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JISC Digital Media (formerly TASI) Training Schedule

Four brand new courses are on offer for the 2009 season dealing with:

Courses are already filling up fast and several courses now have multiple dates to accommodate demand.

Spring 2009 Programme:

10 March 2009 Introduction to Photoshop Lightroom 2

19 March 2009 Copyright and Digital Images

25 March 2009 Colour Management

26 March 2009 Scanning with the CLA Licence

27 March 2009 Building a Departmental Image Collection

31 March 2009 Essential Photoshop Skills

3 April 2009 Audio Production: Recording Lectures, Seminars, Interviews and Podcasts

23 April 2009 Finding Free-to-Use Images Online

24 April 2009 Digitising Analogue Video Recordings

28 April 2009 Introduction to Image Metadata

29 April 2009 Optimising your Images using Adobe Photoshop

To book on a course please visit

You can also subscribe to the Forthcoming Workshops RSS Feed:

For further information

If you would like any more information about courses, including the option of on-demand and customised courses, then please contact:
Dave Kilbey
JISC Digital Media
or by phone 0117 3314332

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UKeiG Course: Essential Copyright for Information Professionals

What You Need to Know - and Preparing for Change!
CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE
Tuesday, 17 March 2009, 9.30-16.15

Course Outline:

Copyright remains one of the most challenging legal issues for information professionals in all areas of the information industries. This one-day introductory course will chart a path through the complexity of the subject. It will cover all essential aspects of copyright and associated rights. Delegates will be taken step-by-step through the fundamentals of copyright. Woven into the sessions will be the latest information on forthcoming changes to UK law on copyright and how you need to understand and prepare for them now. Understanding of each topic will be illuminated by real-life examples of copyright issues. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of contexts.

The sessions will include:

The course will be led by presentations but will include real-life problems and scenarios for discussion, and plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.

For further information

For more information or to book a place on this course, please visit
http://www.ukeig.org.uk/ or email

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DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
1-3 April 2009

The draft conference programme is now available at: http://www.ils.unc.edu/digccurr2009/schedule

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina is pleased to announce our second digital curation curriculum symposium. DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects is part of the Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) Project. DigCCurr is a three-year (2006-2009), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded collaboration between SILS and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The primary goals of the DigCCurr Project are to develop a graduate-level curricular framework, course modules, and experiential components to prepare students for digital curation in various environments. DigCCurr initiatives in support of this goal are informed by representatives from the project's collaborating institutions as well as an Advisory Board of experts from Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The first symposium, DigCCurr2007: An International Symposium in Digital Curation, was held 18-20 April 2007, attracting nearly 300 attendees from ten countries. Participants explored the definition of digital curation and what skills are necessary for digital curation professionals working in libraries, archives, museums, data centers, and other data-intensive organisations. With speakers from more than a dozen countries, DigCCurr2009 will continue this theme, focusing on current practice and research surrounding digital curation with a look toward the future, and trends in preparing digital curation professionals.

Sessions Focus on:

What is useful? What is missing?


Cancellations or substitutions must be made to Rachael Clemens rclemens@unc.edu

For further information:

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo
School of Information and Library Science
201 Manning Hall CB#3360
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Tel: 919-962-8063
Fax: 919-962-8071
Email: tibbo@email.unc.edu

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OCR in Mass Digitisation: Challenges between Full Text, Imaging and Language

Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, The Netherlands
6 - 7 April 2009

The IMPACT Project is organising a conference on OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in mass digitisation projects to take place in the first week of April at the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). The conference will focus on exchanging views with other researchers and suppliers in the OCR field, as well as presenting some preliminary results from the first year of the IMPACT project. The conference is able to accept a maximum of 150 participants.


Both days will feature key speakers from outside of the project, in addition to experts from the IMPACT consortium. Each day's programme will last from 10.00 – 18.00, with a conference dinner on the first day.

Conference Programme:

Registration is now open: http://www.impact-project.eu/news/ic2009/register/

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Museums and the Web 2009

Museums and the Web 2009: The international conference for culture and heritage online
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
15-18 April 2009

MW is an international venue where people working in museums, science centres and art galleries share how they are responding to the challenges of our networked world. At MW2009 you can connect with people who understand what you are doing, and who have dealt with the issues practitioners are now facing.

Registration: https://www2.archimuse.com/mw2009/mw2009.registrationForm.html

For further information:

View http://www.archimuse.com/mw2009/ or
Contact mw2009@archimuse.com

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The 15th INFORUM Conference on Professional Information Resources

Prague, Czech Republic
27- 29 May 2009

The 15th Annual INFORUM Conference will deal with professional electronic information resources for research, development, education and business purposes. It will will be held from 27 May to 29 May 2009 in Prague. Conference participation is international - since 2003 the original territorial focus on the Czech Republic and Slovakia has been expanded to other Central and Eastern European countries and it has become the main event in this field in the region. The conference is particularly attended by information professionals from special and public libraries, private corporations and state agencies, IT managers, physicians, lawyers, university teachers and students.

Conference Topics

Guest speakers this year will be Herbert Van De Sompel, David Bawden and Carol Tenopir.

The official conference languages are Czech and English (simultaneous translations will be provided).

For further information:

Andrea Kutnarova
(INFORUM co-ordinator)
Albertina icome Praha s.r.o.
Stepanska 16
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
tel.: +420-2-2223 1212
fax: +420-2-2223 1313

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Museums at Night 2009: A nationwide campaign promoting museums and galleries

15 –17 May 2009

The annual 'Museums at Night' takes place during the third weekend in May, 15-17 2009. A national campaign for late night opening across the UK, it seeks to attract people into museums who do not usually visit, simply by staying open late or by creating special events. It will link up with the European-wide campaign of the same name (La Nuit des Musées - http://nuitdesmusees.culture.fr/ ), which takes place on Saturday 16 May 2009.

The UK equivalent, funded by the MLA and organised by Culture24 takes place over the weekend of Friday 15 May to Sunday 17 May 2009. This year the event is simple: open up your museum or heritage site, at night, and do whatever you want to do.

Many museums have already signed up including, The National Gallery in London and The Sainsbury Centre for Art in Norwich. Museums at Night 2009 will extend across the sector, from the big national museums to smaller, regional museums, which together will reveal the rich and vibrant nature of the UK museum sector.

For further information:

To access more information and download the media toolkit, press pack and publicity materials for Museums at Night visit the relevant 24 Hour Museum page

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TrebleCLEF Summer School on Multilingual Information Access

Santa Croce in Fossabanda, Pisa, Italy
15-19 June 2009

The aim of the Summer School is to give participants a grounding in the core topics that constitute the multidisciplinary area of Multilingual Information Access (MLIA). The School is intended for advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers plus academic and industrial researchers and system developers with backgrounds in Computer Science, Information Science, Language Technologies and related areas. The focus of the school will be on 'How to build effective multilingual information retrieval systems and how to evaluate them'.


The programme of the school will cover the following areas:

An optional student mentoring session where students can present and discuss with lecturers their research ideas will also be organised.

Accommodation and Registration

A maximum of 40 registrations will be accepted. Tuition fees are set at 200 Euros up to 30 April and 350 Euros after this date. Tuition fees cover all courses and lectures, course material, lunch and coffee breaks during the School, the Welcome Reception on the evening of Sunday 14 June, and the Social Dinner on Monday 15 June. Accommodation will be on the School site at Santa Croce in Fossabanda.

Financial Support for Students

A number of grants will be made available by TrebleCLEF and by the DELOS Association covering accommodation costs. Students wishing to receive a grant must submit a brief application (maximum 1 page) explaining why attendance at the school would be important for them. The application must be supported by a letter of reference from the student's advisor /supervisor or equivalent.

For further information:

Further details including the programme of lectures and information on how to register can be found at http://www.trebleclef.eu/summerschool.php or contact Carol Peters carol.peters@isti.cnr.it

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2nd International m-libraries Conference

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
23-24 June, 2009

This conference aims to explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users 'on the move' via a growing range of mobile and hand-held devices. The conference will bring together researchers, technical developers and library and educational practitioners to exchange experience and expertise in this dynamic service area.

The m-libraries Conference features more than 30 international speakers and social events for an early bird rate of $375 (Canadian dollars) if registered by 15 May 2009.

Featured speakers include:

22 June is an optional pre-conference workshop day, followed on 23-24 June by a full program of keynotes, sessions, activities and social events.

A number of accommodation choices are available on the UBC campus starting at $49 per night.

For further information:

Web site http://m-libraries2009.ubc.ca/ or contact Maeliosa Griffin at mlibraries.2009@ubc.ca

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Report on Preservation and Access for Scientific Data

The Interagency Working Group on Digital Data (IWGDD) of the National Science and Technology Council's(NSTC) Committee on Science has issued a report detailing a strategy to promote preservation of, and access to, digital scientific data. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was one of the agencies that participated in the development of this report. Kenneth Thibodeau and Robert Chadduck of the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) Program Management Office served as NARA's representatives to this group.

The report is entitled, Harnessing the Power of Digital Data for Science and Society.
It can be accessed at: http://www.nitrd.gov/about/Harnessing_Power_Web.pdf

[Received: February 2009]
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Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models

JISC has recently announced the availability of a report entitled Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models: Exploring the costs and benefits by John Houghton, Bruce Rasmussen and Peter Sheehan, Victoria University and Charles Oppenheim, Anne Morris, Claire Creaser, Helen Greenwood, Mark Summers and Adrian Gourlay, Loughborough University. Using an economic modelling approach, it makes a rather strong analysis of the benefits and value rather than simply costs.

For further information:

JISC Announcement
Brief details are also available in a Times Higher Education report.

[Received: January 2009]
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The Research Library's Role in Digital Repository Services

A new report is now available from the Association of Research Libraries that looks at what we have learned about the role of research libraries in Digital Repository Services, and provides an up-to-date perspective of the area in the broader context of developments in areas such as e-research. Entitled The Research Library's Role in Digital Repository Services this document constitutes the Final Report of the ARL Digital Repository Issues Task Force.

The report is available at: http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/repository-services-report.pdf

[Received: January 2009]
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Gap Analysis of Research Data Stewardship in Canada

The Research Data Strategy Working Group has completed a gap analysis of research data stewardship in Canada. Using the data lifecycle as a framework, the report examines Canada's current state versus an 'ideal state' based on existing international best practice across 10 indicators. The indicators include: policies, funding, roles and responsibilities, standards, data repositories, skills and training, accessibility, and preservation.

The analysis reveals significant barriers to the access and preservation of research data - barriers that could have a serious impact on the future of Canadian research and innovation if not addressed. For example, large amounts of data are being lost because of the woefully inadequate number of trusted data repositories in Canada.

Stewardship of Research Data in Canada: A Gap Analysis was prepared by Kathleen Shearer with input from the national RDS Working Group.

Available at:

Further information:

[Received: January 2009]
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Metadata Tools Report Released by DLF Aquifer

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) has announced the publication of Future Directions in Metadata Remediation for Metadata Aggregators, a report that identifies and evaluates tools that can be used to normalise and enhance metadata. Commissioned by DLF Aquifer, the report was written by Greta de Groat, electronic media cataloguer in the Metadata Development Unit of the Stanford University Libraries, and was supported by a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The report is available for download, free of charge, from the DLF Web site in early February 2009; print-on-demand copies will be sold on Amazon.com.

The report is available at: http://www.diglib.org/pubs/dlfpubs.htm

The Digital Library Federation, founded in 1995, is a partnership organisation of research libraries and related organizations that are pioneering the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services. Through its strategic and allied members, DLF provides leadership for libraries by identifying standards and 'best practices' for digital collections and network access; coordinating research and development in the libraries' use of technology; and incubating projects and services that libraries need but cannot develop individually.

Further information: More information about DLF is available at http://www.diglib.org/

[Received: February 2009]
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SURFshare Gives Researchers Active Role

Focus on users in projects for knowledge dissemination via the Web

Twelve innovation projects have been approved for the SURFshare Programme and will start at the end of January 2009. All of these projects have the same objective, namely to promote knowledge dissemination via the Internet. In this new round of projects, the SURFshare Programme allots an active role to researchers and 'lectors' (directors of research groups and knowledge networks in Universities of Applied Science): the main thing is not the infrastructure but the user. The grant from the SURFshare Programme comes to over € 630.000 on a total budget of € 1.220.000. The year-long innovation projects were submitted by institutions of Higher Education (HEIs).

There was a big response to the 2008 call for tenders, with HEIs submitting a total of 19 project proposals. One condition for receiving a grant is that a project must contribute to improving the Dutch knowledge infrastructure. In an internationally competitive knowledge economy, it is essential for the knowledge generated to find its way to researchers, educators, business and industry, and society in general.

With this new round of projects, the SURFshare Programme is taking a further step towards making research material available online, encouraging Web-based collaboration, and knowledge dissemination among 'Universities of Applied Sciences'. The projects will go a long way towards meeting the needs of users, i.e. scientists, scholars, and researchers, but also lectors. The previous call for tenders (2007) in the SURFshare Programme emphasised infrastructure. The new projects focus primarily on the user. The infrastructure is basically in place, and it is now up to users actually to make use of it.

Highly motivated and enthusiastic project teams will started work at the end of January 2009. Each project will do so in its own way, leading to a wide range of activities, including developing technical aids, carrying out research, improving existing experimental services, and ultimately presenting the final results to the SURFshare community and the Higher Education sector as a whole.

The twelve projects that have been awarded grants are:

Knowledge dissemination at Universities of Applied Sciences

Enriched publications



More information about these projects can be found at the SURF Foundation Web site.

[Received: January 2009]
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New Guidance and Insight from the UKSG

Latest chapters of The E-Resources Management Handbook

The UK Serials Group has recently published new chapters of The E-Resources Management Handbook, its open access guide to the issues and challenges facing those in the information community.

Two of the new chapters follow the book's original formula by providing analyses of specific areas of e-resource management. Louise Cole, Senior Information Advisor (Collections) at Kingston University gives up-to-date guidance for UK librarians relating to copyright in the digital age. Her chapter covers licences, digital rights management, sharing and adapting content, multimedia and open access. Jo Cross, Market Research Manager at Taylor & Francis, provides an introduction to impact factors that explains how they are calculated and what variables need to be considered when evaluating them.

An additional five new chapters take the form of interviews with thought leaders from the information community:

The interviews are designed to summarise the current state of scholarly communications while providing a broad range of insights into what the future may hold, from professionals with differing perspectives and comprehensive experience. They provide a milestone in the handbook's evolution, and a benchmark against which future developments in e-resource management can be measured.

The E-Resources Management Handbook now incorporates 21 chapters covering licensing, statistics, archiving, resource discovery, marketing and ERM systems among many other topics. As a "living" e-book, chapters are reviewed periodically and updated when necessary – but they are never removed, even when superceded, so that the book is an evolving record of the state of the field. It has been described as "essential reading for anyone involved in the management and use of electronic resources" by Charles Oppenheim, Professor of Information Science, Loughborough University.

Planned updates for 2009 include chapters on peer review, repositories, e-learning and the semantic web. Learn more, or sign up for new chapter alerts at

UKSG would like thank all its volunteer authors and interviewees for sharing their expertise.

[Received: February 2009]
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ARL Publishes First e-Only Bimonthly Report, Research Library Issues

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published its first e-only bimonthly report, Research Library Issues (RLI), which now sports a new look and title. The e-only format permits broad distribution of the articles and the introduction of new features, such as audio excerpts from speaker presentations. The focus of the publication continues to be on the major issues that affect the ability of research libraries to meet the academic and research needs of the diverse communities they serve.

The first issue of RLI, no. 262 (February 2009), features two ARL statements - on the university's role in the dissemination of research and scholarship, and on the global economic crisis - and an article by the University of Washington's Elisabeth Jones on 'Reinventing Science Librarianship: Themes from the ARL-CNI Forum.' In addition, ARL's Martha Kyrillidou writes on 'Redefining Serial Counts and Remaining Relevant in the 21st Century.'

RLI is a continuation of the publication ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research Library Issues from ARL, CNI, and SPARC. RLI continues the numbering of this serial with no. 262. Current and back issues of the publication are freely available as PDFs on the ARL Web site. The Web site is also where you may sign up for alerts of new releases of RLI and learn about submitting ideas for articles.

Further information:
Research Library Issues http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/

[Received: February 2009]
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