Building on the success of last year's conference, the JISC Conference
2005 programme will be built around the twin themes of Impact and
Integration. The conference will reflect the breadth of JISC activities
in providing guidance, advice and opportunities for
the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education
You can check out the conference programme for this event, to be held April 12, 2005 in Birmingham, England.
Perhaps the tag should be JISC2005? Just a suggestion.
Of particular interest to me as I contemplate better ways to Internet-integrate conferences is IUGO, a project to develop better technology in that area:
This project aims to develop a proof of concept
system to enable the integration of web-based content (and references
to non web-based content), related to individual conferences and
individual sessions within conferences, thus providing a means to
provide far great benefit to the wider research community than is
currently available from conference attendance.
Being digital for many European archives, libraries and museums (ALMs) is no longer an option but a reality. They have turned into "hybrid institutions" that take care of both, analogue as well as digital cultural resources. The conversion of all sorts of cultural contents into bits and bytes opens up a completely new dimension of reaching traditional and new audiences by providing access to cultural heritage resources in ways unimaginable a decade ago.
TWR1 (PDF,lo-res), February 2003: Customer Relationship Management; Digital Asset Management Systems;
Smart Labels and Smart Tags; Virtual Reality and Display Technologies; Human
Interfaces; Games Technologies.
TWR2 (PDF, lo-res), February 2004: The Application Service Model; The XML Family of Technologies; Cultural
Agents and Avatars, Electronic Programming Guides and Personalisation;
Mobile Access to Cultural Information Resources; Rights Management and
Payment Technologies; Collaborative Mechanisms and Technologies.
TWR3 (PDF, lo-res), December 2004: Open Source Software and Standards; Natural Language Processing;
Information Retrieval; Location-Based Systems; Visualisation of Data;
Telepresence, Haptics, Robotics.
They have also just published a Thematic Issue on research directions / roadmap for the cultural heritage space.
This report summarises the results of an expedition into the possible
future of digital heritage in the next 10-15 years. It is based on
contributions of researchers, heritage experts and professionals to a
DigiCULT online forum as well as the project's ongoing research.
The report is intended as a navigation tool for boards and directors of
heritage organisations and research centres, IT project managers, and
curators of digital collections, virtual exhibitions and environments.
a quarterly electronic journal presenting current news,
articles, interviews, opinions, and issues related to cultural heritage and
the information society.
As well, they have grouped selected feeds from Ariadne, D-Lib, BBC and other sources together in a Newsfeed Viewer. (As a side note, where can I get good feeds for Ariadne and D-Lib? They've obviously figured out a way.)
There are many other sections on the site. They provide three RSS feeds.
Many of us have been whining about how much the Special Libraries Association is charging for Internet access during the annual conference in Toronto.
how about the idea of getting some of our sponsor friends to support
our individual Internet access? I'd be happy to slap a sticker on my
machine saying "So-and-so paid for my Internet access" for free
You can read sample chapter 3 Introduction to Web Services Technologies: SOA, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI as HTML or PDF. You can also read sample chapter 7 Integrating XML and Databases (PDF). The author provides a great deal of web support, if somewhat repetitively mentioned and spread across many sites. In addition to the main one above, here are just a few selections
I also had a look on iTunes Music Store to see what they had available. The top selling audiobook on iTMS is Channeling Your Higher Self by Edgar Cayce. Err, what? Did I stumble on the iLoons Music Store by mistake?
I also just noticed that Acrobat Read... err now called Adobe Reader 7 has built-in audio-to-text text to audio, I guess this has been there since version 6. It's in the View menu, Read Out Loud. The preferences can be set in the Reading group.
Unfortunately, computer voice technology is still the same as the computer voice from War Games, circa 1983.
[UPDATE 2005-02-27: MacOS X is also already set up to speak text, through the Services->Speech menu (this is available the main application menu). I got better results sucking text out of Adobe into TextEdit and having it read there. Reader not only has this menu turned off, but it seems to be trying to read some embedded formatting info, causing it to spell out words unexpectedly.]
Any other bookish audio content out there that's good? (Please don't say podcasting.)
I can always also dig up good stuff from BBC Radio 4, NPR etc. but I'd rather not spend a lot of time looking around (because as I have mentioned, the whole point is I can't see very well at the moment.)
The systems environment needs to become simpler. We will see more
hosted solutions, better integration options in a 'web services'
environment, and some consolidation of supply.
Following on from this, data and services need to be made available in
ways which better facilitate their recombination in different user
contexts. This touches on what I have called intrastructure,
the applications tissue that allows us to more easily stitch together
systems and services. RSS feeds, URL-based web services, bookmarklets,
data import and export: these are all boundary crossing services which
enable better stitching.
We were just settling down on our laurels to have a rest and a cup
of tea, and to congratule ourselves on having done something rather new
and exciting with the Observer blog, when our attention is brought to
exciting developments in France. (Thank you Neville Hobson.)
It turns out that Le Monde, once the stuffiest newspaper in the world by a comfortable margin, has reader blogs.
Ordinary punters, as long as they are subscribers to Le Monde online,
can lash their blogs to the newspaper's masthead. Meanwhile, a handful
of journalists on Libération, a much less stuffy French newspaper, now have their own blogs.
Endeavor Information Systems is pleased to announce the first
general release of ENCompass for Journals OnSite (EJOS), a
sophisticated new system for locally storing and providing a single
point of access to electronic journal content from any publisher. Using
EJOS, libraries can locally load the full text journal content they
license, and enable their end users to search, browse, and view journal
articles through one standard user interface.
Beta testing of EJOS was completed earlier this year with the Canada
Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), a
scientific research organization [Note: Actually a national science library would be more accurate]. The Ontario Council of University
Libraries (OCUL) recently installed EJOS at the University of Toronto
(UT), where EJOS will support access to electronic journal content for
OCUL's twenty member libraries as part of the cooperative Ontario
Scholars Portal Project. Other libraries and organizations around the
world – in the United States, Italy, Germany, Turkey, China, and
elsewhere – are also turning to EJOS for local electronic journal
storage and access.
We're actually having a challenging time trying to get Exlibris to understand what we want to do with our resolver. What we want to do, is anyone can use it to resolve, but they're obviously going to land on resources they may not have access to if they're not from NRC or from our larger partner community.
Anyway, before I forget it, there is a bunch of work in this area, including a wiki list of public resolvers
MoinX is a Mac OS X desktop Wiki, built with ease of use in mind and rich with features. MoinX gives you a full blown and unmodified MoinMoin wiki without forcing you to run a full blown web server. Instead MoinX is bundled with the high performance Twisted webserver.
Please use the tag "northernvoice" for your flickr, del.icio.us, Technorati, jots, etc. tags for blog posts, podcasts, photos, etc. pertaining to the conference.
The posting also has some other ideas about how to manage conference blogging.
Anyway the tag is "northernvoice". (Personally I would have choisen northernvoice2005, although with better systems you could do tags like northernvoice+2005 or maybe even conference+northernvoice+2005.)
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