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It was the best IASSIST ever!

Until next year of course!

This year's conference is done and Anastassia, Susan, and the wonderful Local arrangement folks at McGill are probably breathing a sigh of relief! Lots of informations was presented and some of it was absorbed!

Session D3: views from near a plug....

Your trusty blogger attended Data Access Questions:  Open and Shut (session D3).   She assumed that, as an august member of the blogging press, she would be afforded a primo seat.  But no, she again found herself sitting on the floor in the corner, next to another fake potted palm!  Thank heavens the session was moved to a neighboring room—larger and with a microphone. Obviously, a popular session on the challenges of working with data agreements from the perspectives of acquisition and user support. more...

IASSIST 2.0: Blog the conference! (Montreal, May 2007)

This is a starter blog entry for people to share their thoughts and reflections about the conference as we go along and afterwards. Just Add a comment to this post and blog away! If you would like to be a regular blog contributor, talk to San Cannon, the IASSIST Communique editor.

Technology befuddles session C3

So now that I remember my blog password, I have lots to say. I want to extend my congratulations and kudos to my fellow session participants in C3 (New Discovery Tools: Thinking Outside the Catalogue) where we managed to kill 3 laptops and still do 4 outstanding presentations.

Session A1: views from the floor

An overriding theme of the A1 session, Self-Archiving or Self Storage, was empowering data producers to participate in creating and providing metadata for their materials. Another way to describe it: involving researchers in these processes by meeting them where they’re at with the most flexible tools possible. I must also mention that this was an extremely popular session, drawing a standing-room-only crowd. So this roving blogger found a comfy seat in the back of the room on the floor, next to the fake potted palm. Hence, she was unable to see any of the visuals! more...

A Modest Set of Proposals

The conference is on and I'm hoping to see lots of blog entries from the interesting sessions today. I'm expecting some details on session A1 from another contributor but.... I've been asked by Kristin Partlo to pass along the proposals she and Rachael Barlow outlined at the end of their presentation for further comment. So here they are! This part of the session was on social bookmarking using sites such as and furl.

More on Open Data

Bill Hooker has written a nice article about ensuring that the data behind published scientific literature are made openly available.

Where are the data? Can I have them? What can I do with them? (17 Dec, 2006).

He takes a practical approach based on the perspective of a researcher.

An Opening for Open Data

The conference theme for IASSIST 2007, Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data, is very timely given new interest in defining and describing the open data concept.

Can we build a data finder with google?

Google has announced a new service, that might make it possible for the data community to collaborate to build a customized data-finder.

Academic libraries and data

Shawn Nicholson pointed out on the IASSIST list:


"As a follow on to the talk we heard in Ann Arbor, this set of PowerPoint presentations might be of interest: "


NSF Workshop on New Collaborative Relationships: The Role of Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe

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