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Cultural Portals: A New Era of Cooperation

2nd Culture.mondo International Roundtable

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 20-22 October 2006

Co-organized by the Culture.mondo and Culturelink networks
 

Agenda

Friday, 20 October 2006

Cultural Portals: The Present and Future

7:00-
8:30 a.m.

Breakfast at the Hotel

9:00-
9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

 

Vladimir Skok, Culture.mondo, Chair, and Director of Culturescopa.ca & Culture.ca
Biserka Cvjetičanin, Culturelink Network, Director

9:30-
10:00 a.m.

Individual Portal Virtual Vignettes

10:00-
10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15-
11:30 a.m.

2006 Cultural Portal Survey Results

 

Carsten Quell, Manager of Research, Policy Research Group (Canada)
Guy-Marc Dumais, Culture.ca (Canada)

11:30-
12:00 a.m.

Individual Portal Virtual Vignettes

12:00-
1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00-
3:00 p.m.

Round Table 1 - Web 2.0

 

Facilitator: Jane Finnis, 24 hour Musuem (United Kingdom)
Discussants:
Kevin Sumption, Powerhouse Museum (Australia)
Ilya Eric Lee, National Digital Archives Program (Taiwan)

 

Overview
The emerging generation of Web technologies brings new opportunities for us as online publishers. Its democratic potential leads a social phenomenon in the approach to creating and publishing Web content: open communication, decentralization of authority, and freedom to share, create and re-use on-line content. But how can this be balanced with our own editorial voices? What is the role of the institution if separated from its content? How do we safeguard authenticity? How can we best deal with the culture change that these new ways of working bring?

3:00-
3:15 p.m.

Break

3:15-
3:30 p.m.

Individual Portal Virtual Vignettes

3:30-
5:00 p.m.

Round Table 2 - Cultural Networks in Virtual Spheres

 

Facilitator: Aleksandra Uzelac, Culturelink Network (Croatia)
Discussants:
Nicola Mullenger, Lab for Culture, labforculture.org (Europe)
Sheila Carey, CHIN / Virtual Museum of Canada (Canada)
Dirk Heinze, Arts Management Network, artsmanagement.net (International)
Dea Vidovic, Kulturpunkt.hr (Croatia)
Alfonso Castellanos Robot, e-cultura.gob.mx, e-mexico.gob.mx (Mexico)

 

Overview
The aim will be to discuss differences between cultural portals, networks and observatories. As many cultural networks start to put work and information on-line, portals and network web structures sometimes look alike. At the same time, more cultural observatories are entering the Web scene, with the aim to systematically monitor, research and disseminate their results among cultural professionals. Information function and cooperation function overlap particularly in the virtual domain. This question of how to efficiently cooperate among different virtual networks, observatories and portals, currently does not have a definite answer. Could being aware of the underlying networking logic of different existing virtual structures help to build some sustainable cooperative networking structure(s) in the future? In addition to being an information resource, can successful portals and virtual networks provide possibilities for forming social networks as well? Is the search for information now being replaced with a need to connect people through concrete activities?

Evening

Welcome Reception / Cultural Programme, hosted by Culturelink Network

Saturday, 21 October 2006

Cultural Portal Development: Cooperation and Ensuring Success

7.00-
8:30 a.m.

Breakfast at the Hotel

9.00-
9:15 a.m.

Welcome

9:15-
11:15 a.m.

Round Table 3 - A New Era for International Cooperation

 

Facilitator: Mary Ann de Vleig – IETM
Rapporteur: Diane Dodd, On-the-Move (Europe)
Discussants:
Judith Staines, On-the-Move.org, (Europe)
Aleksandra Ivir, Culturelink Network, culturelink.org (Croatia)
Vladimir Skok, Culturescope.ca (Canada)
Frank Thinnes, plurio.net (Benelux)
Maté Kovacs, OCPA, ocpanet.org (Africa)

 

Overview
A myriad of online cultural information services have emerged in the last decade and a half. Some of these services have been criticized for duplicating the work of others and while there is a general consensus within the sector that co-operation should exist – defining new working structures or models has been difficult. Is it possible to identify strong examples in co-operation and if so, what can we learn from these? Do we need to rethink the form, structure or methods for developing co-operation initiatives – especially in light of newer countries or World regions now emerging on the virtual stage?

11:15-
11:30 a.m.

Break

11:30-
12:00 a.m.

Individual Portal Virtual Vignettes

12:00-
1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30-
3:30 p.m.

Round Table 4 - Measures of Success

 

Facilitator: Guy-Marc Dumais, Culture.ca (Canada)
Presenters:
Carsten Quell, Canadian Heritage Policy Research Group (Canada)
Hans Nissens, CultuurNet Vlaanderen (Belgium)
Ilya Eric Lee, National Digital Archives (Taiwan)

 

Overview
It is a well-known fact: how you use a cultural portal depends on who you are. In contrast, how you measure a portal’s success may well depend on where you are. We spend considerable energy gathering statistics and analysing data to assess the performance of our online products. While numbers are important, their diverse interpretations and true significance may vary when you are a publisher, a promoter or an investor. This session will take a closer look at information gathered by portal authorities and how this information is used in measuring performance from three different perspectives; editorial, marketing, funding. Discussants will also explore the potential of establishing global comparative data. Could common measures help cultural portals better define success and support their on-going financial and existential needs?

3:30-
3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45-
5:00 p.m.

Continuation of Round Table 4 - Development of Five Cross-Comparative Measures of Success

5:00 p.m.

Formal Wrap-Up

Evening

Cultural Activity

Sunday, 22 October 2006

Cultural Portals: Moving Forward

7.00-
8:30 a.m.

Breakfast at the Hotel

9.00-
11:00 a.m.

Meeting of the International Steering Committee

9.00-
11:00 a.m.

Participant Networking Opportunities

11.00-
12:00 a.m.

Closing session: Future Actions and the Direction of the Network

12.00-
1:00 p.m.

Dalmatian hors d'oeuvres

1:00-
4:00 p.m.

UNESCO World Heritage City Site Visits

 


 
Culture.mondo
Institute for International Relations
Institute for International Relations
Council of Europe
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Science, Education and Sports
Croatian National Tourist Board
 
Canadian Heritage
Canada's Cultural Gateway
Culturelink Network
Consejo national para la cultura y las artes
National Digital Archives Program, Taiwan
CultuurNet Vlaanderen
International Development Research Dentre
Canadian Cultural Observatory
Culturenet Sweden
Culture.fr - le portail de la culture
Museum Documentation Association
Collections Australia Network
24 Hour Museum
UNESCO