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process to new formats and technologies
for already digitised data.
ethods of disseminating knowledge
include publishing a journal (Re-
view of the NCD), organising an annual
conference and maintaining a website.
his experience, unique for the
Balkans, can make a positive change
in the country, and the interest of confer-
ence participants is clear.This conference
also hosted two Bulgarian papers. Next
year, the event is expected to become truly
international.The Lund principles, which
define the priorities in the digitisation field
on European grounds, put the emphasis on
better organisation and access of collec-
tions considered to be already available in a
digital form. In this respect, most associated
and other non-EU states in Europe still
have to come a long way, since most local
collections are not digitised. Co-operation
and dissemination of knowledge in this
field are vital in order to boost local initia-
tives.We hope that the work of the NCD
will lead to a significant change for the
better in the long run.
eral projects aimed at collecting and pre-
senting data on cultural content in digital
form.This experience should contribute to
building realistic strategies and standards
within the National Digitisation Centre.
he NCD still expects to become a
governmental centre; the group of
people behind it work to promote best
practices on national level and to bring
people from various institutions, who have
to solve similar problems, together.
The main activities of NCD are as follows:
1. Co-ordinating efforts of institutions in
Serbia and Montenegro involved in the
cultural and scientific heritage digitisation.
2. Establishing and promoting a national
strategy for the cultural and scientific
heritage digitisation in Serbia and
3. Exploring, adapting and applying
international standards and protocols
for the cultural and scientific heritage
digitisation and preservation, as well as
developing the new standards in the
areas where none exist.
4. Launching the cultural and scientific
heritage digitisation in the country and
making plans for possible migration
ur colleagues from Serbia and
Montenegro demonstrate a strategy
suitable for smaller countries. Instead of
building digitisation teams in every organi-
sation in the cultural and scientific heritage
sector, they are aiming at forming one
national institution which would support
initiatives undertaken by different bodies.
Recently, experts from the Belgrade
Mathematical institute, National Museum,
Faculty of Mathematics, and Archaeo-
logical Institute, along with the Archives of
Serbia, National Library of Serbia, Serbian
Institute for Monument Protection, and
Yugoslav Film Archive formed the
National Center of Digitization (NCD, Bringing
together these institutions means that they
can share experience. For example,
Mathematical Institute and Faculty of
Mathematics Belgrade have launched sev-
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Digital Resources for the Humanities 2003
took place from the 31st August 3rd
September on the beautiful Park campus
of the University of Gloucestershire in
Cheltenham. This year's conference bene-
DigiCULT's Website provides a full calen-
dar of events from conferences to training
workshops. Anyone can use this list to
publicise conferences relevant to the cul-
tural heritage sector; to submit an event,
view all upcoming events and see more
details, please visit http://www.digicult.
Upcoming events of particular interest
series of conferences has two
upcoming events: Berlin on 12-14
fited from a packed programme of diverse
papers, panel discussions, and poster pre-
sentations and the social programme added
to the friendly atmosphere. Final plenary
speakers Dr. Kim Veltman and Prof.
Theodor Nelson were both entertaining
and intellectually exciting, providing an
excellent close to an enjoyable and benefi-
cial conference.
A full report on DRH 2003 will appear in
Issue 6 of DigiCULT.Info.