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12 DigiCULT
S
COPE
OF
THE
RTD
ROADMAP
T
he roadmap covers a broad range of RTD fields,
which address challenges relevant for systems
and applications that may be used in the cultural and
scientific heritage sector. Partly overlapping, these
RTD fields concentrate on technologies, systems and
applications that may be characterised as:
`intelligent' and `contextual', i.e. allowing for
technological and semantic interoperability of
heritage resources, and their meaningful `anywhere,
anytime' use via context-aware services;
natural and enjoyable interaction, i.e. accessing,
navigating, and making use of digital heritage
resources and environments in personalised,
multimodal ways, also including collaborative and
community activities;
digital creation, and re-creation in digital form, of
heritage structures (e.g. historic buildings, cultural
sites), objects and characters for interactive explora-
tion and use in 3D, augmented and virtual reality
environments;
new generations of large-scale, distributed digital
libraries and archives of heterogeneous heritage
resources, containing increasingly complex and
dynamic objects;
last but not least, novel concepts, methodologies
and techniques that allow for making digital
heritage resources and environments persistent, and
perpetually accessible and understandable over long
periods of time.
T
hese thematic fields are described in more detail
at the beginning of each of the respective sec-
tions (see pp. 33-64). It is understood that our expe-
dition into these fields can only give a rough, and
certainly not comprehensive, picture of the available
and emerging technologies from which innovative
research and prototype application development for
the heritage sector may start.
In a schematic continuum of (a) `blue sky' and fun-
damental research, (b) research into new techno-
logical platforms and standards, (c) applied RTD in
system architectures and components, (d) techno-
logical development of application prototypes, (e)
near-market application development and system
integration, and finally (f) application deployment, the
roadmapping generally focuses on phases (c) and (d).
However, if there are ongoing fundamental
research activities that may bear particular relevance
for the heritage sector, we include them where they
represent RTD opportunities that lie further down
the road. Furthermore, we understand that there is
often a large gap between, on the one hand, plausi-
ble-in-principle solutions or prototypes developed
in the framework of projects and, on the other hand,
complete, turn-key software offerings systems and
tools a user community needs and would like to use.
However, in the roadmap we do not consider issues
such as custom software development and service
deployment.
But, the DigiCULT roadmapping provides an
assessment of the likelihood and time horizon of
the heritage organisations' adoption of new systems
and applications. We think that this dimension is of
great interest to stakeholders in the heritage sector.
To a certain degree it should also inform the plan-
ning and funding of RTD, processes that require an
understanding of the likely favourable or unfavoura-
ble conditions for an uptake and use of the expect-
ed RTD results.
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