Digital Heritage 2018 3rd International Congress & Expo
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Sunday, October 28 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
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Emotions in Digital Cultural Heritage: How do we design and evaluate emotionally engaging applications and tools?
Organised by the EMOTIVE EU project http://www.emotiveproject.eu/
Chairs: Maria Economou (University of Glasgow, UK) & Maria Roussou (University of Athens & ATHENA RC, Greece)
Despite a wide-spread and increasing recognition in cultural heritage practice and research that emotions play a fundamental role in how visitors and users experience cultural heritage, there is still relatively little research on how emotionally-engaging experiences are best supported; designed; and evaluated.

How can digital heritage tools and applications create emotional experiences that stimulate people’s curiosity, excitement, and empathy for the world today, as well as in the past? Is it possible for these digital experiences to lead to even more radical impacts including change in values, attitudes and beliefs and even personal transformation? What is the latest research on these outcomes, including rigorous models of practice to achieve and evaluate them? How is the related evidence collected? What there are research results indicating emotional impact, to what extent are these generalizable?

After years of focusing as a community in the cultural heritage sector on what people learn, we are recognizing that this is inexorably linked with how they feel, as it is this that they primarily remember after their visit. How are the two linked, and what other parameters affect emotional engagement? How can negative emotions also be given space, respected and integrated in the visitors’ experience, especially when dealing with ‘dark’ or ‘difficult’ heritage?

And what are the best methods for capturing users’ emotional responses? Can qualitative methods be effectively combined with quantitative ones? What is the role of psychometric measurements in this area and how can the data they yield be interpreted in a meaningful way? Can these be used by low-resourced cultural institutions outside the lab and in the natural setting of the gallery or heritage site?

The session is addressed to digital heritage practitioners and researchers who are working in this interdisciplinary area trying to either design and/or evaluate emotionally engaging experiences for diverse user communities.


#160f  Measuring and designing for a range of meaningful emotions in an informal environment
Sarah May, Katie Todd and Sunewan Paneto

#177f   Evaluating emotional engagement in digital stories for interpretating the past. The case of the Hunterian Museum’s Antonine Wall EMOTIVE experiences
Maria Economou, Hilary Young and Emilia Sosnowska

#150f   Evaluating the affective dimensions of Traces-Olion; a subtle mob at St Fagans National Museum of History, Wales
Jenny Kidd, Sara Huws and Alison John

#156s   Heart on you Sleeve?: Emotion, Wearables Tech and Digital Culture
Jess Hoare

#171s   Evaluating and documenting affect in the art museum
Erin Canning

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Maria Economou

Professor, Digital Cultural Heritage, University of Glasgow
Maria Economou is Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage. She returned in 2013 to the University of Glasgow, where she originally started her academic career as Lecturer in New Technologies for the Humanities at the then newly created Humanities Advanced Technology and Information... Read More →

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Erin Canning

Ontology Systems Analyst, LINCS
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Jess Hoare

Cardiff University

Sara Huws

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
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Alison John

Producer, yello brick
Twitter: @that_allie & @yello brickyello brick make games and playful experiences in the real world that sometimes uses technology to tell the story. We place people at the centre of the story so that they are part of the experience rather than watching the experience. Our projects... Read More →
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Jenny Kidd

Reader, Cardiff University
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Sarah May

Museum of Science, Boston