(TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany)

Keywords: survey, cultural heritage, community

The proposed contribution is about topics and research approaches of relevance within a community of practice on digital cultural heritage and – closely related – digital archaeologies. It includes results from an online survey involving around 4500 participants which contributed to major conferences in the mentioned field during the past 15 years. Nearly 1000 responses could be collected. What are findings of relevance from this investigation? Most of the researchers are Europeans and especially located in Italy. With regards to their disciplinary background, one third of them are humanists and in particular archaeologists. Other fields of importance are engineering, geosciences and computing. Even if there is a wide scope of topics addressed by a community, most of these topics are around data in terms of data acquisition and management, visualization or analysis. With regards to publication bodies of relevance, especially conference series as CAA or Digital Heritage seem of great importance for scholarly communication. While many single projects were named in the online survey as influencing, only a few projects, primarily funded by the EU were mentioned by multiple researchers. Similarly, there is probably no single institution or method explicitly mentioned as “standard” – maybe due to the diverse nature of approaches to cope with Digital Heritage.

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Disciplinary and national backgrounds, topics, methods, podia and projects of relevance for digital heritage were examined via a survey with nearly 1000 participants.

As far as I know it’s the survey on that field with most participants.


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