COVAX: A contemporary culture virtual archive in XML. The objectives of the EU-funded COVAX project are: – to build a web service for search and retrieval of contemporary European cultural documents from memory institutions; – to make existing library, archive and museum document descriptions accessible over the Internet; – to assist memory institutions to provide access to their collections, regardless of document type or collection size; – to implement standards and achieve interoperability between retrieval systems operating in the cultural heritage area. Partners in the project include technology developers and providers (public research organizations and private companies) and content owners (memory institutions). The content owners have collections of varying type and size, catalogued using a variety of library, museum and archiving systems. The project is assessing ways to improve access to these collections by converting samples of existing data into a limited set of common structured formats, each of which can be expressed using XML (eXtensible Markup Language).

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  1. Bordoni, Luciana: COVAX: A contemporary culture virtual archive in XML (2002)