Virtual Museums, Digital Reference Collections and E-science Environments

Guntram Geser, Franco Niccolucci


There are three main variants of virtual museums which focus on content, communication or collaboration. An emerging new variant could incorporate them as well as operate in an ecosystem of Web-based services that also comprises e-science infrastructures and educational portals. In this eco-system, digitised museum reference collections are important resources for escience environments of arts & humanities, natural history and other disciplines. But the semantics of digital collections and virtual museums should reflect the richness of cultural heritage content and contexts to allow for intelligent, concepts-based discovery, navigation and access. The CIDOC-CRM and the LIDO specification are key semantic resources in these respects.


museums, content. collaboration, portals

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ISSN: 2083-0599 (online); 2082-6923 (print)