• CIDOC 2017 international conference "Museum documentation: past, present, future..."

  • Organizers:
    ICOM National Committee in Georgia
    Abstract Submission is Open
    The deadline for submission of abstracts is 5th May 2017.
    Authors will be notified of acceptance by the end of May 2017.
    The deadline for the final paper is 15th July 2017.
    Please send your submission to
    The annual conference 2017 invites your contributions to its exciting, topical theme: Past, Present, and Future Issues in Documentation Documentation of museum collections is at the core of every museum. It assists work at all levels: organizational decision-making, collection and exhibition management, research, education, publications, and access to collections. Ensuring proper management and availability of information further advances the public use of collections through scientific networking and the intercultural dialogues around the world. There is constant progress in the field of documentation, and today’s museums use a variety of tools from this evolutionary path. Standards, technical tools, and intellectual methods offer many advantages documentation practitioners. This year we propose to look back at the evolution of documentation, so as to inform our analysis of current practice and to look into future innovative approaches and techniques. This insight will allow a deeper understanding of the importance of documentation.
    This year’s CIDOC conference aims to encourage active reviews and discussions on the topics below with a broad international focus. While illuminating the philosophy and activities of documentation officers, collection managers, registrars, conservators, curators, researchers, educators and all other stakeholders in documenting and preserving the cultural heritage. All professionals are invited to participate in the conference presenting their practices, reviews and approaches.

    Conference topics:
    • How did museum documentation start in different places and how did it develop?
    • Cultural heritage documentation as knowledge management
    • Standards and their application in museum documentation
    • Documentation in excavation work
    • Working with multilingual tools to support museum work
    • Enabling cross-border, cross-sectoral networking of museum documentation to support research, education and presentation
    • Challenges of the 21st century – Inter-cultural dialogue supported by museum documentation
    • Implementing best practices in museum documentation
    Conference working languages: English and Georgian 

    Submission of Contributions
    Contributions on a subject related to the theme of the conference may take one of the following formats:
    • Full length paper (20 min plus question time)
    • Short paper (10 minutes plus question time)
    • Brief presentation (5 minutes)
    • Poster presentation
    We invite you to submit an abstract of your paper or poster. An international panel of experts will review all submissions.
    The abstract should be written in English or in French and must be in an electronic format (preferably PDF).
    Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words, and should be formatted simply (preferably Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced).

    Please include the following information at the beginning of the abstract: title, author(s), affiliation(s), contact information (incl. email address).

    The participants have to register online and pay the registration fee:

    Publication Policy
    CIDOC seeks to make all contributions to the conference widely available. To this end all contributors are required to sign a contributor's agreement, which assigns non-exclusive publication rights to ICOM CIDOC. This agreement allows ICOM CIDOC to publish and use the material freely. However, because it is non-exclusive it does not prevent authors from continuing to use and publish their own material as they see fit.
    All abstracts of contributions that are accepted for inclusion in the conference will be collated and distributed to conference participants.
    All conference papers are stored in the CIDOC digital library which is available through the CIDOC website:
    Selected papers from the conference are included in the CIDOC Bulletin, in both French and English. We reserve the right to make editorial changes and to request revisions where necessary. Preparation and publication of the CIDOC bulletin is a large undertaking, however we aim to publish the Bulletin within one year of the conference.
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    Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia, ICOM National Committee in Georgia, Georgian Museums Association, Culturological Research Association