In the digital age, cultural institutions face new technical and organisational challenges. They must improve and sometimes radically change how they acquire, store and preserve their collections as well as how they provide access to users. European research is helping them rise to the challenge.
For some years now the European Commission has been working to help cultural organisations, particularly archives, libraries and museums, develop the technological infrastructure, applications and skills to ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage can be both preserved and easily accessed in the information age. It has resulted in projects covering three main categories: ‘proof of concept’ projects, which are technology-led, service-based projects, with a greater emphasis on the institutions and preservation projects, which are developing methods for digitising and thereby preserving audiovisual resources.
The IST-backed research has some deeply challenging questions to address: for one, how can research support the role of institutions? And how can research allow the digital and institutional world to connect?
Tara Morris | alfa
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