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





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 SEPTEMBER 2003.


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 workshop:


-       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 (Chairs)

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 Announced.


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 IMLS.


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) and

* 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 reimbursed.


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 site.


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: 202-531-7638.




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 economy

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 portfolios.


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


- 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 Sciences.


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: $125.00


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 operation?"


            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]