New research on meaningful personalization of hybrid virtual museum experiences through gifting and appropriation (GIFT) receives major EU grant

One of the main challenges in the development of virtual museums is establishing meaningful user experiences that allow for personal, complex and emotional encounters with art and cultural heritage. This research project lead by Anders Sundnes Løvlie will engage in how meaningful personalization can be created through digital gifting and emotional appropriation. That is to say, the research project will develop designs for allowing visitors to create their own museum tours as digital "mixtapes". The project aims to accommodate the complex ways in which users may confront art and heritage content, and engage them to participate and share experiences that are emotionally poignant and personally profound. Through multidisciplinary, practice-based research a team of researchers will develop, test and validate two ground-breaking prototypes for digital encounters with cultural heritage. Drawing on this a framework with theory, tools, design guidelines and best practice recommendations for creating meaningful personalization of hybrid virtual museum experiences will be created.

The GIFT consortium includes leading artists and researchers with a long history of successful collaborations, who will be working with a panel of 10 lead users from prominent European museums, to develop theoretical and practical advances with great impact for the cultural heritage sector and European society. By enabling more engaging hybrid virtual/physical museum experiences, this research project will contribute to increasing citizens' curiosity and engagement. The hybrid format will further help making virtual museum experiences as well as physical visits more engaging and attractive, thus contributing to economic growth through ticket sales as well as digital sales.

New book publication: Multilayer Social Networks by DECIDIS researcher Luca Rossi (with Mark E. Dickison and Matteo Magnani)

Multilayer networks, in particular multilayer social networks, where users belong to and interact on different networks at the same time, are an active research area in social network analysis, computer science, and physics. These networks have traditionally been studied within these separate research communities, leading to the development of several independent models and methods to deal with the same set of problems. This book unifies and consolidates existing practical and theoretical knowledge on multilayer networks including data collection and analysis, modeling, and mining of multilayer social network systems, the evolution of interconnected social networks, and dynamic processes such as information spreading. A single real dataset is used to illustrate the concepts presented throughout the book, demonstrating both the practical utility and the potential shortcomings of the various methods. Researchers from all areas of network analysis will learn new aspects and future directions of this emerging field. (Available at Amazon)

Strategic use of social media of Danish politicians during 2015 election

During the 1-day-seminar, DECIDIS researchers Sander Schwartz, Lisbeth Klastrup and Lucca Rossi presented their analysis of the 2015 election campaign. The data presented has been collected from the three social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The research was discussed by the present as well as the Twitter audience, and the discussion was led by digital experts Benjamin Rud Elbert and Astrid Haug.

The seminar has been recorded and can be watched in full length here.

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