The ICARUS Meeting #22, hosted by the University of Naples Federico II (IT), will incorporate the second international convention of the EU-funded project “co:op (community as opportunity – the creative archives’ and users’ network)”. The motto of the entire event:
“Cooperation as Opportunity. Historical Documents, Research and Society in the Digital Era”.
The convention’s thematic priority
Thematic priority of the convention will be to discuss how societal changes of the Digital Era affect archive structures, research methods and the handling of historical documents and vice versa.
Not only do archives and historical documents of the Digital Era call for new (digital) research methods by scholars and teachers (hitherto traditional users of this cultural asset). What’s even more remarkable, today, archives are faced with completely new types of users (that have no specific scholarly background).
By tailoring the technological advancement of the Digital Era to the diversified needs of this new, heterogeneous audience, participatory user communities can be explored, served, activated and expanded.
How to reflect on these aspects? Through discussion, exchange, the sharing of experiences and the development of possible solutions and strategies!
The convention’s structure
The convention will act as a sharing place where professionals and user communities will have the possibility to present, discuss and share their ideas, visions and concrete projects, with the aim to prepare new partnerships, as well as the planning and implementation of common new projects.
During the three days of the convention there will be five sessions and equally as many round tables, which will become a unique opportunity for public discussions, actively engaging and encouraging the the participation of the audience.
The keynote “Big Data of the Past” by Frédéric Kaplan (DHLAB) will set the visionary tone of the convention and kick-off the first debate and round table “Big Data of the Past: Vision or Near Future?”
On a not to be overlooked side note: The convention will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of ICARUS – the network that has since its beginning spearheaded the digital advancement of the archive community.
8th co:op partner meeting
This event furthermore marks the final meeting of all partners of the co:op project. Within the administrative co:op meeting, concluding preparations for successfully finalizing the projects will be made.
Click on the image below to enjoy a video introducing the many facettes of Naples:
Within the frameworks of the EU-funded project “community as opportunity” (co:op) the complete stock of documents of the Monastery of St. Emmeram in Regensburg (DE) at the Archives of the Bavarian State in Munich (DE) has been digitised: ca. 4500 charters from the year 194 to about 1800 will soon be available online. By taking the example of this corpus of source material, the workshop intends to bring together research questions and technical exploitation models.
Original title of the workshop:
“Entziffern, Forschen, Mitmachen: Das Kloster St. Emmeram in Regensburg und seine digitale Überlieferung”
The workshop will be held in German.
Please find further information on the programme (in German) via the link below. Registrations can be made via the form also provided via the link below:
Expect the Unexpected!
The film festival organized within the EU-funded project “co:op – community as opportunity” is the concluding activity of the project and signals the end of a four year long inspiring and exciting cooperation project with our project partners from all over Europe.
The festival will look back and reflect on on two special activity types carried out within the project: the “Adventures in Archives” film happenings and the “Bring Your History Days”.
“Adventures in Archives” invited high school kids, equipped with modern recording devices like digi cams and smartphones, behind the walls of archival institutions to spot the hidden treasures of historical material, learn about the various occupational areas in an archive and eventually discover how our cultural identities have evolved and their witnesses are being safe-guarded for the future.
The close cooperation between archives and education centres encouraged the understanding and perception of archives in the public, educated our younger generations on the manifold possibilities of professional qualifications, be it modern-day archivist, (art) historian, media production, journalism, restauration, international project or cultural management, and rose awareness for the shared heterogeneity of our cultural identities.
At the festival, the movies and clips produced by the students will be screened. Discussion rounds will reflect on the experiences made by the students themselves and also on the experiences made by the archive staff and pedagogues involved.
The “Bring Your History Days” documented the process on setting up Topotheques, an online service tool joining historic material from private collections and thus highlighting the vivid history of municipalities and communities. The documentations give insight into what it takes to build a topotheque and how important historic materials kept in private collections are with regard to enriching and broaden the perspective of the past.
At the film festival a closer look will be taken at the role a Topotheque can play for a community and how the voluntary participation of citizens in setting up a Topotheque raises awareness for the importance the past plays in the present – and for the future.
Archives and Archival Research in the Digital Environment
Topics of this convention circle around digital platforms and digital research of archival sources, challenges of archives in the digital societies, international cooperation networks and initiatives creating new ways to use digital sources and bring history closer to the public.
Organizers and hosts: Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade and Historical Archives of Belgrade
We reserved a limited contingent of rooms at the three hotels mentioned below. All of them are located in the city centre and just a stone´s throw from the convention´s venue. Please make sure to use the code “ICARUS Convention” upon booking to be eligible for the special rates as indicated.
- Belgrade Art Hotel **** 85€ per night
- Hotel Majestic **** 65€ per night
- Hotel Le Petit Piaf *** 60€ per night
… postponed to May 2023…
The OCR webinar will present Optical Character Recognition technology as a tool by which archival processes with digitized material can be multiplied or even automated at minimal cost and while maintaining or improving the quality of the results obtained. The lecture will be held on Croatian by two ICARUS Croatia members: Željko Trbušić, archivist at the Department of the History of Croatian Literature of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and prof. Hrvoje Stančić, Chair of Department of Archival and Documentary Studies at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb.
ICARUS and ICARUS Croatia organize online Topotheque workshop for Topotheque administrators and starting Topotheques in Croatia, Serbia, BiH, Slovenia, Macedonia.
Workshop will be moderate by Vlatka Lemić and Alexander Schatek, author of Topotheque, will present Topotheque idea, work and new features. All interested for Topotheque activities are welcomed.
Language: English and Croatian
Registration form: https://forms.gle/qhV3Td5m9dUBNmt66
Due to the special circumstances this year´s general assembly and ICARUS Convention #25 will be held completely virtual.
It will be dedicated to a comprehensive discussion of our shared community´s future:
“Rise to the next Decade – An agenda for the future of ICARUS”
We are looking forward to welcoming you this time in our common virtual space!
We look forward to welcoming you to the ICARUS Convention #26!
Du to the pandemic, this convention will be held online.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021:
13:30-14:00 CEST: Welcome
14:00-15:30 CEST: Reports from the Agenda 2023 Working Groups
15:30-16:00 CEST: Virtual coffee break
16:00-17:30 CEST: Discussion of the reports, binding vote
Wednesday, May 26, 2021:
News from the ICARUS network
09:00-10:00 CEST: Digital Treasures, Nampi, Topotheque
10:00-11:30 CEST: Short presentation of projects carried out by ICARUS members
11:30-12:00 CEST: Closing session