1) OpenURL Workshop

2) NARA launches "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD)


1) OpenURL Workshop.  Presented by NISO & The Palmer School, Long Island

May 13, 2003: New York City


Registration: $99

OpenURL Workshop: Learn how the new OpenURL standard puts the thinking
back in linking!

NISO Standards Committee AX has just released the trial implementation
version of the OpenURL. This standard enables context sensitive linking.
Tools built on the OpenURL offer a unified interface to the diverse
collections that a library hosts locally or has rights to externally.

This one-day meeting is organized by the Center for Scholarly
Communication at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science of
Long Island University and by NISO. Its aim is to introduce the library
and publishing communities to the path-breaking concepts at the heart of
the OpenURL and show you the tools that are facilitating a host of new
library services and will undoubtedly lead to new business
opportunities. This is your chance to learn from the visionary pioneers
behind this technology.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 13

WHERE: METRO; 57 East 11th St, New York, NY 10003

COST: $99

Register today and save your spot! Go to: to
download the registration form.  Fax the completed form to NISO at

For more information, visit the workshop web page at

Or email Prof. Thomas Krichel at [log in to unmask]


 9:30  Registration and coffee

10:00  Michael E.D. Koenig, dean of the Palmer School: Welcome and

10:15  David Seaman, executive director of the Digital Library
Federation. "Business models for libraries in a digital age: the role of

11:00  Break

11:15  Herbert Van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratory: "t.b.a."

12:00  Discussion

12:30  Break and opportunity for lunch

 2:00  Jenny Walker, director of sales and marketing, ex-libris USA.
"SFX as an example of an OpenURL link resolver"

 2:45  Break

 3:00  David E. Stern, director of science libraries, Yale University.
"Implementing seamless linking and enhancing the domain: Present status,
investigations, and future scenarios."

 3:45  Questions and discussion

 4:00  Thomas Krichel, assistant professor at the Palmer School.
"Reflections on the OpenURL, Linking, and Scholarly Communication:
Wrap-up and conclusions"

 4:30  Adjournment

Web page: <>


2) NARA Press Release--New Electronic Database

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April 8, 2003

Thousands Search National Archives New Electronic Database

College Park, MD. . . The National Archives and Records Administration

(NARA) recently launched Access to Archival Databases (AAD), a new
research tool that makes a selection of the Archives' most popular
electronic records available to the public over the Internet. The URL is

AAD is the first publicly accessible application developed under the
auspices of the National Archives Electronic Records Archives Program.
The Electronic Records Archives Program is addressing the larger
challenges of preserving the increasing variety and volume of Government
records that have been created and stored in electronic form. AAD
addresses just access to a specific type of electronic record--databases
and records that are structured like databases.

In announcing the new system, Archivist of the United States, John W.
Carlin said, "This groundbreaking system will provide a new way for
customers to access records over the Internet. Until we launched AAD,
researchers needed to contact us directly to gain access to our
electronic records. Sometimes we were able to supply them with copies of
specific records after a period of time, but frequently they needed to
purchase a copy of the entire file. Now they only need access to a
computer connected to the Internet to reach these selected records.  AAD
is a crucial step toward fulfilling our mission by providing the public
with 'ready access to essential evidence.'"

AAD provides researchers with:

--Online access to more than 350 databases, which were created by over
20 Federal agencies. NARA plans to expand the system to more than 500

--The ability to search, retrieve, print out, and download records.
Researchers will need to determine the series and file units of interest
before they begin their search.

--Important contextual information to help researchers understand the
records better, including code lists, explanatory notes from National
Archives archivists, and for some series or files in AAD, related

Notable databases in the initial release of AAD include:

--Preservation survey of Civil War sites

--Combat casualties from the Vietnam and Korean Wars

--POWs from World War II and Korean War

--Japanese-American Internee Files from World War II

--Port of New York ship passenger lists,1846-1851 (Irish Famine

--Death records from the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary in Panama, 1906-1991

--Indexes to black and white and color NASA photographs, 1958-1991

--After action combat and air sortie reports from the Vietnam War

--Military Prime Contracts in excess of $10,000, 1965-1975

--Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Ownership Reporting System,

--SEC Proposed Sales of Securities System (Insider trading), 1972-1993

(The above press release is available online at )

David Seaman

Director, Digital Library Federation

1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036

tel: 202-939-4750

fax: 202-939-4765

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