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transfer: OAI Harvester, which connects the collection management system to the TSC
database,
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and HTTP, which is used for viewing and managing the TSC portals in a
similar way to a standard Web browser.
The OpenBase kiosk system for use inside the museum runs through a standard MS
Windows
intranet, and communicates with the collection management system through
standard HTTP.The collection management system runs a simple Web server for use
inside the local network. The kiosks can be set up to allow public access to this Web
server, thereby allowing museum visitors to browse the collection management system.
The collection management data are made available to the TSC portal through the OAI
Harvesting Protocol.Through this portal users can ask the collection management system
for data about a museum's collections. Once imported into the TSC's database, this infor-
mation can then be made available to the public through the portal Web site.The data on
the TSC portal are managed by staff through a browser interface. Images can also be
imported to the server using FTP.
The set-up technology is very flexible
and can be configured to meet localised
requirements.The consortium has anticipated
potential difficulties in providing support
for unique installations across Europe.The
technology product has therefore been
packaged in different modules, in order to
give the client the opportunity to choose
full-feature or `light' versions of the product.
The prototype model is now (July 2003)
ready for the market. According to Space's
Salvatore Lusso, in some ways it feels as if
the project is anticipating the market, and
addressing an almost unexplored market niche with no competitors yet present.The
primary innovation that the OpenHeritage team feels its work has brought to the cultural
heritage sector is the integration and combination of different technologies for the pur-
pose of financial gain, not only to individual enterprises or institutions but also to local
areas. Its innovation lies in both its technological and business models.
The Corcoran Library, Washington DC
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Founded in 1869, and situated only a
stone's throw from the White House, the
Corcoran is a major player in the American
art world.The museum is the third oldest
in the country, and houses an impressive
collection of American and European mas-
terpieces.The museum sits side by side
with the Corcoran College of Art and
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http://www.corcoran.edu/library/.This case study is based upon an e-mail questionnaire completed by
Claudia Covert, the Corcoran Library Director, in Autumn 2003. Subsequent information comes from
their Web site, and other sources are indicated in footnotes.
The OpenHeritage South Sardinia TSC portal
OpenHeritage
The Corcoran Library, Washington DC
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