Maria Roussou, Narrative as an instrument for the construction of cultural and educational virtual reality experiences
This article presents an attempt to review examples of the use
of narrative and storytelling in immersive virtual reality worlds.
Narrative is viewed both as an abstracted structural element and in
its more linear form of storytelling as inherited through other more
conventional media such as theatre and literature. Particular attention
is given to the way narrative is incorporated in artistic, cultural,
and educational applications through the development of specific sensory
and perceptual experiences that are based on characteristics inherent to
virtual reality, such as immersion and interactivity, but also the essentially
antithetical concepts of representation and creation of illusion.
Narrative development is considered on three axes: form (visual representation),
story (emotional involvement), and history (authenticated cultural content)
and how these can come together.
Despoina Valatsou, Does Digital History Change History? Historical Narrative, Hypertext and Visualization of the Past
In this article I examine issues resulting from the convergence of history
and new media technologies. My main focus lies in the process of representing and
communicating the past and I attempt to trace the changes that this process undergoes
under the impact of hypertext, the Internet and multimedia technologies. Particular
attention is given to the element of vision and the potential of new media technologies
to create novel-optical ways of representing the past.
Nikos Ampazis, The Use of Advanced Techniques of Digital Material Management and Information Retrieval based on Content: Operation of the Concept Based Search Engine "ARGO" in the Web Site of the Foundation of the Hellenic World
In order to retrieve information from the Internet or, in general,
from databases, a user issues a number of keywords and the search is carried
out by looking for the occurrence of these keywords into the document database,
so that only those documents that contain the specific query keywords are returned.
In this way, the retrieved material is considered as relevant to the interests of
the user when the corresponding documents contain one or more of the alphanumeric
sequences that the user issued as a query. This basic search method (or its variations)
has the advantages that it can be easily implemented and can be widely applied
(irrespective of the thematic domain) but, on the other hand, it suffers from the
disadvantage that the user receives large amounts of information most of which is
usually irrelevant to his/her interests. In this paper, we examine in detail the
way in which keyword-based search engines operate, as well as a number of more
advanced statistical analysis methods, which are able to provide a more reliable
representation of information and have the ability to perform content-based
information retrieval. Finally, we focus on the implementation of such techniques
on the content-based search engine "ARGO" which is available from the Web site of
the Foundation of the Hellenic World.
Nikos Athanassiou, The canon of the nine lyric poets in the early years of Alexandrian scholarship
The canon of the nine lyric poets was established in the times of
Aristophanes of Byzantium. It has been assumed that Aristophanes' edition of
lyric poetry comprised only those nine poets, whose work had been transferred
from Greece to Alexandria in the 3rd century B.C. Evidence from papyri exemplifies
the tendency to compile selective lists of authors, poets, monuments, famous people
etc. in order to serve the needs of the new cultural era inaugurated in Alexandria.
There is a possibility that agents of the Ptolemies with lists of famous classical
authors travelled around Greece in search of surviving literary works. What had been
left out of these lists, hence out of the Alexandrian scholars' interests, was
destined soon to perish.
Aphrodite Kamara, Documentaries: Function and Fiction
In the art of the documentary, there is a thin line between reality and
fiction. Despite their high cost, documentary films become more and more popular
as an educative medium as well as a favourite film category for many members of
an audience tired of the standard film industry. Instead of creating escapes from
the world, the documentary film takes the spectator deeper into this world.
The need for deep and detailed documentation becomes thus a greater necessity
nowadays, in order for the "medium" not to become the "message", as Marshall
McLuhan professed thirty-five years ago.
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