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Vol. 26, No. 5

June/July 2000

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Editor's Note

Emerging seems to be the adjective having its 15 minutes of fame, and the Bulletin would not want to be left behind. In this issue we indeed focus on two emerging areas with our cover story on the ASIS Summit 2000: Defining Information Architecture, held in April in Boston, and a special section on sound and speech in information retrieval based on panel presentations from the Annual Meeting last fall.  Each of these two sections has its own introduction, so I will only say enough here to whet your appetites.

For the summit we have genuine eyewitness accounts of this landmark event, which I hope will provide all who could not attend with some of its energy and substance. Many follow-on activities from the summit are already happening, as Dick Hill details in his report. Indeed the new ASIS sigia-list deposited 100 messages in my in-box in the last 24 hours, which seems to be forcing it to organize - dare I say adopt a classification system?  A digest is also available for those whose in-boxes are already full. Complete information within.

Information professionals looking for a challenge may also want to consider audio, which has so far had very little attention from the information science community. The articles in Sound and Speech in Information Retrieval are diverse, but they all focus on sound either as an object of retrieval or as an enhancement in the presentation and navigation of information online.  The interface discussions are in turn closely related to the concerns of information architects, many of whom focus on computer human interaction.

Finally, Gene Garfield brings us up-to-date on the status of the many ongoing society initiatives, including the name change, the restructuring of the SIGs and the appointment of new editors for the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) to replace the irreplaceable Martha Williams. Our thanks and best wishes to her on behalf of all members for many years of splendid work in planning and editing ARIST and in herding authors, an art in which I can attest she has no peers.

Irene L. Travis
Editor, ASIS Bulletin

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