Content Creation Online, by Amanda Lenhart, John Horrigan, and Deborah Fallows, Pew Internet & American Life, February 29, 2004.
"In a national phone survey between March 12 and May 20, 2003, the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that more than 53 million American adults have used the Internet to publish their thoughts, respond to others, post pictures, share files and otherwise contribute to the explosion of content available online." (from the Executive Summary to the Study)
The survey results, along with an explanation of the methodology used and questions asked, are online in PDF format at <http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/pdfs/PIP_Content_Creation_Report.pdf>.
Automatic Exposure: Capturing Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images, Study by Research Libraries Group, Inc., March 2004.
"The RLG initiative Automatic Exposure: Capturing Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images seeks to minimize the cost of technical metadata acquisition and maximize the cultural heritage community's capability of ensuring long-term access to digital assets. The goal of the initiative is to lower the barrier for institutions to capture the data elements proposed by NISO Z39.87: Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images [Draft Standard for Trial Use]. 1 NISO Z39.87 defines a standard, comprehensive set of data elements key to an institution's ability to manage and preserve its digital images." (from the Executive Summary to the Study)
The study is online in PDF format at <http://www.rlg.org/longterm/ae_whitepaper_2003.pdf>.
"The institutional repository, an open web-based archive of scholarly material produced by the members of a defined institution, has come to the fore following the launch of DSpace at MIT at the end of 2002. This report reviews recent developments and quantifies the growth of institutional repositories, and explores the impact their expansion may have on scholarly publishing."
The report is online in PDF format. Go to <http://www.palsgroup.org.uk/> and follow the links to the report.
Proceedings of the 7th International Bielefeld Conference: Thinking Beyond Digital Libraries - Designing the Information Strategy for the Next Decade, 3 - 5 February 2004, Bielefeld, Germany.
The Bielefeld University Library has announced that it has added all papers given at the 7th International Bielefeld Conference to its conference website. Included are papers in PDF format and, for some presentations, PowerPoint slides.
The Proceedings are online at <http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/proceedings/>.
The Open Archival Information System Reference Model: Introductory Guide, by: Brian F. Lavoie, Office of Research, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., January 2004, DPC Technology Watch Series Report 04-01, January 2004.
"The influence of OAIS extended, at a very early stage, well beyond the space data community it was initiated by but it still retains an aura of a complex framework applicable only to a highly specialised community. This report provides a clear introduction to OAIS accessible to all who have an interest in preserving digital information. It provides practical examples as well as contextual information about the development of OAIS" Maggie Jones, Digital Preservation Coalition.
For the link to the report, please go to <http ://www.dpconline.org/graphics/reports/index.html#intoais>.
Improving User Access to Library Catalog and Portal Information. Webcast presented by Dr. Marcia J. Bates, sponsored by the Library of Congress Cataloging Directorate, Library Services, December 12, 2003.
"In this lecture, Dr. Bates summarizes the research she recently conducted in her role as a Principal Investigator for the Library of Congress Action Plan on Bibliographic Control of Web Resources. Her investigations focused on three particular topics: User access vocabulary, Links among bibliographic families, and Staging of access to resources in the interface. From each of these perspectives, she shares her recommendations on how to achieve enhanced access to and display of records for selected Web resources across multiple systems."
A link to the 64-minute cybercast can be found at <http://www.loc. gov/catdir/bibcontrol/bates.html>.
Toward Equality of Access: The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital Divide. Report sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, February 2004.
"Ninety-five percent of public libraries in the United States offer free access to computers and the Internet, often providing the only Internet access for residents of the nation's poorest areas. This report evaluates the importance of these library-based computers in addressing the digital divide."
The report is available online in PDF format on the Institute for Museum and Library Service (IMLS) web site at <http://www.imls.gov/ pubs/pdf/Equality.pdf>.
Information Needs Are Legitimate: Interview with Kay Raseroka, President IFLA Executive Committee, by Eva Pressl, Institute for New Culture Technologies, World-Information.Org, 17 February 2004.
This interview was conducted after the World Summit on the Information Society First Phase Geneva, 10-12 December 2003. The interviewee is President, IFLA Executive Committee. (IFLA is the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.)
For more information, please see <http://www.ifla.org/ III/wsis/wsis-iv03.htm>.
DPC/PADI What's new in digital preservation, Issue No. 7 (October 2003 - January 2004), Compiled by Michael Day (UKOLN, University of Bath) and Gerard Clifton (National Library of Australia). A joint service of the Digital Preservation Coalition and the PADI (Preserving Access to Digital Information) gateway.
"This is a summary of selected recent activity in the field of digital preservation compiled from the Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI) Gateway and the digital-preservation and padiforum-l mailing lists. Additional or related items of interest may also be included."
For more information, please see < http://www.dpconline.org/graphics/whatsnew/issue7.html>.
Point to Point
ResearchWorks, OCLC Research.
"OCLC announces [their] ResearchWorks web site, featuring demos, prototypes, and other interactive items that showcase the current work of OCLC Researchers. Visitors to OCLC ResearchWorks can explore the site, following their interest from one demo to another, and comment on and discuss them with others. "
For more information, please see <http://www.oclc.org/research/researchworks>, or contact Shirley Hyatt (<firstname.lastname@example.org>) or Bob Bolander (<email@example.com>).
ISMIR Proceedings, Conference papers from 2000 - 2003.
At the ISMIR (International Conferences on Music Information Retrieval) web site (http://www.ismir.net/), most of the conference papers from the first four conferences are available in full text.
The list of ISMIR conference papers is at <http://www.ismir.net/all- papers.html>.
Cafe con Leche XML News and Resources, Elliotte Rusty Harold.
This site offers many XML resources including links to: tutorials, projects, seminar notes, news, specifications, a recommended reading list, tools, and much more.
For more information, please see <http://www.ibiblio.org/xml/>.
IT Security in Higher Education, sponsored by Hewlett Packard (HP) at the web site for Syllabus Technology for Higher Education.
"No matter your campus size or location, security is one of your biggest challenges. Now there's a one-stop resource on security issues in higher educationa new Syllabus microsite sponsored by HP. You'll find advice, information, archived articles from Syllabus on a wide variety of security topics, resources, and a forum to express your opinion and offer your solutions." This quote is from Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, March 2, 2004.
For more information, please see < http://www.syllabus.com/campussecurity/index.asp>.
Bibliomining: Data Mining for Libraries, by Dr. Scott Nicholson, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School for Information Studies.
"For years, bibliometrics has been used to track patterns in authorship, citation, etc. Today, there are many more tools available for discovering similar patterns in complex datasets from data mining and statistics. In addition, tools from management science such as Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) can be used to explore the data for patterns....Bibliomining is the combination of data mining, bibliometrics, statistics, and reporting tools used to extract patterns of behavior-based artifacts from library systems." This website offers links to several types of resources on the topic of bibliomining.
For more information, please see <http://www.bibliomining. com/index.html>.
SRW - Search/Retrieve Web Service, Z39.50 International: Next Generation. SRW/SRU Version 1.1, Library of Congress.
"SRW defines a web service for searching databases containing metadata and objects, both text and non-text. The SRW Initiative builds on Z39.50 along with web technologies. Building on Z39.50 semantics enables the creation of gateways to existing Z39.50 systems; web technologies reduce the barriers to new information providers allowing them to make their resources available via a standard search and retrieve service."
For more information, please see <http://www.loc.gov/ z3950/agency/zing/srw/>.
Institutional Archives Registry, ePrints.org.
"This registry has two functions: (1) to monitor overall growth in the number of eprint archives and (2) to maintain a list of GNU EPrints sites (the software Southampton University has designed to facilitate self-archiving)."
For more information, please see <http://archives.eprints.org/eprints.php>.
Calls for Participation
The 19th CODATA International Conference - The Information Society: New Horizons for Science, 7 - 10 November 2004, Berlin, Germany. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 1 May 2004.
"CODATA 2004 is the first major international conference designed specifically to address all facets of how the Information Society is creating new and unprecedented horizons for science...The Conference features keynotes, talks, plenary lectures and contributed paper sessions that provide new and important insights about the Information Revolution and its impact on science."
For more information, please see <http://www.codata.org/ 04conf/index.html>.
DC-2004 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, 11 - 14 October 2004, Shanghai, China. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 1 May 2004.
"DC-2004the fourth in a series of conferences previously held in Tokyo, Florence, and Seattlewill examine a broad range of metadata applications, especially with a view towards improving interoperability across boundaries of language, culture, and communities of practice. Tutorials will provide an introduction to metadata for non-experts."
For more information, please see <http://dc2004.library.sh. cn/english/cfp>.
FOIS-2004: International Conference on Formal Ontology in Informaton Systems, 4 - 6 November 2004, Torino, Italy. Call for papers. The submission date for abstracts is 3 May 2004.
"The purpose of FOIS is to provide a forum for genuine interdisciplinary exchange in the spirit of a unified ontological analysis effort. Although the primary focus of the conference is on theoretical issues, methodological proposals as well as papers dealing with concrete applications from a well-founded theoretical perspective are welcome."
For more information, please see <http://www.loa-cnr.it/FOIS2004.html>.
IVIRA, 31 May 2004, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Call for position papers. The submission deadline is 5 May 2004.
"The IVIRA workshop will cover both theoretical and experimental research on the development, usage, and evaluation of effective interfaces to digital libraries. Of particular interest is research that exploits visualization to support improved browsing, retrieval, analysis, and understanding of domains represented in digital libraries."
For more information, please see <http://vw.indiana.edu/ivira03>.
WSE 2004: 6th International Workshop on Web Site Evolution, 16 September 2004, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Call for papers. The submission date is 7 May 2004.
"The goal of this one-day workshop is to bring together members of the Web design, software engineering, information assurance, and information technology communities to discuss test techniques for Web applications and services. WSE 2004 will provide an opportunity for the exchange of information related to exciting new research and empirical results in areas..."
For more information, please see <http://blackbox.cs.fit.edu/~wse2004>.
ECDL 2004 - 8th European Conference on Digital Libraries, 12 - 17 September 2004, Bath, United Kingdom. Call for Posters and Demonstrations. The submission date for both is 19 May 2004. (Please note: the submission deadline for papers, panels, tutorials and workshops is April 5, 2004.)
"ECDL welcomes contributions from the international community of scholars, researchers, practitioners and policy makers working across the range of disciplines related to the development of digital libraries."
Relevant topics are listed on the conference web site at <http://www.ecdl2004.org/contributions.html>.
Dialogues 2004, 2 - 8 October 2004, Padova, Italy. Call for papers. The submission date is 22 May 2004.
" The Padova Dialogues 2004 gathers three conferences (SPIRE [String Processing and Information Retrieval], ALT [Algorithmic Learning Theory], DS [Discovery Science]) and satellite meetings for exchange and integration in the modeling, design and implementation of advanced tools for the representation, encoding, storage, search, retrieval and discovery of information and knowledge."
For more information, please see <http://thepadovadialogues.dei.unipd.it>.
ACRL 12th National Conference, 7 - 10 April 2005, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Call for papers. The submission date is 28 May 2004.
The theme for the 2005 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is "Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change"..."Convergence adds different and complementary connotation to the conference theme. Due to an increased emphasis on interdisciplinary research and technology that connects people and resources in new ways, convergence is a growing phenomenon....The 12th National Conference Executive Committee invites you to submit proposals on the topics presented in the conference tracks. We also ask you to take a step back from your everyday work to explore the major issues, challenges, and opportunities facing academic and research librarians in the next five to ten years"
For more information, please see <http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/12thnatconf/12thnational.htm>.
4th WSEAS International Conference on Multimedia, Internet and Video Technologies , 14 - 16 September 2004, Izmir, Turkey. Call for papers. The submission date is 31 May 2004.
Papers are sought on the following topics: Multimedia Sound technologies, Image technologies, Virtual reality, Virtual factory, Computer vision, Mobile communications, Internet, Web methodologies, Internet based knowledge engineering, Distributed computing environments, Architectures for internet and intranets, Java, Corba, XML, Security Aspects, Reusability, Reliability, Intelligent agents, Data mining Object-oriented methodologies, Data warehousing, Tele-education, E-commerce, Tele-medicine and medical informatics, and many more.
For more information, please see the entire topic list at the conference web site <http://www.worldses.org/conferences/2004/turkey/icomiv/index.html>.
From Papyrus to Print-out: The Book in Africa Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 11 - 14 May 2005, Cape Town, South Africa. Call for papers. The submission date for abstracts is 31 May 2004.
Every country in Africa is currently faced with the challenges of book development, book pricing, preservation of books and oral literature, public libraries, accessibility of literature, reading literacy, and the impact of information technology on book development and on literature. The 8th Bibliophilia Africana conference will focus on these issues and how they are being addressed in various sectors and at various levels across the continent.
For more information about this Call for Papers, please see the conference web site at <http://www.nlsa.ac.za/bibliophilia.html>.
Continuing RLG Forum Series - To Have and To Hold: Metadata and Institutional Repositories, 7 April 2004, Stanford, California, USA, and 18 May 2004, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
"Following on the well-received To Have and To Hold: Metadata and Institutional Repositories forums held at the Library of Congress and the Chicago Historical Society in December 2003, RLG has scheduled two more events in this series. This one-day forum covers two interrelated topics pertinent to members and non-members alike: metadata and institutional digital repositories. Featuring RLG member experts and other speakers local to the venue, the forum serves as an educational opportunity for those desiring to learn more about how peer institutions are addressing the challenges related to long-term access to and preservation of digital materials" - from RLG DigiNews, February 15, 2004, Volume 8, Number 1.
For more information, please contact <Fran.Devlin@notes.rlg.org>.
School for Scanning: Building Good Digital Collections, 2 - 4 June 2004 (registration deadline: 7 May 2004), Chicago, Illinois, USA.
"This conference, taught by some of our nation's leading experts in digital library development, provides current, essential information for managers of paper-based collections (including photographs) who are seeking to create, manage, and preserve digital assets. Participants will leave the conference better equipped to make informed choices regarding management of their digital projects/programs. Although significant technical content will be presented, this is not a technician-training program."
For more information, please see <http://www.nedcc.org/ prelsfs/prgen.htm>.
CUMREC 2004, 9 - 12 May 2004, Austin, Texas, USA.
"CUMREC is A Higher Education Administrative Technology Conference. The purpose of CUMREC is to provide a forum for higher education professionals to share their expertise and experiences with computer systems in our ever-changing world of technology. The CUMREC Annual Conference, founded in 1956, is the longest running continuing conference devoted to promoting the understanding and use of information technology in higher education."
For more information, please see <http://www.cumrec. org/cumrec2004/program.asp>.
File Formats for Preservation, 10 - 11 May, Vienna, Austria.
"This training seminar is aimed at all people who are dealing with file format issues. These include practitioners in digital preservation from all kind of organisations and institutions, decision-makers and other people involved in choosing preservation file formats, and preservationists who are facing file format challenges and are looking for first-hand information and experience. In particular, people who want to exchange their experience with colleagues from all over Europe and beyond should consider attending."
For more information, please see <http://www.erpanet.org/>.
Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems, 10 - 14 May 2004, Ithaca, New York, USA.
"Cornell University Library is offering an innovative new digital preservation training program with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program will consist of an online tutorial and a series of one-week workshops to be held in Ithaca, NY. The primary goal of this program is to enable effective decision making for administrators who will be responsible for the longevity of digital objects in an age of technological uncertainty."
For more information, please see <http://www. library.cornell.edu/iris/dpworkshop/>.
Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals Workshop 2004, 16 - 21 May 2004, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
" 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."
For more information, please see <http://www.ils.unc.edu/DCHP/> .
NISO Workshop on Metadata Practices on the Cutting Edge, 20 May 2004, Washington, D.C., USA.
"Topics in the spotlightfrom both theoretical and practical perspectivesinclude: metadata syndication, digital archiving, metadata quality assurance, the Joint Working Party initiative on serials and subscription metadata, METS, MODS, and more. Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC, will keynote. Confirmed speakers include: Howard Ratner, Nature Publishing Group; Rebecca Guenther, Library of Congress; Chuck Koscher, CrossRef; Evan Owens, JSTOR; Morgan Cundiff, Library of Congress, MacKenzie Smith, MIT Libraries, and Bruce Rosenblum, Inera, Inc. In addition, Jenny Walker, ExLibris, a member of the NISO Standards Development Committee will discuss plans to support metadata interoperability through the development and coordination of standards and will share information about NISO's strategic planning initiative."
Please check the NISO website <http://www.niso.org/> for more details.
National Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o'2004), 24 - 26 May 2004, Seattle, Washington, USA.
"Digital government research is interdisciplinary and multi-sector, with a focus on research at the intersections of computer and information sciences, IT-related social, political, and behavioral sciences, and the problems and missions of government agencies. Correspondingly, the conference attracts researchers in the varied disciplines, government agencies representatives, policy specialists, business experts, representatives from the software industry, and members of the public."
For more information, please see <http://www.dgrc.org/dgo2004/>.
INFORM 2004 Conference on Professional Information Resources, 25 -27 May 2004, Prague, Czech Republic.
"10th annual conference on electronic information resources for both academic and corporate sectors is concerned with trends and news in this field, electronic DDS, e-books, marketing of information resources, website optimization for search engines, corporate information services and access to digitized rare material. The conference has become the main event in the field of electronic information resources in Central and Eastern Europe."
For more information, please contact Ms. Jana Machonska <firstname.lastname@example.org> or see <http://www. inforum.cz/inforum2004/english/index.php>.
IASSIST 2004 - Data Futures: Building on 30 Years of Advocacy, 25 - 28 May 2004, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
"The International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) annual conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison on May 25-28, 2004. IASSIST has been on the leading edge of data dissemination and access issues, critically examining developments in electronic delivery and privacy/confidentiality concerns. "Data advocacy" has included promoting statistical literacy among data professionals and the public; participating in the development of metadata standards for data; and working on solutions for preservation and archiving. The 2004 conference will build on this work with sessions that address various aspects of data advocacy. "
For more information, please see <http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/iassist2004/index.html>
AVI 2004, Advanced Visual Interfaces, 25 - 28 May 2004, Gallipoli (Lecce), Italy.
"The Conference traditionally brings together experts in different areas of computer science who have a common interest in the conception, design and implementation of visual interfaces. Because of the new class of computers, such as digital assistants, palmtops and mobile phones, AVI opens to perceptual interfaces, not limited to the use of visual techniques, which appear the appropriate solution to the design of dedicated interfaces, optimised for a given hardware and/or specific applications. Both formal methods and concrete applications well fit in the conference, whose program also includes invited talks, given by leaders in the field."
For more information, please see <http://www.di.uniba.it/~avi2004>.
Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2004: Human Information Behaviour & Competencies for Digital Libraries, 25 - 29 May, 2004, Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia.
"The general aim of the annual conference and course Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA), started in 2000, is 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. Each year a different and hot theme is addressed, divided in two parts; the first part covers research and development and the second part addresses advances in applications and practice. 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."
For more information, please see <http://knjiga.pedos.hr/lida/> .
PAKDD 2004, 8th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 26 - 28 May 2004, Sydney, Australia.
"The conference provides a leading international forum for the sharing of original research results and practical development experiences among researchers and developers from different data mining related areas."
For more information, please see <http://www.deakin.edu.au/~ pakdd04>.
(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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