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The Group's research activities span a wide range of topics, including:

Annotation Services

Annotation Services

Annotation systems enable "value-adding" to digital resources by the attachment of additional data in the form of comments, explanations, references, reviews, corrections and other types of external, subjective remarks. Read more

Collaborative Tools

Collaborative Tools

New collaborative interactive software tools, high-speed networks and emerging grid technologies facilitate communication and the sharing of resources and knowledge between geographically dispersed groups. Read more

Digital Preservation

Digital Preservation

Addressing the preservation and long-term access issues for digital resources is one of the key challenges facing informational organisations such as libraries, archives, cultural institutions, scientific organisations and government agencies today. Read more

Dynamic Publications

Dynamic Publications

Dynamic publications represent a significant emerging form of communication among collaborating researchers. Read more

Indigenous Knowledge Management

Indigenous Knowledge Management

Many museums, archives, libraries and cultural institutions throughout the world hold large collections of objects that are of cultural or historical significance to indigenous communities. Because many of these objects were collected without the consent of the traditional owners, the custodial organisations are now facing the challenges of determining ownership, seeking direction from the traditional owners on the future of such objects and either repatriating them, storing them or exhibiting them appropriately as requested. Read more

Information Integration

Information Integration

As articulated by Paul Ginsparg, information integration provides the basis for a rich "knowledge space" built on top of the basic web "data layer". This knowledge layer is composed of value-added services that process and offer abstracted information and knowledge, rather than returning documents (in the manner of most current web search engines). Read more

Multimedia Indexing and Semantics

Multimedia Indexing and Semantics

Cultural institutions, broadcasting companies, academic, scientific and defence organisations are producing vast quantities of digital multimedia content. With this growth in audiovisual material comes the need for standardised representations encapsulating the rich semantic meaning required to enable the automatic filtering, machine processing, interpretation and assimilation of multimedia resources. Read more

Repositories and Digital Libraries

Repositories and Digital Libraries

An enormous amount of research data is currently stored within personal or private archives, either on researcher desktops or departmental/institutional servers. In these locations it is largely inaccessible to, and undiscoverable by, other researchers or the public. Read more

Security

Security

This research relates to the need to work with documents, datasets, simulations, software and dynamic knowledge representations in a secure way with controlled access. Read more

Semantic Web/Grid

Semantic Web/Grid

Information about a particular person, topic or digital resource can be created by multiple users, served by various services and dispersed across multiple sites over the Internet. Adoption of standardised metadata vocabularies and ontologies, expressed in standardised machine-processable languages such as the Resource Description Framework or DAML+OIL are contributing to the realisation of the next-generation Web – the Semantic Web. Read more