National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station

National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station


Journal of Information Architecture inaugural issue, Spring 02009, is out

The Journal of Information Architecture inaugural issue, Volume 1, issue 1, Spring 02009, is now available online at According to an announcement I received,
The Call for Papers for the Autumn 2009 issue, Issue 2, Volume 1, is open and available at

The Journal of Information Architecture is an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal whose aim is to facilitate the systematic development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of information architecture.

This first issue is freely available to the public. Each subsequent current issue will be accessible first to Information Architecture Institute members, while the archives will be available to everyone.


DCC Digital Curation Manual: call for authors and topics

The UK's Digital Curation Centre is looking for topics and authors for its collaborative Digital Curation Manual. According to the announcement on various digital preservation mailing lists (02009 05 05), "A list of current instalments and proposed new topics and abstracts are available on our website (" If you are interested in writing for this manual, contact Joy Davidson, DCC Acting Associate Director, at by June 1st 2009. Her announcement included a Microsoft Word proposal template, but I wasn't able to include it and I couldn't find it on the Digital Curation Manual site. And did I mention they're paying for your contribution?

DigitalPreservation Europe joins YouTube

From the announcement on various digital preservation mailing lists (02009 05 05):

As many of you will know DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) are committed to making digital preservation materials available to the widest possible audience and to breaking down barriers to access. The release of a new series of short animations introducing and explaining digital preservation problems and solutions for the general public marks an important step reaching this goal.

We are delighted to announce that the first animation is now ready for viewing at

We believe these cartoons encapsulate complex digital preservation issues and problems and explain them in a funny and easy to follow plot. Please fee free to make use of these animations as part of your own work to raise awareness and understanding about digital preservation.

Future animations will be released on our You Tube Channel at

To learn more about DPE or to access our suite of preservation resources and tools, please go to


Celebrating Evolution the Web Way, Searcher magazine, May 02009

My most recent article for Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals was published today. It's titled "Celebrating Evolution the Web Way" and commemorates the 200th anniversary of naturalist Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary in November 02009 of his book On the Origin of Species. The article is not online for free but will be available through ProQuest and other full-text commercial databases licensed by Information Today.

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