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- Insurance expiry date;
- Shipment request date;
- Shipment order number;
- Shipment date;
- Shipment time;
- Shipment agent code;
- Shipment userid;
- Arrival date;
- Arrival time;
- Photograph request date;
- Photograph order number;
- Photography due date;
- Photograph taken date;
- Photograph taken time;
- Photograph userid;
- Photograph technique;
- Photograph negative number.
Work on this standard proposal illustrates two of the problems faced by any organisa-
tion working on its own data structure.What are the basic principles? What content will
be encoded? The latter had to be considered very carefully in order to meet the current
demands for data interchange and data use.This work is often difficult in a field with
such a rapid development. In particular, museums considering the application of RFID
would have to decide whether they would like to adhere to this standard, or if they
would prefer to define their own principles and data structures.
There now follows a collection of scenarios anticipating some of the ways in which
RFID technology might be applied in a cultural heritage setting in the near future. It
must be borne in mind that as the levels of production of smart tags and smart labels
increase, the costs per unit will decrease significantly, bringing this technology within the
reach of most organisations.The state of play in this area is well worth following with
Scenario I Museum
A museum is looking for an innovative way of making its collections more accessible
and interesting to its patrons, and is also hoping to attract a broader cross-section of soci-
ety to make better use of the cultural facilities that their taxes help to fund.The muse-
um's director has read and heard about RFID technology, investigates its details, and
decides to initiate a long-term implementation plan.
The most popular exhibits in the museum are digitised, and the digital representations
stored in a central database.When visitors enter the museum they are offered a smart
card to wear around their necks, and as they make their way through the collection they
can press this card up against an RFID reader and register their interest in that object.
Upon returning the card to the enquiries desk, the visitor may collect a printout of the
digital versions of the objects he or she has `collected' at the museum, as well as some in-
Smart Labels
and Smart Tags