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In collaboration with the project team of AGORA we would like to invite you to the CATCH Meeting to be held on Friday, 11 June 2010 in Amsterdam. This meeting starts at 12.00 and is open to any interested party. The location is the Amsterdam Historish Museum in Amsterdam ( 

The theme of the day is "Digital Cultural Heritage Goes Social"

As the Web gets more social and as museums, libraries and archives are beginning to offer online access to digital representations of their collections, users and institutions are beginning to inhabit the same, shared information space. This is an exciting prospect, as we are now witnessing new paradigms for engaging users with our shared heritage. The new paradigms imply, in many cases, the need for profound change in institutional practice. For instance, using the power of the Social Web to enrich the knowledge about our shared heritage. During the CATCH day want to put the possible interaction between the Social Web and cultural heritage into the limelight by presentations and discussions on this theme. 

Abstracts of the invited talks will be made available on the Agora Website soon.

Final programme
12:00 ˆ 13:00     Registration and lunch 
13:00 ˆ 13:00     Welcome by CATCH programme committee (Paul Doorenbosch, National Library of The Netherlands) 
13:00 ˆ 13:45     Presentation by Carmen Iannacone (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, US)
13:45 ˆ 14:30     Presentation by Anthony Jameson (FBK - Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy)
14:30 ˆ 15:00     Coffee and tea break
15:00 ˆ 15:20     Agora demo presentation 
15:20 ˆ 15:50     Presentation by Frank Meijer and Richard van Alphen (Royal Tropical Institute Amsterdam)
15:50 ˆ 16:40     Panel chaired by Guus Schreiber (Free University Amsterdam) 
16:40 ˆ 17:00     Update CATCHPlus by project team (
17:00 ˆ 18:00     Reception

Invited speakers:
Carmen Iannacone is the Chief Technology Officer for the Smithsonian Institution. He is responsible for evaluating and implementing new technologies for use in the Smithsonian IT infrastructure, and for optimizing performance of its IT operations. The Institution‚s nineteen museums and research stations provide a diverse technology climate, and his role is an integral liaison between centralized IT and the public. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Carmen Iannacone served as director of worldwide IT operations for the Federal Acquisition Service of the General Services Administration (GSA), and was partner a software development consultancy in Alexandria, VA. He holds several patents for software and lives in Sterling, VA. More information about Smithsonian Institution:

Anthony Jameson has been a Principal Researcher in the Intelligent User Interfaces department at DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence since 2001. Through November 2009, he is visiting FBK-irst to direct the targeted research unit Prevolution (funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento) which studies the formation and evolution of users' preferences, in particular toward intelligent interactive systems. Information about a workshop on this topic that he recently conducted at IUI 2009 with Silvia Gabrielli and Antti Oulasvirta can be found at Anthony Jameson has a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard College, a Diploma in Psychology from the University of Hamburg, a PhD in Psychology from the University of Amsterdam, and a Habilitation in Cognitive Science from Saarland University. Before moving to DFKI, he conducted research in various areas of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence at the following institutions: U
niversity of Hamburg, University of Nijmegen and Saarland University. Anthony Jameson has also been an adjunct professor of human-computer interaction at the International University in Germany since 2001. Much more detailed information will be found on his DFKI homepage.

Richard van Alphen is a database administrator at theTropenmuseum. He is responsible for managing The Museum System (TMS), a collection management system that functions at the core of the organization. He is responsible for quality control and user support, and for sustainable media storage. Besides, Richard works as a consultant/trainer in capacity building with partner-institutions in developing countries. Frank Meijer is project manager digitisation at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam as well as project manager of the digital archive and website of the Ridderlijke Duitsche Orde. 

The meeting will take place at the Amsterdam Historish Museum in Amsterdam.

How to get there
The two museum entrances can be accessed from: Kalverstraat 92, Sint Luciënsteeg 27, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357 and Begijnensloot.
The museum is a twelve-minute walk from Amsterdam's Central Station, via Damrak, Dam Square and Kalverstraat.
For more information:

Background AGORA (

Creating the historic fabric for and providing web-enabled access to objects in dynamic historical sequences The collections of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum jointly form an inexhaustible source of data about and objects from Dutch history. Yet the associated information about historic events is linked to these collections in many different ways. This makes it difficult to access knowledge about specific historical developments via these audio-visual and visual sources.

Based on several pilots that are related to current canonical debates, Agora is facilitating and investigating the digitally-mediated access that the Rijksmuseum and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision offer to sources from the past. This must ultimately lead to a web-based interactive space on the interpretation of historical sources for both heritage professionals and interested members of the public.

AGORA is a project of the Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Please forward this announcement to any interested parties!! 

There is no registration fee. Please register yourself at


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