Currents No 4 Sep 2001
digest of cross sectoral information management events, issues and ideas in
organisations, libraries, archives and museums, with special emphasis on
arts and the humanities.
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: www.nica.swin.edu.au
[Source: Dramatic Online]
American Society of Information Science and
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 http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM01/index.html.
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
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 email@example.com
and Gail Keefe, University of Auckland. firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Libraries Research and Technologies
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
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.
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: http://www.jcdl2002.org/
International Society of Knowledge
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. .
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
email@example.com. ISKO website: http://www.isko.org
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
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.
Memorandum of Understanding is available via PADS homepage at
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 www.amianet.org.
Source: aus-archivists. The publication may be ordered from the SAA
Publications Catalog http://www.archivists.org/catalog/catalog/description.html
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 http://www.pewtrusts.org/pdf/cul_rand.pdf.
Research Brief. http://www.pewtrusts.org/pdf/cul_rand_brief.pdf
[Source: Scout report]
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 http://www.archives.govt.nz/,
by 17 September 2001 [Source: aus-archivists]
California Digital Library (CDL) has recently adopted several guidelines for
the use of standards in its collections and services including
Digital Object Standard: Metadata, Content and Encoding -
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
Image Format Standards
is a companion document which names CDL standards for the creation of
digital image surrogates of primary source materials.
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: http://oac.cdlib.org/.
copies, see CDL publications page http://www.cdlib.org/about/publications/.
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
http://www.standards.com.au [Source: aus-archivists].
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 http://www.tei-c.org/TEI/P4X/Status/
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 http://www.tei-c.org/pizza.html
or go to one of the other recommended Web sites, such as XML.com at http://www.xml.com).
[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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