The Arts: Sharing Center Stage on the Internet (arts) Concluded WG

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WG Name The Arts: Sharing Center Stage on the Internet
Acronym arts
Area User Services Area (usv)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-arts-01 Approved
Dependencies Document dependency graph (SVG)
Personnel Chairs Susan Siegfried
Scott Stoner
Area Director April Marine

Charter for Working Group

Draft 3/2 mw
Two IETF BOF sessions on arts and humanities issues resulted in a
consensus by participants that the complexity of electronically
capturing, cataloguing and accessing arts and humanities content
requires expertise that is not widely available within the arts and
humanities community, but represents a significant need that could be
addressed by an IETF working group. There is particular interest among
IETF members to define a methodology, tools, and guidelines for the
establishment of a clearinghouse (or multiple clearinghouses) that would
show by example how and why the Internet can effectively store and
showcase the wealth of information and resources comprising our world's
cultural heritage. The IETF's assistance would help to enrich both the
arts and humanities and the broader community, and particularly help to
constitute an online community that enjoys access as both consumer and
producer of arts and humanities-based content.

The working group's mission is to guide the development of the
infrastructure required in order that the arts and humanites community
may create complex resources widely accessible on the Internet.

The goals of this working group include:

1) facilitate the use of the Internet as a mechanism for the arts and
humanities to develop a knowledge base of research and information not
now widely accessible electronically.

2) assist with the development of innovative technical tools (for
example, templates) for the production and consumption of information,
resources, and performance-based presentations that require unique
protocols for electronic storage and retrieval.

3) define information content standards, any related technical
requirements, and training that will be necessary for key arts and
humanities constituencies to contribute information and resources to the


Date Milestone
Mar 1996 Publish an FYI RFC as the result of this work which will be a document that serves as a resource for expanding an arts and humanities userbase on the Internet, as well as an initial plan for the further development of tools and protocols for expanding the online knowledge base.
Dec 1995 Continue to identify, review, and add existing tools on the Internet and issue additional Internet-Drafts as necessary.
Jul 1995 Review and compile additional existing tools, and define functions or needs for which tools and guidelines will need to be developed. Post and Internet-Draft.
Mar 1995 Identify existing tools on the Internet that should be of value in guiding users to contribute to and/or access arts and humanities resources, including the electronic storage and retrieval of performance-based works of art.