Usability, Design and Content Issues of Mobile Apps for Cultural Heritage Promotion: The Malta Culture Guide Experience

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Boiano, S, Bowen, J. and Gaia, G (2012). Usability, Design and Content Issues of Mobile Apps for Cultural Heritage Promotion: The Malta Culture Guide Experience. EVA London 2012 Conference. London 10 - 12 Jul 2012 London South Bank University. pp. 66-73
AuthorsBoiano, S, Bowen, J. and Gaia, G
TypeConference paper
Abstract

The paper discusses the experience of producing and distributing an iPhone app for promotion of the Maltese Cultural Heritage on behalf of the Malta Tourism Authority. Thanks to its position at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has been a crossroads of civilisations whose traces are still visible today, leaving a particularly rich and varied cultural heritage, from megalithic temples to baroque palaces and Caravaggio masterpieces. Conveying all these different aspects within a single application, using textual, visual, and audio means, has raised many different issues about the planning and production of cultural content for mobile usage, together with usability aspects regarding design and distribution of a mobile app. In this paper, we outline all of these aspects, focusing on the design and planning strategies for a long-term user commitment and how to evaluate results for cultural mobile applications. We include experience of all the steps of developing a mobile app, information that is of possible benefit to other app developers in the cultural sector.

Keywordscs.HC; cs.CY; cs.MM; 00A66 (Primary) 68N01 (Secondary); H.5.1; H.5.2; J.5; K.4.0
Year2012
JournalIn Stuart Dunn, Jonathan P. Bowen, and Kia Ng (eds.), EVA London 2012 Conference Proceedings, Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC), British Computer Society, 2012, pages 66-73
PublisherLondon South Bank University
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CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
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Publication dates
Print10 Jul 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited31 Aug 2016
Accepted10 Mar 2012
Page range66-73
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