In November 2018, Version 2.0 of the Digital Heritage Reference Architecture (DERA) was published in Dutch. The English version of DERA 2.0 has now become available too.
DERA supports the heritage sector in translating the National Strategy for Digital Heritage into practice by defining information architecture frameworks. Version 2.0 describes the requirements for the business architecture of organisations participating in the Digital Heritage Network.
The Digital Heritage Reference Architecture is being developed step by step:
- DERA 1.0 defines the common goals and principles.
- In DERA 2.0, the common goals and principles are elaborated into a Business Architecture, describing the consequences for the organisation, business functions, objects and services (particularly in the Usable Digital Heritage domain).
- DERA 3.0 will be a proposal for cross-sector agreements on application architecture in connection with implementation issues.
By developing their heritage facilities in agreement with the reference architecture, network participants ensure connectivity all around. The reference architecture describes how collaboration is possible across the boundaries of institutions and sectors. It is not a blueprint for how individual institutions should design their IT architecture. DERA 2.0 is primarily a description of what we all want to achieve as network members.
Its aim is to make heritage information more accessible using the principles of Linked Open Data.
Want to know more?
More information about the Digital Heritage Reference Architecture can be found on the DERA web page (in Dutch or English), where you can download the full report. The leaflet ‘DERA in een notendop’ (‘DERA in a nutshell’) provides a clear summary of the goals and principles of DERA.
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