Call for Papers for Special issue on Evaluation of Digital Cultural Resources – ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH)

CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Issue on Evaluation of Digital Cultural Resources, Deadline extended to 10 January 2018 30 November 2017

Whether you contributed to ECDR2016 in Glasgow in December 2016 or are generally working in the field of evaluating digital cultural resources, as a researcher, cultural heritage professional, or academic, please check our call for papers on Evaluation of Digital Cultural Resources for the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCHH, and forward to anyone who might be interested.

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Kati Price, Head of Digital at V&A on her talk at EDCR2016 “Choosing the right yardstick: What research tools to use when in the digital development process”

Kati Price reflects on her talk at #EDCR2016 on the use of appropriate research and evaluation tools to guide the digital development process.

Published: December 22, 2016   Author: Kati Price
Section: Digital Media at the V&A   Tags: , , ,


Impressions from EDCR2016 from Giannis Tsakonas, University of Patras Library

And another blog with impressions from the International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR2016) to help maintain the plurality of views and organisations represented at the Symposium. This one is from Dr Giannis Tsakonas, Director of the University of Patras Library, and one of our guest speakers:

A nice way to end a very productive and active 2016 for the Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation!

Together with our wishes for a healthy and creative 2017,

The ScotDigiCH team

Some thoughts about the International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR2016), Glasgow, Kelvin Hall, 12 & 13 December 2016 (by Angeliki Tzouganatou)

The increasing use of digital technologies in the cultural heritage (CH) sector is undoubtedly a more than ever topical issue. This makes its evaluation necessary, which is what the Symposium addressed. All the speakers, renowned in their field, talked from a different perspective and focused on the impact that derives from the use of digital technologies in the CH sector, the importance of evaluating this, and the latest developments on how to evaluate the use of digital cultural resources.

The talks covered a broad spectrum of digital heritage and digital humanities topics: the evaluation of digital collections and their users; the use of heritage visualisation and VR; digital technologies and narratives in museum exhibitions; also the creation, use and evaluation of digital cultural data. Moreover, a broader perspective was given by funders (such as the HLF), institutions (like the V&A Museum) and organisations (such as the Europeana Foundation). This interdisciplinarity offered a unique combination of perspectives and provided a comprehensive picture of developments in the respective complementary fields.

A common theme that cut across different talks was the different evaluation methods, both qualitative and quantitative, used in different case studies. Seeing the different evaluation approaches and the results of each project, it was possible to form a better and deeper understanding of the importance and the necessity of the whole evaluation process. A crucial observation coming out of EDCR2016 was the need for long-term evaluation. In other words, that evaluation should not only cover the impact of the visitors’ or users’ experience in the short-term, but also to try to record what will the impact be in 5, 10, or 20 years from now.

Among the issues that were discussed was also the use and significance of high-quality and well-structured metadata. In the case of an advanced research at an online platform, metadata that are not well structured cannot give very accurate results, so they need improvement and development. It was argued Dr Ina-Maria Jansson (Department of ALM, Uppsala University) that what is needed is new metadata and not the old ones.

Other topics that were discussed were public engagement and how can this be best supported and enhanced by digital technologies. One of the Symposium sessions was devoted to virtual heritage and 3D reconstruction models which aim to boost both public engagement and virtual tourism. Laia Pujol-Tost (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) talked about the {LEAP] (Learning of Archaeology through Presence) project and the idea of cultural presence. The project developed a new understanding of presence aiming to enhance the 3D model and VR experience using the case study of the UNESCO World Heritage Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and the natural surrounding environment. The evaluation showed that people do not seek so much photorealism but social interaction in the 3D reconstruction models and games.

Moreover, complementing the first day of the Symposium, delegates together with local community groups and members of the public had the unique opportunity to attend an inspiring public talk by Dr Mark O’Neil (Head of Policy and Research at Glasgow Life, the culture and sports umbrella organisation of the City of Glasgow), on “What are Museums For?”.

As part of the Symposium, we also had the opportunity to also participate in the Workshop “Using the Europeana Impact Framework to conceive Performance Indicators”. The Workshop was engaging, well organized and innovative. It was very stimulating as we had to work in groups exploring in practice different ways of recording and analysing impact. In my group, for example, we had to act as staff members of the fictional Scottish Historic Photography Museum and  take decisions adopting different lenses (our group had the Learning lense, for example), in order to create an impact pathway with activities-output-outcomes, and KPIs.

As digital technologies hold a prominent place in the CH sector, their evaluation has a crucial role to play. The dialogue for the appropriate evaluation of digital cultural resources which the Symposium brought to the fore continues to develop. It is worth noting one of the lessons learned by the ENUMERATE EU project that was presented by Marco De Niet (DEN, Digital Heritage Netherlands Foundation): only 10% of European cultural heritage collections have been digitized to date. Hence, a lot of work remains to be done in this direction, both for the digitization of cultural heritage collections, but also for the better use of the material already digitized and for making the evaluation process more effective.

Two great days-full of food for thought! Thank you ScotDigiCH so much for organising EDCR and for the bursaries supporting early career researchers and post-graduate students which enabled us to attend! We look forward to the publication of the papers from the Symposium and future events.

Angeliki Tzouganatou
postgraduate student, MSc in Digital Heritage at the University of York
(recipient of one of the EDCR bursaries)

Blog summarizing impressions from the EDCR2016 Symposium from Christina Camposiori

A blog summarizing impressions from the EDCR2016  Symposium from Christina Camposiori, one of the presenters on Tuesday’s last session, PhD student at UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Research Officer at Research Libraries UK):


Thank you, thank you, thank you for a great #EDCR206

I wanted to thank all of you (in no particular order) for such a great two days full of high-quality papers, workshops and lively discussions):

  • ScotDigiCH partners
  • Programme Committee members
  • Authors of Papers and Abstracts
  • all participants to the two days on 12 and 13 Dec
  • all the tweeters and followers from all over the world who couldn’t make it to Glasgow
  • our funders The Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • the ScotDigiCH Research Assistant Dr Rosie Spooner for all the hard work
  • Admin Support Staff at both the School of Humanities and The Hunterian
  • Kelvin Hall front house & catering staff and Venue Manager Jade Graham
  • our volunteers current and graduate HATII Museum Studies students: Maria Simou, Anne Roche, Alessandra Ceglia, Lynn Verschuren, Leigh-Ann Todd, Natasha Muirhead
  • the Audio-Visual & Video-Conference team (and particularly James Matthew)
  • the Media Unit staff
  • My Hunterian & HATII colleagues, and in particular Dr Johanna Green for storify, tweets and overall social media skills and wisdom
  • Mark O’Neill from Glasgow Life for such an inspiring and thought-provoking public talk
View the story “International Symposium Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR2016) organised by The Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation” based on some of the tweets exchanged about EDCR2016 on Storify:


Live streaming of #EDCR2016

And for those who won’t be able to make it to the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow to attend #EDCR2016 on Monday and Tuesday 12-13 December 2016, the talks will be streamed live at: (Day 1)

& (Day 2)

You can test these links before the Symposium starts. The first time you log in, you will have to type in the words displayed to show the system that you are not a robot.

The videos from the presentations will also be posted up on the ScotDigiCH YouTube channel:

As with all previous ScotDigiCH events, it will also be tweeted live @ScotDigiCH #EDCR2016, so join in the conversation about evaluating digital cultural resources.


Deadline for submitting proposals to EDCR2016 extended to 14 October 2016

The deadline for submitting proposals to the International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (#EDCR2016) has been extended to Friday, 14 October 2016.

Please check the Call for Papers for details on how to submit your proposal.

And don’t forget to register on Eventbrite to attend both the EDCR Symposium on 12-13 Dec (Symposium Eventbrite Registration Page), as well as the Public Lecture and the Collections Open evening on the evening of the 12th Dec (Lecture and Collections Evenin Evente Registration Page), as they are filling up fast.

Mark the Day for our International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR 2016): 12-13 Dec 2016, Glasgow

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Mark the Day for our International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR 2016) on 12th and 13th Dec 2016 at the newly reopened and refurbished Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.

Aimed at both researchers and cultural heritage professionals, the event will provide an opportunity to bring together the main issues, questions and findings raised over the course of the network and its previous activities.

Check the details of the programme at the symposium page:

Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, 7 October 2016

Registration to the symposium will be free of charge but participants will need to register through Eventbrite.

The programme will include a public lecture on the afternoon of the 12th December by Dr Mark O’Neill, Director for Policy and Research at Glasgow Life.

The symposium will also include an open evening dedicated to exploring the digital collections at Kelvin Hall one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks (pictured above).