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all of the short-listed applications achieve
this. The Digital Archive is an essential,
legally required piece of work. The JISC
Continuing Strategy will ensure that the
problems of digital preservation are not
neglected in the near future. As a manage-
ment and funding committee promoting
higher and further education research, they
intend to develop a community and allow
this community to realise their ambitions.
The Preservation Metadata Extraction Tool
is a useful software utility and its value will
be realised over time. The Wellcome Trust/
JISC Feasibility Study produced results
useful to a wide audience and will be of
benefit to many UK institutions, such as
the Digital Archive. Small-scale projects
such as this should be encouraged and fol-
lowed up with further practical investi-
gations. However, it is the CAMiLEON
project that I feel is the most suitable to
win. It has advanced both theory and
practice, highlighted many issues of dig-
ital preservation and attempted to provide
solutions. Future projects producing results
comparable to these can only be beneficial
for us to preserve our cultural and scien-
tific heritage.
FINAL NOTE
T
he Digital Archive was announced as
the winner of the award at the British
Library on 22 June. The CAMiLEON
project was awarded a special commenda-
tion certificate. Congratulations must be
extended, not only to the Digital Archive
and the CAMiLEON Project, but also to
all the short-listed entrants for their excel-
lent respective submissions.
M
ore about the award and the
DPC can be found at their Web
site http://www.dpconline.org and, for
more information about the Pilgrim Trust
Conservation Awards and the full shortlist,
please visit http://www.consawards.ukic.
org.uk/.
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T
he ARCHway project (Architecture
for Research in Computing for
Humanities through collaborative research,
teaching and learning) is an unusual col-
laboration of scholars and students in com-
puter science and the humanities who seek
to identify and solve problems of mutual
importance in building image-based elec-
tronic editions of significant cultural mate-
rials. To accomplish these goals, ARCHway
is developing a workbench of integrated
tools, called Edition Production Technology
(EPT). Using its underlying programming
platform, Eclipse (http://eclipse.org/), we
are creating new editing tools, integrating
those tools already developed under other
projects, and then using these tools to pre-
pare image-based electronic editions.
BACKGROUND
T
he concept of electronic editing tools
began under the Electronic Beowulf
project, when the need for these tools
became evident, and continued under the
Digital Atheneum project with the devel-
opment of a Glossary Tool.43 The produc-
tion of focused, well-designed, XML-based
editing tools began in earnest in Autumn
2002 under the Electronic Boethius project
(see Figure 1).44
I
n this phase the Electronic Boethius team,
under the programming leadership of
Ionut Emil Iacob, created a Java proto-
type EPT called the Electronic Editions
Environment, or E3, which integrated the
Glossary Tool with text and an XML tag-
ging capability to facilitate searching of
text and glossary. During this period the
team also developed several stand-alone
tools in Java, designed to incorporate imag-
es, which E3 also integrated.45 Thus, while
we had a prototype of EPT in E3, the con-
tinual requirement to integrate emerging
new tools posed a significant programming
problem.
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42 ARCHway is supported by the National Science
Foundation under Grant No. 0219924, awarded pursuant
to the authority of the NSF Act of 1950 (42 U.S.C. 1861
et
seq.), which is subject to GC-1 Grant General Conditions
(10/98) and is made in accordance with the provisions of
NSF 98-63, `Information Technology Research.'
43 For details of ARCHway, and these other projects, fol-
low the links at http://www.rch.uky.edu.
44 The Electronic Boethius Project is funded by a
Collaborative Research Award from the National
Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, with images provided by The British Library
and the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
45 Chengdong Li was responsible for programming most
of the tools that manipulate images. The Electronic Boethius
Project is funded by a Collaborative Research Award from
the National Endowment for the Humanities. It received
additional support for the development of these editing
tools from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The British
Library and the Bodleian Library, Oxford, provided the
digital images for this project.
Fig. 1 - Electronic Boethius Electronic Editions Environment (E3)