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integrated pipeline or improve functionality
at specific bottlenecks.'
T
hrough standardisation activities and
Open Source solutions the impact
of research will be improved. The role of
the network will be in two main areas of
standards development and use. The first
is the dissemination of the use of stand-
ards through presentations, training cours-
es, seminars and workshops. The second is
by providing a user community that can be
effectively consulted as part of the standards
development process.
M
oreover, the network aims to act as
a catalyst to involve SMEs and other
industrial partners by using virtual clusters
to help create mutual support and a critical
mass of widely accessible commercial activ-
ity. The network's brokerage system will
encourage new associations between tech-
nologists with capacity and cultural heritage
professionals with requirements.
T
he final work package `Spreading
Excellence' is concerned with taking
the experience acquired by partners in the
network and sharing it with others, both
inside the Network community and with
the wider audience of interest profession-
als and the public. Franco Niccolucci (PIN,
Italy): `Actually this work package holds the
key for the success of the entire network.
Effective communication is a key fac-
tor to overcome fragmentation. Under this
work package our network will run events,
maintain a Web site with both public and
restricted areas and disseminate to a wider
public. Most importantly it is in this work
package that the cumulative experience of
our multidisciplinary network consortium
will grow a skills base through education,
training and staff mobility.'
I
n summary, a substantial component of
the project concerns the quality of cul-
tural communication. There can be no
good cultural communication if the recip-
ient is unaware of quality issues and can-
not distinguish between `good' and `bad'
practices. EPOCH will be producing sev-
eral outputs designed for public consump-
tion. One of these is a public `Citizen's
charter' to explain the project and why
it is a worthwhile investment of pub-
lic funds. Another EPOCH `product' is
the publication of the annual `State of the
Union' report, intended to give a high-
level overview of the current state of the
industry and future directions for devel-
opment. Finally the public exhibition of
showcases will help raise public awareness
as well as the awareness of different stake-
holder groups.
I
t has historically been difficult for those
working in domains where IT has
not been greatly used to appreciate and
express the potential for applying tech-
nology in their domain. DaniŽl Pletinckx:
`To address this difficulty, we will create a
series of showcases to stimulate the imagi-
nation and provide experience of current
results. These showcases will be embed-
ded within courses and workshops, and
will be presented at major conferences and
meetings, of which the first one will be
the VAST2004 conference in December
(http://www.vast2004.org).
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These
showcases will thus provide practical and
appealing demonstrations of integrated
technology. They will highlight their con-
cepts and advantages and stimulate a crea-
tive adoption of that technology. Finally,
we want to use them to provoke feedback
from the cultural heritage domain, from
user to decision maker.'
The virtual reconstruction of the Buddha statue in Bamiyan (Afghanistan),
destroyed by the Taliban
The virtual model of the abbey complex at Ename (Belgium) superimposed
on the current setting
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EPOCH,

2004
©
EPOCH,

2004

15 See DigiCULT's events page for more details on this and other
conferences: http://www.digicult.info/pages/events.php