15th Virtual Systems and MultiMedia Conference edition:15 location:Vienna, Austria date:9-12 September 2009
MACE (Metadata for Architectural Contents in Europe) is a European eContentplus project to connect and make more accessible architectural repositories and archives. The project develops community-based services, providing a framework for finding, acquiring, sharing and discussing architectural knowledge. MACE can be customized for e-learning purposes and makes small repositories reachable to a larger number of users.
The MACE system provides its services on the base of collected information from available content (metadata harvesting). The complete content is left with the original repository owners, who keep an independent role, maintaining their own access, structure and right policies.
To make digital architectural archives interoperable, the MACE system utilizes open standards, for this reason an ‘application profile’ was created to better describe Architectural Content. This extension is based on several existing classifications systems, such as CI/SfB, Uniclass and the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus.
Additionally, to provide multi-lingual facilities, classification terms are being translated into different European languages. This abstract discusses how the MACE system can empower researchers and archivists to disseminate their reference material available online, supported by powerful MACE data visualization tools and to link them with other relevant content in other repositories. A set of tools in development can be visited at http://portal.mace-project.eu.