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Welcome to the fourth issue of Cultivate Interactive!
Since our last publication there have been a fair number of changes in the DIGICULT world. In March fifteen new projects were added to the 'IST projects in the cultural heritage area' Web page from the last call for proposals . From these new editions the ARION and AMITCITA projects are both dealt with in this issue, more projects are to come. Cultivate Interactive is also pleased to welcome the recently established Cultivate CEE which will be carrying on the good work of Cultivate throughout Eastern Europe. The kick-off meeting for Cultivate CEE is taking place in Torun, Poland during the launch weekend of Cultivate Interactive issue 4, so we wish them luck. Hopefully the establishment of Cultivate CEE will mean more articles from Eastern Europe in the future.
This issue as usual has lots to offer. Our first feature article is an important piece on the new dot-museum top level domain that was approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in November last year. It is written by Cary Karp, Director of Internet Strategy and Technology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and the President of the Museum Domain Management Association, and considers what the dot-museum's implementation will mean to those working in memory institutes in Europe.
Emma Wagner of the European Commission's Translation Service contributes an interesting article on the origins of the Euro-English that plagues the EC and offers some practical advice to those struggling to fight the Eurospeak disease.
Roger Smith, the founder and director of Global Museum, a highly successful international Webzine, offers us some insight into how he has established a museum-based compendium site. Global Museum boasts current readership in 88 countries and maintains a weekly mailbase of more then six thousand museum professionals; something for Cultivate Interactive to aspire to!
Other feature articles include an outline of the work carried out by the European Museums' Information Institute, a consortium of key organisations in the cultural heritage field, by Rosa Botterill. An introduction to the Visual Arts Data Service, an outfit that have a role in the preservation of high quality digital materials for Higher and Further Education, by Phill Purdy. And a report by Steve Glangé of LIFT (Linking Innovation Finance and Technology) on how you can turn your Research and Development results into successful ventures.
In the regular column section this issue's National Node column has been written by Pascale Van Dinter, the Belgium national node. The At the Event column covers the Internet Librarian International conference held in London in March and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) open meeting held in Berlin.
We are also pleased to introduce a new regular column called 'Praxis'. (Thanks to Philip Hunter, editor of Ariadne, who contributed the name). Praxis aims to give advice on how to put various applications and theories into practice. The first two offerings give some insight into streaming video. Streaming video is the art of sending moving images in a compressed form over the Internet. The benefits are that the user does not have to wait to download a large file before seeing the video or hearing the sound; the media is sent in a continuous stream. Neil Francis and David Cunningham's article offers an introduction to the technologies available and some of the problems encountered, while Jim Strom provides a number of examples and case studies to learn from.
Finally, In the metadata column, continuing our coverage of digitisation projects, Elhanan Adler and Orly Simon talk about the Jewish National and University Library's Ketubbot project which aims to put a unique collection of some 1200 ketubbot (Jewish marriage contracts) online.
And of course don't forget our 'Spot the European City' Competition, which gets more popular and difficult to find photos for with every issue!
Thanks to everyone who carried on reading and supporting Cultivate Interactive during my absence. I was lucky enough to spend a month in Australia bushwalking round the Northern Territory and snorkelling on the Great Barrier reef!
Marieke Napier (Editor)
Date of Page: 7 May 2001
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