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W
ebKit is developing an innovative
end-to-end system, expected to
yield new exploitation opportunities, prin-
cipally in the field of education.WebKit
will be evaluated extensively both inside
school and outside (e.g. in museums) by
children in a variety of age groups.
WebKit and the trial ASTRAL project
will be covered in more detail in the
next issue of DigiCULT.info.The
WebKit project co ordinator, Dr John
Holden of Central Research
Laboratories, can be contacted at: jhold
en@crl.co.uk
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TEWARDSHIP
R
ESOURCES ON THE
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AISING AWARENESS OF THE ROLE
STEWARDSHIP PLAYS IN ENSURING THE
PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL MATERIAL
D
ARRYL
M
EAD AND
J
UDY
M
EAD
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M Squared Consulting
T
his research project was commis-
sioned by Resource, the Council for
Museums, Archives and Libraries (http://
www.resource.gov.uk/). Resource was
launched in April 2000 as the strategic
body working with and for museums,
archives and libraries, tapping the potential
for collaboration between them.The new
organisation replaced the Museums and
Galleries Commission (MGC) and the
Library and Information Commission
(LIC), and now includes archives within its
portfolio. Resource is a non-departmental
public body sponsored by the Department
for Culture, Media and Sport, part of the
British government. Shortly after it was
established, Resource commissioned con-
sultants to produce a report from which it
could develop its stewardship agenda.The
outcome of this research and consultation
was published in February 2002 as
Preserving the Past for the Future.This
study noted that, too often, insufficient
importance is attached to conservation and
collections management. As a consequence,
there is a risk that unconsidered neglect of
collections could result in a loss to future
generations of users.
I
n late 2002 Resource commissioned M
Squared Consulting to conduct a new
research project under the banner of
Raising awareness of the role stewardship
plays in ensuring the preservation of cul-
tural material.The full report, Advocacy of
Stewardship on the Web, is now available
on Resource's Website at: http://www.
resource.gov.uk/documents/ id693rep.pdf.
OVERVIEW
C
aring for collections in museums,
archives and libraries is a broad topic
which in recent years has been gathered
under the umbrella term of stewardship. In
this study, stewardship was defined as collec-
tions management, care and access and was
only applied to portable cultural heritage.
U
sers of stewardship information are a
diverse group ranging from individu-
als wishing to preserve an heirloom, to
industry professionals, as well as libraries,
museums and archives of every size and
budget, even funding agencies, civil ser-
vants and politicians.
T
he focus of the study was on identify-
ing English-language resources avail-
able on the World Wide Web that best
provide information on the delivery of
effective stewardship across all three
domains. Creating this list provided poten-
tial users with a pre-screening service for
their research.Web-based resource delivery
was essential, now being available to virtu-
ally all potential users.
WebKit Participants
Central Research Laboratories Ltd
United Kingdom
University of Strathclyde
United Kingdom
Associazione Europea per l`Ambiente - Tecnopower - Ricerca
Scientifi ca Informatica
Italy
ITEL, Informatics & Telematics Ltd.
Greece
The University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Université de Genève
Switzerland
The University of Warwick
United Kingdom
Neurosoft Sp. Z. O.O.
Poland
Giunti Interactive Labs S.R.l.
Italy