Faculty, Alumni, Students at UNESCO Conference  Next Week

Memory of the World Conference will be held in Vancouver September 26-28, sponsored in part by the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at The University of British Columbia. The theme is The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre, and feature many contributions by SLAIS faculty, alumni and students. 
  • Dr. Luciana Duranti is the chair of the program committee and a keynote speaker in the opening plenary on Wednesday September 26, addressing Trust and Conflicting Rights in the Digital Environment.
  • Dr. Lisa Nathan is chairing the session Giving a Permanent Digital Voice to the Silenced later in the afternoon, and doctoral student Corinne Rogers is presenting Shared Perspectives: Digital Forensics and Ancestral Computing. On Thursday, Dr. Nathan and doctoral student Elizabeth Shaffer are presenting Social Media, Records and Cultural Heritage: Revealing Tensions and Informing Design.
  • Also on Thursday, Dr. Victoria Lemieux is chairing the session The Economics of Preserving Digital Information, and then presents Financial Records and Their Discontents: Safeguarding the Records of Our Financial Systems. Corinne Rogers returns as session chair for Technology as the Mediator of Heritage and Its Relations with People.
  • Dr. Giovanni Michetti chairs the session Digital Curation: Convergence of Challenges, Institutions and Knowledge; and doctoral student Elaine Goh presents on Strengthening Regulatory Frameworks in the Digital EnvironmentOn Friday, Dr Michetti presents two papers: It FITS the Cultural Heritage! Formats for Preservation: From Spatial Data to Cultural Resources, and then Archives Are Not Trees:  Hierarchical Representations in the Digital Environment.
  • Also on Friday, doctoral student Jessica Bushey presents Born Digital Images: Creation to Preservationdoctoral student Adam Jansen presents Challenges and Triumphs: Preserving HD Video at the UBC School of Journalismand Dr. Duranti and doctoral student Sherry Xie are co-presenters of a showcase on The Indian Centre of Excellence in Digital Preservation and InterPARES. 
  • Dr. Duranti will also take part in the Closing Session, presenting the Vancouver Declaration about Digitization and Digital Preservation.
  • Download the full conference program.
Finally, following the Peter Wall Institute Pre-conference public address on Tuesday, September 25, a reception will be held at which ARMA International Educational Foundation representatives will award a record seven 2012 scholarships to current UBC iSchool students. 

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