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JISC Digital Media Course: Introduction to Image Metadata

ILRT, 8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1HH
Wednesday 9 December 2009
Full-day course: 10.00 - 16.30


This course is designed specifically to help you consider how to effectively incorporate metadata into the fabric of your image collection, through explanation, discussion and practical activities.


Anyone new to describing and cataloguing images. Some previous knowledge of metadata will be useful but not essential.


  • Importance of metadata for image collections
  • Choosing appropriate standards for your collection
  • Metadata for different communities (e.g. museums, libraries, archives)
  • Metadata for different purposes (e.g. retrieval, administration, preservation)
  • Different types of metadata (e.g. categories, controlled vocabularies, subject classifications)
  • Introduction to storing image metadata (e.g. databases, image tagging, XML)
  • Introduction to some alternative approaches (e.g. content-based retrieval, user-created metadata, the Semantic Web)
  • Critical review of real world examples

The full calendar and booking form are available here:

For more information on any of these courses, or for other training enquiries regarding one-to-one training or in-house training please contact:

Dave Kilbey, Training Officer and Co-ordinator
JISC Digital Media - A JISC Advisory Service
Still images, moving images and sound advice
Free Helpdesk for UK Further and Higher Education:
Online advice documents:
Hands-on training:
Tel: 0117 3314332

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UkeiG Course: Licences and their Negotiation

The City Suite, Thistle City Hotel, Barbican, London, EC1V 8DS
24 September 2009, 9.30-16.30

Course Outline

This practical one day training event is designed to provide Information Professionals with an introduction to the licensing of electronic resources such as e books, e journals and abstracting and indexing services. This course has been designed to introduce the major components of such licences and why they are important, what are the issues that are likely to cause the greatest difficulty, and will introduce issues related to the fine art of negotiating.

The sessions will include

  • What is a licence and why are they used?
  • The main features of a licence
  • Clauses that are likely to cause problems
  • Negotiating styles
  • Negotiating skills

The session will include practical exercises to assess participants' negotiation style, and small group discussion of a sample licence

Who should attend?

This workshop will be of benefit to Information Professionals in any type of organisation that have to negotiate licences with suppliers of electronic information

Course Presenter

Charles Oppenheim is Emeritus Professor and former Head of the Department of Information Science, Loughborough University. Previous posts in academia and the electronic publishing industry include working for The City University, International Thomson, Pergamon and Reuters. Charles is the author of "The Legal and Regulatory Environment for Electronic Information" and is a well-known authority on copyright having written many articles on the subject. He has been a member of JISC and served on some of its committees since 1992. He is currently a member of the JISC Scholarly Publishing Working Group and of the HEFCE/UUK Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights. He is a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the European Commission.

To register your interest in this meeting, reserve a place, or request further details, please email Further details are also available via the UKeiG website at

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ALPSP Seminar: Plagiarism: detection and management

Royal College of Pathologists, 2 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1
Wednesday 30 September (10:00 - 16:40)

Chair: Harvey Marcovitch, Past Chair of COPE

Plagiarism has long been a problem for authors, readers and publishers and in an increasingly digital world, it has become far easier to find and appropriate the content of others. However, the same technology also makes it easier to spot cases of plagiarism by rapidly comparing sequences of text against large databases of existing published material. This seminar will explore the technologies available for detecting potential cases of plagiarism and their practical application to the publishing workflow. It will also cover the crucial issue of how cases are handled and what sort of action can be taken, both from the publisher's perspective and that of the university or research organisation. As well as text plagiarism, the seminar will also look at the related area of image falsification and its detection.

Who should attend: This seminar will be of interest primarily to Editorial and Production staff in both books and journals operations.



Registration, Tea and coffee


Introduction from the chair
Harvey Marcovitch, Past chair of COPE


The implications of plagiarism for the integrity of science and its outputs
David MacNamee, The Lancet


Problems encountered in using manipulation software
Virginia Barbour, PLoS Medicine

1135 Tea/coffee

Copy and Paste: Why do non-native users of English do it?
Speaker to be confirmed

1240 Lunch

Incorporating plagiarism detection software into copy flow systems
Richard Delahunty, Taylor and Francis


How editors should handle plagiarism - using COPE Flowcharts
Randell Stephenson, School of Geosciences, Aberdeen University

1500 Tea/coffee

How universities should handle plagiarism
Professor Bob Allison, University of Sussex


Legal aspects
Joss Saunders, Blake Lapthorn

1640 Closing remarks followed by a networking reception with wine and nibbles

For further information:
Or contact Diane French: or call +44 (0)1827 709188

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JISC Digital Media Course: Using Digital Media in VLEs

ILRT, 8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1HH
Wednesday 4 November 2009
Full-day course: 10.00 - 16.30


This one day workshop focuses on the effective use of digital media in presentations and online usage including the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). During the workshop attendees will discover how to improve the design of their presentation resources, know when and how digital media can be used to enhance learning materials and be able to successfully embed material in the VLE.


Anybody wanting to discover ways to improve the design of online materials and include multimedia resources within a VLE.


  • Use of digital media for teaching and learning
  • Designing better presentations using software such as PowerPoint
  • Designing for interaction
  • Effective use of audio and video resources for teaching and learning
  • Embedding media in your VLE or online environment
  • IPR issues

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ALPSP Seminar: Sustainable Publishing

Royal College of Pathologists, 2 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1
Wednesday 4 November 2009, London

Chair: Ashley Lodge, Corporate Responsibility & Publishing Consultant

There are many ways in which you can improve your sustainable publishing practices, from your office environment to printing and distributing the finished products and hosting them online. How do you make the change to 'green' publishing? Is it worth your while? How do you ensure that your costs do not escalate as a result? This seminar will look at the different aspects of sustainable publishing and will be an opportunity to exchange ideas with experts and colleagues on how to make the most of this important business decision and help to save the planet.

The seminar follows our very successful session on Green Publishing at the 2008 ALPSP Conference and the aim is to offer publishers and societies information and practical advice on what is involved in implementing a sustainable publishing policy.

The day will comprise a series of short, informative presentations with ample time for questions, concluding with a break out session when groups will be challenged to create their own environmental check list based on what has been discussed during the day.

Who should attend: publishers, managers, editors, managing editors, production managers, society officers and anyone involved in publishing with a concern for the environment.


0900-0930 Registration
0930-0945 Introduction and setting the scene
Ashley Lodge, Corporate Responsibility & Publishing Consultant
0945-1015 Sustainable publishing. Why do it? Where to start? The operational impact
Edward Milford, Chairman, Earthscan
1015-1045 How to do a green audit Toby Sawday, Business Development & Sustainability
Alistair Sawday Publishing
1045-1115 Coffee
1115-1145 The Supply Chain. Case study
Genny Early, Head of Purchasing and Distribution, Oxford Journals
1145-1215 How do you know if it is green?
Sophie Greenhalgh, Envirowise Regional Manager, London
1215-1230 Review and questions
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1400 Journal Publishing - print vs digital
Mark Gough, Environment and Health & Safety Coordinator, Reed Elsevier
1400-1430 Integrating 'greenness' into your business and getting your staff engaged
Ashley Lodge, Corporate Responsibility & Publishing Consultant
1430-1445 Short break
1445-1530 Your Environmental Tick List (break out groups)
1530 Close and networking reception

For further information:
or please contact Lesley Ogg
+44(0)1245 260571

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A UKeiG Course: Making 'Search' Work

The City Suite, Thistle City Hotel, Barbican, London, EC1V 8DS
10 November 2009, 9.30-16.30

Course Outline

Many organisations are finding that the search application on their Web site and intranet, or even a more comprehensive enterprise search, is not providing the expected benefits. Finding a solution to the problem is not easy as there are so many variables. Is the search engine unsuitable for the task, are expectations too high, or is the way that the search engine has been implemented not best practice?

The objective of this workshop is to help delegates analyse the nature of the problem that they are facing, and then to provide a range of solutions for consideration.

The main sections of the workshop will be

  • Diagnosing search problems
  • Understanding why and how people search
  • The impact of content quality on search performance
  • Google and SharePoint as search solutions
  • Overview of commercial and open-source search engines
  • Upgrade or replace – the options and issues
  • Staffing the search team
  • Developing a strategic plan for search

Who should attend?

Intranet and Web managers who already have implemented search, even at a basic level, and wish to gain an appreciation of how to either get more from the investment, or what is involved in upgrading or replacing the current application.

Course Presenter

The course will be presented by Martin White, Managing Director, Intranet Focus Ltd, who is the author of 'Making Search Work' and co-author of 'Successful Enterprise Search Management'.

To register your interest in this meeting, reserve a place, or request further details, please email Further details are also available via the UKeiG website at

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Rachel Heery Dies after Long Illness

It is with great sadness that we report that Rachel Heery, former Deputy Director of UKOLN, died on Friday 24 July, after a long-term illness. Rachel joined UKOLN in 1995, and led the R&D Team and later became Deputy Director until her retirement in 2007.

A Tribute from Her UKOLN Colleagues:

[Source: UKOLN]

[Received: July 2009]
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Keynote Speakers Challenge Librarians at Internet Librarian International 2009

Librarians are on the front line of today's struggles with privacy and intellectual property, while technology, politics and social issues intersect at the library.

This year's keynote speakers at Internet Librarian International have some provocative views on where libraries – and librarians – are headed. Cory Doctorow, technology activist, journalist, and science fiction author, and Cambridge academic Peter Murray-Rust look set to challenge the audience with their hard-hitting, iconclastic views.

In addition to being an award-winning science-fiction writer and Guardian columnist, Cory Doctorow is well known as a campaigner on liberty, privacy rights and access; he talks and writes frequently on the future of copyright and the media. Doctorow doesn't predict much of a future for either: 'I see annihilation ahead for copyright and the entertainment industry in their present form,' he says. But on the positive side, he does predict that they will reform into 'something smaller and nimbler.' Doctorow encourages librarians to get involved with online activism: "the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom and IFLA have been kicking ass and taking names for years now, especially at the World Intellectual Property Organization; they need active support from librarians". For library patrons, Doctorow thinks that the top issues are "net-nannies that spy on their clickstreams and DRM that spy on their reading."

Dr Peter Murray-Rust is a Cambridge professor of chemistry, a proponent of Open Source and a library observer. He is concerned that libraries – and particularly academic libraries used for scientific research – will soon become obsolete as researchers bypass both library collections and libraries in favour of the Internet. 'There is a need for purchasing which should be done nationally by specialists,' says Murray-Rust, 'but most of the rest will be web-based.' On the other hand, he sees 'limitless' opportunity in the development of the semantic web, where innovations to watch include Google Wave, a communication and collaboration tool which is 'interactive, pervasive, communal, universal and Open' and 'computational knowledge engine' Wolfram Alpha: 'a dark horse that goes beyond OWL-based reasoning.' Both keynotes promise to be hard-hitting, challenging, radical and thought-provoking, and essential listening for information professionals as the libraries of the future emerge from the libraries of today.

Internet Librarian International takes place at Novotel London West in London on 15 & 16 October 2009 with pre-conference workshops on 14 October.

Further information:

Novotel London West, London
15 - 16 October 2009 – pre-conference workshops 14 October

The full conference programme can be viewed at:

and details of 40% discounts for colleagues are available at

or contact the organisers:
Information Today
Tel: +44 (0)1865 327813

[Source: Information Today]

[Received: July 2009]
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Koninklijke Bibliotheek Completes National Bibliography

Prestigious Short-Title Catalogue Netherlands (STCN) Project completed after 27 years.

The largest and longest-running project in the history of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek is virtually complete. The 'Short-Title Catalogue Netherlands' (STCN), which was completed in July 2009, gives an overview of all books printed in the Netherlands between 1540 and 1801 and of those published abroad in Dutch. This milestone marks the completion of the National Bibliography from the beginning of the printing age up to the present day.

The STCN was compiled from the collections of almost 25 libraries and archives in the Netherlands and abroad. Among these were the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) and the university libraries of Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, the Free University, Groningen and Nijmegen, as well as the British Library, the provincial libraries of Friesland and Zeeland, the municipal libraries of Haarlem, Rotterdam and Deventer and the collections of the Netherlands Music Institute and the Meermanno Museum.

In addition to numerous scientific publications, the bibliography comprises many books for 'the man in the street', such as travel stories, political pamphlets and almanacs. Four different bibliographies had already been compiled for the periods before 1540 and after 1800, but the publications from the period 1540-1800 have now been brought together in one database for the first time. More than 200,000 different titles came onto the market during this flourishing period of Dutch books. Around 500,000 copies are listed in the STCN. The five different bibliographies will be accessible via one portal within two years.

The STCN is pre-eminently suitable as a scholarly research instrument. The database provides several more search functions than an ordinary library catalogue. The user can search for author's names and title words as well as year, place of publication, language, printer, publisher, key words, and even illustrations, musical notation and typeface. Moreover, the STCN will be the starting point for large-scale digitisation projects of the KB and other libraries.

[Source: Koninklijke Bibliotheek]

[Received: July 2009]
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JumpBox Delivers 2-minute Install of the DSpace Open Source Repository Software

JumpBox, publisher of virtual appliances that provide the means to trial, develop, and deploy Open Source applications, recently announced the availability of the JumpBox for DSpace. This addition marks the fiftieth JumpBox in its growing catalogue of time-saving virtual appliances for Open Source software.

DSpace is an open source application that enables organisations to manage, share and preserve their research output. The software is primarily used by academia and cultural heritage institutions that want to share their research output and ensure the content persists over time. The DSpace application was created through a collaboration between MIT and HP Labs, and is now used by over 500 organisations around the world. DSpace supports all forms of digital media including, images, audio, movies, text and other rich media.

'We know of many organizations that would like to get started with DSpace but do not have the technical support or know how', says Michele Kimpton, Executive Director of the DSpace Foundation. 'JumpBox allows them to deploy DSpace in a self-contained fashion in minutes minimizing the effort necessary to get up and running. This translates to a simplified evaluation process for schools and reduced installation cost and headache.'

'Consistent with our goal of helping people be more productive with Open Source software, we're thrilled to be able to make this JumpBox available as a free resource for the DSpace community and to support the DSpace project and its principles.' says Kimbro Staken, CEO of JumpBox Inc.

The JumpBox for DSpace runs under virtualisation on every major operating system and is available for immediate download via the DSpace Web site:

[Source: JumpBox/DSpace]

[Received: June 2009]
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Final Digital Britain Report Now Available

The final Digital Britain Report was published on 16 June 2009 and the text and other information about the Report can be found on:

Victoria Coker, Senior Policy Advisor on the Digital Britain Report at the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform expressed her gratitude to all stakeholders for the input they provided on Digital Britain issues which had helped to shape the final Report.

[Source: Dept. for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform]

[Received: June 2009]
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Understanding the Next-Gen User

An archived version of the Library Journal webcast "Understanding the Next-Gen User" is now available. The event was held on 4 June 2009 and featured Joan Lippincott, CNI Associate Executive Director, as a speaker:

Webcast: Returning the Researcher to the Library: Understanding the Next Gen user

[Source: Coalition for Networked Information]

[Received: June 2009]
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Clifford Lynch: Revisiting Institutional Repositories

A video of Clifford Lynch's breakout session "Revisiting Institutional Repositories," from the CNI 2009 Spring Task Force Meeting in April, is now available for streaming or downloading:

CNI expects to provide videos of selected presentations from future meetings and would welcome your comments and feedback on their usefulness to you and your institution.

[Source: Coalition for Networked Information]

[Received: July 2009]
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