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  • Subject: ICSTI: recent messages
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 12:47:50 +0100 (BST)

Subject: Fwd: JoDI (V3i2): Economic Factors of Digital Libraries

Journal of Digital Information announces
A SPECIAL ISSUE on Economic Factors of Managing Digital Content and
Establishing Digital Libraries, (Volume 4, issue 2, June 2003)
Special issue Editor: Simon Tanner, HEDS Digitisation Services, University
of Hertfordshire, UK

 From the special issue editorial:
"This special issue is an eclectic mix of articles covering much of the
lifecycle and value chain of digital content and digital libraries,
reflecting the pervasive nature of economics - influencing every decision,
technology, implementation and evaluation made of digital resources and

The issue includes the following papers:

M. Barton, J. Walker (May 2003)
Building a Business Plan for DSpace, MIT Libraries Digital Institutional

S. Chapman (May 2003)
Counting the Costs of Digital Preservation: Is Repository Storage Affordable?

A. Geyer-Schulz, A. Neumann, A. Heitmann, K. Stroborn (May 2003)
Strategic Positioning Options for Scientific Libraries in Markets of
Scientific and Technical Information - the Economic Impact of Digitization

F. Heath, M. Kyrillidou, D. Webster, S. Choudhury, B. Hobbs, M. Lorie and
N. Flores
Emerging Tools for Evaluating Digital Library Services: Conceptual
Adaptations of LibQUAL+ and CAPM

J. Willinsky (April 2003)
Scholarly Associations and the Economic Viability of Open Access Publishing

The Fourth Open Archives Forum will take place at UKOLN, University of
  Bath, UK, on the 4th and 5th of September. The title of the workshop is:
  'In Practice, Good Practice'. This workshop is our first to be held in the

  The event will focus on good practice in the implementation of open
  archives. A particular theme of the workshop will be the use of the Open
  Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting [OAI-PMH] in the area
  of Cultural Heritage. The workshop will also be looking at the use of the
  OAI protocol as a way of publishing information about university theses,
  and how that might contribute to developing useful content for
  institutional (as opposed to subject-based) eprint archives.

  The workshop will build on issues discussed during the whole project, and
  facilitate exchange of information about best practice. The workshop will
  consider European experience of open archives regarding technical issues,
  organisational issues and Intellectual Property Rights. A report on
  organisational issues written by an OAForum working group will be
  presented at the workshop. Breakout sessions will offer the opportunity to
  discuss issues of practice with others working at the sharp end of

  There also will be an introduction to one of the project's key
  deliverables: an online tutorial which will give guidance to those wishing
  to implement a project using the OAI-PMH. This tutorial will be based on
  the experience of the successful pre-workshop tutorials held in Lisbon
  (2002) and Berlin (2003).

  There will be a poster session to allow you to disseminate information
  about your project, and to allow time and space (and coffee) for
  all-important networking.

  Our keynote speaker will be Mogens Sandfaer. We hope to have at least one
  representative of the Open Archives Initiative present at the workshop, as
  we have had at earlier workshops, and there will be other important
  figures in the open archives world present. A panel session closing the
  second day of the workshop will offer the opportunity to exchange views
  about the future direction of open archives, and about our experience of
  the open archives approach so far.

  The Open Archives Forum is a EU funded project, whose purpose is to
  explore the possibilities of the open archives idea in the European
  context, and to facilitate access to relevant information. Further
  information and a draft programme will appear in the near future on the
  Open Archives Forum website : http://www.oaforum.org/

  Workshop Contact:
  Sara Hassen
Interesting article

An alert from Jill o'Neill of NFAIS to this article on:

Strategic Positioning Options for Scientific Libraries in Markets of 
Scientific and
Technical Information -- the Economic Impact of Digitization.

It is published in the Journal of Digital Information (JODI) and is one of the 
listed in the mail I sent  yesterday about the special issue of JODI on 
Factors of Managing Digital Content and Establishing Digital Libraries.

An abstract of the article:

As a key resource of the 21st century, information goods might
  displace industrial goods as key drivers of markets. The foundation of the

  economic prosperity of developed countries is not only based on the
  efficient conversion of information to knowledge, but also in imparting this
  knowledge in the educational system. In this context, scientific libraries
  play a decisive role as a provider of scientific and technical information

  (STI). After introducing the 2-3-6-concept, an analysis concept based on a
  special value chain, the paper examines the roles of the different players
  - author, scientific library, publisher, bookstore and scientific
  association - involved in the production of STI. A structural model for the

  value chain of the STI market is developed to analyse in detail the
  opportunities for scientific libraries offered by technological progress
  within the current economic, legal and regulatory framework. The analysis
  reveals that none of the players can be expected to stay within their

  historical core competencies. Due to technical developments and associated
  changes in the structure of transaction costs, each player can cover more
  fields of value-adding activities. The roles of the different players are
  merging more and more. Further, analysis of current direct and indirect

  monetary flows reveals considerable potential for conflict. As a
  consequence, players such as university libraries need to reconsider their
  strategic position in order to persist in the STI market. The paper proposes
  paths for possible strategic repositioning of university libraries.

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