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Images for the Future: digitisation for access

TitleImages for the Future: digitisation for access
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsOomen, J., Timmermans N., Verwayen H., & Heijmans L.
Secondary TitleMuseums and the Web 2009. Proceedings
Conference Start DateApril 15-18, 200
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordsaudiovisual, business models, digitization, game, mini-workshop, tagging, wiki, youtube

Images for the Future is the largest digitization effort in Europe to date. A consortium of 6 partners (including three archives) is migrating a substantial part of the Dutch audiovisual heritage to a digital environment. The project has three objectives: safeguarding heritage for future generations, creating social- economical value, and supporting  innovation in cultural infrastructure. Much is to be expected from recent developments in computer science, especially in the areas of data-mining, information retrieval, and user-audience participation capabilities.To achieve these objectives, the cultural heritage sector is challenged to re-evaluate its business models. This article presents the theoretical framework in which Images for the Future is operating, and substantiates this framework with concrete examples of results.