International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR 2016)

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Monday, December 12 — Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Kelvin Hall
1445 Argyle Street
Glasgow, G3 8AW

Attendance is free but registration is required through the Symposium Eventbrite Registration Page.

This major event will take place within the recently reopened Kelvin Hall facilities. Aimed at both researchers and cultural heritage professionals, the event will provide an opportunity to bring together the main issues, questions and findings raised over the course of the network and its previous activities.

We aim to ensure that people have equal access to all our events. If you would like any information in an alternative format please contact us via email at Additionally, if you are attending any of our events, please let us know in advance of any additional requirements relating to access.

Scope and Context

Digital technologies are affecting all aspects of our lives, reshaping the way we communicate, learn, and approach the world around us. In the case of cultural institutions, digital applications are used in all key areas of operation, from documenting, interpreting and exhibiting the collections to communicating with diverse audience groups. The communication of collections information in digital form, whether an online catalogue, mobile application, museum interactive or social media exchange, increasingly affects our cultural encounters and shapes our perception of cultural organisations. Although cultural and higher education institutions around the world are heavily investing on digitisation and working to make their collections available online, we still know very little about who uses digital collections, how they interact with the associated data, and what the impacts of these digital resources are.

Aims and Questions

The symposium seeks to address this gap by bringing together interested parties from a range of disciplines (e.g. computing science, digital humanities, museology, social sciences), practices and sectors to set an agenda for research and discuss the latest developments on evaluating the use of cultural digital resources. The symposium will address:

  • Who uses digital cultural resources, where and how
  • Diverse users’ needs and expectations (i.e. from schoolchildren and families to students and researchers)
  • Impact and value of digital cultural resources
  • Ways of recording and assessing impact and value
  • Implications for policy and future strategies

Call for Papers

Are you a cultural heritage professional with experience of designing, implementing and/or evaluating digital resources? Are you a scholar whose research engages with the symposium’s key aims? Why not get involved?

Proposals are currently being sought for 20-minute papers to be delivered during the symposium. See Call for Papers for full details on how to submit before the October 7, 2016 deadline.


In addition to a full two-day programme of papers, the symposium will feature a Public Lecture by Dr Mark O’Neill, Director for Policy and Research at Glasgow Life, on Monday, December 12. This will be followed by a Collections Open Night dedicated to exploring the digital collections available in the new state-of-the-art collections research facilities at Kelvin Hall, one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks (pictured above).


Attending the symposium is free of charge but participants, including confirmed presenters, will need to sign up through the Symposium Eventbrite Registration Page Registration Page.

Please note, if you would like to attend the Public Lecture and Collections Open Night at Kelvin Hall on December 12th you must register for this event separately through the Public Lecture and Collections Open Night Eventbrite Registration Page.

Travel Bursaries for Early Career Researchers/Professionals and Students

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to postgraduate students and early-career researchers to facilitate their participation at the workshop. For more information please contact


The symposium is organised by the Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation (ScotDigiCH), which is funded by The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ScotDigiCH is co-ordinated by the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Life Museums, the Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland and the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Strathclyde.



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