ERCIM News, special issue on e-government, No. 48, January 2002, European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM).
Setting the tone for this e-government themed issue of ERCIM NEWS, Irish Prime Minister and keynote author, Bertie Ahern, explains that
"e-government is about using technology to liberate people, users and providers alike. It is not about forcing people to learn about complex interfaces or excluding them because of unfamiliarity with technology...to achieve real effectiveness in the operation of the public sector we have to look at the operational side of government � at how the availability of Internet technologies has the potential to re-shape the way we operate. We are now in a position to re-define the �public' and the �service' in a totally new context � the Information Age. Moving forward on this front...presents tremendous opportunities to make a difference to business and citizens through greater responsiveness and relevance in addressing the situations or predicaments that people face on a daily basis."
In addition to the 20 articles featured under the e-government theme, ERCIM News offers information under its regular features: Research and Development, Technology Transfer, Joint ERCIM Actions, Events, and In Brief.
For further information, please see <http://www.ercim.org/publication/Ercim_News/enw48/>.
Archiving Electronic Publications: A report of the NISO/BISG January 20, 2002 Meeting, Book Industry Study Group, National Information Standards Organization (NISO).
NISO's Book Industry Study Group (BISG) monitors and reports on book industry trends. This "NISO/BISG program held during the ALA Midwinter 2002 Conference focused on three ongoing electronic archiving projects, to explore the issues publishers and librarians face in ensuring long-term access to digital resources. Creating a cost-effective business model for archiving, ensuring the rights and responsibilities of publishers and libraries, and identifying and framing new standards to support digital archival repositories were the leading issues the speakers addressed." Additionally,
For further information, please see <http://www.niso.org/presentations/niso-bisg-rpt.html>.
Internet Scout Projects, National Science Digital Library Project (NSDL).
"The Internet Scout Project announces the publication of three new reports funded by the National Science Foundation and part of the National Science Digital Library Project. These reports will bring readers the best new and newly discovered Internet resources from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." The main goal is to "provide academics, researchers, librarians, and the K-12 community with a fast, convenient way of staying informed of valuable online information without having them do sorting or searching themselves." Areas covered by each report include the following:
For further information, please see <http://www.scout.cs.wisc.edu/nsdl-reports/>.
Cataloging Policy Council Reports, University of Michigan.
The Cataloging Policy Council (CPC) at the University of Michigan is charged with developing, documenting, and disseminating cataloging policy statements in areas requiring local decisions. Council reports are available through the index at <http://www.lib.umich.edu/staff/committees/cpc/reports/rtindex.html>.For further information, please see <http://www.lib.umich.edu/staff/committees/cpc/>.
Preservation Management of Digital Materials: A Handbook, The British Library, October 2001, ISBN 0-7123-0886-5, £15.
From the JISC web site: "Digital information is increasingly important to our culture, knowledge base and economy. The Joint Information Systems Committee of the UK Higher and Further Education Funding Councils (JISC) is pleased to announce publication by the British Library of Preservation Management of Digital Materials: A Handbook. This handbook, based on research by staff from the JISC and the Arts and Humanities Data Service, provides an internationally authoritative and practical guide to the subject of managing digital resources over time and the issues in sustaining access to them. It will be of interest to all those involved in the creation and management of digital materials."
For further information, please see <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/dner/information/news/Presbookre.html>.
Cybersecurity Today and Tomorrow: Pay Now or Pay Later, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), National Research Council. National Academy Press. The report is available in full text online, and paper copies of the report may be ordered from the CSTB.
"In the wake of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the nation's attention has focused heavily on various dimensions of security...Because the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board...of the National Research Council (NRC) has examined various dimensions of computer and network security and vulnerability, it decided to revisit reports relevant to cybersecurity issued over the last decade. In some instances, security issues were the primary focus of a report from the start...In other instances, security issues emerged as a prominent element of a study as the study unfolded."
"Though the most recent of the comprehensive reports was issued 2 years ago and the oldest 10 years ago, not much has changed with respect to security as it is practiced, notwithstanding further evolution of the public policy framework and an increase in our perception of the risks involved. The unfortunate reality is that relative to the magnitude of the threat, our ability and willingness to deal with threats has, on balance, changed for the worse, making many of the analyses, findings, and recommendations of these reports all the more relevant, timely, and applicable today. This document presents the enduring findings and recommendations from that body of work, and presents excerpts from several of the reports described above." (Quoted from Cybersecurity Today and Tomorrow, Background and Introduction.)
For further information, please see <http://books.nap.edu/html/cybersecurity/>.
Archives in the Regions: An Overview of the English Regional Archive Strategies, the National Council on Archives.
This report, which draws together the nine English Regional Archive Strategies, was produced by the National Council on Archives with funding from Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, the Public Record Office and the Society of Archivists. A key area of work highlighted in the report is finding solutions for some of the larger challenges currently facing the domain, such as sustainable arrangements for the management and preservation of digital records, and improving access to conservation services across the regions.
For further information, please see <http://www.resource.gov.uk/information/policy/00polstrat.asp>.
Metadata: Selected papers from the Dublin Core 2001 Conference, Special Issue on Metadata, Journal of Digital Information.
"The fertile domain of digital library research can be seen as a midwife in the transformation of physical libraries (static objects organized according to constraints of geographic location and physicality) to information streams, created, directed, diverted and constrained by social, economic and technological processes that are in some ways the same and in others, radically different. Metadata can be thought of as a lubricant for information flow, easing the difficulty of discovery and organization of resources. It can also serve as a nozzle -- directing, channeling, and focusing information flow to make it more manageable and effective. The authors and editors of this special issue hope to help illuminate how technological change and global electronic intimacy change practice and opportunity in this rapidly evolving arena."
"This issue of the Journal of Digital Information evolved in cooperation with the organizers and the program committee of DC-2001, the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications held in Tokyo, Japan...."
For further information, please see <http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/Articles/v02/i02/editorial/>.
Point to Point
OSSNLibraries Portal is a "prototype of an open source software (OSS) in libraries portal -- a combination directory/webliography of OSS projects and information resources designed for and useful in library settings."
The software directory lists OSS software designed for and useful in library settings and is browsable by a number of characteristics. It is structured to show available software types as well as who in the library community has implemented various systems. People interested in a particular system or project type can thus identify and contact others with related experience. "Public library systems want to talk to other public library systems, and academic libraries want to talk to other academic libraries. The directory is intended to facilitate this sort of peer-to-peer communication."
"The bibliography -- "webliography" -- ...is a list of themes and issues surrounding OSS. Where available, each theme is associated with URLs elaborating on or demonstrating that theme. For example, the concepts of OSS software are not widely known, and the webliography might describe the issue of "free" software and compare it to more traditional commercial software. Similarly, another issue might be the viability of implementing an OSS-based integrated library system (ILS). The webliography enumerates the issues of ILSs and points to possible solutions or further discussions."
The Portal, as implemented, is a prototype attempting to put into practice the concepts outlined above. This prototype envisages a portal that may develop as a community effort in which users propose and review projects and information listing.
For further information, please see <http://dewey.library.nd.edu/ossnlibraries/portal/>.
Papers on Document Imaging - Document Management, by Steve Gilheany, Archive Builders.
Archive Builders assists organizations with their plans for document management, document imaging systems and digital libraries. One of the most valuable services provided is advice and discussion of document management plans drawn up by organizations considering a system installation. Archive Builders also offers onsite systems analysis, requirements planning and assistance in writing system specifications. Archive Builders' materials are used in the UCLA Extension and other classes. Courtesy of Archive Builders, white papers are available free for download.
For those who are able to attend in person, the next course is: 26 - 28 April 2002.
For further information, please see <http://www.archivebuilders.com/whitepapers/index.html>.
Calls for Participation
DLESE Annual Meeting 2002, Digital Library for Earth System Education, 30 June - 2 July 2002, Ithaca, New York, USA. Call for proposals. Submissions were requested by 11 February 2002, however, we have been notified that this deadline may be extended.
"DLESE is conceived of as a community center � an intellectual commons for the global Earth system community � the primary point of contact for students, educators, and citizens seeking access to reliable information about the Earth and the best methods to promote learning about the Earth. The building of DLESE is a coordinated community effort. This incorporates the notion of users-as-contributors: DLESE collections, services, and tools will be developed by the Earth system, education, library, digital library, and information technology communities at large, a distributed network of individuals and partners.
"DLESE now has a limited collection, a search engine, community discussion groups, and resource cataloging capability. The library is ready to use. This year's annual meeting will focus on: a) the use of DLESE by educators b) collaborations between educators, developers and collections creators."
"This 3rd Annual DLESE (Digital Library for Earth System Education) Meeting, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will focus on the theme Using DLESE...The first goal of the meeting is for groups representing each strand to explore issues regarding the use of DLESE collections and services by producing a preliminary version of a lesson, curriculum, or educational unit by the end of the meeting. A second goal is to initiate partnerships to develop tools, services, and collections to support the use of DLESE in specific disciplines. These activities will result in usable DLESE resources and provide valuable feedback to DLESE developers."
"Who should attend? DLESE is anticipating strong participation from teachers, curriculum developers, materials developers, service providers, and library creators. This meeting will provide a unique opportunity for these stakeholders to collaborate and participate in DLESE's continuing development."
For further information, please see <http://www.dlese.org/>.
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) 2002 Annual Conference, 17 - 20 November 2002, Wellington, New Zealand. Call for Papers. The deadline is 28 February 2002.
The targeted audiences for this conference are: the LIANZA membership and Library and information professionals from New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific; "In part, LIANZA's objectives in support of its membership are to: be at the forefront of placing New Zealand in the global information network; demonstrate commitment to the recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi; promote equitable access for information; and support promotion of an information literate society." Submissions are invited for consideration and should take into account the theme of Winds of Change and the three linked strands as follows.
Only proposals submitted via the automated process on the LIANZA website will be accepted for review. For further information, please see <http://www.confer.co.nz/lianza2002/>.
Exchange for Learning Programme (X4L), Joint Information Systems Committee. Call for Proposals. The deadline is 28 February 2002.
"The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), intends to fund a number of projects, under the Exchange for Learning Programme (X4L) to explore the re-purposing of existing and forthcoming JISC funded content suitable for use in learning. The programme will also encompass content created by other bodies and agencies active in this area where intellectual property rights allow for educational use in FE and HE, or can be negotiated. X4L is also supported by BECTa/NLN, Learning and Teaching Scotland (NGFL), and the LTSN. This programme will contribute to developing the mechanisms and supporting services to allow the submission and sharing of content generated by and of interest to the further education (FE) and higher education (HE) community."
"This call has been motivated by the imperative to make the most of the considerable investment that has taken place in a range of content which has high potential value for use in learning. It is clear that there is a need to encourage colleges and universities to actively take a role in defining the kinds of content that would best fit their learning aims, and for national agencies and support services to work to provide the tools and infrastructure to allow this "exchange of learning" to take place. For example, as the list of potential resources in Appendix B shows, there is a diverse and rich range of content already available in digital form. The challenge is to demonstrate how this can be re-used to support learning. These exemplars of new learning materials will serve to encourage the widespread adoption of re-purposing as one way of providing for the content needs of the FE and HE community."
"Proposals are invited from institutions and from departments and individuals in further education and higher education institutions funded via the UK funding bodies. In issuing this call for proposals, JISC is particularly concerned to ensure that the FE sector is enabled to bid under the programme and should contact their local Regional Support Centre for help and guidance in submitting proposals. Proposals are invited both from single institutions and consortia of institutions. Partnerships are actively encouraged with owners or suppliers of relevant content although funds can only be allocated through a lead FE or HE site."
"JISC funded services are also invited to submit proposals in partnership with colleges and universities to explore the re-purposing of existing content to meet specific learning objectives within the context of specific curricula. It is important that this activity does not duplicate the effort that has gone in to other initiatives e.g. the JISC-DNER Learning and Teaching Programme and the Teaching and Learning Technology Programme (TLTP)."
For further information, please see <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/pub02/c02_02.html>.
Focus on Access to Institutional Resources Programme (FAIR), Joint Information Systems Committee. Call for Proposals. The deadline is 28 February 2002.
"The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) intends to fund a number of projects to support access to and sharing of institutional content within Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) and to allow intelligence to be gathered about the technical, organisational and cultural challenges of these processes. The FAIR programme will contribute to developing the mechanisms and supporting services to allow the submission and sharing of content generated by the HE/FE community. This programme is part of a broader area of development to build an Information Environment for the UK's Distributed National Electronic Resource. The draft strategy for the Information Environment is available at <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/dner/development/IEstrategy.html>.
"Proposals are invited from FE and HE institutions funded via the UK funding bodies. Proposals are invited from single institutions or consortia. Partnership arrangements may be developed outside the sector (for example with learned society publishers, the library, museum and archive sector), though the lead body must be part of the FE or HE community and funds can only be allocated through the lead site.
"JISC funded services are also invited to submit proposals in partnership with colleges and universities, in particular to explore the use of the harvesting of the metadata that is disclosed into services. In pursuing proposals, services are reminded that it will be important not to duplicate the work currently funded under the JISC-DNER Development Programme. For a list of funded projects, see <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/dner/development/projects>."
For further information, please see <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/pub02/c01_02.html>.
Native American Library Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services. Call for Project Proposals. The deadlines are:
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The IMLS Native American Library Services program offers three types of support to serve the range of needs of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, an important part of the nation's community of library users. Funds may be used for ongoing library services for the tribal community provided by an established library, to improve existing library services, or to implement new library services as part of an established library. Categories of funding are:
Basic Grants: These non-competitive grants are distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. These awards support core library operations and ensure a minimum level of public library service.
Professional Assistance Grants: These non-competitive grants support professional assessments of library operations. Consultants may provide advice for improvement of a full range of library services, including staffing, financial management, types and levels of service, and collections development and management.
Enhancement Grants: These competitive grants support projects to enhance existing library services, or implement new library services.
Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages or corporations recognized by the Department of Interior are eligible to apply for Basic Grants. For Professional Assistance and Enhancement Grants, Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages or corporations are only eligible if they are also applying for a Basic Grant in the same fiscal year.Applicants must comply with the definitions set out in the Library Services and Technology Act of the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996.
For further information, please see <http://www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_nat.asp>.
IMLS Program Deadlines - FY2002, Institute of Museum and Library Services. Call for Program Proposals. The deadlines are:.
Library-Museum Collaboration Grants
For further information, please see <http://www.imls.gov/grants/dedln/index.htm>.
National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Digital Library (NSDL), Program Solicitation, NSF-02-054. Call for proposals. Letters of Intent (optional) are due 13 March 2002. The deadline for full proposals is 17 April 2002.
Synopsis of Program: Building on work supported under the multi-agency Digital Libraries Initiative, this program aims to establish a national digital library that will constitute an online network of learning environments and resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels. In FY2002, the program will accept proposals in three tracks: (1) Collections projects are expected to aggregate and manage a subset of the library's content within a coherent theme or specialty. (2) Services projects are expected to develop services which support users, collection providers, and the Core Integration effort and which enhance the impact, efficiency, and value of the library. (3) Targeted Research projects are expected to explore specific topics that have immediate applicability to collections, services, and other aspects of the development of the digital library.
To catalyze and support continual improvements in the quality of science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) education, the
The NSDL program is fostering the creation and development of a comprehensive infrastructure, including a collaborative management process for the operation of the digital library, policies and practices for community-based review and other mechanisms for assuring the quality and usability of resources, policies and practices for collections management (including archiving, preservation, and deaccessioning), robust approaches to intellectual property management of resources that focus on maximizing the value of content, and standards that promote stability, interoperability, and reusability of a wide variety of learning objects. It is expected that the digital library established by the NSDL program will enable the dynamic use of materials and tools for learning supplied by cooperating providers of resource collections and services. Users will enjoy the synergies made possible by seamless access to different kinds of resources. For example, a case study at one site of how climate-change scientists employ satellite imagery to determine surface water chemistry could be combined with computational and visualization tools from another collection, and used to analyze and display archived data housed in yet another collection. In addition, services available through the library will increase the accessibility and impact of all resources, by supporting effective search and discovery of content, flexible assembly of curricular and learning modules from component pieces, and communication and collaboration among users.
This program builds on previously and currently funded work supported under the multi-agency Digital Libraries Initiative (DLI) Phase I and Phase II (see http://www.dli2.nsf.gov), and is intended to multiply the impact of efforts supported by NSF, other government agencies, the private sector, professional societies, and others working to improve STEM education nationwide. New projects funded under the NSDL program are expected to coordinate their developed collections and services with those of current NSDL projects and other digital library projects supporting education, such as the U.S. Department of Education's Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) (http://www.thegateway.org) or projects supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (http://www.imls.gov). The extent of the NSDL program's impact will largely depend on the ability of funded projects to leverage related efforts and to achieve sustainability after the period of NSF funding.
The concept of a national digital library for educational resources in STEM disciplines has been developed through a series of workshops and related publications supported by NSF, including:
Further information may be found at <http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/ehr/due/programs/nsdl>, including links to abstracts of current and previous projects. It is important that new NSDL proposals be well-informed about relevant activities already funded under DLI and the NSDL program.
Although the purpose of the NSDL program is to support improvements in STEM education in the United States, it is recognized that the impact of the program has an increasingly important international dimension. Conversely, international digital library efforts may have potential impact on achieving the goals of the NSDL program. Consequently, proposals to this program may be part of a larger effort that includes international elements funded by other domestic sources or programs administered by other countries. (See <http://www.dli2.nsf.gov/intl.html> for further reference to potential international aspects.)
For proposal preparation and submission instructions, please see the solicitation at <http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02054/nsf02054.html>.
EEI21-Memphis-2002, The Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century, an annual scholarly symposium at the University of Memphis, 24 - 27 October 2002, Memphis Tennessee, USA. Call for Presentations. The deadline is 5 April 2002.
"Proposals for EEI21-2002 presentations, including a brief bio of the author(s), should be 250 words long and should be sent via e-mail by April 5, 2002 to: Mr. Tom Mendina, Chairman, EEI21 - MEMPHIS, [email protected], 901-678-4310."
"The proceedings of EEI21 - MEMPHIS - 2001 will be published by McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers in the spring of 2002. Information regarding EEI21 - MEMPHIS is available at http://www.memphis.edu/ethics21."
Workshop on Distributed Computing Architectures for Digital Libraries, 21 August 2002, Vancouver, Canada. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 20 April 2002.
Digital libraries (DLs) are increasingly common on the Web, providing ordered, vetted digital collections to targeted user groups. To date, much of DL research has focused on the acquisition and representation of digital objects, optimizing and personalizing user services, and interoperability efforts. Few DLs employ mirrors, much less some of the more sophisticated, non-client-server architectures found in WWW deployment, e.g. peer-to-peer systems and distributed storage architectures. Although these new architectures have been successfully applied to a large number of Internet services, they have had little impact on DL research. Are they technically suitable for DL use, or do social and economic issues prevent their adoption?
This workshop will explore these issues as well as highlight some of the more novel DL architectures. A range of theoretical, technical, and speculative papers are sought to discuss and propose alternate DL architectures and approaches. Papers are requested in the following and related topics:
|April 20, 2002||Paper Submission|
|May 15, 2002||Notification of acceptance|
|June 1, 2002||Camera-ready copies due|
Authors are invited to submit research contributions representing original, previously unpublished work. Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated by the technical committee for originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition. Submissions will only be accepted in PDF, emailed to the co-chairs. Accepted papers will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press as proceedings of the ICPP'2002 workshops. All submitted papers must be formatted according to the author guideline provided by IEEE Computer Society Press (two column-format), and accepted papers must not exceed six pages. Please contact the co-chairs with any questions.
The conference Call for Papers is at <http://www.cs.odu.edu/~jbollen/icpp2002>.
Symposium 2003 - Preservation of Electronic Records: New Knowledge and Decision-making, 15 - 18 September 2003, Ottawa, Canada. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 30 April 2002.
Submissions are now being invited for Symposium 2003 - Preservation of Electronic Records: New Knowledge and Decision-making. This symposium, hosted by the Canadian Conservation Institute, the National Archives of Canada, and the National Library of Canada, will be held in Ottawa, Canada, from September 15 to 18, 2003.
During the last quarter of the 20th century, heritage collections have included increasing amounts of information stored on magnetic and optical media (videotapes, audiotapes, computer tapes and disks, CDs, and DVDs). Although archives and libraries have the largest amounts of this material, much is also found in museums and even galleries (e.g. oral histories, documentation of relevant recent events or performances, and contemporary artworks).
Leading archives and libraries are increasingly aware of the challenges of preserving these materials and the information stored on them. The purpose of the symposium is to expand this awareness by bringing expert and leading edge opinions to a larger audience including small and medium-sized archives, libraries, and museums. The focus will be on making decisions and finding practical solutions that can be implemented immediately, especially for the materials that are at risk of being lost within the next 10 to 20 years. Participation is encouraged from experts in larger archives who are knowledgeable of the preservation of such collections, as well as collection managers and conservators who have the responsibility for this sort of material but may not be as well informed about the issues and approaches.
The program for the symposium will be based on a decision tree (i.e. the chronological decisions that need to be made as electronic records come into the heritage institution to ensure they are preserved). Papers emphasizing new knowledge, case studies, or critical reviews are encouraged for each step of the decision-making process outlined below.
Value Criteria: What criteria can be used to identify records that should be preserved? How do libraries, archives, museums, and galleries approach this? Are they fundamentally different?
Authenticity Criteria: What criteria can be used to assess the authenticity of records that will be preserved? How do libraries, archives, museums, and galleries approach this? Are they fundamentally different?
Factors to be Considered in Developing a Preservation Strategy: What professional and institutional requirements must be considered in developing a preservation strategy? Does current information technology meet specific preservation requirements? What is the likely nature and quantity of future acquisitions?
Preservation Strategies for Information Content: What is the best strategy to preserve information content - maintain old technology, emulate old technology, migrate records within proprietary format, convert to a standard format, or create a persistent object?
Media Knowledge: How do media (CDs, DVDs, magnetic tapes and disks) deteriorate? How should media be stored (including survey methodology) and handled? What is the longevity of media? What is the best method of recovering media from a disaster? How is good quality media selected?
Presentations at the symposium will be limited to 30 minutes (including time for introduction and questions), and may be in either English or French. Simultaneous translation will be provided.
Call for Posters
In addition to formal papers, submissions for posters are also welcome. Posters may be presented in the traditional fashion on boards, or electronically in the form of Web pages. Computer stations will be set up at the symposium venue to allow delegates to view electronic posters.
Submissions should include the speaker's name, address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, a short one-paragraph biographical note, the title of the presentation or poster, and an abstract of 400-500 words.
Submissions must be received by April 30, 2002.
All abstracts will be considered by the Program Committee, and suitable papers and posters selected by June 15, 2002. Selected authors will be provided with guidelines to assist them in preparing their papers or posters, first drafts of which will be due by December 15, 2002. These drafts will be carefully reviewed by the Program Committee and final selections made by March 15, 2003. Final papers will then be due by June 30, 2003. These papers will be incorporated into a CD to be distributed to delegates at the symposium, and eventually published as postprints.
Note: Following the symposium, authors will have until October 31, 2003 to revise their papers to incorporate any new knowledge they may have gained during the conference; if no amendments are received by this date, the final draft papers will be used in the postprints. All papers will undergo a full peer review before publication.
Please send your submission to:
Symposium 2003 Program Coordinator
Canadian Conservation Institute
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa ON K1A 0M5
tel: (613) 998-3721
fax: (613) 998-4721
e-mail: <[email protected]>.
International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS), 2 - 7 September 2002, Rome, Italy. Call for Papers. The deadline is 30 April 2002.
"Museums, libraries, archives and others involved in collecting and preserving the performing arts documentation are confronted with major problems concerning development policies and organisation of spaces, preservation and digitalisation of the collections, cataloguing standards for special materials, development and use of online catalogues. Since 1954, SIBMAS organises a biennial international conference to facilitate the exchange of information. Applications papers and presentations for the 24th international conference are welcome. Topics of interest include:
For further information, please see <http://www.theatrelibrary.org/sibmas/Call24th.htm>.
6th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, 16 - 18 September 2002, Rome, Italy. Call for Contributions. The deadline is 1 May 2002.
ECDL 2002 is the 6th conference in a series of European Digital Libraries conferences. ECDL focuses on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues and addresses the needs of a large and diverse constituency, which includes practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers and users.
"The focus of ECDL 2002 is on underlying principles, methods, systems and tools to build and make available effective digital libraries to end users. Integration of methods, services, systems and interoperability across different data structures, metadata and components are key issues that will be addressed by ECDL 2002. This annual event is going to be combined with a number of satellite scientific events, sponsored and organized by the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries, an initiative funded by the EU FP5 Information Society Technologies programme, which aims at contributing to the creation of a European digital library research community, encompassing all the various technology and application fields."
"Submissions on all topic areas are welcome and will receive full and equal consideration. Submissions may be full or short papers, posters, panels, tutorials, or workshops. Although submissions are not restricted in topic or scope, we expect that they will fall into one or more of the following broad areas.
Research. Significant research results on all aspects of digital libraries, focusing on integration of methods, interoperability across different services, data and metadata structures and algorithms, information and text mining, knowledge and multimedia content management, validation also through implementation and use, as well as evaluation.
Policy. Discussion of significant policy issues related to the design, operation, and economics of digital libraries.
System. Systems issues in the design, implementation, and operation of building digital libraries, preferably based on prototypes and strongly backed by practical experience.
Experience/Evaluation. Analysis of actual implementations of end user interaction with digital libraries in different application areas, possibly including contributions from the Humanities, Semiotics, and other areas.
Fundamentals. Studies associating digital libraries with previous areas of thought and discourse. This explicitly includes topics within the realms of Library/Information Science and Philosophy. However, contributions in this area, as with the other areas, must be accessible to the range of conference attendees, including the more practical outlook of system developers."
"ECDL 2002 provides a forum for discussing applications of digital library concepts and techniques in areas not yet considered part of the Digital Library world such as Education and Health Care applications, Digital Earth, Sky, Law, Art and Music, Humanities, Social Sciences, Environmental Monitoring, Natural Sciences, and Historical and Scientific archives."
For further information, please see <http://www.ecdl2002.org/>.
The 10th ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, 8 - 9 November 2002, McLean, Virginia, USA. Call for Papers. The deadline is 10 May 2002.
This will be the 10th in a series of symposia/workshops started in 1993 with the "aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners carrying out research and development in novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems, in all their diversity. The symposium will provide a forum for original research contributions and practical system design, implementation, and applications of GIS. ACM GIS 2002 will be held in conjunction with The 11th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (ACM CIKM 2002)."
Topics of interest for papers include but are not limited to the following:
For further information, please see <http://www.cs.fiu.edu/ACM_GIS2002/>.
Fourth All-Russian Scientific Conference RDCL 2002, Digital Libraries: Advanced Methods and Technologies, Digital Collections, 15 - 17 October, Dubna. Call for Papers. The deadline is 20 May 2002.
"Digital Libraries (DL) is a field of research and development aiming to promote the theory and practice of processing, dissemination, storage, search and analysis of various digital data. Digital Libraries acting as knowledge depositories can be considered as complex information systems, development and use of which require solution of numerous scientific, technological, methodological, economic, legal and other issues. Digital Libraries technologies are rapidly developing. Challenges in semantics, integration of information, perception and presentation of various kinds of data call for significant innovations. Development of Digital Libraries technologies is becoming more and more essential for raising of the standards of health care, education, science and economy, as well as the quality of life on the whole. Projects devoted to generation of the digital form of the information concerning the Earth, Universe, Literature, Art, Environment and Humans, accumulated by the humanity, are examples of the intensive development of global information repositories."
"Hosted by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and the Moscow ACM SIGMOD Chapter, "RCDL'2002 is the fourth conference on this subject...The principal objective of the series of conference is to promote the constituting of a community of Russian experts involved in researches related to Digital Libraries. The Conference offers such a community an opportunity to discuss ideas and outcomes and to make contacts for closer cooperation. The Conference also promotes the study of international experience, development of the international cooperation on Digital Libraries. In view of this, papers describing the advanced directions of research and development are welcome. Much attention will be paid to pilot applications and digital collections developed within the RFBR projects on Digital Libraries and other programmes."
Conference topics may include but are not limited to:
A Conference Proceedings containing full texts of accepted papers will be published.
For further information, please see <http://rcdl2002.jinr.ru/>.
Tenth International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS), 30 October - 1 November 2002, Irvine, California, USA. Call for Papers. The deadline is 31 May 2002.
"The Cooperative Information System (CIS) paradigm has been growing and gaining substantial importance in technological infrastructure (e.g., middleware and Web technologies) and application areas (e.g., e-Commerce, e-Government, virtual enterprises)...CoopIS brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines such as collaborative work, Internet data management, electronic commerce, human-computer interaction, agent technologies, and software architectures. We encourage papers that emphasize cooperation across multiple areas."
"CoopIS 2002 is a joint event with two other conferences organized within the global theme "On the Move to meaningful Internet Systems 2002: Distributed Object and Applications (DOA) and Ontologies, Databases and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE)...The CoopIS 2002 has the theme Cooperation in Ubiquitous Computing. We see an increasing number of computing systems and devices connected everywhere. The central issue in this vision is the need for these computing systems and devices to cooperate. We are particularly interested in contributions that relate to the issue of cooperation everywhere. Of course, submissions on all topics related to cooperative information systems are encouraged, including (but not limited to) the following:
Software and information services for CIS: Web information systems and services; Middleware technologies, mediators, and wrappers; Interoperability, XML, semantic interoperability; Multi-databases and workflow; Mobile and wireless systems and protocols; Ubiquitous computing environments and tools; Human-Computer Interactions; Security, privacy, trust, and quality of information
Agent technologies, systems and architectures for CIS: Markets, auctions, exchanges, and coalitions; Negotiation protocols, matchmaking, and brokering; Multi-agents and agent societies; Self-organizing systems, service description; Learning, perception, and actions in agents; Distributed problem solving, peer-to-peer cooperation
CIS applications and modeling: E-commerce, e-government, supply chain; Use of information in organizations; Computer-supported cooperative work; Enterprise knowledge management; Data and knowledge modeling."
For further information, please see <http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/>.
International Conference on Ontologies, Databases and Applications of SEmantics (ODBASE), 28 October - 1 November 2002, Irvine, California, USA. Call for Papers. The deadline is 31 May 2002.
"A key challenge in making the Internet and the Web a more friendly and productive place is to fill more meaning to the vast and continuously growing amount of data on the Net. This is a vision that is shared both by the World Wide Web community, incarnated by the notion of the "Semantic Web" coined by Tim Berners Lee, and researchers from a number of areas including data and knowledge engineering, databases, intelligent agent systems, information retrieval, information sciences and linguistics. The claim is that the emergence of meaning that is associated with data and documents found on the Internet will boost diverse applications such as e-commerce, enterprise and information integration, knowledge engineering, geographic information systems, digital libraries, ubiquitous computing, and intelligent information access. Data semantics and ontologies for large-scale information systems have become an important topic in research communities across several disciplines, research funding agencies, as well as various industries."
"The international conference on Ontology's, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics intends to create a forum to exchange views, ideas and experiences on ontologies and data semantics from different disciplines. A goal of the ODBASE conference is to bring researchers from databases, Semantic Web, and knowledge management together to discuss specific problems and promising approaches to providing more meaning for the growing amount of data on the Internet and in ubiquitous computing. A unique character of the ODBASE conferences is its specialization on data semantic issues for very large ontology and Internet systems, and its strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity and practical applicability of systems, tools and methods for supporting semantics in large-scale information systems. The program committee of ODBASE 2002 consists of leading experts from diverse disciplines including formal ontology, databases, geographic information systems, library science, logic, and knowledge management. We have special interest in papers that bridge traditionally separated areas such as databases, intelligent systems, and knowledge engineering, and papers that address issues of scalability in data semantics on the Internet and ubiquitous computing systems."
"ODBASE'02 is part of the Federated Symposium Event that is organized within the global theme "On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems and Ubiquitous Computing 2002". This federated event co-locates three related and complementary successful conferences in the areas of Intelligent Networked Information Systems, covering key issues in Data and Web Semantics (ODBASE'02), Distributed Objects, Infrastructure and Enabling Technology and Internet Computing (DOA'02), and Workflow, Cooperation, and Interoperability (CoopIS'02), as required for the deployment of Internet- and Intranet-based systems in organizations and for e-business."
"Areas of interest of ODBASE'02 include but are not limited to:
Representation and Storage: Information, Data and Knowledge Modeling; Ontology Languages; Hypertext and Hypermedia; Semi-Structured Data; Multimedia Data and Metadata; Semantics of E-Services; Management of Large Knowledge Repositories; Management and Integration of Large Ontology Bases; Metadata Repositories; Semantic Middleware
Construction and Methodologies: Database Integration; E-Service Integration; Searching and Managing Dynamic Contents; Data and Web Mining; Intelligent Information Agents; Information Retrieval; Filtering and Summarization; Multimedia Metadata Annotation; Ontology Extraction and Learning; Self-organization in Information Systems
Applications and Evaluation: Semantic Web; Domain/Application Ontology; Ontology of Information Processing; Electronic Commerce; Digital Libraries; Media Archives; Enterprise-wide Information Systems; Web-based Information Systems; Location-dependent information services; Web Services and Service Interoperability; Information Dissemination; Ubiquitous and Mobile Information Systems"
For further information, please see <http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/>.
Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) 2002: On the Right Track, 2 - 4 April 2002, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
The Texas Distance Learning Association has 823 members making it the largest USDLA state chapter in the United States. USDLA award winner, Governor Bill Janklow of South Dakota, will be the keynote speaker at the April 2002 TxDLA conference. Over 100 breakout and "how to" sessions are planned that will focus on the key issues of distance learning."
The conference will also feature exhibits and an all new electronic showcase to feature top-notch programs from across the state. There will also be special social events such as Four Day Weekend, an improv comedy group, who will be delivering two special shows looking at distance learning in a humorous way."
For further information, please see <http://www.txdla.org/events/2002Conf/>.
Copy Management in Higher Education: Ownership, Access, and Control, 4 - 5 April 2002, Adelphi, Maryland, USA.
"The digital age has greatly increased concerns about ownership, access, and control of copyrighted information. As substantial users and creators of copyrighted information, colleges and universities must develop mechanisms that effectively manage information on the networked campus. Protective technologies are being developed that hold the promise of perfect control and the peril of substantially limited access to information. Comprehensive intellectual property policies are needed to provide clear guidelines for ownership and proper use of information. Moreover, stakeholders in higher education should understand the substantial changes being made in federal information policy that will affect colleges and universities in the twenty-first century."
"This two-day seminar will provide the opportunity for vigorous discussion and exploration of the complex issues involved in managing copyrights in higher education. Each seminar participant will receive a notebook with outlines of the law, recent case law, and legislative enactments as well as relevant position papers and journal articles n the topics discussed."
For further information, please see <http://www.umuc.edu/distance/odell/cip/copy_manage2002/>.
E-Content 2002: Dreams and Realities, an LITC Conference, 10 April 2002, London, United Kingdom.
"2001 was a roller coaster year in the fortunes of the electronic book. 2002 began with the return of reality: OCLC buying out netLibrary. What do the coming years have in store for managers of E-Content? This conference will look at the current climate for e-content, evolving strategies for managing content and some of the new exciting technologies in development."
"Some forms of electronic book are already familiar such as online manuals or reference works, but there are an increasing variety of unfamiliar forms: custom books, Printed On Demand books, e-libraries like NetLibrary, questia or 24x7Books, rich hypermedia works and talking electronic books - even 'e-ink'."
"E-Content 2002 will be a chance to see what is happening more clearly, with presentations about the new technologies and standards. It will be an opportunity to discover how to set an e-content strategy for your organisation and hear case studies of what others are doing."
Who should attend? "Senior staff concerned with strategy; collection managers in academic, public, special, and health libraries; publishers, and all those concerned with managing electronic content."
For further information, please see <http://litc.sbu.ac.uk/econtent/>.
Censorship and Free Access to Information in Libraries and on the Internet, 11 April 2002, Copenhagen, Denmark.
"Censorship and Free Access to Information in Libraries and on the Internet is a one-day seminar arranged by the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Department of Information Studies and IFLA/FAIFE Office, Copenhagen."
Speakers will include:
Niels Ole Pors, Associate professor at The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Department of Library and Information Management, will moderate the Panel Discussion featuring:
International guests will include:
For further information, please see <http://www.db.dk/kon/temadag/Censurogytringsfrihed_eng.htm>.
Seventh Search Engine Conference: Search Engines and Beyond, 15 - 16 April 2002, San Francisco, California, USA.
"This meeting is for those active in the search engine domain, either as developers or as those active seeking search engines for internet or intranet use."
"Its focus is on search engine development, on automatic indexing and automatic abstracting. It concentrates on problems connected with searching large, amorphous data collections."
For further information, please see <http://www.infonortics.com/searchengines/>.
CLIR International Workshop on Digital Preservation, 24 - 25 April 2002, Washington, DC, USA.
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) will hold a workshop entitled "The State of Digital Preservation: An International Perspective" on April 24 - 25, 2002. The workshop will focus on international developments in digital preservation and identify the emerging challenges.
There is no charge for the workshop, but attendees are asked to cover their travel and hotel costs. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is March 15. For your convenience, CLIR is now offering online registration at <http://www.clir.org/registration>.
The workshop is the first in a series of international symposiums that are supported by a grant from Documentation Abstracts, Inc. (DAI). The institutes will address key issues in information science relating to digital libraries, economics of information, or resources for scholarship.
Hotel information is provided at the end of this announcement. If you have questions about the program, contact Daniel Greenstein <[email protected]>. Logistical questions should be directed to Cynthia Burns <[email protected]>.
Agenda - The State of Digital Preservation: An International Perspective.
Wednesday, April 24
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Reception and Welcome
Deanna Marcum, President, CLIR, "The Preservation Landscape"
Thursday, April 25
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Keynote Speaker
Ken Thibodeau, Director, Electronic Records Archives Program, National Archives and Records Administration, "Overview of Technological Approaches to Digital Preservation and Challenges in Coming Years"
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Work Being Done to Understand Digital Preservation: Project Reports
Margaret Hedstrom, Associate Professor School of Information and Library Studies, University of Michigan, "The Digital Preservation Research Agenda"
Meg Bellinger, Vice President, Digital & Preservation Resources, OCLC, "OCLC�s Work in Digital Preservation"
Speaker to be announced, Warner Brothers, "How Warner Brothers is Approaching the Preservation of its Digital Content"
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch
Laura Campbell, Director, National Digital Library Program Library of Congress, "Update on the National Digital Infrastructure Initiative"
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: International Initiatives
Titia van der Werf, Researcher, National Library of the Netherlands
Colin Webb, Director, Preservation Services Branch, National Library of Australia
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM: Wrap Up
Don Waters, Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and coauthor of the 1996 Report of the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information
CLIR has booked a block of rooms at the Radisson Barcelo Hotel, 2121 P Street, NW, Washington, DC tel.: (+1)202-293-3100; fax: (+1)202-857-0134. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel; mention that you are with the "CLIR Meeting" to receive CLIR�s negotiated per-night rate of $159. You will need to make your hotel reservation by April 3, as the hotel will release all unreserved rooms for general sale after that date.
Information about the Workshop may also be found at the CLIR website <http://www.clir.org/>.
Milestones Conference, The European Library (TEL) - The Gate to Europe's Knowledge, 29 - 30 April 2002, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Participation is free of charge.
"In addition to print media, which are likely to retain their importance in many areas, networked publications, interactive and multimedia products and services will play an increasingly important role over the next few years. In order to structure the vast flood of information for the benefit of the individual scholar and decision-maker, and ultimately for every private citizen, WWW gateways and portals will need to be created and continuously upgraded. This task requires international co-operation on both technology and content."
"Nine European national libraries together with the Conference of European National Librarians are constructing the basis for such a portal concept in the project "The European Library" (TEL). "The European Library" (TEL) is an accompanying measure within the framework of the Key Action 3 of the IST-Programme (Information Societies Technologies) of the EU."
"On the basis of the decentralized digital and conventional holdings of the participating national libraries the technical, legal and context platform of a pan-European information server shall be created. In future the users can search all online catalogues of the European national libraries simultaneously with a single inquiry, proceeding from there to access their digital and conventional holdings and services. Definition and clarification of legal issues concerning copyright and licensing as well as a business model play an important role."
"The results of the first half period are going to be presented at the international conference. External speakers are going to supplement and to comment [on] the TEL presentations in [the following] five topics."
For further information, please see <http://www.europeanlibrary.org/>.
ASIS&T 2002 Annual Meeting: Knowledge, Connections and Community, 18 - 21 November 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Eighth ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 23 - 26 July 2002, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 22 February 2002. For further information, please see <http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigkdd/kdd2002/>.
LITA Regional Institute: Proxy Web Servers and Authentication, Rescheduled for 22 February 2002, San Antonio, Texas, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.amigos.org/training/proxy.html>.
Your content and Mine: Enhancing Customer Access, preconference workshop to the NFAIS 2002 Annual Conference, 24 February 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.nfais.org/AnnualConferenceSunday.asp>.
2002 National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS) Annual Conference, Integrating @ Internet Speed: Strategies for the Content Community, 24 - 27 February 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.nfais.org/Events.asp>.
Sixth East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS'2002), 8 - 11 September 2002, Bratislava, Slovakia. Call for Submissions. The submission deadline for abstracts is 25 February 2002. Papers are due 4 March 2002. For additional information, please see <http://www.dcs.elf.stuba.sk/adbis2002/>.
Online Northwest: promoting innovation and technology in libraries, Oregon University System Library Council, 1 March 2002, Eugene, Oregon, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.ous.edu/onlinenw/index.shtml>.
Digital Resources for the Humanities (DRH), 8-11 September 2002, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. Call for papers. The deadline for submission is 1 March 2002. For additional information, please see <http://www.drh.org.uk/>.
International Spring School on the Digital Library and E-publishing for Science and Technology, 3 - 8 March 2002, Geneva, Switzerland. For further information, including a detailed programme, the learning objectives, a listing of the international lecturers and their biographies, and administrative details please see the course web site: <http://cwis.kub.nl/~ticer/spring02/index.htm>.Or contact: Ticer B.V. at <[email protected]>.
The Challenge of Image and Video Retrieval (CIVR 2002), 18 - 19 July 2002, London, United Kingdom. Call for Papers. The deadline for submission of full papers is 4 March 2002. For additional information, please see <http://listserv.nlc-bnc.ca/cgi-bin/ifla-lwgate.pl/DIGLIB/archives/diglib.log0111/Subject/article-5.html>.
ACM SAC 2002: Special Track on Database and Digital Library Technologies, 10 - 14 March 2002, Madrid, Spain. For further information, please see <http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2002/>.
AUSWEB02, 6 - 10 July 2002, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Call for Papers. The submission deadline for full papers is 11 March 2002. For additional information, please see <http://ausweb.scu.edu.au/>.
ARL Workshop: Interactive Publishing of Data on the Web, 11 - 15 March 2002, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. For additional information, please see <http://dl.lib.brown.edu/arl/index.html>.
IX International Conference (Crimea 2002): Electronic Resources and the Social Role of Libraries in the Future, 8 - 16 June 2002, Sudak, Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 15 March 2002. For further information, please see <http://www.iliac.org/crimea2002/>.
LIVE!@yourlibrary: Building Cultural Communities, American Library Association, ALA Public Programs Office, USA. Request for Proposals. The submission deadlines are 15 March 2002 and 30 July 2002. For more information, please see <www.ala.org/publicprograms/live.html>.
CATaC'02 -The Net(s) of Power: Language, Culture and Technology, International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication, 12 - 15 July 2002, Montréal, Canada. Call for Papers. The submission deadline is 15 March 2002. For additional information, please see <http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac02/>.
NERCOMP 2002 Annual Conference, New Directions in Collaboration: Support, Strategy, Content, Emerging Technologies, and Infrastructure, 17 - 19 March 2002, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. For further information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/nercomp/2002/index.asp>.
EVA (Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts) 2002 Florence: The New Renaissance, 18 - 22 March 2002, Florence, Italy. For further information, please see <http://www.vasari.co.uk/eva/florence/>.
Digital Library - IT Opportunities and Challenges in the New Millennium, An International Conference, 9 - 11 July 2002, Beijing, China. Call for Papers. Papers must be received by 31 March 2002. For additional information, please see <http://www.nlc.gov.cn/dloc/>.
(On March 14, 2002, the date of the Symposium 2003 - Preservation of Electronic Records: New Knowledge and Decision-making was corrected. The symposium will be held in 2003.)
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