The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Conference Alert/CFP: The Digitisation of Cultural Heritage in Germany and Europe

From H-Museum:

Knowledge by Networking. The Digitisation of Cultural Heritage in Germany and Europe
International Conference within the framework of the EU Council Presidency
2007
Berlin, 21 and 22 June 2007

This event is hosted by the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage (SPK), in cooperation with the MICHAEL partner organisations (www.michael-culture.org). Conference supporters include EUBAM (the European portal for museums, libraries and archives); the German Research Foundation (DFG); adlib Information Systems GmbH; zetcom AG; MuseumPlus; and Robotron.

We warmly invite you to participate in this international conference, to be held in Berlin, on 21 and 22 June 2007. In four sessions, conference participants will discuss digital access to culture, science and scholarship in Germany and Europe. The conference will examine diverse initiatives in the fields of digitisation and digital networking, addressing a series of underlying questions.


The first session will present German digitisation initiatives. Among these initiatives is www.kulturerbe-digital.de, a platform that will bundle information about digitisation among cultural organisations in Germany. This first session will also consider fundamental questions essential to the generation of new knowledge through networking. The second session will address questions of particular relevance to those engaged in creating networks, drawing upon examples from many European nations. Among the issues to explore are the use and reuse of object data standards and software, national versus European digitisation projects, synergy effects and the integration of smaller, or less well known, collections in larger digital networking initiatives. The third session will introduce pan-European digitisation projects, focusing specifically on the examples of MICHAEL-culture.org and the European Digital Library. We will consider the opportunities presented by these initiatives to raise the visibility of digital sources. In our fourth session we will turn our attention to the natural sciences, where the exchange of research results and sources in international collaborative ventures is established practice. The networking experiences of scholars in the natural sciences shall encourage and provide impetus to digitisation initiatives in the worlds of culture and scholarship. This discussion will serve as the springboard to our concluding podium discussion of future strategies regarding thedigitisation of cultural possessions.

Please know you must register in advance to attend. To register, visit:
www.knowbynet.de Your participation is free of charge. Travel and
accommodation are your responsibility. Special rates for conference
participants have been arranged with select partner hotels. You will receive
a list of these conference hotels once we have received your formal
registration. As the number of discounted rooms is limited, we encourage you
to book well in advance.

Conference languages are English and German. All presentations will be
simultaneously translated.

This conference will take place in the Otto Braun Hall of the State Library
in Berlin. The address for the State Library in Berlin is: Potsdamer Str.
35, D-10785 Berlin.

Contact:
Prof. Monika Hagedorn-Saupe
Institute for Museum Research
In der Halde 1
14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30 830 1460,
Fax: +49 (0)30 830 1504
e-mail: m.hagedorn@smb.spk-berlin.de

Further information: www.knowbynet.de


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