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DISH2011 | Digital Strategies for Heritage

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.

DISH2011 took place on 6 – 9 December 2011 in the World Trade Center (Beurs WTC), Rotterdam (NL).

The programme & the 4 main themes

The full programme of DISH2011 is available online. An overview of all activities during the 2 conference days can be downloaded as a PDF schedule: programme DISH2011 (PDF).

Business for Heritage
We all want to create value, but should we follow the money? What about our missions? And the social benefits our current business model delivers? Business is an essential ingredient of any successful digital strategy for heritage. It takes creativity, innovation, logic, and planning to successfully deliver the value society demands of heritage nowadays. Business models offer a framework for this.
Co-creation and Crowdsourcing
How do you manage a crowd within a networked society, and how do you generate business using digital heritage? Society is becoming ever more influential in the creation of institutional policy and the different products and services that institutions deliver. Issues on open source code, IPR, copyright laws and co-creation are assuming increasing importance.
Institutional Change
How do you manage 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.
Building a New Public Space
Virtual meeting spaces for sharing knowledge on culture and history are set up by user communities. They partly replace traditional meeting spaces in heritage institutions. Will we be able to bring them together and build a new public space together? This theme is chosen to discuss the transformation that is needed in policy development and the strategies and attitudes of institutions and consortia in order to put the user at the heart of all public activities.

Special magazine DISH2011: English edition of InformatieProfessional

For more background information, please read our special DISH2011 edition of the Dutch magazine InformatieProfessional (PDF).

For whom is DISH2011 intended?

The conference DISH2011 is for everyone who makes or influences 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.

Who’s organising DISH2011?

DISH2011 is organised by The Netherlands Institute for Heritage and the DEN Foundation, in partnership with the DISH2011 Programme Committee and the Advisory Board.

What is the difference between the Digital Heritage Conference (DE Conferentie) and DISH?

The Digital Heritage Conference (DE Conferentie) is the Dutch national conference on innovations in cultural heritage. DE Conferentie is a bi-annual event, organised by the DEN Foundation. Every other year, the international variant Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) takes place.

Success Stories

The choice to dedicate an international conference to digital strategies for heritage has proved to be a valid one. With over 600 participants in 2009, the first DISH conference was an instant success. DISH2009 put topics like business model innovation, education and service oriented digitisation at the forefront.

The importance of these topics has only increased since that first conference, as can be seen in the digitisation policy of the European Commission. The DISH concept appealed to the Brazilian heritage community, and in September 2011, the Brazilian edition of the conference, DISH Brasil, has taken place. DISH and Europeana have formed a strategic alliance to provide a platform for archives, libraries, museums and other heritage institutions to conceive and discuss joint digital strategies.

On a national level, DISH2009 saw the launch of a Dutch community platform on business model innovation in cultural heritage. DISH2011 promises to be the leading international conference on future developments in digital heritage.


"We need to realize that everybody needs a different strategy, there is not one best strategy."
Ross Parry - Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester

"On a very, very good conference. As the ex Director of Online Information in London I know what this takes and I think you took it!"
Jill Cousins - Director of Europeana

"Looking forward to DISH2011! Still thankful for the workshop on Business Model Generation last year!"
Hildelies Balk - Head of European Projects at Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Laatst gewijzigd: 30-11-2012

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