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Times New Roman0000,0000,0000The Document Academy presents: DOCAM '04 on: Documents in Convergent Media Environments The Second International Conference on Document Research and Development in Sciences, Arts and Business October 22-24, 2004 University of California, Berkeley DOCAM '04 is the second annual meeting of The Document Academy, an international network chaired and cosponsored by The Program of Documentation Studies, University of Tromsoe, Norway and The School of  Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley. The aim of  The Document Academy is to create a global space for experimental and critical research on documents in a wide sense drawing on traditions and experiences around the world. That means that the Academy is open for scholars, artists, businessmen, students and many other kinds of people attempting to do the very best at the same time as one is still making "work in progress". The DOCAM-meetings are intended to be events where people interested in a document approach can meet, present, and discuss research, ideas, experiments etc. in a relatively open-ended athmosphere. This means that the presentations will be kept short and time for discussion will be given priority. The organizers assume the number of participants at a maximum of 50 persons. This year we have the pleasure of presenting our French partner: Key-note speaker: Jean-Michel Salaün, ENSSIB - RTP-DOC Prof. Salaün is professor at L' Ecole nationale des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques (ENSSIB - http://www.enssib.fr). In 2000-2003 he was the head of the «Institut des sciences du document numérique» (ISDN) (2000-2003), a network of 17 labs in Rhône-Alpes district (http://isdn.enssib.fr), and he is now the chief manager of the «Réseau Thématique Pluridisciplinaire 33», "Documents et contenu : création, indexation, navigation" (2002 -  ), a national network in Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies, CNRS (http://rtp-doc.enssib.fr). Call for papers to DOCAM '04 The main goal for DOCAM '04 is to develop a space and offer time for interdisciplinary and international research cooperation. The multidisciplinary approach in the project enables us to study the problem of converging media from different perspectives, both theoretical and experimental. The international environment enables presentation and exchange of different scientific traditions as well as different social and cultural experiences with convergent media environments. Scholars, developers, artists and practitioners around the world working with document research and development are invited to submit 500 words proposals for papers, posters or demonstrations for seminars and workshops at DOCAM '04 by May 1st 2004. Background for the theme "Documents in Convergent Media Environments" With the development of new media types and Internet-based, computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) we experience convergence of media. The borders between different media are disappearing and new types of ownerships to media documents and working practice are evolving. Convergent media environments (CME) offer new opportunities for people and for different groups in society, but they also create a number of new problems for individuals and for the society. Although sound, images, and verbal text are all bits in the digital world, their distinct properties have not disappeared and have to be recognized. Paradoxically, to make seamless multimedia document, you have to pay attention to all distinctive media. Convergence presupposes diversity and differentiation since diverse and discrete elements are connected to each other creating new forms. Connectivity is one of the most important capacities of CME. But simultaneously it creates an urgent need for delimiting the forms and thus identifying the discreteness of specific products in the CME whether you are a producer, a collector, or a user of those products. To make a balance between connectivity and discreteness in a CME is a central challenge in the development of convergent media. The main agenda DOCAM '04 is to consider if and how a document approach can be useful for meeting this challenge. Times New Roman0000,0000,0000We therefore especially welcome proposals on the following themes: Documents in different convergent media environments (e.g. analogue - digital environments, arts, health care, mass media, business etc.) Document types (audio, visual, verbal, multimedial, performative) Concepts (document, comparison of the concept of document with other concepts (sign, text, discourse, representation etc.)) Methods (hermeneutics, experiments) Technology (analogue and digital instruments, experimental instruments) Proposals should include: - a short description of the work to be presented, - name of all contributors, - address, including email contacts and URL, - a list of up to 5 keywords. Abstract should be submitted electronically in Word or RTF format to [log in to unmask] on May 1st 2004 at the latest. Accepted contributions notified June 1st 2004. Full version should be delivered in RTF or PDF format on October 15. Further details concerning program, registration, accomodation etc. will be available on and added continously to the website of The Document Academy, http://thedocumentacademy.hum.uit.no/. Any questions concerning DOCAM'04 and The Document Academy can be addressed to the chair of the Document Academy, Niels Windfeld Lund, professor, Chair of program in Documentation Studies HUM-FAK /University of Tromsoe Breivika, N-9037 Tromsoe, Norway tlf. +47-77646284, fax + 47-77644239 [log in to unmask]