National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station

National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station


JISC infoNet, UK-centric e-learning and records management tools

JISC infoNet is a UK-centric resource filled with all kinds of practical case studies, toolkits, integrating Web technology into education and publications around information and records management, e-learning and curriculum development. Hosted and maintained by Northumbria University, it's a service of JISC Advance.


Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing

A wonderful Web site titled Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing brings to life some of the many stories behind the writing and production of Canadian books. According to the Overview page:

The aim of this website is to highlight archival documents relating to Canadian publishing history. These documents – letters, manuscripts, photographs, diaries, artwork, audio interviews, financial records, and many other materials – are found in publishers’ and authors’ fonds and collections at McMaster University Library, Queen’s University Archives, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Emerging and senior scholars from across Canada have written over 90 case studies – short essays – based on these materials. Authors were asked to consult the archives and choose documents to help them tell a story relating to Canadian publishing. The site was launched on 8 October 2009.

Source: ARCAN-L mailing list, 02009 10 19


First international Open Access Week, October 19-23, 02009

The first international Open Access Week celebration was launched on October 19 and ends on October 23, 02009. According to the Web site's About page,

Open Access Week builds on the momentum started by the student-led national day of action in 2007 and carried by the 120 campuses in 27 countries that celebrated Open Access Day in 2008. 2008 organizers SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition), the PLoS (The Public Library of Science), and Students for FreeCulture welcome new key contributors for 2009: OASIS (the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook); Open Access Directory (OAD); and (Electronic Information for Libraries), which will again spearhead events in developing and transitional countries.


Did It?, tell the world and share your stories

And on the travel theme, here's a site I read about in a newspaper on September 12, 02009:, is kind of like a 1,000 Places to See Before You Die for social media fans. Diddit is a product of Ludic Labs and as of October 17, 02009 is in Alpha mode.

Share Your B.C. Adventure Database

Sponsored by British Columbia Magazine, which has not paid me for this endorsement, the Share Your B.C. Adventure Database lets you tell your story about your travel experiences in British Columbia, Canada. There are a large number of travel activities under which you can categorize and search for yours or others travel adventures. You can match these activities to either a specific community or a larger tourism region within the province.


PREMIS Implementation Fair, San Francisco, USA, October 02009

Update for 02009 10 16: Presentations (PowerPoint and support documents) from the PREMIS Implementation Fair are available.

On October 7, 2009, the PREMIS Editorial Committee will sponsor a free, one-day PREMIS Implementation Fair at the Presidio's Officers' Club in San Francisco. The PREMIS Implementation Fair immediately follows iPres 2009, the 6th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, held in San Francisco on October 5-6.

The PREMIS Implementation Fair is for anyone with some knowledge of PREMIS who might be planning or is already involved in a PREMIS implementation.

Several PREMIS-implementers repositories will present case-studies at the day-long event. Confirmed case studies include:

* University of California San Diego Libraries (Bradley Westbrook, UCSD)

* United States Government Printing Office (Kate Zwaard, GPO)

* Implementation in Italy (Angela Di Iorio, Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale)

* Towards Interoperable Preservation Repositories (TIPR) (Priscilla Caplan, FCLA)

Other case studies will be added to the schedule in the upcoming weeks. Additional panel discussions will focus on the latest in:

* Tools for creating and transforming PREMIS metadata

* Preservation systems

* Implementing PREMIS in METS

* PREMIS conformance issues

* Controlled vocabularies

There will also be time allotted for an open discussion of PREMIS implementation issues.

A draft schedule is at:

If you have questions about the event or if you think a tool or project from your organization might make an interesting case study at the PREMIS Implementation Fair, feel free to contact the PREMIS Editorial Committee by visiting or emailing Rebecca Guenther at

Source: DIGLIB mailing list, 02009 07 15


The Interactive Archivist: Web 2.0 Case Studies

The Interactive Archivist: Case Studies in Utilizing Web 2.0 to Improve the Archival Experience, also known as Web 2.0 and Archives, by J. Gordon Daines III and Cory L. Nimer, is the Society of American Archivist's vehicle for promoting Web 2.0 technology. The site, which bears a date of May 18, 02009, is hosted by the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.


What Is New in Digital Preservation, Issue no. 21 (May-September 02009) available

What's New in Digital Preservation no. 21 covering the period May to September 02009 is available. It's compiled by Najla Rettberg for the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and reviewed by PADI, the National Library of Australia.