Final Conferences of 2011: Online Information, Grey Literature, and More

It seems hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching the holiday season and the end of 2011.  But there are some noteworthy conferences to attend before the conference calendar shuts down in mid-December for its traditional holiday break.

Online Information

The Online Information conference in London is a major event on the conference calendar.  This year’s dates are November 29 – December 1.  The conference attracts thousands of visitors, primarily from Europe, but a sizeable number come from other areas of the world.  A large exhibit hall with, at last count, 116 exhibitors and a free seminar program is a significant highlight of the event.  Four specialized areas of the exhibit hall: the Library Management Zone, ePublishing Zone, European Librarians’ Theater, and the XML Pavilion, will again be featured. The theme of the conference program is “Information and Collaboration: Meeting the Challenges of a Mobile Generation”.  It is organized into 5 tracks, each with its own keynote.

Craig Newmark


The opening conference keynote speaker will be Craig Newmark, founder of the well known craigslist buying and selling service, speaking on “Effective Social Media: Past, Present and Future”.



Rachel Botsman

The second day keynote speaker will be Rachel Botsman, author of What’s Mine is Yours – The Case for Collaborative Consumption, who will speak on “Collaborative Consumption: Technology, Business and Society in 21st Century”.  As always, Online Information features a host of fascinating presentations on current topics of high interest in the information industry.  Watch for Live From London, blog postings about Online Information, right here on The Conference Circuit.


Grey Literature

The 13th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL13): “The Grey Circuit: From Social Networking to Wealth Creation” takes place in Washington, DC on December 5-6.  According to the conference website,

Social networking is not new to grey literature; in fact it is inherent to this field of information. What’s new, however, are the technologies available to global grey literature communities in developing, monitoring, and sustaining valued information resources and services. In this context, social networking becomes a mechanism both used and applied by grey literature communities in the processes of knowledge generation and ensuing wealth creation.”

The opening keynote speaker will be Jens Vigen, Director of the CERN Library in Switzerland.  A major portion of the conference will be a large poster session, with up to 25 poster presentations.

Gilbane Conference

The 2011 Gilbane Boston Conference will be November 29 – December 1.  It will cover web and enterprise content management and is organized around 5 tracks:  Customers & Engagement, Colleagues & Collaboration, Content Technologies, and Cross Media Publishing.  November 29 is devoted to 6 pre-conference workshops. organized in 2 sets of 3.  Each conference attendee receives a 50 minute analyst insight consultation with an industry expert on a current or planned project, as well as a copy of a book entitled Managing Content Marketing.


Digital Curation

Here are 4 conferences on digital curation and digital libraries scheduled for early December:

  • The 7th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC11): “Public? Private? Personal? Navigating the Open Data Landscape” will be in Bristol, UK on December 5-7.  Organized by the Digital Curation Centre, UK and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), IDCC11 features a program of keynote addresses, plenary sessions on the first day that concentrate on organizational and research perspectives, and two simultaneous tracks on the second day containing peer-reviewed papers on a number of relevant topics.
  • The 3rd International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities (December 1-2, Taipei, Taiwan) has not released its final program yet, but some of the topics of interest are creation of digital collections and corpora, acquisition and analysis of digital data in humanities, applications of text mining, visualization and graphics, and the role of digital humanities in documentation and academic curricula.  Two keynote speakers have been engaged:  Professor Peter Bol, Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard and Professor Sheila Anderson, Director of the Centre for e-Research, King’s College London.
  • Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) is a biannual international conference on digital heritage and the strategies that heritage institutions can follow.  The 2011 conference will be on December 6-9 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  The program contains several topics of interest to information professionals, including digital curation, the open source movement, online collections of local memories, user-driven strategies, and digital archive preservation.  Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), is one of the keynote speakers.
  • The 10th annual National Digital Forum (NDF) conference will be November 29-30 in Wellington, New Zealand.  The NDF is “a coalition of libraries, archives, museums, galleries, government departments and other organizations and individuals working to get New Zealand’s culture and heritage online and accessible to all.”  Keynote speakers are Michael Lascarides, Manager of Web Initiatives at the New York Public Library, and Dr Elisabeth Niggemann, Director General of the German National Library.

Open Repositories

Repositories in Science & Technology: Preserving Access to the Record of Science” is the title of a 1-day workshop co-sponsored by NFAIS and CENDI (the Federal Sci-Tech information managers group) on November 30 in Washington, DC.  Clifford Lynch will open the day with a review of the different types of repositories.  Sessions on case studies and repository tools will follow, and Judith Russell, Dean of Libraries at the University of Florida, will present a summary of the key issues relating to repositories.

Library Issues

  • Library Journal is holding its Directors’ Summit, “Moving from Outputs to Outcomes” on December 5-6 in Columbus, OH.  There will be two keynote addresses:  one by Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life project, and the other by Garry Golden, Lead Futurist at Future Think.  Case studies and lessons learned from other industries, such as healthcare, will be part of the program.
  • The 55th Military Librarians Workshop (what a long run!) entitled “Riding the Information Wave” will be December 4-9 in Norfolk, VA.  The program includes a DTIC boot camp, veteran’s history workshop, as well as presentations on information overload, managing your library’s managers, and the Coast Guard’s mission and information resources.
  • Library Journal is presenting its first Virtual Technology Summit, “Power to the Patron: From Systems to Services”, which will be accessible online on December 8.  After a keynote address, the Summit will consist of panels on mobile apps, self-service in libraries, and the ILS role in empowering library users.

Information Access

The 4th International Workshop on Evaluating Information Access (EVIA 2011, Tokyo, December 6-9) will address the evaluation of information access technologies, information retrieval, question answering, and cross-lingual information access.  A lengthy program covers many aspects of the subjects.  The keynote address, by Jun’ichi Tsujii, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Asia, is entitled “Natural Language Understanding, Semantic-Based Information Retrieval and Knowledge Management”.

Semantic Technology

The 4th International Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS) Workshop, December 7-9 in London will feature a “hackathon” on the first day focusing on the integration and elaboration of disease-specific information.  Tutorials will be presented on the second day, and the workshop will conclude with three plenary presentations, a poster session, and a series of presentations of research.  There will also be an industry session on the Biological Expression Language (BEL) and the BEL Framework.

The 7th Australasian Ontology Workshop will be on December 5 in Perth, Australia.  It will focus on ontology research in a number of different contexts, such as agents, models, theories, and linking.

The Joint International Semantic Technology Conference (JIST 2011, Hangzhou, China, December 4-7) features short and full-length presentations and 3 keynotes:  by Professor Ian Horrocks from Oxford University, UK on semantics and scalability; Dr. Mark Greaves, Director of Knowledge Systems at Vulcan, Inc., on semantics and the crowd; and Professor Abraham Bernstein from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, on traveling the web of data.  There will also be a tutorial day and industry presentations from IBM, Elsevier, and Oracle.

Semantic Web in Libraries (SWIB11, Hamburg, Germany, November 28-30) is entitled “Scholarly Communication in the Web of Data”.  It begins with workshops and tutorials, followed by the main conference on the infrastructure, principles, and workflows of scholarly communication and publication.  The keynote by Thomas Baker, of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, is entitled “How Linking Changes the Role of Library Data: Examples from the Wider World”.

A number of other conferences on these and other subjects are all listed on the ITI Conference Calendar.

Enjoy the holidays!

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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