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Expert round tables (ERT)
By contrast to the interviews, expert round tables were designed to cover one of the five
DigiCULT focal topics comprehensively. For this purpose, a good balance of experts was
needed i.e. technologists, business representatives and policy makers, so that a great diversity
of opinions was represented within the group. All round tables were recorded and fully
transcribed.The round table participants are listed in the Annex to this report.
The following section gives an overview on the emphasis (including some questions) of the
five expert round tables organised by the DigiCULT Consortium.
ERT on Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, June 14, 2001
(hosted by the Royal Library, National Library of Sweden)
At the ERT in Stockholm, three different issues were explored in more detail:
User concerns, access and availability: Is it possible to provide seamless access to
cultural resources across sectors? What would be necessary to achieve this?).
Digitisation and preservation:What are the problems associated with the digitisation
of existing collections? What challenges exist in preservation to ensure access to
digital items in 30 years from now?
Packaging and exploitation issues:Which models of packaging of cultural resources
are available today or in the next five years? Which are recommendable?
ERT on National Policies and Initiatives in Vienna, Austria, June 25-26, 2001
(hosted by the Austrian National Library)
The objectives of this meeting were to identify and describe the national policy framework
to allow cultural heritage initiatives to grow.The following issues were discusses:
Missing focal points of national digitisation policies and initiatives:What kind of
methodology is needed to be integrated in action and digitisation plans?
Elaborating a common position on specific themes such as risks in "going digital",
empowerment of cultural institutions, enablers and co-operation:What is the
philosophy behind digitising regarding the economic shift, i.e. economic aspect has
become stronger regarding what should be done with public information?
What could be recommendations for national governments?
ERT on Organisational and Financial Issues in Berlin, Germany, July 6, 2001
(hosted by the House of World Cultures)
The ERT in Berlin concentrated on the following issues:
Main roles and "core business" of memory institutions: Has your core business
changed / expanded, and if yes, how has your core business changed? What changes
in your core business do you foresee within the next five years?
Strategic partnerships and co-operations:What are the challenges and driving factors
that might foster co-operation and partnerships in the future? What kind of co-
operative arrangements would be needed to create value added for innovative
Impact of digitisation on the internal and external workflow of memory
institutions: How do you expect your work to change in the next five years? What
will be the influential factors for change?
Financing models:What could be financing models for cultural institutions to
provide sustainable cultural heritage services for the future?