Volume 8 Number 12
Report on a Panel on Information Management Technology Requirements
Director of Information Management Technology
Corporation for National Research Initiatives
To better understand the information management technology requirements for
applications of particular government interest, a panel study was
conducted in 2001-
2002. Initiated by RIACS (Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science)
and led by three
co-chairs expert in different application areas, a panel was recruited
with broad and diverse experience and knowledge of the field. To
assure that the directions of the study were responsive to the long-term
needs of the
government, a steering committee of representatives from the three
sponsoring agencies (DARPA, NASA, NSF) had continual interaction with the
and RIACS lead.
The study was conducted primarily “online”, with a kickoff meeting held at
Research Center on 29-30 November 2001 and a wrap-up meeting held also at
Ames on 20-21 June 2002. A report on the results of the study was released
in November 2002
and is available online at
The methodology used in the study was to look at three application areas
that were felt to
be of particular interest to the government:
- Mission Operations
- Scientific Data Management
- Digital Libraries
While there are certainly other application areas of interest to the
logistics, government business operations), the panel felt that these
three areas spanned the
domain and hence could be used to characterize the nature of the
As the study proceeded through the panel discussions, it became clear that
differences in requirements between the application domains of government
more ones of priorities and importance, rather than the areas having
different requirements per se. A common thread is the need to interoperate
diverse information resources, and hence to assure that future systems
interoperable not only with past and current standards, but adaptable to
resources that are
not yet recognized. This was probably the major result of the study, and
the driver for the
It therefore became apparent that investments to improve the technology
aimed at one of
the application areas would most likely be valuable to the other areas as
well. The panel
concluded that it was desirable to have a coordinated program of R&D that
pursues a science of information management focused on an environment
applications of government interest - highly distributed with very large
amounts of data
and a high degree of heterogeneity of sources, data, and users.
RIACS Director Barry Leiner, assisted by Linda Andrews, initiated and
coordinated the study. The following individuals served on the panel that
conducted the study and generated the report.
Michael Buckland, UC Berkeley
Jeff Dozier UC Santa Barbara
Mike Folk, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Scott Fouse, ISX Corporation
James French, University of Virginia
Yolanda Gil, University of Southern California, Information
Sara Graves (co-chair), University of Alabama at Huntsville
James Hendler, DARPA/University of Maryland
Joseph JaJa, University of Maryland
Rao Kambhampati, Arizona State University
Craig Knoblock (co-chair), University of Southern California, Information
Carl Lagoze, Cornell University
Larry Lannom, (co-chair) Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Ronald Larsen, University of Maryland
Cliff Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information
Raj Reddy, Carnegie Mellon University
Steve Running, University of Montana
Katia Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University
Howard Wactlar, Carnegie Mellon University
Gio Wiederhold, Stanford University
The following served as a steering committee for the study:
Jean Scholtz, DARPA
Yuri Gawdiak, NASA
Steve Griffin, NSF
DARE: A New Age in the Provision of Academic Information
Lilian van der Vaart
Program Leader, DARE
Utrecht, The Netherlands
With the award of 2 million euros for the period 2003-2006, the Dutch government is giving a strong boost to innovation in the provision of academic information in the Netherlands. DARE (Digital Academic Repositories) is a collective initiative by the Dutch universities to make all their research results digitally accessible. The Koninklijke Bibliotheek [Royal Library], the Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen [Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences] and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) [Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research] are also collaborating on this unique project. Coordination is being taken care of by the SURF Foundation, the ICT partnership organisation for higher education and research in the Netherlands.
DARE modernises the management of Dutch academic information by putting an infrastructure system in place and providing advanced services for the digital recording, accessing, storage and distribution of the Dutch academic output. This will greatly improve the visibility of and access to the academic output. DARE will follow open, international standards to ensure interoperability, nationally and internationally. All participating institutions will adopt the standards, while retaining their own responsibility in setting up and maintaining their own repositories.
Digital availability, based on open, international standards, simplifies the further use of the information for various purposes. Examples are publication in traditional or new journals (including electronic ones), long-term storage at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek [Royal Library], inclusion in the NWO's Open Sources system and incorporation in digital learning environments for the future.
In the present situation, the visibility of and access to Dutch academic research leave much to be desired. In the fast-changing world of academic research and communications, changes are needed if the Netherlands wants to maintain its position in the academic world. Linking up with international developments in this area, such as the
Open Archives Initiative, is crucial. In DARE, all the parties concerned are combining forces in a national effort and existing smaller-scale projects are being brought together. In a preparatory workshop late November, 50 representatives from the participating institutions came together to discuss available systems, standards and solutions, as well as work still to be done to complete the set of specifications needed by the institutions to set up their repositories. Work was also started on a programme for involvement of and support by faculty; enhanced accessibility to their research will greatly benefit the public profile of Dutch scholars and their universities.
For both topics, project teams were formed; they will begin their actual work in January 2003, the official starting-date of DARE.
SURF is the ICT collaboration organisation for higher education and
research in the Netherlands. The universities and hogescholen
(universities of professional education) collaborate in SURF regarding
ICT developments in the areas of ICT and Research, Education and
Organisation, and regarding the network infrastructure of SURFnet and the
software licences of SURFdiensten.
A summary of DARE is currently available on the SURF website (http://www.surf.nl) under
For further information, please contact:
Mrs. C.G.E. van Hattem, Communications Manager
NL-3500 GG Utrecht
+31 (0)30 234 66 00
+31 (0)30 233 29 60
Interested in Institutional Web Portals?
PORTAL Project Manager & Interoperability Focus
Everywhere we turn, people are now talking about portals to information of relevance to our students and staff. Institutional portals, Subject portals, a Scholar's portal, an Image portal, a Geospatial portal, and a host of corporate portals vie for attention, and institutions scrabble to develop a position in this newly ‘hot' area of endeavour.
In the UK, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is active in addressing this problem space, and several projects are also exploring portal-related issues, whether at the national (the Resource Discovery Network's Subject Portals Project) or institutional (PORTAL) level.
For those interested in keeping abreast of current work on portals relevant to Further and Higher Education (mainly in the UK), it would be worth joining the PORTALS list on JISCmail - <http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/portals.html>.
A second list, JASIG-UK, has just been set up, and much of the discussion on it will relate to an increasingly popular Open Source portal, uPortal, as used by the PORTAL project and others.
A number of UK universities are now actively deploying uPortal, and many more are considering it as their institutional strategies take shape. An oversubscribed meeting held in Hull in November clearly demonstrated the degree of interest within the community, and those present called for effort in the UK to focus current activity, and assist the broader community in moving forwards.
uPortal is a product of the international Java in Administration Special Interest Group (JA-SIG), whose North American meetings are currently the main source of information. The last meeting, held in Vancouver, is reported in issue 33 of Ariadne.
It was agreed at the meeting in Hull to form a UK version of this international group, and a mailing list for the UK JASIG has now been set up, with a web site under development.
If you are interested in UK issues around the deployment and use of uPortal, or a UK slant on any other JA-SIG activities, please join us on the new JASIG-UK list.
To subscribe, please visit <http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/jasig-uk.html> and select 'Join or leave the list'.
JA-SIG's own lists, concerned with the international JA-SIG effort, are detailed at <http://mis105.mis.udel.edu/ja-sig/uportal/getinv.html>.
JISC Consultancy on Archiving of Licensed E-journals
The University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
The transition from purchasing print journals, which the library then owned forever, to licensing access to e-journals for a defined period of time has major implications for libraries and publishers. In terms of archiving responsibilities, there are no longer any clear-cut distinctions between who should be doing what. There is a lack of clarity regarding responsibilities and uncertainty about precisely what libraries are paying for when they license journals. This has meant that the transition from print to electronic has been more problematic than it might otherwise have been. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is now in its third phase of content activities relating to journals  and it has developed a model licence to help clarify roles and responsibilities. Since 1999, this licence has included clauses related to archiving, in which primary responsibility is given to the publisher for ensuring that satisfactory arrangements are made for continuing access to material already paid for, in the event of termination of the licence. Options are continued online access from the publishers' server, or a mutually acceptable archival copy delivered either to the Licensee or a central facility operated on behalf of Higher Education (HE). The central facility referred to in the licence does not yet exist.
JISC now feels it is time to explore that possibility further by funding a consultancy from May 2002 for one year. Maggie Jones took up the consultancy and has been undertaking preparatory work that will provide the basis for an implementation plan and timetable aimed at significantly improving the status quo. Related developments will also be taken account of, such as anticipated legal deposit legislation for the U.K and the development of e-print archives, both of which may have an impact in the longer term. In the meantime, it is necessary to deal with the current situation and find ways for libraries to maintain ongoing and affordable access to licensed e-journals. This will certainly require close collaboration between libraries and publishers in finding mutually acceptable solutions.
These challenges are not, of course, confined to the U.K., and work in the U.S has been of particular interest. The Mellon Funded projects  have already provided insights into the prospects for fruitful collaboration between libraries and publishers and Mellon's continuing work with LOCKSS and JSTOR will be watched with interest. The work of OCLC in developing its digital archive  is also significant. While collaboration within and across sectors, and within and across geographic boundaries is going to be increasingly prevalent in the digital environment, it is not yet clear what business arrangements will need to be forged in order to move the agenda forward. An implementation plan and timetable will be prepared following a workshop in February 2003. Reports relating to the consultancy will be available from the JISC website in the near future.
Invitation to a Cultural Content Forum Executive Retreat
The digital Cultural Content Forum (CCF), an international gathering of key stakeholders in the digitisation and delivery of our global cultural assets, invites you to express interest in attending our next meeting, an executive retreat in northern Italy over the weekend of 28-30 March 2003. It will follow the well-known EVA Florence Conference, which may include a wider discussion session on some of the issues being addressed by the CCF for those who are not able to attend the weekend event.
Previous meetings have been held in London and in Washington, D.C., and have attracted representatives from North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
This third meeting will again be by invitation only, and will be limited to no more than 30 participants. The primary scope of discussions will be around explorations of audience for digitised cultural content, and this discussion will be informed by a piece of background research recently commissioned by the CCF, and by presentations and other material contributed by participants.
It is intended that the meeting will result in a far better understanding of existing research into what audiences need from and expect of our cultural institutions in the online environment, and also that the group can agree on a plan of action for progressing activity in this increasingly topical area.
Those interested in attending are requested to submit their expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 17 January 2003.
Expressions of interest should detail any work your organisation has already undertaken in assessing the needs of online audiences, as well as specific issues that you hope might be addressed over the weekend.
Those who are able to contribute content to the commissioned background research, and to provide relevant input for fellow participants in advance of the meeting are especially welcomed.
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January 2003, and we currently hope to be in a position to meet the costs of accommodation over the weekend.
Vlink - an OpenURL Link Generator
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The University Library of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has launched Vlink. This link generator based upon the OpenURL <http://www.niso.org/committees/committee_ax.html> has been developed by the automation office of the VUB library in cooperation with our Vubis partners (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) and Geac) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Vlink guides the end-user seamlessly to relevant information in a consistent manner. It features a multilingual end-user interface that is customizable by the librarian (web-based administration) and the end-user (MyVlink); a tool to revise the query (LookUp) and integration with a third party remote access management tool (EZproxy <http://www.usefulutilities.com>).
More information about Vlink is available at
You are free to try Vlink at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Please be aware of the fact that you will always use the Vlink OpenURL link generator @ VUB. In real life the patron will use his/her own institutional localized Vlink resolver in order to get context-sensitive links.
Vlink will be commercialized by Geac as a stand-alone product or as part of the Vubis Smart WebOpac <http://www.geac.com/vubis>.
The ZING Initiative Announces Version 1.0 of SRW and CQL
Library of Congress
Washington DC USA
University of Liverpool
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
The ZING Initiative (Z39.50 International Next
Generation), under the auspices of the Z39.50
Maintenance Agency at the Library of Congress, is
pleased to announce Version 1.0 of SRW and CQL.
SRW ("Search/Retrieve for the Web") is a
web-service-based protocol which aims to integrate
access across networked resources, and to promote
interoperability between distributed databases by
providing a common platform. The underpinnings of
the protocol are formed by bringing together more
than 20 years experience from the collective
implementers of the Z39.50 protocol with recent
developments in the web-technologies arena. SRW
features both SOAP and URL-based access mechanisms
(SRW and SRU respectively) to provide for a wide
range of possible clients. It uses CQL, the
Common Query Language, which provides a powerful
yet intuitive means of formulating searches. The
protocol mandates the use of open and
industry-supported standards XML and XML Schema,
and where appropriate, Xpath and SOAP.
The SRW Initiative recognizes the importance of
Z39.50 (as currently defined and deployed) for
business communication, and focuses on getting
information to the user. SRW provides semantics
for searching databases containing metadata and
objects, both text and non-text. Building on
Z39.50 semantics enables the creation of gateways
to existing Z39.50 systems while reducing the
barriers to new information providers, allowing
them to make their resources available via a
standard search and retrieve service.
SRW, SRU, and CQL have been developed by an
international team, minimizing cross-language
pitfalls and other potential internationalization
problems. Participants include:
Theo van Veen, Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Mike Taylor, independent consultant
Pat Stevens, OCLC
Rob Sanderson, Liverpool University
Ralph LeVan, OCLC
Allan Kent, RMIT University
Ian Ibbotson, Knowledge Integration
Poul Henrik Jorgensen, Portia
Sebastian Hammer, IndexData
Janifer Gatenby, PICA
Matthew J. Dovey, Oxford University
Larry Dixson, Library of Congress
Adam Dickmeiss, Index Data
Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress
The ZING, SRW, and CQL home pages are at:
The Z39.50 Maintenance Agency home page is at
The SRW and CQL version 1.0 specifications will
remain stable for a six- to nine-month
implementation-experience period. During this
period developers are encouraged to implement the
specification (see the implementors page at
the list of implementors, participate in
interoperability testing, and help develop the
next version, 1.1. Please direct questions,
comments, and suggestions to <email@example.com>.
EURASIA ICT Workshop Report on Web Content Mapping
Annamalai University & Digital Information Research Foundation
The Workshop on Web Content Mapping in conjunction with the EURASIA ICT was
held on 31 October 2002 at Shiraz, Iran. The workshop had twelve papers on
different areas of web content analysis. Four sessions were conducted on
various sub-themes that included web content evaluation, web page and content
classification, web content relevance mapping and web databases.
Web Content Evaluation should be the routine parsing for which models need
to be designed and debated. Farajpahlou and Farideh Osareh detailed this
theme in their papers. Krottmaier has investigated the approach for the
automatic review system. In a paper on Feature Selection of Web Page
Classification, D. Riboni has introduced a method for representing linked
pages using local information that makes hypertext categorization feasible
for real time applications. A semantic web classification system was
recommended by Mortaza Kokabi in his paper. Y. Patel, J. K. Vijayakumar and
B. Ramesh have proposed a model for accessing distributed web content using
ontological metadata. Nitesh Shrestha, Ralph Busse and Gerald Huck have
designed wrapper generation using an intelligent tagger to perform Graphical
Schema Editor, an example Markup Tool and Grammar Generator for generating a
grammar for automatically extracting data from similarly structured
Jean-Charles Lamirel, Yannick Toussaint and Xavier Polanco have developed
a hybrid methodology model, MultiSOM for the global and partitioned
classification methods for mapping science and technology. Nachouki and
Quafafou have used the Xquery based approach for extracting semi-structured
data from the web. D. Jacobs, Chandrappa and Pichappan have advocated
citation parsing to supplement web hyperlink mapping in the concept space for
which they have recommended an architecture and presented the tested results.
Bita Shadgar and Ian Holyer have used the WebDEV advantages such as metadata
and access control to present database metadata in a standardized way via
WEDDAD properties for their work and presented the results. Sarasvady,
Pichappan and Vijayakumar have measured the contextual correlation between
the concepts that occur in the web testbed using stop words and controlled
proximity operators in their paper.
In the News
Recent Press Releases and Announcements
Resource Publishes Annual Review
"London, 12 December 2002 - Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and
Libraries has published its Annual Review 2001/02. The Review covers various
aspects of Resource's activities during 2001/02, including key achievements and
events, a section on Resource's main operations, the Annual Workplan 2002/03 and a
summary of the Financial Statement. The Review also looks back at Resource's work
in its first year."
"Anna Southall, Resource's Chief Executive, said: 'I recently joined
Resource and am very impressed at the enormous amount that has been achieved since
its formation in April 2000. Resource's core roles are to provide strategic
leadership, act as a powerful advocate, develop capacity and promote innovation
and change and the progress that has been made in these areas is illustrated
throughout the Annual Review."
"'The Annual Review is an opportunity to look back at the success of a number of
programmes to date. These include delivering the massive People's Network project
on time and in budget, securing the first ever sustained funding for regional
museums from Central Government through Renaissance in the Regions and developing
a new regional infrastructure for the sector through the establishment of the
Regional Agencies. It has been an exciting start for Resource and I look forward
to building on these foundations to ensure increasing public benefit from the work
of museums, archives and libraries.'"
For further information, contact Emma Wright, Resource's Media and Events
IMLS Seeks Proposals To Conduct a National Study of Users and Potential Users of Online Information
Institute of Museum and Library Services - December 6, 2002: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals for a project to conduct a large national study of the information needs and expectations of users and potential users of online information, and of the impacts of having such information. Online information includes but is not limited to information that is currently available online through libraries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions, and the Internet. The study will include a survey of user needs, which should include both current and potential user segments for online information, including students at all levels, teachers, parents, researchers, and other categories of adults. The project will be carried out in collaboration with IMLS. IMLS intends to make a single award for this project.
IMLS wishes the study to provide data and recommendations about:
- content that should be made available online to meet information and enterprise needs of the public, using broad definitions of both information and public; and
- mechanisms and resources necessary to efficiently and effectively connect users to that content.
- Award amount: up to $500,000
- Deadline for submission: February 1, 2003
- Award announcement: mid-September 2003
- Grant period: 2 years beginning September 30, 2003
For more information contact: Martha Crawley, IMLS Office of Library Services, <firstname.lastname@example.org"> or (202) 606-5513.
Science.gov Web Site Connects Public to Government Science
WASHINGTON, DC - December 5, 2002The American public is now connected as never
before to U.S. Government science and technology. Fourteen scientific
and technical information organizations from 10 major science agencies
have collaborated to create science.gov <
http://www.science.gov/>, the "FirstGov for Science" web site.
Science.gov is the gateway to reliable information about science and
technology from across Federal government organizations.
From science.gov, users can find over one thousand government
information resources about science. These resources include: technical
reports, journal citations, databases, Federal web sites, and fact
sheets. The information is all free, and no registration is required.
"Science.gov aims to bring the substantial resources of the federal
science and technology enterprise together, in one place. Working
together, federal agencies have assembled countless pages of government
research, data, and reports. The site is a great example of e-government in action," said Dr. John H. Marburger, Director, Office of
Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President.
Science.gov is for the educational and library communities, as well as
business people, entrepreneurs, agency scientists, and anyone with an
interest in science. Support for building the science.gov gateway came
from "CENDI," an interagency committee of senior managers of Federal
science and technology information programs.
"Science.gov provides the unique ability to search across the content
within databases as well as across Web sites," said Eleanor Frierson,
Deputy Director of the National Agricultural Library and co-chair of the
science.gov Alliance, the interagency group that created science.gov.
"It shows that Federal agencies can work together to pull off something
none of them could do individually."
The agencies participating in science.gov are the Departments of
Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human
Services, and Interior; the Environmental Protection Agency; the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and the National Science
Additional information is available at <http://www.science.gov/communications> or
by contacting Valerie Allen [phone (865) 576-3469; e-mail
<email@example.com>] or Sharon Jordan [phone (865) 576-1194; e-mail
The British Library, Adobe and Elsevier Science set standard for secure EDD
The British Library Press - 3 December 2002: " Groundbreaking work by the British Library and Adobe®, unveiled today at
Online 2002, combines the Library's expertise and Adobe's encryption technology
to set a new standard for secure electronic document delivery (EDD) services."
"The British Library, one of the world's leading document suppliers, has integrated
Adobe Content Server® encryption and Adobe Acrobat® eBook Reader® software into
its electronic document delivery operations, allowing customers of the Library's
inside service to order PDF files of articles from Elsevier Science and
other publishers on a strict pay-per-view basis."
"Until now publishers and document supply companies have had difficulty enforcing
copyright and managing rights in the digital environment. Working together,
the British Library and Elsevier Science have used Adobe's technology to answer
publishers' needs - ensuring the secure delivery of articles."
"The British Library's approach has won the endorsement of Elsevier Science,
the world's leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services. Elsevier Science will make articles from 1,700 of its
titles available in PDF format to the Library's document supply customers. Titles
covered by the agreement include well-known journals such as The Lancet,
Tetrahedron and Brain Research, through to more specialist periodicals."
"The British Library can now supply PDF files of journal articles from over
2,500 key titles from the top research publishers (including 800 titles covered
by separate deals with S. Karger AG and Kluwer Academic Publishers)."
"Using the Library's inside service, customers can search for relevant
articles; select the items they require; and quickly obtain print-quality copies
of articles delivered directly to their desktop. Articles can be viewed on screen
and printed using Adobe's Acrobat eBook Reader. Prices for the new PDF electronic
delivery service include copyright fees and customers can pay using a secure
credit card payment facility. In the future, PDF electronic delivery will also
be available on other British Library Web-based services."
For further information, see the full press release at <http://www.bl.uk/cgi-bin/press.cgi?story=1310>.
Royal Roads University Plans KM Research Centre
VICTORIA, CANADA, December 2, 2002 - "Business leaders may soon have a new think tank to boost
their companies' know-how. Royal Roads University is expected to announce
the creation of a research centre for knowledge-based leadership in January
when the university launches its' first master's program in knowledge
"'More and more business leaders see that their workers must share their
collective know-how if their organizations are to thrive,' said Steve
Grundy, dean of the science, technology and environment division at Royal
Roads. 'It's no accident that Nobel Prize winners come from rich networks of
people who share their smarts and passion.'"
"Several representatives from Royal Roads have hit the road across Canada
this month to gauge support for the new think tank. It will be created when
the university achieves a critical mass of interest and support from 15 to
20 companiesincluding two to four collaborative partners."
"Research at the new centre would focus on critical issues identified by
stakeholder organizations engaged in knowledge initiatives. These may
- what leadership looks like in successful knowledge-based organizations
- how to create new knowledge to support innovation
- how to compare competing information systems
- KM practices for smaller companies and the public sector"
"Some research studies might even raise eyebrows. 'For example, what role
does storytelling play?' says Alan Breakspear, chief executive officer of
Ottawa's Ibis Research Inc. and chair of Royal Roads' advisory board on
knowledge management. 'And what can organizations and indigenous communities
teach each other about knowledge?'"
"Breakspear says the research centre would hold conferences where corporate
sponsors would kick off studies and hear results a year later. 'You can't
continue to teach forever without replenishing the stock of what you're
teaching. In part, that's what research at a university is about. Royal
Roads has the opportunitythe launch platform of its KM degree programs -
to get into this.'"
"Business and public sector leaders who want to support the new centre or
learn about openings in the university's KM programs should contact Royal
Roads' KM program manager Alice MacGillivray at (250) 391-2600 ext 4139 or
Columbia University Press to Publish the Journal of Electronic Publishing
The following announcement is from Eve Trager, University of Michigan:
"The Journal of Electronic Publishing and Columbia University Press
announce with pleasure their new partnership. With the release of the
Spring 2003 issue, The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) will be published
by Columbia University Press and will be re-launched with a new design,
augmented content, enhanced search capabilities, and a new home address on
the Columbia University Press Web site. Publication of JEP will be on a
brief hiatus until spring."
"The University of Michigan Press published JEP since its inception in
1995. The University of Michigan Press and Columbia University Press have
agreed that all archives of the journal will be moved to Columbia, and
calls to the old URL addresses will be automatically redirected to JEP's
new home. In partnership with Columbia, JEP can reach a far wider
audience, including many of the subscribers to CUP's renowned electronic
publications. William Strachan, director of CUP said, 'This move comes
just as we ready the publication of The Columbia Guide to Digital
Publishing. Columbia's staff and its committee of top experts in the field
of digital publishing will now be available to work with the members of
the JEP staff to strengthen JEP's position as the definitive journal in
"The Journal of Electronic Publishing has been published since January,
1995. It currently delivers three issues a year, in April, August, and
December. Judith Axler Turner and Eve Trager, who both joined the journal
in 1997, will continue in their respective positions of editor and
managing editor. JEP is available by free subscription, and has 1,700
subscribers and thousands more readers, mostly in the publishing industry,
libraries, and the academy. Readers have access to close to 200 articles
written by industry professionals in library science, private publishing,
and academic presses.
NSDL.org is Open for Learning
From the November 29, 2002 NSDL Whiteboard Report:
"Welcome to the first release of the National Science Digital Library now at
nsdl.org! We are proud of the contributions made by many dedicated individuals
and institutions toward making the NSDL a reality. The result of their hard work is
the first version of an NSDL that will evolve into an increasingly useful resource for
educators, students, and the general public over the next four years of current NSF
"Please return regularly to watch the evolution of this national treasure. We hope to
inform and delight you as we continually add features to "The comprehensive
source for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education." Your
comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome and encouraged at
<firstname.lastname@example.org>.The NSDL Core Integration Team."
For further information, see the NSDL web site at <http://nsdl.org/>.
Debut of the Biggest Online Children's Library
November 18, 2002, Washington, DC--The federal Institute of Museum and
Library Services, in partnership with non-profit, industry, academic, and
other government organizations today announced a five-year, $4.4 million
plan to build a digital library freely available for children worldwide.
The library will consist of 10,000 children's books drawn from 100 cultures.
The International Children's Digital Library, developed by the Internet
Archive and the University of Maryland, is part of a larger research project
to develop new technology to serve young readers. No other library of this
size, that is appropriate and accessible for 3-13 year olds, exists.
Experience the International Children's Digital Library Web site at:
For the full press release, see <http://www.imls.gov/whatsnew/current/111802.htm>.
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