Charleston, DataContent, and Many Other Fall Conferences

Besides the three major conferences mentioned in the title of this column, there are many others on the schedule as we approach the last month before the holiday season.

The Charleston Conference

The 31st Charleston Conference will be on November 2-5 at its usual venue in Charleston, SC.  This year’s theme is “Something’s Gotta Give!”, and that might be a widely shared sentiment in today’s continuing rapid-paced environment of change, new technologies, and economic difficulties.  On Wednesday, November 2, an all day preconference on “Shared Print Archiving” will take place, along with several half day sessions and the always popular Vendor’s Showcase.  The opening plenary session features Michael Keller, Stanford University Librarian, speaking on “The Semantic Web for Publishers and Libraries”; MacKenzie Smith, Research Director, MIT Libraries, speaking on “Data Papers in the Network Era” (“Data Papers” means research datasets); and speakers on Hidden Collections and the Digital Public Library of America.  This is just the opening session speaker lineup; the entire conference features similar interesting topics and high quality presentations. Charleston is an excellent conference and regularly draws over 1,000 attendees.

DataContent 2011

Organized by the InfoCommerce Group, the DataContent 2011 conference will be held November 3-4 in Philadelphia, PA.  The keynote speaker is Clare Hart, President and CEO, Infogroup (she formerly held several executive-level positions at Dow Jones and was CEO of Factiva from 2000 to 2006). Presentations on “The 3 Cs: Cloud, Crowd, and Curation”, “Mobile’s Second Coming”, “Strategic Makeovers”, and other topics of current relevance will follow.

Information Science: Maps, Life and Literature, Sentiment Analysis, Digital Humanities

The third in a series of conferences on the future of information sciences (INFuture) will take place November 9-11 in Zagreb, Croatia.  According to the conference website, the objective of these conferences is “provide a platform for discussing both theoretical and practical issues in information organization and information integration.”  The program for this year’s conference was not yet available when this column was written.

Many maps are produced for general use and are not designed to be preserved.  But the “Exploring Maps: History, Fabrication, and Preservation” conference (November 2-3, Philadelphia, PA) will explore maps that have been preserved for their beauty and link to the past.  Many of the speakers are librarians and curators in map libraries at universities and archives.

The Life and Literature Conference (November 14-15, Chicago, IL) was organized by the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) consortium to discuss digitizing and networking of biodiversity literature.  Topics to be covered include biodiversity informatics, publishing models, digital libraries, and humanistic and artistic intersections with biodiversity literature.  The plenary speakers are George Dyson, a technology historian, and Richard Pyle, who has developed database systems for managing biodiversity information.  Four panel discussions on information-related topics and a “code challenge” to produce new and innovative ways to disseminate and use BHL’s data are on the rest of the conference program.

Sentiment analysis is deals with the expression of attitudes, emotions, and perspectives, and how these are expressed in language.  With the growth of online shopping and product reviews and the use of social media by consumers to voice their opinions, sentiment analysis has become especially important to product sellers and developers.  It is becoming an information research area in its own right.  The Sentiment Analysis Symposium (November 9, San Francisco, CA) will explore various approaches to sentiment analysis and practical uses of it in several industries.  Pre-symposium tutorial and research sessions will be on November 8.

The Supporting Digital Humanities 2011 conference (November 17-18, Copenhagen, Denmark) has not yet organized its program, but a long list of accepted papers appears on the conference website.  The two major themes of the conference are “Sound and movement – music, spoken word, dance and theatre” and “Texts and things – texts, and the relationship between texts and material artifacts, such as manuscripts, stone or other carriers of texts”.

Libraries:  Brick and Click, Library 2.011, RFID

The 11th annual Brick and Click Libraries Symposium will be on November 4 in Maryville, MO.  As in past years, it will be a series of 6 tracks with 5 concurrent presentations in each. The topics cover a wealth of subjects of interest to librarians in physical (brick) libraries as well as those who provide information services to remote users (click).  With 30 presentations to choose from, there is sure to be something of interest to each attendee; indeed, choosing which session to attend may be a challenge!


Library 2.011 is a global online conference organized by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University to be held November 2-3.  The website says that it will be “a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries.” The conference will be arranged in 6 “strands”:


  • Libraries – The Roles of Libraries in Today’s World
  • Librarians and Information Professionals – Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World
  • Information Organization
  • Access and Delivery
  • Learning – Digital Age Learning Cultures
  • Content and Creation – Changes in Accessing and Organizing Information

The conference website has lots of information on the technical requirements for connecting to the conference, speakers, and 36 pages (so far) of registered attendees.  All of the topics look highly interesting and relevant in today’s information environment.  If you’re not going to the Charleston Conference (see above), Library 2.011 might be a good alternative.

RFID has become popular in libraries; among other things, it allows users to check out their own books.  A new RFID standard has been issued, and it will give libraries wider freedom to choose among the various vendors of this technology.  CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, has organized a one-day conference on RFID in Libraries to occur on November 8 in London.  Speakers will describe the current status of RFID technology, the new standard, and some practical case studies of how they have used RFID in their libraries.


Open Access (OA)

The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities was issued in 2003 and has been signed by the leaders of over 300 institutions around the world.  The 9th Berlin Open Access Conference will be held November 9-10 (pre-conference sessions are on November 8) in Washington, DC (this is the first time it has been held in North America).  A coalition of five organizations (the Max Planck Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Association of Research Libraries, and SPARC) has organized the conference, and the Program Committee has identified the following subjects for discussion:

  • Transforming Research through Open Online Access to Discovery Inputs and Outputs
  • Creation of Innovative New Opportunities for Scholarship and Business
  • The Impact of Open Access and Open Repositories on Research in the Humanities
  • Open Education: Linking Learning and Research through Open Access
  • Public Interaction: the Range and Power of Open Access for Citizen Science, Patients, and Large-scale Collaboration

The Repositories Support Project (RSP), an initiative funded by the UK organization JISC (formerly known as the Joint Information Systems Committee), will hold its “Autumn School” conference, “Bringing the Emphasis back to Open Access, and Demonstrating Value to Your Institution” on November 7-9, near Cardiff, Wales.  A keynote address by David Prosser, Executive Director of Research Libraries UK (RLUK); technical development talks on DSpace, Eprints (OA platforms), Google Analytics, and other topics related to OA are on the program.

Digital Libraries and Preservation

The 2nd International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-2, November 14-18, Johannesburg, South Africa) takes a broad view of the digital library world with its theme “Developing Knowledge for Economic Advancement in Africa”.  The first three days of the conference will be a training workshop for managers and library staff entitled “Digital Futures: from Digitization to Delivery”. The workshop will be conducted as a combination of presentations, discussions, and exercises. The last two days are a strategic planning conference entitled “Developing National and Institutional Digitization Strategies” for directors of libraries and museums.


The 8th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES 2011, November 1-4, Singapore) will be keynoted by Professor Seamus Ross, iSchool, University of Toronto, speaking on “Digital Preservation: Why should today’s society pay for the benefit of society in future?”  The first day of the conference will consist of two tutorials, “Preservation Metadata in PREMIS” and “Archiving Websites”, and the last day will also offer tutorials: “Steps toward International Alignment in Digital Preservation” and “Web Analytics”.  As of this writing, two other keynote speakers and the session topics remain to be confirmed.

The University of London is offering a Digital Preservation Training Program on November 14-16.  The course will cover policies, planning, strategies, standards and procedures in digital preservation, and a class project will be part of it as well.

Society Meetings

Finally, here are two society meetings scheduled for November:

The Society for Scholarly Publication will hold its Fall Seminar Series on November 8-10 in Washington, DC.  Topics are “Content and Apps for Mobile Devices: Engaging Users in the Mobile Experience” and “Moving to the Online-Only Journal: Breaking Free of Print Constraints”.



The 2011 European Summit of Strategic and Competitive Information Professionals (SCIP) will be in Vienna, Austria on November 8-10.  The keynote address will be by David Frigstad, Chairman of the Board, Frost & Sullivan.


As always, many other conferences, including symposia and book fairs, are listed on the Information Today Conference Calendar.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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