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The Whiteboard Report
April 2004, Issue #51



IMLS-Sponsored Conference on Interaction Design and Children
April 2004 -- The University of Maryland will host the Third International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2004) from June 1 to 3, 2004, in College Park, Maryland. The event will bring together researchers, educators, and industry professionals from around the world concerned with designing technologies for young users. IDC 2004 will feature panels and in-depth workshops with academic leaders and media producers who have helped found and shape the field of interaction design and children. The conference will also showcase research papers and tutorials on topics ranging from "Designing Handheld Tools for Learning" to "Using Personas and Scenarios in the Design of Children's Interactive Media." In addition to the University of Maryland, sponsors for IDC 2004 include the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) of the Association for Computing Machinery, the National Science Foundation, Fisher-Price, and LeapFrog. For more information, please visit
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Outreach and Communications Discussions
April 2004 -- On April 15 and 16 Kaye Howe convened a meeting of NSDL Outreach and Communications staff at the NSF. Susan Mason and Pat Ohlmert from NSF OLPA, Joel Widder, UCAR Legislative Representative and Al Moye, NVC joined the group to discuss additional dimensions of the NSDL Outreach and Communications program. Highlights included Joel Widder's briefing on how the NSDL could provide better information and accountability for Executive and Congressional Stakeholders. He stressed that improving NSDL visibility and sustaining that effort would build awareness for the program, particularly during budget negotiations.

Susan Mason and Pat Ohlmert echoed Widder's remarks in talking with the group about laying the groundwork for an NSDL science expo event in Washington tentatively scheduled for March of 2005. Additional interim outreach and communications activities are underway to support this public event showcasing the NSDL.

Al Moye led a discussion focused on looking into fundraising beyond federal agencies on Friday morning and was joined by Sandra Glass by telephone. He outlined specific suggestions for developing synergies between NSDL, corporations, and foundations.
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Upcoming Conference Paper and Registration Deadlines
April 2004 --
European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL) 2004
September 12-17 2004, University of Bath, UK
Full papers, panels, tutorials, and workshop proposals: April 5, 2004
Posters and demonstrations: May 19, 2004
Final submission date: June 11, 2004

2004 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications
October 11-14,2004, Shanghai, China
Paper submission: May 1, 2004
Acceptance notification: June 1 2004

Thirty-eight Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
January 3-6, 2005, Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, Hawaii
Contact Minitrack Chairs: March 31, 2004
Paper submission: June 15, 2004
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Upcoming Conference Dates
April 2004 --
National Educational Computing Conference: "Jammin' With Technology"
June 20-23, 2004, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration deadlines: April 30, early bird; May 21, regular

American Association of Museums: "Celebrating, Innovation, Creating the Future"
May 6-10, 2004, New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration deadlines: On site

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition
June 20-23, Salt Lake City, Utah
Registration deadlines: June 2, advance; After June 2, on site

MathFest 2004: MAA's Annual Summer Meeting
August 12-14, Providence, RI
Registration deadlines: June 30, early bird; After June 30, regular
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New Partnership: Scientific American and the NSDL
April 2004 -- Beginning later this spring, NSDL Core Integration will launch a new collection partnership with one of America's oldest and most recognized science and technology information sources, Scientific American. The Scientific American collection will consist of current and archived articles and summaries from the magazine's electronic edition, Scientific Metadata contributed to NSDL will describe and locate thousands of stories prepared by some of the world's leading science writers and direct users to full text articles and extended abstracts available in the issue archive (
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"Metadata in Practice"
April 2004 --
Metadata in Practice is a new book by Diane I. Hillman and Elaine L. Westbrooks examines the "Wild West" of digital library projects from the perspectives of pioneering information specialists who have uncovered successful solutions, know what to avoid, and how to make progress amid constant change.
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Amazon Launches the A9 Search Service
April 2004 --
The A9 search service features include memory of individual search threads, and annotation of URLs. A9 is in beta release.
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DL Opportunity
April 2004 --
OCLC Systems & Services is a refereed journal which aims to provide wide-ranging coverage of developments in digital libraries and digital repositories, and the Web-based delivery of cultural content. Brad Eden, Editor, OCLC Systems & Services, is looking for a columnist for this journal, who will write on interesting news, hot topics, and items of interest in the field of digital libraries. To apply or for more information e-mail Brad Eden stating why you are interested along with a CV.
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Subscribe to NSDL Focus on Education
April 2004 -- This monthly e-publication features NSDL news and announcements, use cases and tips from actual educators, Resources of Interest and an AskNSDL question of the week. The April 7 issue will feature news from the April 1-4 National Science Teachers Association Conference.
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April 2004 --
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced that ARTstor, a massive online digital image library, would be available to non-profit educational and cultural institutions, including libraries and museums, beginning this summer. The ARTstor Digital Library will contain nearly 300,000 digital images, as well as relevant information about the images, and a suite of tools for using them. The idea behind ARTstor traces its roots--as well as its name--to the creation of JSTOR, the Mellon-funded popular nonprofit archive of scholarly journal literature. ARTstor fills a similar need in terms of images--creating and maintaining a digital image resource that supports research and teaching needs. The launch this summer will come after a yearlong trial run, in which 35 test institutions, ranging from Harvard University to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, had access to the software and image repository.--Library Journal Academic Newswire, April 13, 2004
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