The 11th annual conference of INFORUM that deals with professional electronic information resources for research, development, education and business purposes will be held from May 24 to May 26, 2005 in Prague. Since 2003 the original territorial focus on the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been expanded to the other Central and Eastern European countries and it has become the main event in this field in the region. The conference is attended especially by information professionals from special and public libraries, private corporations and state agencies, IT managers, physicians, lawyers, university teachers and students (see the chart below).
The conference is organized by Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., the leading distributor of electronic information resources in the Czech and Slovak Republic, and the University of Economics. The INFOPARTY social evening is organized in co-operation with the National Library of the Czech Republic.
The conference programme is prepared by the committee whose members are information specialists working on the areas covered at the conference.
The INFORUM (hence called "Infomedia") started in 1995 as the main side-event of BookWorld, the book fair in Prague, and was the first conference on professional information resources in the Czech Republic. The event moved from the Prague Exhibition Area to the freshly opened New Auditorium of the University of Economics. It also changed it's name to INFORUM at the same time.
The main three-day conference programme is composed of several topic sessions that include also invited papers and company/product presentations in order to provide participants with overall overview of the given topic.
The conference is usually accompanied by workshops organized on Monday May 23, before the official opening of the conference.
The INFORUM social evening, which is co-organized by the Czech National Library, will take place in the historical Klementinum Palace - the seat of the Czech National Library - in the evening of Wednesday May 25. The first part - INFOCONCERT - will be held in the Chappel of Mirrors. It will be followed by the INFOPARTY - a buffet reception at the courtyard of Klementinum (or corridors in case of rain). For capacity reasons in the Chapel of Mirrors, INFOCONCERT may be attended only by speakers, exhibitors and other invited VIP guests, while the INFOPARTY will be to all INFORUM participants.
Since 1999 INFORUM Awards have been awarded to the best Czech and Slovak projects concerning electronic information resources and relevant products. The awards will be announced at the INFOCONCERT.
The INFORUM has been complemented by an exhibition that will be taken place in the foyer of the New Auditorium. Presenting companies include:
If you need further information on the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Albertina icome Praha s.r.o.
Ms. Jana Machonská (the INFORUM 2005 coordinator)
110 00 Praha 1
tel.: +420 222 231 212
fax: +420 222 231 313