Title: Digital heritage interpretation: a conceptual framework, a CMS engine and a prototype

Authors: Hafizur Rahaman

Addresses: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI), Curtin University, WA, Australia

Abstract: Considering 'digital heritage interpretation' as a process rather than as a tool to present or communicate with end-users, Rahaman (2018) proposed an interpretation framework (PrEDiC), which suggests fifteen considerations to engage end-users in dialogue and interaction and allows them to contribute in the narrative level for better interpretation of a digital heritage site. Crowdsourcing and engaging people for collecting information and heritage data is not new in the GLAM domain. However, developing a prototype that is based on a free and open-source CMS engine and support all the intended 'serious' activities referred by the PrEDiC model, is quite challenging. This paper presents a complete workflow from grounding the conceptual model to operational functions and explains various steps behind the construction of the working prototype. With a few limitations, the user study resonates the success in implication and development of the prototype and provides some suggestions for future development.

Keywords: digital heritage; interpretation; PrEDiC; end-users; content management system; CMS; prototype; heritage portal; workflow; dialogic interaction.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDCET.2020.112530

International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism, 2020 Vol.3 No.2, pp.166 - 188

Received: 09 May 2019
Accepted: 20 Jan 2020

Published online: 06 Jan 2021 *

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