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Convergence in the Digital Age: Challenges for Libraries, Museums and Archives

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Last Update: July 28, 1998

Seminar: Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August 1998 in Amsterdam

On 13 and 14 August 1998 in Amsterdam, a seminar on "Convergence in the Digital Age: Challenges for Libraries, Museums and Archives" will be held with support from the EU's Telematics for Libraries. The seminar is a satellite event of this year's IFLA General conference which takes place in Amsterdam from 16 to 21 August 1998.

Libraries, museums and archives all deal increasingly with documents, publications and information in electronic form. This new environment requires them to take on digitisation, archiving, preservation, new user services and new economic models in a complex legal framework.

The seminar is hence a unique opportunity for those interested in the fields of libraries, museums or archives to share their experience of handling digital information and to discuss common issues and challenges. It also aims at providing new ideas for the definition of strategies for co-operation in a digital environment.

The seminar is organised around six main sessions:

  1. The Organisation of Knowledge in a Digital Environment
  2. The Citizen's Access to Digital Heritage
  3. New Services in their Legal Context
  4. The Future of the Digital Present
  5. Converging Technologies and Standards for Digital Collections
  6. Strategic Issues in Research and Technological Development

The seminar will be held in one of the most attractive and historical buildings of Amsterdam, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW). Once the residence of an important trading family, it is now the seat of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

For further information and reservations, please contact:
Johan van de Walle

Schoemakerstraat 97
2600 JD Delft
P.O. Box 6030
The Netherlands
E-mail: vandewalle@stb.tno.nl and jvdwalle@bart.nl

The registration fee will be 200 Dutch Guilders. Coffee, lunch and social events are included in the price.

These themes will be illustrated by presentations of ongoing projects, most of which are sponsored by the European Commission.


Convergence in the Digital Age: Challenges for Libraries, Museums and Archives
to be held on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August 1998 at the following address:


Kloveniersburgwal 29
Amsterdam Centre
phone.: +31 20 551 07 00
telefax: + 31 20 620 49 41
routing map on URL: http://www.knaw.nl/uksite/uk_reac.htm


DAY I           Opening and Welcome 

10:00 - 10:10   Welcome by Mr. J. Dekker, Chairman of the Board of TNO, Netherlands
10:15 - 10:45   Keynote speaker: (to be announced)

Session I       The organisation of knowledge in a digital environment

10:50 - 11:00   Introduction by Mrs. R. M. Montserrat, Head of the Section
                of Documentation and Protection of Cultural Heritage (Museums
                Service of Department of Culture - Generalitat of Catalonia, Spain)
11:00 - 11:30   (Subject) Mr. B. Rugaas, National Librarian of Norway
11:35 - 11:50   Project Elise II, by Mrs. S. Goddard, De Montfort University,
                United Kingdom
11:55 - 12:10   Project Universe by Mrs. A. Kelly, An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, Ireland 
12:15 - 12:30   (Subject) by Mrs. L. Campbell, Library of Congress, U.S.A.
12:30 - 13:00   Questions and Answers

Session II      The Citizens' access to the digital heritage

14:30 - 14:40   Introduction by Mrs. S. Tyacke, Public Record Office, United Kingdom
14:40 - 15:10   Dr. Tatjana Aparac / Mrs. Mirna Willer, University of Zagreb,
                Faculty of Philosophy
15:15 - 15:30   An art historical information system for museum professionals
                in an archival context, built using library expertise by
                Mr. J. van der Starre, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Informatie,
15:35 - 15:50   Danish Audio History/CultureNet by Mrs. E. Fønss Jørgensen, State and
                University Library, Denmark
15:55 - 16:10   Project Kulturbox by Mr. I. Braun, Kulturbox, Germany

Session III     New services in their legal context

16:40 - 17:15   Introduction by Prof. J. Bing
17:20 - 17:40   European Copyright User Platform (ECUP+) by Mrs E. Giavarra, Project
                Director ECUP+, The Netherlands
17:40 - 18:00   Questions and Answers


Session IV      The future of the digital present

09:00 - 09:10   Introduction by Mrs. M. Sliwinska of the Nicolaus Copernicus University
                in Torun, Poland
09:10 - 09:40   Presentation by Mr. Ch. Dollar, of the School of Library, Archival and
                Information Studies at the  University of British Columbia
09:45 - 10.00   Project NedLib by Mr. J. Steenbakkers, Royal Library, Netherlands
10:05 - 10:20   Presentation about Archivo de Indias by Mrs. E. Carolina de Santos Canalejo,
                Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Spain
10:25 - 10:40   Memory of the World VOC archives by Mrs. D. Sy-A-Foek, National	Unesco
                Commission, Netherlands
10:45 - 11:00   Questions and Answers

Session V       Converging technologies and standards for digital collections

11:30 - 11:40   Introduction  by Mr. B. Royan, Chair IFLA IT Section, United Kingdom 
11:40 - 12:10   Presentation by Mrs. C. Lupovici, Jouves Systèmes d'Information, France
12:15 - 12:30   Project One and One2 by Mrs. L.A. Holm, Brodd Oslo College, Norway
12:35 - 12:50   Presentation about Meta data by Mr. M. Dekkers of the European Commission
12:55 - 13:10   Rethinking Library Standards by Mr. T. Kuny, IFLA's UDT Core programme, (LAND)
13:10 - 13:30   Questions and Answers
13:30 - 15:00   Lunch

Session VI      Strategic issues in R & TD, closing of the seminar

15:00 - 15:10   Introduction by Mr. J. van de Walle, TNO-STB, Netherlands
15:15 - 15:45   Presentation by Mrs. A. Iljon of the European Commission, DGXIII/E
15:50 - 16:20   Panel discussion
16:20 - 17:00   Presentation by Mrs. C. Allardice of the South African Library
17:00 - 17:10   Closing of the seminar by Mr. J. van de Walle, TNO-STB, Netherlands
17:10 - 18:30   Cocktails

Organising committee:

Ms. Concha Fernández de la PuenteEuropean Commission DGXIII/E-4,Luxembourg

Prof. Dr. Eric Ketelaar Professor of Archival Science at the Universities of Leyden and Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Christian Lupovici Member of the IFLA Section on Information Technology and librarian of the University of Marne-la-Vallée, France

Dr. Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali, Italy

Mr. B. Rugaas National Librarian, National Library of Norway, Norway

Dr. Juan Zozaya Subdirector of the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Spain

Mr. Johan van de Walle Secretary of the National Focal Point for the Telematics for Libraries programme in The Netherlands, The Netherlands

Further contact:
Johan van de Walle

P.O. Box 6030
2600 JA Delft
The Netherlands
Phone +31 15 269 5455
Fax + 31 15 269 54 60
vandewalle@stb.tno.nl or jvdwalle@bart.nl