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Title: Enhancing accessibility in cultural heritage environments: considerations for social computing
Authors: Kosma, Panagiotis 
Galanakis, George 
Constantinou, Vaso 
Drossis, Giannis 
Christofi, Maria Dolores 
Klironomos, Iosif 
Zaphiris, Panayiotis 
Antona, Margherita 
Stephanidis, Constantine 
Major Field of Science: Natural Sciences
Field Category: Computer and Information Sciences
Keywords: Accessibility;Cultural heritage;Deaf;Disability;Information modeling;Privacy;Social computing;Social interaction
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2020
Source: Universal Access in the Information Society, 2020, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 471-482
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Start page: 471
End page: 482
Journal: Universal Access in the Information Society 
Abstract: Current technological advancements offer many ways of enhancing disabled peoples’ access to cultural heritage environments. A new generation of social computing technologies and systems is changing the way in which we access cultural heritage, facilitating the inclusion of socially isolated groups of people. Under this perspective, this paper aims to explore the potential impact of social computing systems to enhance peoples’ access to cultural heritage, particularly focusing on deaf and disabled users. By reviewing the current literature on social computing and cultural heritage, the paper first summarizes the related applications and appropriate key technologies; second, it provides examples of innovative approaches to the enhancement of user engagement and interaction through social computing. Moreover, the paper highlights arising issues of privacy, as well as ethical considerations, and presents design principles for ensuring privacy. The study concludes by discussing challenges for inclusive social computing applications in the context of cultural heritage and pointing out areas where future research is needed.
ISSN: 1615-5297
DOI: 10.1007/s10209-019-00651-4
Rights: © Springer Nature
Type: Article
Affiliation : Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas 
University of Crete 
Cyprus University of Technology 
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