New publications on metadata and long-term preservation available on DCA website


(Press release of March 30 2012)

The project Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA) is contributing significally to the presentation of contemporary art available at Europeana, the single access point to Europe's cultural heritage. Additionally to the artworks and contextual documents, the project is delivering practical guidelines on best practices in the field of
digitisation of artworks.

Recently the project yielded a number of expert documents for publication. Those publications include several workshops around the topic of metadata and two guidelines on best practices within metadata implementation and long-term preservation. All publications are now available for downloading on the project website.

Guidelines for a long time preservation stratedy for digital reproductions and metadata
Authors: Sofie Laier Henriksen, Wiel Seuskens, GabyWijers (NIMK - The Netherlands Media Art Institute), The Netherlands

These guidelines for a long-term preservation strategy for digital reproductions and metadata explains how to preserve digital materials such as texts, images and video. It gives a theoretical introduction to the subject as well as practical examples of how to manage a collection of digitised and born-digital artworks.

These guidelines have been issues as deliverable D6.1 Guidelines for a long time preservation strategy for digital reproductions and metadata and can be downloaded as PDF (language: English) from the website section on public deliverables.


Metadata Implementation Guidelines for Digitised Contemporary Artworks
Authors: Sam Coppens, Erik Mannens (IBBT - Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology/MMLab), Belgium

These guidelines for metadata of contemporary art give an overview of the basic requirements for metadata creation for cataloguing contemporary art. The guidelines also list all specifications (including an overview of metadata harvesting models) necessary for interoperability with Europeana and other aggregators.

These guidelines have been issues as deliverable D3.1 Metadata implementation guidelines for digitised contemporary artworks and can be downloaded as PDF (language: English) from the website section on public deliverables.

The authors have also given practical workshops on 'Introducing metadata', 'Metadata vocabulary', 'the DCA vocabulary' and 'Introducing XML' to the project partners at various plenary meetings. The resentations of those workshops are also available for public download in the website section on documentation - presentations.


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