Despite years of everyone emphasising the importance of open standards, the attractions of propietary standards like Flash are hard to resist for some projects

Two main reasons. 1. Most (but not all) people have Flash on their desktops. 2. Flash allows you to do funky things that would be impossible otherwise

YouTube is the most obvious example. Despite its poor quality, the YouTube platform has now established Flash as the way of delivering video.

In the cultural heritage business, two other recent projects have unveiled Flash based resources. One is the Rome Reborn reconstruction of classical Rome. The other is the 9.9 gigabtye image of Andrea Pozzo’s ceiling fresco from 17th-century Rome.

Impressive now, of course. But will these resources be around in five years’ time?