2nd Culture.mondo International Roundtable
Dubrovnik, Croatia, 20-22 October 2006
Co-organized by the Culture.mondo and Culturelink networks
Cultural Portals: A New Era of Cooperation
The 2nd Culture.mondo International Roundtable offers a unique opportunity for cultural portal experts from all continents to enhance their working practices, to recognize emerging trends and to exchange experiences.
Following the success of its first International Roundtable, held at the Expo2005 Canada Pavilion in Aichi, Japan, Culture.mondo in partnership with Culturelink invites cultural portal experts from around the globe to gather in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 20-22 October 2006.
The objectives of this 2nd International Roundtable are to consider how, as cultural portals, we respond to our users' and stakeholders' needs, to explore new avenues of cooperation and information, and to share how we measure the success in achieving our respective goals.
A Unique, Applied and Informal Agenda
This two-and-a-half days' Roundtable will focus on the following aspects of cultural portal management:
What can international partnerships bring us? How can we identify new models of cooperation amongst ourselves as Web professionals and also with our audiences? How can we usefully share information and best practices using concrete indicators such as users' metrics and financial sustainability in measuring our contribution to cultural development and the promotion of cultural diversity?
Measures of Success
How can we meet the challenge of developing a successful portal and online brand in a crowded, competitive and commercial marketplace shaped by dominant technology and players? Cultural portals, as new public spaces, are successful when they are an alternative to mainstream entertainment sites, responding to a more subtle set of audience needs. At the same time, we must operate as good businesses and demonstrate clear measures of success in order to justify the support of public investments.
The emerging generation of Web technologies brings new opportunities for us as online publishers. Its democratic potential leads a social phenomenon in the approach to creating and publishing Web content:: open communication, decentralization of authority, and freedom to share, create and re-use on-line content. But how can this be balanced with our own editorial voices? What is the role of the institution if separated from its content? How do we safeguard authenticity? Also, new platforms allow us to deliver information to users as they are on the move. Are our cultural portals ready to meet the new challenges of accessibility and mobility?
Hosting in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a city inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The richness of its culture and artistic happenings will provide an attractive cultural setting for the participants. Hosting the Roundtable in Croatia will also provide an opportunity to survey the trends in cultural portal development in South Eastern Europe and Croatia and to investigate in greater detail the regional situation.
Please consult http://www.culturemondo.org or the Culturelink Network Web site at http://www.culturelink.org/culturemondo.html to find all the information to come.
Participants of the Organizing Committee:
- 24 Hour Museum, United Kingdom
- Collections Australia Network, Australia
- Conaculta, Mexico
- Culture.ca, Canada
- Culturelink Network, Croatia
- Culturenet Sweden, Sweden
- CultuurNet Vlaanderen, Belgium
- OCPA – Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa, Mozambique
- on-the-move: The Performing Arts Travelling Toolkit, Europe
- Program Office of National Digital Archives Program, Taiwan
Maria del Pilar Gonzalez, Coordinator, Culture.mondo Network Secretariat, 15 Eddy Street, 8th Floor
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Culturelink Ntwork / IMO, P.O. Box 303, Lj. F. Vukotinovića 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; e-mail: email@example.com; http://www.culturelink.org/culturemondo.html