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Buchanan, Sandy (1999): Unlocking the Treasure Chest Using SCRAN Tools.
<http://www.archimuse.com/mw99/papers/buchanan/buchanan.html>
SCRAN web site: <http://www.scran.ac.uk>
SCRAN Business plan, August 2001.
A valuable summary of technical details, in particular related to the creation of the digital
images, is provided by the Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI)
<http://www.tasi.ac.uk/resources/scran.html>
Summary
This case study highlights that for cultural heritage institutions various risks perceived by
them in the digital environment are blocking their willingness to unlock the value of their
rich resources to potential users in particular in the educational sector.
The list of perceived risks includes losing control over digitised resources once they are
"out there" on the Internet as well as losing reputation if, for example, images of objects are
used in not appropriate ways and contexts.
Trusted competency and service centres as SCRAN can reduce the reservations of
cultural heritage institutions by developing a protected environment for licensed use of
resources by educational communities.
Furthermore, they can reduce the barriers to entry of smaller institutions by providing
support in digitisation and overall project management.
It is also important to note that providing resources to the educational sector (in parti-
cular schools) cannot mean only to offer "raw data".Therefore, major new organisations like
SCRAN that massively accumulate resources of many institutions need also to make sure
that they provide packaged information to their users (e.g. course material that fit into the
curriculum).
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