Knowledge Organisation


Kim H. Veltman

Hypermedia: New Approaches to Cultural Heritage and Knowledge

The Global Village Conference, Vienna, 13-16 February 1997, Vienna: GIVE, 1997, pp. 1-13 (in press).

1. Introduction
2. Capture
3. Archive
4. Display
5. Navigate
6. Agents
7. Outer and Inner
8. Immaterial Objects vs. Spiritual Subjects
9. Conclusions.

1. Introduction

Initially, first hand visits were the only way to appreciate cultural sites. The advent of printing meant that some aspects of cultural heritage became accessible through catalogues, monographs, articles, postcards and posters. The excessive costs of printing meant that images in these publications were almost invariably in black/white photography. Serious colour catalogues of major galleries such as the Uffizi have only been introduced in the past decade. The idea of using maps to illustrate changing patterns of political and religious and cultural development over time was introduced in the nineteenth century. More recently this has been adapted to the history of art and offers new possibilities for museums also.

Many persons assume that multimedia and hypermedia are simply an extension of existing practices. This is only partly true. Their evolution is bound integrally with a series of new technologies which are rapidly transforming all our conceptions of the possible. This paper reviews some of these developments in terms of new methods to capture, archive, display and navigate through information. It explores implications and possibilities for cultural heritage and knowledge.

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