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Minding the Skills Gap: A Workshop for Key Training Providers

Leeds University Business School
3 September 2008

Over the last few years, researchers have enthusiastically embraced new technologies and services that allow them to discover, locate, gain access to and create information resources on their desktops. Yet there is evidence to suggest that their research information skills and competencies have not kept up with the rapid pace of change.

The focus of this free one day workshop is on a recent study undertaken on behalf of the Research Information Network by the AIMTech Research Group at Leeds University Business School and Information Management Associates (IMA). The published report from the study, Mind the skills gap: Information-handling training for researchers July 2008) identifies a number of significant gaps and areas for development and makes some key recommendations.

The workshop will look at the key findings from the report, explore the changing role of key providers of training to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers (including academic staff in their research role) in relation to research information methodologies and tools and look at the potential for libraries to support researchers by developing direct support in accessing and evaluating research information.

Key speakers

Who should attend?


For more information and to book your place, please contact: Gaynor Dodsworth, AIMTech Research and Consultancy Group, Leeds University Business School, email G.L.Dodsworth@lubs.leeds.ac.uk or telephone 0113 3437818. Places on the workshop are free, but space is limited, so please book early.

If you are interested but cannot attend this workshop, the Research Information Network will be holding a larger conference this Autumn with the aim of drawing up a framework to address the issues raised in the Mind the skills gap report, email sarah.gentleman@rin.ac.uk for more information.

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Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI) Autumn Programme – September 2008

TASI, the JISC Advisory Service for still images, moving images and sound resources, has announced details of its forthcoming workshop programme for September to December 2008. A few more dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

3 September 2008 - Image Capture - Level 1

4 September 2008 - Image Capture - Level 2

9 October 2008 - Photoshop - Level 1

10 October 2008 - Photoshop - Level 2

6 November 2008 - Digital Photography - Level 1

7 November 2008 - Building a Departmental Image Collection

14 November 2008 - Image Optimisation - Correcting and Preparing Images

21 November 2008 - Introduction to Image Metadata

11 December 2008 - Scanning with the CLA Licence

12 December 2008 - Rights and Responsibilities: Copyright and Digital Images

To book please visit http://www.tasi.ac.uk/training/bookingform.html

For a full list of workshops, please visit http://www.tasi.ac.uk/training/ or for more information please e-mail info@tasi.ac.uk

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Netskills Autumn 2008 Programme - September 2008

Netskills are pleased to announce that the early bird discount offer has been extended on the following workshops running in September, book before end of Friday 22nd August 2008 and pay only £123 per workshop.

Edinburgh University: Podcasting: A Practical Guide: 3 September

Newcastle University: CSS: A Complete Web Style Toolkit: 18 September
Newcastle University: Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism: 25 September

Oxford University Computing Services: Web Quests, Treasure Hunts, Hotlists & Subject Samplers: 25 September

Netskills is also offering a new workshop, 'Work Related Learning' which will explore a variety of resources and investigate their value in the fields of work-based and related learning. It is designed for lecturers, learning technologists and educational developers interested in the use of technology to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. The course will take place at Oxford University Computing Services on 24 September and Newcastle University on 1 October; this workshop is free to those working in the Further & Higher Education sector.

Further details of these workshops and of all Netskills events are available from:

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JISC-PoWR Workshop 3: Embedding Web Preservation Strategies Within Your Institution

The Flexible Learning Space, University of Manchester
Friday 12th September 2008, 10.30am - 4pm

The JISC-sponsored Preservation of Web Resources Project (JISC-PoWR) will be running its third and final workshop in Manchester. The series of workshops is designed for the UK HE/FE records management and Web management communities.

The aim of the workshop is to gain and share feedback from institutional Web, information and records managers on the proposed JISC-PoWR handbook, to address ways of embedding the proposed recommendations into institutional working practices and to solicit ideas for further work which may be needed.

The workshop is free to attend and open to all members of HE/FE institutions and related HE and FE agencies. The booking deadline is Friday 5th September 2008 and places are limited.


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Third Workshop on Digital Library Foundations

Aarhus, Denmark
14-19 September 2008

The preliminary programme of the Third Workshop on Digital Library Foundations is now available: http://www.delos.info/DLFoundations2008

The workshop is organised in conjunction with ECDL2008, which will be held in Aarhus, Denmark, over 14-19 September. http://www.ecdl2008.org

If you haven't already done so, please register immediately for the Conference and the Workshop.

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Reinventing Science Librarianship, an ARL/CNI Forum

Arlington, Virginia, USA
16-17 October 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are cosponsoring a forum on "Reinventing Science Librarianship: Models for the Future," to be held Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, 2008, following the 153rd ARL Membership Meeting, at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, Virginia.


The forum organisers hope to broaden the understanding of trends in scientific research as well as support leadership in applying these trends in the development of new library roles. The programme will highlight a few case studies of different scales to illustrate new, emerging models of library support.


The forum is designed for the leadership of libraries and enterprise-wide IT services. The intended audience includes directors or assistant directors of research libraries, campus IT services, science libraries, and health science libraries. Institutional teams comprised of people in these roles are encouraged, but not required, to attend the forum together.


The forum will begin on Thursday, 16 October at 3:30 p.m. with an opening programme session on "E-Science Trends," followed by poster sessions and a reception on Thursday evening. The forum programmes continue all day on Friday, 17 October, concluding by 4:30 p.m. For more details, see the forum Web site http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum08/oct08schedule.shtml


The registration fee for ARL/CNI members is $275; the non-member price is $325. Register by 30 September 2008 at http://www.arl.org/events/fallforum/forum08/oct08reg.shtml. Reserve hotel accommodation by 12 September 2008.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Segura
Association of Research Libraries
Diane Goldenberg-Hart
Coalition for Networked Information

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36th Annual Museum Computer Network Conference Says "LET'S DO I.T. RIGHT"

Washington, DC
12-15 November 2008-08-17

The MCN invites practitioners to four days of targeted programming emphasising the how and why of Information Technology for Museums. The venue will be in downtown Washington, DC at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel for a full range of programmes addressing a wide array of topics.

Conference Topics

Details of the preliminary conference programme and hotel & travel information are available: http://www.mcn.edu/conferences/

About the Museum Computer Network

Founded in 1967, MCN is a nonprofit organisation with members representing a wide range of information professionals from hundreds of museums and cultural heritage institutions in the United States and around the world. MCN provides continuing opportunities to explore, implement, and disseminate new technologies and best practice in the field. With an annual conference, special interest groups, and a listserv, MCN is here to help museum information professionals and people interested in technology in the museum setting to seek out and share ideas and information.

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9th International Bielefeld Conference: Upgrading the eLibrary

Enhanced Information Services Driven by Technology and Economics
Bielefeld, Germany, Bielefeld Convention Center
3 - 5 February 2009

Three decades of databases, two decades of electronic articles and one decade of open access have resulted in an avalanche of digital scholarly information services. At the moment we observe a metamorphosis from the electronic library to an enhanced library. meeting the emerging demands of eScience and eLearning.

Progress in technology, new concepts of knowledge networking, but also economic issues are the driving forces for upgrading the eLibrary, all of them opening up both a world of new opportunities and of new constraints for progressing enhanced scholarly information services.

The Bielefeld Conference 2009, arranged by Bielefeld University Library, provides insights into the future of eLibraries, based on the threefold interdependency of service, technology and economics.

Please see the conference Web site for the programme and further details http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de

For more information please feel free to contact:
Bielefeld University Library
Tel.: + 49 521 106 4050, Fax: + 49 521 106 4052
e-mail: conference.ub@uni-bielefeld.de

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OAI6: The 6th Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication

Geneva, Switzerland
17 - 19 June 2009

The next OAI workshop: OAI6, the 6th Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The workshop will follow the successful format of previous workshops mixing practical tutorials, presentations from cutting-edge projects and research, discussion groups, posters, and an intense social programme to maximise interaction and communication. It will be possible to register for a part or all of the programme.

The workshop is designed for those involved in the development of open access (OA) repositories and who can influence the direction of developments either within their institution, their country or at an international level - that includes technical developers of OA bibliographic databases and connected services, research information policy developers at university or library level, funding bodies concerned with access to the results of their research, OA publishers, and influential researchers keen to lead OA developments in their own field.

Previous workshops have built a strong community spirit and the event is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and contact details with the wide range of people connected to the OA movement. The OAI series of workshops is one of the biggest international meetings in this field and takes place roughly every two years.

Event Web site: http://www.unige.ch/workshop/oai6/

Further information will be added to this Web site, including programme details, a registration form, a call for posters, and accommodation and travel advice. The 2009 workshop will be held at one of the larger venues belonging to the University of Geneva (UniGe) which we welcome as co-organiser of this event. Future announcements may be made directly from the UniGe organisers. Some slides of the new venue can be seen here: http://www.unige.ch/workshop/oai6/diaporama-mail.php

The committee looks forward to welcoming you to Geneva next year for another successful event.

Joanne Yeomans
On behalf of the OAI6 Organising Committee
Web site: http://www.unige.ch/workshop/oai6/
Email: oaiworkshop-organisation@unige.ch

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DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons Form Working Collaboration

The DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, have recently announced plans to combine strengths to work on joint initiatives that will more closely align their aims and better serve both open source repository communities in the future.

The collaboration is expected to benefit over 500 organisations worldwide which are currently using open source software from either DSpace (examples include MIT, Rice University, Texas Digital Library and University of Toronto) or Fedora (examples include the National Library of France, New York Public Library, Encyclopedia of Chicago and eSciDoc).

Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) remarked, "Repositories are a key part of the infrastructure for supporting scholarly work, and they need to integrate more effectively with a range of other evolving components. I think there are great opportunities for DSpace and Fedora to work together not only on repository interoperability but on common approaches to repository roles in the scholarly and scientific workflows."

The decision to collaborate came out of meetings held this spring where members of DSpace and Fedora Commons communities discussed cooperation between the two organisations. Ideas included leveraging the power and reach of open source knowledge communities by using the same services and standards in the future. The organisations will also explore opportunities to provide new capabilities for accessing and preserving digital content, developing common Web services, and enabling interoperability across repositories.

Further information:
Dspace press release

[Source: DSpace]

[Received: July 2008]
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Report by NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning Now Available

The release has recently been announced of an important report entitled Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge.

This report was the outcome of the work by a task force set up jointly by US National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Professor Christine L. Borgman of UCLA was invited to chair this group which contained a wide-ranging set of participants.

The task force was requested to look at issues involving the use of cyberinfrastructure to advance teaching and learning, complementing much of the earlier discussion of cyberinfrastructure which has focused on research. The resulting report provides considerable food for thought, covering as it does a wide range of issues, some of which will be considered at the closing plenary of the Fall CNI meeting taking place in December 2008 in Washington, DC.

The report is now available at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf08204

[Source: CNI]

[Received: August 2008]
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New Director of the Office of CyberInfrastructure (OCI) at the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected astrophysicist Professor Edward Seidel of Louisiana State University as Director of the Office of CyberInfrastructure (OCI) at the National Science Foundation. OCI awards grants to researchers who demonstrate cutting-edge information technology that can lead to breakthroughs in science, engineering and other academic disciplines.

Prof. Seidel, who is Floating Point Systems Professor in the Louisiana State University (LSU) Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Computer Science and also is director of the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, takes up the directorship from 1 September, 2008.

For more information, see: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111689&org=NSF&from=news

[Source: NSF/DCC]

[Received: July 2008]
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HEFCE Announces New Chair of JISC

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, has been appointed to succeed Professor Sir Ron Cooke as the new chair of JISC from 1 January 2009. The appointment was recently announced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), on behalf of the UK funding bodies.

Professor O'Shea is a graduate of the Universities of Sussex and Leeds. He has worked in the United States and for the Open University (OU). At the OU he founded the Computer Assisted Learning Research Group and worked on a range of educational technology research and development projects. There he also held a personal chair in Information Technology and Education and, in 1993, was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor. In 1997 he was elected Master of Birkbeck College and subsequently appointed Provost of Gresham College and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. He was appointed Principal of the University of Edinburgh in 2002, having previously worked as a research fellow in the University's Department of Artificial Intelligence during the 1970s.

[Source: JISC]

[Received: August 2008]
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D-NET v. 1.0: DRIVER Infrastucture Software Release Now Available

DRIVER, the Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research is proud to announce the software release D-NET v. 1.0. The first of its kind, this open source software offers a tool-box for deploying a customisable distributed system featuring tools for harvesting and aggregating heterogeneous data sources. A variety of end-user functionalities are applied over this integration, ranging from search, recommendation, collections, profiling to innovative tools for repository manager users.

A running instance of the software, namely the "European Information Space", maintained by the DRIVER Consortium to aggregate Open Access publications from European Institutional Repositories, can be accessed online at: http://www.driver-repository.eu/DRIVER-News-Events/PR_D-NET_1_0.html

DRIVER Consortium's mission is to expand its content base with high-quality Open Access research output, as well as provide support for repository managers and state-of-the art services for the end-user. By building a robust network of content providers, enhanced with the set of services DRIVER offers, the software's openness of the DRIVER infrastructure has encouraged service providers to develop new applications on top of the basic services. Prototypes of such applications, built to replicate DART Europe DEEP (UK) and RECOLECTA (Spain) portals over the European Information Space, can be accessed at http://search.dart.driver.research-infrastructures.eu/ and http://search.recolecta.driver.research-infrastructures.eu respectively.

This threefold interaction between many European stakeholders, including research institutions, centres for IT research and strategic partners from the repository community, positions DRIVER as a leading European portal for scholarly research. The European Information Space offers support to three groups of users:

  1. The researcher, reader, public. From the DRIVER portal, apart from advanced searching and browsing options, the user can register with the system in order to activate his/her user profile and get alerts, register to collections, subscribe to communities and more services to come.
  2. The repository manager. Guidelines to repository development are offered to those who wish to set up a repository. In a Web-based registration process that uses an automated validation tool, the repository manager gets feedback on the status of his repository, and suggestions on quality improvements via a personalised support service at the DRIVER helpdesk. Web and wiki-tools update the national status of repository development, providing a network of country representatives and repository managers who interact with European colleagues through the driver website and national contacts.
  3. The service provider. National consortia, subject-based projects and individual repository developers can act as service providers on top of the basic DRIVER infrastructure, by enriching and/or deploying D-NET v. 1.0 software.

The software:

The DRIVER D-NET v. 1.0 software is released under the Open Source Apache license with accompanying documentation, and with (limited to capacity) technical support by the DRIVER Consortium technical partners. The infrastructure software is designed to be "open", which means that new service typologies, exposing functionalities not currently available in DRIVER, can be easily integrated with existing services. DRIVER Consortium policies require that all new DRIVER service software, produced by DRIVER Consortium partners or third-party service providers, should be released under the same Open Source Apache license and included in the DRIVER software package.

The D-NET v. 1.0 software release is also made available to any organisation willing to run independent installations of the DRIVER infrastructure. In this case the interested organisation would be responsible of the maintenance of such a system.

For more information, and to download the software see: http://www.driver-repository.eu/D-NET_release_v-1-0

[Source: DRIVER/DCC]

[Received: Month Year]
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MLA: Future of Museum Accreditation Takes Shape

As part of the MLA's restructure, a fresh emphasis is being given to 'best practice', excellence, improvement and innovation. Among the latest steps, a positive way forward for the flagship Accreditation scheme has been recently announced.

The MLA will continue to manage the standard throughout the UK. This will be done as an integral part of the MLA's new Quality and Standards team located in Birmingham. In England, Renaissance hubs will be increasingly involved with the Accreditation process, advising and supporting museums before their applications are submitted, and after they have been considered.

The assessment of applications, prior to them being put before the Accreditation Panel for decision, will be undertaken by independent expert consultants in England contracted by the MLA. The Accreditation Panel will continue to make the final decisions on behalf of the MLA Board.

MLA Chief Executive Roy Clare said: "It is fundamental that museums should be supported in, and recognised for, attaining the highest national standards. The Accreditation scheme has become firmly established and highly respected as one of our leading programmes. As we map a stronger future for the MLA, 'best practice' is at the core. The future success of the Accreditation Scheme remains of central importance. I am extremely grateful to all those in the sector, especially including the Accreditation Panel, who give their time and resources to ensuring that the scheme works effectively and efficiently."

The MLA has appointed a new manager, Samuel Rowlands. Samuel has extensive experience of the scheme having previously worked as the Regional Officer – Museums and Standards for MLA East of England. Emmeline Leary, the current Accreditation Manager leaves MLA in the Autumn.

Roy Clare added: "I want to pay tribute to Emmeline who, in her 20 years of managing Accreditation and Registration has ensured the integrity and development of the standard."

The newly formed Quality & Standards team, which covers Accreditation, Designation and Security Advice, is headed up by Isabel Wilson, Project Manager, Quality and Standards. The team's immediate priority is to maintain consistency for the sector during the period of transition. The responsibilities of the regional MLAs are being integrated within the MLA by April 2009.

[Source: MLA]

[Received: August 2008]
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Education and Research Sectors Prepare for Access Management Transition

Nearly 500 institutions and organisations are completing the transition to a new open standard SAML-compliant access management system and the UK Access Management Federation. The federation will be providing access to approximately 8 million users across the UK.

In the past three months, membership of the Access Management Federation has risen dramatically as educational institutions and service providers move to take advantage of the numerous benefits of joining. These include improved services to users, easier compliance with regulatory requirements, reduced support requirements and improved data security. Over 90% of HE institutions and more than half of further education providers have joined the Federation.

The Federation is operated by JANET (UK) on behalf of JISC and Becta and brings the entire UK education and research sector a step closer to achieving single sign-on to network and online resources. The Federation now has over 150 Service Provider platforms registered with over 100 educational publishers such as the BBC, Elsevier, ProQuest, Thomson Scientific, Institute of Physics and a range of smaller publishers, such as Rock's Backpages.

The access management transition programme, which has supported the first major change in access management for the education and research sectors in ten years, has seen nearly 500 organisations become members of the Federation with over 150 resources made available.

During the last two years the programme fostered a now well-established community of practice to share knowledge and take the sector forward, established a centre of expertise at EDINA and has placed the UK at the forefront of international developments in this field.

Essential elements in successful embedding of access management expertise have been the provision by JISC of 120 free training places at Netskills, outputs from early adopter projects, the deployment of access management solutions for 12 publishers and service providers, the deployment of software for 40 smaller colleges and the detailed review of over 200 resource lists from institutions. In the future JANET UK and Netskills will continue to develop training courses with Netskills delivering ones focused on Service Provider requirements this September.

Further information:

[Source: JISC]

[Received: July 2008]
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JISC: Greener Technology Workshops

Looking at ways to save money and help Further and Higher Education institutions enable their technology to work greener is the aim of a series of workshops being run by the JISC-funded SusteIT Project over the coming months.

The first in the series of five workshops, held at Cardiff University last month discussed the latest solutions in minimising the environmental impact of servers and high-performance computing. Delegates at the one-day event explored the issues of energy-efficient configuration, cooling and power supply in data centres.

With pressure from the government on the whole public sector to reduce its carbon emissions, the event was designed to investigate how institutions can make their data centres more efficient. The workshop looked in detail at a number of approaches to efficent energy use and cooling in the data centre. Delegates were able to see first-hand the solutions adopted by Cardiff University.

One of the themes of the workshop was that green ICT issues need to be addressed at an institutional level. In particular, collaboration between the IT and Estate departments, along with their suppliers, is crucial, if sustainable solutions are to be possible.

Dr Hugh Beedie, Chief Technology Officer at Cardiff University explained that the event was particularly successful as, "the site tour enabled a first hand experience of good practice of the sustainable solutions that are currently in use at the university."

Further Workshop:

2 September 2008, Sheffield: The Sustainable Desktop:

This workshop will highlight examples of good practice in how further and higher education institutions can reduce their desktop computing energy consumption and carbon footprint by:

Further information:

The Sustainable Desktop

Further workshops are planned for the Autumn 2008 and early next year on Intelligent Buildings, Virtualisation and Shared Services as well as on issues affecting the Further Education sector.

Further information:


[Source: JISC]

[Received: August 2008]
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Museums, Libraries and Archives Greet Olympic Handover

Over 100 museums, libraries and archives have signed up to host events to celebrate the Olympic Handover and the start of the Cultural Olympiad, marking the start of the UK's Olympic journey. The activities – part of MLA's Setting the Pace programme – are timed to coincide with the Handover from the Beijing Games on 24 August 2008 and the start of the Cultural Olympiad on the weekend of the 26 - 28 September 2008.

Setting the Pace is the programme to support museums, libraries and archives vital contribution to the UK's four-year Cultural Olympiad. Andrew Motion, MLA Chair said: "Our museum, library and archive collections are a wonderfully rich reflection of the world's complex cultural identities. It's absolutely right that they should play this crucial role in allowing people throughout the country to take part in the Cultural Olympiad, and to celebrate the Games."

Phase one of Setting the Pace has two elements - The People's Record, which for the first time in Olympic history will capture people's experience of living in an Olympic host nation; and Literature and Stories, which will use collections as creative inspiration for young poets, and as a source for story telling and performance events.

Setting the Pace will complement Stories of the World – one of the ten major projects of the Cultural Olympiad, led by MLA in partnership with the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Stories of the World will showcase reinterpreted collections through a network of exhibitions. Further details will be announced during the launch of the Cultural Olympiad.

Further information:

LOCOG http://www.london-2012.co.uk/LOCOG/
Cultural Olympiad http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/cultural-olympiad/

[Source: MLA]

[Received: July 2008]
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