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Conceptualizing the Digital Life Cycle

The Digital Life Cycle was mentioned many times during the IASSIST 2006 conference. Reaction toward this concept was varied. Some were unsure they liked this idea claiming that the life cycle was a confusing or imperfect metaphor. Others applied a very exact meaning to the concept associating it to the stages through which information passes within a system or large process. The Session that I chaired on Institutional Repositories and Social Science Data: Supporting the Data Life Cycle (B1) provided different visual representations of the digital life cycle. more...

Blog the Conference!

Welcome to the 2006 IASSIST Conference in Ann Arbor! For those who can't join in the fun, we have decided it's a good idea for us to blog the conference! Conference delegates: Use this post to comment with your thoughts on a session that really got you thinking.

Also - as our first plenary speaker, Dan Atkins requested, please comment on the NSF’S CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE VISION FOR 21ST CENTURY DISCOVERY (chapter 3), at

Metadata Musings from IASSIST 2006

A metadata novice ponders questions raised at this years conference

Research Spin-offs from Commercial Data Mining

Edmonton Journal technology columnist Steve Makris wrote about recent developments in data mining that could have potential implications for providing access to confidential social survey data (see "Hot Data," Edmonton Journal, Business, G1, May 17, 2006.) Makris mentioned some major companies raiding each other's data mining experts, such as Google hiring Kai-Fu Lee away from Microsoft only to see Microsoft swoop up Rakesh Agrawal from IBM.

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.

New report on Eurostat and statistical integration

Title: Administering information: Eurostat and statistical integration


The chapter examines developments and changes in the organization of numerical information in the EU, in particular the role of Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission. How and to what extent can we observe the emergence of a pan-European informational system?


Full Text (PDF, 31 pages, 157.2 KB) Administering information: Eurostat and statistical integration


New Version of US NSF Cyberinfrastructure Plan

NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery NSF Cyberinfrastructure Council

"This includes a considerable amount of new detail on NSF's thinking about data management and curation not present in earlier versions of the document."

ESS wins prestigious Descartes prize

The European Social Survey (ESS) has won the prestigious Descartes prize, awarded by the European Commission for "excellence in scientific research". This is the first year that a social science project has won this prize. more...

New IASSIST Quarterly and 2006 Paper contest details

The IASSIST Quarterly (IQ Vol. 28 issue 4) is now available on the web and there is a paper contest running for 2006.
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