EVA 2002 Moscow
The 5th Jubilee EVA2002 Moscow took place December 2-7,
2002 in the State Treryakov Gallery with the theme: Information for all: Culture and
Information Society Technologies. The Conference was organised under EVAN Project.
conference gathered 786 delegates from 20 countries. Russian delegates came from Moscow,
Saint-Petersburg and other 50 regions. 168 papers were registered and presented during 5
conference days in 2 plenary sessions and 13 sections. Workshops, round table discussions,
a master-class, a game contest for teenagers were organised as special events.
Exhibition Multimedia in Culture, Art and Education 38 institutions showed 176
exhibits (CD-ROMs, Internet-sites, data-bases, software and hardware for cultural
institutions, video-films on culture, art and education). The 7th annual
festival Content winners were presented and awarded and the annual festival
ADIT-Premium was announced.
main Conference organisers are Centre PIC and the State Tretyakov Gallery. The Conference
was supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Science and Technologies of
the Russian Federation, by the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Researches, by the Open
Society Institute (George Soros Foundation Moscow), by the Moscow Department Non-
movable Cultural Heritage Preservation and other institutions. Technical support of
FORMOZA(computers) and ACTIVISION (projection equipment) was also important.
Delegation in Russia is interested in EVA Moscow conferences starting from 1998. In 2002
the delegation was represented by JL Lavroff, Counsellor for Science and Technology.
Moscow working languages are Russian and English. Simultaneous interpretation during the
key sessions was organised. The papers of foreign speakers were translated into Russian.
Conference proceedings were printed before the conference in Russian and English and given
to the delegates at registration as well as the conference Programme, the list of
delegates, the Exhibition catalogue and CD-ROM with the previous EVA Moscow Proceedings.
conference events are free of charge. Cultural visits to the State Trtyakov gallery, to
the Moscow Kremlin Museums, to the State Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, to the State Historical
museum, to the Moscow Art Library were organised.
WEB-site (www.evarussia.ru ) in Russian and English
was opened for information and registration from May 2002. The conference Programme, lists
of delegates and institutions, abstracts and papers, the illustrated exhibition catalogue
are available on the WEB-site. The WEB-site is accessible also between the EVA Moscow
conferences, the lists of events are updated regularly. The WEB-site is hosted by ARTINFO.
From July 2002 till February 2003 the WEB-site had 10228 visits.
copy of the WEB-site with the conference announcement and the programme, the lists of
delegated and institutions, abstracts and papers, the illustrated exhibition catalogue,
the photo album will be published on CD-ROM for further promotion.
Moscow brought new topics and new trends. Audiovisual archives and collections are
becoming traditional with the help of EСHOLOT annual conference organised by Centre PIC
and other activities on audoarchiving.
section Culture and Business: active partnership was new at EVA Moscow and
showed the interest to the economy of culture and to the ways of cultural enhancement
through new technologies.
table "Retro-conversion of museum, library, archive catalogues" was a place of a
deep discussion of digitisation problems. As libraries and archives used professional
digitisation facilities and services museums tried to do it themselves. The first museums
(the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery) started to use professional
technologies and services for retro-conversion only in 2002.
society and communication problems section (7 papers + one paper without
presentation) brought the problems of cultural heritage person, museum
visitor, government citizen etc. communication in the information society. The need
of common vocabulary, terminology understanding was discussed.
session in 2002 presented Tatarstan and brought discussion of multilingual and
multicultural problems. Seven papers were presented at the specifically Tatarstan session
and some more papers from Tatrstan were presented at other sessions and at the exhibition.
The Tatarstan session was the most successful.
aspect was much stronger in 2002: 15 papers were presented at the section IST and
Education and 2 papers were published without presentations. 7 papers were presented
at the section Information Technologies for Museum and Library Pedagogic
(compare with 10 and 7 papers in 2001 respectively). The game-contest for teen-agers on
the books and the CD-ROM Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking
glass was evident success and was highly estimated by school teachers and by James
Hemsley. The game showed how information technologies could be used in learning process.
Multimedia technologies in culture and education is a new a new form of EVA
Moscow activities. James Hemsley highly estimated the multimedia projects of the
participant and proposed to summarise this experience at EVA2003 Florence. It was decided
to proceed with this form of activities at future Moscow EVAs. For the first time the
master-class united the efforts of a software company, University professors and content
co-operation and synergy with other EU projects were much stronger then the previous
years. Ten papers presented at the International section on the first conference day and
Round Table discussion "Russia, East Europe, Baltic and EU co-operation" lead by
James Hemsley (NMS, Scotland) with participation of Davis Fuegi (MDR partners, UK) on the
last conference day were essential conference frame work. The International aspect was
also strengthened by the Cultivate-Russian information day and the E-cultureNet meeting.
following FP5 projects were presented at EVA2002 Moscow:
was presented in Claude Poliart paper.
UNESCO programme Information for all was also presented.
participation in future EU projects was discussed at E-cultureNet meeting, at ADIT meeting
(VOLGA project of NETIMAGE, France, presented by Jean Barda), with JL Lavroff (EC
Delegation in Russia). The future of Cultivate, Pulman, EVAN with Russian participation
paper of M. Morbey, York University, Toronto Cybercolonialism in the State
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia: Does it Matter? attracted the public
attention and was discussed here and there during the whole conference week.
Moscow is growing every year in participation (630 delegates in 2001 and 786 in 2002), in
paper quantity (138 papers in 2001 and 168 papers in 2002), in topic diversity and is
becoming one of the most important digital culture conferences in Russia.
Moscow and the conference WEB site are good instruments of the Russian digital culture
monitoring and analyses.
diversity, quantity and quality of the conference events (plenary and parallel sessions,
conference-inside-EVA, pre-EVA conference ECHOLOT, workshops and master-classes,
game-contest for teen-agers, exhibitions, and festivals) show that EVA Moscow is
becoming a real digital culture forum.