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ARGE
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CALE
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ISTRIBUTED
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NFORMATION
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YSTEMS
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he DigiCULT online consultation platform
stated that this theme was to concentrate
on new generations of large-scale, distribut-
ed digital libraries and archives of heterogeneous her-
itage resources, containing increasingly complex and
dynamic objects that change over time, together with
an enormous range of granularity of information.
This area of RTD includes new methodologies,
applications and tools for:
highly automated creation, description, indexing,
interlinking and overall management of large
volumes of distributed digital heritage resources;
tracking, extraction, analysis and recommendation
of information sources within and across sectors,
domains and disciplines;
ensuring the transparent and intuitive access to
next-generation digital libraries and archives for
users with varying needs and capabilities and
for professional and recreational purposes alike
including applications for real-time or asynchro-
nous collaboration, and the effective sharing and
re-use of heritage resources.
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XPERTS
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VIEWS
D
onald Sanders (President, Institute for the Visu-
alization of History, USA) wanted for the next
10-15 years to see `the development of globally acces-
sible libraries of linked virtual heritage data so that
teachers, students, scholars, the public, anyone can
traverse time and geography from within a single soft-
ware environment'. This environment would allow for
`gaining access to multidimensional, multimedia net-
works for personalized and collaborative uses, accessed
via personal or community-wide display systems from
hotspots everywhere'. The main gaps that Sanders
saw as affecting RTD towards this vision are `lack of
demand for the data in 3D or 4D interactive formats;
lack of storage h/ware and server capacity to output
streaming worlds and related linked datasets to per-
sonalized or community-wide display systems; fund-
ing; lack of leaders in s/ware development or data
acquisition; and lack of cooperation among the crea-
tors, capturers, and storers of such data and worlds...'.
Sanders also noted that `we need to think outside
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