Organized Sessions

Organized Session1: The city's intangible cultural heritage

The session departs from the new research direction of smart city learning that adds a new human-centered perspective to the so far functionalist vision of smart cities. The smart city learning approach does not address learning only as a way to train an adequate human capital but instead envisions learning as one of the driving forces of the smartness and well-being of a community. Unavoidably the underlying and ubiquitous techno-ecosystems - whose embedded intelligence, sensitivity and responsiveness surround the individuals - challenge the future of learning and call for a redefinition of spaces, contents, processes, skills and assessment approaches. In relation to this general idea, the organized session is going to focus on a specific aspect of this challenge: how to capture, represent, and disseminate the intangible cultural heritage of a city. In contrast to tangible cultural heritage (buildings, sites etc.), intangible cultural heritage focuses on cultural practices. The intangible cultural heritage of the city can thus be seen as something constituted by the inhabitants of the city in their daily living routines, giving meaning to places found in the city. This “meaning making” is subject to constant changes, some subtle, some more drastic (e.g. structural changes when a city loses its industrial traditions). For this special session we invite contributions that focus on how this intangible heritage of the city (and thus its inhabitants) can be captured, represented, and disseminated in order to learn about (historical or modern) practices in relation to the actual urban scape. Challenges include (but are not limited to):

  • Data Capture:
    • Which kind of data is relevant for capturing social practices related to urban places?
    • Where does this data come from (archives, user-generated …)?
    • How subjective should/could this data be?
    • Should it be captured in situ (and by whom: experts vs laymen)?
  • Representation:
    • How can data about social practices be represented?
    • Are standards required?
    • How can ontologies be useful for representing the data?
    • What is the relation between the data and the learning goal (dissemination)?
  • Dissemination:
    • Which kind of technologies can be exploited?
    • What is the relation between place, content, and technology?
    • How can success be measured in such a setting?


Smart City Learning, Intangible Cultural Heritage, User-generated Content, Urban Installations


  • Matthias Rehm, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Kasper Rodil, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Carlo Giovannella, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy


All papers that address any of the above mentioned topics are welcome but papers specifically addressing capture (data sources, archives, user-generated content) and representation are particularly welcome. All submissions will be reviewed by three distinguished researchers in the area of culture and computing. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings published by Conference Publishing Services.
All submissions should be submitted electronically in English with an abstract (150 words) via EasyChair at: (Select the topic of "[Organized Session] The city's intangible cultural heritage" for submissions to this organized session.)
The submissions should follow the formatting instructions for publishing with Conference Publishing Services: (Please choose the US letter type for the paper template)