Call: “The Internet of Things in the Cultural Heritage Sector” – Special issue of Sustainability

Call for Papers

Special Issue of sustainability
The Internet of Things in the Cultural Heritage Sector

Guest Editor:
Dr. Mark T Marshall
Department of Computing, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK
Interests: Internet of Things; smart devices; tangible interaction; heritage; personalization

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Museums and cultural heritage sites have often experimented with digital technologies as a way of providing new means of engaging with visitors. This has included a variety of different forms of interaction, whether on-site during a visit, or online before or after the visit. Ranging from mobile apps, through interactive tables, tangible interaction and on-line post-visit experiences, these technologies have aimed to engage visitors in new and interesting ways and to promote interaction with heritage in a different way to the more traditional museum text label. The increasing development of IoT technologies offers huge potential for cultural heritage sites to extend the ways in which they use such new technologies and the possibilities that they offer both for visitors and for the heritage sites themselves. IoT also enables heritage organisations to gather data about how visitors interact with the heritage on display, to personalise the visitor experience, and to extend the visit past the on-site interaction to other aspects of visitors’ lives.

This special issue offers an opportunity to discuss the ways in which IoT and cultural heritage can interact and the impact that each field can have on the other, whether from a technological, heritage, business, artistic or other perspective. We welcome submissions (from any domain) that focus on the potential offered by IoT in the cultural heritage sector.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • IoT-enabled interactive visitor experiences
  • Personalisation of delivered experiences
  • Connecting physical visits with online archives
  • Visitor tracking, monitoring and analytics
  • Exhibit and site monitoring
  • Gathering visitor-generated content
  • Connecting distributed heritage sites
  • Connectivity, security and management of IoT in a heritage setting
  • Opportunities and challenges for the use of IoT in cultural heritage

Dr. Mark T Marshall, Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


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