Please find enclosed a grab-bag of announcements, mostly for conferences
and workshops, that have accumulated for re-broadcast to the DLF


1) DRH2003: Digital Resources for The Humanities: Extended Deadline

2) International Workshop on Information Visualization Interfaces for
Retrieval and Analysis (IVIRA) at the Joint Conference on Digital
Libraries 2003

3) Call for Online Scholarly Humanities Resources

4) Copyright in a Digital World - A Practical Workshop (The Colorado
Digitization Program, NINCH and OCLC)

5) Digital Promise Project -- Legislative Activity: Support Requested

6) E-Book 2003: Print Collections, e-Books & Beyond

7) Digital Library makes it into the Trivial Pursuit board game



Although we have already received a number of excellent proposals for
papers, it has been decided to extend the deadline for submissions to
this year's DRH conference to APRIL 30th.

The conference website, together with details of how to submit a
proposal, is at

DRH is the major forum for all those involved in, and affected by, the
digitization of our cultural heritage: the scholar creating or using an
electronic resource to further research; the teacher gathering Web
resources into an online learning environment; the publisher or
broadcaster integrating print or analogue with the digital to reach new
audiences; the librarian, curator or archivist wishing to improve both
access to and conservation of the digital information that characterizes
contemporary culture and scholarship; the computer or information
scientist seeking to apply new developments to the creation,
exploitation and management of humanities resources.

DRH2003 will be held at the University of Gloucestershire's Park Campus
in Cheltenham, England, from Sunday 31st AUGUST to Wednesday 3rd

The provisional program will be announced on May 31st.


2) International Workshop on Information Visualization Interfaces for
Retrieval and Analysis (IVIRA) at the Joint Conference on Digital
Libraries 2003

Workshop Website:

Description: Voluminous and complex nature of information in digital
libraries demands powerful means of human-computer interaction.
Advances in information visualization point to new possibilities for
developing enhanced interfaces for improving retrieval, manipulation,
and management of data stored in digital libraries.

The IVIRA workshop will cover both theoretical and experimental research
on the development, usage, and evaluation of effective interfaces to
digital libraries.  Of particular interest is research that exploits
visualization to support improved browsing, retrieval, analysis, and
understanding of domains represented in digital libraries. Interfaces
for the following types of resources are of special interest to this

-       Textual documents (literature databases)

-       Statistical data

-       Multimedia or mixed-media data

-       Geo-spatial data

-       Genomics and proteomics data

-       Time-variant or dynamic data

Papers are invited from researchers and practitioners with expertise and
interest in information visualization, user interfaces for DLs,
search/retrieval, human-computer interaction, interface design
methodologies, and evaluation.

Submission Selection

You are invited to submit a position paper by May 5th, 2003. All
submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. No late submissions will be
accepted. IVIRA will accept electronic submissions in PDF format only.
Papers should be no longer than 2-6 pages and conform to the format
specified in the template (see
Please submit your paper as an attachment to: [log in to unmask]

Planned Publication

More information on two last year's workshops, merged into one this
year, can be found at and As with last year's
visualization workshop, Springer-Verlag will be contacted to produce the
workshop proceedings (see:

Program Committee

Katy Brner and Javed Mostafa, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Kevin Boyack, Sandia National Laboratory, USA

Robin Burke, DePaul University, USA

Chaomei Chen, Drexel University, USA

Martin Dodge, University College London, UK

James French, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA

Xia Lin, Drexel University, USA

Andr Skupin, University of New Orleans, USA

Kiduk Yang, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA


3) Call for Online Scholarly Humanities Resources

The Humbul Humanities Hub ( invites members of
the humanities research and teaching community to share information
about scholarly Web sites via its "Suggest a Resource" page at

Humbul catalogues online resources in the humanities, a remit that
includes History, Archaeology, Classics, Philosophy, Religion, English,
Modern Languages, Linguistics, and cognate subjects. As part of the
Resource Discovery Network (RDN), Humbul is a free service supporting
researchers, lecturers and students in higher and further education.
Please note that arts and creative industries subjects will be supported
by the Artifact hub (

Scholarly resources suggested by colleagues assist our own resource
discovery activities and benefit humanities academics and students
seeking useful online resources.  Each suggested site which meets
Humbul's collection development policy,, is fully described by a
subject specialist cataloguer and the resulting metadata record is made
available for searching and browsing.

In addition to building its catalogue, Humbul develops tools to make
access to its catalogue easier. The My Humbul suite of personalisation
tools ( includes an email
alerting service and enables the reuse of Humbul's records you select
within your own web pages.

The Humbul Humanities Hub is a service of the Resource Discovery Network
funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee and the Arts and
Humanities Research Board, and is hosted by the University of Oxford.

Humbul Humanities Hub, University of Oxford, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2
6NN. Tel: 01865 283 343. Fax: 01865 273 275. Email: [log in to unmask]


4) Copyright in A Digital World - A Practical Workshop. Full 2003 Series

The Colorado Digitization Program, NINCH and OCLC are collaboratively
producing a series of day-long practical workshops on copyright issues
for the cultural community in a digital age. The series is funded by

After the success of the first workshop, held as an IMLS Webwise
preconference, January 26, the organizing committee is pleased to
announce the schedule for the rest of 2003.

* American Library Association Annual Conference (Toronto, June 20)

* Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting (Los Angeles, August 20)

* American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting
(Providence, September 17).

A key feature of the workshops is the production of a continuously
expanding Resource Set of materials designed to enable participants take
the lessons home to the workplace and organize their own workshops.

The next workshop, co-sponsored with the Canadian Heritage Information
Network, (CHIN), and partially funded by OCLC, will take place as a
pre-conference of the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Library
Association on Friday June 20, 2003, from 9:00am to 4:30pm. It will be
held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

ALA/CLA conference registration is NOT required for attendance at the
Toronto workshop and there is no fee; but you must register to attend.
Online registration begins in May. If you would like to be notified when
registration is available, please e-mail Amy Lytle at
<[log in to unmask]>.

Rina Pantalony, Legal Counsel for the Canadian Heritage Information
Network, will open the Toronto meeting with a keynote address on
critical copyright issues facing the community. She will be followed by
five speakers, well-known for their expertise: Lolly Gasaway, University
of North Carolina; Georgia Harper, University of Texas; Maria
Pallante-Hyun, Pallante-Hyun, LLC; Rachelle Browne, Smithsonian
Institution; and Linda Tadic, ARTstor.

Topics to be covered include:

* Copyright Basics in a Digital Age

* Institutional and Policy Issues

* Intellectual Property Audits

* Risk Management

* The Permissions Process.

Registration is required for all sessions and for the AASLH Conference
session there will be a registration fee.  Online registration for the
Toronto meeting will be available in May.  If you would like to be
notified when registration is available, please e-mail Amy Lytle at
<[log in to unmask]>

This series of workshops is being funded by the Institute of Museum and
Library Services through a grant to the University of Denver Penrose
Library and OCLC, Inc (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)


5) DIGITAL PROMISE PROJECT -- Legislative Activity: Support Requested

URGENT - Immediate Action Necessary

The House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet under
Chairman Fred Upton (R, MI) held a hearing yesterday on bills by Rep.
Upton and Rep Ed Markey (D, MA) to establish a trust fund to reimburse
the military and other federal agencies for the cost of moving from
spectrum they now occupy, which is needed for commercial users.  Their
cost reimbursement would come from future revenues earned from
auctioning the vacated spectrum.  Rep. Markey's bill also establishes a
"Digital Dividends Trust Fund" (essentially, DOIT) from revenues
remaining from the auctions after the federal agencies have been

At the invitation of Chairman Upton, Larry Grossman testified on behalf
of the Digital Promise project in favor of merging the two bills, to
include the educational trust fund in the Upton bill.  He received a
sympathetic hearing from members of the Subcommittee.  Reps. Dingell (D,
MI) and Markey issued statements strongly in support.  You can read his
testimony and their opening statements on the web

The Upton, HR 1320 bill is due for mark-up on April 7.  Mr. Markey will
seek to add the DOIT provision at that time.  However, we face a key
obstacle.  As you know, Rep. Billy Tauzin (R, LA) is Chairman of the
Communications Committee.  We are told his staff director is strongly
opposed to including the educational trust fund in the Upton bill for
ideological reasons.  It is essential, therefore, to try to reach Rep.
Tauzin to let him know how important and beneficial such a fund can be
for the nation's educational system, libraries, museums, universities
and other public interest institutions.  It is also essential to have
Republican members of the Subcommittee you may know who might support
this effort talk to Chairman Tauzin personally, urge him to allow the
education trust fund to go forward, even with token funding from the
military spectrum revenues.  This would provide an ideal public
dividend, supporting both the needs of national defense and education,
two of the country's most important priorities.

Here's what we need to do:

1. Reach the Republican Members of the Subcommittee and request that
they personally speak to Tauzin.

2. If you have key Republicans in any of these districts ask them to
request the Member to talk to Tauzin

3. If you now any influential Republicans who can call Tauzin directly,
NOW is the time to make the call.

Staff suggests the following subcommittee Members may be helpful:
Bilirakis, FL; Deal, GA; Cubin, WY; Shimkus, IL; Bass, NH; Walden, OR;
Greenwood, PA; Burr, NC.

Below is a one page summary of the rationale for DOIT which may be of
help.  If you have any questions please call me at 202-244-7959 or cell:


Anne G. Murphy

Project Director

Digital Promise Project

Phone: 202. 244.7959

cell: 202. 531.7638

email: [log in to unmask]




We recommend the creation of a trust to provide research and innovation
in the areas of technology, education and training.  The Trust will have
a direct impact on the future of American society, just as the Morrill
Act and the GI Bill did. We cannot afford to deny national leadership
and coordination of research and improvement for education, training and
technology.  The trust created will be essential to American
competitiveness and security in the 21st Century.

Education: America must make a new investment in education for all
citizens if we are to remain competitive in the new global knowledge

Jobs: America is losing jobs to workers overseas because we don't have a
competitive, national IT training infrastructure.

Security: America is no longer in a position to play "catch up" with
education and training for the general population..

Life-long Learning:  America must provide every opportunity for people
over 65 to remain productive, contributing members of society.

Democracy:  Democracy thrives when an educated citizenry has access to
information and the critical thinking skills to make informed choices.

What types of projects will the Trust fund to meet these needs?

* Visualization, Modeling, and Simulation could enable students to learn
by doing to better understand difficult or abstract concepts and apply
what they learn in real-world contexts.

* Virtual worlds could offer sophisticated content and challenging
activities that, like popular communications media, are "stickier" and
engage individuals for large amounts of time.

* Intelligent Tutoring Systems could assess student strengths,
weaknesses, and mastery of subject material; generate instruction
material tailored to the progress of an individual student; serve as an
"expert" in a subject matter area; and use a variety of pedagogical
approaches - explanations, guided learning, and coaching among others.

* Large Scale Digital Libraries and Online Museums could offer a
mind-boggling array of multimedia information objects and digital
artifacts for student, teacher and scholarly use, and for building
engaging curricula and learning experiences.

* Distributed Learning and Collaboration could provide learners with
unparalleled opportunities for access to courses globally that integrate
rich multi-media curriculum, expert instruction, and peer collaboration.

* Learning management tools could help students, teachers and other
education professionals better manage learning opportunities,
assignments, and tasks, scheduling analysis of student performance,
interventions of teachers and other education professionals, teacher
parent communications, student account management; and student

The Trust will help to overcome existing barriers to meeting these goals

- funding much-needed research and development in the areas of
information technology, software design, the process of cognition,
learning and memory.

- funding the digitization of America's libraries, museums, universities
and other scientific and cultural repositories to preserve the
foundations of American history and learning and to develop the most
comprehensive learning experiences for the future.

- serving as a center for national leadership and coordination among
business, university and Federal initiatives in these areas which are
currently operating without coordination or integration.


6) Call for Papers for the Information Retrieval and Digital Library
Applications Minitrack Part of the Digital Documents Track at the
Thirty-Seventh Annual Hawai'i International Conference on System

The Big Island Of Hawaii. January 5 - 8, 2004

Additional detail on the web site:

This minitrack will cover theoretical and application issues related to
information retrieval, cross-language document search, link-based web
search, text summarization, and fact-based question-answering as well as
the applications of these technologies in Digital Libraries.

We hope to include papers that investigate IR methods applied to Web
documents, non-English documents, spoken document retrieval, and
geographic information retrieval as well as internal and distributed
retrieval from digital libraries.  The topics of this minitrack include,
but are not limited to, the following areas:

- Information Retrieval Language Models, Algorithms and Tools

- Fact-based Open-domain Question Answering

- Web-based Information Retrieval

- Topic Detection and Tracking over time

- Geographic Information Retrieval, gazetteers

- Information Visualization

- Text Categorization and Summarization

- Cross Language Retrieval

- Speech and Broadcast Retrieval

- Distributed Retrieval from Digital Libraries

- XML Structured Document Retrieval

- IR Performance and Evaluation


April 15, 2003: Abstracts submitted for guidance and indication of
appropriate content.

June 1, 2003: Full papers submitted to Minitrack Chairs.  Contact
minitrack chairs for submission instructions.

August 31, 2003: Notice of accepted papers sent to Authors.

October 1, 2003: Accepted manuscripts sent electronically to the
publisher. At least one author must be registered for the conference by
this date.

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Ray R. Larson: School of Information Management and Systems, University
of California, Berkeley

Email: [log in to unmask]

Fredric C. Gey: UC Data Archive & Technical Assistance, University of
California, Berkeley

Email: [log in to unmask]


1. Contact the Minitrack Chairs in advance for specific submission
instructions.  Otherwise, submit an electronic version of the full
paper, consisting of no more than 25 double- spaced pages, including
diagrams, directly to the appropriate Minitrack Chair. (NOTE: The final
paper must be NO MORE THAN 10 pages, double-column, single spaced.)

2. Do not submit the manuscript to more than one Minitrack.  Papers
should contain original material and not be previously published, or
currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.

3. Each paper must have a title page to include title of the paper, full
name of all authors, and complete addresses including affiliation(s),
telephone number(s), and e-mail address(es).

4. The first page of the manuscript should include only the title and a
300-word abstract of the paper.


* Collaboration Systems; Co-Chair: Jay Nunamaker; E-mail:
[log in to unmask]

Co-Chair: Robert O. Briggs; E-mail: [log in to unmask]

* Complex Systems; Chair: Robert Thomas; E-mail: [log in to unmask]

* Decision Tech. for Management; Chair: Dan Dolk; E-mail:
[log in to unmask]

* Digital Documents; Chair: Michael Shepherd; E-mail: [log in to unmask]

* Emerging Technologies; Chair: Ralph H. Sprague; E-mail:
[log in to unmask]

* Information Technology in Health Care; Chair: William Chismar

E-mail: [log in to unmask]

* Internet & the Digital Economy; Co-Chair: David King; E-mail:
[log in to unmask]

Co-Chair: Alan Dennis; E-mail: [log in to unmask]

* Organizational Systems & Tech.; Chair: Hugh Watson; Email:
[log in to unmask]

* Software Technology; Gul Agha; E-mail: [log in to unmask]

For the latest information; visit the HICSS web site at:

HICSS conferences are devoted to advances in the information, computer,
and system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and
practice.  Invited papers may be theoretical, conceptual, tutorial or
descriptive in nature.  Submissions undergo a peer referee process and
those selected for presentation will be published in the Conference
Proceedings.  Submissions must not have been previously published.


Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair

Email:  [log in to unmask]

Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator

Email:  [log in to unmask]

Eileen Dennis, Track Administrator

Email: [log in to unmask]

For the latest information; visit the HICSS web site at:


Hilton Waikoloa Village (on the Big Island of Hawaii)

425 Waikoloa Beach Drive

Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738

Tel: 1-808-886-1234

Fax: 1-808-886-2900

NOTE: December 1 is the deadline to guarantee hotel room reservation at
conference rate.


6) E-Book 2003: Print Collections, e-Books & Beyond

The University of Michigan, the Ohio State University, Blackwell's Book
Services, the OCLC Institute and OCLC's Digital & Preservation Resources
invite you to attend his 1.5-day conference which brings together a
distinguished group of users and creators of e-books to examine:

* How e-books will impact developments in scholarly communications and
user behaviors in the foreseeable future

* How the e-book environment has changed in the past two years

* The cost components of producing and managing e-books and how these
compare with costs for traditional print modes

* How faculty and students make use of e-books, and to what extent

* How scholars and popular readers use historic corpora, and business
models that encourage further conversion

Keynote Speaker:  Bill Hill, Researcher, Microsoft.  Mr. Hill works with
the electronic books project in Microsoft Research.  His focus is on
screen readability, especially of type.  Mr. Hill has been instrumental
in the development of Microsoft's ClearType(tm).

Location: Marriott Northwest, Dublin, Ohio. Cost:  $175.00

OHIONET & MLC Members, Digital & Preservation Cooperative Participants:

For Further Details:


7) And finally, this from UVA Library's Etext Center. I'm so proud.

The 20th anniversary edition of Trivial Pursuit, the best-selling board
game which features the likes of Joey Buttafuoco, Tonya Harding, Suzanne
Sommer's ThighMaster, Kato Kaelin, the 2000 Florida Presidential
election scandal, the Chia Pet and the Smurfs, now contains the
following digital library question:

            Q: "What children's classic was the top free download of the
University of Virginia's digital library in its first year of

            A: Alice in Wonderland

Background: this refers to the UVA ebooks library (MS Reader and Palm)
-- -- which opened in August 2000.


David Seaman

Director, Digital Library Federation

1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036

tel: 202-939-4750

fax: 202-939-4765

e-mail: [log in to unmask]