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14 July 2001














Cross Currents No 3 July 2001 


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.













Knowledge Nation Agenda


Scholarly Community Structures

Australia: a knowledge Culture?

Arts and Humanities Hub


Reuters and AMN Partnership


Community cultural management [NSW]   

The Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW, Regional Arts NSW, Community Cultural Development NSW (formerly NSW Community Arts Association), in conjunction with the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW, will present a conference on arts and culture at the University of Sydney on 5-6 October 2001. Topics include creating sustainable cultures with Professor Simon Roodhouse (a UK cultural specialist), recruiting, training, motivating and managing volunteers; practical management and governance skills; models of success in community ownership; working with diverse communities; showcasing past successes and future directions. Further information: Jocelyn Payne Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW 43-51 Cowper Wharf Rd Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 tel 02 9339 9902 fax 02 9358 1852 email [Source: Australian Museums Online]

Cultural Heritage Informatics [Italy]

An International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting, Cultural Heritage and Technologies in the Third Millennium, will be held in Milan, Italy on 3-7 September.  ICHIM, organised by Archives & Museum Informatics and the Politecnico de Milano, examines the relationship between technology and cultural heritage every two years, alternating in North America and Europe. Keynote speakers in 2001 include Maxwell Anderson (Director of the New York Whitney Museum of American Art, USA), Sarah Tyacke (Keeper of the Public Records Office, United Kingdom) and Peter Walsh (Chair of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Art Commission, USA). Conference Co-Chairs are Paolo Paolini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Jennifer Trant,  Archives & Museum Informatics, USA. Program Co-Chairs are David Bearman, Archives & Museum Informatics, USA and Franca Garzotto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Further information:

CULT 2001 [Denmark]

CULT 2001, exploring ‘an interface between cultural heritage, Netart and state of the art projects’, will be held in Copenhagen on October 3-5, 2001. The conference is organised by CultureNet Denmark, a web based Danish Ministry of Culture platform for state cultural institutions, independent net artists, international cultural networks and market based technology. It will explore new visions of collaboration and dissemination strategies. Keynote speakers include the Virtual Community man himself -  Howard Rheingold (Founder of The Well, USA) -  Bruce Roylan (Executive Director SCRAN, UK), Caroline Søborg Ohlsen (Chief Creative Officer, Cell network, DK/S), Terry Eagleton (Professor, University of Manchester, UK), Ceri Sherlock (Creative Director of IE-Ideas Ltd, UK) and John Howkins (Chairman, Tornado Productions, UK). Conference site:

New Technologies for the Art and Humanities [UK]

A New Technologies and the Humanities Conference and exhibition will be held at the University of London on September 20-21 to explore the implications of new technologies in terms of both teaching and research and in broader social and ethical terms. The conference will focus not on technical aspects, but on the wider issues of ethics, gender, cognition, ideologies and theologies of the object in the new virtual world. Organisers: Professor Michael Worton (UCL) and Professor Sandra Kemp (Royal College of Art). Conference website, [Source: NINCH-Announce]


The Dance Heritage Coalition in the United States has launched of two projects with the assistance of the US government and private sponsors.

Fellowship Program in Dance Documentation and Preservation

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has provided funds for the first year of a Fellowship Program in Dance Documentation and Preservation. The program will provide opportunities for interns to work directly with and be mentored by dance archivists in major institutions. After a period of ten weeks in preservation and archival practice, the interns will be placed in dance companies, dance libraries, or presenting organizations that already have professional or volunteer archival staffs for an additional ten-week period. In addition to providing valuable training in the field of  documentation and preservation, the program will forge important links with community organizations through the encouragement of archival efforts. During the first year of this initiative, interns will work with archivists at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, and American Dance Festival.

National Dance Heritage Videotape Registry

In response to the magnetic media crisis, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide funds toward the National Dance Heritage Videotape Registry. This Dance Heritage Coalition initiative addresses videotape vulnerability and format obsolescence through the creation of a database to identify tapes that are in immediate need of preservation and devise an education program that informs the field about videotape preservation practices. Choreographers, dance companies, dancers, archives, community and other grassroots  organizations, and presenters will be invited to submit information on any significant example of a work, performance, or teaching style that has been videotaped.

America’s Dance Treasures

The DHC has also announced the availability of a booklet America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: the First 100. The forty-page, illustrated booklet was produced in part by funds from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philip Morris Companies. For a gratis copy, send your name and address in an e-mail  to: elal@dance.loc. [Source: Dance Heritage Coalition]


A workshop on managing digital video content will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on 15-16 August 2001: The workshop will focus on practical applications of current and emerging standards -- Dublin Core, ODRL, XrML and MPEG7 -- for describing and managing video assets in any digital video collection, as well as for sharing collection information in the global environment using the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) protocol.

Keynote speeches: Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information, on Globally Sharing Information Assets, and Jane Hunter, Distributed Systems Technology Centre, Australia, on MPEG7: Transforming Digital Video Asset Description. Additional presentations will cover ViDe Dublin Core Application Profile for Digital Video, OAI Implementation for Dublin Core and XML rights metadata for digital video and there will be  practical sessions on digital video and moving image archives, digital asset management and standards. Conference sponsors: Coalition for Networked Information, Internet2, Southeastern Universities Research Association, ViDe. Conference web site [Source: NINCH-Announce]


Clifford Lynch's most recent article The Battle to Define the Future of the Book in the Digital World is available in the June edition of First Monday, a peer-reviewed journal on the Internet. The article offers a comprehensive survey and analysis of the technological, legal, economic and intellectual challenges associated with publishing in the digital age. Source: CNI. Article:



The Australian Library and Information Association Music Library Special Interest Group publishes a newsletter called Rotator. The July issue has information on Australian holdings of choral sets, the Secure Digital Media Initiative, MP3, and the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP). Contact: Fiona Bradley, SBS Radio Resource Centre, Locked Bag 028, Crows Nest NSW 1585. To subscribe the Music Library Special Interest Group e-list send email to with the message subscribe aliamlsig yourfirstname yourlastname. .

Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM)

The Performing Arts Data Service in the UK has announced the availability of the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music at The purpose of the DIAMM is to obtain, archive and, where necessary, enhance digital images of European sources of medieval polyphonic music. These include a relatively small number of complete manuscripts, found throughout Britain and continental Europe, which have been widely studied since their discovery by scholars at various times over the past century. They also include the much more numerous manuscript fragments, often barely legible and hard to place and interpret, which amount to a rich but widely scattered resource that has been relatively neglected, partly because of the difficulty of access, legibility and comparison of widely scattered materials that are at the same time vulnerable to damage and loss. The project has created a new permanent electronic archive of these images, both to facilitate detailed study of this music and its sources, and to assure their permanent preservation. The project is a collaboration between the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London; the first phase was funded by the Humanities Research Board in 1998, and the second and third phases have been made possible by Major Research Grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, awarded in 1999 and 2001. DIAMM is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board:    .

The Music Library of Association has published Automation Requirements for Music Materials on its website Produced by the MLA’s Subcommittee on Automation, the document updates earlier work by Lenor Coral in 1986 and 1993.


The Victoria Theatres Trust has published the Winter 2001 issue of its newsletter On Stage, which includes articles on the Melbourne Theatre Company’s new theatre plans, Nellie Stewart (an article prompted by an exhibition at the Victorian Arts Centre’s Performing Arts Museum), Julius Knight, the uncertain future of two of Australia’s oldest theatres – the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, and the Victoria Theatre, Newcastle - and a debate on the need for more theatres in Melbourne,. Contact:

The Theatre Library Association’s Performing Arts Resources no 22 will be available soon with contributions on balancing access and privacy in performing arts manuscript collections, processing of the New York Shakespeare Festival Collection, the Joseph Papp and New York Shakespeare Festival Archives, the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute and valuing composers' archives (how one institution encourages international study, performance and publication). Website:

The Royal Shakespeare Company Archives’ FESTE Database at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is snow available from the Performing Arts Data Service at  The Trust maintains a museum and library of books, manuscripts and records of local historic interest with particular reference to Shakespeare as well as the archive of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The FESTE Database is a detailed record of all performances of that company from 1865 to the present, including full cast lists and bibliographic data relating to contemporary reviews.                


The Australian Society of Archivists has just produced Selected Essays in Electronic Recordkeeping in Australia. Edited by Judith Ellis, the book includes a snapshot of the electronic recordkeeping environment, business imperatives for  electronic recordkeeping, project planning, system design and implementation,  options and methods for managing electronic records, and tools, technologies and methods for making electronic records accessible. A case study describes the steps taken by an organisation in the implementation of an electronic records and document management system. The order form is on the website and the cost is $35 if posted in Australia. Go to, then to Publications, then Books.


The National Association for the Visual Arts Research

NAVA has three research projects underway with funding from the Australian Research Council and other organisations

  • The Visual Arts Industry Guidelines Research Project makes best practice recommendations on artists, gallery/agent relationships, public art commissioning, competitions, awards, prizes and fund raising exhibitions; and residencies and workshops. Supplementary research has been commissioned into a scale of fees and wages, forms of subsidy, freedom of expression and economic flows of funds.

  • The Big Picture- A Planning Matrix for the Visual Arts is examining major forces impacting on the Australian visual arts and crafts sector including globalisation and local identify, government policies, economic forces, technological change, infrastructure, public attitudes, media and education.

  • A Workflow Methodology for Automated Regeneration of Multimedia Information Systems, a postgraduate research project based on the Visual Arts Net initiative. [Source: National Association for the Visual Arts]  

Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts

EVA 2001, the Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts Conference, will be held in the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. 24-28 July 2001, focusing on the latest advances in culture and technology and international co-operation. Topics include European and American strategies & new directions, SCRAN, cultural tourism, cultural & educational games, language engineering & culture and China-Europe Co-operation, digital imaging & metadata, project planning, documentation of contemporary art, QuickTime virtual reality in cultural heritage, business opportunities & winning financial support. [Website:].  

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This issue of Cross Currents compiled by Paul Bentley



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