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4 September 2001














Cross Currents No 4 Sep 2001 

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.



The Sidney Myer Circus Studio was officially opened on 27 July 2001 as the home of the National Institute of Circus Arts. Information on NICA’s bachelor and professional development programs is available at: [Source: Dramatic Online]


American Society of Information Science and Technology

The program for Information in a Networked World: Harnessing the Flow, the next ASIST Annual Meeting in Washington DC on 3-8 November 2001 is now available at

The conference offers 67 sessions with 38 special interest group sessions, 9 invited panels, 48 refereed papers and 34 posters on such topics as bibliometrics, bioinformatics, cataloguing, categorization, classification, indexing, data mining, digital libraries, education, e-Learning, globalisation, imaging & visualization, information architecture, information policy, information retrieval, information science theory & history, interface design, knowledge management, portals, privacy, technologies, usability and user studies. Pre-conference seminars and workshops will be devoted to content management framework; information architecture and organization strategy; content Management strategies and tools; data mining; practical statistics for information professions; intranet taxonomies and metadata; content personalization; classification research, information seeking and use and machine learning.

Arts Libraries Society/Australia and New Zealand 

The New Zealand Chapter of the Arts Libraries/Australia and New Zealand will host the next ARLIS/ANZ Conference in Auckland on 26-39 April 2002. Co-Convenors are Catherine Hammond, Auckland Art Gallery  and Gail Keefe, University of Auckland.

Digital Libraries Research and Technologies

The 5th European Conference on Research and  Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries will be held on 4-8 September 2001 in Darmstadt, Germany.  Website:

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

The next Joint Conference on Digital Libraries has called for papers. Jointly sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and the Web, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society and Technical Committee on Digital Libraries, the JCDL, to  be held in Portland, Oregon, USA July 14-18, 2002, will encompass ‘the many meanings of the term digital libraries’, including new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing.  

The conference is aimed at those interested in aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure, metadata. content. services, digital preservation,  system design and implementation, interface design, human-computer interaction, evaluation of performance, evaluation of usability, collection development, intellectual property, privacy, electronic publishing, document genres, multimedia, social, institutional and policy issues, user communities; and associated theoretical topics. Website:

International Society of Knowledge Organisation

The Seventh ISKO Conference, Challenges in Knowledge Representation and Organization for the 21st Century: Integration of Knowledge across Boundaries, has called for papers. The Conference will be held in Granada, Spain, on 10-13 July 2002. .

The Conference broadly aims to analyse models for knowledge representation and organization and propose new models, methods and techniques of integrating knowledge across boundaries. .Topics include (1) epistemological foundations of knowledge representation and organization systems and theories (2) models, methods and concepts for knowledge representation and organization: towards integration and universality (3) professional ethics in knowledge representation and organization (4) users in multicultural domain-oriented and/or general systems (5).evaluation of supranational systems and (6).Internet and the integration of knowledge: artificial intelligence, data mining, and multicultural systems. Contact: Conference Chair: Maria J. Lopez-Huertas ISKO website:


PADS/MAAS Memorandum of Understanding

Performing Arts Data Service [PADS} and Managing Agent and Advisory Service for Moving Images and Sound [MAAS} in the United Kingdom have established a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to provide the best possible moving image and sound resources for the performing arts communities in UK Higher and Further Education and associated needs in  resource delivery, documentation, training and outreach

MAAS, established jointly by the BUFVC and the Open University, identifies, prioritises and clears rights in appropriate moving image and sound collections for online delivery to universities and colleges in the UK and offers support and advice to the HE/FE community on the access and use of moving picture and sound resources online.

The Memorandum of Understanding is available via PADS homepage at [Source: AHDS]

Moving Image Cataloguing Compendium

The Association of Moving Image Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. have published Compendium of Moving Image Cataloging Practice, presenting a snapshot of the cataloguing practices of 27 diverse institutions and offering solutions to cataloguing problems unique to moving images. Institutions examined include historical societies, university archives, broadcast organizations, museums, and subject-specialized collections. The collections include motion pictures as well as television, film and video, and utilize both MARC and non-MARC cataloguing. For further information on the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the Compendium, see Source: aus-archivists. The publication may be ordered from the SAA Publications Catalog


A new report explores trends in the performing arts over the past 30 years. Commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the study claims to be the first comprehensive overview of the performing arts in the last few decades and covers developments in live and recorded theatre, opera, dance, and music, commercial and volunteer or amateur sectors. Full Text Research Brief. [Source: Scout report]


Archives Access Standard

Archives New Zealand has published an exposure draft of its access standard relating to the provision of access to public archives controlled by Archives New Zealand. Archives New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft, which is available on Archives New Zealand's site at, by 17 September 2001 [Source: aus-archivists]

California Digital Library Object Standards

The California Digital Library (CDL) has recently adopted several guidelines for the use of standards in its collections and services including 

  • CDL Digital Object Standard: Metadata, Content and Encoding -  covering minimum standards for encoding digital objects to be added to CDL collections. The document explains the CDL's adoption of an XML DTD based upon a DTD originally created for the Making of America II project - as a means to encode administrative, structural, and descriptive metadata for the objects.

  • Digital Image Format Standards is a companion document which names CDL standards for the creation of digital image surrogates of primary source materials. 

  • The Online Archive of California Best Practices Guidelines Version 1.0: Encoding New Finding Aids Using Encoded Archival Description, establishes a number of requirements for the consistent creation of encoded finding aids for the Online Archive of California (OAC). The OAC is a state-wide digital resource that includes a single, searchable database of more than 5,000 finding aids to the contents of primary resource collections throughout California. The OAC website:

For copies, see CDL publications page

International Records Management Standard ISO 15489-1

The international records management standard, ISO 15489-1: Information and documentation - Records Management - Part 1: General and its associated guidance, ISO 15489-2: Information and documentation - Records Management - Part 2: Guidelines, has been finalised, voted upon and accepted internationally and will be officially launched at the American Records Management Association’s International conference in Montreal, October 2001. Both documents will be available after the launch from Standards Australia via [Source: aus-archivists].

Text Encoding Initiative 

The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C) has announced the release of the official review draft of version 4 of Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange. The third edition has been heavily used since its release in April 1994 for developing richly encoded and highly portable electronic editions of major works in philosophy, linguistics, history, literary studies, and many other disciplines. The fourth edition will be fully compatible with XML as well as remaining compatible with SGML. The TEI Consortium solicits comments by mid-September. For information on how to participate, go to

Current Cites recommends Tobin Nellhaus’ XML, TEI, and Digital Libraries in the Humanities in Libraries and the Academy 1 (3) (2001): 257-277. Using examples from theatre and drama studies, Nellhaus ‘provides a concise and lucid overview of these increasingly important topics that does not require the reader to be an expert in mark-up language esoterica, When you're done with the article, bake your own TEI DTD using The Pizza Chef: a TEI tag set selector at or go to one of the other recommended Web sites, such as at [Source: Current Cites]


Museums Australia held a one-day workshop in April 2001 to refine a proposed Regional Arts Association training program with specific emphasis on developing modules relevant to the museum sector. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Regional Arts Association, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Museums Australia, ROOS and CREATE. Museums Australia will be represented on the Curriculum Development Working Group and the overall Steering Committee for the project. The Curriculum Development Group will meet in July and August to develop the consultant’s brief for the preparation of training modules and resources packages. [Source: Museum National]

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This issue of Cross Currents compiled by Paul Bentley



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