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Access to Distributed Resources: the 24 Hour Museum SITEM 2004, Paris 4 February 2004 David Dawson, Senior ICT Adviser Agenda who we are 24 Hour Museum and the metasearch project developing a Common Information Environment Resource Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

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access to distributed resources the 24 hour museum

Access to Distributed Resources:the 24 Hour Museum

SITEM 2004, Paris

4 February 2004

David Dawson, Senior ICT Adviser

agenda
Agenda
  • who we are
  • 24 Hour Museum and the metasearch project
  • developing a Common Information Environment
resource
Resource
  • Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
    • strategic advisers to Department for Culture, Media and Sport
    • work with a range of Government Departments
      • Department for Education and Skills
      • Department for Trade and Industry
    • partner in the MINERVA Project
      • interoperability
      • including work on European Technical Guidelines
slide4

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

funds a number of other bodies, such as the British Film Institute

Culture Online

Resource

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

EnglishHeritage

NationalMuseums

BritishLibrary

ArtsCouncil

NationalLottery

BBC

  • strategic responsibility for regional museums, archives & libraries
  • People’s Network
  • co-funds UKOLN and Digital Preservation Coalition
  • Cornucopia
  • 24 Hour Museum
  • responsibility for the historic environment and archaeology
  • regional offices in each part of England
  • National Monuments Register
  • responsibility for local Sites and Monuments Records

each separately funded by DCMS including

  • British Museum
  • Tate Gallery
  • National Gallery
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum
  • V&A
  • etc

funded by DCMS but has a remit for whole of UK

runs a Co-operation & Partnership Funding programme

co-funds Digital Preservation Coalition

has new regional offices

active as a funder in all sectors of the arts

distributes National Lottery funds in addition to its own budgets

Lottery distributors include:-

Heritage Lottery Fund – an on-going funding programme

New Opportuntities Fund – NOF-digitise programme developed with Resource

funded by licence fee paid by TV viewers

includes BBCi website

is investing £100m in a digital curriculum

people s network
People’s Network
  • funded by National Lottery
  • €140m to create ICT learning centres in all public libraries
  • €30m to train all librarians in use of ICT
  • €80m to create digital learning resources
24 hour museum

24 Hour Museum

the metasearch project

24 hour museum8
24 Hour Museum
  • few facts and figures …
  • 200,000 visitors and 1 million page views a month and rising
  • 21% of users stay for over 8 minutes
  • average cost per visitor – €0.15
  • 85% of visitors go on to visit a real museum
what the idea is
What the idea is ...
  • Most common email request from users is for information about objects
    • 24 Hour Museum does not hold collections!

so . . .

  • enable searching of existing museum collections databases
benefits
Benefits
  • 24 Hour Museum
    • meeting user needs
    • developmental step
  • Museums
    • more users!
    • one set of data - integrated into different services
  • Suppliers
    • added value service
dc culture
DC.Culture
  • Proposal developed for Minerva
  • Dublin Core doesn’t work!
    • DC.Coverage includes
      • Space
      • Time
    • issue recognised in Digicult Report
  • 4 W’s
    • Who
    • What
    • Where
    • When
      • Aquarelle, SCRAN etc etc (CIMI Profile)
aquarelle project
Aquarelle Project
  • EU-funded project
    • FR, UK, GR
  • cross-searching of different types of collections
  • used Z39.50
  • still trying to rebuild it!
dc culture15
DC.Culture
  • Who
    • CREATOR, PUBLISHER, CONTRIBUTOR, RIGHTS, COVERAGE.Culture, SUBJECT.Person
  • What
    • TITLE, SUBJECT, DESCRIPTION, TYPE, FORMAT, IDENTIFIER, SOURCE, LANGUAGE, RELATION, COVERAGE.Culture
  • Where
    • COVERAGE.Placename, COVERAGE.CoordinateX, COVERAGE.CoordinateY, COVERAGE.CoordinateSystem
  • When
    • COVERAGE.Culture, DATE.BeginDate, Date.EndDate, Date.Period
metasearch project

Metasearch Project

the first version

common information environment23
Common Information Environment
  • joining-up services for users
  • demonstrators under development
    • health
    • sense of place
      • led by the Archaeology Data Service with EDINA
    • completed in 6 weeks for €30,000
  • partners include Resource, JISC, e-Science, Research Councils, NHS and British Library
    • each sponsored by a different Government Department
common information environment26

Common Information Environment

it works – so what next?

why isn t it happening
Why isn’t it happening?
  • joined-up thinking
    • needed at a national level
    • MINERVA project helping this happen at a European level
    • MICHAEL – eTen project to implement open source approach to national portals
  • personalisation vs confidentiality
    • fear of giving away information to others
  • fear of losing ‘brand’ identity
    • proliferation of portals
    • users want services …
contact details
contact details

 david.dawson@mla.gov.uk

www.mla.gov.uk www.peoplesnetwork.gov.uk