Washington, DC, USA
Sept. 22-26, 1999
Welcome to ichim99
The ICHIM Conference series began in 1991. We've met every two
years since then, alternating between North America and Europe:
Pittsburgh in 91; Cambridge, England in 93, and San Diego, California,
in 95. ICHIM last met in Paris, France in 97 - over 625 people from
twenty-five countries attended ICHIM 97 at Le Louvre in Paris. Ministries
of culture and multi-institutional collaboratives were particularly
well represented. Staff from museums, archives and universities
came with ambitious documentation and public access objectives,
and discussed point-of-information kiosks, in-gallery interactives,
CD-ROM publications and the World Wide Web with their colleagues,
and with international publishers of interactive multimedia and
network service providers. At each ICHIM meeting practitioners,
theorists, subject specialists, developers and suppliers from the
public and private sector meet to share ideas and experiences.
Before ichim99 formally began two full days of workshops helped attendees build their technical, social and managerial skills. ichim99
itself spanned three days: two parallel session tracks featured formal
papers, panels, and many opportunities for participant interaction.
All podiums had network access, up-to-date computer technology and
high-resolution projection to ensure that speakers could demonstrate,
not just discuss, the advances they were reporting. An exhibition hall
featured the latest from a variety of commercial firms. Social events
throughout ichim99 ensured that everyone had an opportunity
to meet informally and expand their circle of colleagues.
On September 22 and 23, ichim99 featured a wide range of pre-conference
workshops in half-day, full-day and two day formats. These workshops
were designed to provide educational experiences ranging from
introductory to advanced, in formats which included hands-on computer
training, lectures, seminars and interactive group sessions. Workshop
instructors came from universities, museums and commercial organizations,
in the U.S. and abroad, and had extensive experience with small group
training. A great professional development opportunity, ichim99
workshops were attended by many local museum staff (Washington
DC has the largest concentration of museums in the USA).
The ichim99 Program Committee selected a wide variety of speakers
and presentation formats from the many proposals received. Presentations
were scheduled in ways that best suited their content: with 1, 2, 3,
and 4 papers, and with or without formal commentators. All sessions
included substantial time for audience discussion - the experiences
of participants made a major contribution to the meeting for everyone.
The range of exhibitors at ichim99, from different sectors
of the cultural heritage informatics marketplace, assured that every
attendee found something new and interesting. Exhibits began with a gala reception
in the Exhibit Hall the evening of September 24. On September 25 a
full day of exhibits began with continental breakfast at 8:00 am,
and closed with refreshments at 6:00 pm.
Each full conference registrant received the ichim99 Proceedings
upon arrival, included in the conference registration fee.
Proceedings of past years meetings are also available for purchase.
ICHIM Proceedings have become the premier sources for understanding
the evolution of computer-based interactive multimedia in cultural
settings. If you couldn't come to Washington, you can order
the proceedings online.
ichim99: Washington, DC, Sept. 22-26, 1999