This month D-Lib Forum introduces three activities that we intend to expand steadily over the next few months.
Each of these activities is currently quite small. If you would like to contribute to any of them, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Technology Playpen is a collection of new technology of interest to digital library researchers. Typically this is work that is not yet ready for wide spread deployment. It runs on a limited number of computer types and you may need to download specific software before you can use it.
This month we include demonstrations of two systems that from CNRI. The first is a preview of the Grail user interface. This is a web browser written in Python. It has two great advantages over more normal browsers, such as Mosaic or Netscape. The first is that it is open; the source code is available to everybody. The second is that it is designed to be extensible. The extensibility is demonstrated with some simple Python applets. The second is the first two issues of D-Lib Magazine with the major items identified by handles, rather than URLs.
In addition, the playpen includes a link to Sun's new Java and HotJava systems. Java is a new object-oriented programming language developed at Sun Microsystems and HotJava is an extensible web browser that accepts applets written in Java.
Click here to go to the Technology Playpen.
One of principal activities of the D-Lib Forum is to stimulate the formation of working groups to address specific topics of Digital Library research. Several of these groups are continuation of work from the federally funded Computer Science Technical Reports project and the Digital Library Initiative. The following working groups in Digital Library research are currently associated with D-Lib. Other groups are being formed and will be reported in future issues of D-Lib Magazine.
Here are pointers to some of the major cooperative projects and associated activities in digital library research.
The NSF/ARPA/NASA Digital Library Initiative (DLI). Six federal funded projects in digital library research, with partnerships led by universities. The individual projects are listed below.
University of California, Berkeley: An Electronic Environmental Library Project. (A DLI project.)
University of California, Santa Barbara: The Alexandria Project: Towards a Distributed Digital Library with Comprehensive Services for Images and Spatially Referenced Information. (A DLI project.)
Carnegie Mellon University: Informedia: Integrated Speech, Image and Language Understanding for Creation and Exploration of Digital Video Libraries. (A DLI project.)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Building the Interspace: Digital Library Infrastructure for a University Engineering Community. (A DLI project.)
University of Michigan: The University of Michigan Digital Library Project. (A DLI project.)
Stanford University: Stanford University Digital Libraries Project. (A DLI project.)
The Computer Science Technical Reports Project (CSTR). A partnership between CNRI, five universities and the Library of Congress.
The Coalition for Networked Information. A joint project of the Association of Research Libraries, CAUSE, and EDUCOM to promote information resources in networked environments.
The Internet Engineering Task Force. The protocol engineering and development arm of the Internet.
The World Wide Web Consortium. The W3 Consortium exists to develop common standards for the evolution of the World Wide Web.
Please send questions and comments about D-Lib to: email@example.com.
William Y. Arms
Chair, D-Lib Forum
July 16, 1995