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Developing a 3-D Digital Heritage Ecosystem: from object to representation and the role of a virtual museum in the 21st century

The critical role of a digital archive [Show/Hide]

Selection of a digital archival format where a technology is evolving (as is the case for terrestrial and short range scanning systems) is a challenging task. The basic ASCII point cloud format has the clear advantage that it will be readable in almost all situations but it is large and the least "structured." Hopefully the field will develop either a de facto or de jure specification - perhaps ASTM E2807-11 will be it. But as of July 15, 2011 only one vendor announced support, Trimble Realworks. A search of the Innovemetric (Polyworks), Rapidform and GeoMagic web sites found no mention. So we'll see.
  • Fred Limp
  • 21-JUL-2011 at 22:59

Sustaining digital object creation through discovery and use [Show/Hide]

The US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure Task Force on Data and Visualization Final Report, (March 2011) specifically calls out the problems with citation of data as a key impediment to research. On page 19 of that report they say:

Key Recommendation: Create new citation models in which data and software tool providers are credited with their data contributions and establish metrics that recognize open access policies and sharing.
Encourage change in citation patterns to include a role for citations (e.g. to value activities such as 'data provider/curator' and/or 'software tool provider' alongside 'data analyzer' or 'computational modeler'), which can help create a credit market for data and software sharing.
Encourage publication of data in a citable form before paper publication as advocated in initiatives such as SageCite (13).
  • Fred Limp
  • 25-JUL-2011 at 21:00

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