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News for ICSTI Members March 23rd 2002

News for ICSTI Members March 23rd 2002

1. Article summarizing software [from the FOS (Free Online Scholarship)

One of the myriad ways that sophisticated software will help researchers
is to write short summaries of digital articles.  
Gerald DeJong pioneered this kind of AI with FRUMP (Fast Reading
Understanding and Memory Program), a 1979 adaptation of Roger Schank's
script-based AI.  FRUMP could read long newspaper stories and write
strikingly accurate short summaries.  To see where this technology is
today, visit the Columbia Newsblaster, an AI news portal from Columbia
University's NLP (Natural Language Processing) Group. 

"Apart from the intelligent software, a summarizing service like
Newsblaster depends on the availability of free online content to
harvest as data for the software.  Imagine a "Researchblaster" for your
discipline, harvesting the growing number of free, online, full-text
articles, and offering 
accurate summaries organized by category and topic"  The Columbia NLP
Group is working on such a system for the field of medicine

Stephen Wan's resources on Automatic Text Summarization, including a
history of the field, list of projects, glossary, and bibliography are

"Text-summarizing or "gisting" software is just one example of software
that will take FOS as data and return services unobtainable or even
unimaginable to researchers in the age of print"  This week the
Institute of Physics announced that it is using the Vivisimo Clustering
Engine for searching its online journals

2. Hybrid Library of the Future

The Hybrid Library of the Future (HyLiFe) project, which was completed
last year, has now released the final version of the HyLiFe toolkit. The
project was supported under the UK Government's eLib programme, and the
toolkit is the result of three years' collaborative effort and provides
detailed information and advice on a wide variety of operational,
technical and managerial aspects of hybrid library development. Although
HyLiFe is now completed, the project would be interested in any comments
on the Toolkit. http://hylife.unn.ac.uk/toolkit/

3. Electronic resource collections

The new book, "Building an electronic resource collection: a practical
guide" by Stuart D. Lee, attempts to guide the information professional
step-by-step through building and managing an electronic resource
collection. Issues covered include:

- What is a dataset? Why buy one? - Formulating an electronic collection
development policy
- What is on offer? The electronic resources landscape - E-journals and
- What should one buy? Assessing and acquiring the dataset - How does
one deliver the dataset? Networking, user interfaces, usage statistics.

Published in February 2002, the book's author, Dr Stuart Lee, is Head of
the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing Services.
More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk

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