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http://www.circle-network.org/).Whereas
the earlier effort was limited to a loose
connection through a Website with
addresses, E-Culture Net foresees a more
systematic co-operation by involving exist-
ing specialised networks in specific ele-
ments of the DEER vision. By joining
these smaller networks in a common task,
E-Culture Net achieves a new critical
mass; at the same time it brings into new
light (valorising, in the language of
Brussels) various excellent achievements
such as the Inventaire, which were previ-
ously often unknown beyond their coun-
try of origin. Among the networks
included to date are ERPANET
(http://www.erpanet.org), C2RMF
(http://www.c2rmf.fr/), NEHRN
(http://nehrn.hum.sdu.dk/), SCRAN
(http://www.scran.ac.uk/), ORION
(http://www.orion-net.org/) and SIMI-
LAR (http://www.tele.ucl.ac.be/SIMI
LAR/). Other specialised networks such as
the Réseau d'Ethnologie and GLEN
(Greek and Latin Epigraphy Network) are
in the process of joining.
A
series of links with UNESCO and
with other cultural networks have
been initiated and strengthened.These
networks include: Canadian Heritage
Information Network (CHIN,
http://www.chin.gc.ca/), Chinese
Cultural Heritage Network (CCHN),
Asian Network of Excellence on
Digital Silk Roads (ANoEDSR), Russian
Cultural Heritage Network (RCHN,
http://www.rchn.org.ru/), Digital Silk
Roads Cultural Grid (NSF DSRCG),
and the UN Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation (UNESCO,
http://www.unesco.org/).
DISTRIBUTED EUROPEAN ELECTRONIC
RESOURCE (DEER)
H
ow does one translate a long-term
vision into a practical reality? A first
step when considering how to create the
DEER was to identify a series of 12 mod-
This issue will affect intangible heritage
(e.g. performances, crafts, oral traditions)
and the way in which it is presented in
museums, historic sites, libraries and
archives at a local, regional and national
level. The draft is available for download-
ing from: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/
images/0013/ 001307/130784e.pdf
"P
reliminary Draft International
Convention for the Safeguarding
of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and
report by the Director-General on the
situation calling for standard-setting and
on the possible scope of such standard-
setting" has been distributed by
UNESCO in preparation for its biennial
General Conference in autumn 2003.
UNESCO C
ONVENTION FOR THE
S
AFEGUARDING
OF THE
I
NTANGIBLE
H
ERITAGE OF THE
W
ORLD
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E-C
ULTURE
N
ET
T
HEMATIC
N
ETWORK
(2002-2003)
K
IM
H. V
ELTMAN
Scientific Director of the Maastricht Mc Luhan Institute and co-ordinator of a new
EU Network of Centres of Excellence in Digital Cultural Heritage
I
n the past year, the E-
Culture Net
Thematic network has
produced a number of
reports ranging from
surveys of content in
Germany and Russia to
discussions of
Distributed
Autonomous Cultural
Objects (DACOs), a
new protocol that sits on top of the Open
Archive Initiative (OAI) work, and devel-
opment of a framework for a Distributed
European Electronic Resource (DEER).
INTRODUCTION
E
-Culture Net (IST-2001-37491)
began on 1 July 2002 as a one-year
thematic network and resulted in twelve
outcomes including: a Website with defini-
tion of vision, structure and expansion;
taking the first steps towards Distributed
European Electronic Resource (DEER);
the development and demonstration of a
DACO protocol for access to local databas-
es; the development of new research areas,
topics, European Masters and Doctorates,
and the development of national networks.
E-CULTURE NET WEBSITE
(http://www.eculturenet.org)
O
ur vision is to provide
access to Europe's cultural
heritage through co-ordination
of networks and to develop a
Distributed European Electronic
Resource (DEER) through a
grid for culture; to use the
DEER to develop critical meth-
ods and thought via European Masters and
Doctorates; and to keep it up-to-date
through research matrices to understand
the digital knowledge production life-cycle
and generate new research topics. Interest
in joining the Network of Excellence came
from institutions across the EU, from the
EU's prospective members (Newly
Accessed States) and internationally.
E
-Culture Net has taken up afresh the
idea of a Network of Networks,
introduced in 1989 by UNESCO through
Culture Link (Network of Networks for
Research and Co-operation in Cultural
Development, http://www.culturelink.
org/) and CIRCLE (Cultural Information
and Research Centres Liaison in Europe,
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urg Researc
h 2003