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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 31, No. 3   February/March 2005

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From the Editor's Desktop
by Irene L. Travis

Stories and pictures about awards, technical sessions and other events at the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting are plentiful in this issue. On the awards side, we have the memorable acceptance speech by ASIS&T Award of Merit winner Howard White, who charmed those of us privileged to hear him. We also have write-ups of the two plenary sessions with JC Herz and ASIS&T Special Award winner Tim Berners-Lee. Both plenary speakers focused strongly on the social aspects of the future of the Web and its “cultures and conflicts,” in keeping with the theme of the meeting. And finally, we present Nick Belkin’s Inaugural Address to the Annual Meeting as he assumed the office of president for 2005.

In addition we continue our special section on e-government, featuring three articles on the trends and soft technologies involved.  I offer my deep thanks to guest editor Allison Brueckner and all the authors for making this series possible.

Turning to other ASIS&T internal matters, our student representative on the Bulletin Advisory Board, Lisa Nathan from the University of Washington, encourages student member participation in all aspects of ASIS&T. As Dick Hill has pointed out to Lisa and me in reviewing the column, the same advice is equally applicable to all members. Don’t be shy! Get involved. Your participation will always be welcome.

Our regular IA columnist, Andrew Dillon, takes a break in this issue, but for those of you with an IA bent, be sure to take in Peter Boersma’s article in the e-government section, which discusses website development methodology.

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