DISH 2011Senast den 22 maj är det dags att skicka in bidrag till den holländska konferensen Digital Strategies for Heritage 2011. Här kommer information från organisatörerna the DEN Foundation.


On 6-9 December 2011, the international conference Digital Strategies for Heritage 2011 will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The organisers (The Netherlands Institute for Heritage and the DEN Foundation) are calling for inspiring proposals to contribute to the conference.

What is DISH 2011?
Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) is the bi-annual international conference on digital heritage and the strategies that heritage institutions can follow. Triggered by changes in society, heritage organisations face many challenges and need to make strategic decisions about their activities and services. The key motivators for the conference are inspiration, knowledge, skills and networking.

Who will be attending DISH 2011?
The conference welcomes all who make or influence decisions touching on the field of cultural heritage (directors and managers of heritage institutions, policy-makers, innovators and researchers). DISH enables participants to learn more about strategic decisions on all aspects of digital heritage, as well as about how their fellow participants are coping with strategy.

How can you contribute to DISH 2011?!
We are seeking inspiring contributions from professionals and innovators in the cultural heritage sector, that are eager to share their experiences with a committed audience. The proposal should address one of the four conference topics:

Business for heritage
A business-like approach of heritage is becoming more crucial, as becoming a cultural entrepreneur is now a key trait for institutions. This theme offers inspiration and tools to management to professionalise their entrepreneurial skills. We all want to create value, but how?

Crowdsourcing and co-creation
Society is becoming ever more influential in the creation of institutional policy and the different products and services that institutions deliver. Knowledge and community management will soon be as important as collection management. How do you manage the crowd in a networked society?

Institutional change
Rapid digitisation is the defining trend in today’s society. The public expects institutions to be as active on the Internet as they are. How do you equip yourself for new tasks that demand new functions in your organisation, new competencies of your staff, different use of the means at your disposal and a shift in activities from the physical to the digital domain? How can institutions successfully cope with these changes?

Building a new public space
Institutions often perceive a friction between policy-driven and user-driven strategies. Strategies should be userdriven, but are often policy-driven. The complex relationship between policy development on the European and national levels and the digital strategies of individual institutions will be a key topic at DISH2011. The European policy push is important, but does it serve the best interests of the heritage institutions?

Do you have a good idea for a lecture, workshop, debate, discussion, round-table session, group activity, networking, etc? We would be glad to hear it! The only “must” is that the proposal should be inspirational and should encompass the strategic aspects (the “why”) of our four themes.

We attach great value to shared experiences that inspire, teach or connect our participants.
If your proposal is accepted, the activity will be part of our main programme on 7 and 8 December 2011.

Please submit your ideas before 22 May 2011 at

Would you like to know more about our themes and procedures? Do you have a unique idea or a proposal that goes beyond the scope set out above? Please visit us at

Erfgoed Nederland
The Netherlands Institute for Heritage
Herengracht 474
1017 CA Amsterdam
The Netherlands

DEN Foundation
(Digital Heritage Netherlands)
Postbus 90407
2509 LK Den Haag
The Netherlands