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MARCH 2008 ISSUE
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Public-Access Computer Systems Publications [PACS-P@LISTSERV.UH.EDU]; on behalf of; Richard Waller [lisrw@UKOLN.AC.UK]
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Issue 53 of Ariadne Web Magazine http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/ contains the following articles:
*The Second Life of
-John Kirriemuir introduces a series of studies investigating how the Second Life environment is being used in UK Higher and Further Education.
*Googlepository and the University Library -Sue Manuel and Charles Oppenheim discuss the concept of Google as a repository within the wider context of resource management and provision in Further and Higher Education.
*The National Centre for Text Mining: A Vision for the Future -Sophia Ananiadou describes NaCTeM and the main scientific challenges it helps to solve together with issues related to deployment, use and uptake of NaCTeM's text mining tools and services.
*Further Experiences in Collecting Born Digital Archives at the Wellcome Library -Chris Hilton and Dave Thompson continue discussing plans for the engagement with born digital archival material at the Wellcome Library.
*The Video Active
Consortium: Europe's Television History Online -Johan Ooman and Vassilis
Tzouvaras provide an insight into the background and development of the Video
Active Portal which offers access to television heritage material from leading
*DRIVER: Building the
Network for Accessing Digital Repositories across Europe -Martin Feijen,
Wolfram Horstmann, Paolo Manghi, Mary Robinson and Rosemary Russell present an outline
of the DRIVER Project and its achievements so far in supporting and enhancing
digital repository development in
*The DARE Chronicle: Open Access to Research Results and Teaching Material in the Netherlands -Leo Waaijers reflects on four years of progress and also looks ahead.
At the Event reports:
-Ann Apps reports on DC2007,
the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, held
27-31 August 2007 in
*Knowledge by Networking:
Digitising Culture in
*Progress towards Addressing
Digital Preservation Challenges -Helen Hockx-Yu reports on the 2nd Planets,
CASPAR and DPE annual conference, held on 5-6 September 2007 in
-Mahendra Mahey, Emma Tonkin and Robert John Robertson report on the
2007 European Conference on
Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, held in
*The KIDMM Community's 'MetaKnowledge Mash-up'
-Conrad Taylor reports on the KIDMM knowledge community and its September 2007 one-day conference about data, information and knowledge management issues.
News and Reviews:
*The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland -Lorcan Dempsey reviews Volume III of a landmark collection on the history of libraries in 'Britain and Ireland' from 1850 to 2000.
*Principles of Data Management: Facilitating Information Sharing -Pete Cliff takes a look at a new book from the British Computer Society that aims to help readers understand the importance, issues and benefits of data management across an enterprise.
*Listen Up!: Podcasting for Schools and Libraries -Elizabeth McHugh looks at how podcasting has the potential to take library services and activities to new audiences.
*The Cult of the Amateur
-Stephanie Taylor tries to curb her enthusiasm for Web 2.0 by investigating the dark side of social networking.
*Mastering Regular Expressions, 3rd Edition -Emma Tonkin and Greg Tourte take a look at the new edition of an O'Reilly classic.
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Issue 54 of Ariadne Web Magazine http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/ contains the following articles:
*Web 2.0 in
-Noa Aharony asks whether
library and information science schools in the
*Collaborative and Social Tagging Networks -Emma Tonkin, Edward M. Corrado, Heather Lea Moulaison, Margaret E. I.
Kipp, Andrea Resmini, Heather D. Pfeiffer and Qiping Zhang gather a series of international perspectives on the practice of social tagging of documents within a community context.
*E-Publication and Open Access in the Arts and Humanities in the UK -Malcolm Heath, Michael Jubb and David Robey review recent UK discussions and evidence about e-publishing and open access, their impact and implications for researchers in the arts and humanities.
*Ancient Cultures Inside Modern Universes -Edgardo Civallero writes on how endangered intangible South American indigenous heritage is being both preserved and disseminated with the aid of Web-based technologies.
*SWORD: Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit -Julie Allinson, Sebastien Franois and Stuart Lewis describe the JISC-funded SWORD Project which has produced a lightweight protocol for repository deposit.
*Human-powered Search Engines: An Overview and Roundup -Phil Bradley looks at the major contenders and discusses the value of this type of search engine.
Private Repository Space for Day-to-day Use -Richard Green and Chris Awre
describe work undertaken at the
*Version Identification: A Growing Problem -Dave Puplett outlines the issues associated with versions in institutional repositories, and discusses the solutions being developed by the Version Identification Framework (VIF) Project.
*Saving Energy in the Workplace
-Eddie Young outlines some of the issues faced by a Systems Administrator when trying to save energy in the workplace.
At the Event reports:
*Exploiting the Potential of
Blogs and Social Networks -Gill Ferrell reports on a one-day workshop about
Blogs and Social Networks, held in
*Global Research Library 2020
-Jessie Hey and David
Pearson report on a series of strategic workshops on the Global Research
Library 2020 - the first of which, the Willows Lodge Workshop, was held in the
Pacific North West of the
*MCN 2007: Building Content, Building Community
- 40 Years of Museum
Information and Technology -Gnter Waibel and Jean Godby report on the Museum
Computer Network annual meeting, held 7-10 November, 2007 in
*Programming Collective Intelligence
-Pete Cliff tries to remember A-level mathematics as he dives into the fascinating world of machine learning and statistics and how to apply these techniques to Web-accessible datasets.
-Stuart Hannabuss looks at
*Digital Information and Knowledge Management plus Print vs. Digital -Sylvie Lafortune looks at two books edited by Sul H. Lee dealing with the impact of digital information on libraries, librarianship, information providers and library users.
-Brian Whalley reviews Barbara Allan's book on blended learning for Information and Library Science staff and educational developers.
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Australian Library Journal
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CALL FOR PAPERS
The Australian Library Journal – Special issue on web 2.0 and the library and information science profession
Guest Editors: Helen Partridge and Clare Thorpe
Contact: Helen Partridge Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full papers due: May 5 2008
Authors receive reviews: May 26 2008
Final papers due: June 30 2008
Anticipated publication: August 2008
The Australian Library Journal has been published since 1951. Published quarterly, it contains a wide coverage of Australian library issues, including research. It is the acknowledged flagship publication of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). The journal is available through subscription.
This special issue is seeking papers on any aspect of web 2.0 and the library and information profession. Web 2.0 technology such as wikis, blogs and social networking sites are revolutionizing libraries and the library and information profession. This special issue will provide a forum to identify, share and develop the issues relevant to the role and future of within the ever-changing library industry. Submissions are invited to discuss current web 2.0 technology projects and issues. Papers that critically and objectively explore the role of web 2.0 technology within the library and information profession are especially welcome. Contributors to the special issue may like to consider the following questions to guide the development of their submissions (please note this is not an exhaustive list):
How is web 2.0 being used in the many different library and information science contexts?
What are the challenges (i.e. ethical, legal, financial) in using web 2.0 within service design and delivery?
What skills and knowledge are needed by librarians and information professionals if they are to successfully meet the challenge of using web 2.0 for service design, development and delivery?
When is web 2.0 appropriate for use within the design and delivery of services? When is it not?
What are the priority areas for the application of web 2.0 within the library and information science industry?
What are the issues and challenge for workforce planning and education within the profession?
Guidelines to authors can be found at http://www.alia.org.au/publishing/alj/notes.html
Dr Helen Partridge | Senior
Lecturer | Course Coordinator Master of Information Management Faculty of
Information Technology | QUT |
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A new Brazilian journal in open access published by the Department of information science, State University of São Paulo, Marilia campus It accepts articles in English.
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A revista Brazilian Journal of Information Science (BJIS) - ISSN
1981-1640 – é uma revista bilíngüe, com periodicidade semestral,
publicada pelo Departamento de Ciência da Informação UNESP/Marília e
pelo Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da Informação UNESP/Marília. A
revista BJIS, iniciou sua publicação com um número piloto, v.0, n.0, de
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devem ser escritos em inglês ou português. A revista possui uma política
de avaliação, e cada texto será encaminhado para avaliação por pelo
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*BJIS, v.1, n.1, jan./jun. 2007.*
MAPA DO CONHECIMENTO DA
CIÊNCIA DA INFORMAÇÃO: IMPLICAÇÕES
Chaim Zins, Anthony Debons, Clare Beghtol, Michael Buckland, Charles H.
Davis, Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Nicolae Dragulanescu, Glynn Harmon,
Donald H. Kraft, Roberto Poli e Richard P. Smiraglia
CIÊNCIA DA INFORMAÇÃO: PENSAMENTO INFORMACIONAL E INTEGRAÇÃO
Maria de Fátima Gonçalves Moreira Tálamo e Johanna W. Smit
INDICADORES CIENTÍFICOS NA LITERATURA EM BIBLIOMETRIA E CIENTOMETRIA
ATRAVÉS DAS REDES SOCIAIS Resumo
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Barquín e José Antonio Moreiro González
INDEXAÇÃO E RESUMO DE DOCUMENTOS DIGITAIS E MULTIMÍDIA: TÉCNICAS E
Giovana Deliberali Maimone e Naira Christofoletti Silveira
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Consultant in ICT policies and Knowledge & Information Management
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BULLETIN of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
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 International Column
Some Thoughts on Information
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 IA Column http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-07/IAcolumn_OctNov07.html
Information Architecture and Search Optimization: Beginning a Beautiful Friendship by Marianne Sweeny
Folksonomies are one of today’s hottest Internet trends. They are but one part of Web 2.0, which, in part, refers to the ability of Internet users to add, change and improve World Wide Web content…
7] Introduction: Folksonomies and Image Tagging: Seeing the Future?
by Diane Neal, Guest Editor
12] Why Are They Tagging, and Why Do We Want Them To?
by P. Jason Morrison
16] Trouble in
21] Image Indexing: How Can I Find a Nice Pair of Italian Shoes?
by Elaine Ménard
26] Flickr Image Tagging: Patterns Made Visible by Joan Beaudoin http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-07/beaudoin.html
30] Them! Google’s Ambivalence toward Library and Information Science by Shawne D. Miksa http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-07/miksa.html
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Virtual Reference Services
by Yungrang Laura Cheng, Guest Editor
An Informal History (and Possible Future) of Digital Reference by Joseph Janes http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-07/janes.html
Virtual Reference to Participatory Librarianship: Expanding the Conversation by R. David Lankes http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-07/lankes.html
Evaluation of Online Reference Services
by Jeffrey Pomerantz
Implementation of Professional and Ethical Standards by Pnina Shachaf http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-07/shachaf.html
On the Trail of the Elusive Non-User: What Research in Virtual Reference Environments Reveals by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Marie L. Radford and Timothy J. Dickey http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-07/connaway_radford_dickey.html
On Scalable (Computer-Based) Information Systems by Ophir Frieder http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-07/frieder.html
Selected Abstracts of Standards Under Review 2006-2007 Notes from the ASIS&T Standards Committee (ASISUT-SC) by Marcia Zeng http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-07/zeng.html
Navigating the Long Tail
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Stratigos Discusses the Impact of Web 2.0 and Social Computing on Publishing and Related Activities by Steve Hardin http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Feb-08/FebMar08_PlenaryAddress.html
Information Professionals in a Globalized World Introduction by Caryn L. Anderson, Editor of Special Section http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Feb-08/FebMar08_Anderson.html
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Edited by Roy Tennant
Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Keri Cascio, Jim Ronningen,
Brian Rosenblum, Karen G. Schneider, Roy Tennant
The Ecar Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology,
/45075?time=1191080166). - No matter how far you've taken your library
into providing high tech, it probably isn't far enough, based on the
findings of ths "longitudinal extension of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 ...
studies of students and information technology" from the Educause
Center for Applied Research. Cell phone use is now nearly at 100
percent saturation, laptop ownership is up sharply to almost 75
percent, and student expectations are high. These students live and
work on the web; it is not a tool to them, but part of their lifestyle.
As often happens in these higher-ed studies, community colleges are
underrepresented, so take conclusions about that huge (and
hugely-neglected) area of higher ed with a grain of salt. Despite that
limitation, this report needs to be required reading for any strategic
planning process for libraries -- technology-focused or not. - KGS
"After Years of Effort, Mandatory NIH Public Access Policy Passes
Congress" Library Journal Academic Newswire (25 October
2007)(http://www.libraryjournal.com/info/CA6494533.html#news1). - Open
access advocates got good news in October when the U.S. Senate
passed the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations bill with the NIH open access mandate intact. Given
that publishers opposed to the mandate lobbied strongly against it and
two last minute amendments to the bill that would have weakened or
killed the mandate were introduced then withdrawn by Sen. James
Inhofe, its intact passage was hardly certain. Nonetheless, the mandate
survived, and it reads as follows: "The Director of the National
Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the
NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of
Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final,
peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made
publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of
publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access
policy in a manner consistent with copyright law." It is likely that
publisher resistance will continue during the reconciliation process,
and President Bush may veto the bill for reasons unrelated to the
mandate. However, OA advocates are optimistic that, given the
mandates' show of strength so far, it will become law in the future. -
Albanese, Andrew Richard. "Down with E-Reserves" Library
Journal (1 October 200)(Down with E-Reserves). - My experience with
library reserve materials goes back to my first library job -- the
Reserve Book Room in the basement of Olin Library at Wesleyan
University. They didn't automate the reserve room until the summer
after I graduated. So I spent four years in the world of checking out
articles and books by hand, and I have to say that the shelf-reading of
folders of article copies was truly
Albanese's "Down with E-Reserves" reminds me of how far we've come in
the last decade with reserve materials, and how far we still have to
go. Most of us feel like we're living in a world of "if it's online,
it's free, right?", but the Association of American Publishers (AAP)
would beg to differ. Libraries and institutions of all sizes are
measuring their risk with what they can put online for e-reserves, and
for what audience. When larger state universities can have up to 2,000
students looking at a single article online for a multi-section class,
can fair use stand up in court? Albanese recognizes the lack of
leadership on the issue, and hits the heart of the problem when he
writes, "Being too restrictive can impinge on the educational mission
allowed by law, while being too aggressive can lead to a potential
lawsuit." - KC
De Rosa, Cathy, Joanne Cantrell, and Andy Havens, et. al.Sharing,
Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World: A Report to the OCLC
2007.(http://www.oclc.org/reports/sharing/default.htm). - This report
is based on a major survey of the attitudes and perceptions regarding
sharing, privacy, and trust on the network
of people in
major predecessors Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition (2003) and
Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005), it is a
weighty document printed in full-color on glossy paper to do justice to
all of the tables, piecharts, pictures, and diagrams. However, it is
also freely available as a downloadable PDF file, either by individual
section or in its entirety. It is chock-full of interesting findings,
and well worth spending a lot of time with it, which is almost required
given its scope. One tidbit of note, although not all that surprising,
is that respondents want to have their privacy protected by default,
but also want to have the option to give up that privacy when they wish
-- for example, to gain the benefits of social networking. Note: I am
employed by OCLC, although I did not have anything to do with this
report. - RT
Doctorow, Cory. "Scroogled" Radar (October
on_evil_dangerous_surveillance_control_1.php). - This cautionary tale
by popular science fiction writer Cory Doctorow poses the question,
"Google controls your e-mail, your videos, your calendar, your
searches... What if it controlled your life?" Beyond being an enjoyably
scary, snap-crackling good story, "Scroogled" should have every
librarian thinking twice about embracing a company whose bottom line
has been "don't be evil"--a position quite distinct from "do be good."
Foster, Nancy Fried, Susan Gibbons, and eds.. Studying Students:
The Undergraduate Research Project at the
_cmpd.pdf). - This edited volume is the result of a research study
answer the question "What do students really do when they write their
research papers?". With intriguing section titles such as "Night Owl
Librarians: Shifting the Reference Clock," "Mapping Diaries, or Where
Do They Go All Day?", and "The Mommy Model of Service" there's likely
to be something here for everyone who works in an academic library. In
the conclusion Foster and Gibbons provide four representative
approaches to the question posed by the study as epitomized by four
anonymized students. Highly recommended for all academic libraries,
since we can garner the benefit of this thorough set of studies without
doing all the work. - RT
Haigh, Maria. "Downloading Communism: File Sharing as Samizdat in
(http://www.librijournal.org/2007-3toc.html). - Ukrainian file sharing
practices and attitudes towards piracy and international copyright
measures may seem like a rather specialized topic, but this article
(titled after a popular, satirical poster) illuminates some of the
dynamics of intellectual property issues in a globalized world. Going
beyond the legal and economic discussions, the author shows that
towards copyright are bound up with
reflect two distinctive features of its cultural heritage -- on the one
and on the other hand, the cultural tradition of Samizdat -- the
clandestine (and dangerous) copying and distribution of suppressed
literature, often done through a underground, person-to-person network.
intellectual property interests of the American entertainment industry,
Ukrainians saw this as yet another heavy-handed attempt at foreign
intervention. There are unstated parallels here with open access, open
source, and other related issues, which the author plans to explore in
future articles. The full text of the published article will be
available one year after publication, but the author's draft (PDF)
is available online now. - BR
MacCallum, Catriona J.. "When Is Open Access Not Open Access?"
PLoS Biology 5(10)(October 16,
2007)(http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0050285). - "Open access"
does not just mean "free access." It also means, at least in its most
tasty flavor, no restrictions on the immediate and unrestricted reuse
and redistribution of the material, which is important for individual
reuse as well as automated harvesting and data mining activities. As
such activities become more widespread, the issue of reuse rights will
become more important. This editorial cites the licenses and use
policies of several publishers and argues that publishers -- either
through a lack of understanding, or through intentional obfuscation --
are making claims to provide open access content that don't stand up to
a strict definition of the term. The author calls on publishers to
tighten their definition and application of the term open access and be
more clear about the restrictions applied to their articles. In the
meantime, authors need to be aware of the fine print, especially when
they are paying fees for what they think is "open access." For more on
this issue, and the relative merits of gold vs green open access with
regard to reuse rights, check out the recent discussions in the blogs
of Peter Suber, Peter Murray-Rust, Stevan Harnad and
Klaus Graf. - BR
Sandler, Mark, Kim Armstrong, and Bob Nardini. "Market Formation
for E-Books: Diffusion, Confusion or Delusion?" The Journal of
Electronic Publishing 10(3)(Fall
2007)(http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3336451.0010.310). - A lively and
knowledgeable overview of the factors affecting the market for e-books.
On supply side, the impediments include convoluted marketing and
pricing models offered by publishers that are not aligned with how
libraries actually purchase books, and convoluted functionality that
doesn't satisfy the needs and expectations of users. On the demand
side, there is no consensus on the part of libraries about the decision
making and budgeting structures needed to acquire e-books. Given all
this lack of standardization, it is difficult to make the shift of
resources required to move from a print to an e-book model. Yet the
authors believe that the success of e-books is both desirable and
inevitable. The "first wave" of e-book projects offers lessons about
what works and what doesn't. Those e-book projects which have been
successful have been characterized by a combination of low per-volume
costs, simple pricing models, organizational trust, good functionality,
and strong scholarly content. Moreover, the issues involved with
e-books resemble those related to the shift from print to electronic
journals, which has already reached a tipping point towards digital.
That experience with journals can provide a framework for all
stakeholders for developing successful e-book strategies. Also see the
companion piece in the same issue of JEP, What Happened to the
E-book Revolution?: The Gradual Integration of E-books into Academic
Libraries, which provides an overview of recent literature about this
topic. - BR
Starita, Angela. "Village Voices" Print 61(5)(Sept/Oct
lt.aspx). - When developing a component of increased interactivity in a
site for information preservation and access, it's helpful to look
beyond our standard boxes of library, archive, etc. This article takes
us far beyond by looking at the work of Local Projects, a group which
creates environments where information sources, the "voices" in the
article title, are brought together in very interesting ways. Past
projects have included the design of a travelling 'story collection
booth' for StoryCorps, which is building an archive of oral histories
by taking its apparatus to the people with the stories to tell, and
Memory Maps, in which residents of
place-specific tales to largescale borough maps. Exhibition design is
also part of their work: for the
created a continuous ribbon-like digital screen which charts exchange
co-designing the permanent exhibition for
documented event in history, and Local Projects' principal Jake Barton
says "We realized that the whole DNA of the project was the overlap of
physical space with media space." In some form, the overlap of physical
space with media space must be considered by all of us responsible for
information places, and this article is helpful in reimagining those
walls. - JR
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