Wiring Memory: Cultural Heritage On-line

13-14 September 2001

Department of Computer Science
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

Sponsored by
University College Dublin
Council of National Cultural Institutions
The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Digital technologies are changing the way in which cultural institutions provide access to their holdings, and the ways scholars can make their work available to a wider audience. This two-day interdisciplinary colloquium will focus on the role of the World Wide Web in promoting, publicising and raising awareness of cultural material. It will investigate the theoretical, practical, economic and technical considerations of building and maintaining a cultural website.

The colloquium will provide delegates with an opportunity to hear lectures by leading experts in the field from Ireland, England, Scotland, and the USA. In addition, seminars will provide delegates with overviews to four areas critical to successful digitisation of archives: text encoding, imaging, databases, and metainformation. On Friday afternoon delegates will work in small breakout groups to consider digital archive issues explored in the seminars, as well as issues of budgeting, archive scope, audience and planning.

At the coffee and lunch breaks there will be an extensive poster and demonstration sessions, during which cultural organisations and individuals who maintain digital archives, as well as Irish multimedia companies who have implemented cultural sites, will discuss and demonstrate their work. If you have a site or a system you would like to present, please print out and fill up the Poster Session Application and post it with your colloquium registration to Wiring Memory, Department of Computer Science, University College, Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4.

Programme of Events

Thursday 13 September

9:30 - 9:45 Welcome

9:45-11:00 Lecture
How to Make your Project Last Longer than its Funding
Peter Flynn, Research and Academic Computing Manager, Computer Centre, University College Cork

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee

11:30 - 12:30 Seminar
An Introduction to Markup Languages
Judith Wusteman, Department of Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin

12:30-2:00 Lunch

An Introduction to Imaging - 'Pictures to Pixels'
Vincent Hoban, Audio Visual Centre, University College Dublin

Introduction to Databases
Claire Cullen, Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin

4:00-4:30 Coffee

4:30-5:45 Lecture
The American Memory Program at the Library of Congress: Lessons for Cultural Heritage Organizations
Lee Ellen Friedland, Senior Specialist, National Digital Library Programme, Library of Congress

6:00 - 8:00 Reception to mark the launch by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon of two web resources: the Tour of the Arts Council Collection and the Virtual Library which have been developed as part of the Council's 50th anniversary programme.

Friday 14 September

9:30 - 10:45 Lecture
Radio Daze - The Digitisation of RTÉ's Sound Archives
John McDonough, Archive Project Leader (Radio), Radio Telefís Éireann

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee

11:15 - 12:30 Lecture
Archives Without Frontiers
George Mackenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Seminar
Introduction to Metainformation
Mary Burke, Professor of Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin;
Susan Schreibman, Assistant Director of Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland

3:00-3:30 Coffee

3:30-5:00 Workshop
Project Management

Concluding Remarks
Irish Cultural Organisations On-Line: The Present, the Future