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traditional holdings into the Information Society.The following table gives an overview of
the new digital challenges facing memory institutions, which will in part be covered within
this study.
Traditional
(meta-) core
function
Provide
evidence and
historical facts
Make accessible
packaged
information
resources
Relate people
to objects by
exhibitions and
other activities
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Type of
institution
Archives
Libraries
Museums
Core traditional
objects/collections
Records
Non-current, historical
stocks of cultural
artefacts (from old
manuscripts to
documentary films,
sounds, pictures etc.)
New, contemporary
and old information
sources, e.g. books,
journals, newspapers
etc.
Special collections
Historical, contempo-
rary and new cultural
objects
New digital challenges
Public administration becomes
digital (e-government): need for
life cycle management of (current)
digital records
Production and distribution chains
of related publishers and distri-
butors become digital (e.g.
broadcasters):
-
in direct working relationship:
need for life cycle management
of digital objects
-
as providers of historical
material: need to fit into
production chains
99% of printed material is digital
before, and access to this material
would be very useful
Products published also/only
digital (e.g. scholarly e-journals)
Implementation of new tools and
environments in the "digital
library" concept
New digital works of art and other
forms of human creativity and
expression
Provide new in-house or on-line
experiences with networked
media
Challenges for all cultural heritage institutions:
-
How to unlock the value of traditional holdings into the Information Society on a
broad scale (i.e. from digitisation to the whole management of digitised collections)
-
Sustainability of "hybrid" services (i.e. traditional & digital services in parallel)
-
Access information for cross-sectoral search & retrieval and use of cultural heritage
objects
-
Preservation of / long-term access to born-digitals and digitised objects