I risultati finali del progetto SmartCity presentati a EVA Florence 2012
Presentati i risultati finali del progetto SmartCity alla Conferenza EVA Florence 2012, nell’ambito della sessione “Access to the culture information”. L’articolo scientifico presentato da Francesco Spadoni, realizzato in collaborazione con i partner del progetto, si intitola “SMARTCITY: Customized and Dynamic Multimedia Content Production for Tourism Applications”, e descrive la visione generale del progetto, la metodologia sviluppata per un processo di produzione efficiente di audioguide partendo dall’indicizzazione di un corpus di testi rilevanti e l’applicazioni web realizzata per l’authoring di guide. Qui di seguito l’abstract dell’articolo, ed i link all’articolo completo, alla presentazione per EVA Florence e al programma della conferenza.
“This paper presents the final results of the SMARTCITY project, co-funded by the Tuscany Region under the POR CREO 1.d program. The project proposes an innovative methodology as well as advanced technologies enabling professional services for cultural tourism applications in urban areas as well larger archaeological sites. As of today, many scientific and technological efforts in the specific sector focused on the introduction of technology and all the advantages it brings in cultural and tourism scenarios, rather than content. In addition, the lack of thorough analysis of the needs and behavioural pattern of the new “experience tourists” when performing real or virtual tourist routes, strongly limits the impact that new technologies have on the development of innovative products and services capable of completely fulfil user expectations.
The SMARTCITY project defines new ways of technological and content oriented “cognitive mediation” of the cultural and tourist experience, by implementing in a simplified but pragmatic and effective way, the paradigm of the so-called ambient intelligence. The project developed methodologies and solutions to meet the emerging demand of fruition of the cultural space and cognitive mediation directly or implicitly expressed by tourists. To this end, the project tries to replace old manual techniques and “handmade” manufacturing solutions, characterized by high intellectual labour intensity and very low flexibility in reuse and adaptation of the content, with industrial oriented methodologies suitable for large scale production, aimed at different fruition target, flexible in reuse and content cross- referencing. Such innovative methodologies allow to realistically enforce the business assumption of systematic, efficient and flexible market coverage of the national landscape of cities and places of culture, starting from the Tuscany regional scenario.
The first part of the research was dedicated to accurately and concretely modeling of user needs and behavior during fruition of cultural tourism events, and to the analysis and development of an innovative methodology for information retrieval and indexing of a large unstructured knowledge base.
The second part of the project was focused to finalize a loosely-coupled system architecture integrating the different system components (knowledge extraction, indexing, authoring editor for guides) and to design and implement the authoring tool for preparing multimedia tourist guides. Finally, the authoring tool has been evaluated with real professional tourist guide authors.
To validate the proposed methodology, the project developed a collaborative platform where non technical users can easily design and develop dynamic multimedia content for the proactive and personalized fruition of tourist routes and cultural paths both in physical (e.g. in the context of art cities) and in virtual locations.”
Progetto realizzato con il contributo della Regione Toscana, cofinanziato dal FERS per l’obiettivo “Competitività regionale e occupazione” anni 2007-2013.
POR CreO FESR 2007-2013 Asse 1 Attività 1.1 Linea di intervento D – per un importo pari a €1.320.094,39 sul costo stimato per la realizzazione del progetto di €1.833.464,43.