of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 27, No. 5              June / July 2001



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SIG/III International Competition: Papers on Practical Collaborative Applications of Digital Libraries

Editor's Note: As we have been reporting in the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, last year the ASIST Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) held an international competition for the best papers on practical collaborative applications of digital libraries or information science and technology in advancing communications, information and knowledge in the developing world. To be eligible, the principal author had to be a citizen of a developing country. In this issue of the Bulletin we present the winner of third place honors in the competition. The paper was written by Chao-chen Chen of the Department of Adult and Continuing Education, National Taiwan Normal University, and  Hsueh-hua Chen and Kuang-hua Chen of the Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University. Other papers from the contest will appear in subsequent issues.

SIG/III is holding a similar competition for 2001 with the theme "Information in a Networked World: The Developing World Perspective." Winners will be invited to read their papers at the ASIST Annual Meeting 2001 in Washington, DC, November 3-8.

Competition organizers have announced that the paper topic for 2001 can be at the country or regional level. Papers should present a leading edge, salient and/or current issue, problem, concern, policy, idea or practice of information science and technology in the developing world such as, but not limited to, the following: the digital divide, privacy and copyright issues, electronic theses and dissertations, globalization and cultural identity, indigenous peoples, knowledge management, development of electronic resources across networks, bringing access to information to distant and/or disadvantaged communities, or the language issue.

For more details and entry information for the 2001 SIG/III International Paper Competition, contact Nathalie Leroy by e-mail at leroyn@un.org.

Irene L. Travis, Editor
Bulletin of the American Society for  Information Science and Technology

Winning Papers from the SIG/III 2000 Competition

1. Kyiho Lee (Republic of South Korea). Construction of a Full-Text Database and Service System for Korean Electronic Theses and Dissertations.

2. Aashish Sharma (India) and William Yurcik. The Emergence of Rural Digital Libraries in India: the Gyandoot Digital Library Intranet.

3. Chao-chen Chen, et al (Taiwan). The Design of Metadata Interchange for Chinese Information and Implementation of Metadata Management System.

4. Goswani (India). Statistical Databases in India: Toward a Better Dissemination.

5. Yan Quan Liu and Jin Zhang (China). Digital Library Infrastructure A Case Study on Sharing Information Resources in China.

6. Duncan Wambogo Omole (Kenya). Information Science and Technology in Developing Countries.

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