Capturing Analog Sound for Digital Preservation: Report of a Roundtable Discussion of Best Practices for Transferring Analog Discs and Tapes, Commissioned for and sponsored by the National Recording Preservation Board, Library of Congress, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Pub # 137, March 2006.
"This report investigates procedures to reformat sound on analog carriers to digital media or files. It summarizes discussions and recommendations emerging from a meeting of leading audio preservation engineers held January 29 - 30, 2004, to assess the present state of standards and best practices for capturing sound from analog discs and tapes."
For more information, please see <http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub137abst.html>.
The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship, John Willinsky, MIT Press, October 2005, ISBN 0-262-23242-1.
From the Introduction to book: "This book develops the case for this principled approach to open access in two ways. It deals with the practical matters of digitizing scholarly journals, from the perspective of scholarly associations, copyright law, publishing economics, journal design, and journal indexing. In addition to such practicalities, the book also considers some of scholarly publishing's more expansive themes, as open access speaks to extending the research capacities of developing nations, increasing public rights of access to knowledge, and furthering the policy and political contributions of research, as well as drawing attention to interesting parallels in publishing history."
This book may be read online, and downloaded in parts. Registration is required, but is free. The link to the book online is <http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/ebook.asp?ttype=2&tid=10611>. The book can be purchased in print format from MIT Press.
DLF-Aquifer Services Institutional Survey Report, Aquifer Services Working Group, Report on the Institutional User-Services Survey Results, Washington, DC: Digital Library Federation, 9 March 2006.
From the Executive Summary to the report: "The Digital Library Federation (DLF) Aquifer Services Working Group (SWG) was charged by the Aquifer Director with recommending service specification and level policies to the DLF Aquifer Implementation Group, developing functional specifications for DLF Aquifer services, and designing processes to measure DLF Aquifer usability. As a first step towards meeting these goals, the group has undertaken a survey of DLF institutions in order to discover user-services assessment efforts and to assess what services are desired by end users and institutions and how the Aquifer project might potentially meet these needs."
The PDF version of the report is at <http://www.diglib.org/aquifer/SWGisrfinal.pdf>.
Teens and technology, Speech to annual conference of Public Library Association, by Lee Rainie, Pew Internet and American Life Project, March 23, 2006.
"This is a discussion of the eight realities of technology and social experience that are shaping the world of today's teens and twenty-somethings. It looks at the growing role of technology in teens' lives, the way they use their gadgets, their expectations about how to find and use information, and the social consequences of their use of technology."
The presentation in PDF format is available at <http://www.pewinternet.org/ppt/Teens%20and%20technology.pdf>.
Campus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerations, jointly published by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American University Presses, and the Association of American Publishers, December 2005.
From the Introduction to the Guide: "Part I of this document provides a primer on copyright law. Part II addresses specific issues that may be relevant to development of an institutional copyright policy."
The Guide is available in PDF format at <http://www.aaupnet.org/aboutup/issues/Campus_Copyright.pdf>.
Designing, Implementing, and Maintaining Digital Library Services and Collections with MyLibrary, by Eric Lease Morgan, et al., University Libraries of Notre Dame, 2006.
Announced by Eric Lease Morgan: "About the book and who should read it: The book is a manual, and its purpose is to outline the principles and processes necessary to implement digital library collections and services. It uses MyLibrary as an example but the principles and processes can be applied to just about any digital library system or application. The manual is intended to be read by administrators who need to know what and how many resources to allocate to a digital library. It is intended to be read by librarians who are responsible for collecting and organizing content as well as ensuring the library's usability. The manual is intended to be read by systems administrators who are in charge of providing the technical infrastructure for the system. Last but not least, it is intended for programers who will use the underlying Perl API to provide services against the collection."
For more information, please see <http://dewey.library.nd.edu/mylibrary/manual/>.
Designing Spaces for Effective Learning: A Guide to 21st Century Learning Space Design, © Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on behalf of the Joint Information Systems Committee, 2006.
"Increasing investment in estate and learning technologies, combined with the need for more cost-effective space utilisation, is making it increasingly important for senior managers to keep abreast of new thinking about the design of technology-rich learning spaces. 'Designing Spaces for Effective Learning' is a new publication to be launched at the JISC Conference 2006 which will help to meet this need. A visually-rich publication, it has been designed to promote better understanding of what makes an effective design for the 21st century and to summarise the key points to consider when approaching a refurbishment or new build project."
For more information, please see <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/JISClearningspaces.pdf>.
For many home broadband users, the internet is a primary news source, John B. Horrigan, Associate Director for Research, Pew Internet and American Life Project, March 22, 2006 .
From the Pew Internet and American Life Project web site: "By the end of 2005, 50 million Americans got news online on a typical day, a sizable increase since 2002. Much of that growth has been fueled by the rise in home broadband connections over the last four years. For a group of "high-powered" online users early adopters of home broadband who are the heaviest internet users the internet is their primary news source on the average day."
The report in PDF format is available at <http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_News.and.Broadband.pdf>.
Towards 2020 Science, Stephen Emmott & Stuart Rison, Microsoft Research, 2006.
Information about the report from the Microsoft Research web site: "In the summer of 2005, an international expert group was brought together for a workshop to define and produce a new vision and roadmap of the evolution, challenges and potential of computer science and computing in scientific research in the next fifteen years. The resulting document, Towards 2020 Science, sets out the challenges and opportunities arising from the increasing synthesis of computing and the sciences. It seeks to identify the requirements necessary to accelerate scientific advances particularly those driven by computational sciences and the 'new kinds' of science the synthesis of computing and the sciences is creating. Already this synthesis has led to new fields and advances spanning genomics and proteomics, earth sciences and climatology, nanomaterials, chemistry and physics."
The full report is available from <http://research.microsoft.com/towards2020science/downloads.htm>.
Calls for Participation
International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL 2006), 5 - 8 December 2006, New Delhi, India. Call for papers. The submission date for full papers is 1 June 2006 (Although abstracts are due May 1, they are not required, and submitters can submit full papers whether or not they have submitted an abstract).
"The objective of ICDL 2006 is to bridge the knowledge gaps between the developing and the developed countries in the field of digital libraries, and the conference will aim to strengthen the academic collaboration and strategic alliances in the development of digital libraries across the world. The conference will provide an international forum for sharing of information, experiences and ideas among researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers from a variety of disciplines such as Library and Information Science, Computer Science, Archival and Museum studies and Knowledge Management. A galaxy of international and national experts in the field are expected to enrich the forum."
For more information, please see <http://static.teriin.org/events/icdl/>.
International Journal on Digital Libraries, Special Issue on Digital Libraries and eScience, Call for papers. The submission deadline is 1 June 2006.
"There are an increasing number of initiatives in several countries targeted at supporting research into new forms of computational infrastructure intended to transform the conduct of scientific research in areas such as chemistry, atmospheric science, and earth science. These initiatives, which go under a variety of names including eScience, eResearch, and cyberinfrastructure, are a response to the changing nature of scientific research, particularly in the natural and physical sciences, which is increasingly dependent upon large data sets and high-end analysis and visualization tools. eScience approaches and techniques are also beginning to appear in other disciplines such as the humanities and social sciences. Research issues being addressed in these initiatives include information retrieval, information modeling, ontologies, systems interoperability, and policy issues associated with providing transparent access to complex data sets. As such, these initiatives are concerned with many of the same research issues that the international digital library community has been grappling with for the past decade. The purpose of this special issue is to critically examine the role that digital libraries can and should play in this emerging eScience computational infrastructure. Bringing the digital library and the emerging scientific infrastructure worlds together can lay the foundation for providing truly integrated support for the entire process of science, from formulation of research questions to the publication of the outcomes."
"Papers are invited on the technical, social, and policy dimensions of eScience and digital libraries." For more information, please see <http://www.dlese.org/IJDL_eScience/>.
TMRA (Topic Maps Research and Applications) 2006: Leveraging the Semantics, 11 - 12 October 2006, Leipzig, Germany. Call for papers. The submission date is 2 June 2006.
"TMRA - the international conference series on Topic Maps Research and Applications - is a scientific and industrial forum whose main object is connecting the key players in the Topic Maps community. Here you will find researchers, users in government and industry, as well as the vendors, the luminaries, and the standards creators gathered for an exchange of ideas in a stimulating setting. TMRA is where new challenges in Topic Maps are identified and open issues tackled."
For more information, please see <http://www.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/~tmra/>.
Sofia 2006: Globalization, Digitization, Access and Preservation of Cultural Heritage 8 - 10 November 2006, Sofia, Bulgaria. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 3 June 2006.
"Sofia 2006 is part of an international conference series hosted by the School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, Kansas and the Department of Library and Information Sciences, University of Sofia. Conferences have been held in Kansas City, Kansas (1995), Warsaw, Poland (1997), and Sofia, Bulgaria (2000, 2002, & 2004). The members of the Conference Organizing Committee invite you to participate in this biennial international conference that brings together experts concerned with the effects of globalization and change on the development of libraries, information infrastructure, and society. "
For more information, please see <http://slim.emporia.edu/globenet/Sofia2006/Index.htm>.
6th International Web Archiving Workshop, 21 - 22 September 2006, Alicante, Spain. Call for papers. The submission date is 10 June 2006.
"The workshop will provide a cross domain overview on active research and practice in all domains concerned with the acquisition, maintenance and preservation of digital objects for long-term access, with a particular focus on web archiving and studies on effective usage of this type of archives. It is also intended to provide a forum for interaction among librarians, archivists, academic and industrial researchers interested in establishing effective methods and developing improved solutions for data acquisition, ingest, and accessibility maintenance."
For more information, please see the Call for Papers at <http://www.iwaw.net/06/callforpapers.html>.
Eight International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (iiWAS2006), 4 - 7 December 2006, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Call for papers. The submission date is 15 June 2006.
"The goal of the iiWAS2006 conference is to provide an international forum for scientists, engineers, and managers in academia, industry, and government to address recent research results and to present and discuss their ideas, theories, technologies, systems, tools, applications, work in progress and experiences on all theoretical and practical issues arising in information and service integration."
For more information, please see <http://www.iiwas.org/conferences/iiwas2006/>.
Special Issue on Summarization Information Processing & Management, Editor, Donna Harman. Call for papers. The submission date is 18 June 2006.
"Summarization of text has a long history, starting with the desire to automatically create abstracts or index terms for documents back in the 1960s. There has been increased interest during the last ten years, evidenced by the number of workshops that feature summarization....Operational systems to summarize news exist, work is ongoing on speech summarization, and some of the first cross-lingual summarization has been implemented. Several new methods for evaluation of summaries have been explored recently, along with investigations into how summaries might (or might not) improve efficiency in information processing."
"This special issue is being created to reflect the current state-of-the-art in diverse areas in summarization."
For more information, contact Donna Harman <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Papers should be submitted to the online site for Information Processing & Management <http://ees.elsevier.com/ipm>.
Information Research: Thematic issue on Activity Theory in Information Studies, an open access journal edited and published by T. D. Wilson, Sheffield University, with technical support provided by Lund University Libraries. Call for papers. (Please contact the editors (email addresses below) for deadline information.)
"Contributions are invited for a thematic issue of Information Research on Activity Theory in Information Studies to be published in April 2007. Activity Theory, developed in the Soviet Union in the 1930s has become widely used in education, information systems, and human-computer interaction. To date, its application in information management, information science and librarianship has been limited, but the potential for its application is considerable. We will particularly welcome contributions based on research in digital libraries, information systems development, information behaviour, information literacy and information management generally. Theoretical papers on the links between activity theory and other conceptual frameworks will also be welcome. All contributions will be peer reviewed."
"The issue editor is Dr. Mark Spasser and contributions should be sent to him at <email@example.com> with a copy to the Editor-in-Chief at <firstname.lastname@example.org>."
International Journal on Digital Libraries, Special Issue on Digital Preservation, Guest editors are Andreas Rauber and Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 June 2006.
"The International Journal on Digital Libraries is organizing a special issue on Digital Preservation. The primary focus of this special issue will be on high-quality original unpublished research, case studies as well as implementation experiences and survey articles in the area of digital preservation. "
The full Call for Papers can be found at: <http://cimic.rutgers.edu/~ijdl/cfp/presrv.pdf>.
Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2006, 29 May - 4 June 2006, Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia.
"The general aim of the annual conference and course Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA), started in 2000, is to address the changing and challenging environment for libraries and information systems and services in the digital world, with an emphasis on examining contemporary problems, advances and solutions. Each year a different and 'hot' theme is addressed, divided in two parts; the first part covers research and development and the second part addresses advances in applications and practice. LIDA seeks to bring together researchers, practitioners, and developers in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by being held in memorable locations."
For more information, please see <http://www.ffos.hr/lida/>.
Legal Aspects of e-Repositories and e-Collections Conference, 31 May - 1 June 2006, Coventry, United Kingdom.
"This year's JISC Legal Conference will deal with the legal issues relevant to digital collection building, whether in the shape of institutions repositories, depositories, library e-collections or even course specific online material collections. If this area is of interest to you, be sure to book early as seating is limited."
For more information, please see <http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/events/eRep_06/Programme.htm>.
DELOS Summer School on Preservation 2006, 4 - 10 June 2006, San Miniato, Italy.
"The DELOS Network of Excellence is pleased to announce its summer school programme on 'Digital Preservation in Digital Libraries: Emerging Approaches'. The DELOS Network of Excellence is a four-year project funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme to synergize and foster technology for the next-generation of Digital Libraries (www.delos.info). The school is sponsored by:
"Participation in the School will assist participants in understanding how to address digital preservation challenges in the context of the digital library. The workshop will provide a networking opportunity for participants to meet with other students and researchers, international experts, and practitioners across disciplinary and national boundaries."
Detailed programme and registration information can be viewed on the DELOS website at <http://www.dpc.delos.info/ss06/>.
The 9th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 7 - 10 June 2006, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
"Under the general theme Unlocking Scholarly Access: ETDs, Institutional Repositories and Creators, ETD 2006 is organized around three sub-themes: open access / open source, intellectual property and institutional repositories and ETDs. Since they began in the 1990's, electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) have been associated with the idea of unlocking access to scholarly publications."
For more information, please see <http://www6.bibl.ulaval.ca:8080/etd2006/pages/index.jsf>.
Special Libraries Association Conference: SLA 2006, 11 - 14 June 2006, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
"The conference will create an environment for networking, communication, learning and other developmental opportunities for information professionals."
For more information, please see <http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2006/index.cfm>.
6th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2006, 11 - 15 June 2006, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
"The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term "digital libraries," including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; digital preservation and archiving; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing."
Workshops being held in conjunction with JCDL 2006 include the following:
For more information, please see the JCDL 2006 web site at <http://www.jcdl2006.org>.
ELPUB 2006: 10th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, 14 - 16 June 2006, Bansko, Bulgaria.
"Three distinguished features of this conference are: broad scope of topics which creates a unique atmosphere of active exchange and learning about various aspects of electronic publishing; combination of general and technical tracks; and a condensed procedure of submission, revision and publication of proceedings which guarantees presentations of most recent work."
For more information, please see <http://www.elpub.net/>.
Institutional Web Management Workshop 2006: Quality Matters, 14 - 16 June 2006, Bath, United Kingdom.
"The event will provide an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions. The Institutional Web Management Workshop series are organised by UKOLN in order to support members of institutional Web management teams within the UK Higher and Further Educational communities and related organisations."
For more information, please see <http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/workshops/webmaster-2006/>.
Sixth Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property, 14 - 16 June 2006, Adelphi, Maryland, USA.
"From the sidewalk to the library, from the cubicle to the boardroom, and the classroom to the courtroom, everyone has an interest and a stake in how we as a society will answer the complex questions of intellectual property rights, copyright, piracy, fair use, ownership, access, distribution, compensation, and control that confront us every time we click our way along the information superhighway."
For more information, please see <http://www.umuc.edu/distance/odell/cip/symposium/index.html>.
Fedora Users Conference, 19 - 20 June 2006, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
"There will be two tracks of programming [for this conference]: a track dealing with technical Fedora software development issues; and a track focusing on more general implementation issues, including workflows, standards, and development of user-focused services using Fedora."
For more information, please see <http://www.lib.virginia.edu/digital/fedoraconf/registration.shtml>.
The 4th International Conference on Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems (AH2006), 20 - 23 June 2006, Dublin, Ireland.
"The AH conferences are the premier opportunity for the scientific exchange and presentation of high quality research in all aspects of adaptive hypermedia and adaptive web-based systems....In addition to its plenary scientific sessions, the conference will include a range of related workshops and tutorials as well as a doctoral consortium and a dedicated industry track designed to bring together practitioners and users of adaptive hypermedia technology. "
For more information, please see <http://www.ah2006.org/>.
An Expedition to European Digital Cultural Heritage Collecting, Connecting - and Conserving? International Conference 21 - 22 June 2006, Salzburg, Austria.
"The conference starts from the practical challenges at collecting, connecting and digitally conserving cultural treasures and scientific information, and invites for an expedition to the vision of a common European digital cultural heritage space. The conference thus builds on the efforts of the European Union to make the diversity of the European cultural heritage accessible to all citizens and to preserve it for future generations. It aims at contributing to the implementation of the Dynamic Action Plan for the EU co-ordination of digitisation activities, and at fostering discussion on the i2010 initiative for a European Digital Library."
For more information, please see <http://dhc2006.salzburgresearch.at/content/view/1/2/lang,en/>.
American Library Association Annual Conference, 22 - 28 June 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
"The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information."
For more information about the 2006 ALA annual conference, please see <http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/annual/2006a/2006an.htm>.
(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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