International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR 2016...
This major event will take place within the recently reopened Kelvin Hall facilities. Aimed at both researchers and cultural heritage professionals, the event will provide an opportunity to bring together the main issues, questions and findings raised over the course of the Network's previous activities.
More information about the ScotDigiCH network and the Symposium webpage can be found at https://scotdigich.wordpress.com/events/symposium/
This event will appeal to academics and practitioners working in a range of disciplines: cultural heritage workers, arts professionals and scholars interested in issues relating to digital resources and their impact upon preservation, education, engagement and outreach.
Scope and context for the Symposium
Digital technologies are affecting all aspects of our lives, reshaping the way we communicate, learn, and approach the world around us. In the case of cultural institutions, digital applications are used in all key areas of operation, from documenting the collections, interpreting and exhibiting them to communicating with diverse audience groups. The communication of collections information in digital form, whether it is an online catalogue, mobile application, museum interactive or social media exchange, increasingly affects our cultural encounters and shapes our perception of cultural organisations. Cultural and higher education institutions around the world, are investing vast resources on digitisation and making their collections available online but we still know very little about who uses these, how they interact with the data, and what the impact of these resources is.
Aims and questions
The symposium seeks to address this gap by bringing together interested parties from a range of disciplines (computing science, digital humanities, museology, social sciences), practices and sectors to set an agenda for research and discuss the latest developments on the evaluation of the use of cultural digital resources. The symposium will address:
- Who uses digital cultural resources and how
- Diverse users’ needs and expectations (from schoolchildren and families to students and researchers)
- Impact and value of digital cultural resources
- Ways of recording and assessing impact/value
- Implications for policy / strategy
Call for Papers
Are you a cultural heritage professional with experience of designing, implementing and/or evaluating digital resources? Are you a scholar whose research engages with the symposium’s key aims? Why not get involved?
Proposals are currently being sought for 20-minute papers to be delivered during the symposium. We invite presentations and discussions of both theoretical and practical approaches, efforts and trends in this emergent field. See our Call for Papers (https://scotdigich.wordpress.com/events/symposium/call-for-papers/) for full details on how to submit before the October 7, 2016 deadline.
In addition to a full two-day programme of papers, the symposium will feature a public lecture by Dr Mark O’Neill, Director for Policy and Research at Glasgow Life, on Monday, December 12. This will be followed by an Open Night dedicated to exploring the digital collections available in the new state-of-the-art collections research facilities at Kelvin Hall, one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks (pictured above).
Attending the symposium is free of charge but participants, including confirmed presenters, will need to sign up by completing the following steps.
Please note, if you would like to attend the Public Lecture and Collections Open Night at Kelvin Hall on December 12th you must register for this event separately through Eventbrite by clicking here.
Travel Bursaries for Early Career Researchers/Professionals and Students
A limited number of travel bursaries are available to postgraduate students and early-career researchers to facilitate their participation at the workshop. For more information please contact ScotDigiCH@gmail.com.
The symposium is organised by the Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation(ScotDigiCH), which is funded by The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ScotDigiCH is co-ordinated by theHumanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Life Museums, the Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland and the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Strathclyde.
Please circulate widely to anyone you think might be interested in these topics.
We hope to see you in Glasgow soon!
The EDCR2016 symposium organising committee.