October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ICHIM07 Proceedings


Back in North America for the first time since 1999, ICHIM continues its tradition of meeting every two years to survey the changing synergies of culture, heritage and informatics. This tenth meeting visits digital culture in the age of Web 2.0, contributed content, open source, broadband services, and ubiquitous computing. From one perspective all seems new, while another draws a direct line from the videodisk of 1991, through the CD-ROMs of 1993, and the Web of 1995 to e-commerce, e-government, and social computing.

The ICHIM Program

This year we again examined major trends, novel research frontiers, and possible futures. Best practices, innovative policies, disruptive technologies and radical business plans were promoted and critiqued. And as always, economics, law, and public policy were visited afresh.

See the Final Program, including all papers; full days of Sessions, Briefings and other Interactions.

The ICHIM Program was selected through peer-review by an International Program Committee.

Who attended ICHIM?

ICHIM is the only conference at which senior policy makers from around the world gather with technology practitioners, researchers, information designers and the staffs of cultural repositories – libraries, archives and museums – to imagine and direct informatics services for culture and heritage knowledge. See the list of institutions represented.

We met in Toronto, recognized by UNESCO as the most multi-cultural city in the world, to think with us about a future in which cultural and heritage understanding is deepened through immediate and constant access to rich cross-cultural interpretation.

The language of ICHIM07 was English. Simultaneous French-language translation was available for all plenaries and one strand of sessions.

Scholarships and Volunteers

Archives & Museum Informatics awards scholarships to museum professionals from small institutions and developing countries. Students were invited to volunteer at ICHIM; they attended the conference in exchange for helping out.

Can't Make It? Get the Book.

ICHIM07 Presenters were required to submit written papers, all found on this CD-ROM. All papers are also published on-line.

Past papers from all ICHIM conferences – since 1991– are on-line and listed in a compiled bibliography. Printed volumes or CD-ROMs of ICHIM Proceedings from 1991 - 2005 are also available to order.

Future Meetings.

See the Archives & Museum Informatics web site for details of future meetings.

ICHIM Conference Co-Chairs

David Bearman and Jennifer Trant
Archives & Museum Informatics
158 Lee Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4E 2P3 Canada

ICHIM07 is produced by Archives & Museum Informatics, in association with the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, and in conjunction with the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and Canadian Culture Online (CCO), and the MaRS Collaboration Centre.