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EuroMed2018 - WKSH6 - Europeana Transcribathon 1914-1918 in CYPRUS


EuroMed2018 - WKSH6 - Europeana Transcribathon 1914-1918 in CYPRUS

From Wednesday 31st October to Friday 2nd November 2018, an exciting transcription marathon will take place during the EUROMED 2018 Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus (www.euromed2018.eu). You are cordially invited to join the Transcribathon Euromed 2018, a one-of-a-kind competition where participants come together to transcribe and annotate as many letters, diaries and other digitised documents as possible from the online archive, Europeana 1914-1918. Take your laptop and team up with your colleagues, fellow students, friends and other history enthusiasts in the race to discover and decipher these unique, handwritten testimonies from those who lived through the First World War 100 years ago.

Teams of three to four will be assigned diaries, letters and postcards and will have two days’ time to work on them using the Europeana Transcribathon 1914-1918 transcription tool. The aim is to transcribe as many documents as possible, enrich the documents with keywords and geotags, and then present the team’s overall results. At the end of the competition, a jury will announce the winners in the categories of transcription, annotation and presentation. Two members of the winning team will win a trip to attend the International Transcribathon in Brussels on 26-27 November 2018.

The Transcribathon Euromed 2018 is organised by Facts & Files, the UNESCO CHAIR on Digital Cultural Heritage, the Cyprus University of Technology, Europeana Foundation and the EU H2020 Virtual Multimodal Museum Project in cooperation with the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, the National Library of Cyprus, the National Committee on Digital Cultural Heritage and the Digital Champion. 

Please also create an account on our website in advance: www.transcribathon.eu/register

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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I have the honor to invite you to the 6th International Euro-Mediterranean Conference (EuroMed 2018).

Cyprus is the third largest Mediterranean island at the crossroads of three continents, located in one of the most famous archeological areas of the world. Its civilization starts around the 10th millennium BC and has a high number of monuments and sites registered on the UNESCO WHL. Cyprus cultural heritage is the most important living treasure of its people. It is through this that its identity can be expressed and an awareness of its historical continuity through time can be created.

From the 29th of October until the 3rd of November 2018 we will have the opportunity to come together, exchange our know-how and experiences in the Cultural Heritage research as well as the current and future worldwide developments in this area.

Protecting, preserving and presenting our Cultural Heritage are frequently interpreted as change management and/or change the behavior of the society. Joint European and international research produces a scientific background and support for such a change. We are living in a period characterized by rapid and remarkable changes in the environment, in the society and in technology. Natural change, war conflicts and man-made changes, including climate, as well as technological and societal change, form an ever-moving and colorful stage and a challenge for the society. Close cooperation between professionals, the policy makers and authorities internationally, is necessary for research, development and technology in the field of cultural heritage.

Scientific projects in the area of cultural heritage have received national, European Union or UNESCO funding for more than thirty years. Through the financial support and cooperation, major results have been achieved and published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings with the support of professionals from many countries. The European Conferences on cultural heritage research and development and in particular the biannual EuroMed conference have become regular milestones on the never-ending journey of discovery in the search for new knowledge of our common history and its protection and preservation for the generations to come. They also provide a unique opportunity to present and review results, and to draw new inspiration.

The agenda of this unique conference will include hundreds of excellent oral and poster presentations, as well as workshops and demonstrations from academia and industry, reflecting the wide scope of our work in the area of cultural heritage. We are expecting policy makers, professionals, students and delegates from more than 60 countries of the world to attend this special Euro-Mediterranean conference which is dedicated to the protection, preservation and e-documentation of the Cultural Heritage.

The ultimate aim of the 6th EuroMed conference will be to bring together as many stakeholders as possible from different backgrounds in order to achieve a high level of mutual understanding of the needs, the requirements and the technical means of meeting them. Therefore, our common goal is to focus on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research on tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage, the use of cutting edge technologies for the protection, preservation, conservation, massive digitalisation and visualization/presentation of the Cultural Heritage content (archeological sites, artifacts, monuments, libraries, archives, museums, etc). At the same time, the event is intended to cover topics of research ready for exploitation, demonstrating the acceptability of new sustainable approaches and new technologies by the user community, SME’s, owners, managers and conservators of cultural patrimony.

It is very important that policy makers and a wide public are involved in management of the cultural heritage, and it is useful to inform European citizens about recent developments and scientific achievements in this area. The entire poster exhibition as well as special conference sessions will be dedicated to awareness (outreach) of the public in the whole field of Cultural Heritage.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this particular international conference. We are confident that everyone will greatly benefit from this event.

Dr. Marinos Ioannides

Conference Chair

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