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September/October 2012
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In Print

Point to Point

Calls for Participation

Goings On

Deadline Reminders


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September/October 2012


In Print

  • One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging into Data Challenge, by Christa Williford and Charles Henry. Research Design by Amy Friedlander. Published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) June 2012. CLIR pub 151.

    From the Abstract to the report: "This report culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. These scholars were the first recipients of grants through the Digging into Data program, led by the NEH, who partnered with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada, and the NSF to fund the first eight initiatives. The report introduces the eight projects and discusses the importance of these cases as models for the future of research in the academy."

  • The Future of Big Data, by Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie. Published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, July 20, 2012.

    "Tech experts believe the vast quantities of data that humans and machines will be creating by the year 2020 could enhance productivity, improve organizational transparency, and expand the frontier of the 'knowable future.' But they worry about 'humanity's dashboard' being in government and corporate hands and they are anxious about people's ability to analyze it wisely."

  • Computing Research for Sustainability, by Lynette I. Millett and Deborah L. Estrin, Editors; Committee on Computing Research for Environmental and Societal Sustainability; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council, the National Academies Press, 2012.

    "The focus of Computing Research for Sustainability is 'greening through IT,' the application of computing to promote sustainability broadly. The aim of this report is twofold: to shine a spotlight on areas where IT innovation and computer science (CS) research can help, and to urge the computing research community to bring its approaches and methodologies to bear on these pressing global challenges. Computing Research for Sustainability focuses on addressing medium- and long-term challenges in a way that would have significant, measurable impact. The findings and recommended principles of the Committee on Computing Research for Environmental and Societal Sustainability concern four areas: (1) the relevance of IT and CS to sustainability; (2) the value of the CS approach to problem solving, particularly as it pertains to sustainability challenges; (3) key CS research areas; and (4) strategy and pragmatic approaches for CS research on sustainability."

  • Core Infrastructure Considerations for Large Digital Libraries, by Geneva Henry. Published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) July 2012. CLIR pub 153.

    From the Abstract to the report: "This study examines the core infrastructure elements of systems that manage large quantities of digital materials that one would think of as a digital library. An examination of the infrastructures of a few make it possible to understand the diverse approaches each has taken to manage digital content."

  • The Problem of Data, by Lori Jahnke, Andrew Asher, and Spencer D. C. Keralis, with an introduction by Charles Henry. Published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) August 2012. CLIR pub 154.

    From the Abstract to the report: "Jahnke and Asher explore workflows and methodologies at a variety of academic data curation sites, and Keralis delves into the academic milieu of library and information schools that offer instruction in data curation."

  • Digital Curation and the Cloud: Final Report, by Brian Aitken, Patrick McCann, Andrew McHugh, and Kerry Miller. Produced by the Digital Curation Centre for JISC's Curation in the Cloud Workshop. Copyright Digital Curation Centre 2012.

    From the Executive Summary to the report: "Digital curation involves a wide range of activities, many of which may be suitable for deployment within a cloud environment. These range from infrequent, resource-intensive tasks which will benefit from the ability to rapidly provision resources, to day-to-day collaborative activities which can be facilitated by networked cloud services. Associated benefits are offset by risks such as loss of data or service level, legal and governance incompatibilities and transfer bottlenecks. There is considerable variability across both risks and benefits according to the service and deployment models being adopted and the context in which activities are performed. Some risks, such as legal liabilities, are mitigated by the use of alternatives, for example, private cloud models, but this is typically at the expense of benefits such as resource elasticity and economies of scale. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model may provide a basis on which more specialised software services may be provided."

  • Report on semantic interoperability with Europeana. Final report funded by eContentplus, authored by Vassilis Tzouvaras, Kostas Pardalis, Marco Rendina, and Johan Oomen. Published 12 July 2012.

    "[This] document constitutes the report for the Interoperability with Europeana. The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) is the chosen technology for exporting metadata items to Europeana. OAI-PMH is a low-barrier and widely used mechanism for repository interoperability. Data providers are repositories that expose structured metadata via OAI-PMH. Service providers then make OAI-PMH service requests to harvest that metadata. OAI-PMH is a set of six verbs or services that are invoked within HTTP. In the context of the EUscreen project, OAI-PMH provides a mechanism for interoperability between the Ingestion Tool and various other modules or platforms. E.g. using the OAI-PMH terminology, the Ingestion Tool constitutes the data provider while Europeana is able to request and retrieve metadata records via the OAI-PMH verbs or services."

  • Digital Preservation Coalition Prospectus for 2012-2013, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), 2012.

    "The Prospectus outlines [DPC] activities in the next twelve months. These activities are designed to meet the needs of its members, who have already seen this document in a variety of forms in the last couple of months and have helped to shape it. The Prospectus outlines a substantial and forward looking programme which will be of wide interest, all designed to help meet the wide strategic aim of ensuring that our digital memory is accessible tomorrow."

  • Continuing Innovation in Information Technology, by the Committee on Depicting Innovation in Information Technology; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council, published by the National Academies Press.

    "Information technology (IT) is widely understood to be the enabling technology of the 21st century. IT has transformed, and continues to transform, all aspects of our lives: commerce and finance, education, employment, energy, health care, manufacturing, government, national security, transportation, communications, entertainment, science, and engineering. IT and its impact on the U.S. economy-both directly (the IT sector itself) and indirectly (other sectors that are powered by advances in IT) continue to grow in size and importance."

  • Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation, edited by Nancy Y. McGovern, published by the Educopia Institute: 2012.

    "This publication contains a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees in the months following ANADP. Rather than simply chronicling the event, the volume intends to broaden and deepen its impact by reflecting on the ANADP (Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation) conference presentations and conversations and establishing a set of starting points for building a greater alignment across digital preservation initiatives. Above all, it highlights the need for strategic international collaborations to support the preservation of our collective cultural memory....Readers may access Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation as a freely downloadable pdf and/or as a print publication for purchase. Please visit http://www.educopia.org/publications to download or order the book."

  • You've Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media, by Ricky Erway, OCLC Research. Published by Online Computer Library Center, Inc., August 2012.

    From the Introduction to the white paper: "This is a set of initial steps for getting started with responsible management of born-digital materials that were received on physical media. The intended audience is those who already have or are currently acquiring such born-digital materials, but have not yet begun to manage them. These steps are intended as modest measures to allow those with unprocessed holdings to sleep peacefully, or at least nap without nagging doubt. It is possible to get started responsibly – albeit minimally – without expert staff, extra funding, or extensive training."

  • Moving towards an open access future: the role of academic libraries, by Siân Harris. A report on a roundtable commissioned by SAGE, in association with the British Library, August 2012.

    "On 26 April 2012, a group of 14 librarians and other industry experts met together at the British Library to discuss the role of the academic library in an open access (OA) future. The aims of the roundtable were to provide an international perspective on the likely impact of an open access future on librarians, to identify support and skills required for librarians in such a future, and to further current discussion on support for the library community from their institutions, publishers, funders and other parties....This report is a summary of that discussion and the opinions of all participants."

  • E-Books in Libraries: A Briefing Document Developed in Preparation for a Workshop on E-Lending in Libraries, by David O'Brien, Urs Gasser, and John G. Palfrey Jr., Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2012-15, July 1, 2012.

    From the Abstract to the paper: "Beginning with a brief overview of the history and the current state of the e-book publishing market, the document traces the structure of the licensing practices and business models used by distributors to make e-books available in libraries, and identifies select challenges facing libraries and publishers."

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

    "In this issue:

    • Summary of DigitalPreservation 2012
    • Rescuing the Tangible from the Intangible
    • From AIP to Zettabyte: Comparing Glossaries
    • One Family's Digital Archiving Project
    • Fighting the Battle for Fleeting Attention
    • Profile of William Kilbride
    • Training Digital Curators
    • Upcoming Events (Designing Storage Architectures, NDIIPP at Book Festival and others)
    • Meetings Roundup (Open Repositories, Preserving Online Science, Data Intensive Research)
    • Resources (Digital Disaster Planning, Digital Preservation in a Box, and others)"
  • Ariadne, Issue 69, published by the Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN.

    "Articles in this issue:

    • Launching a New Community-owned Content Service
    • Evaluation of Assessment Diaries and GradeMark at the University of Glamorgan
    • Wikipedia: Reflections on Use and Acceptance in Academic Environments
    • Moving Ariadne: Migrating and Enriching Content with Drupal
    • Redeveloping the Loughborough Online Reading List System
    • Walk-in Access to e-Resources at the University of Bath
    • Enhancing Collaboration and Interaction in a Post-graduate Research Programme
    • Making the Most of a Conference"
  • Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Number 70, Summer 2012.

    Board-Accepted Articles:

    • Scholarish: Google Scholar and its Value to the Sciences
    • A View from the Mountain Top: The Purple Mountain Observatory Library, China"

    "Refereed Articles:

    • De-Mystifying the Data Management Requirements of Research Funders
    • Using ISI Web of Science to Compare Top-Ranked Journals to the Citation Habits of a "Real World" Academic Department
    • Comparing Unique Title Coverage of Web of Science and Scopus in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
    • Statewide Spatial Data Clearinghouses: an Oregon Case Study"
  • What's New (August), Issue 48, August 2012, Digital Preservation Coalition.

    "In this issue:

    • Forthcoming events from August 2012 onwards
    • What's New - New reports and initiatives since the last issue
    • What's What - Happy New Year?, William Kilbride, DPC
    • Who's Who - Sixty second interview with Eleanor Burgess, Royal Museums Greenwich
    • Feature - Accessing ceased or cancelled content with LOCKSS, Adam Rusbridge, UK LOCKSS Alliance, University of Edinburgh"
  • What's New (September), Issue 49, September 2012, Digital Preservation Coalition.

    "In this issue:

    • Forthcoming events from September 2012 onwards
    • What's New - New reports and initiatives since the last issue
    • Who's Hiring - Job advertisements from DPC members
    • What's What - One Small Step, William Kilbride, DPC"
  • ERCIM News, Special theme: Cybercrime and Privacy Issues, Issue 90. July 2012.

    "ERCIM News is the magazine of the the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). It reports on joint actions of the ERCIM partners, and aims to reflect the contribution made by ERCIM to the European Community in Information Technology. Through short articles and news items, it provides a forum for the exchange of information between the institutes and also with the wider scientific community. ERCIM News is published quarterly"


Point to Point

  • Digital Curation Resource Guide, by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Digital Scholarship, August 12, 2012.

    "This resource guide presents over 200 selected English-language websites and documents that are useful in understanding and conducting digital curation. It covers academic programs, discussion lists and groups, glossaries, file formats and guidelines, metadata standards and vocabularies, models, organizations, policies, research data management, serials and blogs, services and vendor software, software and tools, and training. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License."


Calls for Participation

  • International Conference on Academic Librareis (ICAL) 2013, 12 - 15 February 2013, New Delhi, India. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 5 November 2012.

    "The Conference seeks to explore how cloud computing could be applied to benefit libraries; in moving library data, services, and applications to the Web, in overcoming barriers to sharing library resources on the Web, in collaborating with libraries on new programs and services on the Web, in setting up the required computing resources on demand on the Cloud, and in realizing...vision of 'globalizing libraries'."

  • 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - CSEDU 2013, 6 - 8 May 2013, Aachen, Germany. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 13 November 2012.

    "CSEDU 2013, 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. CSEDU 2013 is expected to give an overview of the state of the art as well as upcoming trends, and to promote discussion about the pedagogical potential of new learning and educational technologies in the academic and corporate world."

  • 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - WEBIST 2013, 8 - 10 May 2013, Aachen, Germany. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 14 November 2012.

    "The purpose of the 9th 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."

  • 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2013, 8 - 10 May 2013, Aachen, Germany. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 15 November 2012.

    "[This conference] 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 etc. Cloud Computing."

  • 3rd International Conference of Asian Special Libraries, 10 - 12 April 2013, Pasay City, Philippines. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 November 2012.

    "The principal objective of ICoASL is to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and skills relevant to Information Professionals in Asia with a global perspective."


Goings On

  • Access 2012, 18 - 21 October 2012, Montreal, Canada.

    "Access is Canada's premier library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. Access is a single stream conference featuring in-depth analyses, panel discussions, lightning talks, hackfest, and plenty of time for networking and social events."

  • 10th international workshop on Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval, 24 - 25 October 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    "The Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval workshop aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and companies with focus on existing and novel techniques into the field of multimedia retrieval....The goal of this workshop is to intensify the exchange of ideas, to provide an overview of current activities in this area and to point out connections between multimedia retrieval, machine learning and artificial intelligence."

  • Brick and Click Libraries, 26 October 2012, Maryville, Missouri, USA.

    "Now in its 12th year, the Brick and Click Libraries Symposium is a one-day event featuring concurrent and lightning round sessions that explore cutting-edge technologies, practical solutions, and timely topics. The Symposium supports the academic information needs of both on-ground (brick) and online (click) students, library professionals and paraprofessionals."

  • The International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES 2012), 28 - 31 October 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    "The International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (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."

  • BooksOnline'12, 29 October 2012, Maui, Hawaii, USA.

    "BooksOnline'12 aims to offer a forum for bringing together expertise from academia, industry, libraries and archives to facilitate the exchange of research and application of social media and collaboratively shared content in the field of digital libraries with specific focus on online books. In particular, the impact and social use of this technology on younger users, so called Native Digital, is of great interest for a number of stakeholders from DL researchers to educators and publishers. The focus of this year's workshop will thus be on how to make engaging reading experiences that readers would want to share."

  • CrowdMM 2012: International ACM Workshop on Crowdsourcing for Multimedia, held in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2012, 29 October - 2 November 2012, Nara, Japan.

    "Crowdsourcing – leveraging a large number of human contributors and the capabilities of human computation – has enormous potential to address key challenges in the area of multimedia research. Applications of crowdsourcing range from the exploitation of unsolicited user contributions, such as using tags to aid image understanding, to utilizing crowdsourcing platforms and marketplaces to micro-outsource tasks such as semantic video annotation. Further, crowdsourcing offers a time- and resource-efficient method for collecting large volumes of input for system design or evaluation, making it possible to optimize multimedia systems more rapidly and to address human factors more effectively."

  • 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2012), 29 October - 2 November 2012, Maui, Hawaii, USA.

    "CIKM is a well-known top tier and premier ACM conference in the areas of information retrieval, knowledge management and database. Since 1992, it has successfully brought together leading researchers and developers from the three communities. The purpose of the conference is to identify challenging problems facing the development of future knowledge and information systems, and to shape future research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and theoretical research findings."

  • 2012 DLF Forum, 3 - 5 November 2012, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    "Participation is open to all who are interested in contributing to and playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museum and archives services, and collections. The Forum will feature presentations and panels, workshops, research updates, working sessions, demos, and more."

  • Alliance for Permanent Access (APA) 2012 Conference, 6 - 7 November 2012, Frascati, Italy.

    "This year's APA conference addresses the theme 'Value from data now and into the future' and brings together leaders in the field from Europe and around the world, including academic, large scientific research, industrial and commercial stakeholders."

  • Berlin 10 Open Access Conference, 7 - 8 November 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

    "In 2003, a landmark meeting organised by the Max Planck Society and the European Cultural Heritage Online project brought together international experts with the aim of developing a new web-based research environment using the Open Access paradigm as a mechanism for having scientific knowledge and cultural heritage accessible worldwide....In order to support continued adoption of the principles outlined in the Berlin Declaration, as well as to track progress on their implementation, the original signatories agreed to support regular follow-up meetings. As a result, Berlin Open Access conferences have been convened annually since 2004. The conference series now takes place in locations around the world; to date Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, France, China and – most recently – the USA – have hosted this prestigious gathering. The upcoming Berlin 10 Open Access Conference will mark the first such meeting to take place in Africa."

  • 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2012), 11 - 15 November 2012, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    "ISWC 2012 is the premier international forum, for the Semantic Web / Linked Data Community. Here, scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet to discuss the future of practical, scalable, user-friendly, and game changing solutions."

  • 14th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, 12 - 15 November 2012, Taipei, Taiwan.

    "The theme of the ICADL conference in 2012 – The Outreach of Digital Libraries: a Globalized Resource Network – reflects the raison d'être of a global digital library. By pooling the knowledge and experience around the world, it is genuinely hoped that a good network of digital libraries may come to fruition in this global era."

  • CHArt (Computers and the History of Art) 28th Annual Conference, 15 - 16 November 2012, London, United Kingdom.

    "This year's conference will look at how new developments in information and communications technology affect the ways in which we engage with art. New forms of digital display or emerging modes of viewing art may have profound effects on both our understanding of the artwork itself (the way we consume it) and our ability or appetite for describing, curating and managing it (how we respond to it)."

  • London International Conference on Education, 19 - 22 November 2012, London, United Kingdom.

    "The London International Conference on Education is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The conference promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. The aim of the conference 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."

  • SWIB12 "Semantic Web in Bibliotheken" (Semantic Web in Libraries) Conference, 26 - 28 November 2012, Cologne, Germany.

    "The theme of this conference is 'Towards an international LOD library ecosystem'. "To an ever increasing extent Linked Open Data (LOD) is developing into a mainstream topic, with more and more organizations announcing LOD projects and services. Furthermore, and especially during the last two years, Linked Open Data has received a lot more attention from the library world. Examples ranging from the Library of Congress' initiative "A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age", the Conference of European National Librarians and their vote to support the open licensing of their data, groups like LODLAM, IFLA'S Semantic Web Special Interest Group, to the point of library system vendors and providers discussing and experimenting with Linked Data technology – all these clearly reflect that LOD has gained a lot of momentum in library land."

  • ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2012: 18th International Conference on Technology-Supported Learning and Training, 28 - 30 November 2012, Berlin, Germany.

    "ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2012 focuses on fostering a bright and inclusive future for lifelong learning in which technology enables learners globally to improve themselves. Conference sessions will explore the effects of the multitude of changes in the fields of technology and education, as learners and learning experts are asked to respond to challenges in society today."

Deadline Reminders

  • 21st BOBCATSSS Conference, 23 - 25 January 2013, Ankara, Turkey. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 24 September 2012.

(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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