Main Theme: Information Technology for a Sustainable and Creative Humanosphere
Venue: Ta Quang Buu Library, Hanoi University of Technology, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Date: 4-6 December 2008

It¡¦s our pleasure to announce that the PNC 2008 Annual Conference in conjunction with ECAI (Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative) and JVGC (Japan-Vietnam Geoinfomatics Consortium) will be held in Ta Quang Buu Library, Hanoi University of Technology, Ha Noi, Vietnam from December 4 to 6, 2008. The main theme for this year¡¦s conference is ¡§Information Technology for a Sustainable and Creative Humanosphere¡¨.

Digitization is part of the infrastructure needed for the long-term preservation of the world¡¦s cultural heritage and natural environment. This year the PNC 2008 Annual Conference held in conjunction with the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) and the Japan-Vietnam Geoinformatics Consortium (JVGC) will focus on the issues and know-how needed for long-term digital preservation in the humanities and sciences.

The program includes presentations about many key digitization projects that represent the merging of culture and information technology, as well as an assortment of digital content presentations. The PNC and ECAI offer their perspective and expertise on: Cultural Atlases, GIS in the Humanities, Data Management, Digital Archives, Digital Libraries, Digital Museums, Digitalization SOP, e-Learning, Intellectual Property Rights and Representation of Context together with the Technology Enhanced Learning (TELearn) 2008 workshops.

Among the sessions, there will be a session devoted to international cooperation in the digitization of libraries, a session on strategies for digital archive development and a session on the integrated Buddhist archives network (IBA-net). A series of three of the sessions entitled "Digitization 101" I,II and III, will share the Taiwan e-learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP) experience in developing SOPs for Digitization, Databases and Display Platforms, and Sustainable Management. A further three e-learning sessions will discuss practices for improving digital divide, how the concept of Web 2.0 can be used to improve e-learning, and the development of the Chinese language e-learning industry with Web 2.0. From a scientific perspective, two sessions will address the application of Geographic Information System (GIS) tools for data analysis and environmental disasters; one session will be a roundtable session for researchers who are interested in creating historical digital gazetteers and/or calendars and will discuss the solutions to incompatible character codes, element-sets, data descriptions, etc¡K

Librarians, scholars, museum professionals, educators, site managers, and those working with cultural materials and technology are very welcome to join the conference.

For further information please visit the PNC ( websites. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions or need further information. We are looking forward to seeing you in Hanoi in December!

December 4, 2008
09:00~10:00 Opening Ceremony
10:30-15:30 Keynote Speeches
16:00-17:30 Cooperation and Digitization of Libraries in Taiwan and Vietnam on Southeast Asia Collections
16:00-17:30 Creation and Organization of Local Cultural Atlases

December 5, 2008
09:00~10:00 e-Learning-I Bridge the Digital Divide
09:00~10:00 Strategies for Digital Archive Development under Cultural Diversity
09:00~10:00 Data Management of Buddhist Texts
11:00-12:30 e-Learning-II The Trends and Future of e-Learning using Web 2.0 Concepts
11:00-12:30 Digitization 101-I Ensuring Success: Digitization Standards and Processes
11:00-12:30 Dynamic Mapping
14:00-15:30 e-Learning-III Computer Technology in Chinese e-Learning Instructions of
14:00-15:30 Digitization 101-II Digitization and Information Integration of Biological Collections
14:00-15:30 GIS and Analysis in the Humanities
16:20-17:30 The Integrated Buddhist Archives Network (IBA-net)
16:20-17:30 Digitization 101-III What¡¦s Next to Digitizing?
16:20-17:30 GIS Explorations in the History of Japan: Humanities GIS

December 06, 2008
09:00~10:30 TELearn 2008 Keynote Speeches
09:00~10:30 Area Informatics: Application of Spatiotemporal Tools to Analyze Data
09:00~10:30 Urban Development in Social and Historical Context
10:30-11:00 TELearn 2008 Poster Session 1
11:00-12:30 TELearn 2008 Oral Session 1
11:00-12:30 GIS Application in Environmental Disasters
11:00-12:30 Context Composition for Cultural Data
14:00-15:50 TELearn 2008 Oral Session 2
14:00-15:30 Digital Gazetteers and Calendars
14:00-15:30 Cultural Atlases: Monuments and Texts
15:50-16:20 TELearn 2008 Poster Session 2
16:20-17:50 TELearn 2008 Oral Session 3
17:50-18:30 TELearn 2008 Panel Discussion

Der-Tsai Lee
Deputy Program Director
Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP), Taiwan
11:30~12:00, December 4, 2008
TELDAP! Looking to the Future
Lewis R, Lancaster
Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI)
14:30~15:00, December 4, 2008
Event Markup: A Potential Revolution for Metadata
Philip Barker
University of Teesside, United Kingdom.
09:00~09:40, December 6, 2008
Using Technology to Enhabce Human Performance


Gwo-Dong Chen
National Central University, Taiwan
09:40~10:20, December 6, 2008
From Digital Learning System Toward Empathetic Virtual Teachers