1) OpenURL Workshop


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




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


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: http://palmer.cwpost.liu.edu/csc/OpenURL_day_registration.doc to download the registration form.  Fax the completed form to NISO at 301-654-1721.

For more information, visit the workshop web page at http://palmer.cwpost.liu.edu/csc/OpenURL_day.html

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 9:30  Registration and coffee

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

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

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: <http://palmer.cwpost.liu.edu/csc/OpenURL_day.html>




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 http://www.archives.gov/aad/.


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 databases.

--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 documents.


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 database)

--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, 1978-1998

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


(The above press release is available online at http://www.archives.gov/media_desk/press_releases/nr03-34.html )


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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web: http://www.diglib.org/