No, not the Roman Forum, but the Connecticut Forum on Digital Initiatives (http://ctdigital.drupalgardens.com/),
the second installment of a program sponsored by the Connecticut State Library and begun in 2011. Paraphrasing from their website: The Forum brings together people from libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions from around Connecticut and beyond to talk about the digital initiatives and how collaboration can enhance a project and create communities from across the cultural heritage spectrum. The Forum is a chance for the diverse voices within the cultural heritage sector to talk about ideas, projects and tools with which they are engaged.
And it is true. I attended last year, just after I moved to UConn, and was happily surprised by the spirit of collaboration I found at the Forum. Lots of places and groups talk about collaboration, but in Connecticut it appears to be a reality.
This year, I am honored to be on the program, talking about the importance of digital preservation and how a collaborative approach to digital preservation can make it possible to preserve the cultural record of both large and small organizations. I’m sharing the podium with folks from Connecticut (Yale, UConn, CT State Library) and beyond (Library of Congress, George Mason Univ., NYPL Labs) who are sharing their stories, plans and dreams about the digital present and future
If you can make it to Hartford on October 22, it will be worth the trip. Registration is free. So come and join the conversation!