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ICSTI: more information

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  • Subject: ICSTI: more information
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 08:28:34 GMT
Dear All

Some more information circulated by ICSTI:

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Knovel - nothing to do with fiction.....
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>From Information Today:

Has anybody any experience of this?

"In a nutshell, the knovel database is a single searchable collection of
 engineering and applied science reference works and databases from top
 publishers. It features a proprietary, common Web interface that supports
 cross-searching of the aggregated content and multiple formats. It claims to
 be the only sci-tech database that contains fully interactive tables,
 graphs, and equations.

According to the company (knovel inc), knovelization involves the following
elements:

- knovel takes ordinary data and makes it interactive. This allows users
to manipulate and customize information-such as tables and graphing
applications-and apply it to what they are working on.

- The content is deeply searchable. Data values have been put into a
database and ranges of values can be searched. This goes beyond keyword
searching and helps users efficiently locate desired information.

- knovel is aggregated, and only the most respected content is selected
from major publishers.

- knovel works as one. All the content-reference books, databases, and
conference proceedings-can be selected harmoniously. The interface across
all content is consistent.

The knovel database offers 450 premium science and engineering reference
books and databases from publishers such as McGraw-Hill, CRC Press, John
Wiley, and Reed Elsevier, to name a few. By the end of 2003, the company
says it will have nearly 20 million data records from more than 600
sources.

There is a review of knovel by the California State U librarians at:
http://www.calstate.edu/SEIR/EAR_rev_knovel.shtml


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The proposed EU Directive on Public Sector information
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At this URL:

http://www.managinginformation.com/news/content_show_full.php?id=1123


Managing Information has some commentary on recent reactions in the UK to the
proposal, in particular the suggestion that 'research' would be removed as a
sector exempted from the terms of the Directive.

I am still trying to find a suitable site with an overview of the progress of 
the Directive. 

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D-Space article
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In the January Edition of D-Lib Magazine:

Abstract

For the past two years the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 
Libraries
and Hewlett-Packard Labs have been collaborating on the development of an
open source system called DSpaceā„¢ that functions as a repository for the 
digital
research and educational material produced by members of a research university
or organization. Running such an institutionally-based, multidisciplinary 
repository
is increasingly seen as a natural role for the libraries and archives of 
research and
teaching organizations. As their constituents produce increasing amounts of
original material in digital formats-much of which is never published by
traditional means-the repository becomes vital to protect the significant 
assets
of the institution and its faculty. The first part of this article describes 
the DSpace
system including its functionality and design, and its approach to various
problems in digital library and archives design. The second part discusses the
implementation of DSpace at MIT, plans for federating the system, and issues 
of
sustainability.

URL: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january03/smith/01smith.html

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Open Archiives Forum article
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Also from D-Lib magazine, Jan 2003


Abstract

The Open Archives Forum is not another OAI implementation project. It is a
clustering activity that targets existing open archives communities, as well 
as new
communities, like IST projects or national initiatives planning or initiating 
open
archives. The Open Archives Forum is a dissemination activity that aims to
manage an exchange of experiences on open archives in general. The project
investigates usage of open archives under different paradigms, and its aims 
are
to make digital repositories more widely available, make them globally
accessible, encourage people to share developments, and enable developing
countries to obtain access to scientific and cultural heritage information.

The Open Archives Forum project supports established metadata repositories
and supports new open archive data providers from communities such as cultural
heritage institutions, museums, European digitization projects, research
organizations, educational institutions, public libraries, community 
organizations
and publishers as well as the commercial sector.


URL: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january03/dobratz/01dobratz.html


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Best wishes

Peter Strickland
Managing Editor
IUCr Journals

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