[JISC logo] [eLib logo] [UKOLN logo]

Conference Report: Information Ecologies:
the impact of new information 'species'

2-4 December 1998
Viking Moat House Hotel, York

Organised by the Electronic Libraries Programme and co-ordinated by UKOLN

This document is work in progress. A large number of the Powerpoint presentations from the conference are available via this document, mostly in older formats of Powerpoint, and can be viewed on machines running Windows 3.1. HTML conversions of these Powerpoints will be added at intervals.

the Viking Moat hotel in York

Three main strands ran through the eLib conference, reflecting both the development of the programme since 1995, and the current preoccupations of the phase three projects. These were:

preservation issues,
the development of hybrid library services,
subject gateways.

There was a strong focus on practicalities: hence also a good deal of discussion of current funding opportunities (the EU Fifth Framework Telematics Programme; the US/UK NFS/JISC collaboration; etc). Tim Owen discussed the New Library Programme, and the Government's funding committment, and there were also several presentations on rights issues.

The economics of electronic scholarly publishing was also discussed in a panel session, and another session explored opportunities for university libraries to benefit from the Heritage Lottery Fund. There was also an opportunity to hear the latest information about BLRIC's transfer of research activity and funding to the Library and Information Commission.

Keith Hill, Lorcan Dempsey and Brian Green

A number of Phase 3 eLib projects were featured in conference sessions, (BUILDER, CEDARS, HERON, etc): however the conference focus was squarely on the issues of international significance which these projects have been funded to address, rather than the projects themselves. There were several speakers from the US: Susan Calcari of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (and the Internet Scout Project),

photo of Susan Calcari's presentation

gave a presentation on International subject gateway collaboration; Michael Freeston, Alexandria Digital Library Project, University of California (and now also of the University of Aberdeen), gave a US view of future digital library developments, as well as a view of the US digital libraries programme which has been running in parallel to eLib. One of the highlights of the conference was the closing plenary keynote address by Paul Kobulnicky, of the University of Connecticut and a Member of the SPARC Steering Committee, who explained how the international academic community could use the actual economics of serials publishing (as opposed to the established publishing community's view of the matter) to reduce the annual costs incurred by libraries by introducing real competition into academic publishing. Reduction of costs is one of the aspects of electronic publishing and library provision which is most easily communicable to outside interests (governments, funding bodies and taxpayers): if the academic community can show that it can do this for itself, it is more likely to be trusted to make far-reaching decisions about the disposition of scarce resources than it would be otherwise. Dan Greenstein talking about RDNC

Another interesting presentation was by Keith Hill of the New Technology Division, MCPS-PRS Alliance: the music industry has been distributing electronic information for longer than most, and his presentation made it clear that the industry is well aware of the wider implications of rights issues outside the music business. This practical experience of licensing, distribution, standardization of delivery formats, and functioning in the market environment, is part and parcel of the development of any information market depending on electronic delivery. The library and information services community can learn much from this experience.

There was a lot of interest in the presentation (given by Dan Greenstein, Director of the AHDS) about the RDNC, the Resource Discovery Network Centre, which will coordinate the further development of the eLib subject gateways

The second part of this report features a chart of the conference programme which maps the presentations as given on the day (the chart is thus slightly different in arrangement from the one distributed before the conference). Each highlighted name in the chart is a link to a Powerpoint file of that speaker's presentation.

2 December


Registration and refreshments




Welcome and plenary sessions
Chair: Lynne Brindley, University of Leeds

Reg Carr, Chair CEI, Joint Information Systems Committee

Opening plenary keynote address:

Equilibrium and Opportunism: information strategies and the new environment (revised title)
Jim Michalko, President, Research Libraries Group. The text of his address is also available


Welcome and Plenary session:

Technology for supporting learning: the UK Instructional Management Systems Project
Oleg Liber, University of Bangor





The Library & Information Commission
Tim Owen, LIC

JISC/NSF programme (International Digital Libraries)
Chris Rusbridge, Director of the eLib Programme

The EU's next round: R & D under FP5 to be backed by new focus on library services for the citizen
Ian Pigott, European Commission DG XIII-E4


DISinHE: disability information systems in higher education
Ian Webb, University of Dundee

IMPEL 2: how do electronic libraries affect people?
Joan Day, University of Northumbria at Newcastle

TAPin: coping with an electronic library implementation programme
Judith Elkin, University of Central England


Drinks reception


3 December


STRAND A: Electronic reserve and digitisation: migrating information

HERON: building a national resource bank of electronic texts
Carolyn Rowlinson, University of Stirling

Approaches to digitisation
Clive Field, University of Birmingham

STRAND B: Panel session: The economics of electronic scholarly publishing

Panel members to include:

Fred Friend, University College London
Frank Fishwick, lately of Cranfield University
Phil Sykes, University of Huddersfield
Toby Bainton, SCONUL
Maria Bonn, PEAK Project, University of Michigan






STRAND A: Panel session: Informal publishing – pre-prints and magazines

Panel members to include:

Stevan Harnad, Cogprints, University of Southampton
Phil Sheffield/Sam Saunders,EducatiOn-Line, University of Leeds
Dan Fleming, Formations, University of Ulster

STRAND B: Panel session: Rights issues

Panel members to include:

Godfrey Rust, Data Definitions
Keith Hill, New Technology Division, MCPS-PRS Alliance




STRAND A: Panel session: Formal publishing – electronic journals and other formats

Panel members to include:

Ken Eason, SuperJournal, Loughborough University
Alan Vince, Internet Archaeology, University of York
Henry Rzepa, CLIC, Imperial College
Jason Miller, Digimap, University of Edinburgh

STRAND B: Finding the stuff: new plans for subject gateways

The Resource Discovery Network Centre’s approach
Dan Greenstein, Director, Arts & Humanities Data Service
Lorcan Dempsey, Director, UKOLN, University of Bath
Richard Heseltine, Director of Academic Services & Librarian, University of Hull

International subject gateway collaboration
Susan Calcari, University of Wisconsin-Madison




STRAND A: Dealing with the stuff

The library policy maker’s view
Hazel Woodward, Cranfield University

The library implementer’s view
Ian Winship, University of Northumbria at Newcastle

The hybrid library view
Stephen Pinfield, BUILDER, University of Birmingham

STRAND B: Clumps and document delivery

Riding: Z39.50 gateway to Yorkshire libraries
Peter Stubley, University of Sheffield

LIDDA: an Australian document delivery project
Kerry Blinco, Griffith University, Australia

The JEDDS/Ariel project
Ingrid Evans, The JEDDS Office


Conference dinner


4 December


STRAND A: Panel session with video presentation: Digital preservation issues

Panel members to include:

Kelly Russell, CEDARS, University of Leeds
Neil Beagrie, Arts & Humanities Data Service
Nancy Elkington, Research Libraries Group
Seamus Ross, University of Glasgow

STRAND B: Future digital library developments

The US view
Michael Freeston, Alexandria Digital Library Project, University of California

Encryption and Watermarking
Chris Zielinski, Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society




Plenary sessions
Chair: Mary Auckland, The London Institute

Research Support Strategy
Ronald Milne, Director, Research Support Libraries Programme, University of Edinburgh

Policy, Programme, Project: eLib review and prospect
Lorcan Dempsey, Director, UKOLN, University of Bath




Closing plenary keynote address: Publish and Perish!
Paul Kobulnicky, Director, University of Connecticut and Member of the SPARC Steering Committee


Summing up and vale
Chris Rusbridge, Director, Electronic Libraries Programme


Refreshments and departure

This report was designed and compiled by Philip Hunter,
who also took the photographs. Report first mounted 12 April 1999.

[ Top of Page ] - [ Up ]

The Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
Page version: 1;
Web page maintained by <A HREF="http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/elib/wmaster.html">eLib web-support</A> and hosted by UKOLN - feedback to elib@ukoln.ac.uk .
Site last revised on: Tuesday, 04-May-1999 13:21:48 UTC
DC Metadata