DigiMedia Collection #2
Imagine a small rural village in Portugal, composed of places, people, traditions, and collective memories. Amiais is all that. It is located in the district of Aveiro. But without visiting it, we don’t know it. Will be? Imagine that Amiais and its cultural heritage go beyond the borders of reality. Imagine that technology allows us to know the places, the people, the traditions, and the collective memories of Amiais, in a virtual, immersive scenario that connects us to the real. Imagine that the edges between the real and the virtual converge in playful experiences, connecting us to the territory, the people, and the cultural heritage of a place and a community.
The LOCUS project materialized the imagination and transported the small village of Amiais to the digital world. The use of digital solutions to share and enhance cultural heritage dissemination is the LOCUS project’s focus. For four years, the project focused on several technological solutions that allowed real and virtual convergence. This book describes and illustrates that journey and the leading scientific contributions that emerged. Throughout the eight chapters that compose this book, the conceptual dimension of the LOCUS project will be addressed, centered on the concepts of technology and cultural heritage. The methodologies used in the various phases of the project are presented, especially the participatory methodologies that allowed the inhabitants’ engagement in the project and the dissemination of their cultural heritage through the sharing of collective memories. The book also pursues the technological dimension explored to close Amiais to the digital world and present a model for sharing cultural heritage on digital platforms. It ends with a reflection on the future challenges of using digital solutions to share Cultural Heritage.
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