Preserving Our Digital Heritage: Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), Library of Congress
Recognizing the importance of preserving digital content for future generations, the U.S. Congress in December 2000 asked the Library of Congress to lead a national collaborative effort, the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, to archive and preserve digital information. "The legislation directs the Library to seek the participation of 'federal, research and private libraries and institutions with expertise in the collection and maintenance of archives of digital materials,' including the National Library of Medicine, the National Agricultural Library, the Research Libraries Group, the Online Computer Library Center and the Council on Library and Information Resources."
"Approval of the Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), or Digital Preservation Program for short, was preceded by the publication of documents that made the Plan possible...The Library of Congress commissioned a series of studies to support planning for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. These studies included background scans and surveys that assess the current baseline of knowledge in relevant research communities, documents that support development of the technical infrastructure and a number of short reports and presentations used as part of the planning activities themselves...The planning documents included a summary report of the November 2001 convening sessions with stakeholder groups, as well as a synthesis of findings from about 20 confidential interviews conducted in August and September 2001. Also included are presentations to the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board and other outside stakeholders."
Reports and Papers
These documents offer the "results of exchanges with individuals who represent a range of interests and organizations across publishing, film, entertainment, news, electronic books, computer science, libraries, corporate research, nonprofit organizations, professional and trade associations and academe." The six topics covered in teh Environmental Scans are: Web sites, electronic journals, electronic books, digitally recorded sound, digital moving images, and digital television.
"The Library has contracted with PricewaterhouseCoopers to produce a draft conceptual framework for a digital-information infrastructure. The intent of the framework is not to outline a formal architecture, but rather to suggest a way in which the range of stakeholder organizations, functions and services might be organized."
For further information, please see <http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndiipp/>.
Report Examines Copyright Issues in Digital Archiving, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
February 18, 2003. "Washington, D.C.A new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Library of Congress provides guidance on copyright issues for those who are planning or managing a digital archive. The report, Copyright Issues Relevant to the Creation of a Digital Archive: A Preliminary Assessment, was written by June Besek, executive director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia University...The report was commissioned for and sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress [see NDIIPP above]."
"In the report, the author analyzes issues that librarians must address in deciding what may be made available to their patrons in digital form. She provides concise, basic information about copyright law and highlights areas of special concern for creating digital archives. Additionally, she identifies areas where there is much uncertainty and recommends further studies to narrow the issues and suggest constructive solutions."
"The report includes sections on copyright subject matter, copyright rights, exceptions, and requirements, mandatory deposit, copyright ownership, unpublished works, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. There is also a section devoted to international issues."
"The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the management of information for research, teaching, and learning. CLIR works to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good."
The report is available on CLIR's Web site at <http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub112/pub112.pdf>. Print copies can be ordered through the Web site. For additional information, please see <http://www.clir.org/>.
Surveying the Digital Future: Year Three, the UCLA Internet Report
"LOS ANGELES The more than 70 percent of Americans who use the Internet now consider online technology to be their most important source of information, ranking the Internet higher as an information source than all other media including television and newspapers, according to findings in Year Three of the UCLA Internet Report."
Other report findings include:
"Year Three of the UCLA Internet Report, titled Surveying the Digital Future, provides a broad year-to-year view of the impact of the Internet by examining the behavior and views of a national sample of 2,000 Internet users and non-users, as well as comparisons between new users (less than one year of experience) and very experienced users (six or more years of experience)."
For more detail, see the full press release at <http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/admin_dept/media_rel/releases/2003/03internet.html>. The full report can be downloaded from <http://ccp.ucla.edu/>.
Sharing Publication-Related Data and Materials: Responsibilities of Authorship in the Life Sciences, Committee on Responsibilities of Authorship in the Biological Sciences, Board on Life Sciences Division on Earth and Live Studies, National Research Council. The prepublication version available for online reading, and the final version is forthcoming.
"Authors of scientific papers whether working in academia, government or a commercial enterprise should allow unrestricted access to data and materials integral to their published findings to support further research, says a report from the National Academies' Board on Life Sciences. Universal adherence to a principle of full disclosure will promote cooperation in the scientific community, maintain the value of publication and promote the progress of science."
In the Preface, Committee on Responsibilities of Authorship in the Biological Sciences Chairman Thomas R. Cech explains:
"...this topic is central to the proper conduct of research. And it is an important topic to revisit now because genome databases and other large datasets have greatly ramped up the value of 'published materials' while the increasing entanglement of academic and commercial research has complicated the landscape on which science is pursued. I also thought it would be a relatively easy task: after all, isn't there a consensus that publication-related data and materials need to be freely shared?...Now, more than a year later, it is clear to me and the committee that there is in fact a general consensus about sharing published data and materials, but also wide variation in how this implicit contract to share is implemented and in whether individual scientists, companies, or editors exempt themselves in particular circumstances."
"The question the committee heard over and over again was, 'Shouldn't there be exceptions to the general responsibility to share?'...While there are some obvious justifications for exceptions...the committee held to a uniform principle for sharing integral data and materials expeditiously, or UPSIDE. The upside of UPSIDE is two-fold: it keeps science honest, and it fosters the progress of science. Both are worth nurturing and protecting."
For further information, please see <http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10613.html?onpi_topnews_020703>.
The RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
This manual is intended to "aid library system Request for Proposal (RFP) writers and evaluators in understanding the relevant standards and determining a software product's compliance with standards."
"The widespread use of Integrated Library Systems (ILS), global communications via the Internet, and growing numbers of digital library initiatives have made the need for compliance with standards more critical than ever. Implementing information products and systems that support standards can ensure that libraries will be able to:
The Guide "identifies critical standards in the areas of Bibliographic Formats, Record Structure, Character Sets, Exchange Media, Serials Identifiers, Binding, Circulation Protocols, Barcodes, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Electronic Documents, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Information Retrieval, Metadata, and Web Access. For each standard, the applicability to libraries is described, sample RFP language is provided, and compliance assessment issues are discussed."
For more details, please see the press release at <http://www.niso.org/news/releases/pr-RFPguide.html>. "Copies of the guide are available in print from NISO Press or for free download from NISO's website <http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/RFP_Writers_Guide.pdf>."
Displaying Digital Information on Paper-like Devices, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
"For almost three decades, digital paper (also referred to as electronic paper or e-paper) has been hypothesised as a way of combining digital information with the familiarity, quality and convenience of paper. Recently, technology has been developed which makes this a realisable goal. Of the products that are emerging, some enable digital information to be displayed on paper-like devices, while others use paper and ink as digital input devices. This report focuses on the former, and describes the efforts of two companies (Gyricon Media and E Ink Corporation) who have been working to create their own versions of products which, until now, have been the stuff of science fiction."
"This report describes the technology and its emerging and future applications. Risks and benefits of e-paper are discussed, and its potential relevance to higher and further education is examined."
The report is available in both pdf and Word formats at <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=techwatch_report_0301>.
A Review of Image Search Engines, Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI)
"The phrase 'Image Search Engine' is most often used of Web-based services that collect and index images from other sites on the Internet. Image searching is sometimes offered by general search engines, like Google or Altavista, but there are also specialised image search engines services devoted to indexing images or multimedia. In addition, there are meta- search engines, which pass on search requests to more than one search engine and then bring back the results."
"Sometimes 'Image Search Engine' is also used to refer to collection-based search engines services that index a single or small number of image collections. Large digital libraries or commercial stock photo collections, like Corbis, typically offer such search engine-like facilities."
"All of the categories of image search engines mentioned above are text-based their indexes are created from words associated with the images. There have also been attempts to create content-based search engines, which 'index' visual characteristics of an image, such as its shape and colour. However, these tend to be experimental and are often limited to single image collections."
"This review concentrates on general, specialised, and meta- search engines, but also covers, briefly, collection-based and content-based engines."
For further information, please see <http://www.tasi.ac.uk/resources/searchengines.html>.
The Informed Librarian Online: Professional Reading for the Information Professionals, Infosources Publishing
"The Informed Librarian is a monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over 225 valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters."
"This current awareness service helps keep you informed and abreast of all library trends. It is an easy, timesaving way to stay on top of your professional reading by listing all current contents in one place, fully hyperlinked to the contents. Recommended for all types of library and information professionals."
For further information, please see <http://www.infosourcespub.com/book4.cfm>.
Getting Started With XML, Infomotions
"This is the home page for Getting Started With XML, a manual/workbook about XML."
"Designed for librarians and library staff, this online workshop introduces participants to the extensible markup language (XML) through numerous library examples, demonstrations, and structured hands-on exercises. Through this process you will be able to evaluate the uses of XML for making your library's data and information more accessible to people as well as computers. Examples include adding value to electronic texts, creating archival finding aids, and implementing standards compliant Web pages."
"By the end of the manual you will have acquired a thorough introduction to XML and be able to:
For further information, please see <http://www.infomotions.com/musings/getting-started/>.
Point to Point
Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Version 2002, the Official EAD Version 2002 Web Site, Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress
"The EAD Document Type Definition (DTD) is a standard for encoding archival finding aids using the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). The standard is maintained in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress (LC) in partnership with the Society of American Archivists." The following information can be accessed from this site:
News and Announcements
EAD DTD Official Documentation
EAD Tools and Helper Files
A variety of tools and helper files for a number of different XML authoring and editing applications is available at the SAA EAD Roundtable's Web site: http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/ead/products.html These tools will be kept up to date with the current versions of the SGML software with which they are intended to be used.
For further information, please see <http://www.loc.gov/ead/>.
Digital Rights Management (DRM) Resources, DRM Conference
"Music is being released on copy-protected CDs, movies on encrypted and region-encoded DVDs, and Congress is considering the mandate of technological protection for digital television. The next generation of information distribution will be defined by the purchase of rights to receive digital content for a set of defined and controlled uses. Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are the technological measures built into the hardware or software of home computers, digital televisions, stereo equipment, and portable devices in order to manage the relationships between users and protected expression. As technological solutions increasingly interact and even supersede the laws of intellectual property, privacy, and contract law, it is imperative for everyone from lawyers, technologists, and policy-makers to artists and consumers to keep up with the changes."
As part of the conference, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) "are pleased to provide the online community free access to many valuable resources regarding Digital Rights Management. Our Resources webpage has a plethora of critical articles concerning Digital Rights Management." Information on this page has been clearly identified as General Resources, Articles/Papers, and News under the following main categories:
Visit the Resources webpage at <http://www.law.berkeley.edu/institutes/bclt/drm/resources.html>. For further information, please see <http://www.law.berkeley.edu/institutes/bclt/drm/index2.html>.
Calls for Participation
Music Information Analysis, Indexing and Retrieval, an Invited Session at SCI 2003, the 7th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 27 - 30 July 2003, Orlando, Florida, USA. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission of extended abstracts and paper drafts is 20 April 2003.
"SCI 2003 is an international forum for scientists and engineers, researchers, consultants, theoreticians and practitioners in the fields of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. It is a forum for focusing into specific disciplinary research, as well as for multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary studies and projects. One of its aims is to relate disciplines fostering analogical thinking and, hence, producing input to the logical thinking...Participants from academies, governments, and industries share ideas and experiences among different disciplines...The purpose of SCI 2003 is to promote discussion and interaction between researchers and practitioners focused on disciplines as well as different areas. We are particularly interested in fostering the exchange of concepts, prototypes, research ideas, and other results which could contribute to the academic arena and also benefit business and the industrial community. More about SCI 2003 purpose and objectives."
Topics of interest for this invited sessionm Music Information Analysis, Indexing and Retrieval include:
"Extended abstracts or paper drafts should be sent taking into account the following format:
"Details can be found in the conference web page at <http://www.iiisci.org/sci2003/>"
Internet Librarian 2003, 3 - 5 November 2003, Monterey, California, USA. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 25 April 2003..
"The Internet is our backbone and it continues to provide us with opportunities to streamline our operations, improve and enhance our customer relationships, develop new applications, and more. Keeping up with the new tools and techniques is always a challenge. Internet Librarian 2003 focuses on Cool Tools for Internet Content Pros as well as exciting applications and opportunities for Internet librarians and content pros in all kinds of libraries."
This is a "conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, Extranet and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators, Webmasters and Web managers, content evaluators and developers, taxonomists, searchers, trainers, guides, and more. This comprehensive conference and exhibition offers a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers and information specialists."
"Internet Librarian 2003, including Internet@Schools 2003, caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with four simultaneous tracks plus many workshop and networking opportunities. This year's tracks and themes encompass:
"Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, new tools and techniques, case studies as well as technical and managerial issues."
For a list of possible topics and additional information, please see <http://www.infotoday.com/il2003/>, and either fill out the online Submission Form or contact the Program Chair at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, National Science Foundation. Call for Contest Entries. The deadline for submission is 31 May 2003.
"The National Science Foundation and the journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), invite you to participate in the first Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge."
"This new international contest is designed to recognize outstanding achievements by scientists and engineers in the use of visual media to promote understanding of research results. Visualization, especially in science and technology, has a special power to complement and enhance the written word in depicting phenomena, elucidating concepts, revealing new insights, provoking thought and appealing to the imagination for both technical audiences and the general public."
"Photographs, pictorial and diagrammatic illustrations, computer graphics, and animations are now an essential aspect of communicating research findings. These new avenues prompt discussion of different techniques, and encourage innovative approaches to visual communication. This competition was created to reward these new techniques and ways of communicating."
"Judges appointed by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science will award first, second, and third place in each of three categories: photographs, illustrations, and active and/or multimedia. The winners will be published in a special section of the September 12, 2003 issue of the journal Science and Science Online. The National Science Foundation will publish the winners on its website as well. The National Science Foundation and the journal Science will host an exhibit and lecture for competition winners."
For additional information, please see <http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/events/sevc/overview.htm>.
Digital Library Competence Center, May 2003 courses, Piza, Italy.
Indexing and Searching AudioVisual Material, May 2003
The aim is to provide a theoretical and experimental background on the techniques and the methodologies for the organization, creation, and management of an Audio/Video Digital Library..."The course will teach the techniques and the methodologies to design, build and maintain an Audio/Video Digital Library. The ECHO system (http://pc-erato2.iei.pi.cnr.it/echo/) that will be used as a testbed during the course, provides a digital library service for historical films. It allows [for the indexing and retrieving of] the audio video material by using speech transcripts, video features automatically extracted from the video and metadata manually associated by the user. Metadata are described by using an audio-video metadata model based on the IFLA-FRBR standard."
Open Access to Digital Libraries, 15 - 16 May 2003
"The aim of the course is twofold: 1) to illustrate the possibilities provided by 'new generation' digital libraries, in terms of new types of content and new functionality; and, 2) to teach how to create and maintain a (new generation) digital library. The Scholnet digital library service system (http://www.ercim.org/scholnet), developed within a project funded by the IST Programme of the European Commission, will be used as a testbed to demonstrate the concepts introduced during the course. Scholnet is an open digital library system that can be customised to meet the specific needs of diverse user communities". In its basic version, Scholnet provides a variety of services that "render it capable of supporting new forms of remote scholarly communication. In particular, they enable the dissemination of not only conference papers, technical reports, project deliverables, but also annotated seminars, lectures, demos, etc."
For additional information, please see <http://dlibcenter.iei.pi.cnr.it>.
MLA '03: Catch the Wave, Medical Library Association, 2 - 7 May 2003, San Diego, California, USA.
"Catch the Wave reflects the timing, positioning, relaxed posture, and flexibility shown by MLA members to achieve their goals in the white water that is our workplace. We look to our colleagues, mentors, and others to learn and refine skills and techniques to enhance our knowledgebase and share experiences while maintaining a sense of humor."
"Attendees at MLA's annual meetings present and discuss scholarly papers, applied research, and issues in health sciences information management. The event gives members and affiliated professionals a chance to share ideas, hear from other experts, see the latest products, and socialize."
For additional information, please see <http://www.mlanet.org/am/am2003/index.html>.
4th International Colloquium on Library and Information Science and the 6th Conference of the ISKO Spanish Chapter, 5 - 7 May 2003, Salamanca, Spain.
"The goal of this IV International Colloquium on Library and Information Science and VI Conference of the ISKO Spanish Chapter is to think about the research trends and methodologies in knowledge organization (KO), their paradigmatic and epistemological aspects, the ethical and social conditions and the diffusion of the results of the investigation."
"Under the motto Trends of knowledge organization research, the VI Conference of the ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization) Spanish Chapter and IV International Colloquium on Library and Information Science...will include speeches, papers and round tables, framed in the following scientific sections:
For additional information, please see <http://www.ugr.es/~isko/ficheros/ing.pdf>.
InfoToday 2003 - National Online 2003, KnowledgeNets 2003, E-Libraries 2003, Way Beyond Cool: Information for the Real World, 6 - 8 May 2003, New York, New York, USA.
National Online 2003
Historically the flagship conference of Information Today, National Online "focuses on issues relevant to information professionals using Internet and traditional research avenues. Presentations on research techniques, subject resources, technological innovations, organizational tools, and management tips concentrate on the practical searching environment." National Online is [a] large North American conference on electronic information and "is where information professionals [can] come together to share ideas, learn about new industry developments, and update their skills...Keep up with the latest trends and enhancements on the Web and on the traditional services, gain insights into how to put new online strategies into practice, and get current with enhancements, withdrawals, and new products/services by hearing expert searchers, industry observers, information managers, and Internet gurus share their expertise and experience. National Online delivers practical answers about how to maximize research efforts and get resultsanswers you can put to work in the real world."
Topics Covered Include: Strategic Searching; The Art and Science of Research; Achieving Web Search Excellence; Information Quality; Alternative Search Engines; Web Search Strategies; Information Security and Policy Issues."
"Networks are at the core of all productive and successful organizations, both people networks and technology networks. KnowledgeNets 2003 focuses on strategic knowledge communities and social networks, as well as the tools and technology that support organizational networks and technological infrastructures. The conference provides a wide range of sessions focused on practical solutions, case studies, and thought-provoking concepts. Expert speakers address topics including knowledge and collaboration strategies for building and supporting strategic communities, measuring impact and value and providing return on investment for KM programs, concepts and applications of social network analysis in knowledge management, and innovation and best practices of KM in driving innovation, and much, much more. The conference also takes an in-depth look at managing content generated by people networks within organizations."
"Topics Covered Include: Knowledge Communities; KM Tools; KM and Innovation; Knowledge Metrics and ROI; Knowledge Strategies and Tools; Retaining Knowledge."
"E-Libraries features the most recent trends and practices in library and information centers, including digital collections management, e-journals, virtual reference services, library automation, and digitizing libraries. Sessions on the emerging role of library systems and automation in distributing and managing information, both internal and external, and the latest developments in library patron services and internal systems address the challenges facing many attendees...E-Libraries offers a unique forum for discussing today's state of the art delivery of library services and the rapidly changing 'digital' library world. Two concurrent, three-day tracks provide in-depth coverage of issues, practical expertise, case studies, and best practices of interest to digital library professionals."
"Topics Covered Include: Building Digital Libraries; Virtual Reference; Library Portals; Views of the Future; Library Systems and Automation; Digital Rights Issues; Design and Usability."
For additional information, please see <http://www.infotoday.com/it2003/>.
Educause in AustralAsia 2003: Expanding the Learning Community Meeting the Challenges, 6 - 9 May 2003, Adelaide, Australia.
"Information technology offers the potential for greatly expanding learning communities in all sectors. Realising this potential means overcoming a wide range of challenges. EDUCAUSE IN AUSTRALASIA 2003 will provide you with an opportunity to participate in the debate around both challenges and solutions across relevant and strategic topics."
"With the theme of Expanding the Learning Community Meeting the Challenges, the program will feature the interesting, relevant and in-depth content that you have come to expect from an EDUCAUSE in Australasia conference, and will provide excellent opportunities to interact with peers. Pre-conference workshops will give intensive instruction in particular areas of interest, while the associated trade show and exhibition will enable delegates to canvas educational IT resources."
For additional information, please see <http://www.adelaide.edu.au/educause2003/index.html>.
CUMREC 2003: Leveraging the Magic of Information and Technology, College and University Machine Records Conference, 11 - 14 May 2003, Orlando, Florida, USA.
"The CUMREC Board is committed to ensuring that each conference provides access to useful, appropriate, and interesting information in an environment conducive to networking and idea sharing. The CUMREC 2003 Program Committee, coordinated by local Program Chair Vicki Clifford, will offer multiple tracks and preconference seminars. In addition, CUMREC offers you the opportunity to meet with leading-edge vendors and suppliers to discuss their latest products and services."
"There are more than 60 presentations this year distributed across the following tracks:
For additional information, please see <http://www.cumrec.org/cumrec2003/>.
Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals: An Intensive Program, 11 - 16 May 2003, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
"Digitization projects improve public access to cultural heritage materials and enable teaching and research. This one-week intensive course will be of value to professionals and academics working in the cultural and heritage sectors such as archives, libraries, and museums.
"This course delivers skills, principles, and best practices in the digitization of primary textual and image resources with a strong emphasis on interactive seminars and practical exercises. With expert guidance, participants will examine the advantages of developing digital collections of heritage materials and investigate issues involved in creating, curating and managing access to such collections."
"The Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), the University of Glasgow, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), Fondren Library, and Duke Universities Libraries are pleased to announce the fourth offering of this course in North America."
For additional information, please see <http://ils.unc.edu/DCHP/>.
Note: The course is full. Please email Ann Lambson at <email@example.com> for further information.
ASLIB IT & Communications Group Annual Conference, ASLIB Special Interest Group Network, 15 - 17 May 2003, Essex, United Kingdom.
Update yourself in key areas of science and technology, including:
For additional information, please see <http://www.aslib.com/sigs/itc/conf2002.html>.
2003 IRMA International Conference, Information Resources Management Association, 18 - 21 May 2003, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Conference Theme: Information Technology and Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges and Solutions.
Over 45 tracks. Recommended topics for proposals included:
For more information, please see <http://www.irma-international.org/conferences/2003/index.asp>.
ETD 2003, Sixth International Symposium On Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Next Steps - Electronic Thesis and Dissertations Worldwide, 21 - 24 May 2003, Berlin, Germany.
"The Scope of ETD2003 will not only be to demonstrate new developments in the field of electronic theses and dissertations but also to encourage even more universities around the world to become a part of NDLTD and to promote free access to scholarly electronic documents in the sense of the Budapest Open Access Initiative."
"The Berlin symposium will focus on establishing new cooperation and explore common approaches and challenges to the topic of scholarly electronic publishing especially of electronic theses and dissertations. It will also aim to raise awareness of the educational and service aspects and to describe current activities to progress thinking in this area."
"Proposals were invited to address any of the following or related issues:
For more information, please see <http://www.hu-berlin.de/etd2003/>.
CMMR 2003, Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval 2003, 26 - 27 May 2003, Montpellier, France.
"CMMR is a new annual event focusing on important aspects of computer music." Jointly organized by Aalborg University Esbjerg in Denmark and LIRMM in France, CMMR 2003 is the first event in this new series.
"The use of computers in music is well established. CMMR 2003 provides an opportunity to meet and interact with peers concerned with the cross-influence of the technological and creative in computer music...The field of computer music is interdisciplinary by nature and closely related to a number of computer science and engineering areas such as information retrieval, programming, human computer interaction, digital libraries, hypermedia, artificial intelligence, acoustics, signal processing, etc."
"CMMR 2003 invites researchers, educators, composers, performers, and others with an interest in important aspects of computer music (including modeling, retrieval, analysis, and synthesis) to come join us for a unique event."
For additional information, please see <http://www.cs.aue.auc.dk/cmmr2003/>.
LIDA 2003, WWW and information retrieval & WWW and libraries, 26 - 30 May 2003, Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia.
LIDA aims to "address the changing and challenging environment for libraries and information systems and services in the digital world, with an emphasis on examining contemporary problems, advances and solutions...LIDA seeks to bring together researchers, practitioners, and developers in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by being held in memorable locations...The course is oriented toward professionals and researchers in librarianship, information science, and informatics, as well as from other disciplines interested in this topic...In particular, the course will be useful for practicing librarians and information scientists, for students of library and information science, and for system administrators, system operators, web page managers, and related personnel in library and information systems."
Each year a different hot theme is addressed, divided in two parts; Research and Development and Applications and Practice as indicated below for 2003:
I. Research and Development: World Wide Web and Information Retrieval (IR)
"[The] Web is huge, highly diverse, for the most part poorly organized, hard to search, and more often than not overwhelming for a great majority of users. For these reasons, effective search and retrieval techniques are critical for use of the Web. Information retrieval (IR) has become an important, even integral, component of the Web. But the problems encountered are also an ongoing challenge for research, development and applications."
II. Applications and Practice: World Wide Web and Libraries
"[A] great many libraries worldwide have entered the Web and even greater number is using the Web. Yet, libraries are building on their values, strengths, tradition, and trust to engage with the Web and enter into a new environment for themselves and their users. Among others, digital libraries are making available their collections and services in unique ways through the Web. The Web is providing libraries and librarians with opportunities to foster a significant library evolution in new directions, if not even a revolution. But challenges are significant as well."
For additional information, please see <http://knjiga.pedos.hr/lida/>.
IASSIST 2003, Strength in Numbers: Co-operating for a Better Tomorrow, International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology, 27 - 30 May 2003, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
"The IASSIST 2003 conference theme carries two important messages in today's world of data, whether quantitative or qualitative."
"One message is associated with the influence or power of data as evidence in scientific investigation or in policy making. 'Strength in numbers' in this context refers to the contribution of data in the formation of knowledge and policies defining our world. Access to and preservation of data are critical in the role of data in science and policy making. An important focus of this conference will be on the issues of data access and preservation."
"A second meaning associated with 'strength in numbers' is to express the importance of working together in collaboration. In this sense, the greater the number of people and organizations working together, the more that can be accomplished. Our sub-theme emphasizes channeling collaboration into building of a better future in social science data services and provides another theme for papers."
"The conference also presents opportunities to discuss the collaboration among data professionals and researchers in the metadata life cycle and on projects that have employed emerging standards for integrating data and documentation."
For additional information, please see <http://iassist2003.ssc.uwo.ca/>.
JCDL 2003, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 27 - 31 May 2003, Houston, Texas, USA.
Jointly sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) and the Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia, and the Web (ACM SIGWEB) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE Computer Society) Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (TCDL), JCDL is "a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term "digital libraries", including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all types of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; digital preservation and archiving; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing."
"The intended community for this conference includes those interested in aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata; content; services; digital preservation; system design; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; performance evaluation; usability evaluation; collection development; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; and associated theoretical topics."
"Participation is sought from all parts of the world and from the full range of disciplines and professions involved in digital library research and practice, including computer science, information science, librarianship, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, technology, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. All domains -- academe, government, industry, and others -- are encouraged to participate as presenters or attendees."
For more information, please see <http://www.jcdl.org/>.
ACH/ALLC 2003, Web X: A Decade of the World Wide Web, Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, 29 May - 2 June 2003, Athens, Georgia, USA.
"The joint conference of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing is the oldest established meeting of scholars working at the intersection of advanced information technologies and the humanities, annually attracting a distinguished international community at the forefront of their fields. The theme for the 2003 conference is Web X: A Decade of the World Wide Web, and it will include plenary addresses by leading scholars, including Marie-Laure Ryan, author of 'Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media' and 'Cyberspace Textuality: Computer Technology and Literary Theory.'"
"Recent years have seen enormous advances in information technologies, and a corresponding growth in the use of IT resources for research and teaching in the humanities. How exactly are these developments changing the ways in which humanities scholars work? What new and distinct methodologies is IT now bringing to the humanities? How do we expect methodologies, and the role of the humanities scholar, to change in the near future as a result of the impact of IT? How are IT-related developments in one discipline affecting or likely to affect those in others? Now that we have reached the 10th anniversary of the World Wide Web, what are the meanings and implications of these developments for languages, communities, genders and cultures, and humanities research? The time is ripe to survey and assess developments to date in humanities computing, and its likely future directions."
For more information, please see <http://www.english.uga.edu/webx/>.
Proxy Web Servers and Authentication, a LITA Regional Institute, 30 May 2003, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
"This program is a combination of instruction on the theory of proxy servers, their use in library situations, and practical examples of implementations. The background of proxy servers as defined in the HTTP protocol specification will be outlined, followed by a discussion of the application of proxy servers for library uses:
"Example implementations of these applications are also provided. Special emphasis will be placed on using proxy servers to access IP address-restricted resources, including a discussion of alternatives to proxy servers for solving this particular problem. Anticipated developments in inter-institutional Authentication and Authorization, such as project Shibboleth, will also be discussed."
"This program is intended for systems librarians and computer professionals with a background in providing web services. Some technical knowledge about the management of web servers is assumed. Library administrators who are seeking an introduction to proxy servers have also found this Regional Institute useful. Knowledge of C and/or PERL is recommended for the implementation examples."
For additional information, please see <http://www.lita.org/institut/index.html#proxy>.
CAIS/ACSI 2003, Bridging the Digital Divide: Equalizing Access to Information and Communication Technologies, 31st Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science/Association canadienne des sciences de l'information, 30 May - 1 June 2003, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
"Information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer the promise of an information society in which virtually unlimited quantities of information are globally available. Realizing this vision of a global, decentralized, user-controlled medium poses many challenges, but among the most fundamental of these is the challenge of equitable access."
"Each paper to be presented at CAIS/ACSI 2003 will relate to at least one of the following areas:"
For additional information and submission details, please see <http://www.cais-acsi.ca/papers2003.htm>.
VRD 2003, The Virtual Reference Desk 5th Annual Conference, "Reference Roundup", 17 - 18 November 2003, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Call for Proposals. The deadline for submission will become available in March 2003 at <http://www.vrd.org/>. For additional information, please see <http://www.vrd.org/> or contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Preservation and Conservation Issues Related to Digital Printing and Digital Photography, Second International Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Please note: in order to be included as part of The Physics Congress, the date has been changed to 24 - 25 March 2003 (instead of 3 - 4 April as originally advertised). For more information, please see <http://physics.iop.org/IOP/Congress/2003/Conferences/Printing.html>.
Educause 2003 Midwest Regional Conference, Strategic IT Leadership in challenging Times, 24 - 26 March 2003, Chicago, Illinois, USA. For additional information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/conference/mwrc/2003/>.
IUC23, 23rd Internationalization & Unicode Conference, Unicode, Internationalization and the Web: The Global Connection, 24 - 26 March 2003, Prague, Czech Republic. For additional information, please see <http://www.unicode.org/iuc/iuc23/>.
Mapping the Information Landscape: A Showcase of Collection Description Projects and Services, Collection Description Focus Showcase, 25 March 2003, London, United Kingdom. For additional information, please see <http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/cd-focus-showcase/>.
Internet Librarian International 2003, Connecting Content and Technology, 25 - 27 March 2003. The location has been changed to Birmingham, United Kingdom. For additional information, please see <http://www.internet-librarian.com/>.
ForumNet Software Workshops, 26 - 28 March 2003, Paris, France. For additional information, please see <http://forum.ircam.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=192>.
Technoscience, Material Culture, and Everyday Life, 26 - 29 March 2003, Hong Kong, China. For additional information, please see <http://logic.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/~b105685/2003con.htm>.
Networking Multimedia Resources, Open Archives Forum, 27 - 29 March 2003, Berlin, Germany. For additional information, please see <http://www.oaforum.org/workshops/berl_invitation.php>.
FORO 2003 Transborder Library Forum, Freedom Beyond Borders: Information Networking in Action, 28 - 30 March 2003, College Station, Texas, USA. For additional information, please see <http://library.tamu.edu/FORO/>.
DRH 2003 Conference, Digital Resources for the Humanities, 31 August - 3 September 2003, Cheltenham, United Kingdom. Call for Proposals. The deadline for submission is 31 March 2003. For additional information, please see <http://www.glos.ac.uk/humanities/content.asp?sid=6>.
DAFx-03, 6th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, 8 - 11 September 2003, London, United Kingdom. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission of extended abstracts (2 pages) is 11 April 2003. For additional information, please see <http://www.elec.qmul.ac.uk/dafx03/>.
TLA 2003, Texas Library Association 2003 Annual Conference, Libraries: Freedom in Action, 1 - 4 April 2003, Houston, Texas, USA. Extensive detail is available at <http://www.txla.org/conference/conf.html>.
CFP 2003, 13th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy, Freedom to Move Think and Speak!, 1 - 4 April 2003, New York, New York, USA. For additional information, please see <http://www.cfp2003.org/>.
ELAG 2003, 27th Library Systems Seminar, Cross Language Applications and the Web, European Library Automation Group, 2 - 4 April 2003, Bern, Switzerland. For additional information, please see <http://www.elag.org/elag2003/>.
Copyright in the Digital Age: Challenges Facing the Academy, 3 - 4 April 2003, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. Seating is limited. For additional information, please see <http://www.umuc.edu/odell/cip/seminar/>.
EEI21 - 2003, Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century (EEI21) Symposium, 23 - 26 October 2003, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission is 4 April 2003. For additional information, please see <http://www.memphis.edu/ethics21/03eei/>.
Scholarly Publishing and Archiving on the Web: New Opportunities, 7 April 2003, Albany, New York, USA. The deadline for registration is 1 April 2003. For additional information, please see <http://library.albany.edu/symposium/> or contact Lorre Smith via email at <LSmith@uamail.Albany.edu> or by phone at 518-437-3966.
8th Annual Search Engine Meeting, The Synergy between Search, Systems and Information, 7 - 8 April 2003, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. To view the detailed program and for additional information, please see <http://www.infonortics.com/searchengines/index.html>.
Long-term Preservation of Databases, ERPANET, Electronic Resource Preservation and Access Network, 9 - 11 April 2003, Bern, Switzerland. For additional information, please see <http://www.erpanet.org/>.
Future proof: delivering scientific archives in the twenty-first century, 9 - 11 April 2003, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. For additional information, please see <http://www.bath.ac.uk/ncuacs/Edinconference.htm>.
ACRL 11th National Conference, Learning to Make a Difference, Association of College and Research Libraries, 10 - 13 April 2003, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. For additional information, please see <http://www.ala.org/acrl/charlotte/>.
IADIS International Conference WWW - Internet 2003, 5 - 8 November 2003, Algarve, Portugal. Call for papers. The submission date is 15 April 2003. For additional information, please see <http://www.iadis.org/icwi2003>.
Advanced XML: Data Transformation with XSLT, Association of Research Libraries (ARL), 16 - 18 April 2003, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. For additional information, please see <http://www.arl.org/arl/workshops.html>.
National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Digital Library (NSDL), National Science Foundation. Program Solicitation. The deadline for submission of full proposals is 21 April 2003. Letters of Intent are optional but if submitted are due by 12 March 2003. For additional information, please see <http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03530/nsf03530.htm>.
Emerging Visions for Access in the 21st Century Library, DAI Institute, 21 - 22 April 2003, San Francisco, California, USA. Attendance is limited to the first 125 individuals who register. For additional information, please see <http://www.clir.org/registration/DAI_2003.html>.
NDDL-2003, 3rd International Workshop on New Developments in Digital Libraries, 22 April 2003, Angers, France. For more information, please see <http://www.iceis.org/workshops/nddl/nddl2003-cfp.html>.
School for Scanning: Creating, Managing, and Preserving Digital Assets, presented by the Northeast Document Conservation Center, 23 - 25 April 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. For more information, please visit the NEDCC Website at <http://www.nedcc.org>. Questions specifically concerning registration procedures and information should be directed to Ginny Hughes at <email@example.com>.
ICEIS 2003 - 5th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, 23 - 26 April 2003, Angers, France. For more information, please see <http://www.iceis.org/>.
New Media, Technology and Everyday Life in Europe Conference, 5th RTD Framework Programme of the EU, 23 - 26 April 2003, London, United Kingdom. For additional information, please see <http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/EMTEL/Conference/Index.htm>.
Networked World: Information Technology and Globalization, 24 April 2003, Santa Clara, California, USA. For additional information, please see <http://sts.scu.edu/globalization/>.
ISMIR 2003, 4th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, 26 - 30 October 2003, Washington, D.C., USA. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission of full proposals is 25 April 2003. For additional information, please see <http://ismir2003.ismir.net/>.
Can there be a Social Movement Informatics?, 29 April 2003, Leeds, United Kingdom. For additional information, please see <http://www.uib.no/mailman/private/newmedia-ann/2002-December/000778.html>.
NET2003, Teaming Up to Make Effective IT Policy, 30 April - 1 May 2003, Washington, D.C., USA. For additional information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/conference/networking/2003/>.
PAKDD 2003, Seventh Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 30 April - 2 May 2003, Seoul, Korea. For additional information, please see <http://aitrc.kaist.ac.kr/~pakdd03/>.
DC-2003, 2003 Dublin Core Conference, Supporting Communities of Discourse and PracticeMetadata Research and Applications, 28 September - 2 October 2003, Seattle, Washington, USA. Call for Papers and Posters. The deadline for submission is 3 May 2003. For additional information, please see <http://dc2003.ischool.washington.edu/index.html>.
2003 International Conference on CYBERWORLDS, 3 - 5 December 2003, Singapore. Call for Submission. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 5 May 2003. For additional information, please see <http://www.ntu.edu.sg/sce/cw2003/cw2003.htm>.
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