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The Future Of Text At The British Library

Last updated on December 27, 2018

The Future of Text is an ongoing symposium on the future of the written word, both online and in physical meetings.

The first event was held on the 22nd of September at the British Library. The event was recorded and the video will be up soon.

This was an internal British Library event and here is the exciting announcement:
Join us for a series of 5-minute presentations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with internet pioneers Vint Cerf, father of the internet, Ted Nelson, who coined the term hypertext, Tom Standage, author and Editor of Economist Online and Keith Martin, author and MacUser Technical Editor, along with Luke McKernan, Matthew Shaw, Adam Farquhar, Helen Hockx-Yu and Lee-Ann Coleman.
Nearly half a century ago the humble “text” acquired a prefix: “hyper”, heralding the advent of a digital revolution that would see a historic shift in the way the written word would function as an information and communication medium.
This hypertextual inter-connectedness has transformed the way in which we employ text to communicate, and accelerated the processing and exchange of information. Staying abreast of the opportunities and challenges that this constantly evolving medium offers the scholarly community is at the centre of the British Library’s work.
This event sponsored by and the British Library Digital Research & Curation Team, brings together a diverse panel drawn from within the library as well as external thinkers to discuss how text is continuing to evolve in form and function in the digital age, and how this impacts the way we will absorb, create, share and preserve information in the future.
When:   Thursday, September 22nd 10:30-12:30
Where:   Foyle Suite, Conservation Centre, British Library
Hashtag:  #futuretext

10:00:  Panellists arrive for tea, coffee & pastries.
10:30:  Welcome and opening remarks by Adam Farquhar, Head of Digital Scholarship, British Library
10:35: Session 1
Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist of Google and co-author of TCP-IP
Frode Hegland, director of Liquid Information, makers of interactive text
Lee-Ann Coleman, Head of Science, Technology & Medicine Information, British Library
QA 10 minutes
11:00: Session 2
Keith Martin, Senior Lecturer Publishing, University of the Arts London, Technical editor of MacUser Mag.
Matthew Shaw, Curator of North American History, British Library.
Tom Standage, Editor of Economist Online and Author of The Victorian Internet
QA 20 minutes
11:35: Session 3
Helen Hockx-Yu, Head of Web Archiving, British Library
Luke McKernan, Lead Curator Moving Image, British Library
Ted Nelson, Author, visionary, and software designer (most notably the Xanadu read/write/publish system)
QA 30 minutes
12:30: Closing Remarks

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