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International Conferences

Digital Heritage, Israel is a Jerusalem-based, non for profit company that is best known for its annual international conferences on the digitisation of cultural heritage that have been held every year since 2004. The conferences convene in Jerusalem and host museum professionals, librarians, archivists, audio-visual developers, architects, lawyers, cultural policy makers, plastic and performing artists working in the digital realm.

The Directors of Digital Heritage, Israel believe that this offers our international speakers and visitors the perfect opportunity to visit Jerusalem and enjoy the timeless beauty of the Old/New City. In this way they may savor Israel’s rich cultural mosaic and its fabulous desert landscapes combined with an exciting two-day conference and find the ideal opportunity to get together in Jerusalem with the digital heritage community and discuss the critical issues in the areas where culture and technology intersect.

This is the annual opportunity for the community of professional who are responsible for the digitisations of cultural heritage in Israel to get together and share their own activites with those of their local and international colleagues.

EUROPRIX Multimedia Award

Held annually, the EUROPRIX Multimedia Award is open to all young content and multimedia creators and students, who are under the age of 30. The contest is a competition among creative producers and designers whose excellence in the use of multimedia technologies and tools to create digital contents for different new media channels is evaluated, show cased and celebrated. Especially encouraged are young professionals and students who have studied or are enrolled in institutions of learning and training in multimedia, located in one of the EU Member States, one of the EFTA states, Croatia, Israel and Turkey.

Digital Heritage is the official Europrix Israeli partner.

The World Summit Award (WSA)

The World Summit Award (WSA) is a global initiative for selecting and promoting the World’s best e-Contents. It involves representatives from numerous countries on each continent and sees the bridging of the digital divide and narrowing of the content gap as its overall goal.

The WSA places its emphasis on cultural diversity and identity, the creation of varied information content and the digitalization educational, scientific and cultural heritage.

The project is held in the framework of and in cooperation with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

According to the WSA 08 guidelines there are eight categories for the global contest.

Find the category for your project for a National Contest:

  1. WSA Experts are asked to nominate from their country one product or application where ICTs are used to address the following issues which are grouped into 8 categories:

    • 1.        e-Government & Institutions

    Delivering complete services in public administrations to individuals, businesses and organisations combined with organisational change in order to significantly improve services and democratic processes and strengthen support to public policies; fostering quality and efficiency of information exchange; empowering citizens and public services clients.

    • 2.        e-Health & Environment

    Developing the client-centered model of health care where stakeholders collaborate, utilizing ICT, including internet technologies to manage health issues as well as the health care system; meeting the needs of citizens, patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, as well as policy makers.

    • 3.        e-Learning & Education

    Serving the needs of learners to acquire knowledge and skills for a complex and globalizing world; transforming schools, universities and other educational institutions through interactive, personalized and distributed learning resources; creating active e-learning communities and target models and solutions for corporate training as well as life-long learning.

    • 4.        e-Entertainment & Games

    Supplying digitized entertainment products and services; entertaining the user in this world’s variety of languages and its cultural diversity; supporting movement from one-way to two-way, from single to multiple players, interactive entertainment and the synergy between analog and digital platforms.

    • 5.        e-Culture & Heritage

    Preserving and presenting cultural heritage in line with the challenges of the future; demonstrating valuable cultural assets clearly and informatively using state-of-the-art technology; developing the diversity of cultures and sub-cultures and the multilingual nature of societies.

    • 6.        e-Science & Technology

    Fostering global collaboration in key areas of science, and the next generation of infrastructure that will enable it; providing measures to promote and demonstrate scientific processes and make them accessible to citizens; scientific projects articulated through new media.

    • 7.        e-Business & Commerce

    Support and optimization of business processes; creation of new business models in e-commerce and m-commerce, business to business, business to consumers, internet security and other areas; supporting SMEs on the marketplace; using ICTs for buying and selling as well as servicing customers and collaborating with business partners.

    • 8.        e-Inclusion & Participation

    Measures supporting integration of the global information society; bringing least developed countries into the knowledge society; reducing “digital divides” between technology-empowered and technology-excluded communities and groups such as rural areas and women; bridging society and strengthening social and political participation of individuals and groups through ICTs.

Digital Heritage is the offical World Summit Award partner

Contact: Dr. Susan Hazan

WSA Coordinator, Israel

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Dov Winer

Dov Winer is a psychologist (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) specialized in Online Education and Training (University of London). He is founder of the Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL). Dov Winer coordinated the dissemination of Internet use in Israel industry for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (1994/6).

He defined the program for the National Teacher's Colleges Network and trained its development team for Virtual Learning Environments (1996/8). He established in 1989 the MAKASH Institute for ICT Applications in Education, Culture and Science.

Since 1997 his work focus on European related initiatives, among them:
MAKASH is the NCP in Israel for the EUN – European Schoolnet, the consortium of the Europeans Ministry of Education for ICT, in whose steering committee he participates. MAKASH was part of: ETB – European Treasury Browser establishment of a comprehensive digital library of educational resources in Europe; VALNET (Schools of the Future); CELEBRATE for collaborative and interoperable Learning Objects in integrated learning environments. It is collaborating in the establishment of the LRE – Learning Resources Exchange the European digital library for learning resources.

He proposed the establishment of the Global Jewish Information Network in 1988 and later planned it (1992) following support from the Parliament and the Ministry of Communication. From 2001 to 2006 he managed the Initiative for Developing Jewish Networking Infrastructures. This project established a comprehensive database of metadata for Jewish resources in the Web (expressed in RDF) and developed the Thesaurus for its annotation. At the end of 2004 he convened the Consultation on the Digitisation of Jewish Cultural Heritage in Europe.

MAKASH is presently partner in two EC backed projects dealing with cultural heritage content: it substituted the Jewish Agency as partner in MOSAICA, developing generic technologies for knowledge bases and intelligent presentation of cultural heritage. He coordinates WP1 – Content Selection, Aggregation and Access that deals with resources identification and selection and their semantic annotation. MAKASH is also partner in ATHENA - Access for Cultural Heritage Networks across Europe. This is a project supported by the European Commission to promote the European Digital Library.

He coordinates the MINERVA network in Israel for digitisation of cultural heritage, which is part of the broader European cluster of projects . MINERVA has been active, through its expert’s working groups, in promoting MICHAEL one of components of the envisaged European Digital Library.

As a channel for their joint initiatives he established with Dr. Susan Hazan, Digital Heritage UK, a non-profit institution committed to digital mapping of cultural heritage and its mobilization towards renewed expression. They both are co-chairs of the annual EVA/MINERVA Jerusalem International Conferences on Digitisation of Cultural Heritage; this is a rallying event for the EC backed initiatives applying advanced technologies to cultural heritage..


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Dr. Susan Hazan

Dr. Susan Hazan is currently Curator of New Media and Head of the Internet Office at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (since 1992), identifying, and implementing electronic architectures for the gallery, and outreach programs. Her Masters and PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London in Media and Communications focused on electronic architectures in the contemporary museum. Hazan has published numerous publications on new media in education, art, and museums and regularly presents at international conferences. In 2002-2003 was visiting lecturer at the Computing Department at Goldsmiths, University of London teaching Web Design and Critical E-Museology, with an emphasis on the correlation between cultural theory and contemporary practice and guest lecture in the Museology Department at Haifa University, Israel.

Professional affiliations include; EVA representative in Israel , World Summit Award (WSA) coordinator in Israel, founding partner in Digital Heritage, Israel ( and Co-Chair of the Annual Jerusalem Conference on the Digitisation of Cultural Heritage . Hazan sits on the Museums and the Web - Program Committee 2001-2007, and for the Virtual Systems and MultiMedia Conferences to Europe (VSMM2005/2006), served on the ISEA Interactive City Jury, InterSociety for Electronic Arts Symposium to be held in San Jose, California, USA in August 2006 and on the Curatoral Panel for Netartsorg - Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Japan.


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Millie Hazan