Tuesday 7 February 2006 - Cambridge, UK
EU research projects share lots of information and involve joint working amongst organisations from many different countries. There are many software tools which can support them, from shared workspaces to resource planning and reporting tools, from electronic meetings to web content management. But which tools are effective for EU research projects? Management tools for coordinating a construction project are rarely suitable for the more uncertain world of research.
At this seminar, project coordinators and participants in EU research projects will explain how they use these tools for a range of functions and what gave their consortia the greatest benefits. Topics will include:
For more information: http://www.singleimage.co.uk/Workshops/schedule.html
15-17 February 2006
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Registration still possible
Registration is still possible for Code4lib 2006. Code4lib 2006 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format. It is an important event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software.
More information on the conference, including the schedule, more detailed logistics information and the online registration form can be found at the conference Web site:
Universty of Bristol - February-April 2006
The Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI - a JISC Service) is very pleased to announce the dates and details for its workshops in early 2006.
*Advanced Photoshop Techniques
Thursday 16th February 2006
*Building a Departmental Image Collection
Friday 24th February 2006
*Introduction to Photoshop
Thursday 2nd March 2006
*Improve your Photoshop Skills
Friday 3rd March 2006
*Introduction to Image Metadata
Friday 10th March 2006
*Image Capture - Advanced
Thursday 16th March 2006
*Digital Rights Management - Practical Approaches to Securing and Protecting Copyright
Friday 7th April 2006
*Image Capture - Beginners
Thursday 20th April 2006
*Image Capture - Intermediate
Friday 21st April 2006
*Getting the Best from a Digital Camera
Thursday 27th April 2006
Full details and a booking form are available on the Training page: http://www.tasi.ac.uk/training/
All these workshops will be held at the Universty of Bristol. In addition to its training, TASI provides many resources on its Web site and a free helpdesk service for those within FE/HE: http://www.tasi.ac.uk/helpdesk.html
Grant Young, TASI Technical Research Officer
University of Warwick - Friday 24 February 2006
Bookings are now open for this workshop.
This workshop, which is being organised by UKOLN, UCISA and CETIS, will seek to address the challenges being faced by institutions in the move to use of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to development which underpins the JISC development activities (as part of the JISC E-Framework), together with the exploitation of new technologies (including technologies which are sometimes referred to as Web 2.0, mobile devices, etc).
The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to hear more about the JISC E-Framework and a case study of involvement in E-Framework development, together with a case study of how innovative technologies are being used within institutions and the challenges such approaches may place on existing approaches to service provision and support. The workshop will seek to development a framework which will aim to ensure that potentially disruptive technologies can successfully be absorbed into production services.
Further information, including online booking, is available at:
International Convention Centre, Birmingham - Tuesday 14 March 2006
This year's JISC Conference programme will be built on the theme of Supporting Education and Research. We are pleased to announce that Dr Liz Beaty, Director of Learning and Teaching, HEFCE and Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information will be the conference keynote speakers. The conference will reflect the breadth of JISC activities in providing guidance, advice and opportunities for the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education and research.
This one-day event will be of interest to all those in post-16 and Higher Education and research involved in planning for and supporting the use of ICT, including:
Delegates will be given opportunities to learn about the full range of JISC's work by participating in seminars, debates, workshops and demonstrations. In the exhibition area, a range of JISC services as well as corporate companies, agencies and associations will be able to provide advice and guidance on a range of support and resources available to delegates' institutions.
For all booking enquiries, please contact
Sally-Ann Rymer on 01454 413 100 or email email@example.com.
Regent's College, London - Friday 17 March 2006
This one day conference is organised by Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) as part of ESRC Social Science Week. The conference brings together a range of natural and social science research communities to discuss data sharing policies and initiatives.
Speakers from the Research Councils and successful online data access services will provide an insight into achievements and opportunities. ESDS will be launching its range of best practice guides on key aspects of sharing and management prepared for the Medical Research Council (MRC) and for the large scale cross-council Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.
Further details including programme and booking:
Star Hotel, Lund, Sweden - 21-22 April 2006 http://www.ecspbiomed.net/
As the publishing environment encounters new challenges in the Open Access model, researchers are faced with gaining an understanding of the opportunities as well as threats offered by this novel paradigm. The conference will gather the most authoritative opinions on these issues and offers you the opportunity to participate in lectures and educational workshops in various areas related to authors publishing.
The principal aim of the conference is to broaden researchers understanding and knowledge of the rapid changes in the scientific communication and publishing area and its possible implications on the research community.
Highlights from the programme:
Dr. Eugene Garfield, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Institute for Scientific Information / Thomson Scientific, will give a lecture on the topic "Identifying Nobel Class Scientists and the Vagaries of Research Assessment".
Dr. Stevan Harnad, Southampton University UK, will give a lecture on Extending Institutional "Publish or Perish" Policies and Incentives to "Provide Open Access to Publications".
Dr. Jean-Claude Guédon from Montreal University will give a lecture on the topic "Open access in the bio-medical fields: why it is important for researchers, practising physicians and patients".
Jan Velterop from Springer Verlag will talk about "Open Access: the Choice Is Yours".
Dr. Sara Schroter & Trish Groves, BMJ Training UK, will give a workshop on peer-review.
Practical use of the Impact Factor and Citation Analysis using ISI Web of Knowledge, will be presented by Simon M Pratt, Thomson Scientific.
Information Society Project
Yale Law School, New Haven, USA - 21-23 April 2006
The goal of this landmark conference is to bring together leading thinkers and activists on access to knowledge policy from North and South to generate concrete research agendas and policy solutions for the next decade. This conference will be among the first to synthesize the multifaceted and interdisciplinary aspects of access to knowledge, ranging from textbooks and telecommunications access to software and medicines.
Star Hotel, Lund, Sweden - 24-25 April 2006
Following up the success of the First and Second Nordic Conferences on Scholarly Communication, Lund University Libraries are proud to announce the Third Nordic Conference. The theme of the 2004 conference was "Towards a new publishing environment".
In order to discuss, present and analyse the problems and challenges that arise within scholarly communication Lund University Libraries invite scholars, publishers, vendors, editors, librarians and other interested parties to the Third Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication 24 - 25 April 2006. The conference takes place every second year and aims to be an important contribution to the discussion and to the development within the Nordic countries.
Please note that there is no call for papers for this conference.
Open Access Infrastructure
Future Financing of Scholarly Publishing
Intellectual Property Rights
Bo-Christer Björk, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland
Eugene Garfield, Founder & Chairman Emeritus Institute for Scientific Information - now Thomson Scientific, Philadelphia, USA
Jean-Claude Guedon, University of Montreal, Canada
Derk Haank, Springer Science+Business Media, Berlin, Germany
Mathias Klang, Creative Commons, University of Göteborg, Sweden
Mark McCabe, School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Mark Patterson, Public Library of Science, PLoS, UK
Alma Swan, Key Perspectives Ltd, UK
John Wilbanks, Science Commons, Cambridge, MA, USA
Astrid Wissenburg, Economic and Social Research Council/Research Councils UK, UK
The organisers of the CERN OAI workshops and of the Nordic Conferences on Scholarly Communication have decided to alternate the two conferences. The workshop OAI4 is intended as a forum for technological issues associated with scholarly communication and will take place every second year in alternation with the Nordic Conference on Scholarly Communication http://cern.ch/oai4
Amsterdam, the Netherlands - 19-25 April 2006
The deadline for registration for this workshop is 10 February 2006.
The workshop is aimed at all those responsible for audiovisual collections in archives, museums, libraries. For this introductory course, no specific technical expertise is required.
In this 5-day workshop, the characteristics of film, video and sound recordings and the different recording systems and devices will be reviewed. Specific requirements for their handling and preservation will be related to the nature and function of different kinds of audiovisual materials. The workshop will explore the different transfer and conversion methods, technical requirements in relation to quality, and long-term management of digital files. Issues will be approached as management problems, and due attention will be given to aspects like needs assessment, setting priorities, planning, budgeting and outsourcing, and project management. The speakers will present outlines of issues and practical cases, and a substantial part of the workshops will be spent on discussions and group assignments to develop participants' skills in finding their own solutions.
The workshop will be in English. Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of English in order to participate in discussions.
European Commission on Preservation and Access, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The workshops are supported by the Culture 2000 Programme of the EU as part of the TAPE Project
600 Euros, this includes coffee, tea, lunches and a course pack with reading materials. Participants from institutes who are TAPE partners or ECPA contributors will pay 500 Euros.
For more information:
European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)
P.O. Box 19121, NL-1000 GC Amsterdam,
visiting address: c/o KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29,
NL-1011 JV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
tel. ++31 - 20 - 551 08 39
fax ++31 - 20 - 620 49 41
Arlington, Virginia, USA - Monday 3-Tuesday 4 April 2006
The Spring 2006 CNI Task Force Meeting will be held on 3-4 April at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA. Registration materials will be sent by the end of this month to designated Task Force representatives. Please note that the meeting and hotel registration deadline is Friday, 24 February.
We are now accepting proposals for project briefings, one-hour breakout sessions which focus on a specific institutional project related to networked information or a discussion of a hot topic. Proposals may be submitted via a web form available at http://www.cni.org/tfms/2006a.spring/proposal.html or via an e-mail message to Joan Lippincott at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, 20 February.
Coalition for Networked Information
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal - 22-25 May, 2006
Conference Web site:
IATUL and the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal, with the collaboration of the Universidade do Minho and Universitat Polytènica de Catalunya are delighted to announce the IATUL 2006 Conference in Porto on 22-25 May, 2006.
Topics related to the Conference main theme include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Libraries and Teaching and Learning
- Libraries and Research
- Systems Integration
IATUL operates an Annual Travel Grant Programme to assist first-time attendees to the IATUL Conference.
IATUL (http://www.iatul.org), founded in 1955 as a voluntary international non-governmental organisation of libraries, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas relevant to librarianship in technological universities throughout the world. It also provides library directors and senior managers an opportunity to develop a collaborative approach to solving common problems.
University of Bath - Wednesday 14-Friday 16 June 2006
Call For Speakers And Workshop Facilitators
The call for plenary speakers, workshop facilitators and briefing session presenters for the 10th Institutional Web Management Workshop is now open. The workshop will be held at the University of Bath on Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th June 2006 and the theme is "Quality Matters". If you would like to submit a proposal for a session, please read the information on the Web site and then contact:
Marieke Guy (email@example.com)
or a member of the programme committee.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 6 March 2006.
Envisioning future challenges in networked information
6-7 July 2006
York Moat House, York
Following the success of previous conferences held in Edinburgh and Brighton, The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are proud to announce the 6th International Meeting that will be held at the York Moat House Hotel, York on 6 and 7 July 2006.
The meeting will bring together experts from the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. Parallel sessions will explore and contrast major developments that are happening on both sides of the Atlantic. It should be of interest to all senior management in information systems in the education community and those responsible for delivering digital services and resources for learning, teaching and research.
Conference keynote speakers include:
Reg Carr, Director of University Library Services & Bodley's Librarian, The Bodleian Library
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC
Professor Derek Law, Librarian and Head of Information Resources Directorate, University of Strathclyde
Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, CNI
Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, CNI
David Nicholas, Centre Director, CIBER
Topics for parallel sessions include:
Digital Curation Centre
ICT in the Humanities and Social Sciences
JISC/NSF Digital Libraries in the Classroom Programme
For further information:
"Towards the European Digital Library"
University of Alicante, Spain
The 10th ECDL will be held in Alicante (Spain) in September 2006. Papers are invited on substantial, original and completed research, applications and development that have not previously been presented elsewhere and that make new contributions to all aspects of Digital Libraries, including, but not limited to:
Submissions (up to 12 pages) via the ECDL2005 Conference Management System must follow the guidelines for the LNCS format provided by Springer (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). Posters and demos will undergo a simplified review process, based on the submitted papers, and will be directly accepted or rejected.
Panels: proposal should address controversial subjects of interest to a large community of ECDL participants.
Tutorials: tutorials are intended to present a topic in detail over either a half-day or a full day (Sunday 17 September).
Doctoral consortium: doctoral students (based on an acceptance of a written abstract) will have the opportunity to discuss their proposal with experienced researchers on Sunday 17 September.
Paper/Tutorial/Panel submission deadline
Doctoral consortium submission deadline
Acceptance notification for tutorials
Acceptance notifications for papers/poster/demos/doctoral consortium
Final version of papers/poster/demos/doctoral consortium
End of early registration
Additional information about submissions can be found at the conference Web site http://www.ecdl2006.org
Call for Papers
The 2nd International Digital Curation Conference will be held over 21 - 22 November 2006 at the City Centre Hilton, Glasgow, UK.
The Digital Curation Centre welcomes contributions and participation from individuals, organisations and institutions interested in the curation of data and the management of repositories for science and scholarship. This would include all disciplines and domains that are engaged in the creation, use, reuse and long-term management of digital data from researchers and curators, through to policy makers and funders. All proposals will be considered for papers, workshops, demonstrations and posters with both a practical and a research focus.
The Programme Committee will be chaired by:
Chris Rusbridge, Director of the Digital Curation Centre
Professor Tony Hey, Vice President of the Technical Computing Initiative (TCI), Microsoft
For further info on the Call for Papers, a list of the main conference topics and submission dates see:
For further information about the venue see:
For the third consecutive year there has been a rise in the number of people visiting public libraries in England. Statistics released today from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy show that in 2004/05 visits to public libraries increased by over three million. There were over 17 million more visits to libraries in 2004/05 than there were in 2001/02.
The figures, which represent the most accurate information available on public library usage, show that 42% of library services are achieving seven or more of the ten Public Library Service Standards. At the same time they challenge libraries to improve, showing that the number of active borrowers and the number of issues continue to fall.
Commenting on the findings, Head of Library Policy at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), John Dolan said: "These figures are a welcome spotlight on library performance and their timely release means that public libraries services can start the year knowing that more people are visiting and also with a clear set of goals for the future.
"The impact of the People's Network shows that investing in a new means of accessing information and learning was a wise move. At the same time it will always be a priority for libraries to focus on books and reading, and MLA is working with other organisations including The Reading Agency and publishers to implement best practice in this area."
Meanwhile MLA is working with a broad range of stakeholders to develop options for new models of stock procurement. The project will consider how improvements in technology, procurement and stock management practice that have already been adopted by some, can be harnessed more widely for the benefit of all libraries.
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OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories has announced the release of its primary listing of open access archives, available from http://www.opendoar.org/
Each of the repositories listed in OpenDOAR have been visited by project staff to check the information that is gathered. This in-depth approach gives a quality-controlled list of repository features. In addition, while reviewing these archives, project staff are building a picture of the world-wide development of open access repositories, noting new features and directions. This information is being analysed to create the next version of the listing, with further information and categories being noted for each repository.
OpenDOAR is a joint collaboration between the University of Nottingham in the UK and Lund University in Sweden. Both institutions are active in open access initiatives. Lund operates the Directory of Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/
Nottingham leads SHERPA, and runs the SHERPA/RoMEO database which is used worldwide as a reference for publisher's copyright policies. Staff at Lund University Libraries have created the initial OpenDOAR technical set-up and carried out repository review and classification. OpenDOAR builds on open access work done by other researchers and projects to record and list repositories. OpenDOAR acknowledges, among others, the Public Knowledge Project and the universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southampton.
OpenDOAR is jointly funded by four agencies, led by the international Open Society Institute (OSI). The UK higher education funding committee, JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) has provided support, along with funding from the UK-based Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL) and from SPARCEurope - an alliance of European research libraries, library organisations, and research institutions.
or contact either:
University of Nottingham
Phone: +44 (0) 115 846 7657
Director of Libraries
Lund University Libraries
Phone: +46 (0) 46 222 9203
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MLA funds a part-time Museums, Libraries and Archives post within the British Council. The post is held by Jane Weeks and she acts as the first point of contact at the British Council for the museums, libraries and archives sector, her role also raises the awareness of the museums, libraries and archives sector within the British Council.
The agreement runs until March 2006, and aims to:
*Assist MLA in developing its international links
*Assist BC in developing its links with regional museums, libraries and archives
*Support people and institutions in the UK to develop their potential to work internationally
*Support UK museums, libraries and archives in sharing skills overseas
*Establish organisational links at a strategic level
*Activities include: MLA advising the BC on speakers for seminars overseas, BC providing briefings for MLA on specific geographical areas, such as China, and developing the content of both websites.
For example through the MLA/BC partnership Sue Wilkinson, MLA's Director of Learning, Access, Renaissance, Regions & International Team, has just returned from Iran where she participated in the first UK-Iran museum management seminar in Tehran. Other speakers included Michael Day, Chief Executive, Historical Royal Palaces, Xerzes Mazda, Head of Interpretation, British Museum and Sue Stronge, Curator, Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum. The seminar was a joint project between the British Council in Tehran and the National Museum of Iran. Sue gave two keynote addresses, one on learning and one on ethics and standards.
If you are interested in developing links please contact Jane Weeks, Museums, Libraries and Archives Adviser, The British Council - firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7389 3172.
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MLA have appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to work with them on a Public Libraries Stock Procurement Model Development project.
The project will engage a broad range of stakeholders to develop a range of options for new models of stock procurement. It will then refine business cases for those considered most viable, and develop a plan so that the final preferred model can be in place by 2008.
The goal is to achieve better library services through better stock procurement.
The project will consider how improvements in technology, procurement and stock management practice that have already been adopted by some libraries and in other sectors, can be harnessed more widely for the benefit of all libraries. Key stakeholders, including local authorities, library services and users, will be involved throughout. The steering group is chaired by Councillor Chris White, representing the Local Government Association.
The project will first identify the national scope for efficiency in libraries stock procurement in order to produce a range of potential models for consideration. All feasible options will be considered, from minor improvements to the current system to more significant change. The intention is to achieve the greatest possible level of efficiency consistent with retaining the best of local accountability. The project does not aim to impose a solution, but to create proposals that will make the arguments for buying-in so persuasive that they are impossible to resist.
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The CNI 2005-2006 Program Plan is now available at the CNI Web site, http://www.cni.org
In a news release Clifford Lynch, Director, CNI expressed the hope that readers would find the CNI Program Plan http://www.cni.org/program/ helpful not only in understanding CNI's current priorities and programmes, but also as a vehicle for sharing information about CNI and its work with other interested colleagues.
On 5 December 2005 Clifford gave an overview of the Program Plan at the CNI Fall 2005 Task Force Meeting from which project briefings have now been made available: http://www.cni.org/tfms/2005b.fall/project.html
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The Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) have announced a strategic partnership agreement to develop a more skilled and responsive libraries and archives workforce. Both parties have signed up to a three-year programme of collaboration which will open up greater opportunities for staff in terms of career progression and development.
At the heart of the partnership is the development of a variety of routes into working in libraries and archives, offering greater access to training and more flexibility in planning career pathways. Other key strands of development include the collection of more robust workforce data, enhancing leadership skills and increasing diversity in the sector's workforce.
Welcoming the new partnership, David Hunter, Chief Executive of LLUK said that in a knowledge-driven economy, libraries and archives staff had a vital role to play. MLA Chief Executive Chris Batt announced his enthusiasm for the partnership and identified the ultimate goals of improving public access to collections and resources in libraries and archives, and developing a diverse and knowledgeable workforce. Speaking from an employer perspective David Ruse, Director of Libraries at the Westminster City Council, said that libraries and archives play a vital role in enabling communities and small businesses to access lifelong learning opportunities.
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The JORUM Team is pleased to announce that Further and Higher Education institutions in the UK can now register for the JORUM User Service.
JORUM User allows staff from registered institutions to search, browse, preview, download, review, reuse and repurpose resources in JORUM. This free online repository service hosts a range of learning and teaching resources, covering a variety of subject areas and educational levels.
JISC views JORUM as a long-term venture and as the service develops, the type, breadth and subject coverage of resources available in JORUM will depend on contributions made by the community. JORUM's success will be built on the support surrounding the service by the team, the long-term view taken by JISC and the commitment and enthusiasm of both Contributors and Users.
Institutions must register first before staff are able to gain access. Institutions can register free for the JORUM User Service on the JISC Collections Website: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=coll_jorum . A Site Rep and a Technical Rep must also be nominated, providing a local point of contact for staff within the institution and for the JORUM Team.
The JORUM Contributor Service, allowing institutions and projects to donate resources to JORUM, was launched in November 2005. Since then an initial collection of resources has been submitted, from over 20 institutions which have signed up. The current collection reflects the projects and institutions which have contributed material so far, there are a number of sizeable collections including engineering and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language).
The newly updated JORUM Web site ( http://www.jorum.ac.uk/ ) has a comprehensive new section on JORUM User ( http://www.jorum.ac.uk/user/ ) offering support in registering and logging in, as well as a useful selection of support, training and promotional materials.
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The US Copyright Office has submitted its report on orphan works. These are works that are still under copyright but where the owner cannnot be reasonably located. "Report on Orphan Works" was made available to the U.S.Senate on 31 January 2006 and is now available at http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/
Clifford Lynch, Director, CNI, has recently announced that those attending the Spring CNI Task force meeting in April can expect to hear of a report from the Copyright Office on this work.
Source : CNI
[Received: February 2006]
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