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March/April 2014
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In Print

Point to Point

Calls for Participation

Goings On

Deadline Reminders


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March/April 2014


In Print

  • Does Every Research Library Need a Digital Humanities Center? An OCLC Research Report by Jennifer Schaffner and Ricky Erway, OCLC Research.

    From the Overview of the report: "The digital humanities (DH) are attracting considerable attention and funding at the same time that this nascent field strives for an identity. Some research libraries are committing significant resources to creating DH centers. But questions about whether such an investment is warranted persist across the cultural heritage community. In this essay, Jennifer Schaffner and Ricky Erway suggest many ways to respond to the needs of digital humanists, and creating a DH center is appropriate in relatively few circumstances. They also share examples of successful collaborations with DH, but caution that one size does not fit all. "

  • Copyright & Risk: Scoping the Wellcome Digital Library Project, CREATe Working Paper No. 10, by Victoria Stobo with Ronan Deazley and Ian G. Anderson, Wellcome Library, Glasgow University, December 2013.

    "Copyright & Risk: Scoping the Wellcome Digital Library is a comprehensive case study which aims to assess the merits of the risk-managed approach to copyright clearance adopted by the Wellcome Library (WL) in the course of their pilot digitisation project Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics."

  • Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition, by Larry Johnson, Samantha Adams Becker, and Victoria Estrada, et. al. Published by The New Media Consortium, 2014.

    "This volume...examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of higher education. While there are many local factors affecting the practice of education, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries and questions common to higher education; it was with these questions in mind that this report was created."

  • Press and Library Collaboration Survey. Survey Conducted: 2012. Final Report: 2013. The Association of American University Presses.

    From the Introduction to the survey: "The purpose of this survey of university press-library relationships in North America, originally conducted in May 2012, was to map similarities and differences in operational and financial structures as well as practical differences. The goal of the survey was to generate information that would help AAUP press directors and staff, and ARL library directors or directors of scholarly communication, to better understand the variety of relationships that exist."

  • Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: New Reports and Findings, edited by Nancy Fried Foster, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), February 2014. This is a web-only publication. ISBN 978-1-932326-48-2 CLIR pub 161.

    From the Abstract: "This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services."

  • Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections, an OCLC Research Report by Lorcan Dempsey, Brian Lavoie, Constance Malpas, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Roger C. Schonfeld, JD Shipengrover, and Günter Waibel, 2014.

    "Understanding the Collective Collection collects important work OCLC Research has done for the community in recent years in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. It provides critical context for the policy, service and strategy questions raised by shared print discussions in the library community."

  • Designing a New Academic Library from Scratch, an Ithica Issue Brief by Nancy Fried Foster, Ithaka S+R, 2014.

    "In this issue brief, Ithaka S+R Senior Anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster asks what it would be like to design academic libraries based not on precedent, but rather on everything we can learn right now about the work practices of the people who already use them. Foster demonstrates how through participatory design we can build a new type of library that considers both the practical needs of the community and the higher ideals of cultural institutions."

  • Discovering Scholarship on the Open Web: Communities and Methods, by Joan Fragaszy Troyano and Jeri Wieringa, published by PressForward, April 2013.

    From the Introduction: "This report outlines the current state of the aggregation, curation, evaluation, and distribution of scholarship on the open web. [It] describes the primary types of websites where open collections of scholarly work can be found, specifically repositories, aggregators, curated content, and forums for post-publication review."

  • Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter (February 2014), published by the Library of Congress.

    "In this issue:

    • Spotlight on Digital Collections, including an interview with Lisa Green on Machine Scale Analysis of collections, and a look at the Cultural Heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains
    • Digital Preservation Aid in Response to Tornado
    • NDSA Digital Content Area: Web and Social Media
    • Wikipedia and Digital Preservation
    • AV Artifact Atlas, FADGI interview with Hanna Frost
    • Several updates on the Residency Program
    • Listing of upcoming events including the IDCC (Feb 24-27), Digital Maryland conference (March 7), Computers in Libraries (April 7-10), Personal Digital Archiving 2014 (April 10-11)
    • And other articles about data, preservation of e-serials, and more."
  • Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newslette (March 2014), Library of Congress.

    "In this issue:"

    • A Career's Worth of Archives - Bill LeFurgy talks about his career and personal archives, as he heads into retirement
    • New NDSA Report: PDF/A-3 for Archival Institutions
    • CFP for Digital Preservation 2014 - deadline is March 14th
    • What Do You Mean by "Archive"? Genres of Usage for Digital Preservers
    • An Interview with public radio's John Passmore
    • Upcoming events: DERCOMP Digital Curation, Computers in Libraries, Texas Library Association, Personal Digital Archiving 2014, 2014 Midwest Archives Conference
    • Recent articles about the NDSA, web archiving, residency program and much more.
  • ERCIM News: Special Theme Linked Data: The Quiet Revolution, Issue 96, January 2014.

    From the Introduction to the issue: "The Linked Data paradigm has emerged as a powerful enabler for publishing, enriching and sharing data, information and knowledge in the Web. It offers a set of best practices that promote the publication of data on the Web using semantic web technologies such as URIs and RDF, support the exchange of structured data to be done as easily as the sharing of documents, allow the creation of typed links between Web resources and offer a single, standardized access mechanism."

  • NISO Working Group Connection January 2014, National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

    "Working Group Connection is a quarterly supplement to NISO Newsline. Ths issue contains reports from the Business Information Topic Committee, the Content & Collection Management Topic Committee and the Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee."


Point to Point

  • Achieving Thresholds for Discovery, OCLC Webinar recording.

    "This webinar was a joint presentation of the OCLC Research and Princeton work, and included a discussion on steps that institutions can take both individually and collaboratively to improve their own thresholds for discovery."


Calls for Participation

  • SoMeRA 2014: International Workshop on Social Media Retrieval and Analysis, 11 July 2014, Gold Coast, Australia. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 18 April 2014.

    "The International Workshop on Social Media Retrieval and Analysis (SoMeRA) is targeted at presenting cutting edge research on all topics of retrieval, recommendation, and browsing in social media, as well as on the analysis of user's multifaceted traces in social media. In particular, novel methods and ideas that address challenges such as large quantity and noisiness of user-generated multimedia data, user biases, cold-start problem, or integrating contextual aspects into retrieval and recommendation techniques are highly welcome. The workshop will further foster the exchange of ideas between different communities, in particular it aims at better connecting the multimedia and recommender systems communities with the information retrieval community."

  • SMIR-14: Semantic Matching in Information Retrieval, 11 July 2014, Gold Coast, Australia (as part of the SIGIR 2014 conference).. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 20 April 2014.

    "The main purpose of the workshop SMIR2013 is to bring together IR (Information Retrieval) and NPL (Natural Language Processing) researchers working on or interested in semantic matching, to share latest research results, express opinions on the related issues, and discuss future directions."

  • International Congress on Management of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Memory Institutions, 17 - 20 September 2014, Istanbul, Turkey. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 22 April 2014.

    "The University and Research Librarians' Association in Turkey (URLA) organize annual scientific meetings in order to raise awareness of practitioners related to the information on various platforms like information services, information & document management, knowledge economy, information literacy, industrialization of information and so on in Turkey since 1991....The main theme of the Congrees in 2014 'Management of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Memory Institutions.'"

  • International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL). Call for bids to host TPDL for 2015 and 2016. The submission deadline is 25 April 2014.

    "TPDL is the major European forum focusing on digital libraries and documents infrastructures together with associated technical, practical, and social issues, meeting the needs of a large and diverse constituency, which includes practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers and users. Parties interested in hosting TPDL in 2015 and 2016 are invited to submit proposals, in PDF format, by email to the TPDL Steering Committee chair, deputy chair, and secretary."

  • Medical Information Retrieval (MedIR) Workshop, 11 July 2014, Gold Coast, Australia (as part of the SIGIR 2014 conference). Call for papers. The submission deadline is 28 April 2014.

    "The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum to enable the progression of research in medical information retrieval to provide enhanced search services for all users with interests in medical information search. This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in medical information search with the goal of identifying specific research challenges that need to be addressed to advance the state-of-the-art and to foster interdisciplinary collaborations towards the meeting of these challenges."

  • 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities, 31 October - 4 November 2014, Seattle, Washington, USA. Call for Papers, Panels, and Workshops. The submission deadline is 30 April 2014.

    "The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society....The conference welcomes contributions from all areas of information science and technology. The conference celebrates plurality in methods, theories and conceptual frameworks and has historically presented research and development from a broad spectrum of domains, as encapsulated in ASIST's many special interest groups."

  • 3rd ASE/IEEE Conference on Big Data Science and Computing 2014, 4 - 7 August 2014, Beijing, China. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 April 2014.

    "The Third ASE International Conference on Big Data Science and Computing aims to bring together academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results in Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA). The phrase 'big data' in this solicitation refers to large, diverse, complex, longitudinal, and/or distributed data sets generated from instruments, sensors, Internet transactions, email, video, click streams, and/or all other digital sources available today and in the future."

  • 2014 International Conference on Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Digital Cultural Heritage in the Ancient World., 29 September - 1 October 2014, Paris, France. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 April 2014.

    "EAGLE (Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy) aims to create an e-library for Digital Epigraphy of unprecedented scale and quality for ingestion to Europeana....EAGLE is also aiming at creating a network of experts and people interested in Epigraphy and Cultural Heritage. This event is intended to be a forum for anyone willing to share and discuss experiences and current general best practices for digital editions. It is open to researchers, archivists, industry professionals, museum curators and others seeking to create a forum in which individuals and institutions can find a place to collaborate."

  • 6th International ACM Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES 2014), 15 - 17 September 2014, Buraidah-Al Qassim, Saudi Arabi. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 12 May 2014.

    "MEDES aims to develop and bring together a diverse community from academia, research laboratories and industry interested in exploring the manifold challenges and issues related to resource management of Digital Ecosystems and how current approaches and technologies can be evolved and adapted to this end. The conference seeks related original research papers, industrial papers and proposals for demonstrations."

  • Privacy-Preserving IR: When Information Retrieval Meets Privacy and Security, 11 July 2014, Gold Coast, Australia (as part of the SIGIR 2014 conference). Call for papers. The submission deadline is 19 May 2014 (Samoa Time).

    "Information retrieval and information privacy/security are two fast-growing computer science disciplines. There are many synergies and connections between these two disciplines. However, there have been very limited efforts to connect the two. On the other hand, due to lack of mature techniques in privacy-preserving IR, concerns about privacy and security have become serious obstacles that prevent valuable user data to be used in IR research such as studies about query logs, social media, tweets, sessions, and medical record retrieval. This privacy-preserving IR workshop aims to spurring research brings together the research fields of IR and privacy/security, and mitigate privacy threats in information retrieval by exploring novel algorithms and tools."

  • SIGIR 2014 Workshop on Time-aware Information Access (TAIA2014), 11 July 2014, Gold Coast, Australia (as part of the SIGIR 2014 conference). Call for papers. The submission deadline is 19 May 2014 (Samoa Time).

    "[This workshop] explores spatial and temporal context in dynamic geotagged collections, such as Wikipedia, and traditional news sources, as well as social media sites such as Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook and Flickr. To ground the workshop, and provide a locus for discussion of the two aspects of user context, [the workshop] focuses on event detection and recommendation. Events are a natural theme around which to center discussions of spatial and temporal context because events are defined by their time and place. [The workshop] aims to bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss their recent breakthroughs and the challenges with addressing spatial and temporal information access, both from the algorithmic and the architectural perspectives."

  • Workshop on Information Artifact Ontologies, as part of 8th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems FOIS 2014, 22 - 25 September 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Call for workshop papers. The submission deadline is 22 May 2014.

    "[This] workshop, to be held in conjunction with the FOIS2014 conference, will be a forum for sharing foundational issues as well as the more practical aspects of developing ontologies for representing information artifacts. We welcome three types of submissions: tutorial proposals (1-page), short progress reports (1-page), and longer papers up to six pages that address either ontological treatment of information artifacts or the development of resources to represent information artifacts in various domains."

  • 5th EUROMED 2014: Progress in Cultural Heritage e-Documentation, Preservation and Protection, 4 - 8 November 2014, Limassol, Cyprus. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 May 2014.

    "The 5th EUROMED conference brings together researchers, policy makers, professionals, fellows and practitioners to explore some of the more pressing issues concerning Cultural Heritage today. In particular, the main goal of the conference is to focus on interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research on tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage, using cutting edge technologies for the protection, restoration, preservation, massive digitalization, documentation and presentation of the Cultural Heritage contents. At the same time, the event is intended to cover topics of research ready for exploitation, demonstrating the acceptability of new sustainable approaches and new technologies by the user community, owners, managers and conservators of our cultural patrimony."

  • 10th International Conference on Semantic Systems (formerly known as I-SEMANTICS), 4 - 5 September 2014, Leipzig, Germany. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 May 2014.

    "The annual SEMANTiCS conference (formerly known as I-Semantics) is the meeting place for professionals who make semantic computing work, and understand its benefits and know its limitations. Every year, SEMANTiCS attracts information managers, IT-architects, software engineers, and researchers, from organisations ranging from NPOs, public administrations to the largest companies in the world."


Goings On

  • NISO Virtual Conference: Dealing with the Data Deluge: Successful Techniques for Scientific Data Management, 11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (US Eastern Time) 23 April 2014. Registration closes on April 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

    "This Virtual Conference will explore in greater depth than traditional webinars some of the practical lessons from those who have implemented data management and developed best practices, as well as provide some insight into the evolving issues the community faces. It will include discussions related to certification of trusted repositories, provenance and identification issues around data, data citation, preservation, and the work of several repository networks to advance distribution of scientific information."

  • 16th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), 27 - 30 April 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.

    "The purpose of the 16th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the advances and business applications of information systems. Six simultaneous tracks will be held, covering different aspects of Enterprise Information Systems Applications, including Enterprise Database Technology, Systems Integration, Artificial Intelligence, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Analysis and Specification, Internet Computing, Electronic Commerce, Human Factors and Enterprise Architecture."

  • Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2014), 28 - 30 April 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

    "The aim of IICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The IICE-2014 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation."

  • North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Annual Conference 2014 Theme: Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers, 1 - 4 May 2014, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

    "NASIG is a network of informed, active individuals that promotes dialogue and professional growth. NASIG is a forum for genuine communication and fosters a unity of purpose....NASIG offers the most influential and dynamic annual conference in the serials industry, at which issues are intensely debated and speakers challenge assumptions and traditions. NASIG also provides other learning opportunities to address specific needs and skills."

  • Getting Started in Digital Preservation 2014, 2 May 2014, St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom.

    "This day-long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections."

  • NISO Webinar - Getting to the Right Content: Link Resolvers and Knowledgebases, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), 14 May 2014. Registration closes on 14 May 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (ET).

    "Link resolvers have become an important element of providing access to full-text electronic content and are now ubiquitous in both the library and publishing community. These systems work well enough a majority of the time. However, they are not entirely problem free, and as a result users may not always obtain access to information which their institutions have licensed for them....This webinar will highlight...NISO projects and other community initiatives launched to create community-managed knowledge base repositories."

  • Transforming Library Metadata with XSLT, 14 - 16 May 2014, Washington, DC, USA.

    "The ARL Statistics and Assessment Program and the Digital Library Federation (DLF), a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, are pleased to offer this three-day in-depth workshop focused on using XML and XSLT in the library environment."

  • Oregon Virtual Reference Summit 2014, 16 May 2014, Bend, Oregon, USA.

    "The Oregon Virtual Reference Summit is Oregon's annual conference dedicated to reference, service, and technology. It is a one-day conference that strives for a fun, friendly, inclusive environment with reference-focused content appropriate for all skill levels, library types, and experiences. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet virtual reference staff from around the state face-to-face and exchange ideas. Presenters and attendees do not need to staff Answerland; all are welcome."

  • 2014 British and Irish Sound Archives (BISA) Conference, 16 - 17 May 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

    "The purpose of BISA is to facilitate the exchange of information on all practical aspects of audio archiving in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and to co-ordinate activity deemed by the membership to be in support of their professional interests."

  • 3rd LIBER Workshop on Digital Curation, 19 - 20 May 2014, Vienna, Austria.

    "The need to unambiguously locate and access the digital resources, as well as associate them with the related metadata (e.g. authors, relevant entities, institutions, research groups, projects, administrative organisational units) is an essential requirement for managing, accessing, reusing, retrieving and preserving huge amounts of cultural and intellectual resources....Along with the tide of Big Data, the relevance of this issue has been dramatically increased, making it clear that academic institutions have to take actions and develop plans that foster achievement of these goals. In this Conference, we argue that the introduction of comprehensive Data Management Plans is the imminent step for the Instiutions and their repositories which seek to fulfil requirements set to them."

  • 11th ESWC Conference 2014, 25 -29 May 2014, Crete, Greece.

    "The ESWC is a major venue for discussing the latest scientific results and technology innovations around semantic technologies. Building on its past success, ESWC is seeking to broaden its focus to span other relevant research areas in which Web semantics plays an important role."

  • 20th INFORUM Conference on Professional Information Resources INFORUM 2014, 27 - 28 May 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

    "The 20th annual conference of INFORUM deals with professional electronic information resources for research, development, education and business purposes. The conference is attended especially by information professionals from special and public libraries, private corporations and state agencies, IT managers, physicians, lawyers, university teachers and students."

  • mLibraries V Conference, 27 - 30 May 2014, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

    "Hosted by The Open University (UK) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, this conference will bring together researchers, educators, technical developers, managers and library professionals to exchange experience and expertise and to generate ideas for future developments..."

  • International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, 27 - 30 May 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

    "Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (QQM) are proved more and more popular tools for Librarians, because of their usefulness to the everyday professional life. QQM aim to the assessment and improvement of the services, to the measurement of the functional effectiveness and efficiency. QQM are the mean to make decisions on fund allocation and financial alternatives. Librarians use also QQM in order to determine why and when their users appreciate their services. This is the start point of the innovation involvement and the ongoing procedure of the excellent performance."

Deadline Reminders

  • KM World, 4 - 7 November 2014, Washington, DC, USA. Call for speakers. The submission deadline is 21 March 2014.
  • IA Summit, 25 - 30 March 2014, San Diego, California, USA
  • UMAP 2014, 7 - 11 July 2014, Aalborg, Denmark. Call for posters and demos. The submission deadline is 7 April 2014.

(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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