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T
he digital archive, accessible from
the NZETC Website, is a constantly
expanding collection of searchable XML
texts and images.The document delivery
service is open source: a Java servlet called
Cocoon, which is run inside the Apache
Tomcat servlet container. zCocoon is a
flexible environment that compartmentalis-
es the transformation of documents from
XML via XSLT, allowing the delivery of
a variety of formats.
N
ZETC also acts as a source of
expertise for the digitisation commu-
nity in New Zealand. It can host collec-
tions created externally, perform document
conversion and repurposing, open-source
e-publishing, metadata creation and digital
imaging, and provide consultation services
for both the public and private sectors and
project management for activities involving
XML, SGML,TEI, text and image conver-
sion, and multiple e-book delivery formats.
In addition, the Centre provides institutions
with advice on the digitising of their own
materials. Public institutions are particularly
interested in the open-source solutions
made possible by this expert advice.
NZETC also collaborated in the creation
of the Heritage Materials Imaging Facility
(http://www.hmif.co.nz/). Housed at the
National Library, this facility opens up new
digitisation possibilities for the whole
country.
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EXT
C
ENTRE APPROACHES ITS SECOND BIRTH
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DAY
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ITS FOUNDER AND
D
IRECTOR
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LIZABETH
S
TYRON
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SPOKE TO
D
IGI
CULT.I
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DURING A VISIT TO
HATII
(U
NIVERSITY OF
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LASGOW
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ABOUT HOW
THE
C
ENTRE WAS FORMED
,
AND ITS WORK
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AIMS AND SERVICES
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T
he New Zealand Electronic Text
Centre (http://www.nzetc.org/) gen-
erates standards-based digital content and
provides a wide range of services to both
educational and commercial organisations.
NZETC, based at the Victoria University
of Wellington, is a vibrant institution
which, despite its young age, has already
won the confidence of the cultural her-
itage community.The Centre was first
conceived by Elizabeth Styron, its current
Director, while she was involved in the
Early American Fiction project
(http://eaf.chadwyck.com/) at the
University of Virginia.While on a
Fulbright fellowship in New Zealand,
using TEI (http://www.tei-c.org/) and
XML, and working on the development of
e-text coding, Styron put a proposal to
Victoria University to create a centre based
on the model used at the University of
Viriginia.The project was funded by the
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
at Victoria, and in December 2001 the
NZETC was born.
NZETC has three major aims:
to create a free online archive, focusing
on the Pacific Island and NZ region;
to provide resources and services for
others;
to establish and develop a community
of people who have expertise in the
creation and use of digital resources.
Analyse and compare current legal
and regulatory contexts leading to
specifications for suitable frameworks
for stakeholders, in particular for
memory institutions, for permanent
access to digital deposits (with particular
attention to objects that are `born digi-
tal') and online registers of trusted
preservation repositories.
Study and propose suitable business
models and costs analysis and long-term
funding strategies for public institutions.
Foster cooperation with emerging
international activities such as that
being developed under the auspices of
UNESCO.
Validate and promote the research
agenda at EU and Member State levels
with special emphasis on encouraging
national funding agencies to allocate
resources to enabling research in line
with the evolving research agenda.
Co-ordinator:
Italian Presidency.The
Italian Presidency will lead this area, but it
is crucial to have long-term commitment
by future Presidencies and Member States
authorities.
ITALIAN PRESIDENCY: developing the
report on risks and emergencies with at
least four other cases and the report on
legislation and policy frameworks; imple-
menting Website for the initiative and
ensuring continuity in cooperation with
the future Presidencies.
PRESTOSPACE: bridging the gap
between technical results and service
implementation, meeting in Paris,
December 2004.
ERPANET: improving the understanding
of the interconnectedness between e-gov-
ernment and e-citizenship viability and the
long-term authenticity and integrity of
digital entities; providing an annual review
of national policies and strategies; enhanc-
ing and promoting policy and legal frame-
work tools.
NZ E
LECTRONIC
T
EXT
C
ENTRE
NZETC
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2003
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