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As part of the research alliance dedicated to the documentation and conservation of the media arts heritage (DOCAM), a thematic and technological watch Web site has been created to allow DOCAM researchers to contribute and share strategic information on subjects associated with documenting and preserving media arts and the history of the technologies deployed.

Prepared by DOCAM researchers, techwatch data sheets on documents, events and research projects reflect three participation methods (reference, observation and analysis) and are available on the public DOCAM site. This wealth of cutting-edge information will help all DOCAM partners to conduct their research projects and case studies and will allow Internet users to become familiar with the resources associated with the DOCAM themes.

More specifically, participation in the techwatch allows DOCAM researchers to:
- Update their knowledge of media art conservation and documentation;
- Obtain cutting-edge information to use in their media art conservation and documentation research projects;
- Save time researching the latest information on media art conservation and documentation of materials, events and research projects;
- Monitor the evolution of media art documentation, events and research projects.

The "watch" concept is being implemented in an increasing number of organizations. The establishment of an information watch system allows organizations to better handle the realities of today’s society, such as meeting performance requirements, pinpointing pertinent data amidst a growing mass of information, and adapting to the rapid evolution of technology. In its most current sense, the watch is an activity that allows organizations to adapt to their environment through the identification, analysis and dissemination of value-added information in order to make better decisions and increase their level of "intelligence." The watch is defined by a terminological pluralism:

"On parle de «veille» mais en même temps «d’intelligence économique», «d’intelligence d’information» ou de «surveillance de l’environnement». En anglais, on a «competitive intelligence», «corporate intelligence», «environmental scanning» ou «technology watch" (1).

The techwatch includes numerous variations. It can be specialized or sectorial, specific to a company or take on a regional, national or international dimension. It can also be conceived according to varying levels of deployment.

(1) Gheorghe, Mircea. «Pour des organisations intelligentes : méthodes et outils de veill. ARGUS. Vol. 28, no. 1, Printemps-été 1999. P. 38.

For more information on the techwatch, go to:

CKO online [On-line] (Page consulted September 21, 2005)

Cohen, Corine. Veille et intelligence stratégiques. Paris : Hermes Science Publication, 2004. 286 p.

Hammond, Mark. Liautaud, Bernard. E-Business intelligence : turning information into knowledge into profit. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2001. 306 p.

Hermel, Laurent. Maîtriser et pratiquer la veille stratégique. Aparis : AFNOR, 2001. 98 p.

Jakobiak, François. L'intelligence économique en pratique avec l'apport d'Internet et des NTIC : comment bâtir son propre système d'intelligence. 2e éd. Paris : Éditions d'Organisation, 2001. 299 p.

Lesca, Humbert. Veille stratégique : la méthode L.E.SCAnning. Colombelles, [France] : Éditions EMS, 2003. 190 p.

Miller, Jerry. Millennium intelligence : understanding and conducting competitive intelligence in the digital age. Medford, N.J. : CyberAge Books, 2000. 276 p. : la communauté de l’intelligence économique [On-line] (Page consulted September 21, 2005)



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