[artinfo] the digital revolution (fwd)
Thu, 16 May 2002 17:35:59 +0200
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Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 11:58:34 +0200
From: Manon Braat <Manon.Braat@AMSU.edu>
To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com>
Subject: the digital revolution
The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University and
The International Institute of Infonomics jointly present
THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION
An overview of the new communication realities
3-5 July 2002, Maastricht
The glut of news information sources has caused a crisis for media revenue
streams around the world. Media companies are now fiercely competing with a
host of non-traditional players that are opening new revenue channels and
encroaching on existing revenue space once controlled by traditional mass
media. Mobile phone service providers, online classifieds companies like
Monster.com and even free commuter newspapers are some of the emerging media
that are going after lucrative channels.
A more complicated media landscape is emerging-a more level playing field
for consumers of news and more open to new participants. The barriers to
entry in new media are lower, enabling anyone with a computer and a web
browser to be a publisher, either by building their own websites, or simply
participating in bulletin boards, chat sessions and web logs (blogs).
Traditionally media are, literally, the connectors, the key information
brokers. Now they are increasingly facing competition from other
intermediary organisations and initiatives, such as net-portals, public
libraries, news agencies (moving from raw material delivery to the
production of half products), all benefiting from the availability of
low-cost connectivity and busy building alternatives for the traditional
Important and structural news sources start to organise their publicity
themselves, downplaying the role of media involvement or even change
completely to forms of proprietary news distribution.
Companies expand their direct marketing activities to direct sales with a
strong information component; governments explore the viability of direct
and reciprocal electronic links with their citizens; major NGO's have given
up their dependency on (often inadequate) media coverage and go direct as
A similar trend toward self-reliance is noticeable at the receiver end.
Audiences, readers, find new ways of informing themselves ad hoc, using
multiple information sources, mixed with media consumption. The 'my
newspaper' extreme will remain a distant reality, but significant
initiatives (niche markets, but very interesting from a social development
point of view) emerge at the level of peer-to-peer communication. Web logs
are a successful civic journalism format, the same is true for numerous
All these trends, happening in parallel and in a comparatively short period
of time, demonstrate that the media are not operating without competition
any longer. Today's information market is highly volatile, unpredictable,
and, comparatively speaking, with a shrinking share for the mere
professionals. It is this new information landscape that will be addressed
in the seminar, with current examples based on empirical research.
The presentations will be backed up with relevant literature / reports, and
there will be ample time for participants to introduce their own experiences
and / or research materials.
Communication professionals in media and other organisations,
communications lecturers and students, new media specialists.
The course will take place at the Maastricht McLuhan Institute, Grote Gracht
82, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
All seminars, debates and presentations will be in English.
480 euro, including lunches and refreshments and access to the cultural
evening programme by AMSU.
Application & Registration
Applicants should return the completed and signed application form no later
than 20 May to the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University, PO Box 53066,
1007 RB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (fax +31 20 624 9368).
A limited number of scholarships may be available for participants from
certain countries from Eastern and Central Europe. Please check our website
www.amsu.edu or contact the course co-ordinator at The Amsterdam-Maastricht
Summer University (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. If you qualify for
a scholarship and wish to apply, send a letter of motivation, curriculum
vitae and a letter of recommendation along with your application form.
Please note that all materials should be written in English.
Participants are required to register on Tuesday 2 July, from 3.00 to 5.00
PM at the Maastricht McLuhan Institute, Grote Gracht 82, Maastricht. At 5pm
there will be an informal drinks reception as well as a brief introduction
for all participants and speakers.
A list of suitable hotels will be forwarded to you on confirmation of
participation. Further information is also available on our website:
For more information, please contact Manon Braat at the Amsterdam-Maastricht
Summer University, tel +31 20 620 0225, fax +31 20 624 9368, email
Wednesday, 3 July
Novel information consumption
Dr Brian Trench, associate professor Centre for Society, Technology and
Media (SteM), Dublin City University
New readership and information consumption patterns;
Key results of a European survey.
Dr Wilfred Dolfsma, senior lecturer Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Music goes the world round;
Peer-to-peer communication, in particular the Napster case.
Thursday, 4 July
Novel information production
Sylvia Filippini Fantoni, researcher European Centre for Digital
Rethinking the museum;
Modern ways of organising information collections digitally.
Dr Myriam Diocaretz, senior researcher European Centre for Digital
The virtual university;
Prototypes of new formats for publishing scientific materials via the
Friday, 5 July
Digital cities: the information society at work
Jamal Shahin, senior researcher European Centre for Digital Communication
E-government, e-governance, an overview of the changing level playing field
for communication with citizens.
Dr Anique Hommels, senior researcher International Institute of Infonomics,
The Kenniswijk Eindhoven project; assessment of the design for a large-scale
real-life laboratory for new ways of working, learning and living.
A P P L I C A T I O N F O R M
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I wish to apply for the course: * The Digital Revolution (MEDIA 4)
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Payment by bank
The course fee of EURO 480 will be remitted to:
account number 6093074, Postbank Amsterdam, The Netherlands
swift code: INGBNL2A, or IBAN.NL76 PSTB 0006 0930 74
on behalf of AMSU, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Please mention the course title!
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There is an additional charge of EURO 11,50 if payment is made by cheque, to
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Terms and conditions regarding application
All participants in the courses are bound by the Board's Standard
Conditions, which will be sent with the confirmation of your application.
Please note that cancellation of participation in a course can only be made
in writing. If cancellation is made no later than fourteen days before the
course starts, 15% administrative expenses will be deducted. Cancellation
made later than fourteen days before the beginning of the course does not
entitle the participant to any refund.