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DigiCULT 9
and related to what they want to use. Next on our
journey, we sent a signal from our expedition ship to
experts from all the islands to tell us their visions of
what might be achieved for the future digital heritage
space over the next 10-15 years in major RTD areas.
We included questions on current limitations or gaps
in RTD, major steps or breakthroughs needed, how
these should be addressed, and we asked for indica-
tions of the time period likely before these could be
achieved. A summary of the results of this request
forms the major part of our expedition report.
The consultation was carried out via online ques-
tionnaires, and 64 experts from the different islands
gave us their views and opinions. The messages we
received were very different and varied in terms of
detail. Some islanders transmitted shorter messag-
es in Morse code; others delivered longer reports that
described the state of affairs on their islands.
O
THER
EXPEDITION
SHIPS
W
e spotted and exchanged messages with other
`expedition ships' that cruise the Seven Seas of
digital and networked cultural heritage. The Calime-
ra (Cultural Applications: Local Institutions Mediating
Electronic Resources) project is currently investigat-
ing a research roadmap from the perspective of local
cultural heritage institutions across Europe. This work
is focusing on actions to optimise opportunities for
these institutions to play important roles in the digital
and networked environment. Its findings are expect-
ed to concentrate on measures that would leverage
the smaller institutions' capabilities in providing func-
tions like access to resources and sharing of knowl-
edge with local and regional user communities.
1
A further roadmap will come from EPOCH
(Excellence in the Processing of Open Cultural Her-
itage), a network of about a hundred organisations
including university departments, research centres,
heritage institutions and agencies, and commercial
enterprises. EPOCH's primary objective is `to inte-
grate the currently fragmented efforts in research
directed toward developing intelligent IST technolo-
gies for cultural heritage and their use in sustainable
Cultural Heritage applications'.
2
These are but two important ships that are also sail-
ing under the cultural heritage flag, and it is to be
expected that their results will be complementary to
DigiCULT's findings. There are many more relevant
roadmapping activities going on in large research cen-
tres and within projects throughout Europe. While
these will not focus on RTD issues directly relevant
for the heritage sector's organisations, it may be useful
to consult their results if readers want to have a deep-
er analysis of RTD issues related to those addressed
in DigiCULT's expedition report (such roadmaps are
referenced on pp. 24-32).
E
LEMENTS
OF
THE
OVERALL
ROADMAP
B
ased on what we have found in the course of our
expedition, DigiCULT has combined the follow-
ing elements into an information-rich roadmap:
In the background of the map there is a vision of a
Future Digital Heritage Space embedded in a larger
Ambient Intelligence (AmI) landscape (pp. 16-23).
On this background, major AmI technological ter-
ritories, and specimens of applications from these ter-
ritories, are outlined (pp. 24-32).
Related to some of these territories, six thematic
roadmaps give an overview of challenges and possible
achievements over the next 10 to 15 years that may
lead to advanced systems and applications for the cul-
tural and scientific heritage sector (pp. 33-64).
Furthermore, there is a general assessment of the
likelihood of heritage organisations of different siz-
es adopting and implementing technologies from the
broad portfolio of existing technologies that has been
monitored by DigiCULT over the last three years or
so. Here we also ask how the likelihood of the adop-
tion of future advanced or novel technologies stem-
ming from ongoing basic and applied RTD efforts
may be increased through the organisations' active
involvement (pp. 72-74).
It is hoped that this overall roadmap will provide a
first navigation tool for and essential understanding
and direction in the strategic planning of a research
and technological development agenda related to cul-
tural and scientific heritage, for RTD planners and
funding bodies as well as for cultural and scientific
heritage organisations and networks.
They may also wish to consider and further dis-
cuss the three recommendations given at the end of
the report.
1
As this Issue was being
prepared, a draft version
of the Calimera roadmap
(v.4, 30/09/2004), authored
by Professor Peter Brophy
from the Centre for
Research in Library &
Information Management
(CERLIM), was available
on their Web site, http://
www.calimera.org.
2
EPOCH, http://www.
epoch-net.org; Professor
Luc van Gool (University
Leuven & ETH Zurich,
Belgium/Switzerland), who
is responsible for EPOCH's
technological roadmap, has
invited DigiCULT to `join
forces for the topics that we
have in common'.
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