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  1. The DEER Distributed European Electronic Resource Dr Suzanne Keene Francesca Monti University College London

  2. DEER vision Access toall European networked cultural content Provide users with a view of and access to cultural landscapes, in a multilingual and multicultural information environment

  3. Why a DEER? • Culture is the core of European identity and identities • ICT Europe’s second most important economic sector (tourism the first?) • ICT + cultural material = a key means of enhancing European competitiveness

  4. The DEER audience • Higher education & research • The general public, lifelong learners • Public sector organisations • Commercial companies seeking content • Tourist industry

  5. DEER components Virtual Reference Room Virtual Agorá DEER Content in distributed repositories Infrastructure: the cultural GRID?

  6. Initial target users: higher education, research Primary sources: digitised documents, books Research data sets 3D, VR representations Software tools: learning & teaching The content of the DEER

  7. Technical requirements • High bandwidth communications infrastructure • Web services & middleware for cultural content management • Distributed information repositories (national) • Excellent user friendly portal(s) for multilingual, multicultural access • Technologies for interactive working: Agorá etc.

  8. The DEER system • A very large distributed knowledge management system • Requires the entire chain of cultural content management, from creation to delivery to end users • A cultural GRID

  9. Content providers Backup Tools for user input Metadata engine Archival store preservation Versions: Original, Preservation, Dissemination, Metadata store Offsite storage Presentation + delivery Application User access store Metadata + ontology databases Content files for delivery to users Discovery Delivery User request Metadata engine

  10. Operating the DEER

  11. secretariat SC Exec. Council National committees Specialist committees SC SC SC SC Organisational models Distributed consortium (CULTIVATE) Central, top down (JISC) National/specialist matrix (ICOM)

  12. Specialist Committees National Committees Affiliated Bodies + Regional Groups ICOM model Secretary General Policy making body(s) Executive, Advisory Secretariat

  13. Funding the DEER Four funding models explored: • Designated central funding • eg, GRID programme + national programmes: over more than 1 FP • “Serendipitous” project funding by bids • eg, 6th FP: broad priorities • Membership subscription • eg, ICOM • Commercial not-for-profit • eg, AMICO, SCRAN

  14. Standards • Communication and network • Authentication • Identification • Browser software • Content • Metadata • Terminology

  15. How to get there? • A managing organisation • Funding • A technical infrastructure • Content for the DEER

  16. Complementary approaches Bottom up: NoEs, E-Culture Net Top down: IPs, STREPS, this report

  17. Contribution in FP6 • Review projects funded in FP6 • especially E-Culture Net, we hope • which ones would develop DEER components? • Concertation meetings focusing on how they could coalesce into parts of DEER

  18. Starting the organisation • Start-up DEER committee • Carefully identify a few key players from obvious DEER national organisations + major stakeholders • Maybe funded as an Accompanying Measure

  19. Support of stakeholders • The European Commission • The Council of Europe • The European Science Foundation • The governments of EU member countries • European Research Councils, jointly and severally • European libraries organisations

  20. Establish funding • Work with the Commission to establish a durable funding programme • eg, GRIDS, GRIDSTART • Identify a permanent home for the DEER

  21. Conclusions • The DEER: not just an option, becoming a necessity • A cultural GRID for Europe • A practical possibility • Provide the organisational framework to consolidate the benefits of previous and present investment in cultural IST