revious Thematic Issues focused on one fam-
ily of technologies and were in part based
on the results of a group discussion involv-
ing about ten experts.
In order to engage as broad
as possible an expert group in the expedition towards
the future digital heritage space, we established an
online consultation forum on the DigiCULT Web
site that operated for two weeks from 27 October to
12 November 2004.
The consultation spanned the
following five themes, which were described briefly
with respect to their scope:
T1: Intelligent & Contextual [MEANING],
T2: Natural & Enjoyable Interaction
T3: Create/Re-create [3D/AR/VR]
T4: Large Scale & Distributed [AUTOMATION]
T5: Persistent & Perpetual Access [PRESERVATION]
The short pieces of information given on these
themes in the online forum are reproduced at the
beginning of the following chapters respectively; an
exemption is T1, which we found more useful to
divide into `intelligent heritage' and `contextual cul-
In the online forum, for each of the themes the
same set of four questions was used:
Q1: What do you envisage could be achieved in this
RTD area over the next 10-15 years?
Q2: What are currently the main RTD limitations or
gaps that prevent us achieving this vision?
Q3: Considering these issues, what are the major
steps or breakthroughs in RTD needed to achieve the
vision? How should these be addressed?
Q4: For each of the major steps or breakthroughs,
please indicate the time period in which it is likely to
be achieved (e.g. B1 in 20XX, B3 beyond 20XX).
Furthermore, the experts were asked to add any
other information they considered valuable for creat-
ing the DigiCULT RTD roadmap.
Sixty-two experts from research centres, heritage
organisations, cultural networks, educational institu-
tions, and government bodies and agencies participat-
ed in the roadmapping exercise.
They answered the
online questionnaire for at least one theme, and many
of them gave their opinions on more than one or
even all themes.
The following chapters summarise the contribu-
tions to the online consultation, which amounted to
a document of about 200 pages. We found it useful to
split the experts' contributions into two groups, one
concentrating on `hard' RTD issues, which includes
research and development extending into a transition
phase from RTD results (e.g. prototype applications,
specifications, testbeds, pilot projects, etc.) to robust
The other group of contributions concentrates on
issues that may affect the uptake of new systems and
applications by heritage organisations in favourable
or unfavourable ways. The latter group of opinions is
summarised on pp. 65-71. This summary is followed
by an assessment of the likely adoption of certain
already available and future technologies by institu-
tions of different sizes.
Issues 1-6, http://www.
information on the forum
participants is to be found
See the brief informa-
tion on the participants in
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