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Assessing the user response to differences in functionality when visualising 3D models of cultural heritage sites using the Technology Readiness Index
journal contributionposted on 2023-08-30, 15:22 authored by Matthew Smith, Nigel Walford, Carlos Jimenez-Bescos
Visualisation of cultural heritage using 3D modelling in situ or over the Internet has increased in recent years. This paper examines people's readiness to accept these and their preferred degree of sophistication using a visualisation video of a 3D model of the Fishbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex, England. Participants viewed six visualisations in a controlled environment that sequentially added features such as texture, sound, lighting and ultimately interaction and mobility via game engine technologies. The updated Technology Readiness Index was used to group participants according to their willingness to accept the visualisations. TRI Explorers appreciated the addition of interactivity while enhanced model fidelity satisfied other groups. Linking the profile of the TRI groups with published survey results relating the characteristics of historical museum visitors suggests that TRI Explorers are not the target demographic negating the need for interactivity, although a museum's visitor profile should also be considered.
Publication titleDigital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
- Accepted version