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DCMI than other communities.We should
not decry this and throw the baby out
with the bathwater but all work together.
The DCMES is not the answer to every
metadata need but it was never intended to
be. Instead of criticising DCMI, I believe it
behoves all of us to endeavour to work
together as a community of like-minded
individuals intent on making the DCMES
as good and as useful as it can be within its
own constraints.
F
inally, let me say that, while I under-
stand the issues archivists and record-
keepers have about metadata and DC
metadata in particular, one of the reasons
that DCMES does not quite fit our con-
text is because we, as a profession, are very
late in coming to dine at this particular
table. Librarians were thinking about these
issues long before archivists/record-keepers
were, and therefore had more influence
over the shape of the DCMES and the
The papers of the 2003 Dublin
Core Conference: `Supporting
Communities of Discourse and
Practice Metadata Research and
Application', which was held in
Seattle at the end of September
2003, are available online from:
http://www.ischool.washington.
edu/dc2003/index.html
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C
ISTERCIANS IN
Y
ORKSHIRE
: C
REATING A
V
IRTUAL
H
ERITAGE
L
EARNING
P
ACKAGE
T
O FOLLOW UP OUR PREVIOUS COVERAGE
OF
3D
RECONSTRUCTIONS OF ARCHAEO
-
LOGICAL SITES
,
D
IGI
CULT.I
NFO
SPOKE TO
C
ARL
S
MITH
, D
IGITISATION
O
FFICER FOR
THE
C
ISTERCIANS IN
Y
ORKSHIRE PROJECT
BASED AT THE
U
NIVERSITY OF
S
HEFFIELD
.
T
he Cistercians in Yorkshire project
(http://cistercians.shef.ac.uk/), funded
with a grant from the New Opportunities
Fund's UK-wide digitisation programme, is
creating a Web-based learning package
centred around three-dimensional virtual
heritage reconstructions of Cistercian
abbeys in Yorkshire.These reconstructions
are seen by the project team as providing
both a way into the learning materials on
the Website and an informed insight into
the Cistercian mindset.The project's cen-
tral ambition is to use the architecture as
an explanatory teaching device, to answer
questions about the nature of this expres-
sion of the monastic ideal through explicit
reference to the shape and form of the
buildings within which it was articulated.
T
he Cistercians, or `white monks',
played a major role in the religious
and economic life of medieval England.
They became significant land-owners in
Yorkshire (and beyond) and had an endur-
ing impact on their local environment.
There are only six Yorkshire Cistercian
abbeys with surviving fabric. Among the
Yorkshire houses, Fountains and Rievaulx,
both founded in 1132, are of notable
importance and remain popular with visi-
tors of all ages; Fountains Abbey, indeed, is
a World Heritage site. Roche was chosen
because of its location in South Yorkshire
near to Sheffield and because of the archi-
tectural significance of the building (one
of the earliest examples of `New Gothic'
architecture in northern England).We
elected to work also on Kirkstall in Leeds
in order to contribute to the celebration
of the 850th anniversary of that monas-
tery's foundation in collaboration with the
Abbey House Museum in Leeds. Many
modern communities in Yorkshire live on,
or near, land that was once owned by the
Cistercian order; this project will encour-
age potential users, such as residents and
local schools, to explore the history of
their local area.
A
reas of humanities research that can
benefit from the implementation of
Virtual Reality (VR) include those that
require greater interactivity in the learning
process. A well-designed virtual environ-
ment should allow the users to regularly
ask their own questions while analysing the
associations between pieces of information,
rather than just isolated facts. At the heart
of the Cistercians project are 3D virtual re-
creations of the abbey churches and
monastic buildings, which will be accom-
panied by pages explaining the history and
the social, economic and cultural signifi-
cance of each foundation.We are creating
high-quality, architecturally accurate 3D
models of buildings using CAD and 3D
MAX technologies.These packages have
been chosen on the basis that they are
industry standard and maximise the
chances of future file migration.
A wireframe rendering of the exterior
of Roche Abbey
Cistercians in
Y
orkshire
,
2003