(asis '97)

November 1-6, 1997
Washington, DC


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CONFERENCE THEME

Digital Collections:

Implications for Users, Funders, Developers, and Maintainers

The emergence of the Global Information Association has profound implications for the future: implications for how we work, how our children discover their world, how we communicate and form relationships, and how we understand, appreciate, and transmit to fu ture generations the richness of ideas and experiences. Poised at the intersection of research, scholarship, communication, publishing, entertainment, and commerce, digital collections have the potential to combine the ideas and methodologies of wide-rang ing disciplines in unique and creative ways and of effecting technological and social change. This integration can enrich perspectives and expand our ability to understand how the various sectors could benefit from and participate in emerging global netwo rks. But it can also lead to social, economic, and political isolation, control, and mediocrity.

The ASIS 1997 meeting will deal broadly with the emerging phenomenon of collections of digital objects — text, image, sound, and multimedia — accumulated in central as well as distributed repositories or virtual collections. Topics to be address ed will include research, technical, cultural, political, economic, and other key issues for users, funders, developers, and maintainers. These themes will be elaborated by keynote and invited speakers, and through refereed papers, panels, technical sessi ons, and other presentations which will address the following aspects of digital collections.

(Users) Users. Who are the users? What are their capabilities and needs? What are the benefits for users? What are useful evaluation mechanisms? What existing research is applicable? What research needs to be done? What is the bigger social, political, and commercial context into which digital collections fit? What are the negative impacts? How can the bandwidth and server gap between multimedia and text browsers be overcome? How will access be guaranteed?

(Funders) Funders. What are the funding sources? What are their political and commercial expectations? How can funding be secured to digitize less profitable subject areas such as the arts and humanities? How can collaboration and cooperation be encouraged? What are the funding realities? What returns can be expected on the investments? How can these returns be realized?

(Developers) Developers. What are the practical technical applications? What are the current and future technical architectures? What current research is applicable? What research needs to be done? What are the issues of intellectual access?

(Maintainers) Maintainers. How will digital collections be maintained? What are the information management issues? What tools are needed for managing collections (both high-end "quality" collections and personal or small user community collections)? How can the authenticity, validity, and reliability of objects be identified and maintained?


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Contributed Papers

Contributed Papers address one or more of the research issues outlined above. Presention of each paper will be 15-25 minutes. All papers have been refereed and will be published in the printed Proceedi ngs of the conference. Click on the Papers icon to access the list papers that have been accepted for presentation at the conference and the electronic Proceedings. The Contributed Papers Coordinator is Mark E. Rorvig, Associate Professo r, University of North Texas, School of Library and Information Sciences, P.O. Box 13796, Denton, TX 76203-6796, tel: (817) 565-2445, fax: (817) 565-3101, email: mrorvig@jove.acs.unt.edu.

Instructions for Authors. Camera-ready copy for the Proceedings is due on June 1, 1997. Send camera-ready copy to the Proceedings Editor: Candy S. Schwartz, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA, 02115-5898, tel: (617) 521-2849, fax: (617) 521-3192, email: cschwartz@simmons.edu.

Additional Information for Authors


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Panels, Technical Sessions, and Other Presentations

Panels, Technical Sessions, and other Presentations are developed by an ASIS Special Interest Group (SIG), by collaboration among two or more SIGs, and/or with other organizations and individuals within t he ASIS community. Proposals have been reviewed by the Sessions Coordinator in coordination with the ASIS SIG Steering Committee. The Sessions Coordinator is Stephen Toney, Systems Planning, 2205 Gabriel Drive, Las Vagas, NV 89119, t el & fax: (702) 795-3831, email: systems@compuserve.com.

Instructions for Authors. Camera-ready copy for the Proceedings will be due on June 1, 1997. Send camera-ready copy to the Proceedings Editor: Candy S. Schwartz, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA, 02115-5898, tel: (617) 521-2849, fax: (617) 521-3192, email: cschwartz@simmons.edu.

Additional Information for Session Organizers


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ASIS 1997 Annual Meeting Technical Program Committee:

Technical Program Chair
Joseph A. Busch
Program Manager
The Getty Information Institute
401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100
Santa Monica, CA 90401
tel: (310) 451-6343
fax: (310) 451-5570
email:
jbusch@getty.edu

Contributed Papers Coordinator: Mark Rorvig
Sessions Coordinator: Stephen Toney
Proceedings Editor: Candy S. Schwartz
Webeditor: Arthur Hendricks, bvah@odin.cc.pdx.edu

Committee Members:
David Bearman, Archives and Museum Informatics, Pittsburgh, PA, email: dbear@archimuse.com
Nicholas J. Belkin, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ, email: belkin@scils.rutgers.edu
Bernd Frohman, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, email: frohmann@julian.uwo.ca
Judy Gerber, Digital Equipment Corp., Colorado Springs, CO, email: j_gerber@csc32.enet.dec.com
Myke H. Gluck, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, email: mgluck@lis.fsu.edu
Karen M.G. Howell, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, email: khowell@calvin.usc.edu
Mark E. Rorvig, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, email: mrorvig@jove.acs.unt.edu
Candy S. Schwartz, Simmons College, Boston, MA, email: cschwartz@simmons.edu
Stephen Toney, Systems Planning , Las Vegas, NV, email: systems@compuserve.com


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To find out more about ASIS, its publications, conferences, and membership, visit the ASIS Web site.