The purpose of COVAX is to analyse and draw up the technical solutions required to provide access through the Internet to homogeneously-encoded document descriptions of archive, library and museum collections based in the application of SGML/XML. The project will demonstrate its feasibility through a prototype containing a meaningful sample of all the different types of documents to build a global system for search and retrieval. It is based on the assumption that in libraries, archives and museums an enormous number of descriptions could be made available over the Internet by converting existing records or by creating new ones to specific SGML/XML DTD's.
COVAX intends to combine document descriptions from libraries, museums and archives, with digitized surrogates of their materials, in order to build a global system for search and retrieval. It will allow the widely distributed primary documents from these cultural institutions to be accessed regardless of their location. The basic operational core is the application of SGML and the various DTDs currently being defined in libraries (MARC DTD), archives (EAD) and museums (MUS-EAD), as well as the DTD defined by the Text Encoding Initiative for the mark-up of electronic versions of cultural texts. The use of SGML/XML will enable standardization, interoperability and interconectivity between libraries, archives and museum in the processes of handling, browsing, searching and retrieval of all kinds of descriptions and documents. The application of XML will allow a standard distribution of primary sources through Internet and will provide more widespread access to all citizens Worldwide.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The following technical activities are planned:
- Requirements analysis - definition of Covax network nodes, information systems and standards used, volume of information to integrate; identification of other issues affecting performance and scalability; definition of initial set of information assets for the first prototype.
- From this and the state of the art, definition of standards to use to integrate all the information (XML DTDs, etc.) and of the system functionalities for the users involved.
- Elaboration of the technical design of the system covering the system architecture, assigning responsibilities to system components and devise ways to integrate them and make them collaborate for achieving the system functionalities.
Technical development will be in iterative phases consisting each of: development of components and interfaces via detailed technical design, coding and testing in the development site; implementation of the results and validation / assessment of the system's usability, to include user feedback for the next iteration. Parallel activities to the technical ones above are: - exploitation planning; dissemination of the project concept and results in applicable communities, so that the exploitation and the project results themselves can benefit from it; concentration with other projects.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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