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Key Challenge 3: Raise awareness for the use of standards
The European Commission as a primary funding body should actively promote the
use of announced or open standards by making standards compliance a requirement
for future funding for proposers of cultural heritage (and all other) projects.
Key Challenge 4: Future R&D
In the 6
th
Framework Programme for Research,Technological Development and
Demonstration Activities, the European Commission should solicit proposals for
projects in the following areas:
Area 1: Intelligent user guidance and navigation
Development of intelligent narratives and contextualisation tools for
cultural heritage data;
Automated image analysis tools for historical pictorial data.
Area 2: Digitisation automation and mass storage
Best practice cases in mass storage;
Automated mass digitisation;
Metadata capturing at the point of digitisation and integration of digitisation
with collection management.
Area 3: Long-term preservation of complex digital resources and research
related to dynamic digital objects
Long-term preservation strategies for complex digital cultural heritage resources;
Best practice cases in emulation as a long-term preservation strategy;
Preservation solutions for dynamic digital objects;
New approaches to naming on the web and further development of persistent
identifier systems;
Raise awareness for long-term preservation issues outside the cultural
heritage community.
Area 4: New tools
High productivity tools for non-technical users (e.g. knowledge based authoring);
Interactivity through a wide range of human-machine interfaces;
Collaborative tools supporting various modes;
Intelligent systems supporting users at different levels;
Research in the usage of advanced technologies within cultural heritage applications.
Area 5: Intelligent Cultural Heritage and Knowledge Technologies
Cultural heritage provides an excellent testbed for future knowledge technologies.
The European Commission should therefore foster the use, adaptation and adoption
of knowledge technologies by cultural heritage institutions, and encourage further
exchange of expertise between cultural heritage experts and knowledge technologists.
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