Metadata Standards for Virtual Museums

Stella Sylaiou, Elena Lagoudi, João Martins

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The raison d’être of museums are their collections. Museums’ main purpose is to collect, preserve exhibit and interpret the objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific significance for the higher reasons of education, study and enjoyment. Museum objects are information carriers. In the Information and Communication Technologies era information about museum objects is documented, organized and communicated with the help of information systems in virtual museums. Considering the working definition of the ViMM project, a virtual museum (VM) can be considered a digital entity that, considering the museum’s specificities, enhances, complements, or augments the museum through interactivity, personalization, user experience and richness of content. The virtual museums’ context is organized with the help of metadata, the data about the data. This paper presents the main metadata standards used by virtual museums and the qualitative results of an extensive survey conducted in the framework of the ViMM project for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the main used metadata standards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection - 7th International Conference, EuroMed 2018, Proceedings
EditorsEleanor Fink, Raffaella Brumana, Manolis Wallace, Anastasios Doulamis, Petros Patias, Marinos Ioannides, Joao Martins
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-01762-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-01761-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event7th International Conference on Digital Heritage, EuroMed 2018 - Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 29 Oct 20183 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Volume11196 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th International Conference on Digital Heritage, EuroMed 2018


  • Digital documentation
  • Virtual museums


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