proposal for the AVI '98:

For the conference and proceedings see:


Interfaces for Cultural Heritage

Cultural Dimensions of Interspaces

Around the world, contents of libraries and museums are being digitized. Cultural Heritage introduces a series of problems for interface design. It must for example integrate text with images of original objects, their reconstructions, copies, imitations, fakes, with video, film, sounds etc. Other challenges include how to:

A prototype for a system for Universal Media Searching (SUMS © 1992-1997), which integrates these features will be demonstrated and discussed. SUMS is part of G8 pilot project 5 (Multimedia Access to World Cultural heritage) and of the MOSAIC project which is linked with the European Commission’s Trans European Networks (TEN) programme. This system assumes a distributed network of databases housed in respective museums and libraries. A shortcoming of such a system lies in relating different versions of authority files for names, places etc. For this reason, it is suggested that a long-term solution may well lie in a centralized database of meta-data which would serve as a digital reference room on a global level and become a key for a System for Universal Media Access (SUMMA) in a distributed network.

Underlying this approach is an ability to:

The three individuals leading the seminar offer a very diverse set of experiences. Kim Veltman is a scholar in the field of new media linked with the McLuhan Program, and President of SUMS Corp. His focus on perspective led from the history of science at the Warburg Institute to Leonardo da Vinci and the Perspective Unit in Toronto. Anthony J.N. Judge is Research Director of the Union of International Associations and has for many years been working on issues such as problems of cultural biases in databases, intercultural dialogue, multi-lingual classification and publication. Heiner Benking is co-founder of infoterm, Associate of the FAW in Ulm, consulted UNEP-HEM to establish a meta-database, including a multi-lingual, multi-media repository concepts, for the Harmonization of Environmental Data. In the past 25 years he has been engaged in subjects connected to data visualisation, with additional focus since the late 70ies on consulting, marketing, and market research. He has proposed a theme-scape or mind-scape, a ‘Cognitive Panorama - 3Space/Time’, a combination of spacial models, which will be introduced briefly. This Panorama can be understood as a global index or scaffolding for common frames of references, a layout or design to share orientations and views. It helps to map and index bodies known and unknown of knowledge.

We recommend:


Judge: Using Virtual Reality for an Overview of World Problems experimental use of VRML techniques by the Union of International Associations, eg. Displays: viscious loops of world problems - Displays: international organizations - Displays ...

Benking: and

Central the themes of this tutorial with focus on KO Knowledge Organisation and Switching Systems
GLOBAL VILLAGE SYMPOSIUM - Friday, February 14, 1997 PANEL 3 and 4 Global Communicators Session and Hypermedia: New Approaches to World Cultural Heritage and Knowledge
Benking, Judge: Design Considerations for Spacial Metaphors: -  reflections on the evolution of viewpoint generation and transportation systems, acm/ECHT 1994

Kim H. Veltman, Toronto,   Anthony J.N. Judge, Brussels,   Heiner Benking, Ulm, Berlin