Thursday, 21 June 2007


10:00-10:30Opening Remarks
Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann (Chairman EUBAM, President, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation)
Prof. Dr. Hermann Schäfer (Ministerialdirektor beim Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM))

[Section I]



Our first session will consider issues essential to the generation of new knowledge through networking. The first session will also present several German digitisation initiatives. Among these initiatives is, an information platform lending impetus to the creation of knowledge networks and enhancing cooperation among German cultural organisations. Finally, we will take stock of ongoing efforts to create a national portal to all digital collections held by German cultural organisations.

Moderation: Dr. phil. Gerald Maier (Commissioner of the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) for Digitisation of Cultural Heritage, eEurope Action Plan (EU), State Archive of Baden-Württemberg)

10:30-10:50E pluribus unum. Digitizing Cultural Heritage in a Federal Structure
Prof. Dr. Manfred Thaller (University of Cologne)

10:50-11:10Research Support at the German Research Foundation (DFG) - Funding Initiative, Digitisation
Dr. Ralf Goebel (Programme Director, Scientific Library Services and Information Systems Division, German Research Foundation (DFG)) A New Information Platform for Digitisation - Potential and Perspectives
Dr. Stefan Rohde-Enslin (Institute for Museum Research, Berlin State Museums, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Project Manager for


Coffee break

12:15-12:35The Munich Digitisation Centre (MDZ)
Dr. Markus Brantl (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München)

12:35-12:55From a Single Project to Knowledge Mapping - Manufacturing Knowledge
Dr. Karl-Heinz Lampe (Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum A. Koenig / University Bonn) Germany's Participation in a Common Initiative for Europe's Digital Heritage
Prof. Monika Hagedorn-Saupe (Institute for Museum Research, Berlin State Museums, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Co-ordinator of the German Partner Organisations, MICHAEL Plus Project)


Lunch break

[Section II]



The second session will examine questions of special relevance to those engaged in creating a common European digital network. It will do so through exploration of projects from several European nations. Among the issues to explore are synergy effects, national versus European digitisation projects, the use and reuse of object data standards and object data software as well as the successful integration of smaller, or less well known, collections in larger digital networking initiatives.

Moderation: Pirjo Hamari (National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki)

14:30-14:50Malta’s Monuments seen through digital eyes - Using digital media to conserve and interpret Malta’s Megalithic Temples
Dr. Luciano Mule'Stagno (Heritage Malta, Chief Executive Officer)

14:50-15:10Looking for the Needle in the Haystack: Small, Unique Collections - How to find hidden gems?
Maria Sliwinska (The International Centre for Information Management Systems and Services (ICIMSS), Poland)

15:10-15:30How Best can a Ministry promote Digitisation Projects?
Iván Rónai (Ministry of Education and Culture, Hungary)


Coffee break A Single Entrance for Access to Heritage Data at the French Ministry of Culture
Paul Smith (French Ministry of Culture (Ministère de la Culture et des Communications))

16:35-16:55MICHAEL and the Italian Culture Portal: A Cooperation Model among National, Regional, and Local Institutions
Rossella Caffo (Director, Biblioteca di storia moderna e contemporanea, Rome, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (MiBAC), Italy)



Short Contributions



Moderation: Axel Ermert (Institut für Museumsforschung, SMB-PK)

17:10-17:20Networking Archaeological Knowledge: Projects of the German Archaeological Institute
Dr. Monika Linder (German Archaeological Institute (DAI))

17:20-17:30Digitisation in the Spheres of Culture and Scholarship: Examples from Romania
Prof. em. Dr. Emanoil Ancuta (Director of the Romanian Institute for International Studies)

17:30-17:40Reconstructing Film Culture: Lost Films and Collaboration on the Web
Jürgen Keiper, Werner Sudendorf (Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen)

17:40-17:50Digitisation of the Historic Press at the Biblioteca National de España
Teresa Malo de Molina (Technical Director, Spanish National Library)

Friday, 22 June 2007

[Section III]



A third focus is European digitisation initiatives and projects. Our topic in this context will be the challenges and opportunities presented by efforts to offer multilingual access to digital sources across Europe. The multilingual portal,, will receive special attention. MICHAEL offers access to the heterogeneous objects of Europe's diverse digital cultural heritage, transcending genre-specific definitions. Finally, we will also discuss the current state of affairs vis-à-vis the European Digital Library project.

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Graf (Institut für Museumsforschung, SMB-PK)

10:00-10:20The European Digital Library initiative - Joining up the pieces, strategies and actions at Europen level
Marius Snyders (DG Information Society and Media, European Commission)

10:20-10:40Creating the User’s European Digital Library
Jill Cousins (The European Library, The Netherlands)

10:40-11:00MICHAEL and the European Digital Library: promoting Teaching, Learning and Research
David Dawson (Head of the Digital Futures Team, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), UK)


Coffee break - A Gateway for Collections: Open Access through Open Source Technology. How MICHAEL´s Technique Works
Christophe Dessaux (French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Ministère de la culture et de la communication))

12:05-12:25International Standards for Digital Archives: 3rd European Conference on EAD, EAC and METS
Petra Rauschenbach (Stiftung Archiv der Parteien und Massenorganisationen der DDR im Bundesarchiv, Archivdirektorin)

12:25-12:45Digital Preservation in the Long Term: Prerequisites for the Conservation of Digital Objects in Europe
Dr. Mathias Jehn (Project manager nestor, DNB (German National Library), Frankfurt am Main)


Lunch break

[Section IV]



Among scholars, especially in the natural sciences, the exchange of research results and sources in international collaborative ventures is established practice. In our concluding session we will draw upon the experiences of scholars, exploring how the linking of diverse collections of information generates new forms of knowledge. To pursue matters further, we will ask which types of knowledge can only arise through the linking of sources. This topic shall serve as the prelude to our concluding discussion. The building of networks across national boundaries will be our concern, a topic that will lead us to consider future common digitisation strategies across - and beyond - Europe.

Moderation: Urs Schoepflin (Max-Plank Institute for the History of Science)

14:00-14:20 Geography, Time, and the Representation of Cultural Change – Experience from a large collaboration (ECAI)
Prof. em. Michael Buckland (Berkeley School of Information, Co-Director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI))

14:20-14:40 The Benefits of Cross Linking: The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program
Dr. Jens Klump (GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Association)


15:00-16:00Round Table: Culture Meets Science -What Can We Learn from Colleagues in Other Disciplines?
Moderation: Dr. Jürgen Bunzel (Programme Director, Scientific Library Services and Information Systems Division, German Research Foundation (DFG))

Prof. em. Michael Buckland (Berkeley School of Information, Co-Director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI))

David Dawson (Head of the Digital Futures Team, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), UK)

Dr. Dorothee Haffner (Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Humboldt University, Berlin)

Dr. Norbert Lossau (Director of Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen)

Dr. Andrea Rapp (Kompetenzzentrum für Elektronische Erschließungs- und Publikationsverfahren in den Geisteswissenschaften, Universität Trier)