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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: http://www.arl.org/info/events/ncr "

 

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

Wikipedia entry for Data Library - please help!

Luis Martinez, IASSIST member and Data Librarian at the London School of Economics, has begun an entry on Wikipedia on the topic "Data Library". Luis welcomes this community's help in fleshing it out and providing more context. For those who have never been involved with Wikipedia, the editors come round and add comments, and often seem to judge the importance of an entry based on the number of people involved with 'curating' it. more...

Intute: the Best of the Web

Intute was launched on 13 July 2006 at an event held at the Wellcome Trust, London. Intute is the new face of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), and is a free national service enabling lecturers, researchers and students to discover and access quality Internet resources. Intute exists to advance education and research by promoting the most intelligent use of the Internet.

Caroline Williams, Executive Director of Intute said, "the environment in which we operate is rapidly changing.

Call for discussion: what do data librarians read?

Joe Doll would like to start a discussion: "I am in receipt of the IASSIST Quarterly journal but am wondering what other means/media data librarians read on a regular basis, be it a journal, newsgroup, magazine, blog."

Any and all suggestions are welcome!

- Contributed by Joe Doll via Bill Block

Cataloging query: how does cataloging data differ from traditional library material?

In their never ending quest for information, Jen, Tiffani and Paula would like to know about people's experiences cataloging data. Do you use MARC format? Have you tried using DDI? At what level do you tend to catalog collections? How does it depart from cataloging traditional library matter? Enquiring minds want to know.

 

- Contributed by Jen Darragh

Defining Data Librarian - call for comments

Tiffani Conner, Paula Lackie and Jen Darragh are working on the handouts for an ALA poster session and have found that defining "data" and "data librarian" clearly, in a concise manner, for a non-data audience is really hard. In addition, some of the sources they consulted (the Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science - ODLIS , Oxford English Dictionary ) were not adequate (ODLIS has data, data set, social science data set but the definitions are not that great). They also looked at Wikipedia, and there is nothing for data librarian. more...

Waxing Lyrical about IASSIST 2006

The lyrics from this year's song are now available.

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 http://www.nsf.gov/od/oci/ci_v5.pdf
  • 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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