Research on the Experiential Communication of Digital Humanities and Information Visualization: A Case Study of Iconography Measurement

  • Zhigang ChenEmail author
  • Jing Ma
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 714)


The purpose of digital humanities and information visualization in culture heritage preservation is the inheritance of values and dissemination of culture. The introduction of digital technologies strengthened the importance of transmitting the value of heritage. This dissertation proposes applied theoretical framework for the digitization, preservation and communication of cultural heritage, from the perspective of design thinking and based on experiential communication prototyping methodology. It proposes an “Information-Value-Experience” heritage communication framework. By examining “experience as a medium” and “experience as communication,” the author presents an experiential communication concept and a prototyping methodology for experiential communication of digitized cultural heritage.

This paper defines experiential communication in the context of digitization and preservation of cultural heritage as a set of communication design methods and guiding principles. Based on the analyzing the evolution of cultural heritage and of heritage preservation philosophy. It proposes the concept of a cultural heritage experience and analyzes its attributes and the process of the experiential communication of heritage. The analysis of “digital heritage” and “digitization of cultural heritage” clarified for digital humanities; the scope of technology application, the main form, and the basic process. There are four basic principles that are proposed for the process of the digitization of cultural heritage. By comparison of the communications transmission model and the rituals model clarified basic characteristics of the communication of digitized of cultural heritage. Visualization used the book Iconography Measurement to validate the application of the experiential communication prototype and visualization method. The digital and visualization of this book illustrated the value and meaning of experiential communication prototype for digital humanities.


Digital humanities Information visualization Experiential communication 


  1. 1.
    Howard, P.: Heritage: Management, Interpretation, Identity. Continuum International Publishing Group, New York (2003)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Hems, A., Blockley, M.: Heritage Interpretation. Routledge in Association with English Heritage, Abingdon (2006)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Schofield, J., Szymanski, R.: Local Heritage. Global Context. Ashgate, Farnham (2011)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Studio of Information and Interaction, College of Fine ArtsShanghai UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Landscape DesignShanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design GroupShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

Personalised recommendations