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February Conferences: Personal Information Management, Publishing, Search Engines, and More

Personal Information Management

Personal information management is a topic of growing interest, particularly in the current information environment, as the amount of information available in digital form continues to increase and the time to assimilate it is shrinking.  Two conferences on this subject will occur in February.

The Internet Archive has organized a second Personal Digital Archiving conference (PDA 2012) to be held at its headquarters in San Francisco on February 23-24.  The program features traditional presentations and panels as well as an ad hoc series of “lightning talks” to be arranged during the conference.  Last year’s conference was very successful (see the postings about it on this blog), and this year’s event promises more of the same.

A workshop on Personal Information Management (PIM) has been part of various industry meetings since 2005.  This year’s workshop will be the 5th PIM Workshop; the theme is “PIM in a Socially Networked World”.  It will be held in Seattle, WA on February 11-12 in conjunction with the CSCW Conference (see below) and will focus on current research in a number of related fields, such as human-computer interaction, database management, information retrieval, and artificial intelligence.


The 2012 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW, Seattle, WA, February 11-15) is the 15th in the series, and its program is larger than any previous conference.  It encompasses a wide range of subjects, such as social media, community efforts, human knowledge, privacy, software development, etc.  The opening keynote speaker will be Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  According to the conference website, over 500 attendees have already registered.


The iConference 2012 (Toronto, ON, February 7-10) will focus on critical information issues in contemporary society, such as social media, ethics, digital humanities, crowdsourcing, and digital culture.  In addition to 2 keynote addresses, there will be 53 presentations, 96 posters, workshops, and other events.  A series of “alternative events” is also scheduled, one of which will revisit the perennial question, “What is Information?”


O’Reilly’s annual Tools of Change (TOC) for Publishing conference, again predicted to be a major sellout event, will be in New York on February 13-15 (pre-conference workshops are on the 13th).  A detailed program is available on the conference website.  The keynote addresses and some of the sessions will be live streamed, allowing virtual attendance.

The Publishing Expo (billed by its organizers as “the UK’s Only Multi-Platform Show”) will be in London on February 28-29.  From its description it seems to be similar to TOC:

“In 2012 Publishing Expo will shape the future of publishing with over 100 leading industry suppliers and ground breaking education from publishing’s best, covering any content and any channel, in digital, print or mobile.”

An extensive program of seminars (which drew over 3,300 attendees last year) is offered concurrently with the main Expo, addressing such topics as “What sense do the old publishing job roles make any more?” and “What shape and size are likely to comprise the optimum for a publishing company in the next generation?”

Searching and Search Engines

The periodic Search Engine Strategies (SES) and Search Marketing Expo (SMX) events are both occurring this month.  SES London will be on February 20-24.  According to the SES website:

“The SES series operates under a variety of formats around the world, from large-scale multi-tracked conferences and exhibitions to more intimate forum style events and in-depth training courses drilling into the detail on specific topics…”

SES London is a large-scale conference with search engine optimization (SEO) a major topic.  For most of the program, there will be 3 simultaneous tracks from which to choose, many of which are at an introductory or basic level.  SES is also presenting a 1-day “Search & Social Media Accelerator Day” in San Diego, CA on February 9 at the Online Marketing Summit.  It has 3 tracks and appears to be a miniature version of one of the larger SES conferences.

 SMX is holding its SMX West event in San Jose, CA on February 28 – March 1.  It will feature a keynote discussion with Susan Wojciki, Sr. Vice President of Advertising at Google, and search experts Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman from Search Engine Land.Wojciki is prominent in the search advertising field and manages Google’s advertising and measurement platforms including AdWords, AdSense and Google Analytics.  She has been with Google since 1999 and was one of its earliest employees.  (In fact, her house was Google’s first official “headquarters” after it moved from the campus of Stanford University.)  She was 16th on Forbes Magazine’s 2011 list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

Although many of the subjects covered at SMX are similar to those at SES, SMX takes a more focused and cutting edge view of search marketing and allied subjects like SEO, primarily because the program is personally organized by Sullivan and Sherman, who make a special effort to recruit leading experts as speakers.  As is well known to readers of this blog, currency and technological advances are especially important in a highly competitive business such as search marketing.  SMX has events in major cities of the world throughout the year.

The 5th ACM Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2012) Conference will take place in Seattle, WA on February 8-12.  WSDM features presentations on research in search and data mining, as well as practical models and applications, algorithm design, economic analysis, and similar topics.  The opening keynote speaker is Hal Varian, Emeritus Professor in the School of Information Management & Systems at the University of California, Berkeley and Chief Economist at Google.  His topic is “Nowcasting the Macroeconomy with Search Engine Data”.  The endnote address will be by Hillary Mason, Chief Scientist at, who will speak on “The Secret Life of Social Links”.

Society Meetings

Here are some of the major society meetings scheduled in February:


SSP 2012 Librarian Focus Group Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) January 31 Washington, DC
AAP/PSP 2012 Annual Conference: Prospering With Digital: Making Investments Pay Association of American Publishers (AAP) Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) February 1-3 Washington, DC
2012 ACP Mid-Winter Meeting Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) February 3-4 Toronto, ON
ICSTI Annual Members’ Meeting and Workshop 2012 International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) February 3-5 Paris, France
VALA 2012 Conference VALA – Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. February 6-9 Melbourne, Australia
ALPSP Seminar: Digital Strategy Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) February 9 London, UK
54th NFAIS Annual Conference: Born of Disruption: An Emerging New Normal for the Information Landscape National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) February 26-28 Philadelphia, PA
ASA Annual Conference 2012: “The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Invent It” Association of Subscription Agents (ASA) February 27-28 London, UK

Other February conferences are listed on the ITI Conference Calendar.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

2011 Conference Statistics

I listed 684 conferences held in 2011 (up from 653 in 2010) on the ITI Conference Calendar, and mentioned 241 of them in my 11 monthly columns.  As shown in the figure below, 2011 followed the usual pattern, with the busiest periods of the year in the spring and fall. The spring period, April through June, had 192 conferences, and the fall period, September through November, had 240.  Each of these periods accounts for approximately 1/3 of the yearly total.  And also as usual, dips were observed in the year-end months and in July.

Conferences were held in 209 different cities in 21 countries.  Here are the cities in which 5 or more conferences were held.

London, UK


Washington, DC


New York, NY


Philadelphia, PA


Chicago, IL


San Francisco, CA


Berlin, Germany


Beijing, China


San Juan, PR


London heads the list, as it usually does, followed by Washington and New York.  The reason San Juan, PR appears is that it was the location of the IFLA annual conference and its associated meetings.

On a country basis, the US had the most conferences, with 313.  Countries hosting 6 or more conferences are shown below.  Eight conferences were virtual—held online only.























South Africa








Czech Republic








The states where 7 or more conferences were held are shown below.





























Here are the organizers of 5 or more conferences in 2011.

Information Today, Inc.




Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)




Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)


WAN (World Association of Newspapers)-IFRA


Third Door Media


International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM)


Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)


Incisive Interactive Marketing LLC


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science (SILS)


National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)


Database and Expert Systems (DEXA) Society


American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)


Library Journal


O’Reilly Media


Academic Conferences Ltd


Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA)


These data are similar to those of 2010, showing that the information industry conference scene has remained healthy, despite the difficult economic conditions.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Farewell 2011, Greetings 2012

The conference scene is in its annual hiatus for the holidays, but it will resume immediately after they are over with a number of interesting meetings.  January is typically a month of fewer conferences than others, so I will include my usual statistical report on 2011’s conferences as an adjunct to this column.


The Hawaii International Conference for System Sciences (HICSS) typically leads off the yearly conference parade.  This year marks the 45th conference in the series, and it will be held at Wailea, Maui, HI on January 4-7.  Some of the tracks will be of much interest to information professionals.  For example, the track on Digital Media: Content and Communication appears for the 18th year and includes such topics as digital libraries, information access and usability, and visual analysis of massive data.  The track on Knowledge Systems includes economics of knowledge management and transfer, knowledge management and social media, and strategic knowledge management for innovation.

Academic Publishing in Europe (APE)

The announcement of the 7th APE Conference (Berlin, Germany, January 24-25) has just appeared.  According to the website, the goal of the conference is “better understanding of scholarly communication and the role of information in science, education and society.”  Keynote speakers are Derk Haank, CEO of Springer Science+Business Media speaking on “The Past, the Present and the Future of STM Publishing”; and Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit DC.2: ERIAB, European Commission, speaking on “Research and Innovation. From Web 2.0 to Science 2.0? The Potential of ICT to change the Modus of Science and Research.”  An interesting discussion “The End of the Semantic Web? The Internet of Things and Services” will lead off the second day of the conference.  An education and training day featuring presentations on several useful and relevant subjects takes place immediately before the main conference.


The University of North Carolina continues its DigCCurr Professional Institute which began in May 2011 with a followup session on January 4-5 at its Chapel Hill, NC campus.  The theme of the Institute is “Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle”.  An interactive event, “CurateGear: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections” follows the Institute on January 6 and will include demonstrations and applications of digital curation tools and methods by a large number of presenters.

Digital Book World

The 2012 Digital Book World Conference and Expo (New York, January 23-25) will have over 40 sessions, many led by top executives of book publishers, plus an exhibit hall.  The sessions focus on issues of special interest to trade publishers; a separate workshop entitled “Children’s Publishing Goes Digital” takes place on the morning of January 23.

D: Dive Into Media

An interesting new conference, D: Dive Into Media (Laguna Nigel, CA, January 30-31) will address the “evolutionary changes in media and what those changes mean for the industry’s future”.  The preliminary list of speakers is an impressive collection of CEOs from a wide range of media companies, including Warner Music Corp., YouTube, News Corporation, and others.  The format of the conferences is “no PowerPoints, no panels and definitely no pontificating, only … unrehearsed, unscripted and unexpected interviews.”

Scholarly Communication

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is sponsoring a one-day workshop on January 20 at the mid-winter ALA meeting in Dallas, TX entitled “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement”.  The workshop focuses on scholarly publishing, author rights, and open access.

Digital Preservation

Another in the series of Digital Preservation Management Workshops will take place in Coral Gables, FL on January 8-13.  The Workshop is a 5-day course on “practical and responsible stewardship of digital assets in an age of technological uncertainty” and includes lectures on such subjects as the “organizational infrastructure, technological infrastructure, and requisite resources”, as well as a number of case studies.

Society Meetings

Here are some of the society meetings of interest in January:




2012 ALISE Annual Conference: Extending Our Reach, Expanding Horizons, Creating Opportunity January 17-20 Dallas, TX
8th Annual ARL Leadership Symposium January 20-21 Dallas, TX
ALA Midwinter Meeting January 20-24 Dallas, TX
2012 SIIA Information Industry Summit January 24-25 New York, NY
ALCTS Virtual Midwinter Symposium: Launching Your Star Potential: Leadership for Today’s Libraries January 9-13 Online only
SLA Leadership Summit 2012: Future Now, Operation Agility January 25-28 Atlanta, GA

Best wishes for the holidays, and I’ll be back in 2012 with more conference updates.  As always, the ITI Conference Calendar contains listings for other January conferences as well as those later in the year.

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

Information Today’s Final 2011 Conferences

The last two conferences on ITI’s fall conference calendar are the HTML5 Video Summit and Streaming Media West both co-located on November 8-9 in Los Angeles, CA.

The HTML5 Video Summit is an expansion of a very successful track at this year’s Streaming Media East conference last May.  The conference website gives the motivation for this Summit:

“It’s becoming increasingly important to deliver video not just on the web but to a multitude of mobile devices, set-top boxes, and connected TVs, and content providers, browser developers, and end users can no longer afford to have the primary video delivery mechanisms locked up in standards that can’t adapt to new environments. The effects of HTML5 have already had an impact throughout the industry. Major media sites such as YouTube, The New York Times, CNN, Vimeo, and more are already offering HTML5 video players, while web giants Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla are rapidly adding HTML5 features.  It’s time to consider how HTML5 can help your business move forward in these exciting times.”

The conference is focused on practical applications; several “How To” presentations are on the program, as are comparisons of HTML5 with other platforms such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight; standards; and a look into the future.


The opening keynote at Streaming Media West will be presented by Michael Aragon, VP, GM, Global Digital Video and Music Services, Sony Network Entertainment.  Other presentations include those on Facebook as a platform for distributing digital media, Google TV, enterprise communications, and the business of premium online video.

Both conferences will share the keynote session and the exhibit hall.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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

Information Today’s October Conference Bonanza

The Conference Planning department at Information Today has certainly been busy!  There are no less than 14 events on the calendar in October and early November.  (Some of the conferences are co-located with one another and may share the same exhibit hall and keynote speakers.)

WebSearch University (WSU) kicks off the month on October 3-4 in Washington, DC.  Now in its 11th year, WSU has become the place to go to learn the ins and outs of search engines, including new and advanced features, as well as hidden tips and tricks.  WSU covers not only the major search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, but also specialized ones.  The list of speakers includes many prominent search engine experts.

Internet Librarian 2011 (IL) returns to its customary venue in Monterey, CA on October 17-19; also co-located are Internet@Schools West 2011 and a new event—Library Directors Digital Summit.  The theme of IL is “Revolutionizing the Net with Content, Connections and Conversations”.  Keynote speakers for the three days are:

  • Monday, October 17:  John Seely Brown, Chief of Confusion, Visiting Scholar at USC, Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, and Author, The New Culture of Learning and The Social Life of Information.  He will speak on “Information and Learning for the Future” and will describe a new form of culture in which knowledge is seen as fluid and evolving.
  • Tuesday, October 18: Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project and a frequent keynoter at IL, will discuss “Libraries and Learning Communities” and how people use the internet, smartphones, and tablet computers to get, create, and share information..
  • Wednesday, October 19:  A keynote panel of noted speakers will look into the future and discuss “Internet 2020: TrendWatch Smackdown”

Elizabeth Lane Lawley, Director, RIT Lab for Social Computing, Rochester Institute of Technology, will again present the endnote address, which will be on “Gamification: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.  (“Gamification” refers to using game mechanics in nontraditional contexts.)  In addition to these plenary sessions, IL will feature its usual mix of sessions, an exhibit hall, pre-conference workshops and the highly popular Tuesday evening event, which this year is entitled “The Great Web 2.0 Faceoff”.  The sessions are organized in 4 tracks:  E-book Evolution and Revolution, User Experience, Enterprise Trends and Practices, and Tools of Engagement.  [Important Note:  The conference will be blogged by ITI Editors on ITI’s LibConf blog and by other bloggers.  If you plan to blog the conference, please sign up to be listed on the site with a link to your blog and also to receive a special Blogger ribbon.]

The Library Directors Digital Summit is a new 2-day two interactive forum for library directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government and special libraries “to problem-solve, discuss, and network with colleagues. It features a mix of high level presentations, expert panels, round table and facilitated discussions with lots of networking/peer engagement time.”  Here is a summary of the Summit from the website:

“The new Library Directors Digital Strategy Summit is an interactive event which includes leading edge thinking, collaborative opportunities for evaluating different future scenarios, various perspectives and viewpoints, industry experts, and more. Digital strategy has been defined as the process of specifying an organization’s vision, goals, opportunities and initiatives in order to maximize the business benefits digital investments and efforts provide to the organization. This summit pushes us to clarify our visions and goals for digital strategy in library environments, shares opportunities and initiatives, and looks carefully at the benefits our investments can achieve.”

Streaming Media Europe 2011 in London on October 18-19 will feature keynoters Ian Mecklenburgh, Director, Consumer Platforms and Devices, Virgin Media, speaking on “Streaming to the Connected Home” and Oliver Heckmann, Engineering Director, YouTube Europe, on “You Tube: A Peek Inside”.  And if you are interested in the “Connected Home”, a new special co-located one-day conference on October 18, Connected Home 2011, has been arranged with presentations focusing the distribution of digital media to consumers with the appropriate technologies in their homes.  And another co-located conference the following day, Online Video Strategies, is targeted at “attendees for whom video is not the core business, but who are using video as part of their internal or external communications strategy.”

Enterprise Search Europe, chaired by Martin White, well known consultant on intranets, has its inaugural conference in London on October 24-25.  The keynote speaker is Professor David Hawking, who is well known internationally for his work in information retrieval research dating back to 1991, which led to the Australian search engine, Funnelback.  Hawking’s keynote is entitled “How Can Academic and Industry Research Make you and your Customers Happy?”  Two concurrent tracks at the conference are on Tools and Techniques and Making Search Work.

The European counterpart to IL, Internet Librarian International (ILI), will be in London on October 27-28 (pre-conference workshops on the 26th), with a theme “Navigating the new normal — strategies for success”.  See this blog post for details on the keynote speakers and other features of the conference.

Finally, ITI’s traditional series of co-located fall conferences will be in Washington, DC on October 31-November 3.

  • At the 7th Taxonomy Boot Camp conference on October 31-November 1, the keynote address, “New Directions in Taxonomy” will be presented by Don Turnbull, a consultant in software research and development specializing in search systems (information seeking and retrieval), analytics, user experience design as well as intellectual property creation and analysis.  The two tracks, “Getting Started” and “Beyond the Basics”, are designed for attendees at varying levels of expertise in taxonomies.
  • Enterprise Search Summit Fall 2001, November 1-3, “Enterprise Search in the Real World”, focuses on practical aspects of implementing corporate search services.  Case studies and techniques for helping employees find information to do their jobs more effectively are the emphasis of the conference.
  • The 15th KM World conference, November 1-3, Jeremiah Owyang, Industry Analyst, Altimeter Group, will be the opening keynote speaker; he will discuss “Architecting a Connected Enterprise”.  On November 2, Dr. Carla O’Dell, president of APQC, an internationally recognized resource for process and performance improvement, and author of The New Edge in Knowledge will speak on “Let Your Networks Be Your Guide: Search in a 2.0 World”.  Two keynote panels, on “KM for the Future: Pioneers’ Perspectives” and “KM From the Bottom Up”, will occur on November 3.
  • Finally, the SharePoint Symposium, “Evaluating Where, When, and How to Use it in the Enterprise”, will be on November 2-3.  The Symposium is divided into four half-day tracks, “SharePoint Pros and Cons”, “SharePoint Across the Enterprise”, “The SharePoint Ecosystem”, and “SharePoint in the Public Sector”.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Fall Conference Season in Full Swing

As I am writing this column, summer has returned—after a brief interruption by Hurricane Irene—but by the time the conferences below roll around, we will be at the height of one of the busiest conference months of the year.  Information Today jumps into its fall conference season with no fewer than 14 events (see the following posting on this blog), and the usual subjects of interest appear on the calendar.


The largest book fair of the year will occur at its traditional time and venue.  The Frankfurt Book Fair will be on October 12-16, and this year the book fair management has inaugurated the Frankfurt Academy, a new “umbrella” brand that “brings together the best international conferences, seminars, and publishers’ trips that the Book Fair has to offer all year round.”  The subjects include strategy, marketing, digital media, and rights and licenses.  It will be interesting to see how this new venture succeeds; Book Fair sponsorship will give it a significant advantage.

The 9th International Conference on the Book will take place October 14-16 in Toronto, ON.  The keynote speakers are George Elliott Clarke, Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, who specializes on studies of literature from Nova Scotia; and Dr. Michael Geist, law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.  Dr. Geist has written extensively on the Internet and intellectual property law.  Besides their formal presentations, the keynote speakers will participate in “garden sessions”, in which attendees can discuss their presentations in an informal setting.  Conference sessions are grouped into 6 subject “streams”, as follows:

  • Books, writing and reading
  • Educational resources and learning
  • Information society, print and electronic texts
  • Libraries
  • Literacy
  • Publishing

Digital Libraries

The 4th annual conference on A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions will be in New York on October 11.  This is a single-day conference featuring the following speakers and their topics:

  • Robert Darnton, University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library, A Vision of a Digital Public Library of America
  • Tom Allen, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers, A National Digital Public Library, the Google BookSearch Settlement, and U.S. Publishers
  • Pamela Samuelson, Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management, University of California, Berkeley, Strategies for Overcoming Copyright Obstacles to Achieving Digital Library Objectives
  • Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Russian journal, Scientific and Technical Libraries, and International Library Information and Analytic Center (ILIAC) President, Digital Libraries in Russia and Their Availability to the Public

The three U.S. speakers are leading authorities in their subject areas, and the speaker from Russia is one of the most influential librarians there, so this conference will be a highly relevant and educational event.  In fact, one of the organizers says that Darnton’s article, “Google and the Future of Books” (New York Review of Books, February 12, 2009) “is the best article I have read in the library and information field”.

The website for the Digital Preservation Summit 2011 (Hamburg, Germany, October 19-20) states that the conference will be “by experts for experts”—a forum where “experts exchange their practical knowledge and experiences on digital preservation”.  The theme for the first day is “Getting Ready for Digital Preservation”, and the second day will consider “The Ingest Process for Different Types of Digital Material” (where “ingest” describes the complete process of transferring material to the digital archive).

The International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL 2011, Beijing, China, October 24-27) is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China and has the theme “Digital Libraries — for Culture Heritage, Knowledge Dissemination, and Future Creation”.  This conference will have a wealth of information for attendees; four leading experts will present keynote addresses, and there will be 15 sessions arranged in three concurrent tracks.

The XIII All-Russian Research Conference RCDL’2011 (Voronezh, Russia, October 19-22) will focus on “Digital Libraries: Advanced Methods and Technologies, Digital Collections”.  The preliminary program (in both English and Russian) has recently been published.

Discovery Services

Information discovery services have burst upon the industry and have attracted significant interest.  The NFAIS workshop, “Web Scale Information Discovery: The Opportunity, the Reality, the Future” (Philadelphia, September 30) is therefore extremely timely.  It will feature an overview of discovery services by Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies, followed by descriptions of the services by the four major players in the market at present, after which representatives from several libraries will present their experiences.  Bonnie Lawlor, Executive Director of NFAIS will describe a Code of Practice for Discovery Services that is currently under development, and the day will conclude with the players discussing the future of these services.  Given the high interest in discovery services and a number of important issues surrounding them, this workshop promises to be highly relevant and worthwhile.  Those who cannot attend in person will be able to register for virtual attendance.


Are e-books becoming the normal way to read?  Find out at “Ebooks: The New Normal” on October 12.  Sponsored by Library Journal, this virtual conference will begin with a keynote panel talking about how libraries are leveraging the e-book opportunity.  Three concurrent tracks will focus on K-12 libraries, public libraries, and academic libraries.  An extensive list of speakers will be participating, and the day will close with a keynote address followed by a Pecha Kucha session (20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each).

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has organized a forum entitled “The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books”, to be held in Baltimore, MD on October 24-25.  The Forum “will probe the key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of industry, library, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints”.

Information Science

The annual Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR 2011, October 20, Mountain View, CA) will be keynoted by Dr. Gary Marchionini, Dean of the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It will be held at Google’s headquarters (the “Googleplex”)—an excellent venue for a conference on this subject!  An “HCIR Challenge” will use the CiteSeer digital library of scientific literature, and participants (information retrieval system developers) will be given tasks to perform using it.  The tasks will be used to demonstrate the systems to conference attendees.  (Watch this blog for a report on this workshop—I hope to be there.)

The International Conference on Trends for Scientific Information Professionals (ICIC, October 23-26, Barcelona, Spain) is now in its 12th year.  Approximately 24 presentations will be on topics such as digital natives, social media data, open access repositories, and cross-collection searching.  In keeping with its antecedents, ICIC also has a large chemical information component.

The International Conference on Integrated Information (ICININFO-2011), an interdisciplinary conference covering research and development in information management and integration, will be held September 29-October 3, on the island of Kos, Greece.  Professor Amanda Spink, Chair in Information Science, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University, UK, has been invited to keynote the conference.

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Metrics (SIG/MET) has organized Metrics 2011, the Symposium on Informetric and Scientometric Research, to take place October 12, immediately following the ASIS&T meeting in New Orleans.  SIG/MET is a newly formed Special Interest Group (SIG), so this will be the first occurrence of this symposium.  The program is still under development.


The 10th International Conference on the World/European Horizons of Librarianship in the Digital Age, organized by the Serbian Library Association, will be at the National Library of Serbia in Belgrade on October 27-28.  Here are the main subjects to be discussed:

  • Digitization of cultural and scientific heritage,
  • Free access to information,
  • World and European guidelines for libraries, and
  • The library as a support to the information society.

The program will be available shortly.

Access 2011: The Library is Open will be in Vancouver, BC on October 19-22.  Andrea Reimer, a member of the Vancouver City Council; Jer Thorp, Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times, and visiting Professor in New York University’s ITP program; and Jon Beasley-Murray, researcher at the University of British Columbia will be the keynote speakers.  Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference.  Its first day will feature a “hackfest”, in which participants work together on projects of mutual interest, as well as a pre-conference session on “Open Source for Library Decision Makers”.

Library 2.011 is a worldwide virtual conference on November 2-3 on the future of libraries in the digital age.  A wide range of subject areas will be discussed, including the e-book revolution, open resources, digital literacy, and the library in new learning models.  It is sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San Jose State University.  So far, 46 discussion proposals have been submitted and are available on the conference website for comments.

Metadata and Semantics

Here are several conferences dealing with metadata and semantics that are on the schedule:


O’Reilly Media has organized its third Tools of Change (TOC) Frankfurt conference on October 11 as part of the Frankfurt Academy series.  A long list of distinguished speakers has been recruited for this version of the popular TOC conference, and a new Supply Chain track focusing on e-book supply chains has been added to the program.

Outsell’s Signature Event, an invitation-only conference for top executives, will be in Phoenix, AZ on October 19-21.  Produced in collaboration with the Jordan Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI), its theme is “Finding Revenue in All the Right Places”.  Speakers include executives from several leading companies in the information industry, and as usual, a significant part of the conference is devoted to the annual outlook for the industry.

Knowledge Management

The 20th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2011, Glasgow, Scotland, October 24-28), a major conference on knowledge management, has three keynote speakers:

  • David Karger, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, whose topic is “Creating User Interfaces that Entice People to Manage Better Information”,
  • Justin Zobel, Professor of Computational Bioinformatics in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, who will be speaking on “Data, Health, and Algorithmics: Computational Challenges for Biomedicine”, and
  • Maurizio Lenzerini, Professor of Computer Science at Università di Roma La Sapienza, who will discuss “Ontology-based Data Management”.

An extensive collection of full and short papers complements the keynote addresses.

The 3rd International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (I3CK 2011, Paris, France, October 26-29) is composed of 3 co-located conferences: International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval (KDIR), International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development (KEOD), and International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing (KMIS).  They share keynote speakers, but each conference has its own program committee and speakers.

The 8th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning (ICICKM 2011) will be in Bangkok, Thailand, October 27-28.  All areas of knowledge management are represented on the program.

Society Meetings

Here are the society and association meetings scheduled in October:

Conference Dates Venue Sponsor-Organizer
159th ARL Membership Meeting: Expanding Capacity and Partnerships in the Digital World October 11-13 Washington, DC Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
ARMA 56th Conference & Expo October 17-19 Washington, DC ARMA International
AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition October 27-30 Minneapolis, MN American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
AMIA 2011 Annual Symposium: Improving Health: Informatics and IT Changing the World October 22-26 Washington, DC American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
ARL-CNI Fall Forum: “21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action” October 13-14 Washington, DC Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
ASIS&T 2011 Annual Meeting: “Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology, and Work” October 7-12 New Orleans, LA American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
ISMTE 2011 European Conference October 18 Oxford, UK International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE)
Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) Conference 2011: Dynamic Leadership for LIS October 3-7 East London, South Africa Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)
LITA National Forum 2011: Rivers of Data, Currents of Change September 29-October 2 St. Louis, MO Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
SIPA Fall Publisher’s Roundtable Conference October 4 New York, NY Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA)
STM Frankfurt Conference: Biting into the Core: Challenges to peer review, business models and their ilk October 11 Frankfurt, Germany International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM)


As usual, there are many more conferences scheduled than can be listed here, but they’re all on the ITI Conference Calendar.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Conferences Proliferate After Summer Holidays

Although there were a significant number of conferences during the summer holiday months, the scene has become even more robust with the approach of the busy fall season.  September has over 60 events listed in the Information Today Conference Calendar. Here is a sampling of some of them.

Digital Libraries

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2011, Berlin, Germany, September 25-28), formerly known as the European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries), is in its 15th year as “the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries”.  Keynote speakers are Thomas Hofmann, Director of Engineering at Google Switzerland; Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI); and Moira Norrie, Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Institute for Information Systems at ETH Zurich.

A number of workshops follow TPDL on September 29, among which is the 4th Workshop on Very Large Digital Libraries (VLDL 2011, Berlin, Germany, September 29). One might wonder what qualifies a digital library as “very large”.  The Workshop organizers have anticipated this question and have created a special web page to answer the question, but they admit that there is “no clear and well accepted definition”.  The Call for Papers lists some fundamental topics and focuses on the “problems emerging from the marriage of ‘very-large’ Digital Libraries and ‘very-large’ Data Archives, which should make for an interesting program.

Information Architecture

The Information Architecture (IA) Summit has long been organized under the auspices of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).  For those in Europe, the 7th European Information Architecture Summit (euroIAVII) will be held in Prague on September 23-24.   The organizers have commendably provided a detailed explanation of their thoughts on conference topics and even a definition of “European” on the conference website.  They define “information architecture” as follows:

  • The structural design of shared information environments.
  • The art and science of organizing and labeling web sites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability.
  • An emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.

A list of speakers and extensive abstracts of the presentations is also available.

Library Issues

Library-related conferences in September focus on interlibrary loan, new librarians, libraries in today’s mobile environment, and digital preservation.  Here are the details:

  • The 10th Annual Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference (NWILL2011): Going Global, Staying Local will be in Portland, OR on September 15-16.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Kenneth Crews, Director of the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office (CAO); his address is entitled “Copyright, Licenses, Treaties, and a Bit of Distortion: The Law of ILL in Transition”.
  • The 12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference: Resource Sharing in the Digital Age will be September 19-21 in Chicago.  This conference is sponsored by the IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section.
  • The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) 5th New Librarians Symposium, entitled “Metamorphosis: What Will You Become Today?” will take place in Perth, Australia, on September 16-18.  The keynote speakers are Kathryn Greenhill, Associate Lecturer in Information Studies at Curtin University, Perth; David Lee King, Digital Branch and Services Manager at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library; and Mal Booth, acting University Librarian at the University of Technology, Sydney.  Satellite workshops and library tours will be available on September 16; the following two days feature presentations on current topics, some of which are relevant to all librarians, not just new ones.
  • LYRASIS, nation’s largest regional non-profit membership organization serving libraries, is presenting another symposium in its Technology and Insights Series on September 12 in Atlanta, GA. “Positioning your Library in the Mobile Ecosystem: Content and Delivery” will include technology and case studies on its program.
  • The PrestoCentre has organized a training session on digital preservation entitled “Long-Term Audiovisual Digital Preservation: Strategy, Planning and Tools”, to be held September 12-16 in Paris, France.  This 5-day course covers a wide range of topics relevant to preservation and also includes case studies and library tours.

Metadata Applications

The annual International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications will be at the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague on September 21-23, with workshops on the 21st, followed by the main program on the following two days.  The program features several plenary and parallel sessions, among which is an “unconference”.  Immediately preceding the Dublin Core conference will be a workshop on Classification and Ontology: Formal Approaches and Access to Knowledge” on September 19-20.  The keynote address at this workshop will be by Patrick Hayes, Sr. Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), who has done extensive research on the semantic web.  His address is entitled “On Being the Same”.

The Dublin Core Science and Metadata (DC-SAM) Community has arranged a workshop on Research and Best Practices in Linking Scientific Metadata to be held in Berlin, Germany on September 29, following the TPDL conference. According to the Call for Papers, the workshop will include a session with invited papers, a working lunch, and work-in-progress reports in the afternoon.  Topics of interest include:

  • Identification systems and standards for scientific metadata,
  • Scientific metadata architecture and Semantic Web models,
  • Interoperable taxonomies and vocabularies in various subject areas,
  • Metadata linking mechanisms and technologies and their applications in scientific metadata, and
  • Organizational and technical challenges in linking scientific metadata.

Information Science and Retrieval

A few summer schools are scheduled for September, including:

  • The 8th European Summer School on Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2011), August 29-September 2, Koblenz, Germany, which includes not only classroom presentations but also poster sessions and discussion sessions with the instructors.
  • Summer School in the Study of Historical Manuscripts, September 26-30, Zadar, Croatia, which is to “acquaint participants with the most recent developments and newly emerged concepts…and provide practical introduction to historical collection management with contemporary approaches to digitization.”

The International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM 2011), September 26-28, Melbourne, Australia, is a multi-disciplinary conference covering a wide range of topics in digital information management.  This is an IEEE-organized conference, so many of the topics are highly technical and have a software engineering flavor, but many others are highly relevant to information professionals.  A lengthy list of topics of interest appears on the Home Page of the conference website.

Content management, privacy, context prediction, and information extraction are a few of the subjects of presentations at the 7th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT ’11), September 26-30, Karlsruhe, Germany.  The three keynote speakers will speak on interpretation in context, modeling context-dependence in dialog, and context for mobile games on phones.

The Conference on Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation (CLEF 2011, September 19-22, Amsterdam) is organized as a traditional conference followed by a series of “laboratories” and workshops.  The traditional conference addresses such topics as information retrieval evaluation, crowdsourcing, and visual techniques. The laboratories focus on activities such as image retrieval, plagiarism, question answering, log file analysis, and music search engines.

The 14th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD 2011) will be in Cape Town, South Africa on September 13-17.  About two dozen papers and an equal number of poster presentations have been accepted by the program committee.

What do we mean by “information”?  Is it making a difference in our lives?  How is it changing our environment?  These and similar questions are the subjects addressed in a very interesting looking interdisciplinary conference, “The Difference That Makes a Difference”, to be held September 7-9 in Milton Keynes, UK.  It has been organized around four broad themes:

  • What is information?
  • Understanding with Information,
  • Engaging with Information, and
  • The Impact of Information.

The conference website explains:

As we move further into the ‘information age’, we need to make the bridge between information of the information technologist and understanding of information in other disciplines. As researchers and practitioners in diverse fields grapple with an understanding of information – what it is, how it can be modeled and tools for coping with it – now more than ever is the time to share insights and bring some clarity and coherence to these differing perspectives.”

Each themed session will be led by two keynote speakers and will focus on how information is conceptualized within a different set of disciplines: philosophy, science, business/education, and social science.

Finally, the World Summit on the Knowledge Society will hold its 4th conference on the island of Mykonos, Greece on September 21-23.  Its website gives its raison d’être:

This annual Summit  brings together key stakeholders of the Knowledge Society development worldwide, from Academia, Industry, Government, Policy Makers, and active citizens to look at  the impact and prospects of the Information Technology, and the knowledge-based era it is creating, on key facets of living, working, learning, innovating and collaborating in today’s hyper-complex world.”


Here are some conferences relevant to scholarly publishing:

  • The 3rd International PKP (Public Knowledge Project) Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held September 26-28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany, the first time it has moved outside of Vancouver, BC.  Open access presentations are prominent on the program.  Once again, a “hackfest”, the opportunity to rapidly develop a project based on the PKP software, will be held at the conference.
  • Publishers and others looking for new revenue streams may wish to consider attending the 3rd Annual Niche Digital Conference and Publisher’s Online Video Workshop in Chicago on September 26-28.  Subject sessions include e-marketing, the mobile web, establishing a revenue-centric website, and digital magazines.
  • and Digital Science (a unit of Macmillan Publishing) have collaborated to organize Science Online London, to be held at the British Library on September 2-3.  According to the conference website, “This year’s Science Online will bring together a global mix of technologists, data curators, science communicators and researchers to discuss issues surrounding how science is carried out and communicated online.”  Four current workshops, “Data Visualization”, “Beyond Scholarly Publication”, “Online Communication Tools”, and “Dealing with Data using Synapse” are part of the conference.

Society Meetings

The 22nd Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA) Society Conference (DEXA 2011) will be in Toulouse, France, August 29 – September 2.  The DEXA conference includes a number of concurrent meetings and workshops on specialized subjects, such as database and expert systems applications (DEXA ’11), data warehousing and knowledge discovery (DaWaK ‘11), and information technology in bio- and medical informatics (ITAM ’11).  The complete list is available on the main conference website

Here are some other society meetings scheduled in this time period:

Society/Meeting Dates Location
Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) IN Meeting September 18-20 Arlington, VA
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) National Library & Information Technicians Conference: “Back to Basics” September 12-16 Perth, Australia
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) International Conference, 2011 September 14-16 Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, UK
REFORMA National Conference IV September 15-18 Denver, CO


Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

August Events: ITI Summer Conferences, IFLA, IASL, ACS-CINF, and More

August is the peak of the summer vacation season in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are still some important conferences on the calendar.

ITI’s Summer Conferences

Information Today’s CRM Evolution 2011 conference (New York, August 8-10) will feature David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN, and former adviser to four U.S. presidents, and Brent Leary, Partner, CRM Essentials, as keynote speakers.  SpeechTEK 2011, co-located with CRM Evolution, features a panel entitled “Mobility — A Game-Changer for Speech?” and a closing endnote session entitled “Prescription: What’s Needed to Move Speech Forward?”, as well as SpeechTEK University, a series of 3-hour focused talks.


In keeping with its tradition, IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, will hold its 2011 Annual General Conference and Assembly—a major event on the yearly conference calendar.  The 2011 conference theme is “Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all”. This year will be the 77th meeting, and it will be held in San Juan, PR on August 13-18.  The program is now available on the conference website, and a lineup of distinguished plenary speakers has been recruited:

  • Dr. Fernando Picó S.J., a highly-respected Puerto Rican humanist, historian, and professor will be the opening keynote speaker. Picó is an expert on 19th century Puerto Rico and is considered the highest authority in this area and more generally in the field of the island’s history.  He is currently Professor of History at Universidad de Puerto Rico, and he has written the definitive history of Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico: A General History.
  • Mr Trevor C. Clarke, Assistant Director General, Culture and Creative Industries Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will be another plenary speaker.  See an earlier post on this blog for further details.
  • Dr. Mayra Santos-Febres, a Puerto Rican writer of poems, essays, stories and novels and Professor of Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, will speak on Tuesday, August 16.
  • Luis Molina-Casanova, Resident Filmmaker and professor at the Communications Department of the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, will be a plenary speaker on Wednesday, August 17.

A full program of presentations and an exhibit hall will round out the conference.  Over 100 papers are already on the website and are available for downloading.  In addition, 15 satellite meetings have been arranged at locations not only in Puerto Rico, but also in other Caribbean venues as well as far away as Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; and Mexico City.  Most of them have their own websites; links are available on the conference Satellite Meetings page and on the ITI Conference Calendar.  Finally, translations of presentations for French-speaking attendees are available.


The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) will hold its annual conference as well as an IFLA Satellite Meeting immediately prior to the IFLA conference.  The IASL will meet in Kingston, Jamaica on August 7-11; its conference theme is “School Libraries: Empowering the 21st Century Learner”.  The opening keynote speaker will be Ellen Tise, current President of IFLA and Senior Director, Library and Information Services at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Four other keynote presentations are on the program.  The IASL Pre-Conference Meeting is on August 5; the keynote speaker will be Mrs Avril Crawford, CEO e-Learning Jamaica Co. Ltd.


Alexander "Sandy" Lawson

The American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Information (ACS-CINF) will hold a series of symposia at the annual ACS meeting (August 28 – September 1, Denver, CO).  The 2011 Herman Skolnik Award, given to recognize “outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science and related disciplines” will be presented to Professor Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Lawson, a pioneer in the fields of chemical structure handling, database searching, chemical nomenclature, reading machines, and linking text and structural information.  For most of his career, Lawson was involved with the Beilstein Handbook and the Beilstein Database. He is the developer of the “Lawson Number”, which enhances searches of the database.



Here are some other conferences on the program for August.

  • The Society of American Archivists (SAA) holds its 75th Annual Meeting, entitled ARCHIVES 360°, in Chicago on August 22-27.  Several events are planned in celebration of the society’s significant anniversary.


—    The 3rd International Summer School on Semantic Computing will be in Berkeley, CA.  It provides an introduction to this interdisciplinary field via tutorials and plenary addresses.

—    The 5th International Workshop on Modular Ontologies is part of the 23rd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI), and will be in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  According to the conference website, “modularity is central not only to reduce the complexity of understanding ontologies, but also to facilitate ontology maintenance and ontology reasoning.”

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor