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Cross Currents No 12 Dec 2002 

A digest of cross sectoral information management events, issues and ideas in organisations, libraries, archives and museums, with special emphasis on arts and the humanities.


ARTS & HUMANITIES: Australian e-Humanities Network | UK arts & humanities research funding | US cultural partnerships

ARCHITECTURE: Society of Architectural Historians of Australia & New Zealand

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: Creative Clusters Summit

THEATRE: Artmedia Physical Theatre




National Collections Advisory Forum

LIBRARIES ARL statistics. MUSEUMS Creative Space Conference | International Museum Theatre Alliance | Museum Computer Network Conference


Metadata registries | ASIST annual meeting | digital divide } digital rights management | IT Governance & project management | LITA Forum | Internet 2 Shibboleth Access Management Pilots, Information Resources Management Association Conference | National Office of the Information Economy activities


Australia's lost documentary heritage | e-mail records | recordkeeping and authentication | Queensland State Archives recordkeeping guide | Information Management: Challenges in Managing and Preserving Electronic Records  


ISIL | Library Statistics | Reference Ontology for the Interchange of Cultural heritage Information



Australian e-Humanities Network

The Australian E-humanities Network has launched its website and email newsletter. Established by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing, (University of Newcastle), Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service (University of Sydney Library), and Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Sydney) with funding from the Australian Research Council, the Network serves as a reference point for scholars engaged in or interested in projects ‘at the intersection of computing and the humanities’. Its main objectives are: to provide an internet Gateway with access to sites and projects around Australia in the e-Humanities field;  to provide training and information to students and scholars on digital resources with humanities applications; to provide the infrastructure for a biennial conference on digital resources in the humanities. Web: http://www.ehum.edu.au/


UK arts and humanities research funding 

A report released by the British UK Government has recommended that the Arts and Humanities Research Board be given full research council status along the lines of those funding science and medical research. AHRB Web:http://www.ahrb.ac.uk  [Source: Cultural policy listserv]


US cultural partnerships

The Pew Charitable Trusts and Center for Arts and Culture have released Policy Partners: Making the Case for State Investment in Culture, a guide to help ‘state leaders and advocates for the arts, folk life, humanities and preservation  come together and create strategies to preserve and increase resources for culture’. Source Cultural Policy Listserv.  Web:  http://www.culturalpolicy.org/


US government funding

The US House of Representatives increased 2002/2003 appropriations for the National Endowment of the Arts by $10 million to $126 million and for National Endowment for the Humanities by $5 million to $131 million. Source: Cultural Policy listserv




The Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) will hold its 19th annual conference in October 2002.  SAHANZ is a body of about 150 professional architects, historians and scholars founded in 1984. The society publishes the journal Fabrications. Web: http://www.sahanz.net/



A Creative Clusters Summit Conference will held in Sheffield, UK, on 20–23 November 2002. The program will include keynote addresses from major players, best-practice case studies, project visits and policy debates. Web:  http://www.creativeclusters.co.uk



Artmedia Services publishes Physical Theatre News an e-newsletter on topics like mime, circus, dance, magic and electronic magic effects. Web and subscription details at http://www.artmedia.com.au 



The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) has selected the Robarts Library, University of Toronto as its institutional host, following an open request for proposals, because of its capability for facilitating collaboration across departments and its reputation for providing ‘one stop shopping for information and information technology.’  Founded in 1997 and now with 35 major museums in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, AMICO aims to share, shape and standardise digital information on museum collections to facilitate their educational use. Membership is open to any institution with a collection of art. The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks to licensed subscribers such as universities, colleges, libraries, schools, museums, teachers, researchers and public library patrons. Web: http://www.amico.org.



Pieter Boeder writes on the benefits and strategies for using digital media technology by non-profit organisations in First Monday July 2002. http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue7_7/boeder/




The Australian Cultural Ministers Council has announced membership of the National Collections Advisory Forum, established in 2002 to provide strategic advice on the cultural collections sector and identify priorities for governments in addressing ongoing needs in the gallery, library, archives and museum sectors. The members are Chair: Professor Margaret Seares (Pro Vice Chancellor, Community and Development, University of Western Australia); Ms Margaret Birtley (Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University); Mr Ross Gibbs (Director, Public Records Office of Victoria); Dr J. Patrick Greene (CEO, Museum of Victoria); Mr Brendan Hartnett (Director of Strategic Services, LgovNSW); Ms Janine Schmidt-(University Librarian, University of Queensland); Mr Chris Tassell (Director, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery ); Professor David Throsby-(Professor of Economics, Macquarie University), and Mr Gerry White (CEO, education.au limited).


The Terms of Reference are to: [a] prioritise the current and future needs of Australia's collections including benchmarks and standards, and recommend strategies and programs to address these needs; [b] develop strategies to identify the community value of collections and support their potential as instruments of social, cultural and economic development, [c] advise on means of enhancing the coordination of support programs offered by the three tiers of Government and industry, and [d] provide a report to CMC, within 12 months, upon the feasibility or otherwise of establishing a national industry body to represent the library, archives, museum and gallery sectors.



The Association of Research Libraries in the US has published ARL Supplementary Statistics 2000-01. The statistics indicate that the average percentage of the library budget on electronic materials in the contributor libraries was 16.25% in 2000-01, nearly five times as much as in 1992-93. Almost US$132 million was spent on electronic resources in 2000-01, by 106 universities. The vast majority of expenditure increases have gone towards the purchase of electronic serials and subscription services. Whereas only US$11million was spent in this area when it was first included on the survey in 1994-95, 106 libraries reported electronic serials expenditures totalling more than US$117 million today. Web: http://www.arl.org/



Creative Space Conference 2004

[CFP] The Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK, has called for papers for Creative Space, an international conference exploring museum and gallery space as a creative medium, to be held in April  2004 at the University. Proposals are to be sent to Suzanne MacLeod, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, 103 - 105 Princess Road East, Leicester, LE1 7LG. by 15 November 2002. The organisers are searching for proposals that respond to the following questions and themes:

  • How can we understand the inside spaces of museums and galleries?

  • What types of museum and gallery space are required at the beginning of the 21st century?

  • How can we describe or visualise creative, inclusive and effective gallery space?

  • What do we understand about the needs and experiences of a diverse audience and how can this knowledge and understanding be harnessed in the making of exhibitions?

  • How can museum and gallery professionals create spaces where physical, intellectual and cultural barriers can be overcome?

  • How do the histories, traditions and conventions surrounding areas of museum work such as design and exhibition planning, impact on the production of museum and gallery spaces?

  • What role does creativity have to play in the making of museum and gallery spaces?

International Museum Theatre Alliance Showcase

[CFP} The International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) has called for proposals for a showcase of theatre productions at American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, May 18-22, 2003. For requirements, selection guidelines and financial assistance: Wendy Ellefson, Minnesota Historical Society wendy.ellefson@mnhs.org. AAM’s web site <http://www.aam-us.org>


Museum Computer Network Conference 2002

The 2002 Museum Computer Network Annual Conference will be held on 4-7 September 2002 in Toronto, Canada, under the theme, In It for the Long Haul - Technology Programs that Go the Distance. Sessions and workshops cover such areas as new building infrastructure, strategic use of membership/development systems, collection management systems, and museum website development. Source NINCH. Web: http://www.mcn.edu/mcn2002/

This issue of Cross Currents compiled by Paul Bentley


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