Since the first generation of major academic resources on the web 10 years ago, there have been many changes in both tools and in user expectation. We have excellent mapping and satellite services from Google and others; the semantic web technologies which let us navigate the web using something other than simple textual searches are starting to deliver on their promises; the approach to writing exciting interfaces known as Web 2.0 has matured vastly; our readers have an an increasing expectatation of free access to almost unlimited amounts of data which is immediately useable and linked to other data; and our systems expect to access material with a computer-computer interface, not just humans looking at web pages.

CLAROS, then, set out with five guiding principles in its aim to be a leading resource for the next decade.
  • Multi-domain and worldwide: we start with archaeology and art but we want to encompass any aspects of material culture, and want to provide ways to join up material from all over the world from any period
  • Cross-disciplinary: we learn from, and contribute to, the concerns of colleagues in e-Research, image processing, database design, and user interfaces
  • Semantic: CLAROS data is to be managed according to established ontologies
  • Multi-level access: we want to offer as many different interfaces as situations or people may demand, and we will take full advantage of the new possibilities offered by mapping, digital cameras, mobile devices, and modern interface design
  • In summary, CLAROS is open: the material is to be useable by anyone for anything

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