technical infrastructure and IT services, together with the capacity for storing and
manipulating cultural digital objects. REGNET users can perform tasks over a dedicated
servicing network, hence the anticipated benefits for non-profit organisations with limited
resources.The future establishment of regional CSCs will be influenced by the diversity
of national legal frameworks.The CSC approach determines the manner in which the
technical infrastructure has to be configured, and each CSC must set up its own infra-
structure with the necessary communication links.This is combined with a generic,
adaptable portal interface for customer use, and may be tailored in response to local or
regional market needs. REGNET's technical modules may be held on a single server, or
be spread across a number of servers, either local or remote.
The CSCs thereby form a network of services, both technical and business-related.
Each CSC will have its own specific functionalities and competence, and each CSC need
not contain all of the functionalities provided by the greater REGNET project in order
to utilise them; quite the opposite in fact, as all functionalities and competences of the
network are available to all particpating CSCs thanks to their interconnections. A CSC
must offer an adequate offline infrastructure in order to carry out presentation, demon-
stration, education, and test sessions to dedicated groups of users or potential customers.
The shared backup performed between CSC databases provides protection against data
loss and security breaches.
Within the project's EU-funded phase it engaged the global marketplace and attracted
further content provider partners. A number of cultural heritage institutions (including
the MAK - Austrian Museum of Contemporary/Applied Arts, the library of the
University of Veterinary Medicine
in Vienna, and the archive and library of the
Sigmund Freud Museum
have decided to use REGNET services.
On the whole the project has made it possible for a number of international content
providers to go one step further in the Internet field: to digitise, to establish a virtual
catalogue, and to offer their services and products on an eBusiness platform. Moreover, the
various demonstrations and guidelines developed within the project provide for players
in the cultural heritage domain a valuable decision-making resource. CSCs now exist or
are currently being established in Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany and Switzerland, and
Belgium and The Netherlands.There are plans to establish CSCs in Greece and Italy as
well.The pan-European CSC will offer future activities as organisational and technical
frameworks for new project operations, as well as for regular business activities.
Since the end of the project's EU funding, the partners have been supported by the
newly established framework organisation CSC Europe EEIG.
governs and manages the existing tools and services, and aims to integrate new research
developments, extend the network, and generate income through its services. In addition,
project results and findings are at the moment implemented in various national projects,
including the extension of the CULTIVATE-Services in Austria and the cataloguing of
cultural heritage resources in Italian regions. CSC Europe is now considering offering its
services beyond the cultural heritage domain, and to any customer with an interest in the
generation, publishing, use, and preservation of digital information in general.
http://www.mak.at; http://www.vu-wien.ac.at/bibl/; http://www.freud-museum.at
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