Main Theme: Area Studies, Then and Now
Date: October 18 ~ 20, 2007
Location: Sibley Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

PNC and ECAI 2007 Annual Conference and Joint Meetings will be held at the University of California, Berkeley from October 18 to October 20 (Thursday to Saturday). This Conference is one of the academic activities in celebration of the completion of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, and as a memorial to the late Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, Berkeley's first Asian Chancellor.

Chancellor Tien was one of the people who made PNC possible. In the early 1990's, many scholars believed that information exchange between higher education institutions on the Pacific Rim could be improved through the development of computing and communication technology, With this belief, the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium was founded at Berkeley in 1992.

The main theme of PNC and ECAI 2007 Annual Conference is "Area Studies, Then and Now. Ms. Pauline Yu, the President of the American Council of Learned Societies, is invited to be the distinguished speaker for the keynote session. Dr. Cliff Lynch, the Director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) will be the keynote speaker in the session of "Digital Archives and e-Libraries, Then and Now; furthermore, David Rumsey from David Rumsey Map Collection, one of the largest private collections of historic maps in the US, will be the keynote speaker in the session of "Map Collection and GIS, Then and Now".

The session formats of the PNC and ECAI consists of oral presentation, and poster sessions covering various domains such as Area Informatics I: Technical Aspects, Area Informatics II: Application of Geo-temporal systems to Area Studies, Biographical Mark-up, Contextual Infrastructure, Cultural Atlases, Digital Archives and e-Libraries-Then and Now, e-Learning, e-Museums, e-Resource and Service, e-Science, Institutional Collaborations and Funding, Map Collection and GIS-Then and Now, Project Showcase, Spatial Technologies Convergence, Spatial and Temporal Visualization in the Humanities.

Scholars, technicians, librarians, museum professionals, educators, site managers, and all working with cultural materials and technology may have an interest in this conference.

From the dawn of the Internet Age to the present, the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium has brought together those at the cutting edge of technological research for content organization, visualization, discovery, and access; with those who create, preserve, and manage content. PNC invites you to attend this important event for the Pacific Rim scholarly communities.

  Keynote Speakers
Pauline Yu, President
The American Council of Learned Societies
Clifford Lynch, Director
Coalition for Networked Information(CNI)
David Rumsey, Founder
David Rumsey Map Collection