Convergence in the Digital Age - Seminar

Subject: Convergence in the Digital Age - Seminar
From: Emanuella Giavarra (
Date: ke 18 maalis 1998 - 14:02:24 EET

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Convergence in the Digital Age: Challenges for Libraries, Museums and
Seminar, Thursday 13 - Friday 14 August, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
On 13 and 14 August 1998, a seminar on "Convergence in the Digital Age:
Challenges for Libraries, Museums and Archives" will be held with
support of the European Union, in Amsterdam. The seminar is a satellite
event of this year's IFLA General conference which takes place in
Amsterdam from 16 to 21 August 1998.
Libraries, museums and archives are all increasingly dealing with
documents, publications and information in electronic form. This new
environment is obliging them to confront digitisation, archiving,
preservation, new users services and new economic models in a complex
legal framework. The seminar is hence a unique opportunity for those
interested in the fields of libraries, museums or archives to share
their experiences of handling digital information and to discuss common
issues and challenges. It also aims at providing new ideas for the
definition of strategies for co-operation in a digital environment.

The seminar is organised in 6 main thematic sessions:
I. The Organisation of Knowledge in a Digital Environment
II. The Citizen's Access to the Digital Heritage
III. New Services in their Legal Context
IV. The Future of the Digital Present
V. Converging Technologies and Standards for Digital Collections
VI. Strategic Issues in Research and Technological Development
These themes will be illustrated by presentations of ongoing projects.
Most of these projects are sponsored by the European Commission.
The full programme is to be published within a few weeks.

Organising committee:
Ms. Concha Fernández de la Puente European Commission DGXIII/E-4
Prof. Dr. Eric Ketelaar Professor of Archival Science at the
Universities of Leyden and Amsterdam The Netherlands
Dr. Christian Lupovici Member of the IFLA Section on Information
Technology and librarian of the University of Marne-la-Vallée France
Dr. Maria Vittoria Marini-Clarelli Ministero per i Beni Culturali e
Ambientali Italy
Mr. B. Rugaas National Librarian, National Library of Norway Norway
Dr. Juan Zozaya Subdirector of the Museo Arqueológico Nacional Spain
Mr. Johan van de Walle Secretary of the National Focal Point for the
Telematics for Libraries programme in the Netherlands The Netherlands
The seminar will be held in one of the most attractive and historical
buildings of Amsterdam. Once the residence of an important trading
family, it is now the seat of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
For further information and reservations, please contact:
Johan van de Walle
PO Box 80544
NL-2508 GM The Hague
The Netherlands
E-mail: and
The registration fee will be 200 Dutch Guilders. Coffee, lunch and
social events are included in the price. The price will be 300 Dutch
Guilders for registration after the 1st of July.

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