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Challenges in Digital Archiving and Long-
term Preservation.'The report presents
findings from a joint Library of Congress
and National Science Foundation work-
shop on research challenges in digital
preservation.The report can be down-
loaded from: http://www.digitalpreserva
tion.gov/index.php?nav=3&subnav=11.
A
n example of one of the types of
research needed is emulation, as dis-
cussed in the Digital Preservation Testbed
White Paper "Emulation: Context and
Current Status" available from: http://
www.digitaleduurzaamheid.nl/bibliothee
k/docs/White_paper_emulation_UK.pdf.
PRESERVATION METADATA WORKGROUP
O
CLC's and RLG's sponsored
Preservation Metadata:
Implementation Strategies (PREMIS)
workgroup has two main aims. One goal is
to establish a core set of preservation meta-
data with wide applicability. A second
objective is to understand how the scien-
tific, cultural heritage, and public sectors
develop and run digital repositories, as well
as developing an appreciation as to how
they are encoding, storing and managing
their preservation metadata. If you have a
chance to help out with the The
Implementation Survey before 16 January
you can find out how to do so at:
http://www.oclc.org/research/pmwg/.
NEW DUBLIN CORE WORKING GROUP ON
PRESERVATION METADATA
D
rs Andrew Wilson (National Archives
of Australia) and Heike Neuroth
(University of Göttingen) announced the
formation of a Dublin Core Working
Group on Preservation Metadata.
Information about the workgroup can be
found at: http://dublincore.org/groups/
preservation/ and those wishing keep up
to date with or to contribute to discussions
about preservation metadata can subscribe
to: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/DC-
PRESERVATION.html.
A
s we went to press we selected the
following reports, surveys, and work-
ing groups from those that crossed our
desks as worthy of mention on 10
December 2003.
AMERICAN MUSEUMS DIGITAL IMAGING
SURVEY
P
rofessors Roy S Berns and Franziska
Frey of the Rochester Institute of
Technology have begun a study of direct
digital image capture of works of art with-
in US museums, archives and other cultur-
al heritage institutions.To give their study
a good grounding they are conducting a
survey. For further information and forms
see: http://www.cis.rit.edu/museum
Survey/intro.php.
PUBLICATION OF 'IT'S ABOUT TIME:
RESEARCH CHALLENGES IN DIGITAL
ARCHIVING AND LONG-TERM
PRESERVATION'
A
t the start of December,The National
Digital Information Infrastructure and
Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the
U.S. Library of Congress announced the
publication of `It's About Time: Research
A
lthough there exists a real inequality
in terms of the visibility of the differ-
ent nodes and hubs on the Net,
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the new
ICTs are still very conducive to the build-
ing of bottom-up knowledge. Publishing
on the Web is infinitely easier and more
democratic than publishing in the world of
the printed page ever was.
B
y way of concluding, I will present an
illustration of networked knowledge
in action: the first plans of a Hungarian
Virtual Encyclopaedia, the construction of
which has been entrusted to the Institute
for Philosophical Research of the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
(http://www.mta.hu/), with numerous
institutes of the Academy participating in
its development.We envisage an ency-
clopaedia in the classical sense: a full circle
of learning ­ a densely interconnected web
of entries, with specially designed software
to map and display the structure of links.
The mapping software will place unlinked
entries far towards the peripheries of the
map, while densely linked entries are
moved towards the centre.
Screenshot demonstrating the planned Hungarian Virtual Encyclopedia
('Philosophy')
© Nyir
i,
2003
L
ATE
B
REAKING
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64 Cf. Albert-László Barabási, Linked: The New Science of Networks (Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2002);
Steven Strogatz, Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order (New York: Hyperion, 2003); Mark Buchanan,
NEXUS: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks (New York:W.W. Norton & Co., 2002).
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