4 February 2010

Call for papers: Cultural Heritage and Tourism: Trends and Innovative Strategies for Learning and Management

A special issue of International Journal of Web Based Communities

The main scope of the special issue is to focus on the changes and the impact of the technology in heritage sites, museums and on cultural tourism. Many of the contexts and challenges faced by heritage institutions are the result of rapid changes at the nexus of society and technology. One of the issues that was not taken into account in initial applications was the human factor. Most technological applications require a design and documentation; managing and updating that depend on the institutions. To obtain satisfactory results requires a common understanding of the main factors involve in cultural communication. Managing those resources (i.e. databases, news, etc.) involves developing interfaces for content managers (CMS) adapted to the institutions and users. The topic is even more important when content providers are even the general public (Web 2.0 or Web 3.0) which is the case in web based communities. The special issue aims to develop a view of digital heritage informed by both theory and the practical methods and skills necessary to become creative and effective new media professionals and users in the heritage and tourism sector.

Contributed papers may deal with, but are not limited to:

Learning communities
  • Virtual learning environments and Issues
  • Evaluation of technologies applied to heritage
  • Best practice examples concerning heritage sites and museum management
  • Educational experience from heritage, museums and tourism
  • Heritage (cultural, historical, natural, etc.)
  • New tools and platforms for m-learning, management and development of learning resources
  • Creative technology and learning
  • Evaluation and assessment
New Media and E-Society
  • Digital museum and heritage
  • Innovative technology
  • Tourism impacts
  • E-learning organisational issues
  • Case studies examining and identifying successes
  • Users, design and interactivity
  • Reports and empirical evaluation of resources, programs, web pages, etc
Important Dates
Submission of Title and Extended Abstract deadline: 30 January, 2010
Full paper submission deadline: 15 March, 2010
Final version of the paper: 30 April, 2010

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