Digital Cultural Content Forum 2005

The Mill and Old Swan Conference Centre, Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire

11-13 February 2005


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Invited Speakers Saturday February 12

Paul Gerhardt,

Joint Director, BBC Creative Archive

Paul Gerhardt is the Strategic Director for the BBC Creative Archive. He was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford and has a doctorate in international relations. He began his career in adult teaching, as a tutor/organiser for the Workers' Educational Association. In 1982 he helped to found the International Broadcasting Trust, and worked on Battle for the Planet for Channel 4. In 1987 he moved to Thames Television as a producer and Network Education Officer. His career at the BBC began in 1991 with the development of night time broadcasting, and in 1995 he launched the BBC Learning Zone on BBC Two. In 1997 he was appointed Head of Commissioning at the BBC/Open University and managed the re-negotiation of the BBC/Open University educational partnership, bringing OU programmes such as Rough Science into the peaktime schedule. From 2001 to 2004 he was Controller, Learning, responsible for the BBC's adult education strategy and for national campaigns such as The Big Read.



"BBC Creative Archive: From Promises to Reality"
The commitment by the BBC to open up its radio and television archives for sharing on the web is a significant step by a high profile public service broadcaster. In order to adddress many of the issues raised by the proposal, the BBC has had to change its approach to project development; and to seek partnerships with other rights holders, with producers, and with the users themselves. As we move towards the launch of the pilot phase we can begin to see how the sharing of content with its public, and the co-creation of new material, could challenge its traditional role as a broadcaster.

Lucie Lalumière

Executive Director, New Media
CBC Radio-Canada

Lucie Lalumière is Executive Director of New Media at Radio-Canada, Canada's public broadcaster. She is responsible for French-language interactive services and for, which is one of the most visited web sites in Canada and a winner of multiple awards. Her responsibilities also include corporate functions, such as partnership development, and the realization of the bilingual digitized archives web site. Before joining CBC/Radio-Canada New Media in 1999, she led the development of online French services as well as bilingual contents at Sympatico, which has since become the most visited portal in Canada. From 1988 to 1996, she held a number of strategic management positions at Bell Canada in new media, marketing, planning and business development. Ms. Lalumière has a degree in Information Systems Management from Université de Sherbrooke and a M.B.A. from McGill University completed through New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.



"Blowing Away the Dust" In 2001, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation / Société Radio-Canada, with assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage, set out to create an online digital archive showcasing pivotal moments from Canada's past. Rather than produce a quaint repository where visitors could wax nostalgic, they crafted a cutting edge collection of clips that are witness to the visionaries, issues and events that have shaped Canada. Created by teams of English and French-language journalists, historians and educators, the CBC has "blown away the dust" from its vast archives. With over 7,000 radio and television clips, textual backgrounders and educational tools, the award-winning CBC Digital Archives is a free and ever-expanding resource that reaches into the past to provide context to today's headlines.

David Liroff

Vice President & Chief Technology Officer WGBH Educational Foundation

David B. Liroff is vice president and chief technology officer at the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. Liroff joined WGBH in 1979, and during his tenure with the station has had senior management responsibility for broadcasting, local program production, creative services, membership, major gifts and capital campaign fundraising, and for national "how-to" program production. Currently, he is responsible for production services, engineering, information technology, telecommunications, digital asset management, and audience research, and he has senior management responsibility for overseeing WGBH's transition to digital production and broadcasting.

Liroff serves on the boards of American Public Television (APT) and Public Interactive (PI). He also serves on the Public Broadcasting Service Technology and Distribution Committee, on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Digital Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

Prior to joining WGBH in 1979, Liroff was director of broadcasting at PBS member station KETC-TV9/St Louis, where he was responsible for programming, production, and audience research. From 1971-1977, he was PTV program director at WOUB-TV20 at the Ohio University Telecommunications Center in Athens, Ohio and was an assistant professor in the College of Communication, School of Radio/Television at Ohio University.

Liroff holds a Ph.D. in radio, TV and film from Northwestern University, a master's in speech and theater from Brooklyn College/City University of New York, and a bachelor's in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



"Public Broadcasting, Digital Convergence, and the World of Networked Information"
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Peter Kaufman

President, Intelligent Television

Peter Kaufman, founder and president of Intelligent Television, has worked across media for 18 years. He is a Senior Fellow for Media and International Affairs at the World Policy Institute of New School University in New York, and a member of the Editorial Board of the World Policy Journal. He is a member of the American council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a member of the Social Science Research Council Digital Cultural Institutions Project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. He served as founder and president of TV Books, where he negotiated and concluded publishing deals with television networks and independent television producers, literary agents, and authors worldwide. After he sold majority interest in TV Books to Broadway Video, Lorne Michaels's television and film company, Mr. Kaufman served as director of strategic initiatives at Innodata Isogen, the world's largest media digitization company. Educated at Cornell University and Columbia University's W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, he has written for Publishers Weekly, Scholarly Publishing, Slavic Review, Russian History, The New York Times, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, and International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia.

Background for Intelligent Television for World Policy Institute


"Television and the Business of New Media"
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Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. Lynch serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress; he was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits, and now serves on the NRC's committee on digital archiving and the National Archives and Records Administration.


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