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The DigiCULT compass to future R&D
Cultural heritage is an application domain that traditionally does not drive technological
innovation. Nevertheless, cultural heritage poses some of the most challenging questions for
technology that are not yet solved, e.g. highly complicated knowledge representation
problems with extremely complex requirements such as fuzzy concepts, temporally
changing views of knowledge objects and different schools of interpretation. Contrary to
popular thinking, the cultural heritage sector could in fact, be a very good application area
for building new technologies as it offers many technological challenges that could be
drivers for significant innovation.
The above assertion can be justified: cultural heritage is about knowledge. Furthermore,
it is about knowledge in a societal context and even more complex, about knowledge whose
societal context changes over time.Thus, cultural heritage institutions should be prime users
of knowledge technologies and, interestingly, by creating catalogues and classification
schemes, they are themselves in the business of developing knowledge technologies (albeit with
often inadequate tools).
One of the major policy recommendations is to foster the use, adaptation and adoption
of knowledge technologies by cultural heritage institutions, and to foster further exchanges
of expertise between cultural heritage experts and knowledge technologists.
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IX TECHNOLOGY
Inno
vation
Application
"Blue Sky"
R&D
Innovators,
technology
enthusiasts
Technology
Transfer
Early
adoptors,
visionaries
Trial &
Demonstration
Early majority
pragmatists
Take Up &
Dissemination
Late majority
conservatives
Knowledge
Technologies
Intelligent Cultural
Heritage Tools
New application areas
Proven cultural
heritage
technologies
Future Research
& Development
in CH sector
DigiCULT R&D Compass
Source: Salzburg Research, 2001