First post, still in Seattle!

Greetings, friends and colleagues. This is the public blog for the Netherlands Exploration Seminar, 2010 edition, brought to you collaboratively by the University of Washington’s Exploration Seminar Program, the Virtual Knowledge Studio and the Erasmus Studio in Amsterdam and Rotterdam respectively, and the Continuous Access to Cultural Heritage (CATCH) Program.

The Netherlands Exploration Seminar (NEX) will be in-country from August 22 through September 17, 2010. We will be physically based at the Bicycle Hotel in Amsterdam for the first week and then at the Hotel Baan in Rotterdam for the remainder of the program. We will be making field trips and site visits to libraries throughout the Randstad (the main conurbation in the Netherlands), radio and TV institutes, and perhaps some more places to be determined once we get there. We’ll all take part in writing about and reflecting on our experiences there, and hopefully posting photos and other media as well so our friends and colleagues in the States can experience the fun and the learning if only vicariously.

Right now, though, most of us are getting ready for the trip, whether we’re cleaning house, packing our bags, hugging our kids / partners / pets / televisions, or debating the eternal question: “Do I bring a laptop, or not?” To tide you over in the meantime, here are a few photos and other media from earlier versions of the program:

Path in Hoge Veluwe

Not the first thing most people think of when thinking about the Netherlands, part of the Hoge Veluwe is desert. Part of it's an art museum as well.

DOK folks

Progressive librarians, visionaries, and madmen Jaap van der Geer and Erik Boekestijn of the Delft public library (DOK)

Andrea and Lark

Andrea Schaarnhorst, one of our fabulous guest lecturers, and Lark Birdsong from last year's program.

That’s all for now. Dag!

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About netherlanders2010

We are 21 students, one teacher, and a few info-groupies on a study abroad program in the Netherlands from August 22-September 17 2010. We will be working with faculty and researchers from the Virtual Knowledge Studio, the Erasmus Studio, and the Continuous Access to Cultural Heritage (CATCH) in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Hilversum, to study the ways in which research informs design in information systems and practice in the Netherlands. Plus, we'll spend a lot of time wandering around, going to libraries, museums, and the Oude Sluis, and doing whatever strikes our individual and collective fancies. Alstublieft!
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