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NCCA is not an archiving system as
such, but in due time the network will
generate a large quantity of references to
the partners' archives and gradually evolve
towards a metadata depository of knowl-
edge and information in this field.
T
he future target is to facilitate the
semi-automatic acquisition of INCCA
metadata from the museum's collection
management systems, establishing a cumula-
tive effect on the increase of content. More
information on the project and its tangible
outcomes can be found at the INCCA Web
site: http://www.incca.org/.
Digital Community of the Past
In January 2004 DIVA, the Dutch
Association for Record Management and
Archives (Vereniging voor de documentaire
informatievoorziening en het archiefwezen:
http://www.divakoepel.nl/), launched
its pilot study `Digital Community of
the Past' (Digitaal Genootschap van het
Verleden, DGV). The DGV uses a Napster-
type environment to exchange histori-
cal information. The core of the system
is a peer-to-peer network in which both
individuals and cultural heritage organi-
sations can exchange digitised historical
information. DGV is supported by a work-
ing group of leading professionals in the
field of cultural heritage and digitisation.
The project is financed by the Ministry of
Economic Affairs.
I
n the past, DIVA, an umbrella association
of cultural heritage organisations, car-
ried out a feasibility study into interest in
the DGV application among potential users,
the technology required, and the costs of
operating this digital community. This study
showed that both users and suppliers are
enthusiastic about the idea of such an inter-
active application, if it is easy to use.
F
ollowing the encouraging findings of
this study, the go-ahead was given for
three pilot studies to be carried out along-
side the DGV. Each pilot study investi-
gates specific issues, such as the relationship
between the organisations and individual
users, the role of historical societies, and the
participation of cultural heritage organisa-
tions. In addition, several network models
will be tested. DIVA is currently developing
a Web site for the Digital Community of
the Past. This site will keep you up to date
on the progress of the project and the pilot
studies. The working DGV will be ready by
the end of 2004; the project continues until
the end of 2005.
F
or more information, contact Frans
Hoving (project co-ordinator at DIVA)
at: fhoving@divakoepel.nl.
Present Past: making Dutch history
accessible for a new audience
The Dutch organisation Present Past
(Actueel Verleden, http://www.actueelver-
leden.nl/) is a meeting-place of past and
present. Present Past aims at increasing his-
torical awareness by making Dutch history
easily accessible. Its activities include organ-
ising the National History Week, producing
a television series and issuing a newspaper
on Dutch history.
P
resent Past was founded in 2002 by
cultural organisations such as the
National Library of the Netherlands
(http://www.kb.nl/), the National Archives
(http://www.nationaalarchief.nl/) and The
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (http://rijksmu-
seum.nl), and is made possible with a grant
from the Ministry for Education, Culture
and Sciences. The Editor-in-chief is Wim
van der Weiden, chairman of the European
Museum Forum.
O
ur primary audience consists of peo-
ple who do not usually visit muse-
ums. By beginning in the present, focusing
on personal stories and creating new means
of telling these stories, we will encourage
our audience to look back to the past, giv-
ing them a better view of the present, as
well as the future. Starting primarily as a
virtual meeting-place and organiser of tem-
porary events at different locations, Present
Past will eventually develop a physical visi-
tor centre in The Hague.
T
his year, Present Past will launch sev-
eral projects, linked by the theme
`Identity: Typically Dutch'. Going online
this June is a Web site providing historical
backgrounds to the news-related topics and
enabling visitors to tell their own stories
using advanced interactive applications. A
network of partners and specialists will help
visitors to find answers to questions related
to this theme.
SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
T
he Third International Conference
`New Technologies and Standards:
Digitization of National Heritage 2004' was
held in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro,
3-5 June 2004. For more information,
please visit http://www.ncd.matf.bg.ac.yu/
conferences/en/CallForPapers.html or look
in DigiCULT's Events Database at http://
www.digicult.info/pages/events.php.
DigiCULT Regional
Correspondents:
Efthimios Mavrikas
Greece
Anna Maria Tammaro
Italy
Zinaida Manzuch
Lithuania
Eelco Bruinsma &
Johan Oomen
Netherlands
Zoran Ognjanovic
Serbia and
Montenegro