April 03, 2008

Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium--Closing panel discussion

Joe Koonce moderated a closing panel discussion with several of the earlier speakers: Andrew Curtis, Nina Lam, Daniel Janies, Uriel Kitron, Dave Wagner

Preservation of data sets
Open access issues
Tools are required to reconstruct the data
There are no standards, some emerging standards/best practices
Archiving becomes more complicated

Curtis: After Katrina, people were keeping control of data sets by means of manila folders "up" or "down" in a file drawer. His group created the "Katrina [data] warehouse" using a revision of LSU climate gathering software. As soon as FEMA stopped paying for it, it became a dead entity. The data sets were a complete mess. You need money to support preserved data: answering queries, organizing, etc. Much of the data has now been lost, because there was no system/structure in place to protect and preserve it.

Lam: One of her funders now requires the deposit of data and metadata about the data. Even data that cannot be deposited (e.g. because of privacy issues), must have metadata deposited.

Janies: A lot of projects turn into software development projects. He uses journals/supplemental data.

Kitron: With human data, for all practical purposes the data is not available for privacy issues. Librarians are now actively recruiting data sets.

Audience member 1: Even if you have large data sets and they are created by proprietary software, do you really have access to your data if you stop paying the license fee, or if the software vendor stops supporting features. He encourages the use of open source GIS software.

Curtis: It is an issue of both data collection and dissemination: how do we redistribute the data, especially to developing countries who may not be able to afford the licensing fees?

Audience member 2: Question about availability of air quality data.

Kitron: Gave several possibilities

Wagner: Difficulty of getting data in a standard format

Koonce: Are there emerging standards for data?

Lam: Yes, there are standards for some types of data; but there is a difference between the standard and the quality of the data. Also some cross-mapping is going on.

Audience member 3: We do not have the "ecosystem" for data that we do for physical artifacts (e.g. a truck, with a garage, with a mechanism for fueling it, and a mechanism to prove ownership)

Koonce: When will this problem change?

Panel members: When it is funded top down.

[This concludes the live blogging from the Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library 2008 GIS Symposium.]


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Live Blogging from KSL GIS Symposium

I am reporting live today from the Kelvin Smith Library biennial symposium GIS Technology: Sustaining the Future, Understanding the Past. The symposium, funded by an anonymous donor is taking place today on the second floor of KSL. The topic this year relates to the use of GIS with the spread of disease, pandemic, and the effects of environmental change on the disease.

Lynn Singer, Deputy Provost of Case Western Reserve University, welcomed the 100 attendees, pointing out the ongoing nature of the university's pandemic planning efforts.

Joanne Eustis, University Librarian, thanked the planning committee for the symposium and introduced the keynote speaker, Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Summary of his talk to come.

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October 30, 2007

KSL Digital Library Lecture on Thursday, November 1, 1:30 PM

On Thursday, November 1, 2007, at 1:30 pm, Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University will present the second in this year's series of Digital Library Lectures, with MARK KORNBLUH, Director of MATRIX, the Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences at Michigan State University. I would like to invite you to attend the lecture. The lecture will take place in the Dampeer Room at KSL. The lecture is open to all, and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Mark Kornbluh's lecture is entitled "Digital Libraries and Cyberinfrastructure."

“Cyberinfrastructure,” a word coined by the National Science Foundation, may
be an awkward choice of language, but the underlying concept that it represents has profound implications for all aspects of academy. We are at a moment in time where two decades of dramatic changes in computing and information is enabling paradigmatic changes in research and teaching across all fields. Just as physical libraries were cornerstones of twentieth-century universities, digital libraries are essential to e-research and e-teaching. This talk will look at the challenges posed by this transformation and the opportunities that it presents for libraries.

Mark Kornbluh is Director of MATRIX, the Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences, the largest digital humanities center in the United
States at Michigan State University, where he is also Professor and Chairperson of the History Department and Professor of Computer Science. He has directed a wide range of digital library research projects including the National Gallery of the Spoken Word and the African Online Digital Library and served on the National Academy of Science’s Advisory Committee on the National Archives electronic records project.

For questions, please call the Kelvin Smith Library Administration Office at 216-368-2992.

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April 09, 2007

Adobe Day at KSL on Wednesday, April 11, co-sponsored by KSL and ITS

Please join the Adobe Education Team on Wednesday 4/11 in the Kelvin Smith Library Dampeer Room for the following sessions:

Adobe Acrobat Professional
8.30-10am and 3.30-5pm
Adobe Acrobat Professional-Communicate and collaborate with the essential PDF solution-

The Adobe Education team will be providing an overview on Acrobat Professional software enables education professionals to reliably create, combine, and control Adobe PDF documents for easy, more secure distribution, collaboration, and data collection.

Why Acrobat Professional?

Create
Easily create Adobe PDF documents from Microsoft Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Project, Visio, Access, Publisher, AutoCAD®, Lotus Notes, or any application that prints.

Combine
Combine documents, drawings, and rich media content into a single, polished Adobe PDF document. Optimize file size, and arrange files in any order regardless of file type, dimensions, or orientation.

Collaborate
Enable users of Adobe Reader® software (version 7.0 or 8) to participate in shared reviews. Use the Start Meeting button to collaborate in real-time with the new Adobe Acrobat Connect line of products.

Collect
Easily collect and distribute forms, combine collected forms into a searchable, sortable PDF package, and export collected data into a spreadsheet. (Windows® only)

Control
Control access to and use of Adobe PDF documents, assign digital rights, and maintain document integrity.

ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 3

10.30AM -12PM AND 1.30-3PM

The Adobe Education Team will be providing an introduction on the Adobe Creative Suite 3 solution. Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 software combines shared productivity features such as visual asset management and access to useful online services with essential creative tools that let you design content for print, the web, film and video, and mobile devices.

The Adobe® Creative® Suite 3 family offers you choice — in the combination of creative tools you master, the design disciplines you explore, and the richness and scope of content you create. This revolutionary new release includes six editions, each combining tightly integrated, industry-leading components that enable you to handle virtually any creative task.

Together these six editions of Creative Suite 3 address virtually every creative discipline and empower you to work more efficiently with your creative team; collaborate more closely with developers to produce engaging experiences; and serve your clients, your business, and your creative vision more easily and effectively than ever before.

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium delivers a dream toolkit for print, web, interactive, and mobile design.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard focuses on professional print design.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium combines the best-of-the-best web design and development tools.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard serves the professional web developer.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium is a complete post-production solution for video professionals.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection enables you to design across media — print, web, interactive, mobile, video, and film — in the most comprehensive creative environment ever produced.



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March 01, 2006

Lecture at KSL tomorrow--David Saltz, and it's a FUN topic besides

Tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, March 2, 2006, 1:30-3:30 PM, Kelvin Smith Library is sponsoring another of our Digital Library Lecture Series talks by David Z. Saltz, who is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Theatre at the University of Georgia. He'll be talking about the Virtual Vaudeville project, a web site that attempts to archive aspects of live theatrical performance. The site uses 3D computer animation and motion capture technologies to recreate a rigorously researched and documented nineteenth-century vaudeville performance. Hypermedia is exploited in the extreme to deliver a richness of primary source material not usually found in web sites. The technology behind Virtual Vaudeville relies on heavily on the innovations made in computer gaming. Virtual Vaudeville was funded by NSF.

I heard David Saltz speak several years ago about Virtual Vaudeville as it was being developed, and I can recommend him as an engaging speaker, and his presentation is just plain fun (Dear God--not fun at something so severely titled as a Digital Library Lecture!) Prof. Saltz is adept at weaving the idea of using technology in the service of scholarly endeavor. This talk will provide some provocative ideas, especially to students beginning their research careers, that it is not necessary to be bound by the printed page to deliver effective scholarly content.

You don't have to RSVP--just show up in the Dampeer Room in KSL at 1:30 tomorrow. Seating is limited, however, so it's on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you can't come, the talk will eventually be available as a Freedman Center podcast.

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October 27, 2005

Multi-talented KSL Staff: Stephen Toombs and Mary Burns

Kelvin Smith Library is blessed with staff who have talents beyond their regular library positions. Yesterday evening, Mary Burns, KSL Special Collections Cataloger, and Stephen Toombs, Head of Kulas Music Library, presented a recital of music for soprano and theorbo (a large cousin of the lute) and baroque guitar (a smaller and more delicate sounding version of what we know today as the classical acoustic guitar). The program, "Le Nuove Musiche: Music in Italy and England in the 17th Century," presented at Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights, included lute songs in English and Italian by Thomas Campion, Giulio Caccini, and Claudio Monteverdi, among others, and some very intriguing solo works for baroque guitar by Francesco Corbetta.

Both performers are well-versed in historically informed performance and made convincing cases for this virtuosic music. The acoustics church, with its high ceiling and stone floor, was an excellent venue for the performance.

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September 09, 2005

The Case Grand Opening Party for the Freedman Center


Signing up for doorprizes

After the stately formal opening of the Freedman Center on September 8th, today the library hosted a public grand opening for the Case community today during the Case Community Hour. There was outstanding attendance by students and faculty for the event, which included door prizes, giveaways, demonstrations of the equipment and services, and a light lunch for students and faculty.

I have posted the informal photos from the event here. The last two photos are of the team of KSL and ITAC employees who were responsible for putting together the program and demonstrations.

Special thanks go to Gina Midlik, Senior Project Manager in the KSL Library Administration Office, for her tireless and efficient management of the entire Freedman Center project, from the beginning stages of its planning through the grand opening events in September 2005.


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September 08, 2005

Freedman Center Opening, Part 2


Ribbon Cutting

Today's luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony was a great success. I made a collection of informal photos that I have posted. Not only were the donors happy with the Freedman Center, there was great enthusiasm for the kinds of learning experiences the Case community will be able to make of the new center.

The public opening/party is tomorrow, Friday, September 9, from 11:00-2:00.

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June 16, 2005

U.S. House Votes to Revise U.S. Patriot Act

CNN reports today that the U.S. House of Representatives, in an unusually bipartisan fashion, has voted to repeal one of the most troubling parts of the U.S. Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and includes a provision allowing law enforcement agencies to examine circulation records in libraries and book sales records for bookstores for any reason, without warrant. This provision has been decried by librarians and booksellers around the country as a serious invasion of privacy and gives law enforcement agents a blank check to go on "fishing expeditions."

Libraries have long been highly protective of their readers' right to privacy. It is part of librarians' code of ethics that readers have a right to read and check out of the library what they want without intrusion by others. Most online library systems, including the system used by Kelvin Smith Library and other libraries on campus, automatically discards all personal information about who has checked out books once the book has been returned, retaining only a count and general demographic statistics about the circulation transaction. Library staff are trained not to discuss or divulge who currently has a book checked out. (This question comes up quite often: for example, a professor will come in and say that he or she needs a book. We say that it is checked out, and the professor says, "Oh it's probably one of my students that has it, tell me who it is." It is our policy not to divulge such information. We instead offer to hold the book when it comes in, or, if it is overdue, to recall it. We can also try to request another copy on OhioLINK.)

President Bush has threatened to veto a bill that reduces federal authority over the records.

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