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News 5th June 2002

News for ICSTI Members June 5 2002

1. A useful desktop resource from Wiley

Wiley Interscience: Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and
Abbreviations [.pdf]

Presented in a downloadable Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format and made
available by Wiley Interscience, this resource is full of useful
information for anyone interested in cracking the codes of scientific
notations, abbreviations, and acronyms.,  The entire resource can be
loaded onto a computer desktop for quick reference there, or printed out
for greater portability. Just a few of the categories covered by the
resource include the Greek alphabet and Roman numerals, basic weights
and measures units, conversion tables from English to metric units,
mathematical notation, and the periodic table of the elements.

2. A new project to measure online use of electronic publications

COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is a
new, multi-agency project whose objective is to develop a single,
internationally accepted Code of Practice that will allow the usage of
online information products and services to be measured more
effectively. This will make it possible to compare usage across journals
and databases from different publishers.

The COUNTER website provides a source of up-to-date information on the
project, as well as a list of Founding Sponsors and Steering Group
members. The COUNTER website is now live at

COUNTER is actively supported by the international community of
librarians and publishers, and by their professional organisations,

AAP, Association of American Publishers
ALPSP, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
ARL, Association of Research Libraries
ASA, Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries
JISC, Joint Information Systems Committee
NCLIS, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
NISO, National Information Standards Organization
PA, The Publishers Association
STM, International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical
UKSG, United Kingdom Serials Group

The development of COUNTER is being supervised by a Steering Group
chaired by Richard Gedye of Oxford University Press. The Project
Director, responsible for day-to-day management is Peter Shepherd
(pshepherd@projectCounter.org <mailto:pshepherd@projectCounter.org>),
who should be contacted for further information.

Also, for those of you interested in this area there is a mailing list
on the UK academic network - usage@jiscmail.ac.uk

3. CLIR & Library of Congress reports on Digital Preservation 

Building a National Strategy for Digital Preservation: Issues in Digital
Media Archiving. Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information
Resources and the Library of Congress, 2002. ISBN 1-887334-91-2.
([14]<http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub106/contents.html> or
[15]<http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub106/pub106.pdf>). - 
The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program
(NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress was established by Congress in
December 2000. NDIIPP has a $100 million budget, which it will receive
in stages. Its mission is to "develop a national strategy to collect,
archive, and preserve the burgeoning amounts of digital content,
especially materials that are created only in digital formats, for
current and future generations" ND IIPP asked the Council on Library and
Information Resources (CLIR; an ICSTI Member) to commission the papers
published in this document to support meetings about digital
preservation issues. A "Summary of Findings" by Amy Friedlander, which
presents the results of expert interviews about key issues, sets the
stage for a fine set of papers on the preservation of digital audio,
digital television/video, e-books, e-serials, and the Web. Dale
Flecker's paper on "Preserving Digital Periodicals" 
For further informaiton on the NDIIPP, see also: Amy Friedlander, "The
National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program:
Expectations, Realities, Choices and Progress to Date," D-Lib Magazine 8
(April 2002). 

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Howard Flack        http://www.unige.ch/crystal/ahdf/Howard.Flack.html

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