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EC MEDICI Framework in Conjunction with the 9th International World Wide Web Conference
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 16th-18th 2000

Important Dates

Submission deadline: February 25, 2000
Notification of acceptance: April 20, 2000
Final paper due: April 26th 2000

A brief description of MEDICI Framework

MEDICI was established to promote the use of advanced technologies for access to, and understanding, preservation, and economic promotion of Europe's cultural heritage. The ultimate objectives of this program are to generate a shift in attention towards the use of new technologies, namely ICT, within the field of cultural heritage, and to mobilize resources to support both pilot and turn key applications within the cultural sector.

The MEDICI Secretariat, established, supported, and supervised by the European Commission, acts as a European "agency" for the promotion of the achievement of the MEDICI goals. The Secretariat is a general reference point for members.

The role of the WWW9 Conference Culture Track within MEDICI activity

The Culture Track at the WWW9 conference in Amsterdam will be one of the key events in a multi-year program on ICT and new technologies applied to cultural heritage promoted by the European Commission MEDICI agency. One of the main aims of the program is to organize and promote join events among cultural institutions, companies, researchers, and public bodies in order to debate on ICT and other relevant technologies applied to cultural heritage. In order to avoid duplications and reduce the ever increasing number of events, MEDICI chooses to join, if possible, major and relevant events in both the technological and cultural sectors. The annual WWW conference as well as CEBIT, ACM SIGGRAPH & Multimedia or MILIA are examples of such relevant meetings.

Culture Track

Background and WWW9 Event

At WWW7, which was held in Brisbane two years ago, a very interesting "cultural track" was presented, and several interesting themes were discussed. At WWW9, the Culture Track will offer a comprehensive scenario on emerging technologies and trends related to "networked arts". E-Society, E-Commerce, and E-Services, which are a part of this scenario, will also be considered. Each presentation will provide valuable insights for the developer, the content provider/institution, and the user.

With specific reference to virtual museums, the WWW9 Culture Track will explore how multimedia technology could re-engineer the way visitors presently perceive the experience of visiting a museum or art gallery. It will cover the added value associated with ICT applications, and other technological issues of concern to museums and archives. These include: exhibition virtual construction; processing of distributed heterogeneous database queries and virtual visits prior to official opening; both cultural and spatial context reconstruction through meta-databases and VRML; and finally post-exhibit virtual continuous information and/or pay for print thematic booklets, on line merchandise order, and delivery. Special focus will be placed on issues related to full digital operations over the Internet, with video and voice messages included.

Also addressed will be User Interface achievements in areas of graphics and mark-up (HTML, XHTML and XML). These include approaches to proposed standards for the integration of TV and the Web for dynamic scenes, as well as image and sound content analysis, image and sound processing, and paradigms and metaphors for multimedia authoring and display. Multimedia content authentication, intellectual property rights protection, digital signatures both in textual, audio, and 2D/3D graphics, security, and e-commerce are others areas relevant to this event, as is the economic impact of virtual museum operations on both visitors and managers.

Preliminary Program

Five session 1.5 Hours each/ 2.5 or 3 days Track (draft program below on the basis of 3 days)

Tuesday, May 16   Networked Arts: basic issues and achievements
Wednesday, May 17   Museums on the Web: Case Study
Thursday, May 18   On line cultural application: the new paradigma
Developers Day, Friday, May 19   Advanced User Interface, Metadata & IPR Protection

Submitting a Presentation Proposal:

The program committee of the Culture Track is actively soliciting presenters. If you have an interesting topic that you would like to present, you may contact the program committee members directly by e-mail. You need only submit a brief (1-2 paragraph) summary of your proposed presentation for review. If your presentation is accepted, you will be asked to submit a digital version (e.g., HTML, PowerPoint, or other presentation package) of the full presentation by April 26, 2000, and to provide the session chair with an updated file at the time of your talk for publication on the conference Web Site. Culture Track proposals, as well as inquiries and suggestions, should be sent to any member of the Program Committee.

Program Committee

Frederic Andres   NACSIS - National Center for Science Information Systems
Judith Gradwohl   Smithsonian Institution
Liddy Nevile   MelbourneIT - University of Melbourne
Alfredo M. Ronchi   EC MEDICI Framework Secretariat

Updated: January 14, 2000