Archives & Museum Informatics








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6. Conclusion

There are still many areas where standards must be identified and guidelines devised for the creation of image databases documenting our cultural heritage. As we evaluate possible standards, we must do this in the context of a framework for imaging systems, which considers image capture, and image storage in terms of image use. Our efforts should be directed at the defining key issues surrounding image quality, image integrity and image use. Building our knowledge in these areas will further the long-term utility of the image databases we create. Shared standards and common practices must be the foundation upon which networked cultural heritage information resources are constructed.

The 'virtual museum' will only become a reality when it is possible to create coherent integrated intellectual whole. Such a networked information resource will be constructed of more than the binary blobs of uncertain origin we download from the WWW today. It will contain mechanisms to ensure the integrity and authenticity of the information it contains. Sophisticated research requires navigational metaphors will move beyond our current set of 'destinations' towards the user-defined information space which incorporates elements from many sources.

Creating such a truly functional virtual museum depends upon the collaboration of the networked information community. The tools which will enable the retrieval of representations of museum objects in conjunction with rich contextual data will also enable the cooperation essential to ensure we are all contributing to the creation of a distributed knowledge-base of our shared cultural heritage.

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Informatics: The interdisciplinary study of information content, representation, technology and applications,
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