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OH-SMArt: Call for proposals

OH-SMArt Symposium 2024
FAIR use of Artist Interviews for Conservators and Curators

In conclusion of its three year research project Oral History – Stories at the Museum around Artworks (OH-SMArt), the Conservation and Restoration department of the University of Amsterdam, together with SMBK Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art, organises the OH-SMArt symposium on 28 and 29 November 2024.


Thursday 28 November 2024: Expert meeting
Friday 29 November 2024: SBMK day


Call for proposals
Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for presentation and publication in the context of the Symposium SBMK day: FAIR use of Artist Interviews for Conservators and Curators.

The symposium and expert meeting will focus especially on interoperability and reuse. Contributions are welcome concerning dissemination and lowering the threshold for reuse, in addition to linking data to deepen knowledge on artist’s practices and their artworks worldwide. We are interested in proposals from, but not exclusively, researchers, conservators, artists, curators, oral history data collection managers, experts in digital archiving and museum professionals who have research with spoken narratives addressing one or more of the following topics:


  • Processing and depositing interview materials, including Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), transcript correction tools, and other natural language processing tools.
  • Addressing FAIR Principles with sensitive oral history material in light of data protection laws (GDPR).
  • Findability of oral history archives on artworks and linking data collections.
  • Accessibility of research outside of academia, to cultural heritage professionals, artists and students.
  • Interviews conducted by non-native speakers or multi-lingual speakers, including improved accessibility.
  • Interoperability, from issues of consent and preferred file types to linked open data and digital research tools for oral history.
  • Reuse of interviews in conservation research, including interviews with all stakeholders around works of art and cultural heritage as well as conservation obstacles and their possible solutions.
  • The development of tools for reflection that address the researcher’s role in the use and interpretation of oral history. 


Proposals, for both the Expert Meeting and the SBMK day, specifically addressing FAIR Data and Open Science for various types of contributions are welcome in 300-500 words, if possible, in proofread English, alongside a separate file with the author(s) bio(s), 50-words each, named with a subject-based common denominator.


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