The Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH), issued by the Digital Library of Association for Computing Machinery (the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society) has recently launched a call targeting innovative research dealing with the broad digital heritage infrastructure’s field.

The deadline for submission is 1st April 2016. More information is available on the JOCCH webpage.

The digital component is now pervasive in Cultural Heritage research and practice. From the pioneering and sporadic applications of the last quarter of the 20th century, it has grown to become an essential for any CH investigation or management project. This development has led to the creation of a new interdisciplinary domain, the so-called Digital Heritage sector, and the need to support, structure, and manage the use of facilities, resources, services and applications no less than in other research domains, producing long-lasting infrastructures.

Such infrastructures may address specific aspects of digital heritage, such as visualization or documentation, or cover the full range of heritage-related activities, from investigation to conservation, management, education and communication. It is not by accident that recent large interventions such as the on-going “Pompeii Grand Project” start from a knowledge management plan and the digital data acquisition of all the archaeological remains.

Originally digital heritage technology often comprised an exercise in the application of computer techniques originally conceived for other goals; the specific needs of such use has now dictated new requirements and has led to the development of new tools and methods tailored for heritage applications. The shift towards an application profile for heritage-oriented computer-based methods has implications for research infrastructures as much as for individual applications, and this is the scope of this special issue. Our goal is therefore to collect papers dealing with innovative research on the many facets of digital heritage infrastructures, such as:

  • Knowledge organization and semantic processing in Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries
  • Data management, search and mining
  • Natural language processing
  • Multimedia systems and applications for Cultural Heritage
  • Big Data in Cultural Heritage applications
  • Visual data acquisition, storage and display
  • Visualization, both research- and communication-oriented
  • Immersive environments, virtual and augmented reality
  • User studies, such as museum and sites applications, human interfaces, interaction and usability
  • e-Learning: Tools for Education, Documentation and Training in Cultural Heritage

As the intended audience includes both heritage researchers and professionals and computer and information scientists, to be accepted papers will need to present innovative computer science content but also refer to a clear Cultural Heritage context where they have been, or are going to be, tested and evaluated. They should address a comprehensive framework – the infrastructure – rather than an individual application, unless the latter is the backbone of an infrastructure.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage. Please follow the format instructions for the journal. When submitting, please select the option “Digital Infrastructure for CH (Special Issue)” as the manuscript type in the journal submission system http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jocch