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Tuesday, September 2 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS93: One World, Diverse Content and Flexible Access [CB]

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The impact of disseminating local content extends beyond national, and linguistic boundaries. It shapes up the diversified cultural identities of nations while catalyzing the interweaving of the information and knowledge societies.

The workshop brings together prominent entities with different backgrounds that have significantly hit the headlines as pioneers and promoters of multilingual content creation and dissemination. Speakers will highlight the different approaches in creating and availing digital content and present monitoring tools while opening a vivid channel of discussion with the audience. The dialog aims to reveal the challenges encountered to fulfill accessibility in terms of policy making and other issues.

The diversified approaches presented by the panel will shed light on how cultural and linguistic diversity can be maintained within the information and knowledge societies using information and communication technologies, while inspiring decision makers on how the enabling environment can be created and supported by governments. Speakers from Australia, Europe, USA, Africa,the Middle East and representatives of International Organizations, illustrate best practices of modeling digital content in several contexts.

Special attention will be paid to monitoring and promotion of local content creation and access in lesser-used and languages in danger. Over 50% of some 6700 languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing. Many other languages will disappear in near future and some will lose their influence and relevance at global, national and local levels.

The workshop aims to be a common ground opening rich discussion between diverse stakeholders aiming to safeguard unbounded access while respecting, preserving and promoting the diversity within the information society.


Noha Adly

First Deputy to Minister, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Government of Egypt
Dr. Adly is currently First Deputy to the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Egypt. She is also a Professor of Computer and Systems Engineering at Alexandria University. She has obtained her PhD in Computer Science from Cambridge University, UK, in 1995. Dr. Adly has served in several positions since 1988 locally and abroad. During her early academic career, she served as a teaching assistant and a visiting lecturer at... Read More →


Indrajit Banerjee

Director of Information Society Division, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Indrajit Banerjee, an expert on the social impact of information and communication technologies, has just taken office as Director of UNESCO’s Information Society Division. Mr. Banerjee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Pondicherry, India (1985). He also obtained a Master of Arts degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (1988). Mr. Banerjee completed his... Read More →

Makane Faye

Chief, Knowledge Management Section and Library Services, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Mr. Makane Faye has over 33 years of experience on information management and ICT for development issues, including 23 at the services of Commission for Africa (ECA). Currently, he is the Chief of the Knowledge Management Section and Library Services, where he promotes the use of emerging strategies in knowledge management, information systems and library services development, including overseeing development and use of knowledge, promotion of... Read More →
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Haidar Fraihat

Director, UN-ESCWA
Dr. Haidar Fraihat has a Ph.D. in Management Science/MIS from Illinois Institute of Technology, IL. USA with specialization on MIS (1992), an MBA from the University of Bridgeport, CT. USA (1987), and a B.A. in Business and Accounting from Yarmouk University, Jordan (1984). | | Currently he is the Director of the Technology for Development Division (formerly ICT Division) at UN-ESCWA in Beirut. Before that Dr. Fraihat held two government... Read More →

John Van Oudenaren

Director, World Digital Library
John Van Oudenaren directs the World Digital Library (www.wdl.org), a collaborative initiative of the Library of Congress, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and libraries, archives, museums, and educational institutions from around the world. Previously he served as chief of the European Division at the Library of Congress and was the director of the Library’s Global Gateway international digital... Read More →
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Lorrayne Porciuncula

Internet Economist / Policy Analyst, OECD
Lorrayne Porciuncula is an Economist/ Policy Analyst at the Digital Economy and Policy Division (CDEP) of the Directorate Science, Technology and Innovation in the OECD. Lorrayne works on the OECD-IDB Broadband Policy Toolkit for Latin America and the Caribbean that aims to situate policy recommendations to the specific regional and local contexts. Previous to her current position, Lorrayne has worked as an economic analyst in the International... Read More →

Ismail Serageldin

Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Ismail Serageldin is the Founding Director of The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in 2002 in Egypt. He also chairs the Boards of Directors for each of the BA's 19 affiliated research institutes and museums. He serves as Chair or Member of many international panels and committees including the Executive Council of the World Digital Library (2010-) and the Encyclopedia of Life (2010-). He also co-chaired the... Read More →

Elycia Wallis

Manager, Online Collections, Museum Victoria
Dr. Elycia Wallis has worked in the museum sector for 19 years and is Manager of Online Collections at Museum Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia. Originally trained as a scientist, Dr Wallis holds a PhD in Zoology and also a Masters in Knowledge Management. Dr Wallis is the current Chair of the Global Biodiversity Heritage Library Coordinating Committee and also manages this project in Australia under the auspices of the Atlas of Living... Read More →

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Raymond Kamel

Senior Manager, Research Department, International Relations Division, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

Tuesday September 2, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Workshop Room 06 (Rumeli Mezzanine / Hisar)

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