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Theorizing Digital Cultural HeritageA Critical Discourse$
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Fiona Cameron and Sarah Kenderdine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033534

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033534.001.0001

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Dialing Up the Past

Dialing Up the Past

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Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage
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Erik Champion

Bharat Dave

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033534.003.0017

This chapter examines the role of “place” as a structuring concept for virtual heritage environments, and draws upon concepts from architecture, cultural geography, and theory in virtual environments (particularly “presence” research) to look at a number of specific features of place-making. It considers the features of different kinds of virtual places and the cultural and social functions they facilitate. The chapter first describes the early days of digital imagery and the advent of current interactive multimedia representations, before turning to how the notion of place has come to occupy a central position in interactive digital environments. It also explains why place and “placeness” are more than just visual realism of the highest possible order.

Keywords:   place, virtual heritage, architecture, cultural geography, virtual environments, place-making, interactive multimedia, placeness, virtual places, digital imagery

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