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Final Activity Report Summary - CHIRON (Cultural Heritage Informatics Research Oriented Network)

The research activities of CHIRON fellows covered all stages of a typical research pipeline in Cultural heritage (CH): background research, data acquisition, archiving, management and investigation and publication of results. The scope of each research was to investigate new and innovative methodologies for improving each step, and, consequently, how to integrate the results of each step, in order to enhance inter-interoperability between steps and thus flow of information, smoothing the process of transformation of data into information and eventually to knowledge. A major effort was invested in integrating fellows in the research activities of their host institutions, as well as other project partners, expose and encourage them to participate at any other activities related to their research topic, such as seminars, conferences or workshops. Following is a brief summary of each fellow's main scientific research and achievements, by their host institutions.

The scientific activities of PIN's fellows focused on quality of data, its harmonisation and integration: D. Lowenborg focused on methods of integration of spatial data, G. Sugimoto continued exploring integration possibilities, focusing on standards, thesauri and ontologies for Cultural Heritage, H. Mara working on semantic descriptions of 3D models and M. Sifnioti developing tools for web based mapping interfaces and softwares of CH metadata.

Fellows at the University of Aegean focused their research at understanding the relationship between the user and the content, evaluating Information communication technologies (ICT) oriented applications in CH museums: L. Pujol analysed questionnaires related to the use of virtual reality in CH museums and exhibitions, R. Lancia continued her work and presented a scheme for organizing information in a 3D environment, I.G. Fuentetaja worked on the availability of online information of CH museums, while L. Shahani and E. Moreau explored the interaction between the public and museums through social networks.

Fellows at BGU focused on the relationship between excavation, spatial data organization and scientific investigation: G.A. Pierce prepared an infrastructure of research into spatially acquired and organized data, R. Fletcher concentrated his efforts into defining innovative methods of exploration and investigation into spatial data while P. Ronzino applied the previous work done and tested it in several case-studies.

Fellows at University of Brighton explored the relationships between public and CH museums, focusing on the development of technologies, ICT multimedia products and methodologies to be implemented in CH museums. M. Thornton explored the concept of multi-layered cultural heritage and how visitors with different cultural backgrounds perceive CH museums and how ICT outcomes can contribute to enhance their understanding. E. Carillo worked on a specific case study related to the integration of various sources of CH information and their use in a virtual reality environment to be presented to the public, while L. Wieneke conducted his research on the potential of second life as an environment for the communication of CH and interaction between the public and CH museums.

Fellows at York University conducted their research in issues related to publication of digital data, management of CH data, development of innovative tools and definition of methodologies for CH data organisation. Consequently, H. Wright explored the web publication of digital visual information, C. Guney investigated the integration of heterogeneous data under a spatial oriented platform, S. Matskevich explored the possibilities of evaluating the quality of primary CH data acquired and documented in-the-field, while A. Kondiuk focused on the development of online publishing 3D outcomes and L. Smejda on the potential of aerially acquired data and its spatial integration.

Fellows at Ename center focused on the relationship between public, CH institutions and ICT. Fellows at ETHZ concentrated their research on technologies for 3D data acquisition of various types of CH content.

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