Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO): Collective Licensing of Digital Art Content for Educational Use
David Bearman Archives & Museum Informatics
Jennifer Trant Archives & Museum Informatics
The availability of quality content in digital form is critical to the successful integration of networked technologies into education. The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is launching the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO), a new collective licensing body. Building on the success of the Museum Educational Site Licensing (MESL) project, AMICO will make high quality images and information documenting the largest art museum collections in North America available for licensed educational use on campus networks.This session will report on the development of the consortium and its efforts to build consensus surrounding the terms and conditions of educational use of a museum’s intellectual property in digital form. It will also solicit input into the shape of AMICO’s offerings.
Assessing the Academic Networked Environment: Overview
Christopher Peebles Indiana University
Charles McClure Syracuse University
Earlier this year CNI launched an initiative focusing on the assessment of networks and networked information resources, and on the impact of these resources on teaching and learning, the provision of information, and the creation and sharing of knowledge. The initiative builds on the work of Charles McClure and Cynthia Lopata in their publication, “Assessing the Academic Networked Environment: Strategies and Options.” This project briefing will provide an overview of this new CNI initiative, describing the assessment framework of the project and presenting the assessment results from Indiana University, a co-leader of the project.
Assessing the Academic Networked Environment: Project Initiation
Christopher Peebles Indiana University
Charles McClure Syracuse University
Joan Lippincott & Gerry Bernbom CNI
Participants in the CNI initiative, Assessing the Academic Network Environment, are having their first working meeting as a continuation of the Spring Task Force Meeting. This session is intended as an orientation for members of institutional teams who will be working on the Assessment project in the coming months. Attendance will be limited to those team members. An open project briefing on the initiative is also being held during the Task Force Meeting.
Authentication and Access Control for Networked Information: New Requirements and Approaches
Clifford Lynch University of California
As institutions move to licensing agreements for content in a distributed environment, this is creating both new requirements and a new urgency for solutions in authentication and access control technology. Authentication is, for example, becoming a central question in new access models coming into place between publishers, libraries, and library users. This project briefing will survey the emerging issues and possible technical solutions, and offer a forum both for sharing experience in developing approaches to these problems and for discussing the need for a possible large scale initiative to address the issues.
Briefing on the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) and the Monticello Electronic Library
George Brett SURA
This presentation will update the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s (SURA’s) renewed role in the Monticello Electronic Library project. SURA seeks to play a proactive leadership role in information technologies and digital library initiatives. George. Brett, Director of Networking Initiatives, will present the status of existing projects and programs at SURA along with ideas of possible future directions.
Cost Centers and Measures in the Networked Information Value-Chain
Joan Lippincott CNI
Richard West California State University,
Ross Atkinson Cornell University
Colin Day University of Michigan Press
Lizanne Payne Washington Research Library Consortium
CNI has recently completed the final report on the Coalition’s Cost Centers and Measures in the Networked Information Value-Chain project. Attendees will be provided with an overview of the project, which attempted to establish a widely understood and accepted frame of reference for monitoring cost effects and managing cost claims in the transition from a print to an electronic environment. Panelists from the seller, buyer, and intermediary sectors will provide their reactions to the report and comment on the lessons learned from the process of participating in this project.
Electronic Services in Academic Libraries – Report of Survey
Ronald P. Naylor Assistant Director, University of Miami Libraries
In Spring 1996, ALA and Ameritech Library Services collaborated on a survey of electronic services in academic libraries. The results of the survey show that academic libraries offer a great variety of electronic services. The doctorate-granting institutions have invested most heavily in the technology. The service offered by the greatest number of libraries is the Electronic Public Catalog which provides improved access to the libraries’ holdings. These are, for the most part, print collections, most of which will never be available on the Internet. The 414 million volumes of information in print, that comprise the collections of ARL libraries, are more heavily used than ever and they satisfy the information needs of the vast majority of students and faculties.
Establishing a Secure Environment For the Sharing of Instructional Resources in the CIC Consortium
Brett Sutton CIC
Nancy John University of Illinois at Chicago
Samuel Plice CIC \ University of Michigan
The CIC, a consortium of 12 major midwestern universities, through its Center for Library Initiatives and Learning Technology Initiative, has begun a series of collaborative projects designed to encourage the exchange and joint development of instructional resources among its members. One of the major challenges of these programs is developing technical systems that support the open exchange of resources while at the same time maintaining appropriate levels of privacy and security. This presentation will summarize the security problems that these programs have encountered and describe some of the proposed solutions. Among the issues to be considered are the protection of intellectual property rights; secure handling of student academic records, financial transactions, and other sensitive data; the management of jointly licensed electronic resources; security issues associated with collaborative research; and the development of a multi-institutional telecommunications infrastructure that supports high-security applications.
FARNET Washington Update: Telecom Reform, FCC Rulings, etc.
Heather Boyles FARNET
A little more than one year after passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, competition in the communications industry remains elusive in a number of sectors. This briefing will cover current efforts at implementing the provisions of the Act by the FCC, preview possible future actions regarding the communications industry on Capitol Hill, and provide an analysis of what it all means for the research and education community’s networking needs and goals.
Federal Information in the Networked Environment
Joan Cheverie Georgetown Univeristy
With the increasing use and availability of information technologies, there has been a significant change in how federal agencies disseminate government information. This change is resulting in new dissemination mechanisms, as well as new and changing user needs and expectations. As a result, the responsibilities and capacities of institutions that facilitate the flow of federal information to academic and citizen communities need to be rethought in this shifting environment. This session will update attendees on the Coalition’s white paper, “Access to and Services for Federal Information in the Networked Environment.” This paper will guide higher education and other institutions, such as state and public libraries, in the development of strategies for providing access to federal information by their constituencies using the powerful and rapidly expanding global information infrastructure.
Implementing the ISO Interlibrary Loan Protocol: Current Status and Implications for Librarians
Shirley Baker Washington University in St. Louis
Mary Jackson Association of Research Libraries
Seven major providers of interlibrary loan and document delivery (ILL/DD) systems are currently testing the international standard for interlibrary loan communication. An additional 21 have committed to implementing the ILL standard into local products, most by the end of 1997. This international standard (ISO 10160 & 10161, the “ILL Protocol”) enables different ILL/DD systems to interoperate. Participating groups are members of the Interlibrary Loan Protocol Implementors Group (IPIG), established in late 1995 as part of the North American Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (NAILDD) Project. Originally aimed at US vendors, the IPIG now includes over 30 organizations and projects in the US, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Italy, India, and Sweden. This briefing will review the current status of the Protocol implementation and will discuss the technical and system infrastructure implications of using the ILL Protocol for resource sharing.
Institution-Wide Information Strategies
Gerry Bernbom CNI
The Coalition for Networked Information is preparing to undertake a new initiative to promote institution-wide strategies in several key areas of networked information resource and service development. The focus of this initiative is on information — its use, its users, and the strategic allocation of resources in support of networked information across an entire institution. A Call for Statements of Interest and Experience, inviting participation in this initiative was recently released, and is posted on the CNI web <http://www.cni.org/>. This project briefing is a question-and-answer forum intended for institutions who may want to participate in the initiative.
Internet 2: Applications and Middleware
Ted Hanss Applications Lead, Internet 2 Project
The applications focus of Internet 2 is on those next-generation applications that, on an end-to-end basis, provide new and enhanced functionality through quality of service guarantees and/or much higher bandwidth (typically 10-100 times greater than what we have today). To provide that functionality, the I2 Project will draw upon many of the trends in programming and applications development during the past decade as we work to build a fully distributed computing system to meet our higher ed research and education needs. The objective is to build and promote applications that illustrate the potential of I2, allow us to investigate open issues, and that serve as a catalyst to accelerate the rate at which the promise of these technologies can be realized. It is too early to know what the appropriate technology or architecture will be,but the I2 Project will explore the issue of “middleware” in a high-bandwidth, low-latency, quality-of-service enabled network environment. This session will present current plans and progress in the area of Internet 2 applications and middleware.
Internet 2: Content & Applications
Bill Graves Univeristy of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Clifford Lynch University of California, Office of the President
The speakers from the opening plenary session will be available to answer questions about Internet 2 content issues, focusing on applications such as teaching and learning and digital libraries. They will also expand on their remarks from the plenary session in response to participant questions.
Java Futures and Networked Information
Prashant Sridharan Sun Microsystems, Inc.
A discussion about the future of Java and how it impacts the spread of information in a networked environment. Topics include Sun’s vision for ‘Java Computing’, Network Computers, Java language enhancements, and the role of Object Technology with Java. The speaker is a Java Evangelist with Sun Microsystems and the author of ‘Advanced Java Networking’ and ‘JavaBeans Developer’s Resource’, both from Prentice Hall.
The JISC Electronic Libraries Programme
Chris Rusbridge eLib Programme Director, Joint Information Systems Committee
The UK Electronic Libraries Programme is funding over 60 projects and studies in various areas which together form the “digital library”. Programme areas include document delivery, customized publishing, and access to network resources. This briefing will give an overview of the program and highlight some of the challenging issues which continue to face those working in electronic library activity in the UK.
The Making of America Project (Phase I): Early Lessons in Collaboration
Ross Atkinson Cornell University
Wendy Lougee University of Michigan
The Making of America Project is a collaborative effort between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan. Funded primarily by the Mellon Foundation, the content focus of the project is American social history from the ante-bellum period through reconstruction. Cornell and Michigan are working to develop a distributed architecture to provide access to the two collections through a single interface at each institution. The session will cover the organizational and technical issues involved in this multi-institutional undertaking and highlight the access approaches developed at each institution.
Metadata and the Dublin Core
Terry Noreault OCLC
Craig A. Summerhill CNI
The fourth in a series of workshops aimed at the development of a metadata core (the Dublin Core) for use in the description of objects in the network was recently held in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The DC4 Workshop was hosted by OCLC, the National Library of Austrlia, and Distributed Systems Technology Centre. The 15 data elements which are referred to as the “Dublin Core” were originally established following a 1995 workshop held at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio and are designed specifically to assist in the “discovery” process for networked information. The DC4 meeting was held to discuss the extensibility of the Dublin Core through the use of type qualifiers and element substructures, to refine the syntax for use of the Dublin Core in HTML and (more generally) refine the existing set of 15 elements. This project briefing will provide an soverview of the Canberra meeting and some implementations.
National Digital Library Federation: Testbed Project Update
Tony Angiletta Acting Program Director, NDLF
Dale Flecker Harvard University Library
Carol Mandel Columbia University Library
The National Digital Library Federation, formed in 1995 for the purposes of investigating and realizing the intellectual, material, financial, and organizational requirements for distributed digital libraries, has been focusing its work on interoperable discovery and retrieval mechanisms, metadata, rights management and economic modeling, and digital archiving. It is currently supporting the planning and implementation of two testbed projects–the Making of America, Part II (MOAII) and the Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS)–and is seeking to devise common architectures in each. It also has endorsed the work of the Social Science Digital Library Consortium (SSDLC) and the Berkeley/Columbia Digital Scriptorium projects. The update briefing will describe progress in the architecture and metadata arenas for the Making of America, Part II and APIS.
Networking Cultural Heritage: The State of the Art with Moving Images
David Green NINCH
William Murphy National Archives
Susan Gauch University of Kansas
There are still many challenges to face before cultural heritage moving images (from the 1903 movie The Great Train Robbery to 1970s Vietnam protest footage, to Nam June Paik’s video art to Merce Cunningham’s dance productions) can be found and then accessed on-line. The Library of Congress’ reports on Film Preservation (1993) and TV and Video Preservation (1997) comprehensively review the state of film and video preservation and accessibility; evolving description and cataloging standards, interoperability between different systems and increased sharing of information are creating the groundwork for unified online catalogs; and advances in compression, streaming and searching technologies will enable individuals to actually view movies online. This session will provide an up-to-the-minute assessment of what is now and will be soon available.
New Approaches and Methods in Assessing Networked Information Services: Issues and Lessons
Charles R. McClure Syracuse University
The “networked environment” encompasses a range of electronic networked activities and services. Minimally, this environment includes information services, products, hardware and software, telecommunications infrastructure, and resources that users and providers receive via the various electronic networks. Increasingly, policy making officials, as well as users, are asking questions — not about whether their organizations should invest in electronic networks — but about ways to maximize the benefits and impacts of existing and/or evolving networking initiatives. This presentation critiques techniques and issues related to assessing networked services from two studies recently completed:
- Assessing the Academic Networked Environment: Strategies and Options ; funded by the US Department of Education
- Sailor Network Assessment Final Report: Findings and Future Sailor Network Development , a study funded by the Maryland Division of Library
It also offers new assessment perspectives from work in process from four additional studies:
- An Evaluation of the Federal Governments Implementation of the Government Information Locator Service (GILS) , funded by the US General Services Administration;
- Quality Criteria for Evaluating Information Resources and Services Available from Federal Websites Based on User Feedback , funded by OCLC;
- Analysis and Development of Model Quality Guidelines for Electronic Records Management on State and Federal Websites , funded by the US National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
- Web Usage Statistics: Measurement Issues , funded, in part, by the US General Services Administration.
Next Generation Internet and NSF High-Performance Connections
Mark Luker NSF
The Next Generation Internet (or NGI) project proposed by President Clinton is designed to bring together federal agencies, academia, and industry in an accelerated effort to identify and demonstrate the technologies required for the future applications in information and communications. NSF’s High-performance Connections program and the Internet 2 universities will play a significant role in implementing the first goal of the NGI. This session will present an overview of NGI and discuss its relationship to related programs and the CNI.
Publishers and Electronic Theses
Edward A. Fox Virginia Tech
With funding from SURA (Southeastern Universities Research Association) and the US Department of Education, a multi-partner effort is underway to have all graduate theses be prepared and made accessible electronically: the National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. This session will summarize the project and its progress, and then focus on how this effort relates to traditional publishing efforts. Issues of copyright, first publication, derivative works, digital library rights management, and other topics will be discussed. The aim is for graduate research to become more accessible and for other publishing methods to begin to rely on that situation.
Research Library Investments in Electronic Resources: How Much, and Where Does it Go?
Martha Kyrillidou Association of Research Libraries
Tim Jewell Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries has been funded by the Council on Library Resources this year for a study of its current survey questions to member libraries concerning electronic resources. This session will present an overview of the study’s goals, summarize and examine the statistics obtained so far from these questions, and provide a forum for discussing issues related to the way libraries account for these expenditures and what they get from them. This discussion will inform the future direction and development of ARLs surveys on electronic resources.
SLA’s Electronic Information Policy & Guidelines
Maurice A. Harris, Jr. Special Libraries Association
Lynn Woodbury Special Libraries Association
The Special Libraries Association’s Electronic Information Policy and Guidelines have evolved over the past two and a half years. The intent in creating these guidelines has been to provide for electronic commerce and a virtual association while protecting the intellectual property rights of the Association and its members. During this process, the Association staff and leaders have requested and collected information and comments from its units and membership. The information guidelines and procedures provide a summary of the issues and processes SLA has and will implement to protect the property rights of the Association and its members.