“Interacting with Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age” in Mexico City

I will be one of the invited Featured Speakers at the International Conference “Interacting with Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age” (Conferencia internacional: la interacción con el patrimonio cultural en la era digital) on the 4th of December 2015. the Conference will be held at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

The conference is a joint effort by The Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)  and the Mexican Network on Digital Technologies for Promotion of Cultural Heritage.

My talk will be on the theme “Enabling Conversations with Cultural Heritage: Designing participative technologies linking material and digital”, and will reflect on the design of novel interactive experiences to engage people with cultural heritage in a participative and dialogical way, drawing from my 20 years of experience in working with cultural heritage technologies and institutions in Europe. The  talk will include examples and lessons learned from several international design projects including the current EU-funded research program meSch – material encounters with digital cultural heritage.

Upcoming Panel at MCN Conference 2015

I will be part of a panel discussion at the upcoming MCN (Museum Computer Network) Conference 2015 in Minneapolis, taking place on November 4-7. The theme of the conference is “The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums”, and the panel will discuss how museums will change with the application of indoor location technology, exploring issues around locating visitors and mediating their physical/digital experience. Other speakers in the panel will be Alin Tocmacov (exhibit and experience designer at C&G), Steinunn Anna Gunnslaugdottir (CEO of Locatify) and Marco Antonio CastroCosio (manager of the MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Workshop at C&T2015: “Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges”

The Call is open for submission to our workshop at Communities & Technologies 2015: Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges

June 28, 2015

(to be held at Communities and Technologies 2015, Limerick, Ireland)


Organisers: Luigina Ciolfi (Sheffield Hallam University, UK), Areti Damala (University of Strathclyde, UK), Eva Hornecker (Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany), Monika Lechner (DEN Foundation, The Netherlands), Laura Maye (University of Limerick, Ireland), Daniela Petrelli (Sheffield Hallam University, UK).

Background: Cultural heritage is an established domain of study for human-centred computing – from the design of technological interventions at heritage sites, to the analysis and evaluation of the role of shared and of personal technologies in heritage settings. The main focus has been for a long time on a view of heritage where an official institution offers visitors certain content and interaction for interpretation and education purposes, whilst cultural heritage is a much more fragmented domain where different communities can play a significant role and where new socially inclusive and participative ideas of heritage have become widespread . Different communities of stakeholders are involved in the preservation, communication and sharing of heritage holdings: from the community of professionals managing them, to the communities of volunteers, of special interest groups and of “friends” and supporters of the institution engaging with them. Technology can feature in a number of activities for all these groups, as well as a tool to support visitors in their experience of heritage. Overall, communities of interest around heritage (with different degrees of formality and training) are increasingly defining and taking ownership of what is of value for them, thus defining and reconfiguring heritage.

In this workshop we aim to discuss examples of such multifaceted community involvement in cultural heritage and of related technology design and use.

Themes: We welcome submissions on the following themes

  *   The emergence of communities of interest and of practice in cultural heritage and how technology

mediates this;

  *   Studies of communication and interaction within and among heritage communities;

  *   Practices of participation and cooperation by heritage communities in technology design;

  *   Crowdsourcing, participatory science initiatives and community engagement in cultural heritage

  *   Technology design and evaluation for heritage communities;

  *   Challenges and opportunities for community involvement in cultural heritage.

The workshop will run over 1 day on Sunday, 28th of June 2015 as part of the international conference Communities & Technologies 2015 (http://comtech.community/)  in Limerick (Ireland). During the workshop, we will facilitate a set of presentations and hands-on group exercises. We invite the participants to contribute to the workshop with either posters illustrating a concept/framework, or samples of data collected during fieldwork, or demos/prototypes, and these materials will be the main subject of the discussion.

As a follow up to the workshop, we will produce an edited publication (journal special issue or edited book, negotiations are currently underway) collecting all the workshop contributions in extended form.


Papers should be between 4 and 6 pages long and formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Template (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates)

Paper submissions should be emailed to Dr. Areti Damala: areti[DOT]damala[AT]strath[DOT]ac[DOT]uk<mailto:areti.damala@strath.ac.uk>

All submissions will be reviewed by the organizing team.

Important Dates

May 1st, 2015: deadline for submissions

May 15th, 2015: notifications due

June 1st, 2015: early registration deadline

June 28th, 2015: workshop at C&T 2015 in Limerick