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       [1] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (55)
             Subject: Collections Online (Harvard)

       [2] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (79)
             Subject: European "Technology Watch Report"

             Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 11:02:45 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: Collections Online (Harvard)

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    April 22, 2003

                        Harvard University Art Museums Announce
                          Latest Edition of Collections Online

    >Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 12:48:02 -0400
    >To: members@mediaandtechnology.org
    >From: Sam Quigley <sam_quigley@harvard.edu>
    Please forgive the cross postings

    Harvard University Art Museums (the Fogg, the Arthur M. Sackler, and the
    Busch-Reisinger Museums) is pleased to announce the third data upload to
    its searchable database, Collections Online, available to the public at

    This research discovery tool now provides basic information on about 76,000
    objects more than half of the permanent collection. Deeper cataloguing
    data, such as bibliography, marks and inscriptions, provenance, and
    exhibition history, are included for about 10,000 of these objects.

    Approximately 12,500 object records are illustrated with images currently,
    and this number is growing rapidly. Increasing the number of images
    representing objects in the searchable database is one of the primary
    objectives the Art Museums has articulated for its digital initiative in
    the upcoming year.
    Collections Online also includes a number of Tours, which are groupings of
    objects, pre-assembled according to various thematic principles. Initially,
    four Masterpieces of the Art Museums' Tours, chosen by the Art Museums'
    former Director, James Cuno, were presented. In addition, these are now
    augmented with tours of two special exhibitions, namely A Private Passion:
    19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop
    Collection, and Bruegel To Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the
    Maida and George Abrams Collection.

    It is our hope that making this data available will prove useful to the
    scholarly community as a reference and discovery tool, especially to those
    preparing to visit the Art Museums to conduct research. Recognizing that
    the amount and extent of information online will never be complete, email
    and telephone contact information for each curatorial department is
    prominently displayed, as is information about how to set up appointments
    for close inspection of the objects. As internal cataloging and research
    continues a normal part of curatorial activity future uploads of
    additional information and images will increase the usefulness of
    Collections Online over time.

    For information about the technical infrastructure supporting Collections
    Online, see

    We invite you to use this resource and welcome your comments and critiques.
    Sam Quigley, Director
    Digital Information and Technology
    Harvard University Art Museums
    32 Quincy Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

             Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 11:04:28 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: European "Technology Watch Report"

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    April 23, 2003

                         DigiCULT Technology Watch Report 1 Available

                            First Draft Available for Comment of
                              "The XML Family of Technologies"

    The DigitCULT Forum is a European project, initially funded through August
    2004 to provide a regular technology watch for cultural and scientific
    heritage. It is based on a strategic study completed in 2001:
    "Technological Landscapes for Tomorrow's Cultural Economy - DigiCULT"

    The first of its regular Technology Watch Reports is now available. In
    addition, the first draft of its Technology Watch Briefings, on "The XML
    Family of Technologies", is now online and available for comments.

    David Green

    >Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 16:41:19 +0200
    >From: DigiCULT Forum <digicult-forum@digicult.info>
    >To: digicult-forum@digicult.info
    >>Watch Report 1 now available

    Technology Watch Report 1 - now available
    New Technologies for the Cultural and Scientific Heritage Sector

    The Technology Watch Report identifies and describes technologies that
    are either not currently used in the heritage sector or are under-utilised
    by it. The Report provides accessible descriptions of new technologies,
    suggests how these might be employed, and indicates the implications and

    Technologies examined in Report 1 include:
    - Customer Relationship Management
    - Digital Asset Management Systems
    - Smart Labels and Smart Tags
    - Virtual Reality and Display Technologies
    - Human Interfaces
    - Games Technologies
    Download DigiCULT Technology Watch Report 1:
    Low-Res (2,56 MB) http://www.digicult.info/downloads/twr2003_01_low.pdf
    High-Res (4,74 MB) http://www.digicult.info/downloads/twr2003_01_high.pdf

    Comment Technology Watch Briefings:
    During its initial thirty-month lifetime, the project will release three
    Technology Watch Reports, each examining six core technologies. Each of the
    briefings are made available for comment on the project website. The
    first draft of the latest DigiCULT Technology Watch Briefing, subject
    "The XML Family of Technologies", is now online. Comments and
    suggestions to be implemented in the final draft are now cordially
    invited. more: http://www.digicult.info/pages/twb.php

    The DigiCULT Publications: The Technology Watch Reports are only one of
    four ways in which DigiCULT Forum contributes to improving the knowledge
    about the use of technologies within the cultural heritage sector:
    - Thematic Issues: results of themed expert fora
    - DigiCULT.Info Newsletter: articles about services, studies, technologies,
    and activities
    - DigiCULT Website: info, events, links, all publications online for download
    more: http://www.digicult.info/pages/publications.php

    Subscribe to the Newsletter DigiCULT.info
    Read and comment on the Technology Watch Briefings
    Submit an Event http://www.digicult.info/pages/addevent.php
    (c) DigiCULT Forum 2003 http://www.digicult.info

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