VALA2006 Proceedings

 

VALA2006The VALA2006 13th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at Crown Towers, Melbourne, Australia from 8 - 10 February 2006. The theme for this conference was Connecting with Users.

The following programme was presented at VALA2006. See also VALA2006 Programme or the archived VALA2006 conference web site.

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VALA2006 Keynote SpeakerIndividual matrix, communal workshop and "the living condition of the human mind"

Wilard McCartyVALA 2008 PLENARY 1: Willard McCarty
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 09:00 - 10:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2006-proceedings/vala2006-plenary-1-mccarty

Willard McCarty

Reader in Humanities Computing, King's College London, UK
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/depts/cch

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Abstract

In this lecture I reflect critically on my bookish experiences as a scholar from the perspective of humanities computing. I ask, how does a digitally adept scholar tend to relate to libraries and what might be extrapolated from this relation? The Web increasingly seems to be undermining the relation between scholar and library. Hence many have begun to think of the library as an information retrieval system. Arguing strongly against such a model, I propose a reorientation centred on the epistemological question fundamental to a computing of as well as in the humanities: how do we know what we know?

 

 

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Improving information infrastructure: the recent activities of the National Library of Australia

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: New Technology
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 10:45 - 11:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2006-proceedings/vala2006-session-1-cathro

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperWarwick Cathro

Assistant Director-General, Innovation, National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au

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Abstract

The National Library of Australia is undertaking a number of initiatives aimed at improving the infrastructure that provides access to information resources by Australian libraries and their users. It is giving priority to developing infrastructure services which will benefit the general public by providing them with online access to a greater range of content and providing them with easy-to-use services to discover and access information content, including the collections of Australian libraries. The paper describes some of these activities, including the recently completed Kinetica Redevelopment Project.

 

 

VALA2006Intrepid traveller: the University of Auckland Library on the e-book journey

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: New Technology
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 11:20 - 11:50
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2006-proceedings/vala2006-session-1-obradovic

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperKsenija Obradovic

Cataloguing Librarian, The University of Auckland Library, New Zealand
http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz

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Abstract

E-books continue to thrive with e-book technology companies developing a variety of solutions for libraries, many of which offer excellent support for teaching and learning. The objective of this paper is to present the University of Auckland Library’s experiences in integrating e-books into the learning environment. This is a complex issue and will be considered from different perspectives: selection, purchasing, providing access, cataloguing, and user support and satisfaction.

 

 

VALA2006An investigation of streaming - webcasting and webconferencing technologies in the US and UK

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: New Technology
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 11:55 - 12:30
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2006-proceedings/vala2006-session-1-raunik

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAnna Raunik, 2004 VALA Travel Scholar

A/Director, Public Library Services, State Library of Queensland
http://www.slq.qld.gov.au

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Abstract

The VALA Travel Scholarship study trip undertaken in mid 2005 investigated a range of webcasting, streaming and webconferencing solutions that have been implemented in North America and UK. The tour included visits to a range of libraries, museums and galleries using these services. The paper reports on the services and the implications of these technologies for libraries. The technologies present new service delivery opportunities for libraries in Australia and also provide options for professional staff development.

 

 

VALA2006Scientific models - a user-oriented approach to the integration of scientific data and digital libraries

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Digital Repositories
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 10:45 - 11:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2006-proceedings/vala2006-session-2-hunter

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperJane Hunter

Professorial Research Fellow, Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC), University of Queensland
Note: as of 30 June 2006 the DSTC is defunct.

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Abstract

Many scientific communities are struggling with the challenge of how to manage the terabytes of data they are producing, often on a daily basis. Scientific models are the primary method for representing and encapsulating expert knowledge in many disciplines. Scientific models could also provide a mechanism: for publishing and sharing scientific results; for teaching complex scientific concepts; and for the selective archival, curation and preservation of scientific data. As such, they also provide a bridge for collaboration between Digital Libraries and eScience. In this paper I describe research being undertaken within the FUSION project at the University of Queensland to enable scientists to construct, publish and manage scientific model packages that encapsulate and relate the raw data to its’ associated contextual and provenance metadata, processing steps, derived information and publications. This work involves extending tools and services that have come out of the Digital Libraries domain to support e-Science requirements.

 

 

VALA2006"Too many systems, too little time": integrating an eprint repository into a University publications system

VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Digital Repositories
Wednesday 8 February 2006, 11:20 - 11:50
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2006-proceedings/vala2006-session-2-woodland

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperJulie Woodland

Senior Librarian, Library and Information Service, Curtin University of Technology
http://library.curtin.edu.au

Joanne Ng

Client Facilitator, Library and Information Service, Curtin University of Technology
http://library.curtin.edu.au

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Abstract

This paper discusses the analysis, design and implementation of an integrator system to share data between an institutional eprint repository (IR) and a University publications management system. The process of building IR functionality into the University system is described in the context of user demands to reduce data input to multiple systems, and the Library’s desire to increase the uptake and usability of its own eprint system.

 

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