Welcoming the new digital era, Culture and Cultural Heritage integrates the technology and the applications of the Computer Science increasingly on a daily basis, both in research and in its everyday practice. This dissertation hosts a particularly extended study of the international scientific literature studying a plethora of digital systems which support various cultural scientific fields with their services. Through the aforementioned study it is made clear that the wide majority of digital services, which have been proposed to date, refer to the support of the procedures not only of the digitization and the digital preservation, but also the organization and public notification of the cultural information.
In this dissertation, we attempted to imprint the next step in the relation between Information Technology and Culture, considering that technology evolves and provides humanity with new achievements, daily (Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Semantic Web, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The answer proposed by this dissertation is the modernization of digital services that support the management processes (recording, digitization, organization, dissemination, exploitation) of the cultural information in order to become more up-to-date, adaptable, scalable, personalized and effective or in other words more ‘intelligent’. We propose the creation of intelligent digital environments which are designed in such a way as to offer intelligent services for Culture and Cultural Heritage, in a modern way, but to support the sustainability of the institute that operates them, as well.
Advisor: Dimitris TSOLIS, Assistant Professor, University of Patras