Dear colleagues,

We are organizing the Special Issue "Advanced Technologies in Digitizing Cultural Heritage" in Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417; Impact Factor: 2.474;, and it is now open to receive submissions for peer-review and possible publication. We consider your work in this developing field as very important and therefore would like to invite you to contribute with an article. More details about this special issue can be found at:

Once 10 or more papers are collected in this Special Issue, we will consider printing the SI into a book, which can be available on Amazon, eBookMall, Apple books etc., and promoted through digital activities and conferences.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions on this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Akrivi Katifori
Dr. Angeliki Antoniou
Dr. Areti Damala 
Dr. Paraskevi Raftopoulou

[Applied Sciences]Special Issue "Advanced Technologies in Digitizing Cultural Heritage"

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2022

From cultural disasters, like the fire damages at the Notre Dame de Paris in 2019 and the National Museum of Brazil in 2018, to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need to digitize cultural heritage is essential. Past efforts, mainly in the frameworks of specific projects, focused on digitizing items and in some cases monuments. However, the rich repositories created are not often used in a meaningful manner and their content is not returned to the public in a way that supports cultural heritage understanding, interpretation and reflection. Over the last years, there were some systematic efforts to allow the exploitation of such repositories, by applying methods for data curation and digitization in order to support effective access, exploration, presentation, and preservation of millions of digital heritage assets (i.e., FAIR principles).

However, the challenge remains within the domain to conceptualize, design, and put in practice new applications that realize the potential for the substantive and meaningful use (and re-use) of digital assets. Advanced technologies need to be coupled with new concepts and experience design paradigms that will promote user engagement with the past through critical reflection and perspective taking, following an inclusive and personalized approach. Current advances in technologies (e.g., linked data, virtual/augmented/extended reality, chatbots, digital storytelling) when combined with fundamental technological fields, like artificial intelligence and machine learning, create new opportunities to explore innovative technological solutions for the effective (re-)use of digital cultural heritage assets. This special issue aims to spotlight cutting-edge research in technology driven cultural heritage, as well as help in the alignment of these endeavors.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit previously unpublished contributions from a broad range of topics, which include but are not limited to the following:

- Big data-driven cultural heritage
- AI-driven cultural heritage
- Machine and deep learning methods for cultural heritage
- Visualization methods
- Digital assets collection, identification and sharing at scale
- Digital assets collection exploitation and re-use
- Digital storytelling (inc. virtual, augmented reality, and mixed reality)

Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Peer-review is commissioned immediately upon receipt of the paper and the paper will be published immediately online upon final acceptance. An Article Processing Charge (APC) of 2000 CHF currently applies to accepted papers. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to in advance. 

Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a manuscript at: 

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript submission and editorial system at Choosing journal "Applied Sciences" and Special Issue "Advanced Technologies in Digitizing Cultural Heritage".

Guest Editors
Akrivi Katifori, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens & Athena Research Center (GR)
Angeliki Antoniou, University of West Attica (GR)
Areti Damala, Centre National Scientifique de la Recherche & Ecole Normale Supérieure (FR)
Paraskevi Raftopoulou, University of the Peloponnese (GR)