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2003, the A. Baranauskas and A. Vienuolis
Memorial Museum, in co-operation with
the Lithuanian Art Museum and Information
Centre of Samogitian Cultural Association
(http://samogitia.mch.mii.lt/index-
en.htm), completed two electronic pub
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lishing projects Narrow Gauge Railway
(http://www.baranauskas.lt/index.en.htm)
and Horse Museum (http://www.arkliomuz-
iejus.lt/index.en.htm), both available in
English and Russian which unfold valu-
able cultural assets of the Anyksciai dis-
trict. A narrow gauge railway in Anyksciai
is the longest railway of this type in Europe
and was built at the end of the nine-
teenth century. In 2002-2003, when fund-
ing was obtained from PHARE 2000 ESS,
it was reconstructed and became a popu-
lar tourist site. The Horse Museum, situat-
ed near Anyksciai, is a unique institution
in Lithuania introducing the significance
of horses to Lithuanian economic develop-
ment and a picturesque cultural site offer-
ing various attractions for tourists. Both
museums are departments of A. Baranauskas
and A. Vienuolis Memorial Museum, so all
the important information about museum
collections, services and links to its sub-
divisions can be found at http://www.
baranauskas.lt/index.en.htm.
D
ue to the collaboration of Palanga
Botanical Park, Lithuanian Art Museum
and Information Centre of Samogitian
Cultural Association, extensive informa-
tion on Lithuanian amber and the famous
Lithuanian resort Palanga and its herit-
age is available at the new educational Web
site Amber in the Evolution of Lithuanian
History and Culture (http://www.pgm.lt/
index_en.htm).32
THE NETHERLANDS
Half a million pictures on the Web site
of Nationaal Archief
A new image bank has recently become
available on the Nationaal Archief Web site
(http://www.nationaalarchief.nl/). This
image bank contains 500,000 pictures from
1890 to 1990. The collection gives a unique
view on small and large events, ranging
from politics to royalty, and daily life in The
Netherlands.
T
he largest part of the collection con-
sists of press photographs from a
former press agency called ANEFO. The
collection also contains photographs taken
by the photographer Willem van der Poll,
while the oldest photographs come from
the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and
Water Management. In June over a thou-
sand photographs of Dutch national foot-
ball taken between 1898 and 1940 were
added to the image bank.
A
s well as the facility to retrieve pic-
tures, the image bank offers a few
extras. Users can create their own pages
and add favourite photographs to their own
albums. Unfortunately, the quality of the
descriptions is not very good; for example,
in many cases it is not possible to identify
the persons in the photographs. With this in
mind, an option has been built in through
which the user can enter additional remarks
or descriptions. The image bank does not
yet contain high-resolution scans; these will
be added in the future.
INCCA: The International Network for
the Conservation of Contemporary Art
INCCA (http://www.incca.org/) involves
the knowledge sharing of a large number
of leading modern and contemporary art
museums and institutions world-wide. The
Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage
(ICN, http://www.icn.nl/) and TATE in
the UK (http://www.tate.org.uk) are co-
organisers of this project.
W
ith the financial support of the
European Union, INCCA started
in 1999 to create a knowledge and infor-
mation platform for conservators and cura-
tors of modern and contemporary art.
The aim was not only to disseminate the
usual types of information (such as publi-
cations, project descriptions and congress
announcements), but also to make INCCA
a knowledge management tool that sup-
ports the daily practice of preservation.
T
o this end INCCA developed a cen-
tral registry of metadata records,
which describes resources of information
on the collecting, preservation and presen-
tation of contemporary art, as well as the
information collected from artists on their
working processes and artistic intentions.
The INCCA Database for Artists' Archives
has the following characteristics:
The XML data input is delivered from
remote network environments to the
central registry with the support of an
Adlib software program.
The program is based on the Dublin
Core metadata standard (enriched with a
number of qualifiers).
The program includes a controlled
vocabulary for keywords and agents.
The descriptive elements are adequate for
descriptions of a wide range of informa-
tion sources.
Links are included to related information
resources published on the Internet.
Records include data about the provid-
ers, i.e. people and/or institutions who
are keepers of the source material.
The system is dynamic in that data are
added in the context of a professional
activity, such as an exhibition, restoration
or project.
32 Information provided by Danute Mukiene, Head of the
Information Centre of Samogitian Cultural Association
(http://samogitia.mch.mii.lt/). Information sources: http://
www.baranauskas.lt, http://www.pgm.lt.