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`People still want to find themselves in heritage resources,
and will want to create their own resources...'. An expert
from a governmental body or agency
`Bringing heritage resources more close to the public, easier'.
An expert from an educational institution
`A parallel virtual cultural heritage, without limit to con-
sumption and experience', Elisabetta Lazarro,
ECARES, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
`Difficult to answer given that of late there appears to be the
tendency to do it like the Americans and let technology
lead design, not like Europeans in the past, particularly in
Scandinavia, where design lead technology...', Elizabeth
Selandia Art Historian, Member of VRA, USA
Statements from the DigiCULT online consultation
forum, October/November 2004
From the overview of what the Ami@Life roadmap
expects for cultural heritage and cultural participation
in the next 10 to 15 years, we conclude that there is
an emerging agenda for innovative RTD in systems
and applications able to handle increasingly complex
information environments and resources. These sys-
tems and applications, environments and resources
should ultimately morph into a digital heritage space.
Actually creating such a space cannot be achieved
by RTD alone. It needs the involvement of leading
heritage institutions and networks. Some `bottom-up'
drive towards the next level of a highly integrated and
user-centred digital space may be expected from these
institutions and networks. In the past 10 years, they
have taken the lead in an evolutionary process that has
brought about the current state in the provision of
access to digitised and born-digital heritage resources.
These larger institutions and cultural networks have
begun to understand that `access' alone is not enough,
perhaps even the wrong mind-set and approach to
moving forward.
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People with an interest in cul-
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For a thorough clarification of this observation from one of the most advanced
user-centred organisations in the field, as well as the proposed next steps, see the re-
cent study report of the Virtual Museum of Canada: The Next Generation, by S. Dietz,
H. Besser, A. Borda, and Kati Geber with P. Lvy. Canadian Heritage Information
Network (CHIN), 2004. http://www.chin.gc.ca/English/Pdf/Members/Next_
Generation/vm_tng.pdf; see also "The Idea of the Next Generation". http://www.
chin.gc.ca/English/Members/Next_Generation/idea.html However, in order not to
create misunderstandings, `Access' is still an issue! For example, of the millions of hours
of audio-visual heritage only very little is accessible to scholars or the interested public
(e.g. the Institut National de l`Audiovisuel [INA] has about 1.5 million hours of such
content, but less than 1 per cent is currently accessible. Cf. http://www.ina.fr
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