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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology           Vol. 30, No. 5               June/July 2004

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World Wide Web Inventor to Speak at 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and currently director of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), will deliver one of two keynote addresses at the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, November 13-18, 2004.

JC Herz, author of Joystick Nation: How Videogames Ate Our Quarters, Won Our Hearts, and Rewired Our Minds and Surfing on the Internet is also slated for a keynote address at the conference.

Berners-Lee, the son of computer scientists, studied physics at Queen's College at Oxford University, graduating in 1976. By 1980, he was working as a software consultant at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, where he created Enquire, a system to help him remember connections between various people and projects at the lab.  In its early years, Enquire was expanded into a system that his colleagues could use to share information from one computer to the next without a central database. In 1989, he proposed taking Enquire to the next level by creating a network based on his memory project.

Berners-Lee envisioned a global information space where computers everywhere would be linked and available to all. The existence of two technologies – hypertext and the Internet – would let him turn his vision into a reality. Hypertext would allow any document to be linked to any other document. The Internet would allow those documents to be transmitted. And thus were planted the seeds of the World Wide Web.

JC Herz, principal of Joystick Nation, Inc., a consultancy that applies the principles of complex systems and game design to products, services and learning systems, is recognized as one of the World Economic Forum's "Global Leaders of Tomorrow." Herz's focus is networked interaction design and systems that leverage the intrinsic characteristics of networked communication. Among the clients of Joystick Nation are multinational corporations, non-profit organizations and the U.S. Department of Defense.

A noted journalist, lecturer and educator, Herz has conducted numerous workshops on game design, networked experience design and brand strategy in networked markets. She currently sits on the National Research Council's Committee on Creativity and Information Technology. She was the New York Times' first computer game critic.

The two speakers will join dozens of other practitioners, researchers, academics and writers discussing the conference theme of Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts.

The information society, especially after recent world events, is displaying an increasing tension between forces that encourage and discourage integration and cooperation. A major focus of this conference will be on conflicts and solutions involving many national and international information cultures, including social, professional, educational and technological interests.

The Bulletin will continue to provide new details about the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. For more frequent updates, please check the ASIS&T website at www.asis.org.

News about ASIS&T Chapters

The Central Ohio ASIS&T (CO-ASIST) chapter joined with the SLA chapter of Central Ohio to present a workshop on Managing and Working in the Collaborative Environment: Techniques and Technology to Make Collaborations Easier.  Mary Stansbury of Kent State University led the workshop, which looked at insights, techniques and strategies to help people maximize their collaboration efforts.

Samantha Hastings, current ASIS&T president and associate professor and fellow of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, University of North Texas, was the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Central Ohio ASIS&T chapter in May.

The Northern Ohio ASIS&T (NORASIST) chapter, in conjunction with the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians, presented a program on Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR): Challenge, Opportunity or . . ., with Maja Zumer, assistant professor of library and information science at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). FRBR is a 1998 recommendation of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to restructure catalog databases to reflect the conceptual structure of information resources.

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS) held a spring half-day workshop on OpenURL: De-Mystified, offering technical explanations and real-world applications surrounding this context-sensitive standard.

The Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIS) is soliciting nominations for its annual Contributions to Information Science and Technology Award, which goes to one or more individuals who have made significant contributions to the field. Recipients are recognized by their colleagues as exceptional leaders whose dedication, commitment and vision inspire others, or whose singular contribution to the field of information science has been particularly significant. Deadline for nominations is July 30, 2004.

In conjunction with the Lazerow Lecture Series, sponsored by Thomson ISI, the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS) presented Karen Spärck Jones, 2002 ASIS&T Award of Merit winner and emeritus professor of computers and information at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, in a talk on Information Retrieval Research: Old Ideas, Current Challenges and New Possibilities.

The ASIS&T Pacific Northwest Chapter held a spring meeting on The Impact of Ubiquitous Information, featuring sessions on such topics as personal information management, metadata, infoglut and content management.

For its May meeting, the Potomac Valley Chapter (PVC) of ASIS&T featured Amy Berger, Section 508 Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, in a talk on Web Site Accessibility: The Nuts & Bolts of Section 508 Compliance.

News from an ASIS&T SIG

SIG/III Announces 5th International Paper Contest

ASIS&T Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) will once again honor information science professionals in developing countries who share their experiences and studies in the 5th annual International Paper Contest. International journal publisher Elsevier has contributed funds to support the contest and expenses for the winners to attend the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, November 13-18, 2004.

The theme for this year's contest is Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts - The Developing World Perspective. The paper topic can be at the country or regional level and should address issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of this theme.

The SIG/III International Paper Contest facilitates and enhances better communication and interaction among ASIS&T members and their international colleagues on information issues. Since its inception in 2000, the contest has attracted increasing numbers of papers from many countries. In 2003, 51 papers from 23 countries were submitted. Many papers have been published in Elsevier's International Information and Library Review. More information is available from the Paper Contest page at www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/.

Six winners will be selected. The panel of judges includes Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee; Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto; Nathalie Leroy, United Nations; Duncan Omole, The World Bank; Liwen Vaughan, University of Western Ontario; and Hong Xu, University of Pittsburgh. Contest chairs are Yunfei Du, Wayne State University; Nathalie Leroy, United Nations; and Sue O'Neill Johnson, SIG/III immediate past chair.

The prize for each winner is a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. In addition, thanks to the continued generous support from Elsevier, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration and accommodations while attending the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Publishing Opportunities

Submitted papers will be considered for posting on the SIG/III website as pre-publications. In addition, they will also be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the International Information and Library Review, subject to the usual peer refereeing process.

Information for Authors

Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of and resides in a developing country are eligible. Previous winners in the International Paper Contest are not eligible. Papers should be original, unpublished and in English.

ASIS&T Copyright Policy

ASIST will have the non-exclusive right to publish any of the papers submitted on its website or in print, with ownership and all other rights remaining with the author.


Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5000 words, by June 30, 2004. Electronic submission is encouraged. For more information or to submit manuscripts, contact Yunfei Du by e-mail at the following address: yunfei@wayne.edu

Please check the SIG III website (www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/) for a list of previous winners, sample papers and success stories of some previous winners.

News about ASIS&T Members

Allison Druin, assistant professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, is one of 12 individuals appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). Her appointment, which will end in 2006, was approved by the Senate earlier this year.

Bonnie Carroll, former ASIS&T president, and current president of Information International Associates (IIa), Oak Ridge, TN, is one of the nation's 100 "most valuable information technology (IT) professionals," according to Federal Computer Week (FCW), which makes the award. Carroll was cited for her long-time leadership in CENDI, the federal STI managers group. FCW describes the winners as individuals with "uncommon vision" who play pivotal roles in the federal IT community.  They are the ones who make a "lasting impact" on their organizations and their communities.

Clifford Lynch, former ASIS&T president and current executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), has been named the 2004 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Lippincott Award.  The award "recognizes an individual for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship." 

Norman Horrocks, professor emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University, is the 22nd annual recipient of the International Kaula Gold Medal and Citation, which honors a distinguished librarian, documentalist or teacher of library and information science. Horrocks was selected by the International Awards Committee of the Professor Kaula Endowment for Library and Information Science.

Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was the featured speaker for the April session of the HCIL Spring Seminar Series at the University of Maryland. The title of his scheduled talk was Agile Views for Digital Video.

Treasurer Presents ASIS&T Audit

ASIS&T Treasurer Cecilia Preston has presented the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2003 to the ASIS&T Board of Directors.

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