Why ResCarta


The Need for ResCarta®

For over a decade, organizations have created systems and developed divergent guidelines for converting source material to digital format. While many of these guidelines have worked well in individual instances, the cost of creating collections is high and the sharing of digital collections has suffered due to a lack of a standard.

Digital image collections, whether in libraries, archives, corporations, non-profits, or any number of organizations, are too often encumbered by a multitude of competing standards and technologies. Collections may contain a number of file formats, naming conventions and metadata structures that require unique or proprietary software to catalog, search and view.

Open Source Answers

Open Source Answers

The ResCarta Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded to encourage the development of a single set of open community standards and open source implementations of those standards.

Our goal is to create, through collaboration, digital content production standards and open source applications that allow users to access disparate digital collections in a simple, user friendly process, leading to interoperability.

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Talk to Us

This website is a place for ResCarta members to present standards, discuss standards, comment on standards and ultimately agree to the standards. It is also a place to discuss and present open source software implementations of these standards as we move towards the goal of true interoperability.


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