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for, and benefit from, most of the technol-
ogies within a framework of larger cultural
heritage initiatives. In such initiatives, fund-
ed mechanisms such as cultural networks/
service centres enable smaller institutions
to keep their costs and risks manageable
while not being excluded from new tech-
nological developments.
ollowing are short excerpts of the five
events reported on in this issue. They
range from issues of digitisation to artificial
intelligence and knowledge representation.
he ERPANET Preservation of
Born-digital Art Workshop held
on 8 October provided the opportuni-
ty for representatives from a selection of
German, Dutch and Hungarian organisa-
tions to disseminate aspects of their poli-
cies, approaches research, and case studies
regarding digital art works and projects to
a UK audience. This is part of an effort to
initiate wider discussion within the artis-
tic, academic, museums, communities in
Britain on how museums document and
archive digital artworks so they remain
accessible for the long term?
he International Seminar on
Digitisation, held at the National
Library of Portugal ( in
Lisbon on 11 May 2004, was promoted as
an initiative of the MINERVA project. The
main purpose of the event was to pro-
mote the idea that digitisation of cultural
and scientific artefacts is both desirable and
useful for the future of the sector.
he European Workshop on
Culture and Technology aimed to
provide delegates from the EVA Florence
2004 conference with an opportunity to
further explore some of the major issues
surrounding 3D digitisation and distri-
bution. Over the course of two days,
group discussions and workshop activities
revealed that more work must be done on
fundamental research and on the establish-
ment of industry standards.
organisation and the global informa-
tion society'. The main conference pro-
gramme was divided into a number of
themes, including theoretical foundations
of knowledge organisation, linguistic and
cultural approaches, artificial intelligence
and knowledge representation, and applica-
tions of knowledge organisation. Individual
sessions also dealt with knowledge organi-
sation of non-textual media, problems of
specific subject fields, the use of thesauri,
and recent developments in the large sys-
tems of classification.
ohn Pereira, the DigiCULT project
manager in On the Radar: eCulture
Experiences, makes the point that mas
sive distributed and embedded computing,
smart networked devices, novel interfaces,
positioning and context-awareness tech-
nologies, etc. will over the coming years be
delivered by the industry. However, when
it comes to digital cultural experiences,
he claims that, new forms of collaboration
and true interdisciplinary efforts will be
he conference; Towards a continu-
um of digital heritage, Strategies
for a European Area of Digital
Cultural Resources, held in The Hague
on 15 and 16 September, was devoted to
the concept of a European Area of digit-
al cultural resources. Organised under the
Netherlands EU Presidency, the conference
marks a turning point in the `Lund Action
Plan'. The Dutch Deputy Minister for
Culture, Medy van der Laan, underlined
the importance of the vision of a shared
area of digital cultural resources during the
Netherlands EU Presidency, and assured
continuing support for the development of
this vision.
he Eighth International
Conference of the International
Society for Knowledge Organization
took place on 13-16 July 2004, at
the University College London. The
Conference was hosted by the School of
Library, Archive & Information Studies,
and its theme this year was `Knowledge
Renovations for the new SalzburgMuseum, Mozartplatz 1. Image shot in the context of the symposium ,,eCulture Horizons: From
Digitisation to Creating Cultural Experiences" (27-28 September 2004), organised by the eCulture Group of Salzburg Research.
See page 43 for further information on this conference.