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  • Primary Source [IMLS newsletter]

    "The IMLS newsletter, Primary Source, sent monthly via e-mail, explores how museums and libraries across the country use IMLS awards to further their service to the public." For past issues, please visit:

  • Directory of Historical Resources

    From the Web site: "History Database is the only computer database program created specifically for historical research, writing and cataloging. It combines computer database management with historical research practices and with library, archival, and museum cataloging standards to make the process of cataloging or note-taking faster and easier, and to protect your long term investment in the information collected."

  • Lost in gallery space: A conceptual framework for analyzing the usability flaws of museum Web sites

    "This article reports on a study which used results from 119 scenario–based evaluations of 36 museum Web sites to develop a conceptual framework for analyzing the usability flaws of museum Web sites. It identifies 15 unique dimensions, grouped into five categories, that exemplify usability problems common to many museum Web sites. Each dimension is discussed in detail, and typical examples are provided, based on actual usability flaws observed during the evaluations. The availability of this conceptual framework will help the designers of museum Web sites improve the overall usability of museum Web sites in general."

  • Joe Fafard at the National Gallery of Canada: Virtual Museum of Canada Experimental Lab Project Report

    Report on a pilot project to create an online panoramic version of an exhibition displayed as a virtual tour in the VMC using digital technologies to make the exhibition accessible to all Canadians.

  • Visual Resources Association (VRA)

    From the Web site: "The international organization of image media professionals."

  • Copyright Reform in Canada: Domestic Cultural Policy Objectives and the Challenge of Technological Convergence

    Canada's Copyright Act, unchanged since 1921, has been overtaken by new technologies. This has created ambiguities and uncertainties and has, in some cases, left Canadian copyright owners with less protection or compensation than would be available to them in other countries which have more modern copyright laws.-Hon. Michael Wilson, Minister of Finance (1984).

  • Good Practice Guide for Developers of Cultural Heritage Web Services

    This guidebook provides advice on standards and best practices to organisations involved in the development of cultural heritage Web services. The content of the guidebook is based on the advice provided by the NOF-digitise Technical Advisory Service (and others) to projects funded by the NOF-digitise programme.

  • VRA-L (VRA Listserv)

    From the Web site: "The international organization of image media professionals."

  • Programme des biens culturels mobiliers

    The Movable Cultural Property Program supports the preservation of Canada’s artistic, historic and scientific heritage through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. The provisions of the Act help to ensure that cultural property of outstanding significance and national importance remains in Canada by:
    - designating Canadian organizations to preserve cultural property and make it accessible to the public;
    - providing tax incentives that encourage Canadians to donate or sell important cultural property to designated organizations;
    - awarding grants to help with the purchase of cultural property;
    - regulating the export of cultural property; and
    - regulating the import of cultural property.

  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at...Digital Preservation

    The focus of digital preservation has shifted away from the need to take immediate action to "rescue" threatened materials, and toward the realization that perpetuating digital materials over the long-term involves the observance of careful digital asset management practices diffused throughout the information lifecycle. This in turn requires us to look at digital preservation not just as a mechanism for ensuring bit sequences created today are renderable tomorrow, but as a process operating in concert with the full range of services supporting digital information environments, as well as the overarching economic, legal, and social contexts. In short, we must look at digital preservation in many different ways.