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DigiCULT Publications - Benefiting the Cultural Heritage sector through monitoring and assessing existing and emerging technologies

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Copyright: Copyright: (C) 2002-2004 DigiCULT, 10, October 2005
Prototyping, augmented reality, digital archives from Greece, BIRTH television archive, VICODI and the semantic Web, InterPARES2, NEMO, and more news from our regional correspondents 9, November 2004
Examinging digital contextualisation for knowledge acquisition - reproducing Greek masks for performance - Austrian digital heritage - news from DigiCULT's Regional Correspondents - examining technologies and cultural heritage - Te Ara digital encyclopedia - thoughts on born-digital art - DiVA academic archive - new guides on digitisation - DSpace in a university trial - event reports 8, August 2004
For the first time, DigiCULT has devoted a section of this publication to a detailed focus on the cultural and scientific heritage work being carried out in one particular country. DigiCULT.Info's Content Editor, Daisy Abbott, spent a week interviewing sector professionals in France and their thoughts and experiences are presented in this special section, alongside articles and reports from French projects and events.

DigiCULT.Info 7, April 2004
Replica of La Dama de Elche using 3D scanning and printing technologies - DigiCULT user survey - projects on e-learning - Spanish archives on the Web - interview with Susan Hazan - digitisation projects in Italy - interview with Paolo Buonora - more from DigiCULT's Regional Correspondents

DigiCULT.Info 6, December 2003
DigiCULT introduces our regional correspondents - using 3D technologies in heritage projects - content management - new open source tools - action in the preservation of memory - the object of learning - IRCAM digital sound archive - our knowledge society - news and events.

DigiCULT.Info 5, November 2003
ARKive and educational games - human language technologies - introduction to Applications Service Providers - astronomical photo archive, interview with Jean-Pierre de Cuyper - news for European projects - DAVID - DELOS - E-CultureNet - open source solutions - digitisation in Turkish libraries - Open Video Archive.

DigiCULT.Info 4, August 2003
Focus on the use of 3D visualisation technologies in archaeological study - the emulation of BBC Domesday - introduction to LESTER and ESDS - a discussion of the YLE sound archive.

DigiCULT.Info 3, February 2003
Semantic web - interview with Marco Meli - events reports - metadata and standards - mobile computing in museums - charging models.

DigiCULT.Info 2, October 2002
DAMS thematic forum - interview with Michael Moon - interview with John Ippolito: conceptual art and digital preservation - strategies for digital libraries - European Network of Excellence on Electronic Archives - events reports.

DigiCULT.Info 1, July 2002
Launch of DigiCULT - interview with Luciana Duranti - integrity and authenticity of digital objects - new projects and products

Thematic Issue 7: The Future Digital Heritage Space, December 2004
This report summarises the results of an expedition into the possible future of digital heritage in the next 10-15 years. It is based on contributions of researchers, heritage experts and professionals to a DigiCULT online forum as well as the project's ongoing research. The report is intended as a navigation tool for boards and directors of heritage organisations and research centres, IT project managers, and curators of digital collections, virtual exhibitions and environments. It cautions that the next waves of innovative ICT systems and applications may significantly shape and re-shape the digital landscape in which heritage organisations reside. For many organisations this could result in becoming 'blind spots' in an emerging ambient intelligence environment. As the places and roles of digital heritage in this environment need to be discussed and prepared, the report also gives recommendations which may be useful for ensuring the creation of a thriving and inclusive future digital heritage space

Issue 6: Resource Discovery Technologies for the Heritage Sector, June 2004
This sixth Thematic Issue concentrates on how resource discovery technologies can ensure that the high value, authoritative information of heritage institutions is effectively found, retrieved, and presented to Internet users. With a key focus on the user, the Issue looks into user-driven approaches in interactive resource discovery. Expert opinion suggests that offering easy to use services and tools able to integrate the research and learning needs and behaviours of their users may form one of the heritage institutions' answers to the dominance of general-purpose global search engines. However, along with ensuring state-of-the-art interactive access and presentation, the heritage sector will also need to raise the public's awareness to, and visibility of, its online resources in a more profound manner. Otherwise it faces the risk that the large investment required in creating digital collections, rich descriptive metadata, study and learning material, will fail to realise a high return - in terms of interest and appreciation, discovery and valuable uses of heritage resources.

Issue 5: Virtual Communities and Collaboration, January 2004
This fifth Thematic Issue concentrates on the question of how heritage institutions might benefit from fostering virtual communities related to core activities such as exhibitions, educational programmes or in support of scholarly communities. There is growing volume of evidence to suggest that cultural heritage institutions' adoption of virtual communities will broaden the reach, value and relevance of cultural heritage. The vision to link the collections and work of heritage insitutions with virtual communities promises to considerably change the way we access, communicate about, share our understanding of, and participate in the experience of cultural heritage. But, for most cultural heritage institutions, the challenge will be first to embrace the idea of co-operating with a (non-professional) online community, and then to nurture an evolving and thriving community that crosses the virtual as well as physical space.

Issue 4: Learning Objects from Cultural and Scientific Heritage Resources, October 2003
How can heritage organisations improve their relevance for the education sector and lifelong learners in attractive, efficient, and sustainable ways? Simply displaying collection objects, considered useful for informal learning in some way or another online, will no longer do. A promising approach seems to be to develop learning objects, highly interoperable and reusable modular building blocks for e-learning content. Provision of such objects would also foster a much needed closer co-operation between the heritage and e-learning sectors.

Issue 3: Towards a Semantic Web for Heritage Resources, May 2003
What is the Semantic Web? What will it do for heritage institutions? And what is the role of certain languages, in particular XML and RDF? In short, the Semantic Web vision proclaims a Web of machine-readable data which allows software agents to automatically carry out rather complex tasks for humans. Key to realising this vision is semantic interoperability of Web resources. However, are there any incentives for heritage institutions to implement the necessary data infrastructure?

Issue 2: Digital Asset Management Systems for the Cultural and Scientific Heritage Sector, December 2002
Will Digital Asset Management Systems become a "must have" technology in the heritage sector? Heritage institutions will increasingly find that they need highly efficient management systems to digitise collections, to provide enhanced access for scholars and learners, and to develop new marketing tools and revenue generators (e.g. through new products or licensing). Currently DAMS are not widely employed in the sector, however, they begin to enter the scene with larger-scale digitisation projects.

Issue 1: Integrity and Authenticity of Digital Objects, August 2002
How to preserve and proof the integrity and authenticity of digital objects? The challenge is most acute for e-archives that have a highly structured working relationship with public administrations, institutions or businesses. They need to be involved strategically in the management of the life cycle of the digital objects, to implement appropriate policies and working procedures necessary for the preservation and re-use of records, cultural objects, research results, and other assets.

DigiCULT TWR 3, December 2004
Open Source Software and Standards; Natural Language Processing; Information Retrieval; Location-Based Systems; Visualisation of Data; Telepresence, Haptics, Robotics;

DigiCULT TWR 2, February 2004
The Application Service Model; The XML Family of Technologies; Cultural Agents and Avatars, Electronic Programming Guides and Personalisation; Mobile Access to Cultural Information Resources; Rights Management and Payment Technologies; Collaborative Mechanisms and Technologies

DigiCULT TWR 1, February 2003
Customer Relationship Management; Digital Asset Management Systems; Smart Labels and Smart Tags; Virtual Reality and Display Technologies; Human Interfaces; Games Technologies

Digital Collections and the Management of Knowledge: Renaissance Emblem Literature as a Case Study for the Digitization of Rare Texts and Images, February 2004
It is with great pleasure and honour to publish alongside our series of DigiCULT Publications a special edition on the digitization of emblem books. The twelve articles by distinguished experts stem from the working conference on emblem digitization held in September 2003 at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel, Germany. They allow us to exemplify how scholars in a highly specialised area of research together with digital librarians have taken advantage of information technologies, standards, and emerging best practices for the digitization of emblems and emblem books, and the scholarly work related to them. In this volume readers will find valuable information as well as encouragement for their own projects in digitizing cultural heritage resources and digitally enhanced scholarship. Note: High Resolution PDF may take a considerable time to download