to product and service information offered by different organisations.They consist of:
- The REGNET-Portal, for remote data entry, distributed searching, and e-Business;
- The REGNET-Cultural Heritage Data Management node, allowing searches across
distributed cultural heritage metadata repositories;
- The REGNET-e-Business Data Management node, offering access to distributed
goods and services catalogues via the e-Business system;
- The REGNET-Ontology Checker, containing specifications for metadata and termi-
nologies used in the e-Business and cultural heritage field;
- The REGNET-Electronic Publisher, which supports the production of personalised
digital products based on standardised metadata and workflows.
The figure below outlines the interaction between these components:
As far as possible, open source
technologies were used.This
ensured platform- and editor-
independence, and reduced costs.
XML technologies are becoming
increasingly ubiquitous, and have
to be recognised in data/metada-
ta representation, integration,
presentation, and other areas.
Project co-ordinator Dr Walter
Koch of AIT Angewandte Infor-
gesellschaft feels that REGNET
has provided a real business case
for the use of XML in the cultural sector.
REGNET's partner organisations were either content providers or developers.The
technical partners reused existing applications and software components, thereby avoiding
duplication of effort.The project has held additional benefits for the content provider
organisations too: as Andrea de Polo of Fratelli Alinari says, `The REGNET project has
been very important to us. It has helped our company to gain a better understanding of
new protocols such as XML and the uses of metadata, as well as providing a database
solution that can be accessed and shared with other repositories across Europe.'
The service centre concept lay at the foundation of the REGNET project.This con-
cept is increasingly relevant for small to medium-sized cultural heritage institutions, and
perhaps also for larger cultural organisations that prefer to keep up with the latest devel-
opments in technology by drawing on the services of an external service provider.The
REGNET team carried out a preliminary survey of existing concepts in this field,
including the experiences of the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) and the
Research Libraries Group
Neither initiative proved entirely appropriate for
REGNET's service centre vision, but the model was adapted as a result of this work.
REGNET CSCs offer cultural heritage content users and providers access to the latest
The REGNET component architecture
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