•Professor Susan Schreibman, Director of the Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO), the Royal Irish, Academy, Dublin.
•Professor Michael S. Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg.
•IT-journalist Mark Malseed, author of The Google Story.
•Dr. Linda Bree, Commissioning Editor, Cambridge University Press.
•Professor Peter Naur, Computer Scientist and winner of the Turing Prize.
The conference will discuss a broad range of issues all concerning the interactions between research and study in the humanities and so-called web-based knowledge. We are seeking speakers who are interested in the epistemologies of knowledge, issues concerning legal copyrights, the construction of national legacy on the web, the development of web-based learning techniques, and the historical perspectives on modern-day IT culture and the dissemination of knowledge.
Ordinarily providers of web-based knowledge and users of technology in the humanities do not interact on an academic level. The objective of the conference is to create a forum for interaction that breaks down this barrier. Thus, we ask participants to redefine their own disciplines in order to address the possibility of a new definition of knowledge: a definition that has implication for the fields of philosophy, ethics, economy, law, and psychology. We will ask about the consequences this new dissemination has for the establishment of transnational, or rather global (abandoning national borders) communities of knowledge.
Who we are. Who we are not
This conference finds its origins not in IT media studies. It finds them in the studies of the humanities. We are not researchers directly involved in the latest advances in the computer science. Rather, we are researchers, like so many others, who are indirectly involved with advancing technology; we are end users. With this understanding in place, we invite participants of this conference to come to an open form so that they can interact with people like us and researchers from the worlds of IT technology. In other words, Click-on-Knowledge is a conference designed to break the ice between IT providers and users. We cannot impress enough the importance of such an event. This conference aims to allow an open dialogue and thereby create permanent links between various groups, so that these links can foster greater interaction between providers and users.
The impact of the conference comes in the form of creating a community of scholars that would have access to each other beyond the interval of the conference itself. In the past, web-sites have merely functioned as ancillary elements to such gatherings. However, with the assistance of our collaborative partner Project Matterhorn, the use of web-based technology would be employed to maintain an internet portal for research and discussion. The results of this portal would be that the participants of the conference would come together to form an international community that might grow and develop through time. In addition, it is the aim of the conference to produce a hard-copy text that would take the form of a collection of essays. These essays would consist of the presentations given at the conference.
In addition, it is the aim of the conference to produce a hard-copy text that would take the form of a collection of essays. These essays would consist of the presentations given at the conference.
Traditional and Digital Formats
In the spirit of the conference's aims, we will combine the traditional face-to-face conference with elements of video conferencing, podcasting and ‘streaming'. It will be possible view two of the keynote addresses over the internet in real-time. During these sessions, distance participants will be able to interact with the auditorium in Copenhagen via online communication. On the last afternoon of the conference, two panels will be facilitated online. Here, papers and discussions will take place on the Click-on-Knowledge electronic platform between delegates present and people from across the globe. It is the objective that these web-based forums will enable people from countries outside Western Europe and North America, even if they are not able to afford the expense of travelling to Copenhagen. We see it as important that other regional insights on the use of technology can enhance our discussions and thereby provide the conference with a truly transnational perspective.
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