Institut zur Erforschung und Förderung österreichischer und internationaler Literaturprozesse
Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies
Reichenau, May, 24-27, 2001
 TRANS No. 10: 
"Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies" 
(since June 2001)

 Cultural Technologies for Cultural Meta-Information: Creating federated Virtual Reference Rooms for European Digital Knowledge Heritage
Gerhard Budin (Vienna)

Current meta-data initiatives are critically reviewed in their benefits and limitations for web-based cultural technology applications. Digital library/archive initiatives and XML-based standards development for syntactic and semantic interoperability and web-based, automated reference
services are the starting points of a major EU-project that will be presented in this paper: the creation of virtual reference rooms for accessing heterogeneous cultural collections across Europe requires not only new technologies (such as intelligent information agents) and new knowledge organization schemes, but also a further development of cultural meta-data sets compatible with generic meta-data sets. Scenarios for the Semantic Web to develop into a Trans-cultural Web are discussed in the conclusions part.

Papers held at the conference "Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies" are published in
TRANS. Internet journal for Cultural Studies, No. 10/2001

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