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Thursday, November 21, 2002

8:30am - 10:00am


NSDL: The National Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Digital Library

Building on work done as part of the Digital Library Initiative, the National Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL) is under construction with funding from the National Science Foundation. The NSDL, expected to be one of the largest and most heterogeneous digital libraries yet built, will offer Internet access to highquality educational materials.

You will learn about:

NSDL's support of education at all levels: preK-12, undergraduate and lifelong learning

Some 60 NSDL projects focused on four major areas:

  • coordination and management of the library's core collections and services
  • aggregation and management of a subset of the library's content within a coherent theme or specialty
  • services which support users and collection providers and which enhance the impact, efficiency and value of the library
  • exploration of specific topics that have immediate applicability to collections, services and other aspects of the development of the digital library

John Saylor,
Cornell University
Saifur Rahman, Virginia Tech
Moderator: Deborah Helman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Media Asset Retrieval Systems (SIGs/VIS & CR)

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and public broadcasters recognize the critical importance of a concerted and cooperative plan to manage their vast library of content if they are to reach their goals for service in the digital age. Media asset management (MAM) is the framework upon which many of the largest technology projects will be built, including the future interconnection system between and among CPB member stations.

You will learn about:

  • Complex issues surrounding media asset management, such as metadata, indexing, controlled vocabularies, storage and access methods, rights management, technological infrastructure requirements and interoperability
  • Possible solutions to the problems
  • The breadth of research projects in the area.
  • Cooperation among CPB, its licensees and partners in university, museum and library communities to contribute to MAM solutions

Efthimis N. Efthimiadis
, University of Washington
JensErik Mai, University of Washington
Alison White, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Rob Robinson , National Public Radio

USDA Forest Service Content Analysis Developments for Natural Resource Management

The USDA Forest Service content analysis team (CAT) has analyzed millions of public comments and responses submitted to federal agencies as part of various natural resource decisionmaking processes. While the analyses facilitate open forums for participants to provide ideas, raise issues and voice concerns about national resource management, the organization of the data for future use is a massive undertaking. CAT has recently developed a sophisticated Oracle relational database application capable of storing and collating a virtually unlimited number of public comments.

You will learn about:

  • Its ability to apply a wide range of powerful analytical tools to the process of resolution and decision-making
  • The application's compatibility with other relational database products
  • Its proposed evolution to take advantage of Oracle's most advanced features

Frank Lamb
David V. Chevaliér, USDA
Robert Dow, USDA
Ginger Hamilton, USDA

Designing Information Communities for the 3D Environment (SIG/VIS)

3D imaging is quickly becoming a feasible display medium for applications in the humanities. As we build the information community that will access these 3D representations, the creators, designers, implementers and researchers must continue to talk to one another.

You will learn about:

  • Storing and serving large datasets
  • Preservation metadata for migration
  • User studies
  • Collaboration variables in needed partnerships
  • The relationship between 3D images and video still frames

Timothy Rowe
, University of Texas at Austin
Daniel Gelaw, University of North Texas
Elise Lewis, University of North Texas
Miguel Morales Arroyo , University of North Texas
Walter Noot, Arias 3D
Sam Hastings, University of North Texas
Brian O'Connor, University of North Texas

Society Metrics in the Global Environment (SIG/III)

As the socalled knowledge or digital economy spreads through the world, a number of methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, are being developed to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of countries in their readiness to become a part of the networked global environment.

You will learn about:

  • The underlying assumptions behind the variety of instruments and approaches developed for these purposes
  • Their comparative advantages and disadvantages
  • Relevance of such measures to the various stakeholders
  • The hidden assumption that the density of digital appliances and applications reflects the degree of advancement of a society
  • The need for and feasibility of introducing various human factors as part of the measurements

John Agada
, Emporia State University
Charles Kenny, The World Bank
Leah Lievrouw, University of California, Los Angeles
Yu-hong Zhou , Strategic Information Center, Shanghai Library/ISTIS
Moderators: Liwen Vaughan, University of Western Ontario, and Michel Menou, City University (London)

Opportunistic Acquisition of Information: The New Frontier for User Studies (SIG/USE)

Human information acquisition consists of purposeful actions and opportunistic experiences through which people find information. While information-seeking behavior has been a dominant interest of user studies research, opportunistic acquisition of information has until recently been largely neglected.

You will learn about:

  • A growing interest to perform empirical investigation into such concepts as information encountering, accidental discovery of information and serendipitous information retrieval
  • The promise of this emerging research to enrich our understanding of the complex nature of human information behavior
  • Findings of research efforts to model and investigate various aspects of opportunistic acquisition of information

Sanda Erdelez
, University of Missouri, Columbia
Elaine Toms, University of Toronto
Makiko Miwa, National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan
Kevin Rioux , University of Texas at Austin


Tour:  Chemical Heritage Foundation (space is limited, please register)

10:30am - 12:00noon


Community and Forms of Knowledge (SIGs KM & HFIS)

The relationship between forms of knowledge and the past, present and future shape of communities remains an increasingly acute problem. With the emergence of new digital systems to shape and reshape communities, how we may imagine and enact communities changes. This panel explores these issues according to empirical and theoretical approaches.

Elisabeth Davenport
, Napier University
Leah A. Lievrouw, University of California at Los Angeles
Ronald E. Day, Wayne State University

Current Research in Digital Image Management (SIG/VIS)

Four LIS researchers in the area of digital image management provide up-to-the-minute updates on research in this important area.

You will learn about:

  • Current research activities with regard to still or moving images
  • How digital image management research fits into the broader picture of image research
  • The primary research issues in image management
  • Where further development is needed

Howard Besser
, University of California, Los Angeles
Abby A. Goodrum, Syracuse University
Samantha K. Hastings, University of North Texas
James M. Turner , University of Montreal

Subject Metadata from the Other Side (SIG/CR)

Who should you turn to when you need to create high quality subject metadata? Professional indexers are often the first choice, but they are costly and often unavailable. Who else can you use? In the print environment, authors contribute subject keywords and abstracts to scientific and scholarly publications. Will that work for Web-based resources?

You will learn about:

  • The likelihood that authors can create good quality subject metadata for Web-based digital resources
  • Other classes of persons, without professional training, who might assign subject metadata to digital resources
  • Tools available to assist non-professionals in producing subject metadata
  • Creation of subject metadata by government employees and research scientists with subject expertise but no professional training
  • FAST, a tool that makes Library of Congress Subject Headings' rich vocabulary easier to understand and use

Jian Qin
, Syracuse University, Collaborative Construction of a Content Architecture for Digital Resources
Jane Greenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, An Examination of Scientists' Ability to Create Subject Metadata for Web Pages
Edward T. O'Neill, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST)
Grete Pasch, University of Texas at Austin, The Implicit Representation of Subject Metadata on Web Pages
Moderator: Francis Miksa, University of Texas at Austin

Working With or Around Your ILS? Solutions from the Real World (SIG/LAN)

Does your integrated library system (ILS) provide the features and flexibility that you need in this digital world? Is your ILS vendor ready or able to keep up with the demand for greater functionality? Have you been left to develop intermediate solutions or to look to third-party software applications to meet your needs? This session will present the work of four projects undertaken to add functionality to integrated library systems.

You will learn about:

  • Working with your current vendor to develop solutions
  • Developing scripts and installing software that works in tandem with your system
  • Setting up an open source system to replace traditional ILS vendor products

Carol H. Wu
, Brock University, "Introducing the ILS to the Citrix Terminal Server"
Colleen Cuddy, NYU School of Medicine
Peter Schlumpf, Avanti Library Systems
Stuart Spore, NYU School of Medicine, "Marc Mesh in the Library Catalog"
Mark Needleman, SIRSI

the Digital Divide as Capacity Building for the Information Economy (SIG/III)

Disparities in usage of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) between  western industrialized and developing countries threaten to further marginalize the latter in the emergent global information economy. Increased  usage of ICTs in developing countries could create skills and opportunities to  improve effectiveness in everyday activities to inform society, if plans and strategies are geared to local development challenges and not merely  imported from abroad.

You will learn about:

  • Digital divide discourse and policy initiatives drawing on experiences from public libraries, schools and telecentres in Africa and Latin America
  • ICT programs within the context of larger socioeconomic issues that influence development of intellectual capital for sustainable growth
  • Challenges of enhancing social and economic equity through ICT programs in Nigeria
  • Experimental programs to harness local intellectual capital in El Salvador
  • ICT policy solutions which would empower citizens to reform their political, economic and educational environments.

John Agada
, Emporia State University
Christina Courtright
, Indiana University
Michel Menou
, City University, UK

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