Digital Archiving Futures 4-6 September 2024

Research Centre Digitalia, together with other Memory Campus organizations, is planning a two-day hybrid event called “Digital Archiving Futures” on the 5th and 6th of September 2024 in Mikkeli, Finland.

  • The first day of the event, September 4th, is a “Pre-day” with side event meetings of partners and informal evening event and a keynote speaker at Muisti Centre of War and Peace (English).
  • On the second day of the event, September 5th, the program will be in English. Themes of the day will be “Data Spaces, Artificial Intelligence, and Cluster Collaboration”, featuring speakers from the GLAM sector and information management field from Finland and across Europe. The “Data Spaces” theme of the event will cover perspectives on data space, shared data and also more specifically development activities in different networks related to this topic, for example Europeana and Time Machine. The “Artificial Intelligence” aspect will highlight future possibilities for the use of artificial intelligence in the archive, library and museum sector, as well as in the field of information management in general. The “Collaboration” theme brings together the strong role of cooperations in creating the future, in terms of co-development and co-creation, ecosystem collaboration and interconnection with other actors to develop a common future and knowledge.
  • On the third day, September 6th, we will host the eighth edition of Digitalia’s Digital Information Summer School in Finnish, with a theme aligned with the previous international day, bringing together speakers and participants to reflect together the future of digital archiving.

On Wednesday 4th we can offer collaboration spaces for our participants, should they want to organize meetings in conjunction with the event. A joint dinner and other social programming will be organized on Thursday 5th. Memory Campus organizations also provide guided visits to their facilities in the Mikkeli area on Thursday as well.

The event is free of charge for participants. Lunches and dinners run at participants’ own cost. Some visiting locations may charge fees. The event is hosted by our project “Memory Campus as an International Cluster for Information Management” and the Memory Campus Cluster. The project is funded by the South Savo Regional Council from funds allocated to supporting the sustainable growth and vitality of regions.

The Location

Mikkeli is located in Eastern Finland in an area with many lakes and forests. The town is located not so far away from the metropolitan area, so one can easily get there by bus or train.Map of Mikkeli in Finland

Mikkeli is a lively town with beautiful lake scenery, combination of interesting history and traditions, active business, high education and research, culture, nature and internationality.

Mikkeli has approximately 50 000 inhabitants and there are over 6000 students studying in the city.

Mikkeli has an interesting history since the town served as the headquarters of the Finnish army during three wars. That is why you can see ‘Headquarters’ mentioned in many places. Mikkeli is a lively town not only in summer but also in winter. During the last winters we have enjoyed beautiful ice sculptures as part of international ice festival arranged in the centre of town. In addition to different festivals, you can enjoy various happenings throughout the year.

You can read more about the charming city of Mikkeli at www.visitmikkeli.fi/en.

Travelling

Travelling to Mikkeli: Mikkeli is situated approximately 260 km from Helsinki. Depending on where you are coming from, there are different means of transport you might find convenient:

Accomodation

Our recommendation for accommodation during your stay in Mikkeli is Sokos Hotel Vaakuna in the centre of the city. Using the Code XXXX you get a discount and the hotel knows you will attend the convention.

The Venue

The Venue: The convention will be taking place at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). Mikkeli Campus is located at a former military base with beautiful buildings and surroundings. It has a truly international atmosphere as there are over 300 foreign students from many different countries on campus every year. There are 3500 students and 300 staff members at the campus all together.

You can find information about the Mikkeli Campus and the available services here: https://www.xamk.fi/en/about/mikkeli-campus/.

Registration

Registration opens in the middle of April! The registration link will be available in this space.

For more information:
Project manager Kati Saltiola, kati.saltiola (at) xamk.fi
Project pages: https://xamk.fi/memorycampuscluster
Digitalia pages: https://www.xamk.fi/en/rdi/digitalia-research-center-digital-information-management/