Many different organisations in the Netherlands are presently engaged in digital knowledge sharing. Examples include museums, libraries and cultural heritage managers. In doing so, they are confronted with problems that often relate to the diversity and fragmentation of their in-house knowledge. This knowledge can differ in terms of content and depth, and be contained in separate databases. Knowledge employees work with a multitude of different systems. Moreover, new information is added all the time.
In the RNA project, we experiment with a variety of solutions to these knowledge sharing problems. We use existing technologies that link pieces of knowledge in order to make it consistently searchable without the need for setting up a completely new knowledge sharing system or the necessity for all participants to work in a uniform way.
Various knowledge institutions that participate in the RNA project are in daily practice confronted with all sorts of knowledge sharing woes. We will summarise the most frequent problems in seven questions and provide the solutions that we experiment with in the RNA project.
Far from all organisations are equally advanced in digitising and making searchable the existing knowledge. A museum with a substantial budget may already have a digitisation procedure in place and wish to link its knowledge-sharing platform to that of other (international) organisations. Cultural heritage institutions that are run by volunteers may still be active in systematically mapping out all their information.