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and the International Council for Scientific
and Technical Information (ICSTI) are
hosting an international symposium at the
UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Open
Access and the Public Domain in Digital
Data and Information for Science (10-11
March 2003).
The symposium will focus on (a) descri-
bing the role, value and limits that the
public domain and open access to digital
data and information have in the context
of international research, (b) identifying
and analysing the various legal, economic,
and technological pressures on the public
domain in digital data and information,
and their potential effects on international
research, (c) reviewing the existing and
proposed approaches for preserving and
promoting the public domain and open
access to S&T data and information on a
global basis, with particular attention to the
needs of developing countries, and (d)
defining the issues the ICSU family of
organizations should follow up in prepara-
tion for the development of an Action Plan
for the World Summit on the Information
Society (WSIS).
The symposium will bring together lea-
ding experts and managers from the
government and academic sectors in the
developed and developing world, who are
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For a complete list of events, information
and contacts please refer to the events
page at http://www.digicult.info/pages/
events.php
FEBRUARY
February 25
UK DTIN workshop on `Technology-
enhanced learning and access to
cultural heritage' strategic objective.
UK Department of Trade and Industry
London, UK
Contact: bobm@ideo.co.uk
MARCH
March 10-11
International Symposium on Open
Access and the Public Domain in
Digital Data and Information for
Science.
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
Registration at the Symposium is free and
open to the public. Register at
http://www.cheryllevey.com/codata/
03march-regform-intlsymp.htm.
The Committee on Data for Science and
Technology (CODATA), the National
Academies (US), the International
Council for Science (ICSU), UNESCO
involved in the creation, dissemination,
and use of data and information in public
research.The symposium program and
additional background information are
available at http://www.codata.org.
March 19-22
Museums and the Web 2003
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
http://www.archimuse.com/mw2003/
The seventh annual Museums and the
Web conference consists of two plenary
sessions, eighteen parallel sessions, 60
museum project demonstrations, dozens of
commercial exhibits, seven full-day and 6
half-day pre-conference workshops, and
ten one-hour mini-workshops combined
with a day-long usability lab, a day-long
design "Crit Room", and the Best of the
Web awards. All papers presented at
MW2003 are peer reviewed. Full session
descriptions, abstracts, speaker biographies
and lots more details are on-line at
http://www.archimuse.com/mw2003/
Join us at the largest international
gathering about cultural heritage on-line.
Register on-line at http://www.archimu-
se.com/mw2003/register/
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The preservation of digital objects
depends on reliable knowledge about file
formats, and how these formats are
rendered by different software applications.
The Public Record Office (PRO), the
national archives of England and Wales,
has recently completed development of a
second version of its web-enabled data-
base that stores and provides information
about file formats and the application
software needed to render them.
PRONOM 2.0 enables an administrator
to store and retrieve detailed information
concerning software products, the file for-
mats that they render, and any content
variance that may occur as a result of
rendering. Using these features, migration
pathways can be easily planned.
For further information about the
PRONOM project, please see:
http://www.pro.gov.uk/about/conserva-
tion/digital/pronom.htm
The product is to undergo further
development with new features to include
internet access, automated file format
checking tools, and functionality to `display
multi-step migration routes showing any
content variance' in the process.