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In Taiwan: at NDAP International Conference

I’m at a conference hosted by the Taiwan eLearning & Digital Archives Program ( I’m not going to blog every session (program here) but here are some highlights from the first morning's sessions.

Yesterday began with a video presentation from Deanna Marcum, of the Library of Congress, surveying western digital preservation initiatives. What struck me was how much of the activity in this area right now is focused on the preservation of scanned, published material…. What seems like the most straightforward kinds of things. Where are the research projects looking at the problems of the digital materials being created today. The moment of risk (to borrow a phrase from David) are far earlier than publication; they directly follow creation, when materials don’t move into any sort of archival care.

Lewis Lancaster, (ECAI project) UC Berkeley, spoke next on Digital Data in the Humanities
He reminded us that objects take their meaning from the events that they are or were involved in -- the book is an artefact of a publishing event (at which a who, what and when came together). the specimen was collected at a particular time in a particular place. The character was used by a particular translator, and not by another.

He’s thinking about events as ways to link artefacts together with maps as an interface, qualified by time.

What struck me here was how nice it was to be able to consider second-order problems, to be thinking about ways to manipulate and re-present data -- to learn from it and with it -- rather than just digitize it.

Der-Tsai Lee, introduced the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program: Inherit the Past, Usher in a New Phase
This major national initiative is bringing together museums, archives, universities, research institutions, with significant funding, and major success in creation of digital content and publication of guidelines. They show what’s possible with a long-term governmental commitment to infrastructure.

One of the demonstrations was a cute bird-song browsing and re-mixing platform. I'll try and find the url. He also introduced a new project – OpenStudio – where they are exploring the discovery of deep web of cultural heritage

Peng-sheng Chiu, Institute of History an Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan talked about
Initiating a Public Culture Network in Taiwan: Next Steps for Taiwan Digital Archives Expansion Project, TELDAP

Their Challenge: to bring together objects related to themes and cultures + integrate materials created across the national program

Ching-yi Liu, National Taiwan University gave and Introduction of the Project of Academic and Social Promotions and Applications for Digital Archives and E-learning

Projects exploring:

  • licensing (strong emphasis on licensing and business models (but considering cc-some rights reserved)
  • academic applications (open content)
  • culture and social development (enabling use, digital rights, accessibility)
  • geographic information

Here, what struck me was the problematic relationship between the open content academic and licensing initiatives. There’s a real need to parse the user base, and understand what the goals are in each area.

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thanks for your comment and the link to the ISEN site.

Could you post an example about how this would be useful to the museum community?



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