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November/December 2014
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In Print

Point to Point

Calls for Participation

Goings On

Deadline Reminders


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November/December 2014


In Print

  • Registering Researchers in Authority Files, An OCLC Research Report by: Researchers in Authority Files Task Group, October 2014. © 2014 OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

    "Written by OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura and a 13-member task group comprised of specialists from the US, UK and the Netherlands, this report summarizes their research into approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers."

  • Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries (A report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries), by Amy K. Garmer, Director Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, October 2014. © 2014 by The Aspen Institute.

    "The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, created the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries to help advance the work that public libraries are doing to address community challenges and to support the transformation of communities and their public libraries in the digital age. The Dialogue on Public Libraries is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together library professionals, policymakers, technology experts, philanthropists, educators and civic leaders to explore, develop and champion new ways of thinking about public libraries....The Dialogue and, ultimately, this report explore the essential role of public libraries in a networked world and begin to re-envision the 21st century library in a hyper-connected environment and dramatically changing world."

  • Guideline for Preservation Planning: Procedural Model and Implementation, authored and edited by the nestor (Network of Expertise in Long-Term Storage) working group Preservation Planning, nestor-materials 15, 2014.

    "The guideline describes a procedural model and provides information on possible forms of implementation. It serves as a theoretical and practical implementation of the 'Preservation Planning' functional unit of the OAIS reference model. The guideline takes into consideration the fact that ideal solutions are rarely attainable and focuses instead on the four conditions of financial viability, authenticity, adequacy and potential for automation."

  • HowOpenIsIt?, © 2014 Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition and Public Library of Science, 2014

    "'HowOpenIsIt?®OAS' moves the conversation from 'Is It Open Access?' to 'HowOpenIsIt?®' and illustrates a nuanced continuum of more versus less open to enable users to compare and contrast publications and policies across a grid of clearly defined components related to readership, reuse, copyright, author and automatic posting, and machine readability."

  • Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020: Interim Report (2014) , Committee on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science in 2017-2020; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council, October 2014.

    "Advanced computing capabilities are used to tackle a rapidly growing range of challenging science and engineering problems, many of which are compute- and data-intensive as well. Demand for advanced computing has been growing for all types and capabilities of systems, from large numbers of single commodity nodes to jobs requiring thousands of cores; for systems with fast interconnects; for systems with excellent data handling and management; and for an increasingly diverse set of applications that includes data analytics as well as modeling and simulation. Since the advent of its supercomputing centers, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided its researchers with state-of-the-art computing systems. The growth of new models of computing, including cloud computing and publically available by privately held data repositories, opens up new possibilities for NSF. In order to better understand the expanding and diverse requirements of the science and engineering community and the importance of a new broader range of advanced computing infrastructure, the NSF requested that the National Research Council carry out a study examining anticipated priorities and associated tradeoffs for advanced computing. This interim report identifies key issues and discusses potential options."

  • Success Strategies for Electronic Content Discovery and Access: A Cross-Industry White Paper, by Suzanne Saskia Kemperman, Bill Brembeck, Elizabeth W. Brown, Alexandra de Lange-van Oosten, Theodore Fons, Catherine Giffi, Noah Levin, Alistair Morrison, Carlen Ruschoff, Gregg A. Silvis and Jabin Whitedetails, © OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., September 2014.

    "[This white paper], authored by a cross-industry group of professionals from libraries, content providers and OCLC, identifies problems with data quality in the content supply chain and gives practical recommendations for improved usage, discovery and access of e-content in libraries."

  • Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications 2014-2015, September 2014, Library of Congress. (Comments due by March 31, 2015).

    "There are two primary purposes of the specifications. One purpose of the specifications is to provide internal guidance within the Library to help inform acquisitions of collections materials (other than materials received through the Copyright Office). A second purpose is to inform the creative and library communities on best practices for ensuring the preservation of, and long-term access to, the creative output of the nation and the world."

  • IEEE CS 2022 Report, by Hasan Alkhatib, Paolo Faraboschi, Eitan Frachtenberg, et al., IEEE Computer Society 2014.

    The report may be read in full online, but registration is required for access. From the Introduction to the report: "Nine technical leaders of the IEEE Computer Society joined forces to write [this] technical report, entitled IEEE CS 2022, symbolically surveying 23 potential technologies that could change the landscape of computer science and industry by the year 2022. In particular, this report focuses on 3D printing, big data and analytics, open intellectual property movement, massively online open courses, security cross-cutting issues, universal memory, 3D integrated circuits, photonics, cloud computing, computational biology and bioinformatics, device and nanotechnology, sustainability, high-performance computing, the Internet of Things, life sciences, machine learning and intelligent systems, natural user interfaces, networking and interconnectivity, quantum computing, software-defined networks, multicore, and robotics for medical care."

  • Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality, Ithaca S+R Issue Brief, by Roger Schonfeld, September 2, 2014.

    "In this Issue Brief, Roger Schonfeld explores how the vision that the library should be the starting point for research – a vision many library directors hold –is often in conflict with the practices of faculty and students. As users migrate to other starting points, librarians could invest in ways to bring them back. But there is also an opportunity for librarians to re-think their role and perhaps pursue a different vision altogether."

  • ERCIM News, Issue 99 October 2014, Special theme: Software Quality

    From the Introduction to the Special Theme: "In this special theme of ERCIM News, some of the recent steps developed to understand and manipulate software quality are presented. We aren't yet at the stage where we fully understand, or can control software but we are certainly working towards this point. Some researchers are studying the current reality of software, discovering theories and tools that can improve our abilities to analyse, explain and manipulate. Other researchers are re-thinking and re-shaping the future of software by discovering new, simpler languages and tools to construct the next generation of software. These two perspectives should leapfrog us into a future where we understand it all."

  • Primary Source, Volume 16, Number 10, October 2014. Institute of Museum and Library Services

    "Brief articles alert readers to new information about IMLS grants, monthly highlights of best practices, and important agency news with hotlinks to more detailed information on the Web site."

  • Code4Lib Journal, Issue 26

    "The Code4Lib Journal exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future."

  • OSTI.gov Newsletter, Issue 9, October/November 2014.

    "In this issue:

    • OSTI Launches DOE PAGESBeta
    • Brian Hitson Named Director of OST
    • OSTI 2015-2019 Strategic Plan Issued
    • WorldWideScience.org Features New Design and Improved Multilingual Translations
    • SciTech Connect Full-Text MARC Records Refresh
    • Search Tip: Proximity Searching in SciTech Connect and DOE PAGESBeta
    • OpenNet Now Includes Manhattan District History and Oppenheimer Personnel Hearing Transcript
    • Most Viewed Documents from All OSTI Search Tools by Subject Category
    • DOE Science Showcase: Earth System Models
    • The Latest from OSTIblog
  • Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E), October 2014 Newsletter.

    "The Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E) project, which is focused on building the tools and communities to enable humanities researchers to work with manuscripts in the Linked Open Web, has just published its October 2014 newsletter. In it you can find a roundup of the activities of the project since the summer, as well as a look ahead to the upcoming final project months."

  • Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, Number 77, Summer 2014.

    "Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship publishes substantive content of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share successful initiatives and innovative ideas, and to publish peer-reviewed or board-accepted papers, including case studies, practical applications, theoretical essays, web/bibliographies, and research papers relevant to the functions and operations of science and technology libraries in all settings. Through its columns ISTL also publishes reviews, opinions, and best practices."

  • Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ): Special issue on Open Access Infrastructure, Volume 26, Number 2, Summer 2014. Published by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), September 2014.

    "As Guest Content Editor, Liam Earney, Head of Library Support Services, Jisc, notes, '2013 seems to have been a watershed for open access (OA). Driven by a number of policy announcements from funding bodies and governments worldwide, the question is no longer whether open access will or should happen, but rather how will it be implemented in a sustainable way.' Earney has gathered in this issue of ISQ a wealth of insights from a wide variety of viewpoints-publishers, funders, universities, intermediaries, standards bodies, and open access experts on where we are and where we are going with a sustainable OA infrastructure."

  • DOI News, September 2014, International DOI Foundation.

    "The DOI is a system for for interoperably identifying and exchanging intellectual property in the digital environment. The International DOI Foundation, a non-profit organization, manages development, policy and licensing of the DOI system to registration agencies and technology providers and advises on usage and development of related services and technologies."

  • SCAPE Newsletter, Issue 10, September 2014 (Final Issue).

    "In this closing edition the SCAPE Project co-ordinator Dr. Ross King looks back on four years of SCAPE. You will also find an interview with Ed Fay of the Open Planets Foundation that will provide a long-term home for the SCAPE outputs, information on our Twitter channel and the newsletter email list, some SCAPE successes and goodbyes."


Point to Point

  • Bits & Pieces, a new blog on Digital Preservation at Edinburgh University.

    "The University Library is embarking on a 2-year project to develop and install a digital preservation repository solution to manage and preserve the university's born digital records, digitised content and acquired digital collections which have been selected for permanent preservation. The Bits and Pieces blog will be a window to that process and it's [ blogger Kirsty Lee's] intention to use it not only as a record of the project but to provide help to others embarking on, or looking to embark on, a similar process."


Calls for Participation

  • Science and Information Conference 2015, 28 - 30 July 2015, London, United Kingdom. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 15 December 2014.

    "Science and Information (SAI) Conference is a premier venue for researchers and industry practitioners to share their new ideas, original research results and practical development experiences from Computer Science, Electronics and Communication related areas."

  • 11th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - WEBIST 2015, 20 - 22 May 2015, Lisbon, Portugal. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 16 December 2014.

    "The purpose of the 11th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the technological advances and business applications of web-based information systems. The conference has five main tracks, covering different aspects of Web Information Systems, including Internet Technology, Web Interfaces and Applications, Society, e-Communities, e-Business, Web Intelligence and Mobile Information Systems."

  • 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - CSEDU 2015, 23 - 25 May 2015, Lisbon, Portugal. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 16 December 2014.

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

  • 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - CLOSER 2015, 20 - 22 May 2015, Lisbon, Portugal. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 16 December 2014.

    "CLOSER...focuses on the emerging area of Cloud Computing, inspired by some latest advances that concern the infrastructure, operations, and available services through the global network. Further, the conference considers as essential the link to Services Science, acknowledging the service-orientation in most current IT-driven collaborations. The conference is nevertheless not about the union of these two (already broad) fields, but about Cloud Computing where we are also interested in how Services Science can provide theory, methods and techniques to design, analyze, manage, market and study various aspects of Cloud Computing."

  • 18th International Conference on Business Information Systems, 24 - 26 June 2015, Poznan, Poland. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 19 December 2014.

    "The BIS conference is a well-respected event joining international researchers to discuss the wide range of the development, implementation, application and improvement of business applications and systems. It is addressed to the scientific community, people involved in the development of business computer applications, consultants helping to properly implement computer technology and applications in the industry."

  • 7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2015), 26 - 29 May 2015, Paris, France. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 20 December 2014.

    "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."

  • 2nd Annual Library Publishing Forum, 29 - 30 March 2015, Portland, Oregon, USA. Call for presentation proposals. The submission deadline is 31 December 2014.

    "This event will bring together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; to strengthen and promote this community of practice; and to advance this vibrant subfield of academic publishing."

  • 1st Annual conference on Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, 25 - 26 June 2015, Dublin, Ireland. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 26 January 2015.

    "In the current digital age, our social and cultural record is also at risk, but its degradation occurs over time. Instead of burning rapidly, digital records are threatened by a slow-burning fire that can go undetected as a result of insufficient data management practices. Additionally, the preservation of our digital social and cultural heritage is subject to domain- and community-specific requirements. These issues demand that we reflect critically on the purpose of digital preservation, and ask fundamental questions about how requirements should shape our practices. Similar to the public appeal in 1922, we are looking for public, academic and industry engagement on the issue of digital preservation, to help identify the fragments that have been, or are in danger of being lost, as well as to build the digital preservation strategies that will shape and safeguard our public record."


Goings On

  • NISO Two-Part Webinar: Sustainable Information Part 2: Digital Preservation of Audio-Visual Content, 17 December 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time). Registration closes on 17 December 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

    "Audio-visual resources in digital formats present even more challenges to preservation than do digital text resources. Reformatting information to a common file format can be difficult and may require specialists to ensure it is done with no loss in integrity. While digital text may still be usable if done imperfectly (e.g. skewed but still readable pages), even small errors in digital A/V files could render the material unusable. This webinar will share the experiences of several projects that are working to ensure that A/V files can be preserved with their full integrity ensured."

  • International Conference on Human Machine Interaction 2014, 23 - 25 December 2014, New Delhi, India.

    "Human-Machine Interaction (HMI), is a main annual research conference aimed at presenting current research being carried out. The idea of the conference is for the scientists, scholars, engineers and students from the Universities all around the world and the industry to present ongoing research activities, and hence to foster research relations between the Universities and the industry."

  • 4th IEEE International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services ETTLIS (2015), 6 - 8 January 2015, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

    "Library and information professionals associated with library management, research & development and other related disciplines will benefit from this symposium. The broad categories of participants who may attend the symposium are:

    • Librarians and technology professionals
    • Knowledge workers
    • Policy makers
    • Educationists and academicians
    • e-learning communities
    • Content and knowledge managers
    • IT service providers, information providers including vendors, aggregators
    • Electronic, print and publishing community
    • Corporate managers engaged in information retrieval
    • e-governance co-ordinators."
  • CurateGear 2015: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections, 7 January 2015, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

    "CurateGear 2015 will be an interactive day-long event focused on digital curation tools and methods. Participants will see demonstrations, hear about the latest developments, and discuss application in professional contexts."

  • 6th International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms (BIOINFORMATICS 2015), 12 - 15 January 2015, Lisbon, Portugal.

    "The purpose of the International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of computational systems and information technologies to the field of molecular biology, including for example the use of statistics and algorithms to understanding biological processes and systems, with a focus on new developments in genome bioinformatics and computational biology."

  • 8th International Conference on Health Informatics, 12 - 15 January 2015, Lisbon, Portugal.

    "The purpose of the International Conference on Health Informatics is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to healthcare and medicine in general and to the specialized support to persons with special needs in particular."

  • International Winter School on Big Data, 26 - 30 January 2015, Tarragona, Spain.

    "BigDat 2015 is a research training event for graduates and postgraduates in the first steps of their academic career. It aims at updating them about the most recent developments in the fast developing area of big data, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research, development and innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and society itself. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience."

  • 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, 30 January - 3 February 2015, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    This is the annual midwinter meeting held by the American Library Association. "The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users."

Deadline Reminders

(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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