Dr Kim H. Veltman
Maastricht McLuhan Institute
Dr Veltman also is co-ordinator of a new European Network of Centres of Excellence in Digital Cultural Heritage with the MEDICI Framework. He has worked as a consultant in new media to the CEO of Bell Media Linx (1996-1998), and done research on new media and standards for Northern Telecom (1995-1998). From 1990-1996 he was Director of the Perspective Unit in the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto. He has a doctorate in the history and philosophy of science (Warburg Institute, London) and has spent twenty years as a post-doctoral fellow with support from the Canada Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities research Council of Canada, the Wellcome Trust, the Volkswagen, Alexander von Humboldt, Thyssen and Gerda Henkel Foundations, and the Getty Trust.
His research is focussed on the history of perspective, Leonardo da Vinci and developments in new media. He has published three books, 49 sections in books, 23 articles in refereed journals, 5 on-line articles, and 15 reviews. He has taught at the universities of Toronto, Göttingen, Siena, Rome I and II, and Carleton. His professional memberships include the Internet Society (Reston), the International Institute of Communications (London), International Society for Knowledge Organization (Amsterdam), International Society for the Arts Sciences and Technology (Berkeley), Leonardo Society (London), Museum Computer Network (New York), Visual Resources Association (Harrisburg) and the Wolfenbütteler Kreis für Renaissance Forschung (Wolfenbüttel). He is a member of the International Who's Who of Professionals.
Dr. Veltman has given lectures around the world. In Canada, he has given keynotes at the Ontario Library Association, the Couchiching Conference, the Ed-Media, Ed-Telecom Conference, at the National Gallery, the Louvre, the CIDOC section of ICOM and the Elizabeth Cummings Memorial Lecture. He has spoken at the Europaïsches Forum (Alpbach), the Conference on World Affairs (Boulder) and has given the annual Reynolds Lecture (Boulder). His keynotes elsewhere include Berlin, Brussels, Kuala Lumpur, Munich, Nantes, Paris, Rome, and Vienna.
For the past decade he has been working on a System for Universal Media Searching (SUMS), which was one of 18 Canadian projects at the G7 exhibition in Brussels (February 1995), and the World Summit in Halifax (June 1995). In 1996 it was chosen as part of G7 pilot project 5: Multimedia Access to World Cultural Heritage and represented Canada at the Information Society and Developing Countries (ISAD) conference in Midrand (May 1996). In 1996, he was awarded the International Capire Prize for a Creative Future in the area of science and art integration.
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