Invitation to the 4th CCF Meeting

The digital Cultural Content Forum (CCF), an international gathering of key stakeholders in the digitisation and delivery of our global cultural assets, invites you to express interest in attending our next meeting, to be held at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada over the weekend of 28-29 February 2004.

This fourth meeting of the CCF will again be by invitation only, and will be limited to no more than 30 participants. It will follow a one day workshop in Calgary, Alberta which will include a wider discussion session on some of the issues being addressed by the CCF for those who are not able to attend the weekend event. (See Calgary Workshop below).

Previous meetings have been held in London, Washington, D.C., and Pistoia, Italy and have attracted representatives from North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. The Canadian Culture Online Program (CCOP) and eCulture have joined the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) in bringing the 2004 CCF to Canada on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The U.K.’s Resource and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are also helping to make this event a reality.

The primary focus of the CCF discussions will be around carrying forward the audience research from the last meeting in Pistoia, the role of cultural institutions and their digitised content in learning and education, and how our institutions might engage innovation and creativity as well as technology in digital programmes. The discussions will be informed by research recently commissioned by the CCF, and by presentations and other material contributed by participants.

It is intended that the meeting will result in a plan of action for progressing activity in these increasingly topical areas.

Those interested in attending are requested to submit their
expression of interest to no later than Monday 12 January

Expressions of interest should detail any work you or your organisation has already undertaken pertaining to the meeting topics, as well as specific issues that you hope might be addressed over the weekend. Short presentations for the meeting are especially welcomed; please include a short abstract.

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January, 2004. Attendees will be responsible for their travel, accommodations, and living expenses. The meeting organizers have made room and board arrangements in Banff that will cost approximately $CDN 75/day ($US 60, Euro 46).

Calgary Workshop: “Beyond Productivity: Culture & Heritage Resources in the Digital Age”

The pre-CCF workshop is scheduled for 27 February, and will take place in Calgary, Alberta. Canadian Heritage has invited renowned experts from around the world to address the theme of “Beyond Productivity: Culture and Heritage Resources in the Digital Age,” and expect to welcome 80 to 100 attendees. The event will help set the tone for the discussions to be held in Banff, and offer those not going to Banff an opportunity to learn about current digital cultural content-related research and other activities. As a reflection of Canada’s linguistic character and the CCF’s international make-up, translation services will be offered in both English and French for the workshop.