The digitization of cultural heritage is the main topic during Digitisation Days

Silvia GarcíaNews, Succeed

  • The Succeed project and the Impact Centre of Competence  co-organise the Digitisation Days, with the participation of experts all over the world and also of the Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.
  • International experts in digitisation will meet at the National Library of Spain next May 19th and 20th.

 On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th of May, the Digitisation Days will take place at the National Library of Spain (BNE), an event supported by the European Commission, and co-organised by the Succeed project and the Impact Centre of Competence. These European initiatives are coordinated by the Universidad de Alicante, and the Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes Foundation in cooperation with the British Library, the National Library of France, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Fraunhofer Research Institute, the Institute for Dutch  Lexicology, the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, the University of Salford, and  the company Contentra Technologies.

Fostering innovation

There is a rising concern about the optimization of the available resources for the creation, transformation, and dissemination of digitised textual content. The digital preservation of the cultural heritage calls for the interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers and practitioners in order to foster innovative approaches for the digitisation and exploitation of cultural content.

 More than 150 experts will attend the Digitisation Days, representing companies, research centres and cultural heritage institutions experts from all over the world – including countries as diverse as Japan, Australia, Bulgaria, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Argentina. The experts will discuss, analyse, and present the latest innovations in digitisation of historical text, in the framework of the DATeCH International Conference (Digital access to Cultural Heritage Textual). In addition, the Digitisation Days also host panel discussions on digitisation policies, intellectual property rights, and other hot topics in the digitisation domain, as well as a technology exhibition.

The Succeed awards ceremony will recognise innovation on digitisation programs. Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (University of Saint John’s, Collegeville, USA) and the Center for Advanced Studies of the Renaissance (Tours). Two commendations of merit will also be delivered to the Spanish company  Tecnilógica, and to the London Metropolitan Archive. The ceremony will be chaired by Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel laureate in Literature 2010 and President of the Virtual Library Miguel de Cervantes Foundation.

The Succeed awards jury is composed by renowned experts in the digitisation field: Michael Keller (Stanford University), Milagros del Corral (UNESCO), Jill Cousins (Europeana), Frank Frischmuth (German Digital Library), Steven Krauwer (University of Utrecht), and Andrew Prescott (King’s College London).