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Seeing is Believing: New Technologies for Cultural Heritage

By Claire S Ross, on 5 May 2010

DATE: Wednesday 9 June 2010, 13.30-19.00
VENUE: University College London
Christopher Ingold Chemistry Lecture Theatre [to be confirmed]
Christopher Ingold Building, Ground Floor
20 Gordon St, London, WC1H 0AJ [directions] [UCL street map]
FEE: £ 20 (ISKO members and students FREE)
BOOKING: www.iskouk.org/cultural_heritage_jun2010.htm

Information professionals in museums, galleries, archives and libraries, including managers of virtual collections on the Internet, now have the opportunity (as well as the obligation) to harness technology and bring our cultural assets to the people. Even more, we can actively engage the public in tagging and otherwise participating in curation!

Come to this seminar to hear about current work with texts, archives, objects and museum collections, from both a theoretical and an implementation standpoint, and to look at a variety of approaches to the material including Web 2.0 solutions.


  • David Arnold is Professor of Computing Science at the University of Brighton. He has been chair of programme committees for VAST, for CHIRON (Cultural Heritage Informatics Research Orientated Network), and coordinator of the EPOCH Network (Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage).
  • Andrew Hudson-Smith is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Manager at CASA , he is Editor-in-Chief of Future Internet Journal, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Course Founder and Director of the MRes in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualization at University College London. He also runs the digitalurban blog.
  • Melissa Terras is deputy director of the UCLDH and is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies, UCL. Her doctoral work on the machine analysis of the Vindolanda tablets was ground-breaking in its field, and image interpretation continues to be one of her research specialties. Melissa also runs her blog focusing on digital humanities
  • Fiona Romeo is Head of Digital Media at the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Her department is responsible for the museum’s website and digital marketing, mobile learning, interactive exhibits, and collections digitisation. Fiona is also chair of the Citizen Science Alliance, a collaboration of scientists, software developers and educators who collectively develop projects that further scientific research and the public understanding of science. Fiona recent paper Flickr as Platform: Astronomy Photographer of the Year at Museums and the Web 2010, is well worth a read.

This ISKO UK open meeting is organized in cooperation with the UCL Department for Information Studies.

To read more about the programme and to book your place go to the event page

Recording the Living World ISKO UK event

By Claire S Ross, on 17 March 2010

ISKO UK in cooperation with the UCL Department for Information Studies are holding the first event of 2010.

Three invited speakers will discuss projects undertaken by the Natural History Museum, liberating data about all living species to the public as well as to scientists.  Organizing information and collections for the living world.    Further details of the programme and registration can be found at: http://www.iskouk.org/living_world_mar2010.htm

It’s £5.00 to include refreshments, and wine and nibbles after, but is free to all students and to UCL staff.