Developing a Digital Libraries Education Program

International Scientific Data, Standards, & Digital Libraries

Studying Digital Library Users In the Wild: Theories, Methods, and Analytical Approaches

Next Generation Knowledge Organization Systems: Integration Challenges and Strategies: The 7th Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop

ACM IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries Workshop on International Scientific Data, Standards, and Digital Libraries

Developing a Digital Libraries Education Program

  • June 7, 2005 – full day, Denver 3

While many library schools offer courses designed to prepare professionals for work in a digital library program, few, if any, do so in a systematic and comprehensive manner. To address this need, the Institute of Museum and Library Services funded several projects in 2004 as part of their “Librarian for the 21 st Century Program.” Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received one of these grants; this workshop is one of the project activities, designed to bring together the other recipients of these digital library education grants, and others, to present preliminary findings and program plans and to share ideas with other digital library professionals and library educators.

Some of the questions this workshop will address are: How does professional education integrate theoretical background in these areas with practical skill? What is the relationship between classroom learning and part-time work experience? What do librarians need to know about technology to work effectively with IT professionals?

Attendees will represent IMLS digital library education grants and will also be drawn from diverse disciplines that emphasize digital library research, development and use. The full-day workshop will include individual and panel presentations. For more information, contact Dan Albertson (

Topical Outline
Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Defining the domain of “digital librarianship”
  • Core competencies in technical areas
  • Core competencies in user, social, and legal areas
  • Management of projects, systems, and people
  • Balancing theory and practice
  • Developing meaningful internships and other practical experiences

Organizers and Contact Information
Kristine Brancolini
Digital Library Program
Indiana University

William Mischo
Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Javed Mostafa
School of Library and Information Science
Indiana University

Dr. Linda Smith
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

International Scientific Data, Standards, & Digital Libraries

  • June 10, 2005 – Part 1: Mattie Silks; 2:00 – 5:30
  • June 11, 2005 – Part 2: Mattie Silks; 8:30 – 12:00

Call for Papers and Participation

The power of modern information technology in changing the dissemination and use of scientific and technical information has been hampered by the lack of internationally-accepted standards for sharing and using the diverse databases, information systems, knowledge bases, and modeling and simulation packages that characterize 21st century science. Many disciplines have addressed this issue using a variety of techniques to internationalize local and national standards efforts. Examples include:

  • Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) standards being developed under W3C
  • Graphical Information Systems (GIS) standards being developed under ISO
  • Biodiversity data standards being aggregated under the auspices of Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
  • The Virtual Observatory being built with community-based standards
  • Materials data standards being developed independently and then put under Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)
  • Crystallographic and chemistry data standards being developed by international scientific unions
  • Product data being standardized under ISO

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • motivations for developing standards,
  • mechanism(s) used to develop standards,
  • mechanism(s) used to get standards adopted internationally,
  • lessons learned about how the development and adoption process,
  • additional information on how the process could be improved.

Models to be discussed include:

  • W3C
  • OMG
  • community-based standards, international scientific unions
  • ISO
  • international scientific facilities

Scientific & technical information areas to be covered include:

  • astronomy
  • chemical structure
  • biodiversity
  • Earth sciences and geographical
  • education and training
  • engineering materials and industrial products
  • information systems, such as digital libraries
  • mathematics

This Workshop builds upon and expands beyond the 2004 NSF/National Science Digital Library workshop on Scientific Markup Languages ( by bridging the international scientific/technical data community with the international digital library community in order to form the cyberinfrastructure for scientific data standards and enabling technologies. The ultimate objective of the workshop will be to educate standards and digital library developers about models for international S&T information standards appropriate for the cyber-infrastructure and their communities.

The workshop will feature a set of two plenary lectures followed by a series of shorter 20 minute talks about mechanisms used for international S&T information and data standards.

All interested parties are invited to submit a three page position paper. The submitted papers will be assessed for their relevance to the workshop and for inclusion in a special issue of the CODATA Data Science Journal. Emailed submissions in RTF, HTML, any of the Microsoft Word formats, Postscript or plain ASCII are welcome. Each position paper will be refereed and results emailed to authors. Authors of accepted papers may be asked to make some small changes and a final version submitted to the organizers. Submit papers to:

All interested people are invited to participate even if they do not submit a position paper.


  • Deadline for submissions to primary contact: April 15, 2005
  • Notification to authors: April 29, 2005
  • Deadline for revised versions of accepted papers: May 16, 2005
  • Workshop: June 10-11, 2005

Laura Bartolo ( , Associate Professor , Kent State University, is the Principal Investigator of the Materials Digital Library as part of the NSF National Science Digital Library Program and has been a leader in developing MatML, an international mark-up language for materials information.

John Rumble (, Technical Director, Information International Associates, is an international leader in S&T information and Past President of CODATA. During his years as Director of the Standard Reference Data Program at NIST, Dr. Rumble has led several international S&T information standards committees.

This workshop is made possible with support from the NSF National Science Digital Library Program and CODATA, the Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science Unions (ICSU), which works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology.


Studying Digital Library Users In the Wild: Theories, Methods, and Analytical Approaches

  • June 10, 2005 – Part 1: Colorado AB; 2:00 – 5:30
  • June 11, 2005 – Part 2: Gold Coin; 8:30 – 12:00

Call for Participation

The workshop will focus on the theoretical and methodological issues involved in the qualitative, longitudinal study of the developers, users, funders, etc., involved in the development of digital libraries, cyberinfrastructure, and other distributed information technologies. These technologies will be treated as complex mixtures of people, technological artifacts, and practices, that can be analyzed using a range of approaches, including anthropology, ethnography, ethnomethodology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, scenarios, in-depth interviews and focus groups.

The workshop will provide a forum where these theoretical and methodological interests and insights may be advanced, exchanged, and debated, and where experiences with differing technologies, contexts, and methodologies may be compared and contrasted. It will appeal to researchers from digital libraries and cyberinfrastructure, information science, communication studies, computer-human interaction, anthropology, sociology, and other areas, especially those who adopt socio-technical perspectives in the study of these complex technologies.

Persons interested in presenting are invited to submit a short (250 word) abstract describing their research by April 15, for acceptance/rejection by April 30. The authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a longer (600-1000+ word) position paper by May 31. The description of relevant case studies is encouraged. The workshop will consist of a series of themed panels and presentations based on accepted position papers. Presentations will be discussed in a seminar format by presenters and participants. All attendees will be encouraged to make significant contributions, and to draw links between the presentations and their own experiences.

Accepted position papers will be collated, printed, and distributed at the workshop. Copies of accepted position papers and a summary of the workshop will be made available as a resource on the Digital Library for Earth System Education website (DLESE: ), and also as part of the JCDL Workshop report made to D-Lib Magazine. After the workshop, opportunities for submitting expanded versions of selected papers for a special journal issue on qualitative digital library research will be explored.

The workshop is scheduled for two sessions, the first on Friday afternoon, June 10th, and the second on Saturday morning, June 11th. A group dinner is planned for the Friday evening. Attendees will have to pay a JCDL workshop fee (to be determined), in addition to their JCDL registration.


April 15: Submission deadline for abstracts
April 30: Notification of acceptance
May 31: Submission deadline for completed position papers
June 10: Afternoon: Workshop, part 1
June 10: Evening: Group dinner
June 11: Morning: Workshop, part 2

For further information, and to submit abstracts, please contact Mick Khoo:

Michael Khoo, post-doctoral researcher
DLESE Program Center (DPC)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA
tel: +1 303 497-2604  fax: +1 303 497-8336


Next Generation Knowledge Organization Systems: Integration Challenges and Strategies: The 7th Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop

  • June 10, 2005 – Part 1: Colorado CD; 2:00 – 5:30
  • June 11, 2005 – Part 2: Pomeroy; 8:30 – 12:00

Call for Presentations

The 7th NKOS Workshop will take place on June 10-11, as part of JCDL 2005. It builds on the previous NKOS Workshops at JCDL and ECDL. A combination of invited and submitted presentations will make up the program.  Proposals are invited for presentations (20 minutes) on work or projects related to the themes of the workshop.

Please email proposals (500 words) by April 1 st to Gail Hodge. Register for the workshop at the JCDL <conference registration> page. Further details will be posted on the NKOS website as they emerge:

Gail Hodge
Information International Associates, Inc.
312 Walnut Pl.
Havertown , PA 19083 USA

This year's Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) workshop builds on seven years of workshops in the U.S. and Europe on issues enabling networked knowledge organization systems ( KOS ), such as classification systems, thesauri, gazetteers, taxonomies, and ontologies, to support the description, retrieval, and use of diverse information resources. Now many efforts are underway to research the issues and implement solutions to the challenges of networking and integrating KOS somewhat isolated domains: indexing services and thesaurus builders; computer scientists and system integrators; ontologists; taxonomists; and others. Requirements to solve these integration issues have become mission critical in many cases; the need to support computational, programmatic integration to handle masses of data from independent sources is pushing the research and development agenda. The need to move forward to meet these challenges while at the same time applying the best practices and "wisdom" developed through years of practical experience is acute.    

The JCDL-NKOS workshop for 2005 will bring together researchers and implementers from diverse  international communities who are developing new models, conducting research, and implementing practical solutions for networking KOS and integrating the associated information and data resources.  The primary aim of the workshop is to inform NKOS researchers and practitioners about developments across a number of communities and to identify research and development directions. The objectives are to encourage sharing of new initiatives and lessons learned and to identify collaborative development opportunities.

Topics may include:

  • The integration of KOS of different types, including thesauri, classification systems,  gazetteers, taxonomies and ontologies, in support of specific digital library and semantic web initiatives.
  • Methodologies, tools, and strategies for integrating and extending KOS to address new technology opportunities and to bridge domains and user communities.
  • Updates to terminology related standards, including OWL, RDF, NISO Z39.19, the British Thesaurus Standard and others from ISO and the W3C.
  • Identification of a research agenda to move forward

Session 1
Welcome and introduction to NKOS and to the workshop

Session 2
Self-introductions and brief descriptions of projects and interests particularly as they relate to the topic of integration and interoperability

Session 3
Case studies about the interoperability and integration of KOSs (approximately 2 presentations)

Session 4
Presentations on methodologies, tools and strategies (approximately 2)

Session 5
Presentations on recent related standards activities (approximately 2)

Session 6
Open discussion of the issues raised in the previous sessions

Session 7
Identification of a research agenda based on reactions from a panel of practitioners, software developers, academics and standards developers

The full-day workshop will begin Friday afternoon and end Saturday morning.  It will include invited and accepted presentations, guided by a program committee.  Presentations will be grouped into topic sessions and demonstrations can be set up for access before and after the workshop and during breaks. Discussion and identification of issues will be encouraged by providing a significant amount of time for open discussion and networking opportunities. Participants will be given the opportunity to introduce their work and their interests.  The identification of a research agenda will involve significant facilitated discussions.


  • Digital library and information infrastructure developers,
  • Thesaurus and ontology developers,
  • Standard developers in the area of terminology usage and exchange,
  • Resource discovery service providers (search engines, directories, portals etc.)
  • Information scientists, library museum and archive professionals,
  • Language engineering and terminology researchers
  • Knowledge managers


  • Gail Hodge, Information International Associates, Inc.
  • Jian Qin, University of Syracuse
  • Douglas Tudhope, University of Glamorgan
  • Marcia Zeng, Kent State University
  • Linda Hill


ACM IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries Workshop on International Scientific Data, Standards, and Digital Libraries

Friday June 10, 2005

2:00 p.m. Overview: Challenges & opportunities for international scientific data activities, standards, and digital libraries
Laura Bartolo, Kent State University (USA)
2:15 - 3:55 p.m Discipline-specific international standards activities in scientific and technical data

2:15 p.m. Data standards for the International Virtual Observatory (Astronomy)
Robert Hanisch, Space Telescope Science Institute (USA)

2:55 p.m. Biodiversity data standards
Vivian Hutchinson, U.S. Geological Survey (USA)

3:15 p.m. Crystallographic data interchange format
David Brown, McMaster University (Canada)

3:35 p.m. Exchanging technical product data
Sharon Kemmerer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA)

3:55 p.m. Coffee
4:15 p.m. Implementing MatML toward sharing materials information on the net
Yoshio Monma, Kochi, University of Technology (Japan)
4:35 p.m. Geographic mark-up language
David Burggraf, Galdos Systems (Canada)
4:55 p.m. Standards for the publication of scientific data by World Data Centres and the National Library of Science and Technology in German
Jan Brase, University of Hannover (Germany)
5:15 p.m. Discussion of international standards activities for S&T data and metadata: Speaker panel
5:45 p.m. Adjourn for day

Saturday June 11, 2005
Scientific discovery in the context of digital libraries

8:30 a.m. Semantic Web & digital libraries as knowledge systems
Deborah McGuinness, Stanford University (USA)
9:10 a.m. Data-centric view in eScience information systems
Gregor Erbach, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (Germany)
9:30 a.m. Scientific mark-up languages for uplifting a digital library to knowledge archive
Toshihiro Ashino, Toyo University (Japan)
9:50 a.m. MathML and digital libraries
Timothy Cole, University of Illinois at UC (USA)
10:10 a.m. Coffee
10:40 a.m. Understanding and using standards
Robbie Robson, EduWorks (USA)
11:00 a.m. Scientific discovery and large-scale databases
John Rumble, Information International associates (USA)
11:20 a.m. Discussion of knowledge discovery and scientific digital libraries
Speaker panel
12:00 noon Workshop end