Connected Archives @DEAF 07, in Rotterdam

Expert meeting (morning) and public presentations (afternoon) during the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF) 2007.
Organised by de Balie and Portsmouth University, ISEA and V2_ In collaboration with Virtual Platform.

Thursday 12 April
Expert meeting: 10.00 ? 13.00
Public presentations: 15.00 ? 18.00

As technology-inspired art is gaining more widespread acceptance, documentation of the rich and diverse media art histories is becoming increasingly important. Worldwide, a growing number of groups and organizations are developing online databases and archival portals about media art and culture.

This expert meeting wants to bring together an international group of archivists and developers, in order to facilitate exchange of expertise about current work-in-progress.

In the morning, a roundtable discussion (on invitation or application only) offers the opportunity for in-depth discussion about shared problems and questions. In smaller groups, participants are invited to inform each other about current developments about the following areas:
Tools and models. Which types of software (content management systems, archival software) are in use or being developed by archival initiatives? Is it possible to formulate shared requirements for such tools? Where do features of the various software systems overlap? What are the main pitfalls in the development and usability of such systems?_Which metadata models or information architectures are currently under development? How are they similar and different?
Terms and connections. What is the state of the art in current development of thesauri, keyword lists, glossaries? Who is working on scope notes and definitions? Is collaboration in this area possible, taking the difficult problem of multilinguality into account?

In the afternoon, a public presentation will summarize the findings of the morning sessions and will offer a series of presentations that showcase several examples of good practice in the field of media culture archives.

With presentations of
The Tactical Media Files, CultureBase, ISEA Online Archive ? by David Garcia, Michiel van der Haagen and Nadia Palliser (NL)
V2_ Archive and terminology resources for media art ? by Sandra Fauconnier (BE/NL)
Daniel Langlois Foundation: Centre for Research and Documentation ? by Alain Depocas (CA) (tbc)
Media Art Net and Ars Electronica Archive ? by Dieter Daniels (DE/AT) (tbc)

Moderator: Eric Kluitenberg (NL)