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Metadata Management and Interoperability Support for Natural History Museums

  • Konstantinos Makris
  • Giannis Skevakis
  • Varvara Kalokyri
  • Polyxeni Arapi
  • Stavros Christodoulakis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8092)

Abstract

Natural History Museums (NHMs) are a rich source of knowledge about Earth’s biodiversity and natural history. However, an impressive abundance of high quality scientific content available in NHMs around Europe remains largely unexploited due to a number of barriers, such as: the lack of interconnection and interoperability between the management systems used by museums, the lack of centralized access through a European point of reference like Europeana, and the inadequacy of the current metadata and content organization. The Natural Europe project offers a coordinated solution at European level that aims to overcome those barriers. This paper presents the architecture, deployment and evaluation of the Natural Europe infrastructure allowing the curators to publish, semantically describe and manage the museums’ Cultural Heritage Objects, as well as disseminate them to Europeana.eu and biodiversity networks like BioCASE and GBIF.

Keywords

digital curation preservation metadata Europeana BioCASE 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Konstantinos Makris
    • 1
  • Giannis Skevakis
    • 1
  • Varvara Kalokyri
    • 1
  • Polyxeni Arapi
    • 1
  • Stavros Christodoulakis
    • 1
  1. 1.TUC/MUSIC, Lab. of Distributed Multimedia Information Systems and ApplicationsTechnical University of Crete, University CampusChaniaGreece

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