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DigiCULT 5
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
By Guntram Geser
FUNCTION AND FOCUS
Photo: Beeld en Geluid
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igiCULT, as a support measure within the
Information Society Technologies
Programme (IST), will for a period of thir-
ty months provide a technology watch mechanism
for the cultural and scientific heritage sector. Backed
by a pool of over fifty experts, the project monitors,
discusses and analyses the impact of new technology
developments on the sector.
To promote the results and encourage early take
up of relevant technologies, DigiCULT will publish
its results through a series of seven Thematic Issues,
three in-depth Technology Watch Reports (with the
first issue available in early 2003), as well as push out
the e-journal DigiCULT.Info from a growing data-
base of interested persons and organisations (sub-
scription at www.digicult.info), and manage the pro-
ject website
The Thematic Issues focus on topics examined at
the expert round tables organised by the DigiCULT
secretariat.They present and interpret the results of
these forums, as well as provide information and
opinions in the form of interviews, case studies, short
descriptions of related projects, and are rounded off
with a selection of relevant literature.
In contrast to the Technology Watch Reports, the
Thematic Issues will address more the organisational,
policy, and economic aspects of the technologies
under the spotlight. Placing special attention on ways
of enhancing the adoption of new perspectives and
approaches, such as new business models, as well as
fostering co-operation between cultural heritage
organisations, industry players, researchers and other
stakeholders.
Following the first Forum on 'Integrity and
Authenticity of Digital Cultural Heritage Objects`
(Barcelona, May 6th, 2002), will be the round tables:
'Digital Asset Management Systems` (Essen,
September 3rd, 2002, in the context of the AIIM
Conference @ DMS EXPO), 'XML
Technologies/Resource Discovery ` (Darmstadt,
January 2003), and 'Learning Objects` (Amsterdam,
June 2003). For updates, please consult www.digi-
cult.info.