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Tsvi Kuflik <[log in to unmask]>
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6th International Workshop on Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage
(PATCH 2013)

co-located with UMAP 2013, 21st conference on User Modeling, Adaptation, and
Rome, Italy
June 14, 2013

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PATCH workshop series are the meeting point between state of the art
cultural heritage research and personalization - using technology to enhance
the personal experience in cultural heritage sites. We aim at building a
research agenda for personalization in CH in order to make the individual CH
experience a link in a chain of a lifelong CH experience which builds on
past experience, is linked to daily life and provides the foundation for
future experiences. The workshop aims to be multi-disciplinary. It is
intended for researchers, practitioners, and students of information and
communication technologies (ICT), cultural heritage domains (museums,
archives, libraries, and more), and personalization.

This full-day workshop is aimed at bringing together researchers &
practitioners who are working on various aspects of cultural heritage and
are interested in exploring the potential of state of the art technology
(onsite as well as online) to enhance the CH visit experience. The expected
result of the workshop is a multidisciplinary research agenda that will
inform future research directions and hopefully, forge some research

Cultural heritage (CH) is a privileged area for personalization research
because CH sites are rich in objects and information, far more than the
visitor can absorb during the limited time of a single visit. Moreover, the
convergence between CH and the Internet has made huge amounts of information
about CH readily available in electronic format. Two important challenges to
be addressed are thus:

- how to provide an engaging experience for the 'digital', 'mobile' and
'traditional' CH visitor before, during and after a visit, by exploiting
information from previous interactions on CH sites and elsewhere on the
ubiquitous Web? 
- can this kind of support can be a basis for maintaining a lifelong chain
of personalized CH experiences, linked to broader lifelong learning?

Not only "traditional" CH sites, but also cities are excellent test-beds for
personalization research: modern urban planning shows an avalanche of
diverse initiatives focused on creative urban development. Consequently, it
has become fashionable to regard the many forms of cultural expression, like
art, festivals, exhibitions, media, design, digital expression and research
as signposts for urban individuality and identity and departures for a new
urban cultural industry. 

Personalization  also has a role to play in supporting  collaboration that
enables groups of people to take part in the preservation, enrichment and
access to cultural heritage. This is because it can be an enabler for
people to be both information consumers and producers, and actively involve
them in the management of cultural heritage information. Methodologies and
technological utilities for online communities can help them to become
actively engaged in the publishing process, contribute their knowledge, and
partake in a dynamic creation and conceptualization of the cultural
resources will be thus central to the workshop themes.

Liliana Ardissono - University of Torino
Lora Aroyo - VU University Amsterdam
Luciana Bordoni - ENEA/UTICT, Rome
Judy Kay - University of Sydney
Tsvi Kuflik - University of Haifa

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