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Announcing new deliverables from the DISC-UK DataShare project:

Both briefing papers can be retrieved from http://www.disc-uk.org/deliverables.html .

There is also a new "Collective Intelligence" page with a tag cloud to links from our social bookmarks of reports, websites, and blogs related to the project themes. http://www.disc-uk.org/collective.html

A newsfeed of deliverables and new bookmarks is available from the project blog at http://jisc-datashare.blogspot.com/

Contributed by Robin Rice

Should Americans Be Able to Complete the Census Online?

Using examples from Canada, Norway, and Australia, this report recommends that the U.S Census Bureau provide an online data collection option for all major household surveys that allow a paper response including the Census and promote the Internet survey response option as a secure, low-cost, and time-saving option.
Given the increasingly digita

Two new developments announced at the beginning of 2008 on which to keep an eye

First, on January 18th, an announcement was made on blog.wired.com that Google will be hosting terabytes of science data.
Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain, http://research.google.com , will soon provide a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets. The storage will be free to scientists and access to the data will be free for all.

"Data files should contain data."

For those tech-types who do their own data munging, here's a rant from Mark Dominus, a Perl programming wizard who was briefly stymied by trying to process a large data file from Census. As we face these issues daily in my office, I thought I'd share the frustration!

Of course, he doesn't mention where he thinks metadata "should" go but I have a pretty good idea what he would suggest.... ;-)

Connecting the Real to the Representational: Historical Demographic Data in the Town of Pullman, 1880-1940

by Andrew H. Bullen

The Pullman House History Project is a part of the Pullman State Historic Site’s virtual museum and web site (http://www.pullman-museum.org/) which links together census, city directory, and telephone directory information to describe the people who lived in the town of Pullman, Illinois between 1881 and 1940. This demographic data is linked through a database/XML record system to online maps and Perl programs that allow the data to be represented in various useful combinations.

And we're off.... IASSIST 2008 gets ready to roll!

Now I start to fulfill my previous promise to completely and totally abuse my roll as managing editor of the IASSIST Communique to assist me in my roll as Program Chair of IASSIST 2008! I just want to let everyone know that we are off to a booming start. The submission deadline, although a full month earlier than in previous years, has provided a bumper crop of proposals! It seems that we're all technologists (geeks?) at heart and the theme for this year's conference has provided a spotlight for this! more...

Data Visualisation Websites and Sharing Data

Jim sent me a message earlier today about a new data visualisation website that he had discovered: StatCrunch. When I took a look at this site, I encountered an appeal for people to upload and share their data, which struck a familiar chord. It seems that all of these web-based visualisation tools make a similar appeal. This certainly is true of Swivel, Data360 and Many Eyes. more...

IASSIST 2008 - Call for Papers!

Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation The 34th International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) annual conference will be held at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA, May 27-30, 2008. This year's conference, Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation, examines the role of technology and tools in various aspects of the data life cycle.

The theme of this conference addresses how technology can affect aspects of data stewardship throughout the data lifecycle. The methods and media by which data are collected, shared, analyzed and saved are ever-changing, from punch cards and legal pads to online-surveys and tag clouds. There has been an explosion of data sources and topics; vast changes in compilation and dissemination methods; increasing awareness about access and associated licensing and privacy issues; and growing concern about the safeguarding and protection of valuable data resources for future use. The 2008 conference is an opportunity to discuss the role of technology – past, present, and future – in all of these arenas. We seek submissions of papers, poster/demonstration sessions, and panel sessions on the following topics:

  • Issues and techniques for preserving "old" data as well as information "born digital"
  • Methods, technology and questions surrounding data dissemination, including best practices and innovations
  • Archival and preservation challenges presented by new processes
  • Metadata
  • Innovation in the use of data for teaching and research
  • The legal issues surrounding new technologies
  • Changes in resource discovery methods
  • Data services in virtual spaces
  • Providing services to users with different degrees of technical "savvy"
  • Tools and spaces for research collaboration

Papers on other topics related to the conference theme will also be considered. The deadline for paper, session, and poster/demonstration proposals is December 17, 2007. The Conference Program Committee will send notification of the acceptance of proposals by February 8, 2008.

Individual presentation proposals and session proposals are welcome. Proposals for complete sessions, typically a panel of three to four presentations within a 90-minute session, should provide information on the focus of the session, the organizer or moderator, and possible participants. The session organizer will be responsible for securing session participants. Organizers as well as panel participants are also welcome to submit additional paper proposals but please note that Conference Program Committee may need to limit the number of presentations per person.

Proposals for papers, sessions, and poster/demonstrations should include the proposed title and an abstract no longer than 200 words. Longer abstracts will be returned to be shortened before being considered. Please note that all presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for the conference. Registration for individual days will be available.

Proposals can be submitted via email to: iassist08@gmail.com

A conference website with on-line submission form will be available shortly. A separate call for workshops is also forthcoming.

-- IASSIST 2008 Palo Alto, CA 27-30 May 2008

DISC-UK DataShare Project for Institutional Data Repositories

As part of the JISC-funded DISC-UK DataShare project in the UK, a State-of-the-Art Review has been written, marking out the current scene on data sharing at the beginning of the project.

Title: Canadian Census and Privacy:Historically speaking, the census represents us

ERIC SAGER

Special to Globe and Mail Update

September 12, 2007 at 1:53 AM EDT

In Canada, census releases are no dreary catalogue of numbers. They spark debate and fuel conversation about the country. Statistics Canada has released the results of the 2006 census on marital status, families and housing, and we're at it again. So important is the census that we debate not only its findings, but also access to its content. The latter debate, decades old, has resurfaced again in 2007. Let me explain why.
  • 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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