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And we're off.... IASSIST 2008 gets ready to roll!

Now I start to fulfill my previous promise to completely and totally abuse my roll as managing editor of the IASSIST Communique to assist me in my roll as Program Chair of IASSIST 2008! I just want to let everyone know that we are off to a booming start. The submission deadline, although a full month earlier than in previous years, has provided a bumper crop of proposals! It seems that we're all technologists (geeks?) at heart and the theme for this year's conference has provided a spotlight for this! more...

Cellphones Challenge Poll Sampling

A new report from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reports preliminary results that have implications for surveys that rely on telephone interviews. (Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January – June 2007, by Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics.) more...

Data Visualisation Websites and Sharing Data

Jim sent me a message earlier today about a new data visualisation website that he had discovered: StatCrunch. When I took a look at this site, I encountered an appeal for people to upload and share their data, which struck a familiar chord. It seems that all of these web-based visualisation tools make a similar appeal. This certainly is true of Swivel, Data360 and Many Eyes. more...

IASSIST 2008 - Call for Papers!

Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation The 34th International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) annual conference will be held at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA, May 27-30, 2008. This year's conference, Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation, examines the role of technology and tools in various aspects of the data life cycle.

The theme of this conference addresses how technology can affect aspects of data stewardship throughout the data lifecycle. The methods and media by which data are collected, shared, analyzed and saved are ever-changing, from punch cards and legal pads to online-surveys and tag clouds. There has been an explosion of data sources and topics; vast changes in compilation and dissemination methods; increasing awareness about access and associated licensing and privacy issues; and growing concern about the safeguarding and protection of valuable data resources for future use. The 2008 conference is an opportunity to discuss the role of technology – past, present, and future – in all of these arenas. We seek submissions of papers, poster/demonstration sessions, and panel sessions on the following topics:

  • Issues and techniques for preserving "old" data as well as information "born digital"
  • Methods, technology and questions surrounding data dissemination, including best practices and innovations
  • Archival and preservation challenges presented by new processes
  • Metadata
  • Innovation in the use of data for teaching and research
  • The legal issues surrounding new technologies
  • Changes in resource discovery methods
  • Data services in virtual spaces
  • Providing services to users with different degrees of technical "savvy"
  • Tools and spaces for research collaboration

Papers on other topics related to the conference theme will also be considered. The deadline for paper, session, and poster/demonstration proposals is December 17, 2007. The Conference Program Committee will send notification of the acceptance of proposals by February 8, 2008.

Individual presentation proposals and session proposals are welcome. Proposals for complete sessions, typically a panel of three to four presentations within a 90-minute session, should provide information on the focus of the session, the organizer or moderator, and possible participants. The session organizer will be responsible for securing session participants. Organizers as well as panel participants are also welcome to submit additional paper proposals but please note that Conference Program Committee may need to limit the number of presentations per person.

Proposals for papers, sessions, and poster/demonstrations should include the proposed title and an abstract no longer than 200 words. Longer abstracts will be returned to be shortened before being considered. Please note that all presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for the conference. Registration for individual days will be available.

Proposals can be submitted via email to: iassist08@gmail.com

A conference website with on-line submission form will be available shortly. A separate call for workshops is also forthcoming.

-- IASSIST 2008 Palo Alto, CA 27-30 May 2008

DISC-UK DataShare Project for Institutional Data Repositories

As part of the JISC-funded DISC-UK DataShare project in the UK, a State-of-the-Art Review has been written, marking out the current scene on data sharing at the beginning of the project.

Title: Canadian Census and Privacy:Historically speaking, the census represents us

ERIC SAGER

Special to Globe and Mail Update

September 12, 2007 at 1:53 AM EDT

In Canada, census releases are no dreary catalogue of numbers. They spark debate and fuel conversation about the country. Statistics Canada has released the results of the 2006 census on marital status, families and housing, and we're at it again. So important is the census that we debate not only its findings, but also access to its content. The latter debate, decades old, has resurfaced again in 2007. Let me explain why.

Data analysis as performance art

Data analysis as performance art is the title of a posting on Jon Udell's blog where he introduces a really nicely done screencast comparing local and national crime data using ManyEyes, the online visualization software hosted by IBM.

I found the screencast, Crime in New Hampshire: Exploring the data, interesting for several reasons:

It is official!

Swivel Official logoFor those not familiar with the Web 2.0 numeric data utility Swivel - their mission "is to liberate the world's data and make it useful so new insights can be discovered and shared". However, it looks like Swivel are going official! more...

Happy (40th) Birthday UK Data Archive

The UKDA celebrated its anniversary in style, with a reception at the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday, 10th July (2007), a forward-looking workshop in its new building at the University of Essex on the 11th, with a return of some familiar faces who have moved on to retirement or other fields. See press release at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2007/07/news_ukda.aspx The occasion called for reflection on the past, as the news story illuminates: more...

Data Storage policy can't be enforced

There is a nice article in University Affairs about Carol Perry and her work. Raises some important issues about preserving research data and researchers perceptions. Chuck Humphrey also raises the profile of a NDA in Canada.

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/issues/2007/june_july/datastorage_01.html

Posted on behalf of Bo Wandschneider
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    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect

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