Due to the current administrations attitude towards science, an international movement has begun to bring attention to the importance of scientific research and evidence-based policies. A March For Science is scheduled around the world on April 22, 2017 (earth day) to assure that the relationship between science and democracy does not continue to erode. Because Information Science impacts all areas of society, we believe this is an important movement for ASIS&T to support. We are calling on our members to support the message that science is important to a civilized world, and ask that you participate in whatever way you can. Continue reading CALL TO ACTION: MARCH FOR SCIENCE
sharing things by Virginia Ortiz-Repiso, EUChap Chair
Library and Information Science Department within the framework of its Doctoral Program Library Science: Archives and Libraries in the Digital Environment, and with the collaboration and sponsorship of the FullBright Spain Commission, had the pleasure of receiving Professor Carol Tenopir of the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) on March 2 and 3, 2017 in Madrid.
Professor Tenopir, as all of us well know, is a renowned researcher with more than 200 papers published in the most relevant journals in our area. Among other merits, honored with the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from the American Society for Information Science / Institute for Scientific Information (1993), the ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence (2000) as well as the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Research Award (2002) and the International Information Industry Lifetime Achievement Award (2004).
Professor Tenopir held informal meetings with students, assistants and members of the Department and two lectures:
- Reading for Research: Scholarly Publications in the Work Life of Researchers (video, and slides)
- Research Data Services in European Universities: Current Offerings and Plans for the Future (video, and slides).
Note from Virginia Ortiz-Repiso, EUChap Chair
ASIS&T Chapters and SIGs are collaborating on an ASIS&T presentation at the iSchool conference in Wuhan, China (March 22-25th). The Asian Pacific, European, European Student and Taipei Chapters, along with SIG III will all discuss their programs and how their activities closely support the iSchool concept. In addition we will discuss the value of ASIS&T membership and it’s close correlation to professional success. A raffle will be held at the presentation with prizes being five free ASIS&T membership, and refreshments will be provided by the Asian Pacific Chapter. If you’re attending the conference in Wuhan, make sure to attend this exciting collaborative presentation. The presentation will be held on Friday March 24th from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at the Southern Lake, fifth floor.
All the best,
We want to share with you some testimonies from Europe
- Eugene Garfield – In memoriam by Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić
- In memoriam: Eugene Garfield, key figure in scientific documentation and UB (Universitat de Barcelona) Honorary Doctorate, dies at age 91
- Laudation delivered by Cristóbal Urbano, lecturer at the Faculty of Library and Information Science, during the ceremony in which Eugene Garfield was awarded the University of Barcelona’s honorary degree the Doctor honoris causa, on 14 June 2016 in the Paranymph Hall of this university’s Historic Building.
- Interview Eugene Garfield at the University of Barcelona: “I am often depressed to see authors who neglect the earlier literature” (2016/09/07)
To him be glory and thanks.
Eugene Garfield – In memoriam (Published in Croatian Information and Documentation Society’s Newsletter)
On Sunday, February 26, 2017 the great Gene Garfield passed away.
Eugene Garfield was born on September 1925 in New York. He graduated from Columbia University in his native town in 1949. He received the title of MSc from the same University. In 1954 he defended a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
Afterwards he was awarded several honorary doctorates (the University Vrije in Brussels, in 1988, at the State University of New York at Albany in 1990, from the Thomas Jefferson University in 1991, the University of Rome Tor Vergata in1994, and the Karolinska University in Prague in 1995.) Gene Garfield started his career as a research scientist in the field of chemistry in 1949, after which he worked as a chemist at Columbia University, in 1950 and 1951, and became a member of a project team for machine indexing. From 1954 to1960 he was CEO of Eugene Garfield Associates in Philadelphia. In 1960 he founded the Institute for Scientific Information – ISI and was its president from 1960 to 1993, and since 1994 its honorary president. In 1986 he became owner of the journal The Scientist. He was associate professor of information science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, Member of Rockefeller University since 1978 and a member of many international scientific institutes. His scientific work is enormous and among others includes the books Citation Indexing Theory and Its Application in Science, Technology and Humanities (in a series of Information Science) and Transliterated Dictionary of the Russian Language. He wrote articles and editorials in Current Comments and Current Contents, since 1956 in Commentary and The Scientist.
He is worldwide known for his innovative, and widely used information service Current Contents (since 1956). Well known and much quoted are his Essays of an Information Scientist, published in 15 volumes, from 1962 to 1993. He was member of many professional and scientific associations in the United States and abroad and won numerous high awards.
It is difficult, almost impossible to list all Garfield achievements. He will especially be remembered in Croatia, with his overwhelming contribution to the development of automatic indexing and scientific information. He visited Croatia in 2004, and was guest of honor at International Conference LIDA (Libraries in the digital age). Although with health problems he kindly responded to our request and spent with participants LIDA three unforgettable days in Dubrovnik and the island of Mljet. He gave a specifically prepared talk and, as he admitted, he was very nervous because it was the first time his youngest son, Alexander Merton Garfield, listened to him teach. Alex, along with his father, will be remembered by Osijek students as a simple, friendly and very approachable persons. I dare to believe that Gene Garfield not only remained in the memories of many students who have then seen and heard him, but that he encouraged their further study and activities in Information Science.
Personally, I feel that we have lost a great scientist and a friend who has always found time to talk to colleagues from our region and generously helped whenever we needed it.
To him be glory and thanks.
Bukovac Sungerski, Croatia, February 27, 2017.
Research in virtual and augmented reality, human-computer interaction, human motion tracking, and computer graphics and vision, with a focus on healthcare applications, were the topics of Greg Welch’s opening plenary speech, “Bridging the Telepresence Valley,” at the annual meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 14–18, 2016. This was the first time an annual ASIS&T meeting was held outside of the U.S. or Canada.
For the panel “Tomato tomahto: European perspectives on information science” at the AM2016 organized by our chapter member Julian Isabella gathered and condensed information on how EUChap members perceive the concept ‘information science’ from their particular point of view and specific background. The descriptions and definitions were categorized and major as well as outstanding viewpoints have been presented during the panel. With the help of 12 members Isabella could build a map of concepts related to ‘information science’ that also provided a ‘visual’ starting point for discussion among panelists and the audience.
For all that could not attend, and for those that want to reminisce about the Annual Meeting in Copenhagen this October:
If you want to know what the Library and Informaiton Science community did in Copenhagen this October, listen to our board member Agnes Mainka. She participated in an ASIS&T competition and created a digitale story about her experiences and adventures in Copenhagen, from talks and meetings with colleagues to the first Barcamp of the European Student Chapter.
Congratulations to Agnes: She succeeded in the competition and received a prize for her storify.
This post was submitted by Anna Maria Tammaro, PhD
Post from asis.org.
ASIS&T President Lynn Silipigni Connaway participated at two events this past October in Italy, introducing ASIS&T to Italian professionals, students and scholars. This was the first time ASIS&T has presented in Italy — the relevance of these events is high, considering that in Italy, Information Science is misunderstood as Computer Science and that there is still confusion about Documentation, Library Science and Information Science.
On Friday, October 21 the DILL International Master Consortia organized the DILL Master’s Student Research Colloquium in Parma University at the Department of Information Engineering. Panel experts included Graham Walton (UK), Ursula Georgy (Germany), Elena Corradini (IT) and DILL professors and was chaired by Lynn Silipigni Connaway. Ms. Connaway introduced the audience to ASIS&T;s networking history, activities and trends; stressing the importance of research as a professional career.
The DILL master’s students had the opportunity to give a lightning talk style presentation on their research projects. There was also the opportunity to network with colleagues, ask questions to the Panel, and discuss their research projects in an open environment.
On Monday October 24, ASIS&T collaborated with DILL International Master Consortia, AIUCD (Italian Digital Humanities branch of the European EADH) and OCLC Research to organize a Workshop entitled “Digital Humanities, Digital Library and Information Science: what relationship?” in Florence at the Biblioteca Umanistica University of Florence. The aim of the Workshop was to engage digital humanities scholars and digital library professionals and researchers in a conversation about Information Science and the research done by the two communities. The objectives of the Workshop were to build a bridge between Digital Humanities and Digital Libraries communities, outlining areas of synergies and possible cooperation.
Ms. Connaway, as keynote of the Workshop, introduced ASIS&T to the 50 participants and described the initial results of research being conducted on digital technology’s impact on scholars and librarians.
Participating Speakers were:
- Maurizio Lana University of Piemonte Orientale, creator of digilibLT project and chair of the ADHO Multilinguality Multiculturality Standing Committee.
- Enrica Salvatori, University of Pisa, Assistant Professor of History, and Archaeological Informatics.
- Maria Simi. Associate Professor. President of the study programmes in Digital Humanities; Member of the Digital Culture laboratory
- Gianmaria Silvello is Assistant professor at Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova
- Paolo Sirito of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart , Milano. Library Department
- Liliana Gregori of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Library Department,
- Gabriele Lunati Amministratore delegato IFNET-OCLC
- Titia van der Werf is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research based in OCLC’s Leiden office. Titia coordinates OCLC Research
As a first result of the Workshop, an interesting conversation started about the gap between Digital Humanities scholars and Digital Libraries. The gap was evidenced on:
- Weakness of network among staff, librarians, and faculty
- Lack of shared vocabulary for describing research questions
- Different teaching philosophies and strategies
After the Workshop, there is the intention to continue the conversation about the following key questions:
- What kind of partnership (bridge) between staff, librarians, faculty is needed? What collaboration is desiderable?
- What are the education and training needs of staff, librarians, faculty? Research has to be done
- Is Information Science the common discipline?
The conversation continues in Italian in the AIUCD Blog: http://infouma.hypotheses.org
It is also vital to continue the discussion at the international level; and could be very helpful in continuing the collaboration with ASIS&T to bridge the evidenced gap.
Post submitted by Anna Maria Tammaro, PhD,
Chair IFLA Library Theory and Research Section
Presidente Comitato Scientifico UNIPR CoLab
Università di Parma, Italy