Conference Paper

Sharable Multitouch Screens in Cultural Heritage and Tourism Applications

Dipt. di Inf., Univ. di Bari, Bari, Italy
DOI: 10.1109/VLHCC.2010.54 Conference: Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), 2010 IEEE Symposium on
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ABSTRACT Cultural heritage assets keep alive the history of a territory and of its inhabitants. Several systems have been developed to support people during their visits to historical sites and museums, with the goal of improving the overall user experience. In many cases, people travelling together would appreciate the possibility of collaborating in gathering information and planning a personalized itinerary. Large sharable multitouch screens may offer this possibility. This paper is about ongoing research that is investigating possible applications of large multitouch screens in cultural heritage and tourism. In particular, an application is described, which aims at allowing tourists to get information about a territory and create itineraries for their visits by interacting together on a large screen.

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