Major websites are:
MDA (Museum Documentation Association) http://www.open.gov.uk/mdocassn/
ICOM http://www.icom.org/ --- see CIDOC standards committee
EU Memorandum of Understanding on Networked Access to Cultural Heritage
All of these have indexes of projects/resources - you may be interested
in the MDA's list of terminology resources, the ICOM/CIDOC standards
work and project Aquarelle.
Brief report on the workshop by Doug:
At DL'98 (ACM Conference on digital libraries, Pittsburgh) I attended a workshop on "Networked Thesauri: application of terminology and classification tools for digital collection development and network-based search." Organisers Linda Hill, Gail Hodge, Ron Davies
Since most participants were North American, I thought I would post some details and the URL.
The main aim of the workshop was to lay the groundwork for creating
a working group that would develop standards for networked terminology/thesauri/classification/authority
systems. The organisers were thinking along the lines of an (XML) definition
for a thesaurus and
a general high level model for client-server access to a thesaurus server which employed a standard data model. Participants included collections managers, software (thesaurus) developers, researchers.
Discussion took place on
- a data model for thesauri and other terminology systems that would
build on existing standards and permit remote use of thesauri over a
- a functional / operational/ use model that would capture likely user requirements (clearly inter-related with data model) in a client-server situation. To include access, views, navigation but at a higher level than a particular user interface.
- A Thesaurus registry with metadata descriptions of terminology systems and tools
- A little discussion on an IPR/business model
* Website set up at http://www.alexandria.ucsb.edu/~lhill/dl98_workshop.html
With a workshop report to be posted shortly.
* Two working groups set up: Data model & Function/use model
* Another meeting planned for the end of the year.
* possibly setting up an initial registry