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Collaboration in Digital Libraries: Luminous Ideas from Health Informatics, Academic Libraries, and Historical Archives

(Sponsored by SIG-KM and SIG-DL)

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


A widespread effort to develop digital libraries in science and academia in recent years has produced numerous success stories. This panel shares their professional and personal experiences in the development and maintenance of digital libraries. As a group they offer a luminous description of how to apply methodologies, processes and workflow representations of collaboration to digital library creation and maintenance in various domains. The panel believes that collaboration contributes to the continuation of the synergy that may initially ignite efforts to create a digital library. Knowledge management questions in today’s digital library environment are discussed by panelists: how do you collect or harvest digitized artifacts for a library in a collaborative process supporting contributor, contribution, and the metadata? How do you capture that process? If it can be represented as a work flow, how can knowledge managers improve access for contributors, users, and librarians. Plus, can you measure the collaboration itself? The panel will discuss these questions using a forum approach. The panelists will share what they have learned putting digital information technology and research concepts into practice in three very different domains: the Missouri Health Institute Health/Bioinformatics Digital Library, the iLumina project for undergraduate math and science funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the NC ECHO Heritage Project to preserve history and heritage in a digital format, the Digital Library for Earth Science Education (DLESE) and the Digital Library for Information Science and Technology (DLIST).

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