National Digital Preservation Initiatives: An Overview of Developments in Australia, France, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and of Related International Activity, Council on Library and Information Resources
Commissioned for and sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress, this report provides an overview of selected key national and multinational initiatives in digital preservation occurring outside North America. It examines digital preservation initiatives in four countriesAustralia, France, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdomas well as related multinational initiatives. The initiatives were chosen in consultation with the U.S. Library of Congress (LC) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) because they were believed to be of particular relevance and interest to the U.S. National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)...This study aims to put these initiatives into their national and international context and to outline major developments. It presents the key findings from the survey and details of the main initiatives in each country."
For further information, please see <http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub116abst.html>.
Promise and Practice in Data Sharing, Volume 2, The Public Domain of Digital Research Data, Paul Wouters and Peter Schröder (eds.), The Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information Services
"The following new publication will be of interest to [anyone] interested in the use and archiving of primary research data. The report is the second volume in the series The Public Domain of Digital Research Data and contains the results of studies on multiple use of digital research data in the context of large-scale research at CERN and EBI as well as small-scale research practice in biodiversity and neuroinformatics."
For further information, please see <http://www.niwi.knaw.nl/nerdi/paul/datasharing.pdf>.
Towards a Semantic Web for Heritage Resources, Thematic Issue 3, DigiCULT
"As a synopsis of the DigiCULT Forum Towards an Interoperable Semantic Web for Heritage Resources, held in Darmstadt on January 21st 2003, it summarises and provides insight into this potentially revolutionary approach to the way the Web is constructed."
For the conclusions reached by the experts in unravelling the vision of the Semantic Web and its significance for the Cultural Heritage Sector, please download the full version of the DigiCULT Thematic Issue 3 at <http://www.digicult.info/pages/pubpop.php?file=http://www.digicult.info/downloads/ti3_high.pdf>.
Promoting Access to Public Research Data for Scientific, Economic and Social Development, Final Report, OECD Follow Up Group on Issues of Access to Publicly Funded Research Data, Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development
"The findings and recommendations presented here are based on the central principle that publicly funded research data should be openly available to the maximum extent possible. Availability should be subject only to national security restrictions; protection of confidentiality and privacy; intellectual property rights; and time-limited exclusive use by principal investigators. Publicly funded research data are a public good, produced in the public interest. As such they should remain in the public realm. This does not preclude the subsequent commercialization of research results in patents and copyrights, or of the data themselves in databases, but it does mean that a copy of the data must be maintained and made openly accessible. Implicitly or explicitly, this principle is recognized by many of the world's leading scientific institutions, organizations, and agencies. Expanding the adoption of this principle to national and international stages will enable researchers, empower citizens and convey tremendous scientific, economic, and social benefits."
"The case studies and other research conducted for this report suggest that concrete, beneficial actions can be taken by the different actors involved in making possible access to, and sharing of, publicly funded research data. This includes the OECD as an international organization with credibility and stature in the science policy area."
For further information, please see <http://dataaccess.ucsd.edu/FinalReport.htm>.
Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, Management Centre International Limited
"The Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management aims to publish perspectives on topics relevant to the study, implementation and management of knowledge management...The journal contributes to the development of both theory and practice in the field of knowledge management. The journal accepts academically robust papers, topical articles and case studies that contribute to the area of research in, and practice of knowledge management."
The journal is openly available online in full text.
For further information, please see <http://www.ejkm.com/index.htm>.
"This document provides a list of the key standards and protocols that make up the JISC IE technical architecture. This document is intended primarily for developers, in order to provide them with a single point of reference to the main technologies that they should be using when working in the context of the JISC IE."
"These standards are intended to apply to all JISC IE service components listed in the JISC IE Glossary (portals, brokers, aggregators, content providers, subject gateways, authentication/authorisation services, service registries, user-preferences services, OpenURL resolvers, institutional profile services, metadata schema registries, terminology services or other shared infrastructure services)."
Note: "This document covers similar ground to the older and longer Standards and Guidelines to Build a National Resource found at <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=projman_standards>."
For further information, please see <http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/distributed-systems/jisc-ie/arch/standards/>.
Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, No. 37, Spring 2003, Science & Technology Section, ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries)
A quarterly publication of the Science & Technology Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries, "ISTL publishes substantive material of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions on topics of current interest, to publish research and bibliographies on issues in science and technology libraries...". The theme of the current issue is "Information Literacy for Science & Technology".
For further information, please see <http://www.istl.org/>.
The Technology Source, Michigan Virtual University
"The purpose of The Technology Source (ISSN 1532-0030), a peer-reviewed bimonthly periodical published by the Michigan Virtual University, is to provide thoughtful, illuminating articles that will assist educators as they face the challenge of integrating information technology tools into teaching and into managing educational organizations. Want to participate? Use the discussion option available in each article to respond to that article, or send your comments and suggestions about the publication to Editor-in-Chief James L. Morrison. Have a great idea? Submit an article for publication. Want to hear about each new issue?"
For further information, please see <http://ts.mivu.org/>.
Point to Point
Digitization & Preservation Online Resource Center, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
"OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources services provide the technology, infrastructure, resources and services you need for complete digital collection life cycle management. These new services allow you to create, access and preserve collections; to collaborate to build new collections and a clearinghouse of information about projects, funding and best practices; and to learn about digitization and preservation issues."
For further information, please see <http://digitalcooperative.oclc.org/>.
Calls for Participation
Tel e-Learning 2004, Instructional Technology Council, 21 - 24 February 2003, San Diego, California, USA. Call for Presentations. The deadline for submissions is 11 July 2003.
"Share your successes, foibles, and how-to secrets with fellow educators in the warm San Diego sunshine this winter! This is the annual professional development conference for e-learning and Tel e-Learning 2004 attendees want to learn from you! Budget cuts and rising enrollments are requiring us to do more with less and we need your ideas more than ever...Concurrent sessions at Tel e-Learning 2004 must include a presenter who is a college or university administrator or faculty member. Each concurrent session will be one hour in length and presenters will receive a discount to register!"
For further information, please see <http://www.itcnetwork.org/>.
IEEE TCDL Bulletin, Call for papers. The deadline for submissions is 15 August 2003.
The IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (TCDL) is launching a new electronic magazine, the IEEE TCDL Bulletin, the first issue of which will be available in the next few weeks.
The mission of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries is "to promote research in the theory and practice of all aspects of Collective Memory, i.e. the fields of Digital Libraries, Digital Museums and Digital Archives of all kinds.".For more information about the committee, please see <http://www.ieee-tcdl.org>. For information about the Bulletin, please contact Editor, IEEE TCDL Bulletin <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
ICEIS 2004, 6th International Conference on Enterprise information Systems, 14 - 17 April 2003, Porto, Portugal. Call for Papers. The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2003.
"The purpose of the 6th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the advances and business applications of information systems. Five simultaneous tracks will be held, covering different aspects of Enterprise Information Systems Applications, including Enterprise Database Technology, Systems Integration, Artificial Intelligence, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Analysis and Specification, Internet Computing, Electronic Commerce and Human Factors."
"ICEIS focuses on real world applications; therefore authors should highlight the benefits of Information Technology for industry and services. Ideas on how to solve business problems, using IT, will arise from the conference. Papers describing advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions are also encouraged. Papers describing original work are invited in any of the areas listed below. Accepted papers, presented at the conference by one of the authors, will be published in the Proceedings of ICEIS. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Both full research reports and work-in-progress reports are welcome. There will be both oral and poster sessions."
"Special sessions, dedicated to case-studies and commercial presentations, as well as tutorials dedicated to technical/scientific topics are also envisaged: companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies or researchers interested in holding a tutorial are invited to contact the conference secretariat."
For further information, please see <http://www.iceis.org/>.
Workshop on the Evaluation of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) Systems, a workshop at SIGIR 2003, 1 August 2003, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
"Major general themes to be addressed in the workshop include:
For further information, please see <http://music-ir.org/evaluation/sigir03_workshop.htm>.
Defining Evaluation Methodologies for Terabyte-Scale Collections, a workshop at SIGIR 2003, 1 August 2003, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
"The goal of this workshop is to develop an evaluation methodology for terabyte-scale document collections. In particular, we will assume the existence of a collection of several hundred million web pages, and investigate methods for reliably evaluating retrieval tasks on such a collection. Search tasks currently evaluated using large web collections, such as known-item and high-precision searching, focus on the needs of the common web searcher but also arise from our inability to measure recall on very large collections. Good estimates of the total set of relevant documents are critical to the reliability and reusability of test collections as we now use them, but it would take hundreds of different systems, hundreds of relevance assessors, and years of effort to produce a terabyte-sized collection with completeness of judgments comparable to a typical TREC collection. Hence, new evaluation methodologies and ways of building test collections are needed to scale retrieval experiments to the next level."
For further information, please see <http://www.sigir2003.org/TBEval.txt>.
IFLA 2003, World Library and Information Congress: 69th IFLA General Conference and Council, Access Point Library: Media - Information - Culture, 1 - 9 August 2003, Berlin, Germany.
"The aims of IFLA are to promote international understanding, co-operation, discussion, research and development in all fields of library activity and information science, and to provide a body through which librarianship can be represented in matters of international interest...The theme of the conference focuses on all aspects of a future-oriented library, its organisation, its up-to-date and varied media offerings and its services. In this way, our theme moves far beyond the traditional library field and demonstrates that libraries fulfill their tasks as centers for information provision in the community and in the global network."
For further information, please see <http://www.sigir2003.org/TBEval.txt>.
ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute, 3 - 8 August 2003, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
"The Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians is an intensive program on the campus of Harvard University, convenient to all the attractions of Cambridge and Boston. For six highly-engaging days, you study, talk, and attend classes. You work with program faculty and with other participants testing new ideas and developing new strategies for taking your institution into the future."
For further information, please see <http://www.gse.harvard.edu/~ppe/programs/acrl/program.html>.
Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-Term Strategies for Long-Term Problems, 4 - 8 August 2003 and 20 - 24 October 2003, Ithaca, New York, USA.
"Cornell University Library is offering an innovative new digital preservation training program with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program will consist of an on-line tutorial and a series of one-week workshops to be held in Ithaca, NY. The primary goal of this program is to enable effective decision making for administrators who will be responsible for the longevity of digital objects in an age of technological uncertainty."
"The Digital Preservation Management workshop series is intended for those who are contemplating or implementing digital preservation programs in libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions. The goals of this initiative are to foster critical thinking in a technological realm and to provide the means for exercising practical and responsible stewardship of digital assets."
For further information, please see <http://www.library.cornell.edu/iris/dpworkshop/>.
IJCAI-03, 18th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 9 - 15 August 2003, Acapulco, Mexico.
The IJCAI-03 includes an Exhibition, Workshops, Invited Speakers, Tutorials, Papers, Posters, and Awards.
To see the Preliminary Schedule and to access further information in detail, please see <http://www.ijcai-03.org/1024/index.html>.
RENCON, a Workshop on Methods for Automatic Music Performance and Their Applications in a Public Rendering Contest, held at the 18th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), 11 August 2003, Acapulco, Mexico.
"What is Rencon? How would you like being able to create your own music either for entertainment, business, or for an artistic presentation? How do you evaluate your work especially when you create music by using software tools? RENCON (Performance Rendering Piano Contest) is a landmark project for evaluating performance rendering systems...The goal of Rencon is "to foster research on computational models of and methods for the generation of expressive musical performances. The workshop associated with a musical contest provides a forum for presenting and discussing the latest research in automatic performance rendering and, more generally, computer-based music performance research...The IJCAI-03 Rencon workshop builds upon the ICAD 2002 Rencon (1st) and FIT 2002 Rencon (2nd) workshops, where we had musical contests as well as an invited talk and technical presentations."
For additional information, please see <http://shouchan.ei.tuat.ac.jp/~rencon/IJCAI-03/>.
DL2003, 19th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, 13 - 15 August 2003, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
"The field of distance education and e-learning is changing to meet new challenges with fresh approaches using promising new technologies. This year's conference will feature distance educators who are working smarter to build successful strategies, methods, and techniques. To survive and thrive in challenging times, we need to learn from successes and seek out practical, new ways of developing cost-effective learning environments for education and training. Distance Learning 2003 will offer more than 150 sessions highlighting success features that make a difference in: Managing programs on tight budgets; Using teaching methods that engage; Supporting faculty with innovative programs; Using evaluation to insure best practices; Developing courses and training on budget, on time; Expanding instructional design with innovative techniques, games, or simulations."
"Whether you work with new K-12 initiatives or non-profit online support, higher education or military, government or corporate training, this year's conference is a unique opportunity for learning and networking with colleagues about practical applications, teaching methods, course designs, innovative solutions, and emerging technologies."
For additional information, please see <http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/>.
ECDL 2003, 7th European Digital Libraries Conference, 17 - 22 August 2003, Trondheim, Norway.
"ECDL 2003 is the 7th conference in the series of European Digital Library conferences. ECDL has become the major European forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues."
"The conference will include presentations and discussions about core technical issues as well as applications in fields such as Education; Libraries; Museums; Archives; Government; Health Care and Medicine; Digital Earth/Geospatial; Law; Art and Music; Humanities; Culture; Social Sciences; News and Current Affairs; Information Industry; Environmental Monitoring; Natural Sciences; E-commerce."
For more information, please see <http://www.ecdl2003.org/>.
"The workshop will provide a cross domain overview on active research and practice in the emergent domain of 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 researchers and industrial researchers interested in establishing effective methods and developing improved solution for Web archiving."
For further information, please see <http://bibnum.bnf.fr/ecdl/2003/>.
KDD 2003, 24 - 27 August 2003, Washington, DC, USA.
"KDD is the leading international conference on knowledge discovery and data mining. The ninth ACM SIGKDD will be held in Washington, DC, on August 24-27, 2003, and will provide a forum for academic researchers and industry and government practitioners to share their research and experience. It will feature keynote presentations, oral paper presentations, poster presentations, workshops, tutorials, and panels, as well as the KDD Cup competition. KDD-2003 will be collocated with ICML-2003, the Twentieth International Conference on Machine Learning, and COLT-2003, the Sixteenth Annual Conference on Computational Learning Theory."
For further information, please see <http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigkdd/kdd2003/>.
Creating Electronic Texts and Images, 2003 Summer Institute, Electronic Text Centre, 24 - 29 August 2003, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
"The course is designed primarily for librarians and archivists who are planning to develop electronic text and imaging projects; for scholars who are creating electronic texts as part of their teaching and research; and for publishers who are looking to move publications to the Web."
"Course participants will learn how to create TEI encoded XML files from a selection of manuscripts from UNB's Archives and Special Collections; and, then, how to turn these XML files automatically into multiple formats, including HTML, PDF, and EBook. Participants will also have the opportunity to tag an EAD finding aid and explore issues in creating digital images. The work of the class will be made available on the Internet through the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick Libraries' Web Page."
For further information, please see <http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/SGML_course/Aug2003/index.html>.
Hypertext '03, 14th International Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 26 - 30 August 2003, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
"The annual Hypertext conference is the [an] event dedicated totally to hypertext and hypermedia, in all its forms, covering all its uses, and which seeks both technical and literary contributions. The conference will include a range of participatory events such as papers, workshops, tutorials, panel discussions and more. Please select your areas of interest from the menu on this page...With a full agenda of events and surprises already planned, we are quietly confident that Nottingham 2003 will be remembered as the best Hypertext conference ever. We look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham."
For more information, please see <http://www.ht03.org/>.
World Information Technology Forum, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) 27 - 29 August 2003, Vilnius, Lithuania.
"The Government of Lithuania in co-operation with the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) will be playing host to the World Information Technology Forum - WITFOR. The topic of WITFOR is ICT-equity. The target of WITFOR is to hold a round table of:
"The goal of WITFOR is to prepare and help implement information development strategies and projects in developing countries."
For further information, please see <http://www.witfor.lt/>.
DRH 2003 Conference, Digital Resources for the Humanities, 31 August - 3 September, Cheltenham, United Kingdom.
"The annual Digital Resources for the Humanities conference is [a] major forum for all those involved in, and affected by, the digitization of our cultural heritage: the scholar creating or using an electronic resource to further research; the teacher gathering Web resources into an online learning environment; the publisher or broadcaster integrating print or analogue with the digital to reach new audiences; the librarian, curator or archivist wishing to improve both access to and conservation of the digital information that characterizes contemporary culture and scholarship; the computer or information scientist seeking to apply new developments to the creation, exploitation and management of humanities resources. A volume of selected papers from the conferences is published annually by the Office for Humanities Communication at King's College London. See http://www.drh.org.uk/."
For additional information, please see <http://www.glos.ac.uk/humanities/content.asp?sid=6>.
Educause Southeast Regional Conference 2003, IT in the Academy: Collaboration & Leadership, 18 - 20 June 2003, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/conference/serc/2003/>.
Brick and Click Libraries: The Shape of Tomorrow, 10 October 2003, Maryville, Missouri, USA. Call for Proposals. The deadline for Presenter Application is 20 June 2003. For further information, please see <http://www.nwmissouri.edu/library/pr/symposium/>.
Jornada sobre la Biblioteca Digital Universitaria (First Meeting about the University Digital Library), 20 junio 2003 (20 June 2003), Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please contact Gustavo Gomez for more information, <email@example.com>.
ICADL 2003, 6th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries, 8 - 11 December 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Call for Papers. The deadline for submissions is 21 June 2003. For further information, please see <http://www.ftsm.ukm.my/icadl2003/>.
iGSS 2003, 30th International Graduate Summer School, Accessing the Virtual: How to offer electronic information resources to users, 25 June - 11 July 2003, Aberystwyth, Wales. For further information, please see <http://www.dil.aber.ac.uk/igss/>.
ELPUB 2003, 7th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, 25 - 28 June 2003, Guimarães, Portugal. For additional information, please see <http://piano.dsi.uminho.pt/elpub2003/>.
2003 NASIG Annual Conference, Serials in the Park: Blazing Diverse Trails in the Information Forest, North American Serials Interest Group 18th Annual Conference, 26 - 29 June 2003, Portland, Oregon, USA. For more information, please see <http://nasig.org/public/NASIGCallforpapers2003.htm>.
2003 SIG III International Paper Contest, International Digital Libraries and Information Science & Technology Advances in Developing Countries, ASIST SIG III (American Society for Information Science & Technology, Special Interest Group on International Information Issues), 20 - 23 October 2003, Long Beach, California, USA. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission of full papers is 30 June 2003. For further information, please see <http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/paper_contest/2003/2003CFP.htm>.
ELSIN 2003 - Bridging Theory & Practice, European Learning Styles Information Network, Centre for Management and Organisational Learning (CMOL), 30 June - 2 July 2003, Hull, United Kingdom. For further information, please see <http://www.elsinnet.org.uk/>.
EUNIS 2003, 9th International Conference of European University Information Systems, Beyond the network: Innovative IT Services, 2 - 4 July 2003, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For additional information, please see <http://www2.ic.uva.nl/eunis2003/>.
Digital Cultural Heritage V: Digital Libraries and Cultural Context, Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University, 2 - 4 July 2003, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of fifty persons. For further information, please see <http://www.amsu.edu/courses/media/media12003.htm>.
ICICTE 2003, 4th International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education, 3 - 5 July 2003, Samos Island, Greece. For additional information, please see <http://www.ineag.gr/ICICTE/>.
Workshop on the Evaluation of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) Systems, SIGIR 2003 Workshop, 1 August 2003, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Call for Participation. The deadline for submissions is 5 July 2003. For further information, please see <http://music-ir.org/evaluation/sigir03_workshop.htm>.
ACISP 2003, 8th AustralAsian Conference on Information Security and Privacy, 9 - 11 July 2003, Wollongong, Australia. For further information, please see <http://www.itacs.uow.edu.au/research/NSLabs/acisp03/acisp03.html>.
EIP 2003, Workshop on Exploiting The Internet/Web Potential, 10 - 13 July 2003, Pennalur, Sriperumbudur, India. For further information, please see <http://www.dirf.org/eip2003/>.
ECEL 2003, 2nd European Conference on eLearning, Management Centre International Limited (MCIL), 6 - 7 November 2003, Glasgow, United Kingdom. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 11 July 2003. For further information, please see <http://www.mcil.co.uk/2p-ecel2003-call-papers.htm>.
ABAS 9th International Conference Academy of Business & Administrative Sciences, 11 - 13 July 2003, Brussels, Belgium. For further information, please see <http://www.sba.muohio.edu/abas>.
IV03, 7th International Conference on Information Visualisation, 16 - 18 July 2003, London, England. For further information, please see <http://www.graphicslink.demon.co.uk/IV03/>.
SCI 2003, 7th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 27 - 30 July 2003, Orlando, Florida, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.iiisci.org/sci2003/>.
Syllabus 2003, Exploring Technology Solutions for Higher Education Professionals, 27 - 31 July 2003, San Jose, California, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.syllabus.com/summer2003/>.
SIGGRAPH 2003, The Future of Digital Images and Interaction, 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 27 - 31 July 2003, San Diego, California, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.siggraph.org/s2003/>.
Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries, Library Measures to fill the void: assessing outcomes, 28 - 31 July 2003, Durham, United Kingdom. For further information, please see <http://online.northumbria.ac.uk/faculties/art/information_studies/Imri/PM5/PM5.htm>.
PISTA '03, (Politics and Information Systems: Technology and Applications) and CCCT'03 (Computer Communication and Control Technologies) 31 July - 2 August 2003, Orlando, Florida, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.confinf.org/pista03/website2003/default.asp>.
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