeological discoveries, and to test research hypotheses, especially when the team is back at the laboratory. Colleagues and the general public can also be transported to the site, almost physically, generating an authentic sense of presence, which greatly facilitates the contextualization of the archaeological information gathered. This is especially true with head-mounted displays, but the resulting images can also be inspected using applications designed for the web, or viewers for smartphones, tablets and computers. Full article
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Cultural Heritage Digitization in Serbia: Standards, Policies, and Case Studies
Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3788; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143788 - 10 Jul 2019
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The paper identifies necessary steps to create a national information system for management and preservation of cultural heritage documentation. The Republic of Serbia, where the digitization of cultural heritage is recognized as a segment of cultural development and officially accepted as one of [...] Read more.
The paper identifies necessary steps to create a national information system for management and preservation of cultural heritage documentation. The Republic of Serbia, where the digitization of cultural heritage is recognized as a segment of cultural development and officially accepted as one of the methods for preservation and presentation of heritage documentation, is taken as a case study. The paper describes the evolutionary path of the digitization process in Serbia and analyzes the importance of the adoption of a legal framework and establishment of national standards in the process of achieving the uniqueness in cultural heritage long-term sustainable documentation management and preservation across cultural institutions. Full article
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Augmented Reality and Valorizing the Mesozoic Geological Heritage (Burgos, Spain)
Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4616; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124616 - 05 Dec 2018
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This article presents the application of augmented reality through the use of devices in the valorisation of the geological heritage of six known geosites of the Jurassic or Cretaceous age, located in the South-East (SE) of the province of Burgos (Castilla y León, [...] Read more.
This article presents the application of augmented reality through the use of devices in the valorisation of the geological heritage of six known geosites of the Jurassic or Cretaceous age, located in the South-East (SE) of the province of Burgos (Castilla y León, Spain). Using augmented reality techniques, geomatic resources have been developed that allow real-time interaction with different thematic layers (e.g., cartography, digital terrain model, etc.). Using these techniques, this paper proposes a virtual route in Google Earth and a Field Trip Guide with a detailed description of each site and suggested activities for educational use and one free geoapp. These geosites comprise three zones with deposits of dinosaur ichnites and three other sectors with marine fossils (Jurassic limestones), fossil trees, or singular karstic landscapes. The globalization of geodatabases allows the intelligent use of geo-resources and their use for tourism, didactic and scientific purposes. Full article
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