Information Law for Information Professionals:
What you need to know about Copyright, Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Accessibility and Disability Discrimination Laws
CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE
19 February 2008, 9.30-16.30
In particular, four key legal areas currently affect the work of many information professionals in the digital environment - copyright, data protection, freedom of information, and disability discrimination and accessibility. This one-day introductory course will chart a path through the complexities of these subjects. Each area will be succinctly overviewed and the key aspects of the legal regime and requirements in each area will be outlined and explained. Delegates will be taken step-by-step through the fundamentals of each area. An understanding of each topic will be illuminated by real-life examples or scenarios explaining the application of the laws in a wide range of contexts. The day will also highlight the inter-relationships between each of these important areas of information law. There will be opportunities for discussion and exchanges of experience. The day will close with a presentation on how to manage legal compliance actively in these areas in an institutional or organisational context.
The sessions will include:
The course is relevant to anyone involved with the legal issues relating to the creation, storage, accessing, publishing or use of information. Anyone working with information, especially digital information, or who needs a sound grasp of the foundations of each of these areas will benefit from the Course. Those with responsibility for managing one or more of these areas in their organisation and who need a sound grounding in each of them will also benefit.
Laurence Bebbington is Law Librarian and Information Services Copyright Officer at the University of Nottingham. He is a former Vice Chair of UKOLUG. He has presented papers or taken seminars on various aspects of legal issues in information work. He has published various articles and papers and is a joint editor (with C.J. Armstrong) and contributor to the 2nd edition of Staying Legal: A Guide To Issues And Practice Affecting the Library, Information and Publishing Sectors, FACET (2003).
February - April 2008
TASI (Technical Advisory Service for Images) has announced dates and details of its workshops for mid-February to April 2008:
Beyond Google: Strategies for Finding Images Online, 15 February 2008
Introduction to Image Metadata, 22 February 2008 or 10 April 2008
Photoshop - Level 1, 28 February 2008
Photoshop - Level 2, 29 February 2008
Photoshop - Level 3, 15 April 2008
Colour Management, 5 March 2008
Protecting your Images: Using Technology to Manage Rights in Digital Images, 6 March 2008
Rights and Responsibilities: Copyright and Digital Images, 14 March 2008
Image Optimisation - Correcting and Preparing Images, 28 March 2008
Digital Photography - Level 1, 1 April 2008
Digital Photography - Level 2, 2 April 2008
Image Capture - Level 3, 8 April 2008
Building a Departmental Image Collection, 25 April 2008
Full details of these and all TASI workshops are available from the Training page http://www.tasi.ac.uk/training/training.html
It is possible to subscribe to TASI's Forthcoming Workshops RSS feed http://www.tasi.ac.uk/rss.html
TASI offers a free helpdesk for your image related enquiries: http://www.tasi.ac.uk/helpdesk.html
First Forum Workshop
19-20 March 2008, Manchester
This new forum, created by the Digital Curation Centre in partnership with the Research Information Network, will hold its first workshop in Manchester on 19-20 March 2008. Themes to be explored are: the future shape of the research data management community; and the provision of appropriate skills and effort for data curation. A briefing paper that explains the rationale of the forum is available.
Intending delegates should e-mail the UKOLN Events Team placing 'DATA FORUM' in the subject line.
The Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
13 March, 2008: 9.30 - 16.30
In this increasingly visual age, subject librarians and information specialists are frequently required to source images in a wide variety of formats, advise on their use and organise their retention as part of their day-to-day jobs, but often with little or no specialist experience or training. This workshop aims to help the non-specialist navigate successfully across this unfamiliar territory, pointing out useful shortcuts and pitfalls to avoid, and showcasing examples of good practice that can help inspire us in the use of a wide spectrum of information resources ranging from historic manuscripts to genomic databanks. Achieving holistic management of such diverse resources to allow easy correlation of their information content is challenging, especially for small information units and 'one-man-bands'. Developing technologies may offer new opportunities but can themselves produce new demands in devising effective strategies for their use. This workshop is an opportunity to share experiences and float ideas in areas where there are as yet few 'right answers'!
The workshop will comprise a mix of presentations and group discussion. Topics are expected to range over:
Anyone whose work involves the use of images will benefit from this meeting, from any sector - university, college, government, NHS, charity, learned society, commercial etc. We hope for a good mix as we all have much to learn from each other!
A panel of speakers will be chaired by Roger Mills, Bio- and Environmental Sciences Librarian, Oxford University Library Services. Roger is currently President of EBHL (European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries) and co-ordinator of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organisations) Unit 6.03.00 Information Services and Knowledge Organisation. He is co-author of The New Walford: Volume 1: Science Technology and Medicine, Facet, 2005, as subject specialist for Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food.
The panel will include:
Dr David Shotton, Oxford e-Research Centre and Dept of Zoology, University
Michael Popham, Head of the Oxford Digital Library, Oxford University Library Services
Further details of the speakers and programme will be announced on http://www.ukeig.org.uk/training/ as available.
Costs (including lunch and refreshments):
UKeiG members £130 + VAT (£152.75); others £160 + VAT (£188.00)
Kings College London, Guy's Campus, London Bridge, London
19 March 2008, 9.30 - 16.30
Getting to grips with Web 2.0 is not an easy task, since it's difficult to even find a standard definition to use! You can be forgiven for doubting that it even exists in fact, or if it does, will it really make any kind of difference to what you do as an information professional, and how you serve the different client groups that you have.
Rather than spend a lot of time wondering and worrying about the theoretical aspects perhaps the best way to view the use of Web 2.0 is to consider practical aspects - what exactly can information professionals do with these tools?
A session to ground the concept of Web 2.0 in terms of practicalities.
How to use a variety of different tools, both in order to save you time and effort in your daily work, but also how to use them to help clients. Some of the tools covered will be start pages, building your own search engines, creating Web sites without technical knowledge, using community knowledge with social networking tools, and keeping colleagues up to date with weblogs and bookmarking tools.
The course will have a strong practical element, and delegates will go away having created tools that they will then be able to pick up when back and work and start to use.
Information professionals who are involved in current awareness services, selective dissemination of information, those who need to research subject areas and keep up to speed on them and professionals who offer quick reference services. In fact, anyone who wants to save time and work more effectively! A technical background or knowledge is certainly not required or needed. Delegates should have access to personal email accounts such as Hotmail or Gmail since they will need to register with various tools before using them.
Please note: Places on this course are strictly limited because of access to PCs so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Phil Bradley is well known as a librarian and Internet consultant who has close ties with both CILIP and UKeiG. Phil is closely involved with developments in Web 2.0 technologies and his book How to Use Web 2.0 in Your Library has recently been published by Facet Publishing.
To register your interest in this meeting, reserve a place, or request further details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details are also available at http://www.ukeig.org.uk/training/2008/March/Web2.html
Costs (including lunch and refreshments):
UKeiG members £150 + VAT (£176.25); others £180 + VAT (£211.50)
14 March 2008
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will host a forum on Digital Preservation: Planning Today for Tomorrow's Resources to be held 14 March 2008 in Washington, DC, USA.
With the increasing number of digital objects, both those born digital and those that have been converted to digital formats to enhance access, delivery, and creative use of library collections, the need to focus on how these digital objects themselves will be preserved is paramount.
Good business practices require attention to interoperability with various systems and platforms, a focus on accessibility, and use of and attention to formats that will allow for extensibility and flexibility. By creating well-formed content at the outset and by paying attention to digital preservation issues as part of the collection management plan, we can better ensure the longevity of these collections.
The keynote speaker will be Evan Owens, Chief Technology Officer for Portico, a not-for-profit service that provides a permanent archive of scholarly literature. Other confirmed speakers include Lucy Nowell (National Science Foundation), Tom Clareson (PALINET), Martin Kalfatovic (Smithsonian Institution Libraries), and Deborah Thomas and David Brunton (National Digital Newspaper Program, Library of Congress).
Registration is now open http://www.niso.org/news/events_workshops/digpres08/registration.cfm
The early bird discount closes 25 February 2008. NISO members are eligible for substantial discounts.
Visit the event Web page http://www.niso.org/news/events_workshops/digpres08/ for more information or contact Karen Wetzel, NISO Standards Program Manager, at email@example.com.
7 April 2008
British Library Conference Centre, London
Significant properties are essential characteristics of a digital object which must be preserved over time for the digital object to remain accessible and meaningful. Proper understanding of the significant properties of digital objects is critical to establish best practices and helps answer the fundamental question related to digital preservation: what to preserve?
The importance of significant properties has been highlighted by a number of notable digital preservation initiatives in recent years. These include a range of projects funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the European Union, in which work has been undertaken to investigate the factors affecting decisions on significant properties, to establish generic models for determining them, to develop tools and services for describing and extracting them, or simply to understand complex digital object types, using the concept of significant properties as a starting point.
JISC, the British Library and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are organising a joint workshop on 7 April 2008 at the British Library Conference Centre, London. The intention is to bring together the relevant projects and report on progress to date. It is also hoped that the workshop will lead to collective recommendations for future areas of research and development. The workshop should in addition further our understanding of and provide insight into a number of specific types of digital objects, including documents, images, software, scientific data, government records and e-learning objects.
Repository managers, librarians, archivists, information management specialists, software vendors, service providers.
Full details of the programme and registration will be announced shortly on: http://www.dpconline.org/graphics/events/080407workshop.html
1 - 4 April 2008
Repositories play a pivotal role in the evolving scholarly information environment of open access research outputs and scholarly collections. With its theme of "Practice and Innovation", OR08 will create an opportunity for practitioners and researchers to share experiences and to explore the challenges of the new scholarly communication.
The conference will be hosted by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, which has a 20 year history of research into hypertext, multimedia, digital libraries and open access, spawning products like the Microcosm open hypertext system and the EPrints repository platform.
During the four-day conference, Open Repositories 2008 will provide focused workshops and tutorials, followed by general conference sessions that cover cross-cutting and overarching issues and EPrints/DSPace and Fedora user group meetings.
The conference programme will cover the following themes:
Registration & Accommodation:
INFORUM 2008: The 14th INFORUM Conference on Professional Information Resources
28-30 May 2008
Prague (Czech Republic)
Ralph Catts, Patrick Danowski, James McGinty and Debbi Boden are guest speakers this year.
The official conference languages are Czech and English (simultaneous translations will be provided).
If you are interested in taking part in the conference, either as a speaker or as a participant, you can find detailed information at the INFORUM 2008 Web site http://www.inforum.cz/en/(which includes main conference topics, paper submission form, etc.). Papers are now being invited for inclusion in the INFORUM 2008 programme.
The delegate's registration forms will be available along with the preliminary conference programme by the beginning of March 2008.
Andrea Kutnarova (INFORUM co-ordinator)
Albertina icome Praha s.r.o.
110 00 Praha 1
tel.: +420-2-2223 1212
fax: +420-2-2223 1313
"Metadata for Semantic and Social Applications"
22-26 September 2008
The annual Dublin Core conferences bring together leading metadata researchers and professionals from around the world. DC-2008 in Berlin will be the eighth in a series of conferences held previously in Tokyo, Florence, Seattle, Shanghai, Madrid, Manzanillo, and Singapore. The conference is organized jointly by the Competence Centre for Interoperable Metadata (KIM), Max Planck Digital Library, Goettingen State and University Library, the German National Library, Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin, and Dublin Core Metadata Initiative with sponsorship from Wikimedia Deutschland.
DC-2008 will focus on metadata challenges, solutions, and innovation in initiatives and activities underlying semantic and social applications. Metadata is part of the fabric of social computing, which includes the use of wikis, blogs, and tagging for collaboration and participation. Metadata also underlies the development of semantic applications, and the Semantic Web -- the representation and integration of multimedia knowledge structures on the basis of semantic models. These two trends flow together in applications such as Wikipedia, where authors collectively create structured information that can be extracted and used to enhance access to and use of information sources.
DC-2008 will explore conceptual and practical issues in the development and deployment of semantic and social applications to meet the needs of specific communities of practice.
Papers, reports, and poster submissions are welcome on a wide range of metadata topics, such as:
All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the International Programme Committee and published in the conference proceedings.
Authors wishing to submit papers, reports, or poster proposals may do so through the DCMI Peer Review System at http://www.dcmipubs.org/ojs/index.php/pubs/
Author registration and links to the submission process appear under the "Information for Authors" link.
Papers/reports/posters submission: 30 March 2008
Acceptance notification: 15 May 2008
Camera-ready copy due: 15 June 2008
9-11 September 2008, Leeds, England
Proposals should address up to three of the conference dimensions: global or local; institutional or individual; pedagogy or technology; access or exclusion; open or proprietary; private or public; for the learner or by the learner.
For more detail on these, see: http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2008/papers.html
The online submission system for ALT-C 2008 is now open at: https://alt.conference-services.net/
Prior to submitting please read the Guidelines for Research Papers and for Abstracts - http://www.alt.ac.uk/guidelines_papers.html and download the Research Paper Template if you intend to to submit a research paper.
Some projects or teams will have more to report in September 2008 than they can summarise in an abstract written in February 2008. To take account of this, the Co-Chairs of the Conference Committee emphasise that: "in judging proposals, ALT Reviewers will take an understanding attitude regarding proposals referring to or reporting on work taking place between now and the date of the conference".
Submissions open 14 December 2007
Submissions close 29 February 2008
Presenters' registration deadline: 6 June 2008
Early bird registration deadline: 30 June 2008
Registrations close: 15 August 2008
For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities got to:
or contact Hayley Willis, Events Administrator:
Research data are an increasingly important and expensive output of the scholarly research process, across all disciplines. They are an essential part of the evidence necessary to evaluate research results, and to reconstruct the events and processes leading to them. Their value increases as they are aggregated into collections and as they become more available for re-use to address new and challenging research questions. But we shall realise the value of data only if we move beyond research policies, practices and support systems developed in a different era. We need new approaches to managing and providing access to research data.
In order to address these issues, the Research Information Network (RIN) has set out a framework of key principles and guidelines which is founded on the fundamental policy objective that ideas and knowledge, including data, derived from publicly funded research should be made available for public use, interrogation, and scrutiny, as widely, rapidly and effectively as practicable. The framework, which was the subject of a consultation during 2007, was published in January 2008.
It is structured around five broad principles which provide a guide to the development of policy and practice for a range of key players: universities, research institutions, libraries and other information providers, publishers, and research funders as well as researchers themselves. Each of these principles serves as a basis for a series of questions that serves a practical purpose by pointing to how the various players might address the challenges of effective data stewardship.
The principles relate to:
In seeking to develop the framework further, all parties need to work collaboratively and to ensure that it is sensitive to the needs of researchers and the different contexts in which they work. All parties must also take account of relevant technical and policy-making developments in the UK and overseas.
Full and summary versions of the framework, along with a list of relevant current initiatives and developments, can be found at: http://www.rin.ac.uk/data-principles/
[Received: January 2008]
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As part of the Their Past Your Future 2 Programme, Imperial War Museum is running InSite, which gives teachers and museum, library and archive educators an expenses-paid opportunity to visit Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary in 2008. Visits include access to historical sites, museum collections, eyewitnesses, museum directors, historians and other educators. The visits will inspire, excite, and provide fresh teaching and learning ideas. It is a free and truly innovative career and professional development opportunity.
For more information see: http://www.theirpast-yourfuture.org.uk/InSite
Their Past Your Future 2 (TPYF2) is the second phase of a successful programme that runs to the end of 2009. It is led by a partnership of the MLA, Imperial War Museum, Scottish Museums Council, Northern Ireland Museums Council, and The National Library of Wales. It is supported by the Big Lottery Fund. All partners will be focussing on the impact of conflict within their own specific programmes. MLA is running a three-year grant programme. Its second year will open at the end of February (dates to be announced).
[Received: January 2008]
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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has awarded $18,000 to the Digital Library Federation (DLF) to study methods for enhancing access to cultural heritage materials. The assessment will be done within DLF Aquifer, a Digital Library Federation initiative focused on making digital content - especially cultural heritage materials pertinent to American culture and life - easier for scholars to find and use. The grant will enable a metadata librarian and a library school intern to identify tools that could be used to improve metadata for digital material that is difficult to find and use.
"DLF appreciates The Delmas Foundation support for this key activity," DLF President Carol Mandel said. "Results of this assessment will benefit the entire cultural heritage community."
DLF Aquifer has developed a set of implementation guidelines designed to make metadata more effective in aggregations. To assist libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage organisations in meeting the guidelines, DLF Aquifer proposes to offer a range of mapping and remediation services. Although a number of discrete prototypes such as date normalisation and topical clustering tools have been developed, these tools are not yet robust enough to be used in production for reliable results. DLF proposes to conduct an inventory of existing tools and examine the feasibility of developing them into production services.
The Digital Library Federation, founded in 1995, is a partnership organisation of research libraries and related organisations 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 practice for digital collections and network access; co-ordinating research and development in the libraries' use of technology; and incubating projects and services that libraries need but cannot develop individually.
More information about DLF is available at http://www.diglib.org/
[Received: February 2008]
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A statement defining what young people should be entitled to in their local library has been launched this week. The statement is part of the wider agenda to ensure children and young people, both through schools and other institutions such as libraries, have increasing access to cultural services and learning opportunities.
Launching the offer at a conference at Local Government House, MLA Director of Policy Sue Wilkinson said: "This is a short, simple, but very significant statement designed to help all councils ensure that the local library is a free, safe and welcoming space where young people can meet and access relevant and up-to-date books and other information."
Young people should expect from their library:
Miranda McKearney, Director of the Reading Agency, said: "Libraries are changing fast; becoming the place of choice for more young people! They have a key role to play in helping local authorities achieve their ambitions for and with young people. The new offer articulates the richness of what libraries can do for young people, and the need to involve young people in shaping future services."
The offer has been developed as a result of consultation with young people from across the country about what they want and expect their local library to provide. It follows on from the national libraries change programme Fulfilling their Potential, which has inspired innovative partnership projects with young people, including the HeadSpace(tm) Big Lottery project.
The statement has been developed by the National Youth Libraries Board, a partnership chaired by the MLA and managed by the Reading Agency. Other members include government departments, the Society of Chief Librarians, the LGA, the National Youth Agency and other national bodies.
[Received: February 2008]
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On 16 and 17 January 2008, DRIVER II successfully carried out its first Summit in Goettingen, Germany. Approximately 100 invited representatives from the European Community, including representatives of the European Commission, over 20 spokespersons of European repository initiatives as well as experts in different repository related fields from Europe, the U.S., Canada and South Africa came together to discuss their experiences and concrete actions with respect to the further building of cross-national repository infrastructures.
The first DRIVER Summit was a successful milestone on the way to building a professional, active repository community. Over the course of 2008, DRIVER II will invite various stakeholders to support DRIVER in an advisory capacity and to prepare the building of a Confederation, by exploring models of and potential liaisons with, existing organisations and initiatives (like SPARC, LIBER, the European Digital Library, Alliance for Permanent Access, etc.).
On behalf of the DRIVER II Consortium, Dr Norbert Lossau, Scientific Coordinator, has prepared a brief report on the Summit, available on the DRIVER Web site and at the following location: http://www.driver-support.eu/multi/news.php
The EC-funded DRIVER II Project aims to enhance repository development worldwide. Its main objective is to build a virtual, European-scale network of existing institutional repositories using technology that will manage the physically distributed repositories as one large-scale virtual content source. For further information please go to the central entry point of the DRIVER initiative: http://www.driver-community.eu/
[Source: DRIVER II]
[Received: January 2008]
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The final report of the Library of Congress Task Force on the Future of Bibliographic Control is now available at:
This report discusses future directions for cataloguing and related bibliographic control activities such as authority control both in terms of proposed actions by the US Library of Congress and by the broader library community.
Background information on the Task Force can be found at:
This information was supplied by Clifford Lynch, Director, CNI, who points out that he served as a member of the Task Force.
[Received: January 2008]
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As recent events in the political world have shown, all of us are affected by how organisations manage our identity, and all of us need to become aware of the importance of sound identity management. This is as true in education and research as it is in everyday life.
Following two 12-month projects to investigate identity management in Higher Education and the levels of assurance needed to prove an individual's identity, JISC has just published two reports which both provide important findings on Higher Education's current practice and approaches to identity management.
The Identity Project report reviews how identity is being addressed across UK Higher Education and, in more detail, at 10 representative institutions. Identifying the need for greater understanding of some of the key issues involved in identity management, it also calls for improved documentation and standards, greater awareness and training amongst staff and the introduction of regular audits to ensure implementation of appropriate measures across the institution.
Levels of assurance (LoAs) are about how much proof is needed of an individual's identity to access online resources; whether via a simple user name and password or a more complex system of biometrics and tokens. The JISC report on levels of assurance looks at how LoAs can be defined, agreed and then applied to different resources.
For more information: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/publications/einfrastructurefinalreport
Among the findings of this report is that 70% of respondents think that more valuable or sensitive resources should be protected by a stronger form of user identification and authentication than they currently have. Furthermore, almost all respondents (92%) were willing to respect national or international standards in this area, underlining the importance of national approaches and the interoperability of standards.
James Farnhill, JISC Programme Manager, said, 'Identity is becoming increasingly important in society, meaning that students and staff in Further and Higher Education are starting to ask what their institution is doing to manage their identities. This means that all systems, including those in functions not normally associated with identity such as Human Resources [Personnel] and Finance, are going to have to face the new challenges being posed by identity. JISC is addressing identity management in a number of ways, including the commissioning and publication of these important reports, in order to help institutions offer enhanced services to their staff and students in a safe environment.'
For further information, please go to:
[Received: December 2007]
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