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Thursday, 30th September 2004

Towards Topic Driven Access to Full Text Documents

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Digital Preservation
Source: The New York Times
Grants Will Preserve Paperless Bits of History
"The Library of Congress is giving $15 million to eight institutions to preserve a range of electronic material, including Web sites relating to the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, digital maps, sound recordings and decades' worth of social science data. The grants, to be announced today, are part of a $100 million multiyear program, established by Congress and administered by the library, aimed at archiving resources that are increasingly born digital -- that is, as a Web site or an electronic database."
See Also: Library Of Congress Announces Awards Of $15 Million To Begin Building A Network Of Partners For Digital Preservation
See Also: Direct to the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIPP) Web Site
Digital Libraries
Source: ECDL
Papers from the European Digital Library Conferences are Now Online
The conference took place from September 12-17th at the University of Bath. Here are just a couple of that papers that I plan to take a look at:
+ Libraries, digital libraries, and digital library research
+ Evaluation of an Information System in an Information Seeking Process
+ Fiction Electronic Books: a Usability Study
+ DSpace: a Year in the Life of an Open Source Digital Repository System
+ Sound Footings: Building a National Digital Library of Australian Music
+ Towards Topic Driven Access to Full Text Documents
Union Catalogs
Source: Library World Records
International Union Catalogs
"At present hundreds of huge union catalogs, library network catalogs and consortium catalogs (all based on the Z39.50 networking protocol) are ongoing projects around the world, and most of them, notably those in Europe and North America are up and running. Electronic union catalogs are very valuable not just for catalogers but library users, researchers, lecturers, teachers, booksellers etc.... As long as the union catalogs being submitted, are in electronic format such as CD-ROM access or Internet access, and provide access to at least 5 large libraries, all URls sent will be added to this web page. The libraries in the union catalog can be part of a town, city, county, region, consortium, state, province or country, etc."
Source: San Jose Mercury News
Meet Anna Mancini, Company Archivist at Hewlett Packard
For your "cool job" file. From the article, "'I feel like I won the lottery,' Mancini says. 'It really is a once-in-a-career, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.'''
Open Access
Source: College & Research Libraries (via E-LIS archive)
Do Open Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact?
From the abstract, "hile many authors believe that their work has a greater research impact if it is freely available, studies to demonstrate that impact are few. This study looks at articles in four disciplines at varying stages of adoption of open access?philosophy, political science, electrical and electronic engineering and mathematics?to see if they have a greater impact, as measured by citations in the ISI Web of Science database, if their authors make them freely available on the Internet. The finding is that, across all four disciplines, freely available articles do have a greater research impact. Shedding light on this category of open access reveals that scholars in diverse disciplines are both adopting open access practices and being rewarded for it."
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