Digital Library Federation Fall Forum
Albuquerque, New Mexico
17-19 November 2003
Participants in the Digital Library Federation’s 2003 Fall Forum heard Michael Keller announce a decision by the DLF Steering Committee to
create something first envisioned at the DLF’s advent in 1995—a collaborative
digital library providing wide electronic access to collections in multiple
institutions. As chair of the Steering Committee, Mr. Keller explained that the
groundwork for a "distributed open digital library" had been laid by a range of
achievements by DLF members and others in the intervening years.
Many such achievements were in evidence at the Forum, attended by approximately 160 participants in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 17 through 19. Session presenters reported progress on tools and architectures for digital library work, on electronic resource management and preservation, and on understanding user needs and e-scholarship requirements.
Discoveries reported at the Forum were not all technical. Digital librarians from the University of Washington recounted what they learned from a retreat with faculty members who experiment with digital media in scholarship and teaching. Scholars at the retreat spoke enthusiastically of ways in which electronic technologies make possible new kinds of scholarship and more rapid communication of results than print permits, but expressed needs for technical training, for information security, and for credit for e-scholarship in promotion and tenure decisions. Out of the retreat came proposals that the library create a center for digital scholarship
to provide support services—and that the university create a degree-granting
institute to support and study digital scholarship.
Several sessions provided updates on efforts to ensure the
long-term preservation of digital resources including e-scholarship. Without
better preservation methods, problems with unstable media, system obsolescence,
format proliferation, and Web site abandonment could jeopardize the future
usefulness of the wealth of digital resources now being created.
Representatives of the Library of Congress described steps
to implement a Congressionally-approved
and funded plan for a National Digital Information Infrastructure and
Preservation Program, which has developed an architectural model for federated
digital preservation and, in early 2004, will fund preservation research
proposals from partnering institutions. Researchers at the Library of Congress
also reported on evaluating the long-term sustainability of various digital
Representatives of Stanford University described plans for
implementation in 2004 of a preservation system called LOCKSS (for "Lots Of
Copies Keep Stuff Safe"), in which participating libraries will maintain
identical digital content (initially e-journals) in "caches" that can check on
and, when necessary, replenish each other. Efforts also were described to
integrate proxy servers with LOCKSS so that users can retrieve from LOCKSS
caches material that becomes unavailable from publishers, and to incorporate
within LOCKSS such complex material from the humanities as "hyper fiction."
Other preservation sessions described work on transferring digital material to
repositories, on keeping Web sites usable, and on preserving digital videos.
Concerning digital resource management, the Forum included reports of progress in the DLF E-Resource Management Initiative, which
is determining what functionality and metadata are required to enable
librarians to manage electronic resources over time. Developments also were
described in the "LibData" system to improve management of and retrieval from
large databases of digital resources, in "NAND," a tool for searching and
browsing collections of data via the World Wide Web, and in the Data Extraction
Web Interface System (DEWI), containing a suite of tools for processing,
preserving, and delivering numeric data from social science collections.
In other sessions, representatives of the University of Chicago
described their use of Greenstone digital library software to create a digital
collection of musical scores, the "Chopin Early Editions." Representatives of
Cornell discussed their development of a new system for finding digital
materials. And participants heard an update on "Fedora"—for "Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture"—through which repositories manage and deliver digital content of multiple kinds, an explanation of the use of Digital Item Declaration Language to represent objects in digital repositories, an analysis of metadata issues involved in "capturing" large digital archives, and a report on creation of a Union Catalog of Art Images. Also updates were presented on two National Science Digital Library projects and on electronic resource services under development by the Research Libraries Group and the Online Computer Library Center.
In the plenary session at which Mr. Keller announced plans
to create a distributed open digital library—tentatively abbreviated as DODL—he
explained that it would provide global access to collections from multiple
institutions without assembling those collections in one place. The DODL will
begin with publicly-accessible materials in the humanities and social sciences, and will incorporate numerous service layers, including an extensive finding service. Mr. Keller identified the next steps as raising money for aspects of the DODL and appointing a DODL coordinator on the DLF staff (but not necessarily in the DLF’s Washington headquarters), a collections development working group to plan content development, and a technical working group to develop an enabling infrastructure. As plans unfold, more information will be made available on the DLF Web site:
www.diglib.org. Mr. Keller
made the further announcement that the Steering Committee had recently decided
to open DLF membership to libraries abroad that are prominent in digital
David Seaman, the DLF’s director, concluded the Forum
by announcing that the 2004 Forums
will be in New Orleans in the spring and Baltimore in the fall. Forum
information will be posted on the DLF Web site. Individual sessions at the Albuquerque Forum are summarized more fully under subject-matter headings below.
SESSIONS ON PRESERVATION
"The National Digital Information Infrastructure and
Preservation Program (NDIIPP)."
Laura Campbell and Clay Shirky, Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress
Ms. Campbell and Mr. Shirky reported on the status of the
National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, led by
the Library of Congress. The goal of NDIIPP is to develop a nationwide
collection and preservation strategy for digital materials in cooperation with
the information and technology industry, concerned federal agencies, libraries,
research institutions, and non-for-profit entities. In 2002, the Congress
appropriated $100 million for the program, of which $5 million supported a plan
that drew widely on expertise from outside the library and has been approved by
five Congressional committees. The library will now use an additional portion
of the appropriation to collaborate with the National Science Foundation in
funding research through a call for proposals that will result in cooperative
agreements early in 2004.
The program has solicited partners to help collect digital
content, focusing on at-risk content in various formats, and on public-policy
as well as cultural materials, for a test bed for use in investigating existing
archiving approaches. Part of the Congressional appropriation must be matched;
the library is looking for matching for content development, standards and
tools for network partners, and preservation business models. The program has
developed and revised a technical architecture and drafted a technical test
plan. The program’s Architectural Model for Federated Digital Preservation
builds on existing work and uses a modular approach with minimal requirements
at each level. Recognizing that different institutions have different functions
and different metadata requirements, the program is working on a metadata
transfer format that will lower transaction costs among institutions. Comments
are requested on the latest version of the architecture model, which is available at
"LOCKSS Implementation: Technology, Collections, and
Tom Robertson, LOCKSS Program, Stanford University; Perry
Willett, Library Electronic Text Resource Service, Indiana University; and
Martin Halbert, Library Systems, Emory University.
Mr. Robertson outlined the technology, current status, and
next steps of the preservation program called LOCKSS, which stands for Lots of
Copies Keeps Stuff Safe. The program, headquartered at Stanford, recognizes
that the traditional preservation role of libraries is diminishing because in
the digital era they lease rather than purchase such scholarly resources as
journals. To prevent losses through library budget cuts or the demise of
publishers, LOCKSS maintains connections among multiple libraries that agree to
maintain caches of the same content so that they can check on and, if needed,
replenish each other. Thus, under arrangements worked out with publishers, back
issues of e-journals to which libraries subscribe can be preserved for use like
printed issues preserved by libraries on their shelves. Large commercial
publishers may be reluctant to participate in LOCKSS but many others are
enthusiastic about its potential. LOCKSS will go into production in 2004.
Mr. Halbert described efforts at Emory University to
integrate proxy servers with LOCKSS so that users can retrieve material in
LOCKSS caches when the material is unavailable from publishers.
Mr. Willett, noting that LOCKSS is now focused on journals
in science, technology, and medicine, described efforts of a task force that is
working on incorporating into LOCKSS material from the humanities, such as
literary journals and "hyper fiction," in which the design may be as important
as the words, making the material hard to "harvest." Next steps in this effort
to incorporate the humanities will be proposed in a grant application to the
National Endowment for the Humanities in 2004.
The panelists discussed safeguards for preventing
unauthorized access to LOCKSS caches, and factors that make the system
affordable. But they cautioned against any monolithic, homogeneous preservation
solution, believing that multiple, cooperative approaches are needed. More
information is available at http://lockss.stanford.edu.
"Digital Formats: Factors for Sustainability, Functionality, and Quality."
Caroline Arms and Carl Fleischhauer, Office of Strategic Services, Library of Congress
Ms. Arms and Mr. Fleischhauer described work at the Library
of Congress on a planning framework for identifying and documenting digital
content formats that are promising (and unpromising) for long-term
sustainability. The result will help staff evaluate and sustain material
created digitally for inclusion in the library’s collections. Initially, the
project is focusing on four "easy" categories: still images, audio, video, and
text. Other format categories, including evolving categories, will be evaluated
as the work proceeds.
The project looks at two types of evaluation factors. First
are sustainability factors for evaluating the cost and feasibility of format
preservation. These factors include the extent to which documentation is
disclosed, a format is widely adopted, underlying information is transparent, metadata is embedded, a format has external dependencies, format content is inhibited by patents, and technical protection mechanisms prevent preservation. Second are quality and functionality factors that affect current and future usefulness. These vary according to content type. The work has included defining "format," studying format types and relationships, developing format description
documents, and dealing with "content states," ranging from creation through
publication to distribution. Tentatively, "middle-state" formats seem better
for preservation than "initial state" and "final state" formats, but challenges
to that preference exist. As the format analysis continues, the developers
encourage outside commentary in response to documents available at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/techdocs/digform.
"Digital Object Format Validation".
Stephen L. Abrams, Digital Library Program, Harvard University Library
Mr. Abrams described progress on JHOVE, which stands for
JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment. JHOVE is under development through
collaboration between JSTOR, a journal
archive, and the Harvard University Library to automate procedures by which
repositories can identify, validate, and characterize digital objects. Repositories need means of answering these questions: "I have a digital object; what format is it?" "I have an object purportedly of format F; is it?" "I have an object of format F; what are its salient properties?" Formats have to be understood if repositories are to do more than save content in the form in which they receive it. JHOVE is useful in creating "significant information packages" (SIPs) that combine digital objects with metadata for transfer to repositories. For more information on this continuing project, including documentation in a
"tutorial/user manual," visit http://hul.harvard.edu/jhove.
"California Digital Library’s Digital
Preservation Program and a Look at Web Archiving".
Patricia Cruse, Digital Preservation Program, California Digital Library
Ms. Cruse reported on a digital preservation program
inaugurated last year by the California Digital Library in partnership with the University of California’s libraries. The program focuses on identifying methods to preserve and persistently manage e-journals, on establishing a preservation repository for content created or managed by University of California libraries, and on evaluating methods for gathering and persistently managing Web based materials. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Preservation-Worthy Digital Video, or, How to Drive Your Library into Chapter 11".
Jerry McDonough, Digital Library Team, New York University
Mr. McDonough provided an overview of an effort at New York University
to establish "best practices" for archiving digital video. He discussed
characteristics of digital video, abstract requirements for preservation-worthy
digital video, and costs of creating and maintaining a large-scale digital
video archive. For more information contact email@example.com.
SESSIONS ON RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
"The DLF E-Resource Management Initiative (ERMI): Project
Tim Jewell, University of Washington; Ivy Anderson,
Harvard University; Adam Chandler, Cornell University; Sharon Farb and Angelea
Riggio, UCLA; Kimberly Parker, Yale University; and Nathan Robertson, The Johns
The panel explained that the informal goal of the DLF’s E-Resource
Management Initiative is to promote the growth and development of vendor and
local e-resource management systems and services. Libraries of all types face
the challenge of managing electronic resources over time. This initiative asks
what functionality and metadata are required to support persistent e-resource
management. Fruits of the initiative are the first comprehensive schema, data
model, and tools specifically designed to address electronic resources. An
additional report on achievements will be ready by the DLF’s spring 2004 Forum.
More information is available at http://www.diglib.org/standards/dlf-erm02.htm.
"LibData: a Library Web Management System".
Paul Bramscher, Shane Nackerud, and John Butler, Digital Library Development Laboratory, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Presenters from the University of Minnesota Libraries
described work there on a system to allow easier management of and more rapid
retrieval from a large database of both leased and freely available digital resources. LibData, as the system is called, offers page-authoring tools (useful to both novice and expert librarian-users) that
are integrated with the main database, making resource management easier to
control, and assuring that library users receive predictable and up-to-date
information. LibData also features a staff management system, user and page
statistics, and complete customizability and extensibility. Work continues on
expanding the system’s functionality and user services. More information is
available at http://plato.lib.umn.edu/.
"NAND: A New Tool for an Old Problem".
Charles Blair, Elisabeth Long, and Keith Waclena, Digital Library Development Center, University
of Chicago Library
Presenters from the University of Chicago Library reported
on development there of a lightweight, versatile tool for searching and
browsing collections of data, including bibliographic data, via the World Wide
Web. "NAND: A Non-Relational Database" is a generic tool for meeting
data-indexing and presentation needs and allows customization by relatively
non-technical staff to meet individual project requirements. Benefits will
include better staff deployment, better data analysis, and faster launching of
projects. Public release will come in 2004. For more information contact Mr. Blair
at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Long at email@example.com.
SESSIONS ON ARCHITECTURES
"Update on the Fedora Open-Source Project".
Sandy Payette, Cornell University
Ms. Payette described features of and demonstrated an
open-source version of the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository
Architecture (Fedora), now available through a continuing collaboration between
Cornell Information Science and the University of Virginia Library. Fedora is a
digital object repository system for managing and delivering digital content of
multiple kinds. This system can provide a foundation for institutional
repositories, preservation management systems, digital asset management systems,
content management systems, and digital libraries. Fedora may be downloaded
"MPEG-21 DIDL, the OAI-PMH, and the OpenURL as Building
Blocks for Storing and Disseminating Complex Digital Objects."
Jeroen Bekaert, Patrick Hochstenbach, and Herbert Van de Sompel of the Prototyping Team of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Research Library.
Members of the team described major characteristics of the
MPEG-21 Digital Item Declaration Language (DIDL) and its usefulness for the
representation of digital objects in the research library of the Los Alamos
National Laboratory and, potentially, in other digital libraries. They also
described a repository architecture under development at the laboratory in
which DIDL-conforming documents are the units of storage. For more information
SESSIONS ON TOOLS
"Responding to Digital Data Needs: the DEWI System".
Ron Nakao and Chris Bourg, Green Library, Stanford University
Mr. Nakao and Mr. Bourg described the development and future
possibilities of the Data Extraction Web Interface System (DEWI), which is a
suite of tools for processing, preserving, and delivering numeric data from Stanford’s social science collection. DEWI’s primary goal is to create an easy-to-use, platform-independent "one-stop-shop" for data discovery and extraction. Through DEWI, users can browse, search, and customize subsets of data for downloading in personal computers in a variety of formats. Also through DEWI, research teams can access, control, and archive data they collect before releasing it for public use. Broader collaborative efforts involving DEWI are under exploration. Future directions include increasing the DEWI dataset holdings, enhancing DEWI functionality, and facilitating the classroom use of DEWI. For more information, contact Ron Nakao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Building Collections with Greenstone Digital Library Software".
Tod Olson, Digital Library Development Center, University of Chicago Library
Mr. Olson described the launching in 2003 of a digital
collection of musical scores called "Chopin Early Editions" at the University
of Chicago Library. A knowledgeable and active user community helped develop
the collection, whose creators found the Greenstone digital library system
amenable to their needs. Ongoing work is planned both with Greenstone and with
the Chopin collection. More information is available at http://www/lib.uchicago.edu/dldc/talks/2003/dlf-greenstone/,
at http://www.greenstone.org/, and at http://www.chopin.lib.uchicago.edu/.
SESSIONS ON METADATA AND PRODUCTION
"Metadata Tradeoffs in High-Production Digitization
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich, Academic Information Resources, Stanford University Libraries
Ms. Hoebelheinrich described projects at Stanford that
explore the question of how much metadata is really necessary and practicable
for identifying, selecting, rendering, and reconstructing digital resources.
What are the tradeoffs between creating more and better metadata and creating
more high-quality digital objects? Stanford is dealing with such questions in
developing metadata models in projects such as the on-site "capture" of the
GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) Archive at the World Trade
Organization. Thousands of pages of material are being incorporated into the
Stanford Digital Repository. Ms. Hoebelheinrich explained assumptions of the work
and how it is dealing with these tradeoff questions: What is "just enough"
metadata? What does it mean to have a "preservation repository?" Who gets to
make their workflow "efficient"? More information is available at http://gatt-archive.standford.edu.
"The Union Catalog of Art Images (UCAI): Aggregating and
Standardizing Diverse Legacy Metadata". Esme Cowles and Linda Barnhart, Union Catalog of Art Images, University of California, San Diego
Mr. Cowles and Ms. Barnhart reported on progress and
problems in their effort to create a Union Catalog of Art Images, which will be
a bibliographic utility for sharing metadata in the visual resources community.
UCAI is in effect a union catalog of metadata primarily for catalogers, who now
are redundantly cataloging art images and other cultural heritage materials.
Participants in the project are attempting to combine different data sets,
provided by the Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard University, and the University
of California, San Diego, into a prototype database under a common standard.
Believing that standardization is the image community’s greatest need, the
project’s developers are struggling to reconcile different ways of describing
objects, of presenting dates, of spelling names, etc., while trying to make it
possible for catalogers to edit for their own systems. This research and
development project has reached the end of its first phase—creation of a
prototype union database. More partners and more metadata will be sought in
phase two. More about UCAI is available at http://gort.ucsd.edu/ucai.
SESSIONS ON USER PERSPECTIVE AND ASSESSMENT
"Digital Scholarship in the Academy: What Scholars Need".
Ann Lally and Anne Graham, Digital Initiatives, University
of Washington Libraries
Ms. Lally and Ms. Graham described the results of a retreat
at the University of Washington in which scholars, librarians, and others
involved with digital scholarship—that is, academic work in digital media—met to
discuss two questions: what are scholars’ needs and wants regarding digital
scholarship, collections, and technology, and what strategies should the
University of Washington take to advance such scholarship and learning?
Participants lauded e-scholarship for such things as easing access, knowledge
synthesis, interaction with other scholars, feedback on work, and the merger of
scholarship with teaching. But they also expressed e-scholarship concerns about
information security, intellectual property protection, credibility and
authenticity of digital information, long-term preservation, lack of computer
literacy, requirements for technological knowledge, lack of institutional
recognition of e-scholarship for promotion and tenure, and the inability of
network interaction to replace human interaction.
Participants expressed needs for, among other things, an
institutional e-scholarship repository, tools for research and teaching
including open source tools, information on others doing digital work,
integration between campus libraries and campus computing, rights-management solutions, quality control, and a distinction between having work published and having it distributed. After many other observations, the participants called for a center for digital scholarship as a support service within the library and also a faculty driven, degree granting institute for digital scholarship to study e-scholarship and support its creation. A report on the outcome of the retreat is available on the Web site of the University of Washington Libraries at
"The Evolution of an Interface from the User
Perspectives: from End User Testing to a Usage Log Analysis".
Sarah Chandler, University Library, Cornell University
Ms. Chandler reported on the creation of a new system called
"Find Articles / Find Databases / Find e-Journals," which in 2003 replaced
Cornell’s "e-Reference Collection" system. Reasons for the change included the
library’s need for new functionality for searching and its need to migrate to a
new server. Among other things, the new system can search at the article level across
multiple databases. The system has benefited from usability testing, feedback
from focus groups, which helped identify databases with connection problems,
and a usage log analysis. The project’s leaders have learned that data sources
are complicated, that extensive scripting and parsing are required, and that
documenting analysis is necessary for developing methodology. The project’s
next steps will include query string analysis, research on search errors and
what happens when a user gets zero hits, and further research on a "Find It at
Cornell" service. For more information, contact email@example.com.
SESSIONS ON NATIONAL SCIENCE DIGITAL LIBRARY PROJECTS
"National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Projects Update:
the OCKHAM Library Network".
Martin Halbert, Library Systems, Emory University
Mr. Halbert reported on achievements by the OCKHAM working
group, which has been sponsored by the DLF to analyze commonalities in digital
library architectures and possibilities for future interoperability among
digital library systems. The OCKHAM partners are Emory University, Virginia
Tech, the University of Arizona, Notre Dame University, and (soon) Oregon State University. The group is working on reference model, middleware, and test-bed
services development. Mr. Halbert invited persons interested in reviewing or
contributing to development of the reference model to contact him at mhalber@emory/.edu. More information is
available in 2003 at http://ockham.library.emory.edu,
and in 2004 at http://www.ockham.org.
"Adding Value to NSDL: a Business Proposition and Service
Laine Farley, Digital Library Services, California
Ms. Farley described work to add value to the National
Science Digital Library by integrating it with academic libraries. She
discussed recommendations for a sustainable business model and plans to build a
prototype service that would integrate the NSDL with larger science collections
and include possibilities for customization. More information is available at www.cdlib.org/inside/projects/metasearch/nsdl.
"Data Mining Library Collection Silos: Print Books and
E-Books in Library Collections".
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Office of Research, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
Ms. Connaway described an OCLC project to use its WorldCat
database, containing more than 50 million bibliographic records, to identify
printed books that have electronic editions and where they are. Electronic
editions are increasing as libraries digitize printed materials that they are
moving into remote storage. Data about digitized books across institutions and
within collections can help library decision makers make usage and cost
comparisons of print and electronic resources and analyze digitization and
preservation processes, organization, retrieval systems, services, and
collection management. Libraries will be able to reduce redundancies in
digitizing works and integrate print and digital materials effectively to meet
user expectations. Research is planned to establish accepted criteria for
defining e-books apart from p-books, to identify and compare types of library
holdings and subjects for p-books and e-books, and to identify types of content
and materials that are better suited for the print or the digital environment.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"From Aggregation to Commerce: the Next Phase for the RLG
Cultural Materials Alliance".
Ricky Erway, Digital Resources, Research Libraries Group (RLG)
Ms. Erway reviewed the status of work by the Research
Libraries Group and institutions in the Cultural Materials Alliance on
aggregating digitized special collections to make them more accessible and
affordable for teaching and research. The alliance now involves 85 collections
from 53 institutions. She explained that the next phase of this initiative will
have goals such as these: reaching new audiences, providing broader awareness
of and access to institutions’ special collections, and testing the waters of
commercial licensing. More information is available at http://www.rlg.org/culturalres/.
A rose is a rose by any other name; what's a DODL?
Michael Keller, Academic Information Resources, Stanford University
As chair of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), Mr. Keller
reported on recent actions by its Steering Committee. These included a decision
to expand the DLF’s horizons by inviting qualified libraries from abroad to
join. Also, the Steering Committee decided to proceed with collaborative
creation of a distributed open digital library, tentatively called DODL,
stemming from goals set when the DLF first formed in 1995, and now becoming
possible through work done subsequently by DLF members. Mr. Keller explained
that the DODL would provide global access to distributed collections without
assembling everything in one place, and would include numerous service layers,
including an extensive finding service. The DODL’s developers will maintain
contact with parallel efforts in the United States, such as the National
Science Digital Library, and abroad, such as the Superstar Digital Library in China. The next steps in development of the DODL, starting now, Mr. Keller said, will be to raise money and to appoint a coordinator on staff (but not necessarily in the DLF’s D.C. headquarters), a collections development working group to plan content development, and a technical working group to develop an enabling infrastructure. The DODL will start with public-domain materials in the
humanities and social sciences. More information is available on the DLF Web
Special Group Discussions
included several "Birds of a Feather Sessions" for group discussions of
specialized topics. These dealt with UNICODE, led by Elizabeth Beaudin of Yale
University; persistent identifiers, led by John Kunze of the California Digital
Library; Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) issues, led by Perry Willet of the
University of Indiana; Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS)
issues, led by Jerry McDonough of New York University; and Global Digital
Format Registry issues, led by Mackenzie Smith of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. Also there were meetings of the Electronic Resource Management
Group, the E-Resources Management Initiative Steering Committee, and the DLF
David Seaman, Digital Library Federation
In closing the Forum, DLF Director David Seaman talked of the value of communications within the Federation. The simplest way by which members can consult with each other and the staff, he said, is through the listserv—DLF Announce—which is working well. He also encouraged DLF member to contact him personally about any matter in which he might be of use.
Additionally, Mr. Seaman explained how initiatives get started within the DLF. Usually, he said, people who think of something needed simply propose to work on it within the umbrella of DLF, which can move quickly on such proposals. New initiatives include efforts to articulate good practices in digital production and to survey what has been learned from the first round
of Open Archives Initiative activities.
Mr. Seaman also made some announcements. A survey of various digital library aggregation services will be published on the Web soon and in print after the new year. The next DLF Forum will be in New Orleans in the spring of 2004, followed by a fall forum in Baltimore. Suggestions are invited for a location off the East Coast for the spring 2005 forum. Mr. Seaman also invited feedback on how the DLF’s forums might be improved.
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