Faculty, Alumni, Students Featured at UNESCO Conference

The UNESCO Memory of the World Conference will be held in Vancouver September 26-28, sponsored in part by the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at The University of British Columbia. This year’s theme is The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation.  The conference will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre, and feature many contributions by SLAIS faculty, alumni and students. Dr. Luciana Duranti is a featured speaker in the opening plenary on Wednesday September 26, addressing Trust and Conflicting Rights in the Digital Environment. Dr. Lisa Nathan is chairing the session Giving a Permanent Digital Voice to the Silenced later in the afternoon, and doctoral student Corinne Rogers is co-presenting Shared Perspectives: Digital Forensics and Ancestral Computing. On Thursday, Dr. Nathan and doctoral student Elizabeth Shaffer are presenting Social Media, Records and Cultural Heritage: Revealing Tensions and Informing Design, and Dr. Victoria Lemieux is chairing the session The Economics of Preserving Digital Information, and then presenting Financial Records and Their Discontents: Safeguarding the Records of Our Financial Systems. Corinne Rogers returns as session chair for Technology as the Mediator of Heritage and Its Relations with People. On Friday, Dr. Duranti and doctoral student Sherry Xie are co-presenters of a showcase on The Indian Centre of Excellence in Digital Preservation and InterPARES. On Thursday, Dr. Giovanni Michetti is chairing the session Digital Curation: Convergence of Challenges, Institutions and Knowledge, and on Friday he presenting two papers, It FITS the Cultural Heritage! Formats for Preservation: From Spatial Data to Cultural Resources, and then Archives Are Not Trees:  Hierarchical Representations in the Digital Environment. Doctoral student Jessica Bushey presents Born Digital Images: Creation to Preservation, and Adam Jansen presents Challenges and Triumphs: Preserving HD Video at the UBC School of Journalism. Download the full conference program. Finally, following the pre-conference public address, an awards presentation and reception will be held, where ARMA International Educational Foundation representatives will award the 2012 scholarships, including several to current UBC iSchool students.

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