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DigiCULT aims to bridge this gap. It examines the changing face of technology to
identify developments that could be deployed without further work, those that would
require further development or repurposing and those that are still in promising, early
stages of gestation DigiCULT's project team recognises the risks of adopting a technol-
ogy driven approach. It endeavours to balance its over-view of the technologies with the
opportunity for the sector to bring forward problems for which they would wish to have
a technologically supported solution. As the team reviews developments, it seeks to iden-
tify technologies that could help address these problems.Where no solution appears
available it endeavours to make researchers aware of specific needs of the sector.
The Technology Watch activities will produce three Technology Watch Reports.These
documents will provide accessible descriptions of new technologies, suggest how these
might be employed within different cultural domains, and indicate the implications and
risks (e.g. social, organisational, financial) of adopting particular ones. In developing its
Technology Watch activities, the DigiCULT team is monitoring whether recommenda-
tions set out in the DigiCULT study are bearing fruit and whether assumptions about
future technological development are actually being realised. By better understanding
how technologies are adopted and how successful recent research has been in predicting
the impact of new developments, the project team should improve its success at identify-
ing future technologies and making the community aware of them. As this project pro-
duces each study it will evaluate its impact and predictive accuracy to ensure that it
improves its metrics and practices.
The Technology Watch Reports are only one of four ways in which DigiCULT
contributes to improving the knowledge about and the use of technologies within the
cultural heritage sector.
- DigiCULT hosts themed fora and publishes their results. So far we have released
three of these: Integrity and Authenticity of Digital Cultural Heritage Objects (August
2002), Digital Asset Management Systems for the Cultural and Scientific Heritage Sector
(December 2002), and XML:Towards an Interoperable Semantic Web for Heritage
Introduction
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Research & Content Flow
Website
E-Mailings
Print Products
Gathering of
Expert Opinion
Technology Research
Case Studies
Journalistic Work
Interviews
Announcements
Announcements
Discussion, modification,
revision
Newsletters (7)
Headline News
Technology Watch
Reports (3)
Thematic Issues
(7)
Forums
(7)
TWBs Online
Feedback
Position paper
Draft
Technology
Watch
Briefings
(18)
Thematic Issue
Position paper
Summary of Forum
Interviews
Case Study
Relevant Projects
Literature
etc.
Writing and
gathering of:
DigiCULT News
Fora/Interviews
Publications spotlight
Articles
Conference Reports
Events calendar