Video meetup December 1st 2020

The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia (SNL) would like to invite all encyclopedias of the world to an informal video meetup on December 1st 2020 at 15:00 CET.

The goal is to bridge the gap between last year’s European Encyclopedia Conference in Brussels and the postponed conference to be held in Croatia in 2021, and to get to know those who did not have the chance to participate in 2019. We will meet on the Zoom platform, and a link to the meeting will be shared with all registered participants via email.

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Unlimited participants

Participation is open for all staff and board members from each encyclopedia, and invited institutions can participate with a fairly large number of people.

Please register everyone by name, title and email. We’ll share the contact information with everyone after the meetup.

Agenda

One person from each institution will get a few minutes to give a brief, informal talk about the following:

  • How has the pandemic influenced the traffic to your encyclopedia? What kind of content has been more sought after?
  • How has your editorial work been affected by the pandemic? How has it influenced your team? Has your “production” increased or decreased? Have you met a lot of obstacles?
  • Have any opportunities arisen during the pandemic that would otherwise not have materialized? (How) did you seize them?

The meeting will last for about two hours, but we are open to hang around for longer to chat and discuss.

We will share the participants list with you, and a brief, written summary of the discussion, after the meeting.

Attendees

CanadaHistorica Canada (The Canadian Encyclopedia)2
Denmarklex.dk5
European ParliamentEuropean Parliament Liaison Office, Washington DC1
LatviaLatvian National Encyclopedia5
LatviaNational Encyclopedia1
NorwayAllkunne – Norwegian Encyclopedia2
NorwayGreat Norwegian Encyclopedia16
UkraineNAS Institute of Encyclopedic Research1
USAEncyclopaedia Britannica1

Registration

Deadline: November 30 at 15:00 CET

Participation is open for all staff and board members from each encyclopedia.

Contact us

The meeting is organised by Stig Arild Pettersen and Erik Bolstad at the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia.

Contact Stig: ‭+47 986 22 260‬, stig at snl dot no

Contact Erik: ‭+47 911 31 091, erik at snl dot no

European Encyclopedia Conference 2019

Last years conference was held in Brussels. The Great Norwegian Encyclopedia (SNL), in cooperation with the European Parliamentary Research Service and The Mission of Norway to the European Union, organised the event, which we believe was the largest meetup of encyclopedias from Europe and North America ever.

See last year’s programme.

Conference 2019

The European encyclopedias have a long and rich history. This is how Denis Diderot – the principal editor of the Encyclopédie – described an encyclopedia’s mission in 1755. It is still valid – 265 years later.

Denis Diderot

Indeed, the purpose of an encyclopedia is to collect knowledge disseminated around the globe; to set forth its general system to the men with whom we live, and transmit it to those who will come after us, so that the work of preceding centuries will not become useless to the centuries to come; and so that our offspring, becoming better instructed, will at the same time become more virtuous and happy, and that we should not die without having rendered a service to the human race in the future years to come.

Denis Diderot in Encyclopédie (1755), translated by Philip Stewart