The integration between information technologies and culturalheritage can impact on everyday life, both from the point of view ofinstitutions and of users. The cultural heritage community haverecently been attracted by the chance offered by informationtechnology, and, in particular, by the possibility of making culturalinformation available to a wide range of people. Museums,exhibitions and cultural institutions can now supply new services toaccess cultural information, and this calls for suitable infrastructuresand tools. In such a context, this paper proposes a Web-basedapplication that enables virtual visits to access cultural informationtailored on the basis of user profiles and devices. The application isclosely integrated within the Web; it also permits one group to buildup virtual visits that can be attended by different people interested inthe same subject. The application is based on an infrastructureexploiting innovative technologies such as active proxy servers andmobile agents; it grants a high degree of flexibility and is particularlysuitable for an improved promulgation of cultural information.
Virtual visits to cultural heritage supported by web-agents / M. E., Bonfigli; Cabri, Giacomo; Leonardi, Letizia; Zambonelli, Franco. - In: INFORMATION AND SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY. - ISSN 0950-5849. - STAMPA. - 46:3(2004), pp. 173-184. [10.1016/S0950-5849(03)00126-5]