Visual Heritage in the Digital Age

Heritage is everywhere, and an understanding of our past is increasingly critical to the understanding of our contemporary cultural context and place in global society. Visual Heritage in the Digital Age presents the state-of-the-art in the application of

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Eugene Ch'ng Vincent Gaffney Henry Chapman Editors

Visual Heritage in the Digital Age

Springer Series on Cultural Computing

Editor-in-Chief Ernest Edmonds, Sydney, NSW, Australia Series Editors Frieder Nake, Bremen, Bremen, Germany Nick Bryan-Kinns, London, UK Linda Candy, Ultimo, NSW, Australia David England, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK Andrew Hugill, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK Shigeki Amitani, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan Doug Riecken, New York, NY, USA

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Visual Heritage in the Digital Age


Editors Eugene Ch0 ng Vincent Gaffney Henry Chapman IBM Visual and Spatial Technology Centre Digital Humanities Hub University of Birmingham Birmingham UK

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