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

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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      10 - 12 July 2012

      Mobile apps, Usability, App design, Multimedia, Cultural heritage

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          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.

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          www.stefaniaboiano.net
          www.jpbowen.com
          www.giulianogaia.net
          Conference
          July 2012
          July 2012
          : 66-73
          Affiliations
          InvisibleStudio

          Unit 36, 88–90 Hatton Garden

          London EC1N 8PN

          United Kingdom
          London South Bank University

          Faculty of Business, Borough Road

          London SE1 0AA

          United Kingdom
          InvisibleStudio

          Via Circo 1

          20123 Milan

          Italy
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/EVA2012.12
          © Stefania Boiano et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012), London, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012)
          EVA
          London, UK
          10 - 12 July 2012
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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