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July/August 2010
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In Print

Point to Point

Calls for Participation

Goings On

Deadline Reminders


C L I P S   A N D   P O I N T E R S

July/August 2010


In Print

  • The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st Century Scholarship, introduction by Charles Henry, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), ISBN 978-1-932326-35-2, June 10, 2010.

    "The Idea of Order explores the transition from an analog to a digital environment for knowledge access, preservation, and reconstitution, and the implications of this transition for managing research collections. The volume comprises three reports. The first, "Can a New Research Library be All-Digital?" by Lisa Spiro and Geneva Henry, explores the degree to which a new research library can eschew print. The second, "On the Cost of Keeping a Book," by Paul Courant and Matthew "Buzzy" Nielsen, argues that from the perspective of long-term storage, digital surrogates offer a considerable cost savings over print-based libraries. The final report, "Ghostlier Demarcations," examines how well large text databases being created by Google Books and other mass-digitization efforts meet the needs of scholars, and the larger implications of these projects for research, teaching, and publishing."

  • Keeping research data safe (Phase 2), Final report of the Keeping Research Data Safe 2 (KRDS2) project, by Neil Beagrie, et al., for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), 2010.

    "The KRDS2 project has identified and analysed collections of long-lived research data and information on associated preservation costs and benefits and provided a larger body of material and evidence against which existing and future research data preservation cost modelling exercises can be tested and validated....this work will be critical to developing preservation costing tools and cost benefit analyses for justifying and sustaining major investments in repositories and data curation."

  • The Fate of the Semantic Web, Janna Quitney Anderson, Elon University and Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project May 4, 2010.

    "Some 895 experts responded to the invitation of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center to predict the likely progress toward achieving the goals of the semantic web by the year 2020."

  • Greening Interlibrary Loan Practices, Dennis Massie, OCLC Research, May 2010.

    "In September 2009, OCLC Research commissioned a study of current Interlibrary Loan (ILL) practices by California Environmental Associates, a firm of environmental impact consultants. The study was completed in January 2010, with findings reviewed and amended in March 2010."

  • Towards inclusive knowledge societies: a review of UNESCO's action in implementing the WSIS outcomes, by David Souter, published in 2010 by the United Nations Educational, Scientic and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    "This report reviews the UNESCO's work in these implementation areas during the five years since the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005. It summarises some highlights of what has been achieved to date and reflects upon the challenges which have arisen in the implementation of WSIS outcomes."

  • JISC Project Report: Digitisation Programme: Preservation Study April 2009, completed by the Digital Preservation Coalition, the Digital Archives Department of the University of London Computer Centre (ULCC), and Portico.

    "In 2009, DPC with University of London Computer Centre and Portico carried out an extensive analysis for the JISC Digitisation Programme, examining the projects funded through this programme and assessing their plans for access beyond the existence of their project grants. This is a scaled down version of the report with analysis, and a number of case studies have also been produced."

  • Review of the State of the Art of the Digital Curation of Research Data, Project Report, by Alex Ball, Bath: University of Bath, (ERIM Project Document erim1rep091103ab11), 4 May 2010.

    From the Introduction: "The aim of this report is to present the state of the art of the digital curation of research data, in terms of both theoretical understanding and practical application, and note points of particular interest to the ERIM Project. The report begins by reviewing the concepts of data curation and digital curation, and then exploring the terminologies currently in use for describing digital repositories and data lifecycles."

  • Seeing Standards: A Visualization of the Metadata Universe, by Jenn Riley, Indiana University Libraries, 2010.

    "The sheer number of metadata standards in the cultural heritage sector is overwhelming, and their inter-relationships further complicate the situation. This visual map of the metadata landscape is intended to assist planners with the selection and implementation of metadata standards. Each of the 105 standards listed here is evaluated on its strength of application to defined categories in each of four axes: community, domain, function, and purpose. The strength of a standard in a given category is determined by a mixture of its adoption in that category, its design intent, and its overall appropriateness for use in that category."

  • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, Center for Social Media's Future of Public Media, June 2010.

    "This document is a code of best practices that helps U.S. communication scholars to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances – especially when the cultural or social benefits of the use are predominant. It is a general right that applies even in situations where the law provides no specific authorization for the use in question. This guide identifies four situations that represent the current consensus within the community of communication scholars about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials."

  • A Slice of Research Life: Information Support for Research in the United States, by Susan Kroll and Rick Forsman, a publication of OCLC Research in support of the RLG Partnership, June 2010.

    From the Introduction to the report: "In the spring of 2009, OCLC Research and the Research Information Network (RIN) initiated parallel investigations into current use of tools and services that support of all stages of the research life cycle in institutions of higher education in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The goal of these joint projects was to discover researchers' needs and desires in a variety of disciplines as they perform the complex tasks of creating new knowledge....This report summarizes the information gained through interviews held with researchers, research assistants, graduate students, grant and other research administration specialists, and university administrators."

  • DPC Case Notes: Welsh Journals Online: Effective Leadership for a Common Goal, Digital Preservation Coalition.

    "This case note examines a complex digitisation project at the National Library of Wales from the perspective of the organisation. There are many parties with an interest in digital preservation and many different skills are required. This creates a risk which can be managed where an organisation is clear about where responsibility lies for preservation actions."

  • Europeana Public Domain Charter, Europeana, May 2010.

    "This Charter is a policy statement, not a contract. It does not bind Europeana's content providers to any position. The Europeana Foundation is issuing the Charter in order to influence the debate among the Europe's memory organisations, policy makers and funders about the terms under which Public Domain digital content is made available."

  • NISO Institutional Identifier (I2) Midterm Work to Date: Request for Comments, June 2010 (comments due by 2 August 2010).

    "In 2008, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) established the Institutional Identifier (I2) Working Group to develop a robust, scalable, and interoperable standard to uniquely identify institutions and to describe relationships between entities within them....The purpose of the Midterm Request for Comments is to provide the Working Group with valuable guidance to complete development of the I2 standard and to undertake midterm course correction, as needed."

  • Knowledge = Information in Context: on the Importance of Semantic Contextualisation in Europeana, by Prof. Stefan Gradmann, Berlin School of Library and Information Science / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Europeana White Paper Number 1, April 2010.

    "Europeana's first White Paper looks at the key role linked data will play in Europeana's development and in helping Europe's citizens make connections between existing knowledge to achieve new cultural and scientific developments. Without linked data, Europeana could be seen as a simple collection of digital objects. With linked data, the potential is far greater."

  • Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, Spring 2010.

    "ISTL publishes substantive material of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions on topics of current interest, and to publish research and bibliographies on issues in science and technology libraries."

  • Ariadne, Issue 63, April 2010.

    "Ariadne is a Web magazine for information professionals in archives, libraries and museums in all sectors. Since its inception in January 1996 it has attempted to keep the busy practitioner abreast of current digital library initiatives as well as technological developments further afield. It concentrated originally on reporting in depth to the information community at large on progress and developments within the UK Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), covering matters such as information service developments and information networking issues worldwide. It now additionally reports on newer JISC-funded programmes and services as well as developments in the field of Museums, Libraries and Archives within the UK and abroad."

  • Planetarium, Issue #10, May 2010, News Bulletin of the Planets Programme.

    "Planets is pleased to announce that its tenth and final newsletter is now available! In this final newsletter Hannah Jenkins, British Library, welcomes the Open Planets Foundation (OPF) which took over when Planets came to an end on 31 May 2010. Furthermore, the appointed director of OPF is introduced. This newsletter also features an article on risk management in digital preservation and of course the spotlight is on the final results of Planets and the future directions in digital preservation."

  • Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Volume 41, Number 4, July 2010, University of Toronto Press.

    "This issue includes:

    • Creating a Consolidated Online Catalogue for the University Press Community by Joseph J. Esposito
    • Scholar as E-Publisher by Thomas H.P. Gould
    • What Is an 'American Book'? by Willis G. Regier
    • Monographs: The Sounds of Silence by William W. Savage, Jr."

    "The Journal of Scholarly Publishing combines philosophical analysis with practical advice and aspires to explain, argue, discuss and question the large collection of new topics that continuously arise in the publishing field. The journal has also examined the future of scholarly publishing, scholarship on the web, digitalization, copyrights, editorial policies, computer applications, marketing and pricing models."

  • Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter June 2010, Library of Congress.

    "In this issue:

    • Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress
    • The Library of Congress and Columbia University will create a geospatial data preservation clearinghouse
    • The Data-PASS Alliance receives IMLS grant for tools support
    • A report about The British Library's "Digital Lives Project"
    • The Planets Project deposits a digital "genome" in a time capsule in Switzerland"
  • What's New, Issue 27, July 2010, Digital Preservation Coalition.

    "In this issue:

    • What's on, and What's new
    • Editorial: Fragmentation and Success, Kevin Ashley, DCC Director
    • Who's who: Sixty second interview with Tracey Powell, The National Archives
    • One world: Bjarne Andersen, State and University Library, Denmark
    • Your view: Commentary, questions and debate from readers"

Point to Point

  • Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, Version 1, May 2010, compiled by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

    "This bibliography presents selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. Most sources have been published between 2000 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included."

  • DigIn Presentations.

    "The University of Arizona Digital Information Management (DigIn) certificate program recently hosted a series of talks by members of the program's national advisory panel. The resulting podcasts offer an in-depth discussion of critical themes we explore regularly in the DigIn courses as we help information professionals meet the challenges we face in the digital environment today. The podcasts are available at this site."

  • Wellcome Library blog dedicated to JPEG 2000.

    "The Wellcome Library has launched a new blog dedicated to JPEG 2000. The blog charts our progress in determining what type of JPEG 2000 we will use, how we use it, and how it impacts on the rest of the Digital Library infrastructure. The blog is also fed to our new Twitter account, Wellcome Digital, where you can also keep abreast of our news and views on UK PubMed Central and the development of our Digital Library and digitisation programme."

  • Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Version 78, June 30, 2010.

    "This selective bibliography presents over 3,750 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet."


Calls for Participation

  • 25th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing: Track on Web Technologies, 21 - 25 March 2011, TaiChung, Taiwan. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 24 August 2010.

    "The Web Technologies track of ACM SAC aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from industry and academia working on practical and foundational aspects of Web technologies as well as other technologies that in the Web have found new and unexpected application fields."

  • 25th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing: Track on Information Retrieval, 21 - 25 March 2011, TaiChung, Taiwan. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 24 August 2010.

    "Information Retrieval (IR) can be considered as the first historical research area aimed at defining systems for the automatic access to huge amounts of information. The research on information access and retrieval aims at modelling, implementing and evaluating systems that provide a fast and effective content- based access to a large amount of multimedia information. One main issue of such systems is to estimate the relevance of documents to user information needs. This is a very hard and complex task due to several reasons which a large volume of research has attempted to analyse and tackle. IR has grown well beyond its primary goals of indexing and searching textual documents. With the expansion of the Internet and of the Web, other access techniques have emerged, such as Recommender Systems and Information Filtering systems, Question Answering Systems, Meta-search engines, Geomap information services, and Web 2 collaborative retrieval services."

  • The Fifth International Workshop on Ontology Matching, 7 November 2010, Shanghai, China. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 1 September 2010.

    "Ontology matching is a key interoperability enabler for the Semantic Web, as well as a useful tactic in some classical data integration tasks. It takes the ontologies as input and determines as output an alignment, that is, a set of correspondences between the semantically related entities of those ontologies. These correspondences can be used for various tasks, such as ontology merging and data translation. Thus, matching ontologies enables the knowledge and data expressed in the matched ontologies to interoperate."

  • International Conference on Digital Libraries and Knowledge Organization, 14 - 16 February 2011, Gurgaon, Haryana, India. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 September 2010.

    "The goal of the conference is to bring together librarians, information engineers, educators as well as experts and professionals in other related fields, from both India and aboard, to exchange ideas and share research findings about digital libraries and knowledge organization. The conference will generate valuable ideas for advancing services for knowledge creation through research."

  • International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU), 6 - 9 May 2011, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 September 2010.

    "CSEDU aims at becoming a yearly meeting place for presenting and discussing new educational environments, best practices and case studies on innovative technology-based learning strategies, institutional policies on computer supported education including open and distance education, using computers. In particular, the Web is currently a preferred medium for distance learning and the learning practice in this context is usually referred to as e-learning."

  • Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences, CIS Press. Call for papers. The submission date is open.

    "The Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences (ISSN 2079-8407) is an International refereed research publishing journal, dedicated to the latest advancement of all theoretical and scientific aspects of Computing and Information Sciences. The objectives of the journal are to promote and publish original high quality research and to provide a forum to the researchers and industry practitioners for exchanging ideas, knowledge, and experience....All the submissions will be published free of cost after peer-reviewed by the panel of experts associated with journal."


Goings On

  • XML for the Long Haul Issues in the Long-term Preservation of XML, 2 August 2010, Montrèal, Canada.

    "This one-day symposium will bring together researchers, government analysts, archivists, preservationists, librarians, and XML practitioners to discuss the problems and challenges of deep time document encoding. What is being done now and what more we can do?"

  • Utrecht Summer School in Music Information Retrieval (USMIR), 2 - 6 August 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

    "Music Information Retrieval (MIR) research is motivated by the desire to provide robust, effective and usable methods and tools for all stakeholders with interest in music. During this course particular attention is given to the importance of human understanding and experience of music in MIR research."

  • Balisage: The Markup Conference, 3 - 6 August 2010, Montréal, Canada.

    "Balisage is an annual conference devoted to the theory and practice of descriptive markup and related technologies for structuring and managing information."

  • Eleventh International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2010), 9 - 13 August 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

    "Since its inception in 2000, ISMIR has been the world's leading forum for research on the modelling, creation, searching, processing and use of musical data. As the term Music Information Retrieval (MIR) indicates, this research is motivated by the desire to provide music lovers, music professionals and music industry with robust, effective and usable methods and tools to help them locate, retrieve and experience the music they wish to have access to."

  • World Library and Information Congress - 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly: Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress, 10 - 15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden.

    "Knowledge is foundational to all spheres of life. An interrogation of this concept reveals that knowledge is critical for the growth of society and that knowledge is produced when information is absorbed, processed and internalized by individuals. Libraries, as critical providers of information have an important role to play in the creation of new knowledge. They are vital institutions for the creation, development and sustainability of knowledge societies. Information is a key input into the creation and maturation of knowledge, therefore, a significant criterion for a growing and healthy society is access to information. The library, as a major source for information, serving a wide spectrum of information seekers, is not only critical but also central to the facilitation of knowledge generation."

  • The ECAI-10 Workshop on Automated Reasoning about Context and Ontology Evolution (ARCOE-10), 16 - 17 August 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.

    "ARCOE-10 aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from core areas of Artificial Intelligence (Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Contexts, and Ontologies) to discuss these kinds of problems and relevant results. Historically, there have been at least three different, yet interdependent motivations behind this type of research: defining the relationship between an ontology and its context, providing support to ontology engineers, enhancing problem solving and communication for software agents."

  • 8th International Workshop on Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval, AMR'2010, 17 - 18 August 2010, Linz, Austria.

    "The goal of this workshop is therefore to intensify the exchange of ideas between different research communities, to provide an overview of current activities in this area and to point out connections between the diverse involved research communities: multimedia retrieval and artificial intelligence."

  • Information Interaction in Context 2010, 18 - 22 August 2010, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

    "IIiX will explore the relationships between the contexts that affect information retrieval and information seeking, how these contexts impact information behavior, and how knowledge of information contexts and information behaviors can help design truly interactive information systems."

  • 11th International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies EC-Web 2010, 30 August - 3 September 2010, Bilbao, Spain.

    "After the lesson learned during last years and following the successful edition of EC-Web 2009, for its 11th edition EC-Web will try to provide a clearer description of the Electronic Commerce universe focusing on some relevant topics. The main focus is not only on Internet related techniques and approaches. The aim of EC-Web 2010 is to cover also aspects related to theoretical foundations of E-Commerce, Business processes as well as new approaches exploiting recently emerged technologies and scenarios such as Semantic Web, Web services, SOA Architectures, mobile and ubiquitous computing, just to cite a few."

  • 2010 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI 2010), 31 August - 3 September 2010, Toronto, Canada.

    "Web Intelligence (WI) has been recognized as a new direction for scientific research and development to explore the fundamental roles as well as practical impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) (e.g., knowledge representation, planning, knowledge discovery and data mining, intelligent agents, and social network intelligence) and advanced Information Technology (IT) (e.g., wireless networks, ubiquitous devices, social networks, semantic Web, wisdom Web, and data/knowledge grids) on the next generation of Web-empowered products, systems, services, and activities. It is one of the most important as well as promising IT research fields in the era of Web and agent intelligence."

  • 4th International Conference on Knowledge Science, Engineering & Management (KSEM 2010), 1 - 3 September 2010, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

    "KSEM is an international conference for research on knowledge science, engineering and management, which attracts high quality, state-of-the-art research papers from all over the world. The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, developers, and academic and industry leaders who are active and interested in KSEM-related research areas and their practices."

  • The European Conference on Digital Libraries - ECDL 2010, 6 - 10 September 2010, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

    "The European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) is the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues, bringing together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field."

  • Third Workshop on 'Very Large Digital Libraries', 10 September 2010, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

    "The goal of the Third Very Large Digital Library workshop is to prosecute fertile discussions, hence to continue on providing researchers, practitioners and application developers with a forum fostering a constructive exchange among all key actors in the field of Very Large Digital Libraries."

  • 13th International Congress on Medical Informatics, 12 - 15 September 2010, Cape Town, South Africa.

    "This will be the first time MEDINFO is held in Africa. It promises to boost exposure to grassroots healthcare delivery and the underpinning health information systems. This will open the door to new academic partnerships into the future and help to nurture a new breed of health informaticians."

  • 4th Russian Summer School in Information Retrieval, 13 - 18 September 2010, Voronezh, Russia.

    "The mission of the school is to teach students about modern problems and methods in Information Retrieval; to stimulate scientific research in the field of Information Retrieval; and to create an opportunity for informal contacts among scientists, students and industry professionals. The Russian Conference for Young Scientists in Information Retrieval will be co-located with the school."

  • ISAST 2010: ISAST Conference on Advanced Science and Technology 2010 (ISAST 2010), 15 - 17 September 2010, Budapest, Hungary.

    "The aim of the conference is to bring academic and industry researchers together with practitioners from different fields of natural sciences. The conference will address current and future trends in science and technology, and foster interdisciplinary collaborative research."

  • 3rd KRDB school on Trends in the Web of Data (KRDBs-2010), 17 - 18 September 2010, Brixen-Bressanone, Italy.

    "The 2010 edition of the KRDB school will be focussed on methods, technologies, and formalisms to publish, share, access, and integrate heterogeneous and autonomous data on the Web."

  • CLEF 2010: Conference on Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation, 20 - 23 September 2010, Padua, Italy.

    "CLEF 2010 will cover a broad range of issues from the fields of multilingual and multimodal information access evaluation. CLEF 2010 will consist of two parts, of two days each. One part will be devoted to presentations of papers on all aspects of the evaluation of information access systems. The other two-day part of CLEF 2010 will be devoted to a series of 'labs'."

  • Smart Event 10, 21 - 24 September 2010, Sophia-Antipolis, (French Riviera) France.

    "e-Smart will present latest smart security advances from the labs and concrete solutions to ensure an adequate level of security for every use cases. At the forefront this year, smart grids, the 'cloud', contactless issues, Java Card, new USIM apps, etc."

  • ICSC 2010 Fourth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, 22 - 24 September 2010, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

    "The conference builds on the success of the past ICSC conferences as an international forum for researchers and practitioners to present research that advances the state of the art and practice of Semantic Computing, as well as identifying emerging research topics and defining the future of the field."

  • 2nd International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World, 22 - 24 September 2010, Ankara, Turkey.

    "[This symposium] aims to bring together both researchers and practitioners to discuss the impact of technological convergence and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter on current information management practices in libraries, archives and museums and their implications for education for library and information science."

  • ACM Recommender Systems 2010, 26 - 30 September 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

    "The 4th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems builds on the success of Recommenders 06 Summer School in Bilbao, Spain; the 1st Conference in Minneapolis, USA; the 2nd Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the 3rd Conference in New York, USA. In these events many members of the practitioner and research communities valued the rich exchange of ideas made possible by the shared plenary sessions. The 4th conference will promote the same close interaction among practitioners and researchers, reaching a wider range of participants including those from Europe and Asia."

  • EC-TEL 2010 Fifth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, 28 September - 1 October 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

    "ECTEL 2010 will bring together technological developments, learning models, and implementations of new and innovative approaches to training and education. The conference will explore how the synergy of multiple disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Social Science, can provide new, more effective and more especially more sustainable, technology-enhanced learning solutions to learning problems."

  • ISIC: the information behaviour conference, 28 September - 2 October 2010, Murcia, Spain.

    "The field of human information behaviour is multi-disciplinary in scope: researchers from information science, information management, psychology, social psychology, sociology, information systems, computer science, and other disciplines all contribute to this field of investigation. ISIC...intends to reflect this interdisciplinary character through attracting papers from researchers in all of these areas."

Deadline Reminders

  • 2010 Digital Preservation Award, sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Institute for Conservation. Call for nominations. The submission deadline for entries is 30 July 2010.

(Unless otherwise noted, text above enclosed in quotation marks is quoted from the web sites for those items or events or from press releases received by D-Lib Magazine from the hosting or event-affiliated organizations.)

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