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N
EWS
FROM
D
IGI
CULT'
S
R
EGIONAL
C
ORRESPONDENTS
BULGARIA
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R
N
IKOLA
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KONOMOV
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SSOCIATE
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ROFESSOR
KT-D
IGI
CULT-BG
PROJECT
QUALITY
MANAGER
International seminar `Digitisation of
cultural and scientific heritage'
T
he international seminar `Digitisation
of cultural and scientific heritage'
accompanying the first meeting of the KT-
DigiCULT-BG project was held at the
Congress Centre of Bulgaria Hotel, Bansko,
Bulgaria, from 27 August to 3 September
2004. The event attracted some 50 par-
ticipants from 15 countries: Bulgaria,
Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark,
France, the Former Yugoslavian Republic
of Macedonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta,
the Netherlands, Serbia and Montenegro,
Turkey, UK and the USA. Project partners,
international guests, and representatives of
cultural and scientific heritage institutions
from Bulgaria took part in the event.
T
he programme of the event combined
presentations and visits to cultural/
scientific heritage sites in South Western
Bulgaria. The sessions of the event were
grouped in two basic tracks:
· Sessions related to KT-DigiCULT-
BG (Knowledge Transfer for Digitisation
of Cultural and Scientific Heritage in
Bulgaria), a four-year project, supported
by the Transfer of Knowledge action of
the Marie Curie programme of FP6;
· Discussions on general issues in the field
of digitisation of cultural and scientific
heritage.
T
he kick-off meeting of the KT-
DigiCULT-BG project aimed to
acquaint project partners with general
guidelines for administrative, financial and
quality management issues. The project co-
ordinator, Associate Professor Dr Milena
Dobreva, presented its basic characteris-
tics and goals and expressed her strong
belief that it will strengthen the experi-
ence gained by the host institution ­ the
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics
(http://www.math.bas.bg/) ­ in the dig-
itisation field and develop it further for
the benefit of high-quality presentation
of Bulgarian legacy in collaboration with
national institutions from the cultural and
scientific heritage sector. The representa-
tives of the four partner institutions: Det
Arnamagnæanske Institut, Københavns
Universitet, Denmark (http://www.hum.
ku.dk/ami/), Trinity College, Dublin,
Ireland (http://www.tcd.ie/), Charles
University, Prague, Czech Republic (http://
www.cuni.cz/), the National Center for
Scientific Research `Demokritos', Athens,
Greece (http://www.demokritos.gr/),
and the host institution (the Institute for
Mathematics and Informatics) discussed
their specific roles within the project.
T
he international seminar consisted of
three basic tracks:
· Presentations of partner institutions and
foreign guests;
· Presentations of Bulgarian institutions;
· Reports and Demonstrations
W
ithin the first track various pres-
entations were delivered, most of
them dedicated to specific national expe-
rience in the field of digitisation of cul-
tural and scientific heritage. In particular,
Giuliana De Francesco (Ministero per i
beni e le attività culturali, Rome, Italy) gave
detailed information on the MINERVA
project, Prof. Dr Bernd Wegner (Technical
University, Berlin) raised some impor-
tant topics of the digitisation of math-
ematical heritage and the DML, ERAM
and EMANI
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international projects, Prof.
Yasar Tonta (Hacettepe University, Ankara,
Turkey) interpreted the difference between
integrated and personalised digital infor-
mation services, and Boris Shishkov (Delft
University of Technology, The Netherlands)
expounded ideas on the application of elec-
tronic brokers in the cultural heritage sector.
W
ithin the second track, Bulgarian
institutions involved with cultur-
al and scientific heritage issues and poten-
tial project partners were presented: The
National Archives, the National Library,
the Institute for Bulgarian Language
(http://www.ibl.bas.bg/), the Institute for
Information Technologies (http://www.iinf.
bas.bg), the Institute of Literature (http://
www.cl.bas.bg/BAS/directory/humanies/
il.htm), the Faculty of Mathematics and
Informatics, Sofia University (http://www.
euroeducation.net/un/bg/bg00111.htm),
and the Central Library of BAS (http://
www.cl.bas.bg/). As well as the activities
within this track two reports on book scan-
ning equipment (by Dr Nikola Ikonomov)
and cataloguing manuscripts in XML (by
Dr Milena Dobreva and Pavel Pavlov), were
presented, while Dr Kiril Ribarov (Charles
University, Prague) offered a demonstration

31 See http://www.library.cornell.edu/dmlib/, http://www.loc.gov/
rr/ElectronicResources/full_description.php?MainID=884, http://
www.emani.org/ and http://rcdl2002.jinr.ru/Reports/Vol_2/vol2_
71-83.pdf for more information.