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Cultivate Interactive Issue 7: News and Events

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News

Image Metadata Dictionary

NISO logoThe Scout Report of June 14, 2002 (Volume 8, Number 22) advises that the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) in collaboration with the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) has released the "Data Dictionary for Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images" for trial use for the period June 1, 2002 to December 31, 2003.

The data dictionary presents a "comprehensive list of technical data elements relevant to the management of digital still images", and has been designed to "facilitate interoperability between systems, services, and software as well as to support the long-term management of and continuing access to digital image collections".

The data dictionary, downloadable from the NISO web site, is aimed at organisations digitising image-based materials in historical collections.

Further Information?: See the news item on El.pub Link to external resource or the Data Dictionary Link to an email address or the Scout Report Link to an email address

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Royal Library of Sweden in the Clear

Royal Library of Sweden  logoTomas Lidman, National Librarian at the Royal Library of Sweden recently announced a government decree that places the Web archiving activities of the Library within the law. Work done by the Royal Library in acquiring, preserving and making accessible everything found on the Swedish Internet has hitherto remained in a grey area legally, the Library feeling obliged to adopt a wait-and-see policy until its legal position was clarified. As a result it has rejected all inquiries requesting access to the material that it has archived. But now, with effect from 1st.July, decree 2002:287 authorises the Royal Library not only to collect Swedish Web sites on the Internet but also to allow the public access to its material within the Library premises. [I hope it does not stop there.]

Further Information?: Visit the Web site of Royal Library of Sweden Link to external resource or see the LIS-EUROPEAN-PROGRAMMES list archive Link to an email address .

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TEL Milestone Conference Report Available

logo of The European LibrarySusann Solberg and Dr. Britta Woldering on behalf of the TEL group have recently announced the availabilty of the conference report and presentations from "The European Library - Milestone Conference" between April 29 - 30, 2002 at the Deutsche Bibliothek Frankfurt-am-Main.

They report that 115 colleagues from 23 countries were a highly constructive and critical professional audience to discuss the main topics of the conference:

Further Information?: See the conference report Link to an email address plus presentations are also available from the TEL Web site. Link to an email address

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Fastest Megabytes in the West

Internet 2 logoThe current Internet 2 Land Speed Record was set on 9 April 2002 by a team from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks; the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam and SURFnet, the national computer network for higher education and research in the Netherlands. The team transferred 625 megabytes of data across 12,272 kilometers from Fairbanks, Alaska to Amsterdam at 401 megabit per second (more than 7,500 times faster than a typical computer modem) using the networking capabilities of the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, an access point to leading-edge networks; the Internet2 Abilene backbone network; StarLight, the advanced optical infrastructure and proving ground in Chicago, Illinois; and SURFnet. The Internet 2 Land Speed Record (I2-LSR) competition for the highest bandwidth, end-to-end networks is an open and ongoing contest.

[Perhaps this news will effectively counter the opinion, (I have once heard expressed), that the most effective means of mass data transfer is to load a 10-ton lorry with floppy disks and deliver it to the recipient's A: drive.....]

Further Information?: See Internet 2's Web site Link to external resource or see the news item on El.pub Link to an email address .

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Events

European session at the EVA 2002

Where?: Imperial College and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
When?: 22-29 July 2002

The main aim of this 50th. anniversary conference at the original 1990 EVA venue, Imperial College, is to provide a forum for not only the relevant scientific research communities but users, suppliers and people from government, media, publishing, hi-tech industry and education. The conference organisers see this as a must for anyone interested in or considering getting involved in "Culture x Technology". So not just university and culture researchers but people from all levels of government, local to European, cultural tourism and foundations are likely to find something of value.

Of particular interest is a special European session on 26th.July at Imperial. Entitled "Serving the Citizen", it will include 8 TRIS trials, projects CHIMER, PULMAN and VALHALLA, the achievements of the Fifth Framework Programme and an update on the Sixth Framework. Other sessions are entitled:

The conference will also offer symposia, including a session on Performing Arts, Film, Video & Broadcasting and New Technologies, tutorials, including Designing a Web-Based Digital Access System and Virtual Restoration & Copyright - Technical Protection. There will also be workshops, three of which are Digital Photo Libraries - Operational & Business Issues Including E-Commerce, Multilingual Systems in "Culture x Technology" and "Networks of Excellence" in the 6th Framework Programme & Alternative Financing .

One of the major conference topics on 25th. July will be Bringing in the New European Associated & Independent States.

Further Information?: Visit the EVA 2002 London site Link to an email address .

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4th E-ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia in Europe)

Where?: Thessaloniki, Greece
When?: 3-5 October 2002

This conference plans sessions on Archiving involving OCLC (ECO), JSTOR, National Libraries' Projects and A. Mellon Foundation Initiative. There will be sessions on Collaborative Reference and a discussion on experiences from EU and US on Collaborative Web Reference.

The conference will also address the advantages and disadvantages of Big Deals. Sessions are planned on e-books and Learned Societies.

Further Information?: Visit the E-ICOLC site Link to an email address .

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School for Scanning

Where?: Koninklijke Bibliotheek - The National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, The Netherlands
When?: 16-18 October, 2002

What is the School for Scanning?
This international conference, announced by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), provides current and essential information for collections managers who are seeking to create, manage, and preserve digital assets. Participants will feel better able to make informed choices regarding management of their digital projects. Although significant technical content will be presented, this is not a technician-training program.

Conference content will include:

The conference, which will be presented entirely in English, is funded in part by The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). It is co-sponsored by the European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek - The National Library of the Netherlands (KB).

Further Information?: Visit the NEDCC site Link to an email address .

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Date of Page: 11 July 2002