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Having such national or regional standard authorities in place is seen as one chance for
small institutions to stay on top of the technical development. However, as the DigiCULT
experts also stressed, an external standards authority still requires cultural institutions to
employ knowledgeable and well-trained staff that are able to evaluate and implement the
advice given on standards. Only trained staff can guarantee that standards will be imple-
mented on a day-to-day basis.What cultural institutions need is an "adequate supply of
people who know both the practices and problems of cultural institutions and also the state
of modern information technology research". (Michael Lesk, National Science Foundation,
USA; DigiCULT Delphi, July 16, 2001)
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0
5
10
15
20
25
Centralised
European
body
ALM
professional
groups
International
consortia
Centralised
national
institutions
Networks of
regional
R&D centres
yes
no
unclear
Information on technology performance, integration
standards and other issues will be provided by ... (n=52)
Respondents
Source: Salzburg Research, 2001