CATCH Symposium: Digital Cultural Heritage Goes Social – Amsterdam, June 11

On June 11, the Agora research project will host a symposium entitled “Digital Cultural Heritage Goes Social”. During this afternoon, there will be talks and discussions with internationally renowned researchers and cultural heritage professionals about the possible interaction between the social web and cultural heritage. Sound and Vision is a principal partner in the Agora project.

Invited speakers and panelists:

Carmen Iannacone, Chief Technology Officer for the Smithsonian Institution. He is responsible for evaluating and implementing new technologies  for use in the Smithsonian IT infrastructure, and for optimizing  performance of its IT operations. The Institution’s nineteen museums and  research stations provide a diverse technology climate, and his role is  an integral liaison between centralized IT and the public. Prior to  joining the Smithsonian, Carmen Iannacone served as director of  worldwide IT operations for the Federal Acquisition Service of the  General Services Administration (GSA), and was partner a software  development consultancy in Alexandria, VA. He holds several patents for  software and lives in Sterling, VA. More information about Smithsonian  Institution: http://www.si.edu/

Anthony Jameson, Principal  Researcher in the Intelligent User Interfaces department at DFKI , the German  Research Center for Artificial Intelligence since 2001.    Through November 2009, he is visiting FBK-irst to direct the targeted  research unit Prevolution (funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento)  which studies the formation and evolution of users’ preferences, in  particular toward intelligent interactive systems. Information about a  workshop on this topic that he recently conducted at IUI 2009 with  Silvia Gabrielli and Antti Oulasvirta can be found at http://prevolution.fbk.eu .  Anthony Jameson has a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard College, a  Diploma in Psychology from the University of Hamburg, a PhD in  Psychology from the University of Amsterdam, and a Habilitation in  Cognitive Science from Saarland University. Before moving to DFKI, he  conducted research in various areas of human-computer interaction and  artificial intelligence at the following institutions: University  of Hamburg, University of Nijmegen and Saarland University. Anthony  Jameson has also been an adjunct professor of  human-computer interaction at the International University in Germany since  2001. Much more detailed information will be found on his DFKI homepage .

Richard van Alphen, database  administrator at the Tropenmuseum .  He is responsible for managing The Museum System  (TMS), a collection management system that functions at the core of the  organization. He is responsible for quality control and user support,  and for sustainable media storage. Besides, Richard works as a  consultant/trainer in capacity building with partner-institutions in  developing countries.

Frank Meijer, project manager digitisation at the Tropenmuseum in  Amsterdam as well as project manager of the digital archive and website  of the Ridderlijke Duitsche Orde .

Rik Hoekstra, head of digital source publications at the institute of Netherlands History in The Hague and also responsible for the technical development of Biography Portal of the Netherlands (www.biografischporaal.nl <http://www.biografischportaal.nl> ), where accessibility, contextualization and knowledge discovery have long been the central issues in online publishing.

The meeting starts at 12:00 at the Amsterdam Historisch Museum in Amsterdam and is open to all.

There is no registration fee. Please register yourself at the NWO website.

The programme:

12:00 – 13:00 Registration and lunch
13:00 – 13:00 Welcome by CATCH programme committee (Paul  Doorenbosch, National Library of The Netherlands)
13:00 – 13:45 Presentation by Carmen Iannacone (Smithsonian  Institution, Washington, US)
13:45 – 14:30 Presentation by Anthony Jameson (FBK – Fondazione  Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy)
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee and tea break
15:00 – 15:20 Agora demo presentation
15:20 – 15:50 Presentation by Frank Meijer and Richard van Alphen  (Royal Tropical Institute Amsterdam)
15:50 – 16:40 Panel chaired by Guus Schreiber (Free University  Amsterdam)
16:40 – 17:00 Update CATCHPlus by project team (www.catchplus.nl <http://www.catchplus.nl/> )
17:00 – 18:00 Reception

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