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Agendas for “Polish Digital Libraries Conference” and “Europeana Open Culture Conference” are available

In the last few days agendas of two conferences were published:

We hope to see you on both of those events!

Digital libraries topic on ICIT’2010 and NCIT’2010 conferences

In frame of the 2nd conference ICIT’2010 (International Conference on Information Technology) and 8th National Conference on Information Technology a number of interesting articles, related to information technology, were presented and discussed. Multimedia systems, knowledge organisation systems and IT project management are only selected topics of conferences sessions.

Digital libraries topic was also present at both conferences. Articles presented in the first digital libraries session investigated issues of semantic digital libraries, management and on-line presentation of multi-domain cultural heritage and quality control procedures in Pomerian Digital Library. The second digital libraries session included articles related to analysis of end-users perception of Pomerian Digital Library and quality models of digital library from the perspective of IT project.

“Transforming Culture in the Digital Age” international conference in Estonia

Digital culture and all the opportunities granted to users by new media are leading to reflection on the role and future activities of memory institutions in this extremely interesting times. This cultural transformation were the main topic of  “Transforming Culture in the digital age” (http://transformingculture.eu/) conference which was held on 14th – 16th of April in Estonian city Tartu.  Organizers manager to gather academics as well as renowned practitioners from all around  the Word.  Conference programme was filled up with more than 50 lectures , presented in three parallel tracks.  Sometimes it was really hard to choose where to go because all presentations were very interesting. Thankfully organizers decided to publish full text of all papers as an ebook, it is available http://dspace.utlib.ee/dspace/handle/10062/14768.

During the conference Adam Dudczak for the PSNC DL Team presented a paper “Large-scale aggregation of metadata from distributed digital libraries in Poland”. Paper described basic assumptions, motivations , architecture and achievements of Digital Libraries Federation.

Among many interesting presentation which was presented at the conference we selected three the most interesting.

“How Web 3.0 combines user-generated and machine-generated content” –  Stijn Bannier i Chris Vleugels (http://transformingculture.eu/programme/april-15#bannier) .

Authors analyzed the development of the World Wide Web, this analysis was a starting point for discussion about potential impact of semantic web (or as some people say web 3.0) to our cultural habits.  To give a glimpse into how it might look like, authors presented results of scientific project CUPID (Cultural Profile and Information Database).  CUPID was aimed to build a prototype of a service which aggregates, categorize,  personalize and distribute cultural content (i.e. recommended exhibitions and concerts). After the presentation there was a really interesting discussion about privacy of internet users and how will cultural content consumption look like in the world of automatic recommendations (see Epic 2015).

“Locative Media and Augmented Reality. Bridges and Borders between Real and Virtual Spaces” –  Marisa Gómez Martínez (http://transformingculture.eu/programme/april-15#gomez)

Augmented Reality and Locative Media are very interesting not only from the perspective of the industry but opens many interesting opportunities for the cultural institutions. Author of this presentation showed a lot of examples of cultural/art projects which are using augmented reality and geo-awareness.  Two most interesting examples:

  • BioMapping (http://biomapping.net) – using a special devices capable to record human emotions and their geographic location Christian Nold created a emotional map of the cities like San Francisco and Paris.
  • In general all Julian Olivier’s works are very interesting but Advertiser (http://selectparks.net/~julian/theartvertiser/) is exceptional.  Julian says that Advertiser is more a Improved Reality than an Augmeneted Reality Project.  It is somehow true, just imagine a public space free from all advertisements.

These examples (and others) illustrated the rising role of virtual reality in the way how we perceive reality.

“For those looking for information and experiences:  National Digital Library of Finland” – Tapani Sainio, Mikael Vakkari (http://transformingculture.eu/programme/april-16#sainio)

National Digital Library of Finland (http://www.kdk2011.fi/en/)  is a project of the Ministry of Education of Finland.  Project was started in 2008, and will last till 2011, it is a joint effort of 35 institutions (including governmental , scientific and cultural units). Aim of this project is to assure a long term access to resources of libraries, museums and archives.  This should advance development of national scientific and learning infrastructure.

It seems that  National Digital Library of Finland project  will deliver:

  • national standards and recommendations in order to achieve interoperability between various data providers,
  • roadmap/strategy for long term digital content preservation,
  • web interface (in 2011) which will allow to access to a whole variety of Finland’s cultural heritage.

The architecture and some of the goals of National Digital Library of Finland are very similar to Digital Libraries Federation. In the initial phase of development it will serve as a metadata aggregator who will forward Finish metadata to Europeana.

IV Ukrainian Conference “Library and Book in the Context of Time”

On 14-15 of April 2010 in Kiev, Ukraine the IV conference “Library and Book in the Context of Time” was held. The conference scope joins scientific topics with the information useful for practitioners. The main organizer of this conference is the National Parliament Library of Ukraine. In this year the main topic of the conference was “Libraries activities on the preservation of national cultural heritage”.
First day of the conference was dedicated to the multi-aspect analysis of this topic including legal issues, practical experiences and case studies. During this day a presentation “Polish Digital Libraries in the PIONIER Network” was made by Marcin Werla and Anton Kozik from the PSNC Digital Libraries Team. The presentation shown the role of PSNC in the development of digital libraries in Poland, the dLibra Digital Library Framework and national and international projects working on metadata aggregation (including the Polish Digital Libraries Federation, EuropeanaLocal and Europeana).
The second day of the conference was devoted to a practical seminar, which main topic was “Presentation of national cultural heritage in the digital environment”. The seminar was mostly about various IT solutions in the libraries domain. A presentation by Anton Kozik was made during this day on the dLibra system and its functionality. This was possible because of the cooperation between PSNC and Lviv National Scientific Library established with the help of the Digital Center company. One of the first results of this cooperation was the professional Ukrainian translation of the dLibra system.
After the presentation there were several questions of quite wide scope: from the technical details of dLibra to the organizational issues of the Digital Libraries Federation.
We hope, that the result of this conference will be the increased interest in dLibra and digital libraries in general in the community of Ukrainian librarians. This can be the start of cooperation with organizations interested in this topic and the basis for future exchange of experience in the digital libraries development.
It is worth to mention that one of the popular systems for the creation of digital libraries behind our easter border is called… T-Libra. The on-line demo of this software is available here (registration required).

XII All-Russian Scientific Conference RCDL’10

On the 1st of April expires the time of sending an application for attending RCDL’10 as a speaker. RCDL’10 is the twelfth conference in the series of All-Russian scientific conferences “Digital Libraries: Advanced Methods and Technologies, Digital Collections”. In 2010 the conference will last from 13 to 17 October and will be hosted by Kazan State University in Kazan.

Over the period of 11 years hundreds of scientists from the leading scientific centers of Russia, Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, the USA, Ukraine and other countries have taken part in the RCDL conferences. On RCDL significant attention is paid to fundamental and interdisciplinary research and projects that are focused on solving complex practical problems. In particular, research in the field of creating highly-scalable digital libraries (called the Very Large Digital Library).

Conference topics include the following guidelines and developments in digital libraries:
1. Methods and models for information representation.
2. Metadata, ontologies and instruments for information representation.
3. Perspective infrastructures of digital libraries, digital libraries in grid-sphere and cloud computing.
4. Virtual mediums for scientific investigations.
5. Social nets and digital libraries.
6. Instrumental methods of digital libraries and digital collections creation.
7. Methods and technologies of working with text, multimedia and semistructured information.
8. Information storage methods and digital archives.
9. Interoperability and fusion of information.
10. Scientometric measuring in digital libraries.
11. Information security.
12. User interface, human element.
13. Digital libraries in science, education, culture, medicine and economics.
14. Technology standards of digital libraries.

Members of the Program Commitee are leading scientists of Russian Academy of Science (http://www.ras.ru), representatives of russian, american and european scientific circles and largest IT companies.

More information in English and Russian can be found on http://rcdl2010.ksu.ru.

II International Open Access Conference

On the 14th and 15th of January in Toruń, Poland there was a II International Open Access Conference. The aim of the conference was to convince the world of Polish science to the open model of scientific communication (Open Access), which is the most modern and economically justified model used in many institutions in the world. During the conference there were presentations anout experiences and solutions from western Europe and about the possibilities of wider use of Open Access approach in Poland and about the challenges related to this.

Below you can see a short coverage from the conference prepared by TV Toruń:

During the first day of the conference a presentation titled “Open scientific resources in Poland – selected projects and initiatives, european cooperation” was given by Marcin Werla from the PSNC Digital Libraries Team.

ENRICH final conference

The National Library of Spain will host the final conference of the ENRICH project on 5th and 6th November 2009 in Madrid.

The major aim of the conference is to present the results of the ENRICH project and discuss the latest developments in the field of digital libraries with focus on the domain of manuscripts and early prints.

We invite you to visit the ENRICH final conference web page to get more details on the conference topics, targeted audience and registration. Participation in the conference if free of charge.