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Cross Currents No 11 Sep 2002 

A digest of cross sectoral information management events, issues and ideas in organisations, libraries, archives and museums, with special emphasis on arts and the humanities.


ARTS & HUMANITIES: Australian e-Humanities Network | UK arts & humanities research funding | US cultural partnerships

ARCHITECTURE: Society of Architectural Historians of Australia & New Zealand

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: Creative Clusters Summit

THEATRE: Artmedia Physical Theatre




National Collections Advisory Forum

LIBRARIES ARL statistics. MUSEUMS Creative Space Conference | International Museum Theatre Alliance | Museum Computer Network Conference


Metadata registries | ASIST annual meeting | digital divide } digital rights management | IT governance & project management | LITA Forum | Internet 2 Shibboleth access management pilots, Information Resources Management Association Conference | National Office of the Information Economy activities


Australia's lost documentary heritage | e-mail records | recordkeeping and authentication | Queensland State Archives recordkeeping guide | Information Management: Challenges in Managing and Preserving Electronic Records 


ISIL | Library Statistics | Reference Ontology for the Interchange of Cultural heritage Information



Metadata Registries

[CFP}.The sixth International Open Forum on Metadata Registries will be held on 20-24 January 2003 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.  Under the theme cooperation and interoperation of ISO/IEC 11179 Metadata Registries, Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI), XML Registries/Repositories, database catalogues (e.g. relational DBMS/SQL), CASE Tool Repositories, Software Component Registries, Terminology and Ontological Registries, Dublin Core Registries and other technologies.Web: http://www.metadata-standards.org/OpenForum2003


ASIST Annual Meeting

The American Society for Information Science and Technology 2002 Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia, USA, on 17-21 November 2002.  Sessions will be devoted to bibliometrics, collaboration & communication, education; information policy, information retrieval, information use, metadata, search strategies, social issues, user issues, visual IR, web IR, webmetrics, knowledge management, behaviour research, media asset retrieval, chat reference, competitive advantage metrics, content reuse, content analysis ppen sourcing, data mining, relevance research, digital libraries, distance education, scholarly publication & communication, e-books, semantic web, global content, spoken archives, image management, information architecture, virtual reference, iand other topics. Pre-conference summits and seminars will include the KM Summit Knowledge Management in the 21st Century: Moving Forward, Sustaining the Momentum,  Strategies to Improve the Intranet's Business Value, Initiating a Content Management Initiative, Taxonomies and Metadata, Critical Legal Concerns for Information Professionals, Content Management & Personalization Strategies, Intranet Strategy & Architecture, Machine Learning for Text Classification and Information Organization. Source KM Listserv Web:   http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM02/index.html


Digital Divide

The Benton Foundation's Digital Divide Network  (www.digitaldividenetwork.org) publishes a daily online news-service, communications-related headlines and the Digital Divide Network (www.digitaldividenetwork.org), which focuses on digital divide issues in the United States, and its international sister site, the Digital Opportunity Channel (www.digitalopportunity.org).


Digital Rights Management

Forrester Research estimates that by 2003 the market for digital downloads will be worth US$2 billion, and that by 2004 up to 25% of all online music sales will be downloads.  


The US Congress held a round table discussion on Digital Content and Rights Management with officials from the entertainment and ICT industries on 17 July 2002. The round table discussed progress on technical standards to enable legitimate digital media distribution, developments in the market for digital content including consumer perceptions and expectations, and the proper role for the government in facilitating solutions that are best for innovation and best for consumers.


The panellists, representing major industry forces, included Jack Valenti (Motion Picture Association of America); Rhett Dawson (Information Technology Industry Council); Joe Tasker (Information Technology Association of America); Mitch Glazier (Record Industry Association of America) Jon Potter, (Digital Media Association); Stewart Vendery (Vivendi Universal); Preston Padden (Disney); Mike Miron (ContentGuard); Rick Lane, (News Corp); Gordon Lyon (NIST); Rob Reid (Listen.com); Phillip Maggi (Computer Systems Policy Project); Tim Sheehy, (IBM); Andrew Moss (Microsoft); Ted Cohen (EMI); and Doug Comer (Intel); Source: NINCH ANNOUNCEMENT. Web http://www.ta.doc.gov/.


IT Governance & Project Management

Standards Australia is developing new national guidelines for IT governance and project management. The project aims to address poor IT management practices that are endemic within local organisations and will cover the "lack of awareness and involvement at the CEO and board level; poor elicitation and documentation of requirements and specifications; lack of user consultation; failure to apply essential project management practices; excessive management expectations; personality clashes between members of the project team; 'artificial' deadline setting; and poor contracting decisions and managementí. The new guidelines are expected to be released for public comment in 2003. Source: The Update

Web: http://www.standards.com.au.


Library and Information Technology Association Forum

The Library and Information Technology Association will hold its 2002 National Forum in Houston, Texas, USA, 10-13 October under the theme Making Connections.  Plenary speakers include Clifford Lynch, Marc Rotenberg, and Fred (Rick) Weingarten.  Pre-conference sessions will be devoted to XML and libraries, building digital libraries, and technology disasters. For complete details, see http://www.lita.org/forum02/index.html.


Internet 2 Shibboleth Access Management Pilots

An invitation has been extended to a number of universities to participate in a pilot to explore the use of Shibboleth in a variety of academic settings. Shibboleth is an initiative by Internet2 member universities to develop and deploy new middleware technologies that can facilitate inter-institutional collaboration and access to digital content. It supports a new model for access management control that is designed to be both scalable and easily administered for both campuses and content providers. Goals for the pilot phase include: (a) evaluating the use of Shibboleth to enhancing management of content access (involving  the Coalition for Networked Information, Digital Library Foundation,  EBSCO, Elsevier, and SFX, RLG and OCLC). b). facilitating the sharing of instructional materials between institutions. and (c).developing approaches to multi-institutional services and processes. Web http://middleware.internet2.edu/shibboleth.


Information Resources Management Association

[CFP]. Proposals for full-length papers, research-in-progress, panels, workshops, tutorials or symposium are invited for the 2003 Information Resources Management Association International Conference on 18-21 May 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA http://www.irma-international.org, Conference theme: Information Technology and Organisations: Trends, Issues, Challenges and Solutions.  Enquiries and submissions to: Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, Program Chair irmaconf@irma-international.org. [Source: Diglib]


National Office of the Information Economy 

Recent publications and current activities at the Office http://www.noie.gov.au/

  • Broadband. Three papers published: Broadband in Education: Availability, Initiatives and Issues, Broadband in Health: Drivers, Impediments and Benefits and Broadband for Small Business.

  • E-procurement The July eProcurement Update newsletter highlights new approaches and developments in eProcurement solutions and case studies.

  • Digital Divide. NOIE is participating in a Digital Divide Cross Sector Working Group which aims to foster greater collaboration and shared learning around Digital Divide projects in Australia. it is now seeking digital divide projects.

  • National authentication Technology Framework. NOIE has called for public submissions.

  • Information Technology Online Program ITOL, NOIE has launched round 8 of a scheme aimed at encouraging the take up of eBusiness in Australia. eBusiness incubation. Seven consortium-based projects will receive a total of $1.1 million in grants under the scheme. .:

Online authentication. DCITA has released Online Authentication: a guide for government managers to provide agencies with advice and guidance on key issues to consider when implementing authentication solutions in their e-business strategies.



Australia's Lost Documentary Heritage

Ross Harvey and Anne Lloyd are compiling a list of Australia's Lost Documentary Heritage for the Australian Memory of the World project and are looking for input on the subject, particularly answers to the following question: (1) Can you tell us about any collections or items which you think fit into the definition of lost or missing Australian documentary heritage of significance? (2) Can you suggest anyone else we should contact?  [Source Aus-Archivists List] Definitions of documentary heritage and significance can be found at: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~aghowell/mow/amow_cri.htm. Contact: Professor Ross Harvey, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 675, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678. AUSTRALIA, Telephone: +61 2 6933 2369, Mobile: 0411 898 292, Fax: +61 2 6933 2733, http://athene.riv.csu.edu.au/~dharvey/


E-mail Records

Adam Wilkins has written E-mail Records and Knowledge Management: the Hidden Risk. in Information Systems Control Journal, Volume 4, 2002.  http://www.isaca.org/jrnlhome.htm. Although e-mail has emerged as the backbone of interoffice communication and become a repository of knowledge-rich interactions among employees, customers, suppliers and business partners, records management practices regarding e-mail are primitive or non-existent in many companies. [Source RECMGMT-L].


Recordkeeping and online authentication

The National Archives of Australia. in consultation with the National Office for the Information Economy and the Attorney-General's Department. is developing guidelines for keeping records in an online authentication environment. The guidelines will: look at e-business in government and the authentication technologies that make online service delivery possible; outline the potential recordkeeping implications; identify relevant recordkeeping requirements and discuss strategies that can be used to meet these requirements; canvass disposal authorisation for certain records arising from the use of authentication technologies; and provide some approaches to long-term digital preservation and accessibility issues. For further information: Project Officer: Melissa Lawrence Recordkeeping Standards and Policy National Archives of Australia email: melissal@naa.gov.au. Source Aus-Archivists


Queensland State Archives' Recordkeeping Guide

Queensland State Archive has published Best Practice Guide to Recordkeeping, developed to assist public authorities to meet their recordkeeping obligations. [Source: Aus-Archivists]. Web: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/


Information Management: Challenges in Managing and Preserving Electronic Records

The US General Accounting Office has released Information Management: Challenges in Managing and Preserving Electronic Records. The report considers the efforts of the National Archives and Records Administration towards digital preservation, particularly those focused on the Electronic Records Archive initiative, provides a summary of world models of electronic records management and preservation, discusses NASA's Open Archival Information Systems model two large-scale web archives, the Internet Archives Project and Google's UseNet archive, [Source Aus-Archivists]. Web: http://www.gao.gov/


The National Information Standards Organisation has released three standards for comment at http://www.niso.org/

  • ISIL Standard (DIS 15511), a 16-character variable length code to uniquely identify libraries and related organizations. 

  • Library Statistics Standard, ANSI/NISO Z39.7 addressing measurement of electronic resources (E-metrics) 

  • Reference Ontology for the Interchange of Cultural Heritage Information CD 21127, developed by TC46/SC4/WG9,

This issue of Cross Currents compiled by Paul Bentley


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