International Council for Scientific and Technical Information


ICSTI’s 2009 Summer Conference will take place in Ottawa on 9-10 June, followed by the General Assembly Meetings on 11-12 June. Hosted by CISTI, the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, this year’s conference theme is ‘Managing Data for Science’. For early program and speaker details, as well as venue, accommodation and sponsor information, and the registration forms, please go to the Events page and click through to the conference website.

ICSTI 2009 Conference – 09 Jun 2009
Hosted by the NRC Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), this annual conference has been largely viewed as being a dynamic engine for research and development as well as scientific data management and integration worldwide. This year’s conference will be structured around the data ‘lifecycle.’ The conference will address issues ranging from integration in published outputs and re-purposing, to hosting, archiving and preservation.
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Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter June 2, 2009

Scientific Data Service from Google — No Go

US Google to close scientific data service prior to official launch 22 Dec 2008

Internet search services provider Google, US, will reportedly close its highly-anticipated scientific data service, Google Research Datasets, in January without even officially launching the product. The company has announced this in an e-mail to its beta testers, according to media reports.

The service was expected to offer scientists a way to store the huge amounts of data generated in an increasing number of fields. Nearly 30 datasets – mostly tests – had already been uploaded to the site.

Calling off the scientific project is seen to be another sign of initial frugality at Google. Just a few weeks ago, the company’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, told the Wall Street Journal that Google would be cutting back on experimental projects. It would, instead, focus its efforts on other activities such as Google Scholar, its research programmes and publishing papers about research at Google.

However, some scientists remain hopeful that the service might return in better times. Google representatives have not responded to requests for comments.

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Dec. 22, 2008

SPARC Digital repositories meeting summaries, Baltimore, Nov.17-18

US Resources and presentations from recent SPARC repositories meeting now online23 Dec 2008

Thought leaders and practitioners from higher education and beyond called on participants at the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore on November 17-18 to continue their digital repository development efforts and offered strategies for building on experience gained to date.

In the opening keynote, John Wilbanks, who heads the Science Commons project at Creative Commons, pointed to the unique qualities of digital repositories, and the need to highlight their potential to serve the academic community. He encouraged universities to adopt open-access policies modeled after the one adopted by Harvard University earlier this year rather than inventing their own.

Bob Witeck, chief executive officer and founding partner of Witeck-Combs Communications Inc., pointed to the importance of smart marketing in getting digital repositories off the ground and valued by faculty. He encouraged librarians and repository managers to use plain language and vivid stories to communicate the impact of the open sharing of information. By making digital repositories more visible and demonstrating their value to the public, universities can win needed support from taxpayers and communities, said David Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), in the closing keynote of the meeting.

A summary of each keynote and every panel discussion, along with available podcasts, slides, and an invitation to online discussion, are now available online through the SPARC website at

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Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter,  Dec. 23, 2008