Electronic Resource Management: The Report of the DLF Initiative, Timothy D. Jewell, Ivy Anderson, Adam Chandler, Sharon E. Farb, Kimberly Parker, Angela Riggio, and Nathan D. M. Robertson, Digital Library Federation, August 2004.
From the Executive Summary to the report: "The report narrative serves as a 'Road Map' for Electronic Resource Management by outlining system needs, then reproducing and discussing screens from systems in current use. The appendices are discussed in turn. The first of these is an extended Functional Requirements document consisting of nearly 50 statements of function, with a number of more specific elaborations and refinements. The second consists of a diagram outlining some differences between workflows for print and for electronic resources, followed by detailed diagrams for more specific phases of the E-resource 'life-cycle.'"
For more information, please see <http://www.diglib.org/pubs/dlfermi0408/>.
Digital Library Content and Course Management Systems: Issues of Interoperation , Report of a study group, Co-chairs Co-Chairs: Dale Flecker, Associate Director for Planning & Systems, Harvard University Library, and Neil McLean, Director, IMS Australia. Digital Library Federation, July 2004.
From the Executive Summary to the Report - "With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an ad hoc group of digital librarians, course management system developers, and publishers met under the aegis of the Digital Library Federation to discuss the issues related to the use of digital library content in course management systems. The size, heterogeneity, and complexity of the current information landscape create enormous challenges for the interoperation of information repositories and systems that support course instruction. The group has created a checklist of things that operators of digital content repositories can do to help ameliorate the complexities of such interoperation. It also explored through the means of use cases the utility of tools which help instructors gather information resources from various distributed information repositories for teaching purposes, and created a model of how the group envisions the interaction of users, tools, and information repositories in the future."
For more information, please see <http://www.diglib.org/pubs/cmsdl0407/>.
A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections, NISO Framework Advisory Group, 2nd Edition (2004).
From the Introduction: "This Framework has two purposes. First, to provide an overview of some of the major components and activities involved in the creation of good digital collections. Second, to provide a framework for identifying, organizing, and applying existing knowledge and resources to support the development of sound local practices for creating and managing good digital collections. It is intended for two audiences: cultural heritage organizations planning projects to create digital collections, and funding organizations that want to encourage the development of good digital collections."
For more information, please see <http://www.niso.org/framework/Framework2.html>.
Results of Analysis of Trends in Public Libraries, 1990-2002, Robert E. Molyneux, Director, Statistics and Surveys, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), October 2004.
"This page contains links to this first analysis of trends at US public libraries from 1990-2002 using data from the longitudinal file PLDF3 created from the NCES annual compilations of library data. This analysis uses 8,259 public libraries, that is, all reporting data each year from 1990-2002. The results of analysis are reported in quartiles made up of libraries grouped by their sizes of population served."
For more information, please see <http://www.nclis.gov/statsurv/NCES/plu/trends/trendresults.html>.
Digital Recordkeeping: Guidelines for Creating, Managing and Preserving Digital Records, Exposure draft - May 2004, © Commonwealth of Australia ISBN 1 920807 08 X.
"The Digital Recordkeeping Guidelines provide comprehensive help to Australian Government agencies in creating, managing and preserving their digital records. It will assist staff responsible for digital records and information to manage digital records for as long as they are required."
"This publication has a companion. The Digital Recordkeeping Checklist is a self-assessment tool for Australian Government agencies to evaluate their management of digital records."
For more information, please see <http://www.naa.gov.au/recordkeeping/er/guidelines.html>.
Digital Recordkeeping Self-Assessment Checklist, Exposure draft - May 2004, © Commonwealth of Australia.
"The checklist in this document is a self-assessment tool to help Australian Government agencies manage their digital records effectively. It enables agencies to determine whether they have appropriate recordkeeping strategies, practices and systems for managing digital records, and to identify areas needing improvement. The checklist should be read and used in conjunction with the National Archives publication Digital Recordkeeping: Guidelines for Creating, Managing and Preserving Digital Records."
For more information, please see <http://www.naa.gov.au/recordkeeping/er/checklist.html>.
Reproduction charging models & rights policy for digital images in American art museums, A Mellon Foundation study, by Simon Tanner, King's Digital Consultancy Services, August 2004.
"This study explores the cost and policy models adapted by US arts museums in arriving at pricing structures for delivering imaging and rights services. It examines the new market realities and opportunities cultural institutions face due to the transition to digital collections. One hundred US art museums were surveyed and in-depth interviews were carried out with 20 museums."
For more information, please see <http://www.kcl.ac.uk/kdcs/USart.htm>.
OCLC 2004 Information Format Trends: Content, Not Containers, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 2004.
"2004 Information Format Trends: Content, Not Containers returns to the subject of the Five-Year Information Format Trends report of 2003, driven by remarkable changes since its publication. The new report examines the 'unbundling of content' from traditional containers (books, journals, CDs) and distribution methods (postal mail, resource sharing). As the boundaries blur between content, technology and the information consumer, the report shows how format now matters less than the information within the container."
For more information and to download a copy of the report, please see <http://www.oclc.org/reports/2004format.htm>.
ERCIM News: Special Issue on GRIDS - The Next Generation, No. 59, October 2004
"[This issue features] 33 articles about Grids research in Europe and a keynote by Fabio Colasanti, Director-General, European Commission, Directorate-General for 'Information Society'."
For more information, please see <http://www.ercim.org/publication/Ercim_News/enw59/>.
Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Economy, Lawrence D. Brown, Thomas J. Plewes, and Marisa A. Gerstein, Editors, Panel on Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, ISBN: 0-309-09320-1.
From the Executive Summary to the report: "The Panel to Review Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation (NSF) was asked to look at the definition of research and development (R&D), the needs and potential uses of NSF's R&D data by a variety of users, the goals of an integrated system of surveys and other data collection activities, and the quality of the data collected in the existing Science Resources Statistics (SRS) surveys. The panel has examined the portfolio of R&D expenditure surveys, identifying gaps and weaknesses and areas of missing coverage."
The report can be read online at no charge or ordered in paper format for $42. Please see <http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11111.html>.
Computer Science: Reflections on the Field, Reflections from the Field, Committee on the Fundamentals of Computer Science: Challenges and Opportunities, National Research Council, 2004, ISBN: 0-309-09301-5 (paperback).
This book can be read online at no charge or can be ordered in paper copy for $35. For more information, please see <http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11106.html>.
Point to Point
Diglet, a Weblog from the University of California, San Diego.
The following description is from the diglet site: "diglet is a blog devoted to digital libraries. It is the frequently-updated online persona of the UCSD Digital Library Program Working Group's quarterly newsletter, Digital Letters, and is maintained by James R. Jacobs, Government Information Librarian at UCSD's Social Sciences and Humanities Library. diglet posts contain links to digital library projects and organizations as well as to the ever-growing issues surrounding themdigital rights management, copyright, and emerging technologies like xml, etc."
For more information, please see <http://gort.ucsd.edu/mtdocs/diglet/>.
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, Version 55, October 26, 2004, produced by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Digital Library Planning and Development, University of Houston.
"This selective bibliography presents over 2,225 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet."
For more information, please see <http://info.lib.uh.edu/sepb/sepb.html>.
Calls for Participation
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2005, 7 - 11 June 2005, Denver, Colorado, USA. Call for papers. The submission date is 27 January 2005.
"The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a premier international forum for all aspects of digital library research, development, and evaluation. We welcome researchers and practitioners with broad and diverse interests including: technical advances, usage and impact studies, policy analyses, social and institutional implications, theoretical contributions, interaction and design advances, and innovative applications in the sciences, humanities, and education."
For more information, please see <http://www.jcdl2005.org>.
International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, 15 - 17 September 2005, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Call for papers. The abstract submission date is 15 January 2005.
"JAMA and the BMJ invite abstracts for the Fifth International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication. Following the successful four previous congresses, the fifth congress will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research on peer review and scientific publication. Abstracts on any aspect of editorial peer review, scientific publication, and the dissemination of scientific information will be considered."
For more information, please see <http://www.ama-assn.org/public/peer/peerhome.htm>.
9th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL 2005), 18 - 23 September 2005, Vienna Austria. Call for workshop proposals. The deadline for workshop proposals is 28 January 2005.
"ECDL 2005 is the 9th conference in the series of European Digital Library conferences. ECDL has become the major European conference on digital libraries, and associated technical, practical, and social issues, bringing together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field. ECDL 2005 is jointly organized by the Vienna University of Technology (VUT), the Austrian National Library (ÖNB), and the Austrian Computer Society (OCG)."
For more information, please see <http://www.ecdl2005.org>.
Thirty-eighth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 3 - 6 January 2005, Big Island, Hawaii, USA.
"Since 1968 the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) has become a respected forum for the substantive interchange of ideas in all areas of information systems and technology. The objective of HICSS is to provide a unique environment in which researchers and practitioners in the information, computer and system sciences can frankly exchange and discuss their research ideas, techniques and applications. To realize this objective and to facilitate lively discussion and interaction, the format is carefully structured, and the number of available registrations is limited. Comments and feedback from each HICSS conference indicate that the conference format continues to be professionally rewarding and stimulating to everyone who attends."
For more information, please see <http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu>.
Web Development with XML: Design and Application, an ARL Workshop, 3 - 7 January 2005, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
"Responding to numerous requests, ARL is pleased to announce that its popular course, Web Development with XML, will be offered again. The January 3-7 workshop will be held at the Alderman Library of the University of Virginia. Taught by experienced SGML and XML developers from the University of Virginia and Brown University, this five-day workshop will explore XML with specific consideration of how it is used and might be used in the creation of digital content for libraries. While there will be some lectures, the primary source of learning will come from hands-on demonstration and experimentation."
For more information, please see <http://etext.virginia.edu/training/xml/jan2005/>.
CIDR 2005: Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research, 4 - 7 January 2005, Asilomar, California, USA.
"CIDR offers a venue for innovative data systems architectures, as well as a prestigious publication opportunity. CIDR does not compete with the established conferences presenting rigorous treatises in established areas; rather its goal is to air radically new ideas. Such papers are typically speculative or are system evaluations. The visionary papers usually lack rigorous frameworks, simulations of performance, or prototype implementations but present a radical departure from conventional approaches that enables new applications."
For more information, please see <http://www-db.cs.wisc.edu/cidr/>.
Beyond Personalization 2005: A Workshop on the Next Stage of Recommender Systems Research, 9 - 12 January 2005, San Diego, California, USA.
"This workshop intends to bring recommender systems researchers and practitioners together in order to discuss the current state of recommender systems research, both on existing and emerging research topics, and to determine how research in this area should proceed. We are at a pivotal point in recommender systems research where researchers are both looking inward at what recommender systems are and looking outward at where recommender systems can be applied, and the implications of applying them out 'in the wild.' This creates a unique opportunity to both reassess the current state of research and directions research is taking in the near and long term."
For more information, please see <http://www.grouplens.org/beyond2005/>.
ALISE 2005 Annual Conference: Boundary Crossings, 11 - 14 January 2005, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
"The Association now known as the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) was founded as the Association of American Library Schools....The Association has provided a forum for library educators to share ideas, to discuss issues, and to seek solutions to common problems."
For more information, please see <http://www.alise.org/conferences/2005_conference/index.html>.
Two LITA Regional Institutes: 1) Wireless Networks in Libraries and 2) Establishing an Institutional Repository, 14 January 2005, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
"Wireless Networks in Libraries: This workshop provides in-depth and practical information on wireless networking technologies, focusing on how libraries can take advantage of wireless to provide flexible access to their network-based services and electronic resources."
"Establishing an Institutional Repository: This workshop covers the technical, policy and human factors related to establishing an institutional repository (IR). Based in part on the presenter's Library Technology Report "Establishing an Institutional Repository" (July/August 2004), the workshop will reflect the current state of IR development and best practices, as well as the lessons learned by early adopters. "
For more information, please see <http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/midwinter/2005/institutes.htm>.
Electronic Imaging 2005, 16 - 20 January 2005, San Jose, California, USA.
"Over the past several years, the field of 'Electronic Imaging' has expanded to encompass a large and diverse range of topics, from image acquisition and display devices, to sophisticated image processing and analysis algorithms, to applications in virtual reality and art. Significant advances in image processing are being enabled by the increase in computing power and advances in the understanding of the human visual system. Imaging systems are everywhere from advanced scientific explorations to our everyday lives."
For more information, please see <http://electronicimaging.org/program/05/>.
Open Content Licensing (OCL): Cultivating the Creative Commons, 18 - 19 January 2005, Brisbane, Australia.
"Early in 2004, the Creative Commons (CC) project was launched in Australia. Creative Commons aims to make copyright content more "active" by ensuring that content can be reutilised with a minimum of transactional effort. [This is] a symposium on the latest developments for the future of distributing, developing and negotiating rights in digital content."
For more information, please see <http://www.law.qut.edu.au/about/news.jsp#ocl>.
Society for Information Science (SIS) 23rd Annual Conference: SIS-2005, 27 - 29 January 2005, Visakhapatnam, India.
"The developments in the ability to store and retrieve large amounts of information have stimulated an interest in new ways of exploiting information and serve the user community. In the past few years many factors spurred the interest in the information delivery mechanism in library and information centres. The key issues that brought in significant changes in the academic information environments are: New Initiatives in scholarly communication; new ways of Collection development; Information organization and technical issues; User issues; Organizational issues and Library economics; Staff and skills. The initiatives have paved way for networking of digital information resources and serve the users with myriad of, hither to unidentified services. These issues demand the library and information community to be proactive, rather than reactive, in developing new service models to sustain in the resultant digital information environment. The conference aims to focus on these issues."
For more information, please see <http://sis-india.netfirms.com/sis2005.htm>.
The Sixth Australasian User Interface Conference, 31 January - 3 February 2005, Newcastle, Australia.
"The Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC) is a technology-focused forum for user interface researchers and practitioners from Australia and New Zealand, and throughout the world. The conference, which is one of several conferences that constitute the Australasian Computer Science Week, provides an opportunity for workers in the areas of HCI, CSCW and pervasive computing to meet with colleagues and with others in the broader computer science community."
For more information, please see <http://www.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz/auic/>.
(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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