A rich and varied programme will await visitors to the forthcoming EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Strasbourg on 26 and 27 February. The theme of the meeting is:
Dynamic Data: a world of possibilities
Sharing and aggregating data has been at the very heart of library activity for decades. So, what new opportunities are there now for libraries to build on this heritage?
As the programme of the Meeting will uncover, there is much that can be done with large aggregations of data. Mashing, linking, analysing, augmenting and visualising are just a few of the ways that we can bring library data to life and open up wonderful new possibilities for connecting with the outside world.
We take as our starting point “culturomics”. A survey on linguistic and cultural phenomena using computational analysis of millions of digitised books published between 1800 and 2000. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel of Harvard University in their keynote at this year’s Meeting promise entertaining insight from fields as diverse as lexicography, the evolution of grammar, collective memory and the pursuit of fame. Their work only made possible because of the large throughputs of data from libraries and publishers which has been collected and now analysed.
A series of discussions and presentations will follow throughout the two days that will open our minds to what policy-makers, technologists and libraries are striving to achieve with data as the common currency.
This year’s meeting will be even bigger. We have seven potential member sessions on offer this year as parallel optional sessions to attend on the morning of day one. Member libraries will be talking about their implementation of WorldShare Management Services and CONTENTdm. And their involvement in early adoption pilots of new cataloguing functionality with WorldShare Collection Management.
But this is not the only way that libraries can get involved. We are offering poster sessions this year, so that library representatives can come and talk about their own innovations with data. We welcome your submissions, which can be made through the event web site.
We also have a fantastic enrichment programme, with visits to the region’s finest libraries. On day two, there will be a visit to Mediathèque André Malraux. And for those of you wishing to extend your stay, there will be a wonderful opportunity to visit the Bibliothèque Municipale in Colmar where a guided tour in English will be given of its 15th and 16th century unique collections. All this, and an option to visit the European Parliament as well.
Strasbourg in many respects is a perfect location for our fourth Meeting. Not only does it have excellent transport links for visitors from across Europe, it also offers a fantastic cultural experience when you arrive. We look forward to seeing you at the Meeting.
You will find further information and how to register for the EMEARC 2013 on our website.