Europeana 1914-1918 Transcribathon in Athens

The National Historical Museum in Athens, in collaboration with Europeana 1914-1918, the Facts & Files International Initiative and PostScriptum, organized a manuscript transcript competition from the period of the First World War in the framework of the international campaign “Transcribathon Europeana 1914-1918” which organizes similar Marathon transcriptions of war documents throughout Europe.

The event is organized on the occasion of the International Museum Day (18/5) of ICOM – Hellenic National Committee, whose theme is “Museums and (networks) this year. New Approaches, New Audience”, and took place in the Old Parliament Hall, supported by the General Archives of the State, the Great Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri” and the Center for the History of Thessaloniki.


Participants performed real work of transcription from digitized documents that contain handwritten information, often difficult to deciphrate, and they learned the techniques used by experts to access information sources, as well as details of the era of World War I.  The trascriptions will be then published on Europeana.eu portal, and will be a permanent resource for further historical research and education.


The winners are teams: Athens2, Athens1 and Athens5 in the categories Transcription, Enrichments and Presentation. All participants of the Athens Transcribathon 2018 jointly transcribed over 1100000 characters of 769 documents. Such collective and participative work supports the dissemination of our cultural heritage and the enhancement of the accessibility of knowledge.


Best in Heritage with IMAGINES

As the award-giving programmes around the world announced their laureates category by category in 2017, the Best in Heritage diligently collected all the information and generated the annual list of the best practices in the field of museums, heritage and conservation. Out of some 300 prize-winners from 45 award schemes, the Best in Heritage Advisory Board approved a selection of the most innovative and advanced candidates, which were then invited to the 2018 conference in Dubrovnik.


Featuring altogether 42 presentations of a wide scope of laureates coming from 4 continents, the conference will, for the 17th time, bring authors of most exceptional achievements together with the professional audience and the public. The gathering will start with the IMAGINES event, which focuses on the use of New Technologies and Multimedia, and will feature Q&A sessions, 2 keynotes and a “Spotlight” lecture following the theme of 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

tbih-logoIn addition to having an ideal setting for networking with colleagues from all over the globe, the conference will have an abundance of cultural, social and gastronomic events accompanying the programme. The moderators, last year’s winners and the audience will act as a Jury and vote for a project with a truly change-making potential for each of the two events: “The Project of Influence” for the year 2018.

The conference is organised in partnership with Europa Nostra (with support of Creative Europe programme) and ICOM (International Council of Museums), is under patronage of The City of Dubrovnik, Ministry of culture of Republic of Croatia, supported by the United States Embassy in Croatia and sponsored by Meyvaert Glass Engineering. Local partner is Dubrovnik Museums.


Programme and registration: https://www.thebestinheritage.com/conference

Featured laureates: https://www.thebestinheritage.com/featuring

Past presentations archive: http://presentations.thebestinheritage.com/

Cultural Heritage Mission in Japan

Catturafoto2Between 7 and 15 April 2018, Gábor Sonkoly, the academic coordinator of Minority Heritage Pilot of REACH project, visited eight Japanese universities (Buddhist Postgraduate College, Josai University, Meiji University, Nishogakusha University in Tokyo, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Otani University, Ristumeikan University in Kyoto and Kobe University in Kobe) in order to establish research and educational cooperation in the field of participative cultural heritage scholarship. He was the member of the official delegation of the Eötvös Loránd University including the rector and the vice-rector for international affairs. The perspectives of future cooperation in cultural heritage studies proved to be particularly promising with Kobe University and the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.

REACH Conference in GUIDE@HAND Budapest smartphone application!

Cattura4The e-Learning department of  the institute for computer science and control,  Hungarian Academy of Sciences, MTA SZTAKI has contributed to get closer to REACH opening conference by charging the upcoming event on its new software for  smart phones, tablets,iOS and android platforms.
The App, that can be used offline, it is available in English, German and Hungarian languages.
- Download GUIDE@HAND from http://www.guideathand.com
- Install the App to your mobile device
- Click on  the “events” button to get any type of information regarding the REACH interesting programme of the conference: data sheets, venue,  map and reminder service.
Cattura 1The eLearning department of MTA SZTAKI is a REACH Project partner and its main activities are focused on:
- Applied research, professional consultancy
- Web and mobile application development, innovation
- Courseware development, training
- Co-ordination and participation in complex domestic and EU projects
For more details:

EARTH2018: Digital Environments for Education, Arts and Heritage

earth2018The meanings that are defined in relation to the concept of heritage as well as the methods and tools for exploring cultural heritage have changed and expanded. In this context, information technologies offer new semantic spaces and action boundaries to experiment with different approaches to heritage education. This determines an increasingly complex intertwining of media and environments with the consequence that any artifact can be configured as a digital ecosystem. In this sense, virtual museums, multimedia installations, interactive technological platforms, as well as apps, serious games and immersive realities, are some of the possible variations of the digital environment in which to place innovative modes of education to tangible and intangible heritage. Collective and connective intelligences enter into a relationship to build new experiences with art and heritage towards an awareness of the protection of the creative expressions of civilizations.

CALL FOR PAPERS – submission deadline 12 May

In relation to what is described, we expect contributions that present case studies in the field of heritage education in digital environments, innovative experiments in the field of digital representation and methodological reflections on the use of IT tools in various educational contexts.

  • Digital representation technologies
  • Virtual Museums and Virtual Exhibitions
  • Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality
  • Digital Heritage and Digital Arts
  • 3d scan / print for museums and exhibitions
  • Art and Heritage Education
  • Teaching and technologies for museum
  • VR and AR technologies in schools
  • Education through digital media
  • Interactive digital publishing
  • Psychology of perception and attention
  • Psychology of arts and communication
  • Economy of culture
  • Serious game and gamification

More information: https://earth.events.unibz.it/

Registration is open for the 15th edition of Image and Research Conference


img © Ajuntament de Girona. CRDI / Joan Serra Mustich. Passeig General Mendoza 7-10 pis, Massafont Costals, Martí. CC-BY-NC-ND via Europeana

The 15th edition of Image and Research Conference will take place from 21 to 24 November 2018 in Girona, Catalunya.

In addition to a full programme of keynotes speeches, presentations and workshops, the conference includes a discussion space to reflect on the possibility of bringing photographic and audiovisual archives closer to new audiences. On the one hand, the prominence of the image in today’s society and in various fields has been established, whether information, creation or interpersonal communication. On the other hand, the conversion of archives into digital spaces allows many barriers imposed by the media itself to be broken down and, at the same time, offers a series of possibilities for the dissemination and re-use that may be of interest to a much wider audience.

Program, schedule and workshops at the following link: http://www.girona.cat/web/sgdap/docs/JornadesIR/Imatge_Recerca_programa_2-ENG.pdf

Conference registration: http://www.girona.cat/sgdap/cat/jornades_inscripcions-ENG.php

Workshops registration: http://www.girona.cat/sgdap/cat/jornades_inscripcions_tallers-ENG.php

Get involved! REACH opening conference “Resilient Cultural Heritage and Communities in Europe”

davEverything’s ready for the upcoming REACH project Opening Conference, and the banner is already displayed on the facade of the Hungarian National Museum: from 10th to 11th of May, high-level experts will meet in Budapest to discuss and compare successful examples of participatory processes and researches facing the theme of “Resilient Cultural Heritage and Communities in Europe“.
Focus topics:
social cohesion, social inequality, minority heritage, preservation and management of Cultural Heritage, rural heritage, small town heritage, institutional heritage.
What to expect:
- Interesting programme of speeches
- Round table on resilience and participation in Cultural Heritage
- Posters and videos session where participants are invited to deliver a brief pitch presenting their own projects.
- An Europeana Collection Day for digitization of stories and memorabilia of people and  families who experienced travelling and migration in their lives.
- A Networking Session for European projects in Cultural Heritage as a periodic concertation event supporting a sustainable cooperation.
- A contribution by a EC representative.
From the conference will emerge a manifesto containing the basic guidelines and principles of REACH
Hungarian National Museum, 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 14–16 Hungary
the Conference is organized by ELTE University, Eotvos Lora Tudomanyegyetem and it is part of the programme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage
REACH Conference website: http://reach-culture.eu/budapestconference2018
Registration: http://reach-culture.eu/events/opening-conference-in-budapest/registration
Full Programme: http://reach-culture.eu/budapestconference2018/programme

Conference contacts:
Eszter György, esztergy29@caesar.elte.hu; +3630 278 27 31
Gábor Oláh, gabor.olah@yahoo.es; +3630 456 62 98

Carátula III AGO Granada 2018
3rd General Assembly of “Iniciativa Comunales”

Carátula III AGO Granada 2018From 27 to 29 of April, the MEMOLab Laboratory, from the University of Granada, collaborated in the organization of the General Assembly of Communal Initiatives.
Different stakeholders met at the workshop sharing their own experiences about communal management of the rural areas in Spain.
In the first day of programme they discovered the ancient water supply system of the town centre of Granada, irrigation ditches and  water sources. The tour was led by Prof. José María Martín Civantos, from University of Granada, REACH Project partner.
In the framework of this full agenda, it has been faced the thematic of environmental conflict management, exemplifying experiences of good practices and tools for conflicts prevention and mediation.
Cattura2The last day of programme was planned a visit to the little village of Alpujarra, in Sierra Nevada in order to learn about its ancient system of water management. This small community has been cooperating since 2014 with MEMOLA Project  (http://memolaproject.eu/es) and the University of Granada.
31789487_10155777593449794_4389152183589797888_nCommunal Initiatives is an Association including territories and areas conserved by local communities. The communal are waters, lands, rights and uses collectively governed by a community. The objective of communal management is to promote the good coexistence of the neighbours, an equitable use of resources and to ensure their good status for future generations.During the Assembly, the members analysed the current conditions of the collectives that managed the natural resources and the territory. They set a plan of communication to visualize the agrarian heritage and the communal management. They will do also a record of collectives that manages natural resources.Read more about the 3rd  “Iniciativas Comunales” Assembly here
More information on Iniciativa Comunales at http://www.icomunales.org
Agenda of the 3rd General Assembly


Integrating Arab e-infrastructure in a Global Environment, e-AGE, is an annual international conference organized by the Arab States Research and Education Network, ASREN. Since the launch of ASREN in December 2010 at the League of Arab States, it was decided to organize e-AGE every year in one of the Arab countries. e-AGE is in line with ASREN’s major objectives that are related to dissemination and awareness, promotion of research collaboration and joint activities, and establishment of research networks in the Arab region and worldwide.


In 2018, e-AGE will be held under the patronage of HE Professor Adel Tweissi, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, in Amman, Jordan during 2-3 December 2018. In e-AGE18, the focus will be on demonstrated successes in using the research and education e-Infrastructures at national, regional and global levels. In short words, e-AGE18 is coming with “CAPACITY FOR TRANSFORMATION” as the main theme of the conference and all activities are centered on it.

e-AGE18 will include events, workshops and meetings centered around the following themes:

  • The 11th Event on Euro-Mediterranean e-Infrastructure
  • The 8th annual meeting of ASREN
  • EUMEDCONNECT3 Project meeting
  • AfricaConnect2 Project meeting
  • Internet2 Middle East SIG Meetings
  • Workshops dedicated for e-Infrastructures users
  • Technical Workshops on R&E networking

Moreover, special sessions will be dedicated to specific domains, mainly focusing on experiences in connectivity and e-Infrastructure, applications and services across a variety of scientific domains. It is also important to show how research infrastructure creates tangible benefits to communities and collaborations. It is still critical to demonstrate how research connectivity can promote collaboration and innovation. Different discussions will be stimulated during e-AGE to drive outcomes and concrete results on practical steps towards developing a regional e-Infrastructure.

A call for participation is currently open.

Website: http://asrenorg.net/eage18/

DCDC2018 Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities / Memory and Transformation

dcdc2016About the conference

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities is a collaborative conference series between The National Archives and Research Libraries UK. Now in its sixth year, DCDC brings together colleagues from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to explore shared opportunities, collective challenges, and to discuss how each sector can work more effectively with one another.


Open and inclusive in its ethos, the DCDC conferences bring together an unparalleled variety of experiences drawn from across the UK, Europe, and further afield. It includes contributions from individuals of all career stages, from established academics and practitioners, to those just starting out. Its keynote speakers are drawn from across the heritage and academic sectors, are leaders in their field, and inspire debate and discussion amongst its hundreds of delegates. The annual conference has now become a well-established event on the cultural, heritage and academic calendars.

DCDC18 will be held on 19-21 November 2018 at the BCEC (Birmingham Conference and Events Centre), Birmingham.

The theme for 2018 edition is Memory and Transformation.

Website: http://dcdcconference.com/

DCDC18 call for papers – deadline 27 April 2018

DCDC18 will consider the interplay between memory and transformation within heritage organisations and their wider impact on the cultural landscape. We will seek to examine how, through developing new points of entry to collections, archives, libraries, museums and galleries, we can work collaboratively with each other and academic organisations to meet strategic ambitions. Further, we will explore how to meaningfully engage with different audiences and communities whose far reaching interests can often have an equally transformational impact on our own professional cultures.

Memory is a thread running through every collection: their content, their production, their physicality, their journey and current use. The memories held in collections can both connect us with the past, immersing us in experiences through the eyes of others, and inform the future through innovative research and the development of new ideas, technology, science and art. The important role that scientific collections and heritage organisations have played in the health of the human mind, including through reminiscence therapies and supporting mental wellness, are examples of their potential and value to individuals and society.

Read the full call for papers

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