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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:

International Cooperation

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.

Web 2.0

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:

Maria del Pilar Gonzalez, Coordinator, Culture.mondo Network Secretariat, 15 Eddy Street, 8th Floor Gatineau QC, Canada K1A 0M5; tel.: +001 819 953-6989; fax: +001 819 953-4330; e-mail: maria_del_pilar_gonzalez@pch.gc.ca; http://www.culturemondo.org or
Culturelink Ntwork / IMO, P.O. Box 303, Lj. F. Vukotinovića 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; e-mail: clinkconf@irmo.hr; http://www.culturelink.org/culturemondo.html


Institute for International Relations
Institute for International Relations
Council of Europe
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Science, Education and Sports
Croatian National Tourist Board
Canadian Heritage
Canada's Cultural Gateway
Culturelink Network
Consejo national para la cultura y las artes
National Digital Archives Program, Taiwan
CultuurNet Vlaanderen
International Development Research Dentre
Canadian Cultural Observatory
Culturenet Sweden
Culture.fr - le portail de la culture
Museum Documentation Association
Collections Australia Network
24 Hour Museum