Standards for Electronic Publishing: An Overview, A Report for the NEDLIB Project, Mark Bide & Associates, August 2000.
This report was written to inform librarians about the challenges of managing electronic publications, including those involved with the preservation of these publications. It supplements an earlier report Process Model for a Deposit System for Electronic Publications. Thirty-two pages long, with nine chapters on such topics as: "Publishing - some background issues"; "Publication Media"; "Content and content formats"; "The ebook revolution" and others.
The report is available online in PDF format at <http://www.kb.nl/coop/nedlib/results/e-publishingstandards.pdf>.
Changing Trains at Wigan: Digital Preservation and the Future of Scholarship, by Dr. Seamus Ross, Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow, published by the National Preservation Office (NPO), November 2000.
The following is from the Introduction to Dr. Ross's paper: "This paper examines the impact of the emerging digital landscape on long term access to material created in digital form and its use for research; it identifies and examines challenges, risks and expectations...This paper is concerned not with the effect of digital data and information on economic growth, but with the influence it will have on the memories of who we were..."
Dr. Ross's paper is online in PDF format at <http://www.bl.uk/services/preservation/occpaper.pdf>. This paper and other open access resources may be found at the National Preservation Office web site at <http://www.bl.uk/services/preservation/publications.html
Safeguarding Australia’s web resources: guidelines for creators and publishers, National Library of Australia, January 2001.
These are general guidelines that "provide practical advice on creating, describing, naming and managing web resources to facilitate their on-going use." As is reflected in the title of this Guidelines document, it was written specifically for use by Australian information providers, but the principles are the same or similar for those located in other parts of the world.
The Guidelines are located at <http://www.nla.gov.au/guidelines/2000/webresources.html>.
Working with the DNER; Standards and Guidelines to Build a National Resource (Version 1.0), edited by Catherine Grout and Caroline Ingram, authored by Neil Beagrie, Hugn Buchanan, Tom Franklin, Catherine Grout, Brian Kelly, Caroline Ingram, Paul Miller, Greg Newton-Ingham, and Andy Powell, published by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER) Office, February 2001.
This document was compiled for the DNER to provide "guidelines and practices critical to developing, managing, and delivering digital resources online. It will act as a source of information for projects and services involved in the development of the Distributed National Electronic Resource for learning, teaching and research. It will also provide a point of reference and information for the variety of stakeholders interested in the development of the DNER and for those interested in sharing or contributing content to it." Feedback to the authors and editors about this version is welcome. Regular updates are planned to reflect input received and to take account of changes in standards, technology and approach as they occur.
The DNER Guidelines document is online at <http://www.jisc.ac.uk:8080/dner/programmes/guidance/DNERStandards.html
Assessing Digital Library Services, a theme issue of Library Trends, edited by Thomas A. Peters, Volume 49 (2), Fall 2000, published by the University of Illinois Press.
One of the challenges facing digital libraries is how to measure the usage and value of digital collections. The articles in this theme issue of Library Trends include:
Abstracts of each article may be found at the University of Illinois Press web site. To view the abstracts, read the Introduction written by Thomas A. Peters, or to order this issue of Library Trends, please see <http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/puboff>. The single copy price is $18.50.
Digital Imaging: a Practical Handbook, by Stuart D. Lee, published by Library Association Publishing, November 2000, ISBN: 1-85604-353-3, £ 24.95.
The following description of this book appeared in a November press release: "This introductory practitioner’s guide to digital imaging focuses on a practical approach to undertaking and managing a digitization project. It offers advice on how to capture a digitized image from print, photographs, surrogates and other material, including rare and fragile items, and looks at the bulk digitization of grey material. It also discusses the options and the preservation and access issues involved at each stage and addresses the factors determining digital image quality. The chapters include:"
For more information, please contact the publisher at <email@example.com>.
Hypertext 2001: 12th ACM Conference Hypertext and Hypermedia, 14 - 18 August 2001, Arhus, Denmark. Call for papers. The submission deadline for papers, panel and technical briefing proposals, workshop proposals, hypertext readings and tutorial proposals is 16 February 2001. (Short papers, doctoral consortium submissions, poster proposals, demonstration proposals and exhibit proposals are due 10 May 2001.) For more information, please see <http://www.HT01.org/>
VLDB 2001: 27th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, 11 - 14 September 2001, Rome, Italy. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 19 February 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.dia.uniroma3.it/vldb2001/>
Interact 2001: Eighth IFIP TC.13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 9 - 13 July 2001, Tokyo, Japan. The call for short papers is ending soon. The submission deadline for short papers is 20 February 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.interact2001.com/cfp.html>.
DRH2001: Digital Resources for Research in the Humanities, 26 - 28 September 2001, Sydney, Australia. The call papers has been extended to 24 February 2001. For more information, please see <http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/drrh2001/>.
NFAIS 2001 Annual Conference: Networking @ Internet Speed, 25 - 28 February 2001, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.nfais.org>.
KDD-2001: The 7th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 26 - 29 August 2001, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 26 February 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.acm.org/sigkdd/kdd2001/>.
ED-MEDIA: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, 25 - 30 June 2001, Tampere, Finland. Final call for brief papers, posters and demonstrations. The submission deadline for these items is 28 February 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/>.
ACM Multimedia 2001: Multimedia at the Dawn of the Millennium, 30 September - 5 October 2001, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Call for papers. The submission deadline for technical papers, panels and tutorials is 28 February 2001. For more information, please see <http://www1.acm.org/sigs/sigmm/MM2001/>.
SIGIR 2001 - The 24th Annual International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, 7 - 12 September 2001, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Proposals for tutorials, workshops, panels, and posters are due 28 February 2001. The deadline for paper proposals has passed. For more information, please see <http://www2.sis.pitt.edu/~sigir01/index.html>.
5th International Conference on Electronic Publishing - ELPUB2001: 2001 in the Digital Publishing Odyssey, 5 - 7 July 2001, Canterbury, United Kingdom. Call for papers. The submission deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/mbv/PrintMedienTech/elpub2001/>.
Education Odyssey: Continuing the Journey through Adaptation and Innovation, the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) 2001 Forum, 24 - 27 September 2001, Sydney, Australia. Call for papers. The deadline for submission is 1 March 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.oten.edu.au/odlaa/>.
The Second International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, 10 - 14 October 2001, Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Call for papers. The deadline for submission is 2 March 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.cddc.vt.edu/aoir/>.
Libraries Without Walls 4 - The Delivery of Library Services to Distant Users: Distributed Resources - Distributed Learning, 14 - 18 September 2001, Lesvos, Greece. The deadline for submissions is 2 March 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.cerlim.ac.uk/conf/lww4/welcome.html>.
Copyright Town Meeting 2001, presented by the Committee on Intellectual Property of the College Art Association (CAA) and the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), 3 March 2001, Chicago, Illinois, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.pipeline.com/~rabaron/ctm/CTM.htm>.
AMIA 2001 - A Medical Informatics Odyssey: Visions of the Future and Lessons from the Past, 3 - 7 November 2001, Washington, DC, USA. Call for participation. Papers are being accepted now and the deadline for submission is 8 March 2001. For more information, please see <http://www.amia.org/meetings/annual/f1.html>.
ACM1: Beyond Cyberspace, A Journey of Many Directions, 10 - 14 March 2001, San Jose, California, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.acm.org/acm1/index.html>.
National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Digital Library, Program Solicitation: NSF 01-55. The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent is 15 March 2001. For more information, please see <below>.
The Second IEEE Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia, 24 - 26 October 2001, Beijing, China. Call for papers. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2001. For more information, please see <http://research.microsoft.com/~PCM2001/>.
ACRL 10th National Conference (ACRL X): Crossing the Digital Divide, 15 - 18 March 2001, Denver, Colorado, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.ala.org/acrl/denver.html>.
The North East Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) - E-learning: Enhancing Education In and Out of the Classroom, 18 - 20 March 2001, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.educause.edu/nercomp/2001/index.asp>.
4th British-Nordic Conference: Library and Information Studies, 21 - 24 March 2001, Dublin, Ireland. For more information, please see <http://www.db.dk/nyt/ugeavisen/00/34/konf.htm>.
ETD 2001: The Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 22 - 24 March 2001, Pasadena, California, USA. For more information, please see <http://library.caltech.edu/etd/>.
Third USENIX Symposium on Internet Technologies and Systems, 26 - 28 March 2001, San Francisco, California, USA. For more information, please see <http://www.usenix.org/events/usits01/>.
EUNIS 2001: The 7th International Congress of European University Information Systems, 26 - 30 March 2001, Berlin, Germany. For more information, please see <http://www.hu-berlin.de/EUNIS2001/>.
Digital Libraries: Advanced Methods and Technologies, Digital Collections: Third All-Russian Scientific Conference, 11 - 13 September, Petrozavodsk, Russia. Call for papers. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 March 2001. For more information, please see <http://rcdl2001.krc.karelia.ru/papers/index.shtml>.
Calls for Participation
The CLEF Text Retrieval System Evaluation activity is coordinated in Europe by the DELOS Network of Excellence for Digital Libraries, and organised in collaboration with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The CLEF series of system evaluation campaigns aims at promoting research and development in Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR) by (i) providing an infrastructure for the testing and evaluation of information retrieval systems operating on European languages in both monolingual and cross-language contexts, and (ii) creating test-suites of reusable data which can be employed by system developers for benchmarking purposes.
CLEF Agenda for 2001
1. Multilingual Information Retrieval
The main task in CLEF 2001 requires searching a multilingual document collection for relevant documents. This year’s collection contains English, German, French, Italian and Spanish documents. Using a selected query language, the goal is to retrieve documents for all languages in the collection, listing the results in a merged, ranked list. The official query languages will be English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese. However, it is expected that queries will also be made available in additional languages, such as Finnish, Greek, Russian and Swedish.
2. Bilingual Information Retrieval
CLEF 2001 will offer 2 distinct bilingual tracks. The first consists in querying a document collection of English texts in any of the other available topic languages. A second track will offer a less widely used language: Dutch. This will provide an interesting task for groups that want to adapt their system to a “new” language.
3.Monolingual (non-English) Information Retrieval
So far, most IR system evaluation has focussed on English. We provide the opportunity for monolingual system testing in other European languages (Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish in CLEF 2001).
4. Domain-Specific Mono- and Cross-Language Information Retrieval
This task is based on the GIRT collection which contains nearly 80,000 German social science documents in a structured database and includes a German/English/Russian thesaurus. The rationale of the task is to study CLIR in a vertical domain. Topics will be made available in English, German and Russian.
5. Interactive Cross-language Information Retrieval
A working group is now examining the feasibility of organising an experimental track on interactive cross-language system evaluation.
Those wishing to take part in CLEF 2001 are requested to send an e-mail as soon as possible to Carol Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org>), indicating in which task(s) they intend to participate.
|Data Release||1 March 2001|
|Topic Release||9 April 2001|
|Receipt of results from participants||15 May 2001|
|Release of relevance assessments and individual results||15 July 2001|
|Submission of paper for Working Notes||7 August 2001|
|Workshop and Working Notes||3 - 4 Sep. 2001|
A two-day Workshop will be held on 3-4 September in Darmstadt, Germany, immediately before the fifth European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL 2001). The aim of the Workshop will be to present and discuss the results of the CLEF activity and allow researchers and developers to compare performance between systems using different cross-language strategies.
Guidelines and Contact Information
ECDL 2001: 5th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, 4 - 8 September 2001, Darmstadt, Germany. Call for papers. The deadline for submission for all proposals is 1 April 2001.
ECDL 2001 is the 5th in the annual European Digital Libraries conferences. This conference will provide a good opportunity to review the impact Digital Libraries have on science, technology, and society in general. In this perspective, the conference will emphasize applications of Digital Library systems and their integration in the user communities. Future perspectives, such as the convergence of libraries, museums, and archives into Collective Memories, will also be discussed.
The scientific program includes:
For more information, please see the ECDL Conference web site at <http://www.ecdl2001.org/>.
Upcoming Book from the American Library Association on Digital Licensing. Request for questions and comments.
The American Library Association will soon be publishing a book, "Digital Licensing: A Practical Guide for Librarians," to be written by Lesley Ellen Harris, Copyright, Licensing & E-Commerce Lawyer, and editor of The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter: For Libraries, Archives & Museums. Ms. Harris is interested in any comments you may have in this area, but she is particularly interested in collecting questions about licensing, from librarians and others for anonymous inclusion in the Questions & Answers section of the book. If you would like to contribute to a better understanding of this complicated area of licensing, please submit your questions or comments to Ms. Harris at: <email@example.com> .
National Leadership Grants for Library-Museum Collaborations. The deadline for applications for these grants is 1 April 2001.
In Fiscal Year 2000, the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) created a new, comprehensive funding program called National Leadership Grants. The program supports three funding categories for libraries, three for museums and one for joint library-museum partnerships. The joint category, Library-Museum Collaboration, supports innovative projects that model how museums and libraries can work together to expand their service to the public -- with emphasis on serving the community, using technology, or enhancing education.
The amount of the grant is from $15,000 - $500,000 with the grant period generally up to two years.
For complete information, please see the IMLS web site at <http://www.imls.gov> and follow the links provided to Grant and Award information. The program contact is Jeanne McConnell, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The 3rd Annual Digital Reference Conference, 12 - 13 November 2001, Orlando, Florida, USA. Call for papers. The deadline for submission of papers is 2 April 2001.
Digital reference is now a reality in many libraries and organizations around the world. The Internet is fast becoming a common tool for reference service, allowing information professionals to interact with users in environments unbound by time, place, and other communication barriers. This conference will look at ways reference services can be carried out most effectively and efficiently and at what standards exist for service quality and technology. Papers on the following topics are sought:
Technology for Digital Reference
Digital Reference Service Management
General Issues in Digital Reference
Digital Reference Resources
For more information, please see the VRD Conference web site at <http://vrd.org/conferences/VRD2001/proposals.html
International Workshop on Digital Libraries, 3 - 7 September 2001, Munich, Germany. Call for papers. The submission deadline is 8 April 2001.
The International Workshop on Digital Libraries (DLib2001), immediately preceding the European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL2001), is inviting participation from all parts of the world and from the full range of disciplines and professions involved in digital library research and practice, including computer science, information science, librarianship, archival science and practice, museum studies and practice, technology, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. All domains -- academia, government, industry, and others -- are encouraged to participate as presenters or attendees.
The information present in the World Wide Web is increasingly recognized as an important contribution to the world's cultural heritage. Consequently, a growing number of research projects are addressing issues related to the preservation of Web content. Apart from the immediate challenges regarding the acquisition and storage of Web-based information, long-term preservation and the availability of such archives provide fascinating research areas.
Papers are solicited on, but not limited to:
For more information, please see the DEXA web site at <http://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/ifs/events/dlib2001/>
Eighth International Conference - Crimea 2001 - Libraries and Associations in the Transient World: New Technologies and New Forms of Cooperation, 9 - 17 June 2001, Sudak, Crimea. Call for papers. The deadline for submission of papers is 10 April 2001.
This conference is being held under the aegis of IFLA and the primary conference organizer is the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, Moscow. The languages of the conference will be English, Russian and Ukrainian, with simultaneous interpretation.
The following topics for presentations and discussions at sections, round tables, workshops, and other events are sought:
Please see the Crimea 2001 web site for more information <http://www.iliac.org/crimea2001/eng_inf.html>.
National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Digital Library, Program Solicitation: NSF 01-55. The deadline for submission of optional Letters of Intent is 15 March 2001. The deadline for full proposals is 11 April 2001.
The following is the "Introduction" from the NSF-01-55 program solicitation page. Please see the full solicitation at <http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2001/nsf0155/nsf0155.htm> for detailed information and proposal submission instructions.
To catalyze and support continual improvements in the quality of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) education, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has established the National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL) program. The resulting digital library, a network of learning environments and resources for SMET education, will ultimately meet the needs of students and teachers at all levels--K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and lifelong learning--in both individual and collaborative settings, as well as formal and informal modes. It will provide the premier portal to a rich array of current and future high-quality educational content and services, and also serve as a forum where resource users may become resource providers. For example, users might contribute their expertise to produce new teaching modules from resources such as real-time experimental data or visualization software available through the network. Or they might evaluate and report on the efficacy of specific digital learning objects (such as Java applets or interactive electronic notebooks) and their impact on student learning. Beyond providing traditional library services such as the intelligent retrieval of relevant information, indexing and online annotation of resources, and archiving of materials, the digital library will also enable users to access virtual collaborative work areas, hands-on laboratory experiences, tools for analysis and visualization, remote instruments, large databases of real-time or archived data, simulated or virtual environments, and other new capabilities as they emerge.
The NSDL program will foster the creation and development of a comprehensive infrastructure, including a collaborative management process for the operation of the digital library, policies and practices for quality assurance, robust approaches to intellectual property management of resources (including issues of archiving) that focus on maximizing the value of content, and standards that promote stability, interoperability, and reusability of materials and products. 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 SMET education nationwide. New projects funded under the NSDL program are encouraged 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 concept of a national digital library for educational resources in SMET 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 first round (FY2000) of the NSDL program.
Although the purpose of the NSDL program is to support improvements in SMET 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.)
IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship. The application deadline for this Fellowship is 26 April 2001.
This program is jointly sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC Online Computer Library Center. It is aimed at providing early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.
Four individuals will be selected each year to come to the United States for four weeks to participate in an intensive program of lectures, seminars and mentoring. Topics and issues will include information technologies and their impact on libraries, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.
Applications have been accepted since September 2000, and the deadline for application is fast approaching.
For complete information about this IFLA/OCLC Fellowship, please see <http://www.oclc.org/institute/ifla/index.htm>.
MCN2001: The Annual Conference of the Museum Computer Network , 24 - 27 October 2001, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Call for papers. The deadline for submission is 30 April 2001.
The theme of the 2001 conference is "Real Life: Virtual Experiences - New Connections for Museum Visitors" and the conference will be a partnership between MCN and the CIMI Institute. The goal of this conference is to create environments where participants can engage each other in an exploration of how new technologies can and will be used to affect visitors' experiences in the museum environment. The event will be organized around several tracks that will focus intensively on the aspects of applying technology to enhance visitors' experiences.
Papers are being sought on the following topics:
Technology Affecting the Visitor's Experience
Infrastructure and Technical Questions
Please see the Museum Computer Network web site for more information <http://www.mcn.edu/mcn2001/index.htm>.
20th ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education) World Conference , 1 - 5 April 2001, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Open, distance, and virtual learning will be the key strategy for education and training in an information society where continuous updating of knowledge and skills throughout the entire population will be a prime basis for the development of economies and of nations. This conference will be structured into Core Events (Plenary, Panel, Parallel, and Poster Sessions) and Extension Events (Workshops, Discussion Groups, Media Demonstrations, Meetings, etc.). In addition, Special Concurrent Sessions and an Exhibition, presenting products and services, will be held in conjunction with the conference. The main objective of the conference will be to view the development of learning and especially to explore how open learning and distance education, virtual training and e-learning will fit in a perpetually changing world in the coming years.
The Conference web site is located at <http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/ICDE/D-2001/final/english/index.html>.
Issues in Digital Librarianship: Accessing the Future, 2 - 3 April 2001, British Library Conference Center, London, United Kingdom.
This is a joint event organised by OCLC Europe the Middle East & Africa, OCLC Institute, the British Library and the National Preservation Office for the United Kingdom and Ireland. The aim of the conference is to bring together leaders of the major national and research libraries and opinion makers in digital librarianship for the following purposes:
The target audience is those with strategic planning, executive, or senior management responsibilities for libraries, library programs, or related activities, particularly in the cultural heritage sector. This major two-day conference will take place in plenary sessions and smaller, facilitated, breakout groups.
More information about this conference can be found at <http://www.bl.uk/services/preservation/oclc.html>.
Computers and Learning CAL2001 Conference: Learning Across the Ages - Looking Back and Looking Forwards, 2 - 4 April 2001, University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom.
The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for those engaged in the provision of lifelong or distance education. Key topics will include: Information contexts for learning; Continuity and progression; Lifelong learning; and Future learning environments.
Please see the CAL2001 web site <http://www.elsevier.com/homepage/sag/cal/menu.htm> for details.
First SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, 5 - 7 April 2001, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Advances in information technology and data collection methods have led to the availability of large data sets in commercial enterprises and in a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines. Examples of such large data sets in the scientific domain are genomic data (Biology), climate data (Earth Sciences), sky survey data (Astronomy), and computational simulations that run on high performance computers. The field of data mining draws upon extensive work in areas such as statistics, machine learning, pattern recognition, databases, and high performance computing to discover interesting and previously unknown information in data sets.
This conference will provide a forum for presentation of recent results in data mining, including applications, algorithms, software, and systems. The conference will feature peer reviewed, contributed papers as well invited talks.
Please see the SIAM web site <http://www.siam.org/meetings/sdm01/> for more information about this conference.
Search Engines: Diversity and Controversy - The Sixth Search Engine Meeting, 9 - 10 April 2001, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Search Engines Meetings bring together commercial search engine developers, academics and corporate professionals to learn from each other. The opening keynote will be by David Seuss of Northern Light whose talk is entitled "Search Strategies for Large Enterprises." The scheduled keynote speaker for day two is Eric Brewer of Inktomi Corporation who will speak on "The Next Evolution: A New Infrastructure for Connecting Content with Users." The roster of some 25 speakers includes many other well-known names and companies, from Northern Light, Google, Bell Labs, Altavista, Verity, WebTop, FAST, Inktomi, Looksmart, and more.
For more information, please see the conference web site <http://www.infonortics.com/searchengines/>.
First International Conference on Human Aspects of the Information Society, 9 - 11 April 2001, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
This Conference is being organized by the Information Management Research Institute (IMRI), University of Northumbria at Newcastle. It is aimed at policy makers, internet service providers, content providers, publishers, marketing specialists, librarians, information specialists and researchers. Keynote Speakers include: Chris Batt, Director, Learning & Information Society, Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries; and Professor Susan M. Christopherson, Department of City & Regional Planning, Cornell University.
For more information, please see the IMRI web site <http://is.northumbria.ac.uk/imri/Conference2001/Conference_announcement.htm>
WIIW 2001: International Workshop on Information Integration on the Web - Technologies and Applications, 9 - 11 April 2001, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The goal of this workshop is to share research and development addressing information integration issues in any application areas, since many of them are cross-disciplinary issues. Topics that might be covered at the conference include: integration architectures; data-intensive applications on the web; metadata management; integration of spatial data; data and program publication; XML and semi-structured data management; web data warehousing; web data mediation; management of web documents; web information modeling; methodologies and tools for web information publishing and integration.
For details about this conference, please see <http://www.cos.ufrj.br/wiiw/>
Networking 2001, 10 - 12 April 2001, Washington, DC, USA.
The Networking 2001 conference will bring together leaders from higher education and federal, regional, and state governments to review and evaluate network policy issues, emerging network applications, and the organizational, institutional, and economic opportunities posed by federal government, public, and private sector network development efforts. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Coalition for Networked Information Spring Task Force Meeting
At the time of publication of this issue of D-Lib Magazine, the conference program was not available. If you are interested in attending this conference, please monitor the conference web site for details <http://www.educause.edu/netatedu/events/net2001/>.
The Fifth Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 16 - 18 April 2001, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The PAKDD-01 technical program will consist of two full days of presentations. The program will consist of three keynote presentations, plenary presentations, and short presentations.
Review of papers was rigorous to ensure a very high quality conference. Fewer than 40 of 150 submitted papers were accepted into the plenary program. One day of the conference will offer a track dedicated to industrial and commericial issues in data mining with presentations from major commercial players.
For more information, please see the PAKDD web site <http://www.csis.hku.hk/pakdd01/>.
HPC 2001 - High Performance Computing Symposium: Grand Challenges in Computer Simulation, 22 - 26 April 2001, Seattle, Washington, USA.
HPC 2001 will include a special track on "Innovative Web Computing and Internet Systems" and is part of the 2001 Advanced Simulation Technology Conference. The goal of the Symposium is to encourage innovation in High Performance Computing Technologies and to stimulate the use of these technologies in key areas of Computer Simulation. It promotes the exchange of ideas and information among universities, industry and national laboratories supporting the development of High Performance Computing Applications, which can provide solutions to current scientific and technical challenges.
Please see the HPC 2001 web site for more information about the symposium <http://www.nrl.csci.unt.edu/HPC/>.
DAC 2001 - Fourth International Digital Arts and Culture Conference, 26 - 28 April 2001, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
This conference aims to explore the cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural theories and practices of contemporary digital arts and culture. Seeking to foster greater understanding about digital arts and culture across a wide spectrum of cultural, disciplinary, and professional practices, the conference cultivates an eclectic and collaborative forum to include scholars, researchers, artists, computer professionals, and others who are working within the broadly defined areas of digital arts and culture.
For more information, please see the DAC web site <http://www.stg.brown.edu/conferences/DAC/>.
International Graduate Summer School in Library and Information Science: iGSS 2001, 23 June - 20th July 2001, Aberystwyth, Wales.
iGSS, now in its 28th year, is based at the Department of Information and Library Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and is the result of cooperation between four major library and information studies schools: Aberystwyth, the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at McGill University in Montreal and the School of Librarianship, University of Cape Town.
For the last 2 years, iGSS has covered issues relating to Management and the Electronic Library and has been very well received; next year's programme is addressing similar themes: the management of information, the management of knowledge and collection management - all in the electronic environment.
iGSS has always provided an opportunity for information professionals from around the world to meet and discuss current issues at the same time that they take part in a work programme which aids their continuing professional development.
The 2001 school, which runs from 23 June until 20 July and has the Electronic Library as its central theme, is divided into two distinct courses. This means that students can attend either course or the complete Summer School. The courses cover Information Seeking in the Digital Age (23 June to 7 July) and Collection and Knowledge Management (4 July to 20 July).
More information can be found at the iGSS web site at <http://www.dil.aber.ac.uk/IGSS/>.
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