Digitising Africa

The Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa.

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In my opinion (and by now, you are probably aware that I have several of them!), digitisation probably holds the most advantages for the Majority World.  For those who I’ve never met, what I call the ‘Majority World’ is what others call ‘developing’ or ‘third world’.  I think that both of these terms are derogatory, suggesting the marginalised ‘other’ in binary pair conceptualisation.  The Minority World is just that: those of us lucky enough to have access to more than one meal a day, electricity, clean water, sewerage systems, medical care and education are in the minority of the world’s population.

I am glad to share, therefore, this announcement of a forthcoming meeting on digital curation which will take place in South Africa.  Perhaps some of you will be in a position to attend. I particularly like their reference to the importance of collaboration: the very concept that inspired this blog!

From: Dr Martie van Deventer (mvandeve@csir.co.za)

The draft programme for the Fourth African Scholarship and Curation
Conference (and its workshops) from 17-19 May 2011 has been posted on
the website: see http://www.nedicc.ac.za/test/Programme.aspx. The
registration function has been activated. We look forward to welcoming
you at the conference!

There is an early bird discount (providing we receive your registration
fees before 15 April 2011).

We would appreciate your assistance in distributing information about
the conference to colleagues in Africa.

4th African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Curation

Dates: 17 -19 May 2011

Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

*Innovation & collaboration in the digital research and learning

Collaboration is an acknowledged and important source of innovative thinking. The rapid development of new and emerging technologies have ensured that the creation and pursuit of new ideas can be brought to community by networks of individuals, selected because of their individual contributions and credibility, and operating in a coordinated manner. This conference will attempt to surface some of the innovations brought about as a result of such collaborations.  We will also endeavour to highlight the role technology plays in enabling collaborations and in collectively building repositories of data and knowledge.

The deployment of powerful computers, high-speed networks, and large scale storage technologies has made the academic and research landscape increasingly dynamic. Emerging professional are much more information and computer literate than ever before.  They also have a very different expectation for both the university and work experience. These transformations oblige us in academia, research and the general information service provision industry to seriously seek and develop strategies and solutions to effectively harness the new opportunities.
The 2-day conference is organized under the joint banner of the Network of Data and Information Curation Centres (NeDICC), the University of Botswana and the University of Pretoria (South Africa). The conference will address various issues of digital scholarship, digital curation and the accompanying emerging technologies.


Hullo to new subscribers

Wonderful to see your quick response. I hope you will be active participants: the more we share what we know, the more we all will know.
There are heaps of conferences on Digital Libraries throughout the world all the time, sometimes focussed on quite different disciplinary groups, and some that are multidisciplinary.  Here are some upcoming conferences that you could still submit papers for:

In Ottawa, Canada:

The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational and social issues.  JCDL encompassess the many meanings of the term ‘digital libraries’, including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions and oragnizations; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing and accessing digital content, theoretical modesl of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing; and thoery and practice of use of managed content in science and education.

The theme for JCDL 2011 is ‘Digital libraries: bringing together scholars, scholarship and research data’.

Due date has been extended to 10th February, for short papers, so there’s still just time.

In September,  a European conference in Berlin: International conference on theory and practice of Digital Libraries.   http://www.tpdl2011.org/

The European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) has been the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries for 14 years. For the 15th year the conference was renamed.  It is now the

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries.

  • Tutorial, Workshop, Panel submission:
    February 14, 2011
  • Research paper & Demo submission:
    March 28, 2011

(ALT4DL)   http://disi.unitn.it/~alt4dl/

We invite authors to submit papers for a volume on Advanced Language
Technologies for Digital Libraries to be published in the Springer’s Lecture
Notes on Computer Science (LNCS) Hot Topic subline [1].

The volume aims at presenting how state-of-the art Language Technologies are
applied to the challenges faced by Digital Libraries together with providing
a introductory grounding to the underlying fields. Hence, it will promote
this emerging research area and disseminate its results whilst motivating
the non-expert reader. It originates from two workshops, NLP4DL and AT4DL
held in Viareggio and Trento, respectively, in 2009, but it is open also to
contributions that were not presented at that time. We aim at gathering
contributions both from the Library and the Computer Science community.

Abstract submission Deadline: 22nd July, 2010
Full paper submission Deadline: 15th September, 2010
Notification Deadline: 10th November, 2010
Camera Ready Deadlines: 10th December, 2010

DEXA 2011
Database and Expert Systems Applications
SWJ – Special Issue CFP 2011
Semantic Web Journal – Special Issue on Semantic Web and Reasoning for Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries
EMNLP 2011
Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
TPDL 2011
1st International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011
Fourth International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT 2011) (IEEE COMSOC)
KDIR 2011
KDIR- International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval

International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL 2011)

Beijing, China, Oct 24-27, 2011


ICADL welcomes submissions in the areas of computer science, library and information science and knowledge management involving applications to environmental sciences, social sciences, humanities and museum studies.

The conference welcomes contributions from all fields associated with Digital Libraries(DL).

International Conference on Digital Libraries and Knowledge Organization (ICDK 2011). http://www.mdi.ac.in/ICDK/Home.html

Time: February 14, 2011 to February 16, 2011
Location: Management Development Institute, Sector 17, Gurgaon, Haryana.

I am sure that you will be able to identify more.

Please spread the word about this blog!

Speak again soon, and all the  best