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March/April 2013
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In Print

Point to Point

Calls for Participation

Goings On

Deadline Reminders


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March/April 2013


In Print

  • Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, November 21, 2012.

    From the Introduction: "The Library of Congress officially launched its Bibliographic Framework Initiative in May 2011. The Initiative aims to re-envision and, in the long run, implement a new bibliographic environment for libraries that makes 'the network' central and makes interconnectedness commonplace. Prompted in no small part by the desire to embrace new cataloging norms, it is essential that the library community redevelop its bibliographic data models as part of this Initiative. Toward that objective, this document presents a high-level model for the library community for evaluation and discussion, but it is also important to consider this document within a much broader context, and one that looks well beyond the library community."

  • Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics, edited by Brett D. Hirsch. Published by Open Book Publishers, December 2012.

    "The essays in this collection offer a timely intervention in digital humanities scholarship, bringing together established and emerging scholars from a variety of humanities disciplines across the world. The first section offers views on the practical realities of teaching digital humanities at undergraduate and graduate levels, presenting case studies alongside models for future courses and reflections on pedagogical successes and failures. The next section proposes strategies for teaching foundational digital humanities methods across a variety of scholarly disciplines, and the book concludes with wider debates about the place of digital humanities in the academy, from the field's cultural assumptions and social obligations to its political visions."

  • Digital Forensics and Preservation, Jeremy Leighton John, DPC Technology Watch Report 12-03, November 2012. Copyright Digital Preservation Coalition 2012 and Jeremy Leighton John 2012. Published in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd.

    From the Abstract: "The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad overview of digital forensics, with some pointers to resources and tools that may benefit cultural heritage and, specifically, the curation of personal digital archives."

  • Draft of 'Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories', by Michael Forstrom, et al. Published by MediaCommons Press. (Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories is made available under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. Release date: January 2013.)

    From the Introduction: "[This book] offers recommendations to help ensure the physical and intellectual well being of born-digital materials transferred from donors to archival repositories. The main body of the report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and archival repositories."

  • ODI Survey Report: Reflections and Perspectives on Discovery Service, by the NISO ODI Working Group, National Information Standards Organization, January 2013.

    From the Introduction: "The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI), a volunteer work group within the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), was formed to develop a recommended practice related to the index-based discovery services for libraries. The ODI aims to investigate and improve the ecosystem surrounding these discovery services, with a goal of broader participation of content providers and increased transparency to libraries."

  • Library Services in the Digital Age, by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell, Pew Internet & American Life Project, January 2013.

    "The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans' reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of patrons who rely on more traditional resources. In a new survey of Americans' attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age."

  • Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content, by Nancy L. Maron, Jason Yun, and Sarah Pickle. Produced and funded by the Strategic Content Alliance.

    "Jisc and Ithaca have launched 'Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content' a new report aimed at helping digital projects to thrive. This report, which provides a close look at three institutions (UCL, Imperial War Museums and the National Library of Wales) in the United Kingdom confirms:

    • How fragmented the digital landscape is at universities and within other organizations
    • How there are examples of good practice within and outside higher education that all can learn from, but that greater co-ordination is required to deliver this at a UK level
    • How little the topic of post-build sustainability comes up at the higher levels of administration
    • How risk is present within the current system, concerning the sustainability of digital content."
  • Intellectual Property Rights for Digital Preservation, by Andrew Charlesworth, DPC Technology Watch Report 12-02, Copyright Digital Preservation Coalition 2012 and Andrew Charlesworth 2012.

    From the Abstract: "This report is aimed primarily at depositors, archivists and researchers/re-users of digital works, but will provide a concise introduction to the subject matter for policymakers and the general public."

  • Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials, A Recommended Practice of the National Information Standards Organization and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services, NISO RP-15-2013, January 2013.

    "Supplemental materials are increasingly being added to journal articles, but until now there has been no recognized set of practices to guide in the selection, delivery, discovery, and preservation of these materials. To address this gap, NISO and NFAIS jointly sponsored an initiative to establish best practices that would provide guidance to publishers and authors for management of supplemental materials and would address related problems for librarians, abstracting and indexing services, and repository administrators."

  • The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012, by Karla L. Strieb and Julia C. Blixrud. This is a pre-publication article, the final version of which will appear in Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282 (Spring 2013).

    From the ARL press release about this article: "In this article, authors Karla Strieb and Julia Blixrud report on the results of a recent survey of journal licenses in ARL member libraries. The authors conclude that there are 'ongoing strains in libraries' relationships with publishers and in their ability to maintain electronic journal bundles in difficult financial times.' They found that journal collections have become smaller and more tailored, and that stronger licensing language is needed in the clauses that are most important to research libraries."

  • Model Language for Research Data Management Policies, produced by the ASERL / SURA Research Data Coordinating Committee, 2013.

    From the Abstract: "This proposal was drafted by a Working Group of the ASERL/SURA Research Data Coordinating Committee. The purpose of this document is to provide model language for universities to consider when drafting policy to support data management practices and infrastructure at their institutions."

  • Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries, A Report from Ithaka S+R and the Association of Research Libraries, by Nancy L. Maron and Sarah Pickle, Ithaka S+R. February 2013. Published by the Association of Research Libraries and Ithaka S+R.

    "[This is a] a report on findings from an ARL-Ithaka S+R survey of ARL libraries on the range of activities and expenses that libraries undertake to support their digitized special collections."

  • Field Guide to Fixed Layout for E-Books. Compiled by the Content Structure Committee of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). Published February 2013.

    "The Field Guide is intended to be a brief introduction to fixed layout, including when it's the most appropriate format to use – and when it's not. In addition, the Field Guide offers practical guidance on the basics of creating fixed-layout formats, current retailer standards for supporting fixed layout, and issues of accessibility to consider before creating content in fixed-layout format....Note: BISG developed the Field Guide to Fixed Layout for E-Books to be a living, evolving document and as such, BISG intends to update the document frequently."

  • BISG Policy Statement POL-1101: Best Practices for Identifying Digital Products, Initial Publication: December 7, 2011; Revised Publication: February 25, 2013, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).

    From the Policy Scope and Objective: "This BISG Policy Statement on recommendations for identifying digital products is applicable to content intended for distribution to the general public in North America but could be applied elsewhere as well. The objective of this policy statement is to clarify best practices and outline responsibilities in the assignment of ISBNs to digital products in order to reduce confusion in the marketplace and the possibility of errors."

  • Special 301 Report on Copyright Protection and Enforcement, submitted to the United States Trade Representative on February 8, 2013 by the International Intellectual Property Rights Alliance.

    "The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), which includes the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other copyright organizations, today issued its annual Special 301 report to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) which this year highlights 49 countries, in particular China, Russia and Ukraine, that fail to provide adequate and effective protection for U.S. intellectual property abroad."

  • The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources and The Library of Congress, December 2012. CLIR Pub 156.

    From the Abstract: "The National Recording Preservation Plan has been devised to provide a blueprint to 'implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program,' as mandated in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Congress specified that the program established by the Librarian of Congress under this legislation 'shall...increase accessibility of sound recordings for educational purposes.'"

  • How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms, by Kristen Purcell, Alan Heaps, Judy Buchanan, Linda Friedrich, Pew Internet & American Life Project, February 28, 2013.

    From the Overview: "A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization. At the same time, the internet, mobile phones, and social media have brought new challenges to teachers, and they report striking differences in access to the latest digital technologies between lower and higher income students and school districts."

  • Coming and Going on Facebook, by Lee Rainie, Aaron Smith, Maeve Duggan, Pew Internet & American Life Project, February 5, 2013.

    From the Overview: "Two-thirds of online American adults (67%) are Facebook users, making Facebook the dominant social networking site in this country. And new findings from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project indicate there is considerable fluidity in the Facebook user population..."

  • Teenage Usability: Designing Teen-Targeted Websites, Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox: February 4, 2013.

    "To understand the expectations of a generation that grew up with technology and the Internet, [Nielsen] conducted empirical usability studies with real teens to identify specific guidelines for how websites can be improved to match teenagers' abilities and preferences."

  • Midwinter attendees hear about groundbreaking community engagement initiative, discuss future of libraries, Press release from the American Library Association, January 29, 2013.

    "Librarians and library supporters gathered in Seattle from Jan. 25-29 to discuss ways that libraries can engage and transform their communities, as well as keep current on the issues facing public, school, academic and special libraries. Those topics included ebook lending, increasing technological change and the rapid growth of social media" For highlights of the meeting see the press release via the link provided above.

  • Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter (February), Library of Congress, 2013.

    "In this issue:

    • Digital Preservation Top Ten of 2012
    • Scanning: DIY or Outsource?
    • Incorporating History in Digital Maps
    • Is JPEG-2000 A Preservation Risk?
    • The Power of Digital Oral History
    • Viewshare Highlights
    • Interviews with Peter Murray and Arfon Smith
    • *And many other digital preservation topics"
  • CrossRef Quarterly, February 2013.

    "CrossRef has many...services and initiatives, and [in this newsletter] you'll find updates on CrossCheck, CrossMark and FundRef. In addition, the ORCID registry launched in October 2013, and CrossRef has been closely involved with getting ORCID started."


Point to Point

  • Library Assessment Conference Award-Winning Posters Now Online, conference held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 29 - 31, 2012.

    "The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Library Assessment Conference poster session. The awards were presented on October 29, 2012, at the conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. The winning posters, along with all poster session submissions, are now available on the conference website."

  • Research Data Curation Bibliography, by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. Digital Scholarship, January 14, 2013.

    "This selective bibliography includes over 200 English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions."


Calls for Participation

  • ETD 2013: Asian Values, Western Thought, World Treasure! 16th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 23 - 26 September 2013, Hong Kong. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 15 April 2013.

    "ETD is the key international conference to attend in order to stay abreast of developments and trends in electronic theses and dissertations initiatives around the world. Plan to attend this important conference and consider submitting a proposal to present a paper exploring one of the themes of the symposium. This is an exciting opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with the larger ETD community."

  • 76th Annual Meeting of ASIST, 1 - 6 November 2013, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Call for participation. The submission deadline for Papers, Panels, Workshops & Tutorials is 15 April 2013.

    "The ASIST Annual Meeting is the main venue for disseminating research on advances in information science, information technology and related topics. This year's conference theme offers an opportunity to reflect on all the changes that impact on human information interaction and their implications for information science and technology."

  • 6th Indian International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IICAI-13), 18 - 20 December 2013, Tumkur, India. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 15 April 2013.

    "The primary goal of IICAI is to promote research and developmental activities in AI and related fields in India and the rest of the world. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between AI researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in India and abroad."

  • 2nd Mining Humanistic Data Workshop, 13 - 16 September 2013, Neos Marmaras, Halkidiki Greece. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 29 April 2013.

    "The abundance of available data that is retrieved from or is related to the areas of Humanities and the human condition challenges the research community in processing and analyzing it. The aim is two-fold: on the one hand, to extract knowledge that will help understand human behavior, creativity, way of thinking, reasoning, learning, decision making, socializing and even biological processes; on the other hand, to exploit the extracted knowledge by incorporating it into intelligent systems that will support humans in their everyday activities."

  • Seventh International Conference, Sciences of Electronics, Technologies of Information and Telecommunications, SETIT 2013, 11 - 13 October 2013, Chongqing, China. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 April 2013.

    "[The goal of this conference is] to promote a technological reference frame, to give answers and original innovating ideas and to contribute to a common language around information processing and telecommunications. This conference will allow, on one hand, sharing experience and presenting the state of the art of theory, research, telecommunication applications and Information processing. On the other hand, SETIT will provide a vision for future innovations."

  • Eighth International Conference on Digital Information Management, 10 - 12 September 2013, Islamabad, Pakistan. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 April 2013.

    "[This] is a multidisciplinary conference on digital information management, science and technology. The principal aim of this conference is to bring people in academia, research laboratories and industry together, and offer a collaborative platform to address the emerging issues and solutions in digital information science and technology. The ICDIM intends to bridge the gap between different areas of digital information management, science and technology. This forum will address a large number of themes and issues. The conference will feature original research and industrial papers on the theory, design and implementation of digital information systems, as well as demonstrations, tutorials, workshops and industrial presentations."

  • International Educational Technology Conference IETC 2013, 13 - 15 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 6 May 2013.

    "IETC 2013 seeks a diverse and comprehensive program covering all areas of educational technology. The program includes a wide range of activities designed to facilitate the exchange of expertise, experience, and resources with your colleagues. These include keynote and invited talks, full and brief paper presentations, panels, and round table discussion sessions."

  • 14th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, 4 - 8 November 2013, Curitiba, Brazil. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 10 May 2013.

    "The annual Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) is the world's leading research forum on processing, searching, organizing and accessing music-related data.The revolution in music distribution and storage brought about by digital technology has fueled tremendous research activities and interests in academia as well as in industry. The ISMIR Conference reflects this rapid development by providing a meeting place for the discussion of MIR-related research, developments, methods, tools and experimental results. Its main goal is to foster multidisciplinary exchange by bringing together researchers and developers, educators and librarians, as well as students and professional users."


Goings On

  • 10th International Conference on Information Technology : New Generations ITNG 2013, 15 - 17 April 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

    "The International Conference on Information Technology - New Generations (ITNG) is an annual event focusing on state of the art technologies pertaining to digital information and communications. The applications of advanced information technology to such domains as astronomy, biology, education, geosciences, security and health care are among topics of relevance to ITNG."

  • EPUB3: What Libraries Need to Know, 17 April 2013. This is a NISO virtual conference and pre-registration is required.

    "EPUB3 is a standard for interoperable e-books that is rapidly being adopted by the publishing and device manufacturing community. It has the promise of allowing publishers to create a single file format that can be rendered on any reading device, such as an e-reader, tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc. This will be a critical component of a library's e-book services, since libraries must be in a position to serve patrons who come in with a range of devices, not simply from one particular supplier. Understanding the e-book files and why EPUB will allow a broader range of fulfilling patron needs is something that both publishers and librarians need to understand. Join us for a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of EPUB3, suggested tools for implementation, barrier issues on the horizon, and the significant improvements in accessibility with EPUB."

  • 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Systems, ICICS 2013, 23 - 25 April 2013, Irbid, Jordan.

    "ICICS is a forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners to present their latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of Computer and Information Sciences. The topics that will be covered in the ICICS 2013 include, but are not limited to: Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Computing, Networking, Information Security and Cryptography, Intrusion Detection and Computer Forensics, Web Content Mining, Bioinformatics and IT Applications, Database Technology, Systems Integration, Information Systems Analysis and Specification, Telecommunications, and Human-Computer Interaction."

  • SPRUCE Mashup Leeds Workshop, 30 April - 2 May 2013, Leeds, United Kingdom.

    "Mashups are attended by Developers with technical skills and Practitioners who typically have some responsibility for managing, preserving or working with digital collections. We ask our Practitioners to bring along a sample of one (or more) of their digital collections. We begin by working with the collections and identifying Issues that we want to examine further. We team up each Practitioner with a Developer and get working together on a Solution."

  • ACM Hypertext and Social Media conference, 1 - 3 May 2013, Paris, France.

    "The ACM Hypertext and Social Media conference is a premium venue for high quality peer-reviewed research on hypertext theory, systems and applications. It is concerned with all aspects of modern hypertext research including social media, semantic web, dynamic and computed hypertext and hypermedia as well as narrative systems and applications."

  • Oregon Virtual Reference Summit, 3 May 2013, Silverton, Oregon, USA.

    "The Oregon Virtual Reference Summit is an annual conference dedicated to reference, service, and technology. Sponsored by L-net/Answerland, the Summit is a one-day conference that strives for a fun, friendly, inclusive environment with reference-focused content appropriate for all skill levels, library types, and experiences."

  • DigCurV: Framing the digital curation curriculum, 6 - 7 May 2013, Florence, Italy.

    "The aim of the DigCurV (Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe) project, funded by the European Commission's Leonardo da Vinci programme, is to address the availability of vocational training for digital curators in the library, archive, museum and cultural heritage sectors by developing a framework for the Curriculum needed to develop new skills that are essential for the long-term management of digital collections."

  • 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - CSEDU 2013, 6 - 8 May 2013, Aachen, Germany.

    "CSEDU 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."

  • E-Technologies and Business on the Web (EBW2013), 7 - 9 May 2013, Bangkok, Thailand.

    "[This conference] aims to enable researchers build connections between different digital applications. Papers were invited on a number of topics, including, but not limited to:

    • Web Applications
    • E-Learning
    • E-government
    • Semantic Web, Ontologies
    • Data Mining
    • E-Services
    • Digital Enterprises
    • Confidentiality Protection
    • Fuzzy and Neural Network Systems
    • XML-Based Languages
    • E-Commerce
    • Web advertising and Web Publishing
    • E-Business Applications and Software
    • E-Communities
    • Business Technology Intelligence
    • Digital Libraries
    • The latest trends in web services
    • Digital economics, and digital content
    • EDI and the Internet"
  • 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - WEBIST 2013, 8 - 10 May 2013, Aachen, Germany.

    "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.

    "CLOSER 2013, focuses on the emerging area of Cloud Computing, inspired by some of the 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."

  • DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle (Session 1), 12 - 17 May 2013, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

    "This professional institute consists of one five-day session May 12-17, 2013 and a two-day follow-up session January 6-7, 2014. Each day of the summer session will include lectures, discussion, and hands-on 'lab' components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material....This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge, and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials."

  • International Educational Technology Conference, 13 - 15 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    "The IET Conference is a diverse and comprehensive program covering all areas of educational technology. The program includes a wide range of activities designed to facilitate the exchange of expertise, experience, and resources with colleagues. These include keynote and invited talks, full and brief paper presentations, panels, and round table discussion sessions."

  • Digital Preservation Training Programme, 20 - 22 May 2013, London, United Kingdom.

    "The Digital Preservation Training Programme is a modular training programme, built around themed sessions that have been developed to assist you in designing and implementing an approach to preservation that will work for your institution. Through a wide range of modules, the DPTP examines the need for policies, planning, strategies, standards and procedures in digital preservation, and teaches some of the most up-to-date methods, tools and concepts in the area."

  • INFORUM 2013: 19th Conference on Professional Information Resources, 21 - 22 May 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.

    "This conference deals with professional electronic information resources for research, development, education and business purposes. The conference is internationally attended. Since 2003 the original territorial focus on the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been expanded to the other Central and Eastern European countries and it has become the main event in this field in the region. The conference is attended especially by information professionals from academic, special and public libraries, private corporations and state agencies, IT managers, university teachers and students."

  • ELAG (European Library Automation Group) 2013, 28 - 31 May 2013, Ghent, Belgium.

    "The theme of this year's conference is 'The INSIDE-OUT Library'....Instead of only helping users to find what is available globally, they should also focus on making local collections and production available to the world. Instead of doing the same thing everywhere, libraries should focus on making unique information accessible. Instead of focusing on information trapped in publications, libraries should try and give the world new views on knowledge."

  • International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST), 28 - 31 May 2013, Cologne, Germany.

    "The theme of this year's conference is Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility and Sustainability. This theme reflects recent efforts across the globe by the largest government agencies down to the smaller independent research units to make data (be it survey, administrative, geospatial, or scientific) more open, accessible and understandable for all."

Deadline Reminders

  • AI Mashup Challenge 2013. Call for participation. The submission deadline for the mashup announcement is 21 March 2013 and the subsequent paper is 31 March 2013.

(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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