A Patent System for the 21st Century, Stephen A. Merrill, Richard C. Levin, and Mark B. Myers, Editors, Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy, National Research Council, 2004, ISBN 0-309-08910-7.
From the Executive Summary: "Since its creation more than 200 years ago, the U.S. patent system has played an important role in stimulating technological innovation by providing legal protection to inventions of every description and by disseminating useful information about them....Continuing high rates of innovation suggest that the patent system is working well and does not need fundamental changes. We generally agree with that conclusion, but it is clear that both economic and legal changes are putting new strains on the system....In light of these strains, now is an opportune time to examine the system's performance and consider how it can continue to reinvent itself."
A printed copy of this report can be purchased from the National Academies Press or read online. See <http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10976.html>.
Survey of the State of Audio Collections in Academic Libraries, pub128, by Abby Smith, David Randal Allen, and Karen Allen, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources, August 2004, ISBN 1-932326-11-1.
"Abstract: This report contains a survey undertaken in 2003 by CLIR to study the state of audio recordings in academic libraries. One purpose of the survey was to inform decision makers in those libraries, as well as in funding agencies, about the scale and extent of barriers to preservation and access. Another purpose was to elicit information that would help the participating libraries assess their own readiness to preserve and provide access to their recorded-sound collections. We also hoped that survey findings would help library leaders and funders determine how best to allocate preservation funds and thereby help ensure access to historically important sound recordings. Finally, the survey was designed to raise awareness within the larger research and funding communities of the value of audio collections and to encourage institutions with important audio holdings to seek support for their collections."
For more information, please see <http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub128abst.html>.
Implementing Preservation Repositories For Digital Materials: Current Practice And Emerging Trends In The Cultural Heritage Community, A Report by the PREMIS Working Group, September 2004 (PREMISPreservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies, a Working Group Jointly Sponsored By OCLC and RLG).
"Abstract: In Winter 2003-2004, the PREMIS working group conducted a survey aimed at gathering information on key aspects of planned and existing preservation repositories for digital materials. Survey questions touched on a variety of areas, such as mission, funding, preservation strategy, and access policies, but with an overarching focus on current practice for managing preservation metadata in digital archiving systems. Survey responses were received from nearly fifty institutions located in thirteen countries, and included libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions. Analysis of the responses suggests that the digital preservation community is beginning to coalesce around several emerging trends in the use and management of preservation metadata, which are enumerated and discussed at the conclusion of the report."
This white paper is available in PDF format at <http://www.oclc.org/research/projects/pmwg/surveyreport.pdf>. For more information about PREMIS, see <http://www.oclc.org/research/projects/pmwg/>.
A Guide to Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation, edited by Lizbeth Goodman and Katherine Milton, for the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) Performing Arts, October 2004.
Announced 4 October 2004 by Catherine Owens, Executive Director AHDS Performing Arts - "Edited by Dr Lizbeth Goodman of SMARTlab at London Central St Martin's College and produced in association with the EU IST Programme, this guide includes essays and articles from a wide variety of international contributors including artists, pedagogues, technologists and cultural organisations and covers topics including funding, project management, best practice in collaborative working and examines varied methodologies for the creation and use of new technologies in performance. "
The Guide is located at <http://ahds.ac.uk/creating/guides/new-media-tools/index.htm>.
Directory of Digital Repositories and Services, Digital Preservation Coalition, October 2004.
Announced by Maggie Jones, Executive Secretary, Digital Preservation Coalition: "The DPC has commissioned Duncan Simpson to compile a Directory of Digital Repositories and Services in the UK, intended to provide a source of guidance and information to organisations needing information relating to their own digital preservation storage needs and/or needing information about what repositories and services exist....Although designed for UK organisations, the services included are not restricted to UK based institutions if the services are available in the UK but entries have been limited, for the time being at least, to anglophone services. We intend to update the Directory as more repositories and services become available."
The PDF version of the Guide can be found at <http://www.dpconline.org/graphics/guides/index.html#directory>.
Contracting Out for Digital Preservation Services, Digital Preservation Coalition, October 2004.
Announced by Maggie Jones, Executive Secretary, Digital Preservation Coalition: "The DPC has a new guidance leaflet on Contracting Out for Digital Preservation Services. This is intended to complement the recently announced Directory of Digital Preservation Repositories and Services in the UK....Contracting out digital preservation services could be an attractive option, particularly for smaller organisations who lack the infrastructure to enable this to be undertaken in house. However it can be a hazardous undertaking without careful planning. The Guidance leaflet on contracting out is intended to provide a source of practical guidance and a checklist of issues to consider before drawing up a service contract."
The PDF version of the leaflet can be found at <http://www.dpconline.org/graphics/guides/index.html#outsourcing>.
Copyright and intellectual property rights: a case study from the web face, by Dr. William Kilbride, Archaeology Data Service / Arts and Humanities Data Service Centre for Archaeology, October 2004.
From the Introduction to the Case Study: "This short case study gives an account of intellectual property and rights issues relating to an online research archive. It describes the licensing regime in place to protect the creators and publishers of the data, and provides a case study of actions taken to stop unlicensed re-publication of data by a third party. It concludes that clarity is essential in the protection of intellectual property rights and that effort taken at an early stage will be rewarded in the long term."
For more information, please see <http://ahds.ac.uk/creating/case-studies/protecting-rights/>.
Standing Our Ground: A Guidebook for STEM Educators in the Post-Michigan Era, by Shirley M. Malcom, Daryl E. Chubin and Jolene K. Jesse, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, October 2004.
"More than one year after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the value of diverse learning environments but struck down formulaic or points-based approaches to undergraduate admissions, this new report will clarify legally defensible options for protecting diversity in science and engineering programs."
For more information, please see <http://www.aaas.org/standingourground/>.
Surveying the Digital Future: The Digital Future Report Year Four: Ten Years, Ten Trends, USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future, Copyright © September 2004 University of Southern California.
"The fourth Digital Future Report continues to explore how the Internet influences the social, political, and economic behavior of users and non-users. With the completion of Year Four of the study, we are working on one of the principal goals of the Digital Future Project: to compare the evolving responses of Internet users and non-users over the years."
For more information, please see <http://www.digitalcenter.org/pages/news_content.asp?intGlobalId=125>. The PDF version of the report is at <http://www.digitalcenter.org/downloads/DigitalFutureReport-Year4-2004.pdf>.
DigiCULT.Info Issue 8 - A Newsletter on Digital Culture, August 2004, ISSN 1609-3941.
"For the first time, DigiCULT has devoted a section of this publication to a detailed focus on the cultural and scientific heritage work being carried out in one particular country....DigiCULT.Info's Content Editor, Daisy Abbott, spent a week interviewing sector professionals in France and their thoughts and experiences are presented in this special section, alongside articles and reports from French projects and events. "
This issue can be downloaded in low resolution at <http://www.digicult.info/pages/pubpop.php?file=http://www.digicult.info/
Digital Document Quarterly: , Volume 3, Number 3, published by HMG Consulting, Saratoga, CA, 2004.
"The DDQ 3(3) table of contents lists:
Research Needs Reconsidered
A Different View of the Research Challenges
TDO Digital Preservation Progress
Another Way to Make Documents Trustworthy
Query: What Was New in Digital Library?
LinuxWorld and Software Selection
Linux Desktops and Laptops: Has Their Time Come?
Home Personal Computer Reliability
and news, reading recommendations, and an Appendix: Preservation Research Needs"
This issue can be found at <http://home.pacbell.net/hgladney/ddq_3_3.htm>.
Delivery, Management and Access Model for E-prints and Open Access Journals within Further and Higher Education, A joint report by The Electronic Publishing Innovation Centre (EPIC) in partnership with Key Perspectives Limited, commissioned by JISC's Journals Working Group (JWG) and funded by the JISC Integrated Information Environment committee (JIIE), 2004.
Announced 5 October 2004 by Rachel Bruce, Joint Information Systems Committee - "[This report] looks at ways in which the delivery, management and access of e-prints and open access journals might be provided. The report therefore offers a view of different models that might support the newly emerging open access environment. The study looks into three possible models of open access provision in the UKcentralised, distributed and harvestingexamining the pros and cons of each. It sets out a rationale for any new work undertaken in the area, with detail and emphasis on three specific themes: technical issues, preservation of research and political and cultural factors that need to be considered. The JISC is considering the findings of the report and will feed these into on-going planning to provide a more seamless and richer information environment."
For more information, please see <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/journals_work.html>.
Journal of Digital Information, special issue on Digital Libraries and User Needs: Negotiating the Future, Volume 5, issue 3, September 2004.
From the special issue Editorial: "The purpose of this special issue is to consider the spectrum of approaches being used by different libraries and service providers as they negotiate the future with their user communities."
For more information, please see <http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/>.
Information Research, Volume 9, No 4 July 2004, ISBN 1368-1613.
"Information Research: an international electronic journal, is published four times a year by Professor Tom Wilson of the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield"
For more information about this open-access journal, please see <http://informationr.net/ir/about.html>.
Point to Point
"The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The new ERIC online system, released September 2004, provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. Effective October 1, more than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, [were made] available for free."
For more information, please see <http://www.eric.ed.gov/>.
"Search Engines 2 offers over 12,500 links to local, regional, national, and foreign internet search engines, web directories, pay per click search engines and meta search engines, many of which accept free/paid web site submissions and advertising."
For more information, please see <http://www.search-engines-2.com/>.
Calls for Participation
International Conference on Research Trends in Science and Technology, 7 - 9 March 2005 Beirut & Byblos, Lebanon. Call for papers. Paper submission deadline: November 15, 2004.
"Over the past several years, the International Conference on Research Trends in Science and Technology has become a primary forum for engineers, mathematicians and scientists from around the world to interact and present their work."
For more information, please see <http://www.lau.edu.lb/news-events/conferences/rtst2005/intro.html>.
Informing Science + Information Technology Education (InSITE), 16 - 19 June 2005, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Call for papers. The submission date is 30 November 2004.
" The purpose of Informing Science is to encourage the sharing of knowledge and collaboration among the wide variety of fields that use information technology to inform clients."
For more information, please see <http://2005.informingscience.org/>.
Information Architecture (IA) Summit 2005 - Crossing Boundaries, 4 - 7 March 2005, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Call for posters. The deadline for submission is 5 December 2004.
"Information Architecture (IA) has grown over the past six years and is recognized as a key player in web, multimedia, software, and product design....The theme of the conference is to cross not just geographic, academic, and business borders but also to contact other disciplines to exchange ideas and work together to create accessible, effective designs."
For more information, please see the conference web site at <http://www.iasummit.org/>.
Librarians for the 21st Century, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Call for proposals. The submission date is 15 December 2004.
"The program supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science. It also supports grants for research related to library education and library staffing needs, curriculum development, and continuing education and training."
For more information, please see <http://www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_bdre.htm>.
The 9th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD-05), 18-20 May 2005, Hanoi, Vietnam. Call for papers. The submission date is 22 December 2004.
"The 9th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD-05) is a leading international conference in the areas of data mining and knowledge discovery. It provides an international forum for researchers and industry practitioners to share their new ideas, original research results and practical development experiences from all KDD related areas including data mining, data warehousing, machine learning, databases, statistics, knowledge acquisition and automatic scientific discovery, data visualization, causal induction and knowledge-based systems."
For more information, please see <http://www.jaist.ac.jp/PAKDD-05/>.
CE2005: The 12th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, 25 - 29 July 2005, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, USA. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 31 December 2004.
"CE2005 will bring together several hundred researchers and practitioners from around the worldAsia, Europe, America, Africa, and Australiato discuss current advances, issues, and case studies in key technical areas of CE. The main theme of this conference is Smart and Concurrent Integration of Product Data, Services, and Control Strategies. The conference will include workshops, panel discussions, keynote addresses, and exhibitions."
For information about paper topics, please see <http://www.ce2005.org/>.
Sixth International Conference on Grey Literature, 6 - 7 December 2004, New York, New York, USA.
"In the transition to the 21st century, grey literature has become a daily work experience in public, academic, and business sectors. In the span of a decadeowing to Internet technologygrey literature has moved from being an uncharted and untapped resource to being a mainstream source of information. This information revolution has had tremendous impact on the landscape and environment in which grey literature is produced, processed, and exploited. The Sixth International Conference on Grey Literature offers information professionals an opportunity to explore current and emerging issues in the field. "
For more information, please see <http://www.textrelease.com/pages/2/index.htm>.
International Conference on Developing Digital Institutional Repositories: Experiences and Challenges , 9 - 10 December 2004, Hong Kong, China.
"There is a growing interest among academic and research libraries in the establishment of digital repositories that allow global access to scholarly outputs and learning contents created by their institutions. A number of digital institutional repositories in the U.S., Europe, and Asia will be highlighted at this conference. They are chosen to accentuate different IR implementation models adopted by diverse institutions to motivate the archiving, management, and disclosure of scholarly outputs and intellectual assets across a wide range of disciplines found within academic and research institutions. Overall the program is designed to help conference attendees to envision and implement a plan at their own institution which builds on the experiences of others and tries to minimize complexity and cost of a digital IR implementation."
For more information, please see <http://library.ust.hk/conference2004/>.
ICADL 2004: International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries, 13 - 17 December 2004, Shanghai, China.
"The scope of ICADL covers a variety of aspects of digital library research and practice: theory, technology and issues....The theme of the ICADL 2004 conference is: Digital Library: International Collaboration and Cross-Fertilization, with its focus on technology, service & management and collaboration & localization."
For more information, please see <http://icadl2004.sjtu.edu.cn/>.
4th Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (ICVGIP 2004), 16 - 18, Kolkata, India.
"The Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (ICVGIP) has been organized every two years since 1995 by premier academic institutions and research and development laboratories. The objective of the conference is to bring together researchers in the academic institutions and R&D Laboratories working in the above fields and to use this as a forum to exchange views and ideas in these topics of current research."
For more information, please see <http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/icvgip/>.
(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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