CHESS Augmented Reality at Digital Heritage 2013

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The CHESS Augmented Reality activities at the Acropolis Museum were demonstrated, from October 28th to November 1st 2013, at the Digital Heritage expo in Marseille: The exhibition was visited by over 4500 people in 4 days!

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The more general paper, "One object many stories: Introducing ICT in museums and collections through digital storytelling", which mentions CHESS was presented on Tuesday, October 29th 2013 in the Technology and storytelling Session.

Finally, Dr. Maria Roussou, a member of CHESS with the University of Athens, was awarded the prestigious Tartessos award for her contribution to the development of virtual archaeology in the world. The award ceremony was held during the closing of the Digital Heritage 2013 congress.

Check out the Photo Gallery for more images on Augmented Reality at the Acropolis Museum and of the event.

Evaluation with school group at Cité de l'espace

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A group of school students participated in an evaluation of CHESS at the Cité de l'espace, on Wednesday October 16, 2013. The scenario evaluated by the students was developed in-house using the CHESS Authoring Tool and included activities such as photo annotation, videos, and more.
Check out the Photo Gallery for more images.
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VAMCT 2013: Virtual Archaeology, Museums & Cultural Tourism Workshop

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Amidst the breathtaking setting of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi in Greece, where the Virtual Archaeology: Museums & Cultural Tourism (VAMCT 2013) Workshop was held, Maria Roussou of the University of Athens delivered an invited keynote speech on the CHESS project. The Workshop was a three day event, held on September 25-28 2013, which attracted more than 60 scholars from all over the world.

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Re-designed CHESS website launched!

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. In addition to a cleaner look, has many new features, including:

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The site is responsive and adapts to various screen sizes automatically. Screen items and the main menu move or change, depending on the width of the browser window.

The CHESS project's scientific publications now include abstracts and can be downloaded.

Visitors to the site can keep up with news and events related to the CHESS project.

The CHESS User Group now has a special discussion area and all articles appearing in this section can be commented by users using their Facebook, Twitter, Google or DISQUS credentials.


"Trajectorizing" the Acropolis Museum

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On the 3rd week of August 2013, an internal CHESS design workshop took place at the Acropolis Museum in Athens. The workshop was attended by researchers from the University of Nottingham and the University of Athens, and Acropolis Museum staff. The purpose of the workshop was to apply the "trajectories" framework to the design of the Museum's stories for CHESS.
For more on the HCI concept of trajectories, developed by the University of Nottingham, see the relevant pubication: “See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Hear Me”: Trajectories and Interpretation in a Sculpture Garden.
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Evaluation of mobile application at Cité de l'espace

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Six different family groups took part in an evaluation of a mobile application at the Cite de l'espace on Friday August 9, 2013. The application was developed in-house out of CHESS user studies in order to test the viability of using geolocalisation for helping visitors navigate around the site, explore objects in more detail and schedule different activities within their visit.

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