Workshop Barcelona 2008

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Workshop took place in December 2008 in Barcelona.

Collective Taxonomy Mapping (Active Archives working sessions)


Workshop Description

How can taxonomies of various cultural institutions be brought into relation? How could we develop tools that map differences, variations and overlaps? In what way can we facilitate negotiations between systems in order to make sharing possible withhout losing one's specificity?


Thursday, 4 Dec 2008

10:00 - 14:00

Presentations (6 of each 20 mins + discussion, questions)

Experiment: participants type live annotations into the Active Archives system. The presentations will not be recorded although notes will be taken.

Presentation Constant

16:00 - 18:00

Collective taxonomy mapping We would like to invite participants to bring lists, indexes of the way they organise their archives and we will discuss (manually, on a table, with pen and paper) how they differ from each other, where they overlap, how they could connect and what could be shared.

19.00 - 21:00

Public presentations

these will later be synchronized with audio, image and/or video recordings of the presentations. (here a question: will it be possible to record the audio of the translators?)

Friday, 5 Dec 2008

Software tools for sharing taxonomies

10:00 - 11:00

Constant / AA presentation of existing tools that map 'collaboration in time'; tools that show relations, overlaps and differences between indexing systems. This includes an evaluation of the results from Thursday's experiment.


Presentation Collaboration in Time

11:00 - 13:00

Discussion, workshop.


13:00 - 14:00

Conclusion, notes


Pilar Blesa. Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Chief Archivist

Creating a self made database and archive management using proprietary software (Excel) Some aspects of implementing “modern” commercial softwares. When an archive is archived, trying not to lose the traces of past information organization: Repertori Iconografic d'Art Español.

Merche Fernández. Photo department of the National Archive of Catalonia

Some lacks of the official archival normatives on filing images or graphic documents. Working in an archive when you are not an archivist.

Marionna Bruzzo. Filmoteca de Catalunya Archive

Common software on managing film collections. Some lacks to be solved.


Silvia Domenech. Museu Picasso

The archival profession is a very many years (centuries) discipline, practice and set of tools. They try to be as objective as they can, according to the standards of their times. Before judging them as unseful or “archaic” a deep knowledge about them and their story would be desirable. On the other hand, tools, rules, are always interpreted: maybe a study of interpretation and misinterpretation of this tools would be a start point for a productive analysis.


Nicolas Malevé, Michael Murtaugh, Femke Snelting

Software constructed from the negotiation. Descentralization of the tool conception and construction. The software thought to facilitate and invite to the circulation of information between different working and using groups.

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

The Archive-thesaurus of the FAT: thinking on art archives building one. Meta-archive design as an essay.

Elisabet Goula i Sardà, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Centre de Documentació i Debat

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