The conference about digital strategies in heritage

2 - 3 December 2013
De Doelen, Rotterdam

  • Welcome to Digital Strategies for Heritage 2013

    DISH is a bi-annual conference that unites digital strategies with international professionals in heritage.

    Previous DISH in 2011
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2 - 3 december 2013 De Doelen, Rotterdam

Welcome to DISH2013
Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) is the bi-annual international conference on digital heritage and strategies for heritage institutions. Triggered by changes in society, heritage organisations face many challenges and need to make strategic decisions about their activities and services. The key aims of the conference are inspiration, knowledge, skills, innovation and networking.

DISH2013 follows the Europeana Network Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM is a key event for Europeana and its network. It provides all partners with the opportunity to share, discuss and develop specific areas of mutual relevance and interest.

Find out all the practical info you need


  1. Keynotes video's and workshop reports now online

    Video's of Jason Scott, Chris Wild, Mitchell Davis and Taco Dibbits keynotes now available


  2. Live blogs Chefs' tables and photos available

    Reports on 15 Chefs' Tables and photo impressions now online


  3. Choices, choices: which workshop to choose @ DISH2013?

    3 Workshops to choose from, learn more about their contents


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DISH Contact Info

The New Institute
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam The Netherlands
Call us: +31(0)10 4401 200

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Success Stories

The choice to dedicate an international conference to digital strategies for heritage has proved to be a valid one. With over 600 participants in 2009, the first DISH conference was an instant success. DISH2009 put topics like business model innovation, education and service oriented digitisation at the forefront. For instance, many institutions have started working with business model canvassing since the 2009 keynote of Alex Osterwalder. The ample networking room within the conference has led to many fruitful partnerships and excellent contacts between institutions, companies, policy makers and other stakeholders in the field of digital heritage.

The 2011 the conference offered an even more extensive and diverse program. In 2011 Simon Tanner presented his influential paper ‘making an impact. How digitized resources change live’. Charles Leadbeater made the link with his famous pamphlet on ‘Cloud Culture’ envisioning the transition of heritage from institutions with collections, catalogues and opening hours to enabling networks.

The importance of these topics has only increased since that first conference, as can be seen in the digitisation policy of the European Commission. The DISH concept appealed to the Brazilian heritage community, and in September 2011, the Brazilian edition of the conference, DISH Brasil, has taken place. DISH and Europeana have formed a strategic alliance to provide a platform for archives, libraries, museums and other heritage institutions to conceive and discuss joint digital strategies. In 2011 Michael Edson send the crowd on a mission with his brilliant wrap-up titled ‘Do what you have to do today!’ In 2013 we will see the results and collaboratively plans for the future.

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