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58 DigiCULT
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HEME
6: P
ERSISTENT
&
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ERPETUAL
A
CCESS
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n the information given on the DigiCULT
online consultation platform, this theme was stat-
ed to concentrate on novel concepts, methodolo-
gies and techniques to make the digital environment
as stable as the physical not only in terms of per-
petual accessibility, but also remaining understandable
over time. This includes:
advanced platforms, tools and services to support
long-term preservation and perpetual availability
of digital heritage resources in as yet unknown
future environments;
preventing the loss of and restoring access to
heritage artefacts in obsolete formats, or which are
too rare or fragile for regular physical access;
this also includes capturing and preventing loss of
endangered intangible heritage;
issues of long-term preservation of increasingly
complex and changing objects, including knowl
edge organisation systems, vocabularies, thesauri,
ontologies, etc.
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XPERTS
'
VIEWS
T
his theme emerged as the one where polit-
ical, institutional, and research and techno-
logical development issues are most intertwined.
Consequently, the suggestions also touched politi-
cal issues such as international mechanisms to ensure
a much higher standardisation of formats and dura-
bility of commercial software. We thought it valuable
to include such suggestions in the summary, but have
not included them in the RTD navigator.
Political and institutional requirements
A participant from a research centre thought that
the next 10 to 15 years could see the creation of
large-scale repositories, automatic metadata harvest-
ing, and automatic migration. However, he urged:
`Don't talk about technology as the solution or even
the central issue. It is not developing things but
learning to work with things.' He explained further:
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