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> CULTURE SECRETARY CHRIS SMITH MP TO ADDRESS INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM ON
> THE INFORMATION SOCIETY
> 
> Top Level International 'Architecture of Knowledge' Conference organised
> by British Council and British Library to take place in London in
> October
> 
> An international two-day Colloquium hosted by the British Council and
> the British Library will take place at the British Library in London on
> 29-30 October 1998.
> 
> The Colloquium, titled The Architecture of Knowledge, will address the
> strategies, skills and frameworks required of the knowledge industries
> to bring about and look beyond the 'information society'.
> 
> A range of high level speakers from across the world will address the
> Colloquium, including the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, Secretary of State for
> Culture, Media and Sport;  Philippe Bélavel, Directeur-général of the
> Bibliothèque nationale de France; Joseph Stiglitz, Senior Vice-President
> and Chief Economist at The World Bank, Washington and Dan Wagner, Chief
> Executive of The Dialog Corporation.
> 
> The Colloquium will create a forum for high-level dialogue and debate
> which will influence decision makers in the knowledge industry.  The
> Architecture of Knowledge will also explore the best means of creating
> affordable and easy access to information for citizens and business.
> 
> Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Chair of the British Council, said, "The
> Council's work on improving communication and the flow of information
> between societies forms an integral part of Britain's public diplomacy."
> 
> Dr John Ashworth, Chairman of The British Library Board also stated, "We
> have information.  We have an information society.  I believe that we
> need knowledge, a trained workforce, and a fully democratic society with
> access to our heritage and opportunities for our future.  The future is
> uncharted and the possibilities infinite."
> 
> A range of delegates has been invited from across the world including
> Ministers of culture, planning, education and technology; senior civil
> servants; senior staff in development banks and foundations; senior
> academics and representatives from the IT industry; leading publishing
> and media companies; journalists; intellectual property lawyers and
> senior librarians and information scientists.
> 
> For further information on the conference please contact Patrick
> Maitland-Cullen on telephone 0131 447 8440 or facsimile 0131 446 9448.
> 
> Also e-mail [log in to unmask]
> 
> Visit the Colloquium website at http://www.britcoun.org/AOK/
> 
> 
> CONTRIBUTOR LIST:
> 
> 
> Rt Hon. Chris Smith MP
> Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
> 
> Joseph Stiglitz, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, The World
> Bank
> Grant Westcott, Assistant Deputy Minister, Telecommunications &
> Informatics, Canada
> 
> John Ashworth, British Library Board
> Daniel Atkins, University of Michigan
>  Philippe Bélaval, Bibliothéque nationale de France
> Toni Carbo, University of Pittsburgh
> Fred Daly, National Grid for Learning
> David Goldberg, Glasgow University
> Brian Lang, The British Library
> Paul Mountford, Cisco Systems
> Charles Oppenheim, Loughborough University
> Fred Perkins, The Stationery Office
> David Rhind, City University
> Luis Rodriguez Rosello, European Commission
> Bruce Royan, SCRAN
> Dagmar Schmidmaier, Australian State Libraries
> Jon Snow, Channel 4 Broadcaster
> John Turest Swartz, University of Cape Town
> 
> Themes of the Colloquium will be:
> 
> * The emergence of the global information corporation
> 
> * The role of government in creating partnerships to build the knowledge
> society
> 
> * The risk of failing to bridge the gap between information available to
> the rich and poor
> 
> * The regulation of information flows and access to information for
> business and the citizen
> 
>  PLEASE CONTACT PATRICK MAITLAND CULLEN ON FOR DETAILS OR TO BOOK ON
> <[log in to unmask]> or tel + 44(0)131 447 8440
> 
> FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND FULL DETAILS ON PAYMENT PLEASE GO TO THE
> COLLOQUIUM WEBSITE AT :
> 
> http://www.britcoun.org/AOK


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