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     April 15, 2002

More on the problem of excessive accessibility

The problem of excessive accessibility arises when somebody thinks certain information should be hard to find, even if by law or policy it has to be made public or available to those who need it.  In past issues I've covered the problem as it arises for criminal records (FOSN for 10/12/01), court records (FOSN for 11/26/01), phone numbers (FOSN for 1/8/02), and information that might be useful to terrorists (esp. FOSN for 11/26/01).  It doesn't arise often for literature and scholarship, but this week it arose twice.

* The Authors Guild is complaining that Amazon sells used books on the same page as new books.  The problem is that used books generate no royalties for their authors, and because they cost less shoppers occasionally buy them.  However, authors love used book stores, and I've never heard of an author vowing not to buy used copies of books that might still be in print.  What the Authors Guild is really protesting, then, is that Amazon is making used book buying too easy.

This is the second time around between the Authors Guild and Amazon.  Here's the first (December 2000).

For the purposes of this controversy, it doesn't matter whether we consider links to be information, protected as free speech, or transactions, subject to regulation, even though this distinction is important e.g. for the DeCSS case.  The Authors Guild shouldn't be protesting Amazon's used-book links whether they are construed as ads for used books or as miniature used book stores.  Does it protest when used book stores move next door to new book stores?  What if a new book store adds a wing of used books?  If the Authors Guild doesn't object to the first-sale doctrine (which creates a legal market for used books), and doesn't object to selling used books in proximity to new books until the convenience for buyers becomes "excessive", then it is clearly protesting competition and nothing else.

* This week a discussion thread started in the American Scientist ("September98") forum on the question whether the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) is harmful to society publishers.  Sally Morris for the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) argues that society journals are not threatened when authors put their articles on their own home pages, but that posting articles to OAI-compliant archives is "considerably more alarming".  The reason is that making the articles "organized and cross-searchable" makes them excessively accessible.  Readers will bypass journals, which will make the journals disappear along with all the "added value" they provide.

Sally Morris against the OAI

Stevan Harnad's reply to Morris

* Postscript.  From the standpoint of the Authors Guild, Amazon does make used books excessively accessible, and from the standpoint of priced journals, open-access archives do make articles excessively accessible.  If "excess" is judged by the revenues of existing businesses, then the charge is warranted.  But in both cases, someone is offering easier accessibility in order to serve readers --and in the case of scholarly journals, also authors.  If "excess" is judged from their standpoint, then accessibility can never be wide enough or easy enough; excess is impossible.  So the question isn't whether someone is losing money, but whether the interests of sellers must trump the interest of buyers.  Should existing technologies carry a veto over new technologies, existing business models over future business models, existing beneficiaries over future beneficiaries?  Obviously the same questions come up in the P2P swapping of music and video files, though in both the Amazon and OAI cases the questions do not carry the complication of copyright troubles.

When we're talking about a lawful and even valuable form of information flow, then when is easy access too easy?  There seem to be two very different cases in which someone might object that a certain degree of access to information is excessive.  The first is when easy accessibility helps criminals, invades privacy, or deters citizens from socially beneficial practices like testifying in court.  (We omit the case of infringing copyright because that isn't a lawful form of information flow.)  The second is when easy accessibility harms someone's bottom line.  In the first case, we can at least acknowledge that there might be rights on both sides.  In response, we can at least investigate whether reasonable compromises exist.  But the second case is very different.  When the strong right to exchange lawful information conflicts only with existing revenue models, there is no reason to compromise.

Society journals would make two additional arguments at this point:  that the survival of journals is necessary for the survival of peer review, and that society journals are not just commercial concerns, but that their revenues subsidize the important activities of the professional societies that stand behind them.

The answers to these additional arguments can be very brief.  FOS doesn't jeopardize peer review at all, but only peer review performed by priced journals.  If the objection shifts to the claim that journals must be priced in order to have the means to support peer review, then the reply is simply that the claim is false, as shown every day by a growing number of journals in every discipline.

It's true that non-profit society publishers deserve more deference from academics than for-profit publishers.  Society publishers use any revenues beyond expenses for valuable academic projects.  But both kinds of publisher erect price-barriers that limit access to research literature, and therefore both impede the growth and circulation of knowledge.  Both compromise what is primary for academics in order to promote something else, and it really doesn't matter much whether their alternative good is secondary or tertiary.

As Edwin Shelock (past chair of the ALPSP) put it in the October 2001 _Learned Publishing_, learned societies should act less like commercial publishers and more like their own members.  "Are learned society publishers so much part of commercial publishing now that they take the same attitude to the potential disturbance of the business of publishing as do the commercial publishers who are in it primarily to provide distributed profit for their shareholders?  Are the learned society publishers divorced from their societies to the extent that they have a different agenda from the society members?"

As the BOAI FAQ puts it, "We believe that the opportunity created by the internet for open access to peer-reviewed research literature should be seized even if the revenue from priced editions of this literature supports good causes.  If a significant public good can be made available free of charge, then it shouldn't be priced simply to subsidize another good.  If the second good is worthy, there must be some other way to support it."



* As of April 21, my email host, Topica, is making ads mandatory for all its newsletters.  So I'm looking even harder for a new host that meets my criteria.  If I don't succeed, please forgive the ads while I continue to look.

Here are my criteria.  I'd appreciate any recommendations other than Yahoo (already ruled out for its privacy policy), and H-Net, JISC Mail, and the University of Lund (already under investigation).

* Starting with this issue, I'll mark conferences that I've added since the previous issue with two asterisks.   (Thanks to Roger Fenton for the suggestion.)

* Mini-FAQ:  Doesn't Suber know how to use quotation marks?  Answer:  I follow the practice of exact quotation, like most writers in my field (philosophy).  Exact quotation means we don't put commas or periods at the ends of quoted fragments, inside the quotation marks, unless they are part of the quoted source.  We know that grammar books require punctuation within the quotation marks in many cases where we omit it, but we regard these rules as irrational.  Quotation marks should mean that one is quoting!



* The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has launched a three-year scholarly communication initiative.  "Broad goals of the initiative include creating increased access to scholarly information; fostering cost-effective alternative means of publishing, especially those that take advantage of electronic information technologies; and encouraging scholars to assert greater control over scholarly communications."  More details will be published in the May issue of _College and Research Libraries News_.
(Thanks to the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog.)

* The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) has issued a call to for-profit and non-profit publishers to launch new open-access scholarly journals.  To make this easier for publishers, the Open Society Institute (OSI) is providing funds to authors from 65 developing nations to publish in open-access journals.  OSI will announce more details soon.

* Elsevier Science has launched Mathematics Web, a portal of free online mathematics articles, including a preprint archive and a database for mathematical citation tracking.

* The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Dartmouth University will create a Scholarly Communication Institute, thanks to a new grant from the Mellon Foundation.

* The RDN family of academic subject portals or "hubs" has reached the milestone of indexing 50,000 free online resources, all searchable from the RDN front page.

* Project Gutenberg has released its 5,000th free online full-text book, an English translation of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks.  Only six month ago it announced its 4,000th text (FOSN for 11/16/02).

* The University of Michigan will shut down its academic portal, my.umich.edu, on June 30.  The reason is simply cost.  After June 30, UM will beef up its web site and participate in uPortal (an emerging standard for academic portals) and MIT's Open Knowledege Initiative.

* Version 2.0 of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting is scheduled to be released on June 1.

* Ingenta has named the U.S. contingent to its advisory board.  The new members are Mary Case (Association of Research Libraries), Clifford Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information), Andrew Odlyzko (University of Minnesota), Carol Tenopir (University of Tennessee), and Mary Waltham (Nature).  A clear majority of the new advisory board is FOS-friendly.

Ingenta is a for-profit purveyor of scholarly journals, and this year reports increased profits and profit margins.

* The Open Technology Consortium (OTC) is a new PAC to lobby in favor of open source software, freedom of speech, technological innovation, and free-market competition, and against all legislation that would constrain any of these or give existing technologies artificial protection against superior, emerging technologies.  The OTC welcomes individual ($25) and group ($50) members, as well as donations beyond the membership dues.
(Thanks to C-FIT.)

* Open Source Content Management software is on the rise.  It is already competing successfully against proprietary packages.  This is FOS-related because Content Management packages can be used to support electronic journals, even if that is not their direct focus.

News story from _ContentWire_

OSCOM (Open Source Content Management), a new non-profit developer association

* The Online Information Exchange (ONIX) is the international metadata standard for electronic books, serials, and videos.  The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is the international standard for uniquely identifying electronic content.  At the London Book Fair last month, the organizations representing the two standards agreed to work toward easy interoperability wherever they overlap.
(Thanks to El.pub Weekly.)

* The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will develop a standard for exchanging serials subscription information.  As the _Serials eNews_ put it, this is "an important move that signals the maturing approach to the use of the web beyond the search and retrieve function and into the essential yet badly neglected field of administration of subscriptions."

NISO is hosting a workshop next month to look at the needs to be met by the new standard (Chicago, May 10).

_Serials eNews_ reports that contributions to its discussion list show the need for the NISO standard.  "It's as if we have all been given a Ferrari [electronic access to journals] but the tax and insurance systems are delivered via quill pen and the pony express."  However, the actual postings show a preference for FOS, not streamlined subscriptions.  It's as if we asked that readers should receive for free what writers choose to give away, and instead readers get a simplified bill.


New on the net

* The European Commission has launched Europe and Culture, a portal to free online collections, activities, funding opportunities, news, and related links on European culture.
(Thanks to El.pub Weekly.)

* The papers to be presented at the conference, Museums and the Web 2002 (Boston, April 17-20), are now online.  The discussion covers open standards, open technologies, and open culture.

* RealPlayer video is now available of the March 21 panel discussion at the Guggenheim Museum, "Who Controls New Media?  Open Art in Closed Systems".
(Thanks to The Filter.)

* The University of Oregon Directory of Organizations was formerly available only as a priced, printed book.  Now it is free online.  It's an exhaustive catalog of non-profit organizations devoted to any aspect of education management, including the dissemination of information.
(Thanks to the Scout Report.)

* The Open eBook Forum has released its study on ebook usability.

Survey summary (10 most desirable ebook features)

The full report is only available to those who take a short survey on how they heard about it.  The full report covers the first-sale doctrine, sharing rights, and fair-use copying, but it only says that users want these features.


Share your thoughts

* Educause and the Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force are conducting a survey of academics on cyberspace security.  The results will inform the Bush administration's Cyberspace Security Strategy.  Educause and I2CNSTF will accept responses until April 19.

* The _Journal of Digital Information_ (JoDI) is conducting an online survey.  JoDi has been a free online journal since its launch.  But a couple of the survey questions (12-14) ask about the possibility of instituting subscriptions.  If you are a JoDI reader interested in keeping it free, take the survey.  It will accept responses until April 26.

* The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) are jointly funding projects in international digital libraries research, and invite proposals.  Letters of intent are due by July 1, and full proposals are due by August 1.


In other publications

* In the April 11 _ZDNet Tech Update_, David Berlind reports that IBM and Microsoft are moving to position their patented proprietary protocols (SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI) as official or unofficial internet standards.  If they succeed, they will have "the right to place a tax on the internet traffic that depends on those protocols."  How likely is it that IBM and Microsoft will break with the tradition of making patented protocols for the internet available on a royalty-free basis?  Likely enough that Hewlett-Packard cited this likelihood as its only reason for resigning as a co-submitter of the WSDL protocol.

* In the April 10 _SearchDay_, Chris Sherman reviews five services to find books that meet the user's criteria.

* In the April 10 _Chronicle of Higher Education_, Vincent Kiernan reports on how link rot (the death of web links over time) undermines online education.  Two researchers at the University of Nebraska have studied this problem and conclude that links on course sites have a half-life of 55 months.  That means that about half will die in the first 55 months, half of the survivors in the next 55 months, and so on.  One remedy the authors propose is for scholarly societies to host permanent archives of commonly used course materials.

PS:  The _Chronicle_ story suggests that the Nebraska study is the first of its kind.  But OCLC has had similar data on its web site since at least January (when I covered it in FOSN for 1/23/02).  What's especially interesting is that the OCLC data support the 55 month half-life figure.
(Scroll to bottom table.)

* In the April 9 _Guardian_, Simon Midgley asks whether ebooks will replace print books, especially in the peculiar submarket of school textbooks.  He concludes that ebooks have this potential, because they can be more closely tailored to the needs of individual courses.  Moreover, they can be less expensive.  But will they be less expensive in fact?  Publishers want to price textbooks low enough to be affordable by students and libraries, but high enough to preserve their profits.  They have yet to figure out where to strike balance.  (PS:  Why not price them at 10% above the true costs of producing and disseminating them?  If this caused a revolution of falling prices, would that be a calamity?  There would still be a 10% profit margin.  Or why shouldn't schools and libraries compete with commercial publishers, produce their own books, either on a break-even basis or subsidized by the money saved from textbook purchases?  Clearly the same questions arise, and the same answers suggest themselves, for priced journals.)
(Thanks to LIS News.)

* The April 6 _News.com_ has an anonymous review of Lawrence Lessig's _The Future of Ideas_.  The review is mixed.  On the one hand, the reviewer recommends that the book "should be read by all --from lawyers, policy-makers and corporate leaders to software developers, educators and everyday end users."  On the other hand, the reviewer criticizes the book for going beyond analysis to a manifesto and jeremiad. Half the review is spent on the history and dangers of jeremiads.  No space at all is given to showing that the book is guilty of the charge.

* In an April white paper for Factiva (a joint venture between Dow Jones and Reuters), Mary Ellen Bates collects and analyzes data on free, fee-based, and value-added information services on the internet, focusing on business information.  62% of knowledge workers in business believe that all the information they need is online free of charge.  74% believe that it's hard to ascertain just what is freely available online.  79% seek free information before priced information.  More than 82% of archives of business information are are accessible only to paying subscribers.  (PS:  Overall the paper argues that free information is not as comprehensive or reliable as priced information.  While the underlying data may be good, the reader should note that the paper ends up supporting its own sponsor, Factiva.)

* The March/April issue of _Ariadne_ is now online.  It contains several FOS-related articles:

Stephen Pinfield, Mike Gardner, and John MacColl, "Setting Up An Institutional E-print Archive"
(The experience of the Universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham.)

Ronald Milne, "The 'Distributed National Collection' Access, and Cross-sectoral Collaboration: the Research Support Libraries Programme"

Suzanne Dobratz, Friederike Schimmelpfennif, and Peter Schirmbacher, "The Open Archives Forum"

Andy Powell and Liz Lyon, "The JISC Information Environment and Web Services"

Robert Baxter, Frances Blomely, and Rachel Kemsley, "The AIM25 Project"

Simon Jennings and Philip Pothen, "News from the Resource Discovery Network"

Roddy MacLeod, "EEVL-ution To A Portal"
(On the EEVL mathematics and CS portal.)

* In the Spring issue of _Progressive Librarian_, Dorothy Warner asks why we should keep works in print once they are archived on the web.  The answer is the uncertainty of long-term digital preservation.  Warner reviews recent writings, standards, and initiatives addressing the problem.
(Thanks to New Breed Librarian.)

* In the latest (undated) _New Library World_, Jenny Walker reviews the CrossRef and SFX reference linking services.  Only an abstract is freely accessible online.


Following up

To see past coverage of these stories in FOSN, use the search engine at the FOSN archive.

* More on the CBDTPA

More general coverage

In the last issue I cited John Borland's interview with Jack Valenti.  Ernest Miller annotates Valenti's answers in _LawMeme_.
(Thanks to Mark Pilgrim.)

* Disney CEO Michael Eisner has an editorial defending the CBDTPA in the London _Financial Times_.  Here's the quality of the argument:  We should adopt the CBDTPA because property is good, because intellectual property is good, because Abraham Lincoln defended intellectual property rights in an 1859 speech (which is why Eisner calls him "my internet guru"), and because Eisner's great-grandfater taught his son not to steal, who taught his son, etc.  (PS:  I assume that running Disney requires some analytic intelligence and the ability to see two sides of a controversy, compose arguments, and answer objections.  Why not show it?)
(Thanks to The Filter.)

In the _San Francisco Chronicle_, Benny Evangelista reports at length on the pro-entertainment and pro-tech (or pro-consumer) sides of the issue.  His story is notable for its coverage of the relevant history of copying technology and how courts and legislatures have responded to it.
(Thanks to LIS News.)

Marc Andreesen is the latest in a long series of informed people trying to explain to Congress and the entertainment industry that whatever can be viewed on a computer screen can be copied.  (PS:  On the one hand, this is a critical point and I wish Congress would hear it.  On the other hand, Congress has heard and misunderstood.  When Leslie Vadasz of Intel made this point at a Senate hearing in February, Disney's Michael Eisner and Senator Ernest Hollings regarded it as a concession to the entertainment industry, as proof of the problem, and as a good reason to legislate.  See FOSN for 3/4/02.)
(Thanks to GigaLaw.)

Andy Sullivan reports for _Yahoo News_ that Congress has been flooded with faxes and emails opposing the CBDTPA.  Quoting Mimi Devlin, spokesperson for the Senate Judiciary Committee:  "We haven't received one e-mail in support of the Hollings bill."

Gateway has launched an ad campaign against the CBDTPA.  Not coincidentally, Gateway has also launched a pre-loaded, CD-burning Digital Music PC which operates as a full stereo system for downloaded music.  There is already a (healthy) debate about whether Gateway is playing into the hands of Hollings/Disney/RIAA by confirming its charge that the PC industry profits from piracy.

Gateway's downloadable music web site includes a "Protect your rights" page.

_LawMeme_ summarizes recent CBDTPA news, with links.

* More on the CIPA trial

Ben Edelman's expert testimony on innocent sites blocked by filtering programs is now online.
(Thanks to The Filter.)

The ACLU (co-plaintiff in the case) has posted a day-by-day account of the trial.
(Thanks to The Filter.)

In FOSN for 4/1/02 I wrote about a movement in Germany to stop legislation that would require ISPs to filter internet content for all users.  The European Parliament has since voted overwhelmingly (460 for, 0 against, 3 abstaining) that ISPs should not filter the internet.  Louisa Gosling, a spokesperson for European ISPs, made a statement that applies just as well to library filters and CIPA:  web filtering is "technically difficult, democratically questionable and undoubtedly inefficient".
(Thanks to GigaLaw.)

Michael Romano defended CIPA in an op-ed piece in the _New York Times_.  Romano is a law student at Stanford.

Ernest Miller rebuts Romano's argument point by point on _LawMeme_.

The current poll at _InfoToday_ is on the mandatory web filters at public libraries.  The voting is heavily opposed to filters (73% to 27%).
(Poll will soon change.)

* More on the Eldred case

Lawrence Lessig gave a 90 minute multi-media presentation at this year's South by South West (SXSW) festival, focusing primarily on the Eldred case and copyright extension.  Here's a summary from the _Philadelphia Inquirer_.
(Thanks to LIS News.)

Damien Cave interviews IP lawyer Morton David Goldberg in the April 15 _Salon_.  Goldberg leads the faction within the ABA to write an amicus brief in favor of the Bono Act.  His argument is not that shrinking the public domain through copyright extension is a good thing, but that overturning it would tilt the balance of federal power from the legislature to the courts.
(The ABA was supposed to vote yesterday on whether to submit Goldberg's amicus brief.  The outcome of the vote should eventually be recorded somewhere on the web site of the ABA's Section on Intellectual Property, though it's not there yet.  Has anyone seen a news story on the ABA vote?)

* More on the DeCSS case

Jon Johansen and the other DeCSS programmers won one of this year's three Pioneer Awards from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

* More on Kelly v. Arriba

In the _Financial Times_, Patti Waldmeir argues that the ruling "robs the public domain" and outlaws fair-use linking.

Les Kelly, plaintiff in the case, replies to Waldmeir in an open letter to _Financial Times_, reprinted in _LawMeme_.

* More on the DMCA

The copyright form used by the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) asks authors to promise that their articles do not violate the DMCA.  The IEEE publishes 30% of the world's electronical engineering and computing literature.  Quoting an anonymous reader of _NewsFoge_:  [T]he IEEE's decision to require authors to adhere to the DMCA has the potential to restrict research and discussion of security matters worldwide".
(Thanks to Politech.)

* More on the Google-scientology dispute

Google has created a page describing what it will do to comply with the DMCA, what copyright holders can do to notify Google of an alleged infringement, and what content providers can do to restore content deleted from the index for copyright infringement.

Google has also released the original scientology complaint of Xenu infringement not only to the public, but to _ChillingEffects_, an anti-censorship clearinghouse of lawyer-letters threatening lawsuits if the receipients do not remove content from the net (FOSN for 1/30/02).  Google will release all future infringement complaints to _ChillingEffects_ as well.

* More on the suppression of information in the name of counter-terrorism

The Association for Research Libraries (ARL) asked lawyer Thomas Susman to prepare a memo on the destruction of federal depository library documents, and the ARL has put it online at its website.  Librarians with questions about the legality of government orders to destroy information, and what libraries may and may not do in response to such orders, should read the memo.
(Thanks to Red Rock Eater.)

* More on police seizures of library and bookstore records

The Tattered Cover Bookstore went to court to resist an order to turn over its sales records so that police could learn who had bought two books on drug manufacturing found at a raided drug lab.  On April 8, the Colorado Supreme Court decided in favor of the bookstore.  The court ruled that the First Amendment recognizes a "fundamental right to purchase books anonymously, free from governmental  interference."

The decision of the Colorado Supreme Court

The ALA has collected the laws governing the privacy of library records from all 50 states.
(Thanks to Red Rock Eater.)

* More on President Bush's November order limiting access to Presidential papers

Three presidential historians have recently spoken out against it.  Steve Horn (R-CA) has introduced a bill in the House that would overturn it.



If you plan to attend one of the following conferences, please share your observations with us through our discussion forum.  (Conferences marked by two asterisks are new since the last issue.)

* Copyright in the Private Sector:  An Engine of Free Expression or a Tool of Private Censorship?
New York, April 15

* Licensing Electronic Resources to Libraries
Philadelphia, April 15

** Biomedical Information on the Internet
London, April 15

* Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Task Force Meeting
Washington, D.C., April 15-16

* United Kingdom Serials Group Annual Conference and Exhibition
University of Warwick, April 15- 17

* Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy
San Francisco, April 16-19

* EDUCAUSE Networking 2002
Washington, D.C., April 17-18

* Museums and the Web 2002
Boston, April 17-20

* Legal Guidelines for Use of Intellectual Property in Higher Education
Oneonta, NY, April 19

* OCLC Institute. Steering by Standards.  (A series of satellite videoconferences.)
OAIS, April 19.  Metadata standards in the future, May 29.

** Digital Landscapes:  A forum to discuss the concepts of fair use, free speech, copyright control, and government enforcement in the digital age
Stanford, April 20

* Information, Knowledges and Society: Challenges of A New Era
Havana, April 22-26

* Current Awareness Services on the Net
Toronto, April 22 - June 3

** Workshop on the 6th Framework Programme
Barcelona, April 23

* DAI Institute on The State of Digital Preservation:  An International Perspective
Washington, D.C., April 24-25

* CLIR Sponsors' Symposium:  New Challenges, New Solutions:  Libraries for the Future
Washington, D.C., April 26

* The European Library:  The Gate to Europe's Knowledge:  Milestone Conference
Frankfurt am Main, April 29-30

* WebSearch University
Stamford CT, April 30 - May 1; Washington DC, September 23-24; Chicago, Octeober 22-23; Dallas, November 19-20.

* Council of Science Editors Annual Meeting
San Diego, May 4-7

* Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Taipei, May 6-8

* DLM-Forum 2002.  Access and Preservation of Electronic Information.  Best Practices and Solutions.
Barcelona, May 7-8

** NISO/DLF Workshop on Standards for Electronic Resource Management
Chicago, May 10

* ContentWorld 2002 [mostly for commercial content]
San Jose, California, May 13-16

** Copyright for Beginners [among librarians and information professionals]
London, May 15

* National Conference for Digital Government Research
Los Angeles, May 19-22

* Libraries in the Digital Age 2002
Dubrovnik, May 21-26

* CAiSE '02.  Advanced Information Systems Engineering
Toronto, May 27-31

* Workshop on Personalization Techniques in Electronic Publishing on the Web:  Trends and Perspectives
Malaga, Spain, May 28

* Society for Scholarly Publishing (AAP)
Boston, May 29-31

* Off and Wall and Online:  Providing Web Access to Cultural Collections
Lexington, Massachusetts, May 30-31

** Multimedia Content and Tools:  Towards Information and Knowledge Systems
London, May 30-31

* Advancing Knowledge:  Expanding Horizons for Information Science
Toronto, May 30 - June 1

* Electronic Theses and Dissertations 2002
Provo, Utah, May 30 - June 1


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