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The VCP Toolbox presents the tools as well as extensive documentation for their use and development. The toolbox is shared by all the participants and individual cities included in the Virtual Cities Project. Its purpose is to offer a common ground for technical standards as well as best practices in the field of digital humanities. The present toolbox owes a lot to the THL – Tibetan and Himalayan Library – that provided much of the initial content of the VCP Toolbox. We are very grateful for the THL for allowing us to use and adapt their splendid toolbox.

A digital library provides integrated software systems, tools, fonts and documentation to enable users to work with the collections with search and access procedures considerably more powerful than the traditional library. It goes far beyond the limited traditional tools of a library in enabling users to creatively interact with the digital collections and reference materials, as well as generate new user-defined collections for their own private purposes (Read more about our policy of Collaborative Documentation which invites input from all VCP users - contact us at vcp (then add the at sign, then to get email address) to send contributions or offer to participate more systematically.

Document Contents
Audio-Video Documentation for the Audio-Visual Collection.
Community & Communication Manual for making participant entries, submitting NGO reports, & other community-related issues; this also includes communication processes like mailing list, blogging, instant messaging, etc.
Equipment Guidelines for various equipment, software, furnishings and other items necessary in VCP work.
Essays Guidelines and other resources for submitting essays.
Fieldwork Issues pertaining to creating content while actually visiting a place/community.
Fonts & Related issues Fonts, conversion, keyboards, etc.
General Principles Searching vs. browsing, ontologies and topic/knowledge maps, identifiers, metadata, thematic classifications, how to begin a project,
Images & Immersive Technologies Documentation of photography and the processing of images, as well as technologies for creating 3D environments and panoramic images.
Licenses, Credit & Review Information on licenses and copyright, credit for contributors, and VCP’s policies on peer review.
Places & Geography Place documentation, GIS, Gazetteer, Tourism, etc.
Reference Images, maps, bibliography, dictionary, timelines, etc.
Scheduling Meetings Overview of options for using technology to make it easier to schedule meetings.
Scanning & OCR Images, texts, journals, etc.
VCP Research Lab To be developped
VCP Technologies & Open Standards Beginner-oriented and Technical-oriented survey of VCP Technologies, including glossary and overview of VCP Publishing and Editing systems, as well as Various international standards to which VCP adheres.
Chinese Texts Cataloging, Input, Markup, etc. - To be developped
Tips on Software & Operating Systems Tips for using various operating systems like Windows and Mac, as well as commercial and open source software packages.
Who to Contact in VCP List of who to contact in VCP for followup on various issues.
VCP Workspace
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