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International Conference, Berlin, June 21-22, 2007


Digitising Culture in Germany and Europe

This international conference in Berlin will explore the current state of digitisation in the worlds of culture and scholarship. The conference will focus on diverse initiatives in the field of digitisation across Europe, addressing a series of underlying questions. The European portal, MICHAEL (, stands for Europe-wide cooperation and the enhanced accessibility of digital collections. The MICHAEL portal will be further enhanced through the contributions of eleven additional nations, each of which is bundling national offerings with a view toward greater European cooperation. An additional topic of the conference is how small and large organisations collaborate in digital networking initiatives and how they can best profit from digital portals. How exactly do synergies of knowledge emerge through cooperation? How can the collections of larger institutions enrich smaller, until now scattered collections, thereby enhancing their importance? In the natural sciences, the exchange of research results and sources in international collaborative ventures is established practise. Lessons learned in the natural sciences should provide encouragement and impetus to tomorrow's digital initiatives in the realms of culture and scholarship.

Reception, June 20, 6 p.m.

On the eve of the Conference there will be a reception at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Arnimallee 25, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem). Please join us. Mail:


To attend, we require your formal registration. Attendance is free of charge. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of each attendee. Special rates for conference participants have been arranged with some partner hotels. The list of hotels you will receive with your formal registration. As the number of rooms is limited booking in time is recommended.


Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Otto-Braun-Saal, Potsdamer Str. 35, 10785 Berlin

Conference Languages

Conference languages are German and English. Presentations will be simultaneously translated.


Prof. Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Institut für Museumsforschung, In der Halde 1, 14195 Berlin. Tel.: +49 (0)30 - 8301-460, Fax: -504, E-Mail: