’A New Digital Republic of Letters?’ - CULTIVATE Seminar on the Digitization of Cultural Heritage

Event Date: 
Tue, 14/06/2011 - 10:00 to 15:45
Blixen Seminar Room, The Black Diamond, The Royal Library
Copenhagen, Denmark
Can the digitization of cultural heritage help us realize the old Enlightenment vision of ‘A Republic of Letters’? And may the demand for free and open access to knowledge and information someday lead to the building of an international digital public library? Professor Robert Darnton is currently working toward establishing an American digital public library. In Europe, both Dr. Paul Ayris and Jill Cousin are involved in making the European cultural heritage available via the new digital media and in Denmark, Erland Kolding Nielsen has been engaged in finding ways of preserving the Danish Cultural Heritage via digitization.
This seminar offers the chance to discuss the pros and cons of digitization with the speakers:
·         Robert Darnton,Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard and Director of Harvard University Library
·         Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London and Director and Acting Group Manager at UCL Library Service. President of LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries
·         Jill Cousins,Programme Director at Europeana - The European Library
·         Helle Porsdam, Ph.D. University of Copenhagen
·         Erland Kolding Nielsen, Director of the Royal Library and Copenhagen University Library. Former President of LIBER
For information about the seminar please contact Helle Porsdam at the SAXO Institute: porsdam@hum.ku.dk.
The seminar will be held in English. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is necessary due to the limited number of seats. Please register by email:  loej@kb.dk. Closing date for registration is June 1.
This seminar is organised by the European Research Project CULTIVATE (http://www.heranet.info/cultivate), in collaboration with the SAXO Institute at the University of Copenhagen.