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Metadata Musings from IASSIST 2006

A metadata novice ponders questions raised at this years conference

Open Data Surfaces at the ALA Annual Meeting

On May 11, 2006, the following announcement was made about an upcoming forum at the American Library Association annual meeting that will address issues related to Open Data.

During the past several years, Open Data has become a field of urgent interest to researchers, scholars, and librarians. With the amount of scientific data doubling every year, issues surrounding the access, use, and curation of data sets are increasing in importance. The data-rich, researcher-driven environment that is evolving poses new challenges and provides new opportunities in the sharing, review, and publication of research results. Ensuring open access to the data behind the literature will play a key role in seeing that the scholarly communication system evolves in a way that supports the needs of scholars and the academic enterprise as a whole.

As Open Data moves to the forefront of scholarly communication, librarians, administrators, and researchers will be responsible for considering new access policies for data and data curation issues. This SPARC-ACRL forum will introduce Open Data as an emerging focus, explore the challenges of managing the data deluge, and aid participants in crafting their own digital data preservation and curation policies.

This discussion is arising out of the scholarly publishing movement known as SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.) Their coalition consists of more than 300 academic and research libraries and likely include the libraries of many of our IASSIST members. The European members of this movement have a separate website at SPARC Europe.

IASSIST members should become involved in these discussions. Many of the Open Data issues are familiar turf for our members.

Contributed by Chuck Humphrey

New Issue of the IQ is available on the web.

We are pleased to present this second issue of the IASSIST Quarterly vol. 29. The issue contains three articles from the IASSIST conference in Edinburgh in May 2005. This is a second posting of this information as the original posting got lost in cyberspace.

Papers from First E-Social-Science Conference Online

The papers from the first conference on e-social science, which was held in late June of 2005 in Manchester, England, are now online.

-Contributed by Jim Jacobs

CODATA meeting notes

Notes from US National Committee for CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology) meeting, July 13-14, 2005, with follow-on activities proposed for IASSIST member involvement

Ernie Boyko Begins First Term as Incoming President

Ernie Boyko began his first term as the incoming President of IASSIST in Edinburgh. A little less than a year since his retirement with Statistics Canada, Ernie Boyko took the reigns of IASSIST as their new President.  Having retired at the end of June 2004, Ernie has kept himself busy in the world of data as a VP with Nesstar Americas Inc. He has also remained active as an external adviser with the Data Liberation Initiative's (DLI) External Advisory Committee and as an instructor in the DLI training programme. Ernie's experiences as a data producer with a national statistical agency, a manager of Census operations and the director of Statistics Canada's Library and Information Centre provide him with a rich background in data services and first-hand knowledge of the major issues facing our profession. Ernie's first IASSIST conference was in Jerusalem in 1989 and since then, he has been active in the organization. Most recently, he was finishing a term as a member of the Administrative Committee for Canada when he was elected President.

Ernie is a "strategic thinker" and we look forward to the plans he has for the organization over the next two years. Good luck, Ernie. We're right behind you.

Ann Green Completes Her Presidency Still Smiling

With the completion of the Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh, Ann Green finished her second term as President of IASSIST.

A bonnie IASSIST in Edinburgh

Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him. Source: Scottish Proverb
  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect

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    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

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