CALL FOR PAPERS
International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR 2016)
Glasgow, Kelvin Hall, 12-13 December 2016
Organized by the Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation
Submission deadline: Friday, 7 October 2016
SCOPE AND CONTEXT
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, interpreting and exhibiting the collections to communicating with diverse audience groups. The communication of collections information in digital form, whether an online catalogue, mobile application, museum interactive or social media exchange, increasingly affects our cultural encounters and shapes our perception of cultural organisations. Although cultural and higher education institutions around the world are heavily investing on digitisation and working to make their collections available online, we still know very little about who uses digital collections, how they interact with the associated data, and what the impacts of these digital resources are.
The symposium is organized by the Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation (ScotDigiCH), which is funded by The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ScotDigiCH is co-ordinated by the Humanities 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.
AIMS AND QUESTIONS
The symposium seeks to address this gap by bringing together interested parties from a range of disciplines (e.g. computing science, digital humanities, museology, social sciences), practices and sectors to set an agenda for research and discuss the latest developments on evaluating the use of cultural digital resources. The symposium will address:
- Who uses digital cultural resources, where and how
- Diverse users’ needs and expectations (i.e. from schoolchildren and families to students and researchers)
- Impact and value of digital cultural resources
- Ways of recording and assessing impact and value
- Implications for policy and future strategies
The programme will include a public lecture on the afternoon of the 12th December by Dr Mark O’Neill, Director for Policy and Research at Glasgow Life.
The symposium will also include an open evening dedicated to exploring the digital collections at the new state-of-the-art collections research facilities at Kelvin Hall, one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks. Read more on Call: International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR 2016)…