Title: Integration of virtual reality and database systems for cultural heritage dissemination

Authors: Elisa Bertino, Stefano Franzoni, Pietro Mazzoleni, Piero Mussio, Stefano Valtolina

Addresses: CS and ECE Departments, Purdue University, West Lafayette (Indiana), USA. ' DiCO, University of Milano, Milano, Italy. ' DiCO, University of Milano, Milano, Italy. ' DiCO, University of Milano, Milano, Italy. ' DiCO, University of Milano, Milano, Italy

Abstract: This paper deals with the development of interactive Virtual Reality (VR) environments. We argue that the integration of such environments with Database (DB) technology has the potential of providing on one side much flexibility and, on the other hand, of resulting in enhanced interfaces for accessing contents from digital archives. The paper discusses the main issues related to such integration. It also describes two projects related to the use of advanced tools for the dissemination of Cultural Heritage (CH) content. Within these projects an integrated framework has been developed that enhances conventional VR environments with DB interactions.

Keywords: virtual reality; interactive VR; database systems; cultural heritage; content presentation; digital archives; flexibility; content dissemination.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSE.2006.014775

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, 2006 Vol.2 No.5/6, pp.307 - 316

Available online: 08 Aug 2007 *

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