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The Whiteboard Report
May 2004, Issue #53



NSDL Policy Committee Update
May 2004 -- The Policy Committee has identified key development areas and formed task forces to get quick results on Metadata Policy, Collection Development Policy, and to create a definition of NSDL membership categories that clearly explains benefits and responsibilities. Sustainability activities have been restructured to develop and capture opportunities. These initiatives are coordinated through the existing Standing Committees. Look for updates in Whiteboard Report.and on the web at
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Interaction Design and Children (IDC) 2004
Do you want to play a role in shaping the future of interaction design for children? If so, plan on attending the Interaction Design and Children conference June 1-3, 2004, Maryland. This year's program includes computer science luminaries and media experts.

June 1st is chock full of workshops and tutorials:

June 2nd includes demos, videos, papers and opening keynote panel: "The Challenge of Interaction Design and Children: What Can we Learn from our Past?"
Panelists: Marvin Minsky, MIT, Alan Kay, Hewlett-Packard, Seymour Papert, MIT / University of Maine
Moderator: David Kestenbaum, National Public Radio

June 3rd includes presentations on media, play, multimodal experiences and closing keynote panel: "What Can Media Teach Us about Interaction Design and Children?"
Panelists: Alice Wilder, Blues Clues, Henry Jenkins, MIT, Alice Cahn, formerly of Markle Foundation Moderator: David Kestenbaum, National Public Radio
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Upcoming Conference Paper and Registration Deadlines
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

Thirty Eighth 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
National Educational Computing Conference: "Jammin' With Technology"
June 20-23, 2004, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Registration deadlines: May 21, regular

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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2004 NSDL Annual Meeting Overview: Designing Strategies for Success (DUPLICATE)
May 2004 -- The 2004 Annual Meeting Planning Committee is pleased to provide an update on program and logistics development for the next NSDL all-community meeting. The complete meeting overview is now available on the Annual Meeting website at ttp:// . Hotel information and other details will also be posted on the Annual Meeting website as they become available. Please send all comments and questions to

Based on community feedback the 2004 NSDL Annual Meeting will feature:
-A greater emphasis on sessions that facilitate direct participation from the audience
-Fewer keynote presentations
-More time for participants to interact in the poster room
-A greater variety of session formats to encourage projects to share information in different ways
-Better opportunities for participants to identify potential collaborators
-More scheduled opportunities for discussing common issues
-More opportunities for dialogue about NSF and Core Integration plans for the future of NSDL
-Sessions designed to create actionable outcomes around common issues
-A business meeting of the full NSDL assembly, hosted by the Policy Committee

Meeting Dates: Monday, November 15 - Wednesday, November 17
New Projects' Orientation: Afternoon of Sunday, November 14
Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
Meeting Theme: Designing Strategies for Success

Call for Proposals: June 4, 2004 at
Proposal Deadline: August 6, 2004
Presenter Notification: August 20, 2004
Meeting/Poster Registration Available: June 25, 2004
Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 15, 2004
Meeting/Poster Registration Deadline: October 22, 2004

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Search Engines and Scholarly Work on the Web
"No one knows how many free scholarly materials are invisible to search engines, whose creators are usually secretive about their indexing methods. Experts guess that the total reaches tens of millions of pages.

But search-engine providers suddenly seem interested in covering that territory. In recent months, representatives of both Google and Yahoo, two of the most widely used search engines, have begun working with librarians and colleges to develop ways to shine light on the deep Web."-- by Jeffrey R. Young, "Libraries Aim to Widen Google's Eyes,"The Chronicle of Higher Education, Information Technology, May 21, 2004
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Google to Index Extenza ejournals
Extenza, based in Abingdon, UK, provides conversion and hosting of journals for publishers as well as subscription and usage statistics management for libraries. Google is the foremost search engine on the web and has been expanding its reach into the academic and scholarly journal marketplace. 'Increasingly, users are turning to Google as the place to locate information in the academic marketplace. Extenza has recognized that enabling the indexing of content by Google, with the publishers' agreement, helps users find that important piece of data that they are seeking. For publishers, this drives utilization and traffic to their content, with potential benefits in revenue.' said Ruth Jones, General Manager of Extenza e-Publishing Services.
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Elephant Listening
The Elephant Listening Project is all about eavesdropping on an endangered species. ELP is part of the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program founded in 1999 to assess the potential of acoustic monitoring as a tool for evaluating the abundance and health of elephants living in the dense forest.
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