The Wolanski Foundation Project

What's new

5 April 2002














Cross Currents No 8 Apr 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.



Business planning | digiCULT study | Digital collections framework | Digital libraries and the classroom | ICT framework & capability | Internet high performance connections | Investment in the arts | Subject portals | Scholarly work in the humanities


Australian standards ] Victoria | Western Australia


The European Library | National Library of Australia Peak Bodies Forum | Statistics and quality standards



Museum websites | Web access to cultural collections


Collaborative data collection | Performing Arts Collection of South Australia | San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum


AMICO | Archnet | Design and Applied Arts Index



Business planning

SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, has published Gaining Independence: A Manual for Planning the Launch of a Nonprofit Electronic Publishing Venture, a guide on business planning for start-up and early-stage electronic publishing ventures. The publication aims to help universities, libraries, societies and others conceive, plan and implement alternatives to commercially published scholarly and scientific information.  It provides background on relevant electronic publishing models and focuses especially on areas of business planning that may be unfamiliar to those considering new communications initiatives. The manual includes sections on: situational assessment and strategic response; technology and technical considerations; markets, marketing and sales; organization; finances; and the financial plan and operating plan. A detailed appendix links readers to pertinent resources. Gaining Independence is available free of charge at, A previous publication Create Change: New Systems of Scholarly Communication, an issues-based brochure and web resource, is available at .


DigiCULT study

The European Commission’s study Technological Landscapes for Tomorrow's Cultural Economy, commonly referred to as the DigiCULT Study, has been competed. The study analyses trends in the cultural heritage sector 1996-2006. Recommendations on national policies and initiatives, organisational change, valorising cultural heritage resources and use of technology are laid out for  European archives, libraries, museums and policy makers. Comparisons with the Australian Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts' Key Needs of Australian Heritage Collections report will make interesting reading. Web:


Digital collections framework

The Institute of Museum and Library Services in the United States has released the draft report A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections  The Framework was developed by the Digital Library Forum with representatives from a range of libraries and museums involved in digital library initiatives. The Framework identifies core principles and related information resources for the creation of high-quality digital collections, objects, metadata, and projects.  It is intended as a resource for grant applicants as well as for the use of IMLS, other funding agencies, and all those involved in digital content creation and management. Website: [Source: Diglib].


Digital libraries and the classroom

Information on Digital Libraries and the Classroom Testbeds for Transforming Teaching and Learning is now available from the JISC site  The objective of this joint NSF/JISC initiative is to demonstrate significant improvement in the learning and teaching process and bring emerging technologies and readily available digital content into mainstream educational use. This will be done by funding exemplar projects that take an integrative and innovative approach to development of educational environments, based on the use of information and communications technologies across a number of disciplines. The program will fund four projects at a total of around US $2,100,000) each over three years. Each project must be a collaboration of at least one institution of higher education in the USA and one in the UK. Projects will be expected to provide a five-year plan of activities, although funding will only be provided for the first three. This will ensure that the projects are embedded into the institutions and demonstrate that the innovations are sustainable. The projects will run from 2002/03 until 2006/07. The deadline for full proposals is 8 April 2002. Web for JISC Circular 07/01and supporting documentation: [Source: CNI-announce].


Digital preservation collaboration

The Digital Preservation Coalition and National Library of Australia have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to work collaboratively on digital preservation activities. As a product of this collaboration, the DPC and NLA will jointly compile a What's New in Digital Preservation electronic digest of selected new items added to PADI and to the JISCmail Digital-Preservation list. The digest will be compiled as a quarterly list and as an annual edition containing an evaluation of the year's additions in review. Websites: and  [Source: NINCH- announce].


ICT framework & capability

The Australian National Office of the Information Economy has announced the development of an ICT Framework as an “opportunity to position Australia's ICT sector to take maximum advantage of the global drivers of innovation over the next decade.”  NOIE has also released an E-payment Better Practice Checklist to assist managers and staff in Australian government agencies to improve their agency's e-payment performance. It draws on the lessons learned by leading agencies and highlights 'better practice' procedures for e-payment. Invest Australia, Austrade, NOIE and DCITA have jointly produced a range of documents for the ICT World Congress summarising Australia's capability in the ICT industry and offering a series of sector snapshots. Web: http;// [Source: NOIE Update]


Internet high performance connections
The National Science Foundation in the United States seeks applications from museums, archives, learned societies & libraries wanting help in relation to Internet high performance connections to facilitate cutting edge science and engineering research. Web: [Source: NINCH-Announce]


Investment in the arts

The Center for Arts and Culture in the United States has released National Investment in the Arts by Bruce Seaman of Georgia State University, the sixth issue paper in its Art, Culture and the National Agenda series. National Investment in the Arts clarifies the scope of public funding for arts and culture by assessing the level of local, state, and federal support, and looks across the federal budget to include major sources of direct federal support for the arts and humanities. Its main focus is on novel approaches by governments and partnerships between the non-profit and for-profit arts sectors. Among the recommendations are organizational initiatives at the federal level to strengthen affiliated efforts, new funding source initiatives, encouragement of partnerships through tax and other policies, and technology initiatives. The issue paper is available for download at  [Source: Cultural Policy Listserv 27 March]


Subject portals

The Resource Discovery Network, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Data Service and Humbul, is conducting a survey to help improve its subject portal functionality at [Source: AHDS]


Scholarly work in the humanities

William S Brockman, Laura Neumann, Carole L. Palmer and Tonyia J.Tidline have written Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources in December 2001 

Project Findings are articulated under the following headings: Ways of Reading (Chaining to Enable Reading, Collaborative Networking), Researching and Searching (Collections as Capital, Many States of Primary Materials, Multitude of Sources, Access Tools for Speed and Scope, Diverse Skills and Strategies, Generic Searching Problems, Browsing across Collections and Tools), Ways of Writing (Information Management, Accretion, and Refinement, Oscillating and Overlapping Synthesis Work), Trends: The Evolving Information Environment for Humanists Conclusions: Technology has enhanced scholarship in a number of important ways. At the same time, the digital shift has sometimes produced confusion. Each research library will need to weigh how it can respond to its constituencies, but concerted action is also due. A shift is recommended away from critical mass as a defining element of digital research libraries toward a principle of contextual mass. Web:


Australian standards

The National Archives of Australia has begun a review of its Recordkeeping Metadata Standard for Commonwealth Agencies (RKMSCA). As part of the review, the Archives would like to hear from people who have had experience with using the standard, as staff in Commonwealth agencies, as consultants or system vendors. Those with an  interest in recordkeeping metadata in general are also encouraged to participate. The current standard is available from the NAA's website at


The NSW State Records Office has announced developments in relation to three forthcoming standards. 

  • Australian Recordkeeping Standard AS 15489. The international standard on records management, ISO 15489 has officially been accepted as an Australian standard, replacing AS 4390. Copies of AS 15489 will be available from Standards Australia at  There are slight differences between the Australian version of ISO 15489 and the international version, mainly in relation to terminology. .

  • Australian Recordkeeping Standard (AS 15489) compliance guide will provide detail to assist implementation of the high level statement of principles and policy in the parent standard.  The guide is expected to be completed in 2003. 

  • The Australian Government Locator Service (AGLS) Metadata Element Set has been issued for comment in its process of becoming an Australian standard. The standard has been used in the Australian government environment for several years to promote government services and online information resources and is therefore a tested specification applicable to any individual or organisation to the benefit of the broader Web community. AGLS has been modified slightly for its release as an Australian Standard but it still consistent with the Dublin Core and the other recordkeeping metadata specifications derived from it.  Free electronic versions of the consultation draft can be downloaded from Standards Australia's Web site at To do this, type the consultation draft's official number, DR 02023 CP, into the 'standard number' field of Quicksearch, or enter the term 'AGLS' into the keyword field. [Source Aus-Archivists]


The VERS (Victorian Electronic Records Strategy) website has been restructured and contains several new areas, including the VERS Toolkit, based on National Archives of Australia's DIRKS recordkeeping best practice system, but containing additional  information on broader issues relating to electronic Recordkeeping.  The Toolkit has been designed to be extensible and there are plans to add information on an ongoing basis. Web:  [Source: aus-archivists]


Western Australia

The State Records Commission and State Records Office of Western Australia have launched a new web site and released new State Records Principles and Standards 2020. Web: [Source .RECMGMT-L]


The European Library

First the Euro, now the Euro Library. To facilitate international co-operation on both technology and content, nine European national libraries, together with the Conference of European National Librarians, are constructing The European Library (TEL) to offer users the ability to search all online catalogues of the European national libraries simultaneously with a single inquiry, before access their digital and conventional holdings and services. The results of initial work on the project will be presented at conference that will cover such topics as national libraries and publishers, the business of digital libraries, describing and handling digital publications, The European Library proof of concept and European information networks. The organiser is the Deutsche Bibliothek. The location is Deutsche Bibliothek, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. and the dates are 29-30 April 2002. Further information: Source DigLIb


National Library of Australia Peak Bodies Forum

The National Library of Australia convened a forum of representatives from library sectors on 15 February 2002 to discuss issues of mutual interest and decide on a national plan of action. Participants included representatives from the Australian Law Librarians’ Group, Australian School Libraries’ Association, ALIA Information Specialists’ Group, FLIN, Association of Parliamentary Libraries of Australasia, Health Libraries Australia, CAUL, CASL, ALIA TAFE National Group and the National Library of Australia. Action was initiated on the following: a national site licensing model, cooperative national electronic collection of Australian materials, research into user behaviour, a national cooperative store; a service model for access by individuals regardless of their location and development of principles for mutual support. {Source: PB]


Statistics and quality standards

Charles R McClure, R. David Lankes, Melissa Gross, and Beverly Choltco-Devlin have written Statistics, Measures, and Quality Standards for Assessing Digital Reference Library Services: Guidelines and  Procedures Field Test Draft: March 8, 2002. Syracuse, NY: Information Institute of Syracuse, 2002. The manual, and its accompanying instructions are still in draft form. The authors invite enquiries for further information. Web: ( [Source: Current Cites]..


Museum websites

V. Kravchyna and SK Hastings have published an article on Informational Value of Museum Web Sites in First Monday 7(2) (February 4th 2002)  The article assesses the behaviour of users based on an extensive Internet survey of museum users and provides advice on database design, metadata creation and retrieval options. The paper will form part of a larger investigation into the value of museum Web sites. Web:


Web access to cultural collections

The Northeast Document Conservation Center in the United States is presenting Off the Wall and Online: Providing Web Access to Cultural Collections at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts, May 30-31, 2002. The conference will address challenges facing both large and small institutions undertaking digitization projects and putting images from their collections online for educational purposes, research, and public relations. New evaluation data will be presented to help define the online audience and determine how programs can most effectively engage audiences. Topics: The Changing Role of Museums, Attracting Visitors to a Website, Cooperating to Build Virtual Collections, Reaching Out to Diverse Audiences, Designing a Website, Quality of Scanned Images, Web-based Education, Image Capture for Preservation & Access. Web: [Source: DIGLIB]


Collaborative data collection

The Performing Arts Research Coalition in the United States has begun testing a strategy to solicit patrons’ opinions about their arts experience and the contribution the arts make to their communities. This is expected to capture comprehensive, standardized information to facilitate comparisons across participating member organizations, disciplines and cities. The project is intended to help the arts world develop a national model for arts research collaboration. The Pew Charitable Trusts has posted information about the project at


Performing Arts Collection of South Australia

The Performing Arts Collection of South Australia has published the first issue of Showcase, a biennial newsletter promoting its collections and services. Issue number one has information on recent acquisitions including a scrapbook on Dame Judith Anderson, compiled by elocution teacher, Mabel Best. Web:, Contact: Curator Jo Peoples     


San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum

Focusing on the Bay Area's heritage from the Gold Rush to the present, the SFPALM site offers events calendars, online exhibitions, and a searchable catalog of its collection of dance,  music, theater, opera, musical theater and design materials in many formats including books, photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, audio and video tapes, original artwork, and artifacts. Website:



AMICO, the Art Museum Image Consortium, via an RFP, is seeking a synergetic relationship with a university to house its office and staff.  Formed in 1997 by 23 institutions with collections of art, AMICO has grown to over 35 members and has established itself as a self-sufficient, subscription-income-funded organization with over 160 university, school, research institution, museum and art gallery subscribers to the AMICO Library. Web:



ArchNet is an online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, architectural historians and scholars, with a special focus on the Islamic world. Developed at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in close cooperation with and the support of The Aga Khan Trust for Culture.  ArchNet's online library currently includes over 15,000 images and more than 1,500 publications, including many hard-to-find or out-of-print publications.  The publications (in pdf format) include full runs of the journals MIMAR: Architecture in Development, and Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World.  New collections and rare archives are being added on an ongoing basis. Membership in ArchNet is free. Web:>


Design and Applied Arts Index

DAAI has data on over 51,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, biographical sources and other subjects. Web: [Source:arlisanz-l].


This issue of Cross Currents compiled by Paul Bentley



The Wolanski Foundation would be grateful for feedback on the scope, format and content of this bulletin..


 About us |  What's new |  Site map | Searching  | Managing  | Learning  |  LibraryResearch 

  Contact us | Home  

© 2001 The Wolanski Foundation Project

 Email web manager.  URL:

Page last updated: 5 April 2002