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Throughout Europe, international, national, regional and local initiatives are investing significant public and private sector funding to enable access to a range of cultural heritage resources through digital channels.
The key to such ‘interoperability’ is to ensure consistency of approach to the creation, management and delivery of digital resources through the effective use of standards, the rules and guidelines that codify good practice. Digitisation programmes already recognise the value of standards, and the adoption of a shared set of technical standards and guidelines is often a first step in seeking to ensure conformity within a programme.
This document, developed on behalf of the MINERVA project, by UKOLN, University of Bath, in association with MLA The Council for Museums, Libraries & Archives, seeks to provide some guidelines for the use of standards - primarily technical standards. It is intended primarily as a resource for policy-makers, and for those implementing funding programmes for the creation of digital cultural content.
The document is divided into the following main sections, each reflecting a stage in hefe cycle of digitisation:
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