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Using dates as contextual information for personalised cultural heritage experiences

Dahroug, A; Vlachidis, A; Liapis, A; Bikakis, A; Lopez-Nores, M; Sacco, O; Juan Pazos-Arias, J; (2019) Using dates as contextual information for personalised cultural heritage experiences. Journal of Information Science 10.1177/0165551519871823. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

We present semantics-based mechanisms that aim to promote reflection on cultural heritage by means of dates (historical events or annual commemorations), owing to their connections to a collection of items and to the visitors’ interests. We argue that links to specific dates can trigger curiosity, increase retention and guide visitors around the venue following new appealing narratives in subsequent visits. The proposal has been evaluated in a pilot study on the collection of the Archaeological Museum of Tripoli (Greece), for which a team of humanities experts wrote a set of diverse narratives about the exhibits. A year-round calendar was crafted so that certain narratives would be more or less relevant on any given day. Expanding on this calendar, personalised recommendations can be made by sorting out those relevant narratives according to personal events and interests recorded in the profiles of the target users. Evaluation of the associations by experts and potential museum visitors shows that the proposed approach can discover meaningful connections, while many others that are more incidental can still contribute to the intended cognitive phenomena.

Type: Article
Title: Using dates as contextual information for personalised cultural heritage experiences
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0165551519871823
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0165551519871823
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Annual commemorations, context awareness, cultural heritage, historical events, knowledge modelling, personal events, recommender systems
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082634
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