ARTS INFORMATION PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
quest for performing arts information standards
States projects and initiatives
projects and initiatives
projects and initiatives
EUROPEAN PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
German Theatre Museum.
Theatermuseum’s TANDEM system, developed by Dr Hermann Huesmann in the
mid-1980s, comprises six relational databases: a search-title file [TESU], a
work title file [TEWE], a work catalogue file [TEKA], production data [TEDI],
roles [TERO] and objects [TEDO]. When it was developed, it received
international attention, particularly in Europe, where it was intended to
document European as well as German theatre. Our impression is that it failed
to achieve this objective and, according to Schild, at the SIBAMS conference
in 1994, the concept and associated technology was under review.
Edwards, Christopher and Herbert, Ian. Computer databases for
the performing arts: TANDEM and International Bibliography of Theatre.
Theatre Notebook, Vol 39, no 3 1985:
Other theatre database and bibliographic
Schild, in her 1994
conference paper Considerations for developing an electronic theatre
information system, lists the following German language projects: THEADOC
database and annual of Austrian theatre productions [Vienna University
Computer Centre]; Burgtheater seasons [Vienna Burgtheater]; Berlin theatre
productions 1933-1945 [Free University of Berlin Theatre Research Institute];
Vienna Theatre Museum Catalogue of holdings; Erlingen University theatre
research database; Cologne University Theatre Research Collection catalogue;
and the Berlin Centre for Theatre Information and Documentation database of
Schild, Margret. Considerations for developing an electronic
theatre information system. Paper presented at SIBMAS Conference, 1994.
See also: Kolganova, A. The electronic database in Russian
drama: creation and use. at the SIBMAS Conference in 1996, <http://www.theatrelibrary/sibmas/congresses/sibmas96/hels14.
Music Libraries Online
An eLIB project that aims to
create a virtual union catalogue for music in the UK, using the Z39.50
protocol. While music is peripheral to the scope of the ATDP, Hogg’s paper
may provide ideas for organising primary and secondary partners and insights
on semantic and syntax issues faced by libraries in making available
information on collections and items in a complex subject. The libraries
involved are the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Welsh College of
Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music and Drama and other conservatoria.
Arts and Humanities Data Service
A national service funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee of the
UK’s Higher Education Funding Councils to collect, describe and preserve the
electronic resources which result from research and teaching in the
humanities. Consists of service providers in archaeology, history, literary,
linguistic and other textural studies, the visual arts and the performing
arts. Has developed print and electronic best practice and resource guides.
Documentation standards and controlled vocabularies specifically for the
Performing Arts Data Service [PADS} appear to be still under development. PADS
notes the wide range of subject communities involved and intends adopting a
minimum core documentation standard with additions appropriate to its subject
communities. The PADS systems architecture is Z39.50 enabled and combines an
information management system based on a central object-oriented HyperWave
database linked to SGI's MediaBase for real-time streaming of audio and video.
Greenstein, David. The Arts and Humanities Data Service three
years’ on. D-Lib Magazine December 1998. <http://www.dlib.org>
Miller, Paul and Greenstein, Daniel, editors. Discovering
online resources across the humanities: a practical implementation of the
Dublin Core. Bath: HUOLB, University of Bath, 1997.
Office of Library and Networking Information
A paper on eLib standards by Lorcan
Dempsey and others is available from the
website at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/elib/papers/other/standards.
We recommend this be downloaded as a supplementary source to this
report. The former Director, Lorcan Dempsey has recently left the organisation
to take up an appointment as Executive Director of a new project, the
Distributed National Electronic Network. The current acting director of UKOLN
is Rachel Heery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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