In addition to the pre-conference tutorial day, COSIGN will also be running a workshop on sampling and recombinant information. This is being provided for COSIGN by Andruid Kerne from the Interface Ecology Lab of Texas A&M University.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a thorough investigation of the processes involving samples, surrogates (a term from library science, meaning, a replacement for an original item, which gives some description of the item, and how it can be obtained), and recombinant information. This investigation will include:

  • Identifying the aesthetic and usability criteria of those who put together and those who use collections
  • Understanding the contexts of these recombinant processes
  • Analysing the sensory characteristics and semiotic functions of surrogates as signs
  • Developing new ideas about how digital tools can support recombinant processes
  • Exploring the roles for metadata in surrogates and recombination
  • imagining functionalities for algorithms and tools

Full details of the workshop are available (in Abode Acrobat format). To participate in the workshop, please send a position paper to Andruid Kerne (andruid at by 20st August, 2004. For information on the cost of this event - including special rates for students and early-birds - please go to the registration page.

For more information on the COSIGN 2004 conference, and on the previous COSIGN events, follow the links.


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Mondrian Foundation

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