Steve -- thought you might like to see how we announced your talks [in Announcements section] -- the graphical version has your pic. I'll try to make the Toronto talk.  ...Gale
 
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For the graphical versions (HTML and pdf) please go to:
http://www.kmdi.utoronto.ca/kmdiary.htm

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KMDiary Issue # 9-September 2003

The KMDiary is an electronic newsletter for sharing ideas and information of
interest to the University of Toronto's Knowledge Media Design Institute
(KMDI) community.

Contents:

ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE KMDI COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM
PROFILES
THE VIRTUAL WATER COOLER: AROUND THE COMMUNITY
RESOURCES/PUBLICATIONS
RESEARCH
COOL TOOLS
WORKSHOPS
CONFERENCES
ABOUT THE KMDiary

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

GALE MOORE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF KMDI

Gale Moore (Sociology) is the new Director of KMDI. Gale has been associated
with KMDI since its earliest days, and from January 2000 served as its
Executive Director. "This is an exciting time to be leading KMDI", Gale
says. "When we first started discussing these ideas in 1995, many people
hadn't even heard of the internet. Now, we're bombarded with information
24/7, there's an increasing demand to be always 'on', and we're surrounded
by an array of technologies and applications that too often only add to the
complexity. Today the need for knowledge media-a specific class of
technologies and media that support and enhance the ability to work, learn
and play and to create knowledge, has never been greater. Furthermore, there
is a need for critical reflection, as well as engagement, with the
technologies and media of a networked world, and a responsibility to attend
to the digital divide-a divide that exists within the advanced economies as
well as in the developing world." With a growing number of students, and
faculty from more than 25 disciplines participating, the opportunity for
principled cross-disciplinary research and teaching in this emergent field
have never been greater, or more timely.

Gale's five-year term as Director will build on the strength of all that has
been achieved since KMDI began in 1996 with little more than a vision shared
by a group of committed faculty brought together under the leadership of Ron
Baecker (Computer Science). In 1998, KMDI officially became a School of
Graduate Studies Institute and Rob Wright (FALD) began his five-year term as
Director. In the late 90s, the Institute received its first research grants,
and subsequently base funding from the university. In 2002 under the
direction of Andrew Clement (FIS) the first students were accepted into the
newly approved masters and doctoral Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media
Design. When classes began in the fall of 2002, KMDI had just moved into new
offices in the Bahen Centre for Technology - the first time the Institute
had not been 100% virtual. As one focus of KMDI's research is on
understanding how to design collaboration technologies and processes for
groups who are distributed in time and/or space, KMDI has certainly "walked
the walk" as well as "talked the talk". The result is that members have a
deep understanding of the virtues, as well as the limitations, of virtual
networked organisations.

Gale's column, "From the Director's Desk", will begin in the October issue.

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KMDIARY GETS NEW MANAGING EDITOR

Editorship of the Diary has switched hands. As director, Gale Moore will
continue to be a guiding force behind these pages, but Adrian Bond will be
taking over the managing role, working closely with Lorraine Flaherty, who
makes our efforts possible.

Keeping pace with the knowledge media field, the Diary has run through 33
issues and now reaches subscribers across Canada and around the world.
Adrian has contributed a number of articles in the past, writing from the
Collaborative Program which he will continue to co-ordinate at the same time
that he welcomes this larger perspective on KMDI's community and the
ever-growing sphere of activities it embraces.

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REMINDER: ASSOCIATION OF INTERNET RESEARCHERS 4TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
"BROADENING THE BAND" COMING TO TORONTO,
OCTOBER 16-19, 2003

Mark your calendars as the world's leading Internet researchers assemble in
Toronto. Internet Research (IR) 4.0 will feature 400 reports, demonstrations
and arts installations reflecting the latest research on the multiple
impacts of the Internet. This year's theme is 'Broadening the Band.' Special
events include keynote addresses, digital arts installations, a
CyberSandbox, a Saturday Gala with special guests, On AoiR NetTV, bloggers,
scribes and cyborgs roaming the corridors in a wireless space, and much
more. Pre-conferences and local lab and arts tours happen on October 15th.
The conference has been organized by members of the not for profit AoIR
Toronto 2003. KMDI is a sponsor. Contact aoir@ecommons.net if you can help

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U OF T ROBARTS LIBRARY A PARTNER IN EXPANDING ACCESS TO RESOURCES

The Scholarsportal.info Project is a co-operative venture funded, in part,
by the Ontario Innovation Infrastructure and Ontario Universities. The U of
T is a partner institution through the Robarts Library. The information site
(1) contains more than two million articles from over three thousand full
text journals published by Academic Press, Elsevier Science, Kluwer (Kluwer
Academic Publishers, Kluwer Law International and Kluwer/Plenum),
Springer-Verlag, and John Wiley & Sons. The project's purpose is to increase
access to scholarly resources, but some of the resources are restricted to
current students, faculty, and staff at the participating Ontario
universities. Self-archiving is one alternative approach for providing
access to everyone, not only those with institutional connections. For a
lively discussion of the issue don't miss Steve Harnad's talk at York
University (below).

(1) http://www.library.utoronto.ca/scholarsportal/about-scholars.html

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EXPERT IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND SELF-ARCHIVING TO SPEAK AT U OF T AND YORK

Stevan Harnad (Centre de Neuroscience de la Cognition, Université de Québec
á Montréal and University of Southhampton) will be visiting Toronto-area
universities, making two quite different presentations. On September 30,
2003, Professor Harnad will be at York University speaking on the topic of
self-archiving. The presentation takes place at noon in the Harry Crowe Room
in the Atkinson Building. Details are available at the web site (1) below.

On October 2, 2003, Professor Harnad will be presenting a lecture at the U
of T addressing the question, Can Machines Feel? How? To preview his paper,
go to the web site (2) below. This talk takes place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in
Room 570 in Sidney Smith Hall.

(1) http://www.yorku.ca/sasit/brownbag/
(2) http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/%7Eharnad/Temp/machine.htm

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BELL UNIVERSITY LABORATORIES RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

Bell Canada today announced it will invest $5 million over five years to
help drive innovation in Western Canada through the expansion of the Bell
University Labs program in British Columbia and Alberta.

Bell University Labs, established in 1998, takes direct aim at generating
innovation-from where it begins and develops, to where innovation is
deployed in the market. It does so by offering collaborative
university-industry research that targets all levels of the research
enterprise. KMDI has been associated with the Bell University Labs since
they began. And, Mike Milton,
Bell University Laboratories, Research Development, generously acknowledges
"KMDI has been part of making Bell University Laboratory what it is today."

KMDI has still further reason to be pleased. As a virtual institute our
partners and research relationships have never been exclusively local. Bell
University Labs' presence in Western Canada provides new opportunities to
collaborate with our colleagues in Alberta and BC.

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CANARIE ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS

Walter Stewart, Director, Global Marketing, Research and Education, Silicon
Graphics Canada Inc., has been appointed Chair of CANARIE for 2003-2004 (1).
Other new officers include Ted Dodds (Associate Vice-President, IT Services,
University of British Columbia) serving as Vice-Chair, and Gerald Brown
(President, Association of Canadian Community Colleges) as
Secretary-Treasurer. Jean-Marie Toulouse (Director and Professor, École des
Hautes études commerciales de Montréal) is Past-Chair. The Board has 24
members, half representing industry and half representing institutions.
Andrew K. Bjerring is President and CEO.

(1) http://www.canarie.ca/press/releases/03_06_25.html

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CATA AND SMART TORONTO ANNOUNCE THEIR MERGER
The Smart Toronto Technology Alliance has merged with the Canadian Advanced
Technology Alliance (CATA). The merger will bring CATA's total membership to
about 700 organisations. As part of the restructuring, Smart Toronto
President, Cindy Pearson, will become a CATA executive director. Smart
Toronto will keep its name, but will identify itself as a division of CATA.
The Innovation Lab operated by Smart Toronto is being wound down.

(1) http://www.cata.ca

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DESIGN EXCHANGE APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT/CEO
The Design Exchange (DX) (1), a not-for-profit design exhibition, education
and research centre located in Toronto, recently welcomed Samantha S.
Sannella as its President and CEO. Ms. Sannella is a faculty member of the
Ryerson University School of Interior Design. As DX President, she is
responsible for the daily operations of the organization which serves as
both a centre for design and a corporate event facility.
(1) http://www.dx.org/dxflash.html

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THE KMDI COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM

APPLY NOW FOR KMDI GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

The Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media Design is inviting applications
for KMDI Graduate Fellow appointments. The Fellowship Program recognizes
exceptional senior students engaged in the field of knowledge media design
(KMD). Eligibility extends to all U of T students enrolled in Ph.D. degree
programs who have completed course work and are well along in their thesis
research. Students do not have to be enrolled in the KMDI Collaborative
Program (see below) to apply. Grad fellows enjoy a formal association with
the Collaborative Program and are eligible to receive the Fellowship Grant.
Applicants should send a one-page statement of their research program,
explaining its relevance to KMD, a CV, and a letter of recommendation from
their supervisor, including an indication of the progress that has been made
toward the dissertation. For more information contact us at
kmdi.collab@utoronto.ca

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PROGRAM EXPANDS AS IT ENTERS ITS 2ND YEAR

With the arrival of 2003/4 on the academic calendar, the KMDI Collaborative
Program in Knowledge Media Design launches its second year as U of T's most
diverse academic program, and capitalizes on its recent expansion. The
Institute of Medical Science joins the collaboration of graduate
departments, an addition that underscores the importance of human-centred
design, digital media, human computer-interaction, and other emergent KM
technologies to the medical research community. We look forward to this
valuable partnership and anticipate further growth in this direction. Our
curriculum has also expanded. In response to student requests, the core
seminar now runs as two complementary half-courses, KMD1001 Fundamental
Concepts and KMD1002 Research Frontiers. This year KMDI is fielding its full
elective roster, including for the first time KMD2003 Knowledge Media and
Learning, taught by Jason Nolan (KMDI Scholar-in-Residence) who lends his
OISE affiliation and hands-on expertise in the field. As an added bonus,
long-time KMDI member, Ian Lancashire (English) is again offering his
innovative Cybertext course. By special arrangement with SGS and the
Department of English, we are pleased to be able to include it in our KMD
elective line-up. Finally, our student body is maturing as students complete
their course requirements and transfer from MA to Ph.D. level. Outside
interest in the Program continues to rise, and our numbers have doubled with
an influx of highly gifted students, about whom, no doubt, you will be
hearing more in the months to come.

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PROFILES

KMDI COLLEAGUE ANN-BARBARA GRAFF
Ann-Barbara's association with KMDI goes right back. Some of you might
remember her as Ron Baecker's research assistant, a young grad student at a
time when the Institute was just an idea taking shape. In both cases, the
potential was realized; within a few years Ann-Barbara was serving a term as
KMDI's Administrative Director, and teaching in Canada's first graduate
program in knowledge media design. She pioneered the Collaborative Program's
KMD2004, designing an inventive curriculum around the Knowledge Media,
Culture & Society theme, producing a high-energy class environment, and
achieving, by the course's latest offering, unprecedented enrollment
figures. The collaborative student projects that followed-models of
infrastructure for knowledge media societies-are exemplars of
interdisciplinary study.

Despite her facility with knowledge media, it is probably her academic
training in English Literature that situates her so well in a field whose
social-cultural dynamic is continually brought to the fore. Ann-Barbara
received her Ph.D. from U of T in 2000, working here as a lecturer and an
Assistant Professor before accepting a position as a Visiting Professor in
the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute
of Technology (an experience she evidently enjoyed: "Go Yellojackets!"). Her
research interests include emerging digital narratives and hypertext,
critical theory, specifically gender studies and postcolonial theory,
Victorian prose non-fiction, and the history of ideas. What unifies her
interests, beyond simple chronology, is what she variously calls the
politics of disenfranchisement, political effectivity or strategies of
exclusion. Examining social conventions and manners, rhetorical strategies
and postures, together with political and scientific discourses, she traces
how marginality is marked and recorded and, conversely, how the legitimacy
of political authority is derived and asserted. Currently, she is finishing
a monograph on Walter Bagehot and beginning her next "big" project,
tentatively called Darwin's Sirens: Victorian Women's Responses to Darwinian
Evolutionary Metaphorics.

This research will be conducted from Nipissing University, where she has
accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor in the English Studies
Department. As glad as we are to see her career advance, we are eager to
continue our association, a thought that isn't far from her mind, as she
stays intimately connected with the Institute and its community, thinking
ahead to future possibilities, and promising further collaboration.

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THE VIRTUAL WATER COOLER: AROUND THE COMMUNITY

University Affairs profiled Ron Deibert (Political Science) in its
August/September 2003 issue (1). The article explains the Professor's
approach to teaching and his use of "television, computers, digital videos,
music, films, lighting, even the telephone.to engage his students and turn
them on to the importance of politics. His goal is to revolutionize the
classroom, and change what he calls 'academic disinterest and bookish
dismissals of innovation [that] have turned lectures into monotonous studies
in terminal boredom' ". The full article is on the web site below.

(1) http://www.universityaffairs.ca/current_issue/articles/feature03a_e.html

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Last month KMDI Director Gale Moore delivered a paper entitled
Network-enhanced Communities ...in Context at the 5th OPAS Summer Institute
on Learning Technologies (1). Robert Luke (a KMDI Fellow who had been
selected to represent Centennial College at the Institute) and Christian
Blanchette (University of Ottawa) made a joint presentation on Issue and
Trends in Learning Technology at the Institutional Level.

(1) http://www.opas-partnerships.com/pdf/2003institute.pdf

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KMDI, the e-Presence Lab, Gale Moore (KMDI Director) and Ron Baecker (KMDI
Founder and Chief Scientist) are featured in Designing the Streaming Media
Future, an article by Christine Percy that appeared in the August 19, 2003
issue of Streaming media.com (1). Targeted at product architects and
producers of streaming content, the article discusses the importance of
informing design with an understanding of the social processes one is
attempting to support, and exploring how media and technologies are
experienced by the people participating.

(1)   http://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?id=8481

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Congratulations to KMDI Graduate Fellow Jacek Gwizdka (Ph.D. Candidate,
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) whose original photographic
compositions are on exhibit in the Arbor Room at the Hart House Art Gallery
until October 19, 2003.The work on the left is one of two that received
Honorable Mention in the Hart House Art Competition last spring. The address
for Jacek's  photography web site (1) is below.

(1) http://www.artphoto.ca/

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Gonzalo Ramos (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Computer Science) spent 12
weeks this summer as an intern at Microsoft Research (MSR) at Redmond, WA.
The experience, he says, had a significant impact academically and
professionally. Gonzalo worked with Ken Hinckley at the Adaptive Systems and
Interactions Group, where they investigated the design space of synchronous
gestures between multiple, collocated mobile devices.

MSR is one of (if not the) largest Computer Science research lab in the
world, investigating practically all topics related to this field. Comparing
his work at U of T and MSR, Gonzalo says: ". working as an intern at MSR is
almost identical to working at any university research lab, except there are
no courses to take, and instead of paying tuition, one is paid a salary!
Also, Microsoft goes to great lengths to free up people's time so they can
concentrate on working and improve themselves." Microsoft internships
eargerly sought by students all over the world, not only because of the
benefits associated with it, but because of the new technologies, great
research and outstanding computer scientists to which students are exposed.
Overall, says Gonzalo: "I had a great time, and I highly recommend it to
anyone who would like to acquire valuable experience in a leading research
facility.

Back at the U of T Gonzalo is working at the DGP Lab, under Ravin
Balakrishnan, and researching HCI, computer graphics, and image processing,
among his other interests.

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Maciek Kozlowski (Videotelephony Inc.) (1) is operating a rich media web
site (2) based on KMDI's ePresence technology. Presentations are available
on the site and on CD from the artist or speaker. This summer's most popular
presentation was one developed for North Network by Infectious Diseases
Specialist, Dr. Neil V. Rau on the West Nile virus. Others topics include
Simon Koo's talk about his recent paintings, and the Shey-zo Tibetan
Knowledge bank project to conserve Tibetan culture hosted by Jim Howse and
Jack Cain.

(1)   http://www.videotelephony.com/
(2)   http://video.ott.istop.com/archived.asp

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Congratulations to Canadian writer and KMDI supporter, Emily Pohl-Weary (1)
on her award for Better To Have Loved: The Life Of Judith Merril (2). Ms
Merril was one of Canada's best known science fiction writers, an editor,
feminist, cultural theorist, and anti-war activist. The book, completed
after her grandmother's death, won Emily the only prize in the non-fiction
category of the Hugo Awards at the World Science Fiction Convention
(Worldcon). The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement
Award, is given annually by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) (3).

(1) http://kissmachine.org/emily.htm
(2) http://www.btlbooks.com/New_Titles/bettertohaveloved.htm
(3) http://worldcon.org/

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In May 2003, the Diary sadly reported the death of Rob Kling (Professor of
Information Systems and Information Science and Director, The Center for
Social Informatics, School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct
Professor of Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana) In
tribute, The Information Society (TIS) (1) will be publishing a memorial
issue in 2004 dedicated to its late editor-in-chief. Barry Wellman and
Roxanne Hiltz (Department of Information Systems, College of Computing
Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology) are preparing a piece on
Sociological Rob. They invite KMDI'ers to forward thoughts and anecdotes
that would be pertinent for this article. Please send your thoughts to Barry
at wellman@chass.utoronto.ca.

(1)   http://www.indiana.edu/~tisj/

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RESOURCES/PUBLICATIONS

CANADIAN DIGITAL COLLECTIONS PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO THE NATION

Canada's Digital Collections (1) is home to hundreds of web sites produced
by young Canadians. "This award-winning site is one of the richest, most
significant sources of Canadian content. Visitors can explore multimedia
resources celebrating Canada's history and culture, its landscapes,
technology, scientific discoveries, and Aboriginal communities". Search the
collections by subject index or alphabetical listing; there is also a set of
educational resources, such as curriculum units, classroom activities,
quizzes and games.

(1) http://collections.ic.gc.ca/

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3D KEY TO ACCESSIBILITY FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS

According to the August 2003 issue of digiCULT.Info (1), a European survey
on the use of 3D technology in archaeology museums across the continent has
recently been completed. The ORION (Object Rich Information Network) Project
found "higher-than-expected use to date of 3D technology, as well as a very
strong interest in employing 3D technology in the future". 3D literacy is
important for museums, especially in archaeology where "it's a critical
tool, enabling scholars and museum visitors to examine artifacts from every
angle and actually see those objects as they were used in their original
setting". The survey found that 65 per cent of archaeological museums ranked
3D's role as "important" or "very important" in presenting archaeology to
the public and in the study of material culture.

A reminder: KMDI and the Centre for Landscape Research with primary funding
from Canadian Heritage New Media Research Networks Fund, are participating
in a new 3D Web Research Network aimed at exploring critical issues in
delivering and deploying three dimensional content over the Internet. The 3D
Web Research Network aims to develop new technological, commercial and
cultural innovations that will bring the next-generation of networked tools,
services and content to Canadians through the World Wide Web (see KMDiary,
June 2003 for details)

(1) http://www.digicult.info/downloads/digicult_newsletter_issue4_lowres.pdf

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WOMEN IN IT GET TOGETHER ONLINE

WorldWIT (1), is one of the leading online and offline organizations for
women in business and technology. WorldWIT provides an Internet space where
women can connect on business issues, careers, technology, and a variety of
other topics. Leila Boujnane, CEO of idée Inc (2) is the Executive Director
of MapleWIT, the Ontario branch. Leila is working to increase membership
from the current 250 to 1000 participants by year's end. Sound interesting?
To get involved, contact maplewit-subscribe@topica.com

(1)   http://www.worldwit.org
(2)   http://www.ideeinc.com/index.html

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CANADIAN ENVISIONS LIFE LIVED ONLINE
Canadian futurologist, Frank Feather, has published a companion piece to his
earlier works on global economic forces and online consumption. In Future
Living: The Coming of the Web Lifestyle, he envisions the coming of the
web-centered world of "prosumers"-home-based entrepreneurs who will conduct
virtually every facet of their life on-line. Not without its critical
short-comings and geared for the general reader, this book will provide a
friendly entree for those interested in the subject.

(1) http://www.itbusiness.ca/index.asp?theaction=61&sid=53282

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COMMUNITY NETWORKING NEWSLETER LAUNCHED ONLINE

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (1) is on everyone's mind
these days. The World Forum on Community Networking (WFCN) (2) has compiled
a repertory of civil society discussion lists on the WSIS and general lists
dealing with communication issues that are also discussing WSIS. A new WFCN
initiative involves publishing a monthly newsletter containing summaries in
English, French and Spanish of what is being discussed on a number of lists.
The goal is to provide "a balanced overview from different cultural and
linguistic perspectives on the WSIS process", facilitate exchanges between
lists, and allow more people and organizations to participate in the
discussions.

(1) http://www.itu.int/wsis/
(2) http://www.globalcn.org/en/bottin/detailorganisme.ntd?idorg=5&sort=

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VIDEO GAMES BECOME "OBJECT OF STUDY"

The Video Game Theory Reader (1), published by Routledge and edited by Mark
J.P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, is now available. The book is being marketed
as the "first major collection of media studies on video games as a unique
medium and object of study". It features contributions on the many ways
video games "are reshaping the face of entertainment and our relationship
with technology". Note: through to October 15, 2003, AoIR members will
receive a discount. (see Workshops section for the announcement of an
upcoming event in London, Ont.)

(1)   http://www.routledge-ny.com

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METADATA DEMYSTIFIED

The United States' National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and
The Sheridan Press are the publishers of Metadata Demystified: A Guide for
Publishers. The guide gives an "overview of evolving metadata conventions in
publishing, as well as related initiatives designed to standardize how
metadata is structured and disseminated online". It offers insight "into how
book and journal publishers can streamline metadata operations in their
companies and leverage metadata for added exposure in digital media
including the Web". The guide can be downloaded free of charge from the web
site below. Hard copies are also available from NISO at $20 (U.S.).

(1)   http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/Metadata_Demystified.pdf

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JoDI: SPECIAL ISSUE ON NEW APPLICATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION SYSTEMS

The Journal of Digital Information (1) is an free publication available
online thanks to the support of the British Computer Society and Oxford
University Press. A special issue is being planned for January 2004 that
will focus on "new applications and contexts for KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION
SYSTEMS (KOS) which includes novel applications and representations of KOS
in advanced digital library (DL) and semantic Web environments". The editors
are Traugott Koch (Lund University) and Doug Tudhope (University of
Glamorgan). Submissions are welcome that look at KOS services such as
classifications, gazetteers, lexical databases, ontologies, taxonomies. For
details, check the web site (2) below.

(1) http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/
(2) http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/calls/newnkos.html

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Call for Submission-December 31, 2003

MORE FROM JoDI: SPECIAL ISSUE ON DIGITAL MUSEUMS

Planned for publication in September 2004, this special issue of the journal
(1) will recognize the potential for digital museums to overcome the
barriers that prevent the public from physically visiting museums. The focus
will be on the importance of research on digital museum issues, including
the need for high-quality original unpublished research, case studies and
implementation experiences in the relevant areas. A call has been issued for
submissions from researchers and professionals examining and applying IT to
cultural heritage (2).

(1) http://cimic.rutgers.edu/~jdl/
(2)   http://cimic.rutgers.edu/~jdlsi/submission/

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TWO NEW PUBLICATION FROM MIT PRESS

The first issue of InformationTechnologies And International Development (1)
will be available next month from MIT Press. The journal aims to be the best
in this emerging field, probing the multiple intersections between
international development and information and communication technologies
(ICTs). The inaugural issue will feature contributions from Anne Holohan,
Sugata Mitra, Larry Press, Don MacLean, and Nicholas Negroponte. Two
research contributions will compare IT activities in China and India.
Editors-in-chief, Ernest J. Wilson, III and Michael L. Best are inviting
submissions for future issues. Submissions criteria are available at the web
site.

(1)   http://mitpress.mit.edu/ITID

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ESSAYS EXPLORE DEMOCRACY AND NEW MEDIA

This publication, co-edited by Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn, is a
compilation of essays
on the promise and dangers of the Internet for democracy (1). They "capture
the richness of current discourse about democracy and cyberspace". According
to the promotion on the web site below, "some contributors offer front-line
perspectives on the impact of emerging technologies on politics, journalism,
and civic experience. [Others] place our shifting understanding of
citizenship in historical context [and still others]consider the global flow
of information and test our American conceptions of cyber-democracy against
developments in other parts of the world."

(1) http://mitpress.mit.edu/item.asp?ttype=2&tid=9605&mlid=162

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RESEARCH

MORE THAN YOU EXPECT: RESEARCH ON SEARCH ENGINES GENERATES OPTIONS

Here are three projects on search engines that suggest you might want to do
more than "google".

IBM's Watson Research Center has created UIMA (Unstructured Information
Management Architecture) (1) which uses a "combination hypothesis" to coax
knowledge and understanding from piles of unstructured data. One resulting
system, called Web Fountain, "goes out on the Net,  crawls around and.reads
the text, understands the text and will tell you what's in the text". The
technology also includes a natural language component, enabling it to find
correlated subjects.

Teoma (2) from AskJeeves uses an "algorithm that reveals the Web
'communities' formed around a particular topic and what they're currently
discussing". This approach will resonate with those who have interests in
social network analysis and online community. Take the comparison test, put
"KMDI" into Teoma and then into Google (3). The results may surprise you.

Then there's Nutch (4), an open-source project to develop software for
finding documents online. Unlike commercial services, Nutch's formula for
ranking documents will be available for all to see and develop. Read more
about it in an article from C/Net News.com at web site (5) below.

(1) http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,1215664,00.asp
(2) http://www.teoma.com/
(3) http://www.google.ca
(4) http://www.nutch.org/docs/en/
(5) http://news.com.com/2100-1032-5064913.html

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COOL TOOLS

ROAD-WORTHY ACCESSORIES USEFUL TO KMDI'ERS

RETRACTABLE CABLES IN 10 FLAVOURS

Keyspan, a United States brand of USB connectivity products, now has a new
line of "Zip-Linq" retractable cables (1) that "consists of over a dozen
USB, FireWire, PDA, phone and Ethernet connectivity solutions". A unique
feature of the cable is that it retracts into a very small centre spool and
extends to 30 inches or more. It is available in 10 flavors-USB device,
extension, and mini; iPaq and Palm sync and charge; three FireWire versions;
phone/modem; and Ethernet Cat 5. A complete set fits into a pencil case or
Ziploc bag. Details and price information are available on the web site.

(1) http://www.keyspan.com/products/homepage-Cables.spml

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CORDLESS PRESENTER SIMPLIFIES SPEECH-MAKING

Using the Logitech® Cordless PresenterT  (1) makes it easier to focus on the
content of a presentation. This product gives you remote control of the
screen from just about anywhere in the room. According to the company, you
don't have to stand next to your computer-the wireless technology is
reliable from up to 30-plus feet (10 meters)-or hire an aide to make the
slide changes for you. The Presenter also serves as a laser pointer and a
two-button optical mouse. A carrying case is included in the $199.95(U.S.)
price tag.

(1)http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm
page=products/details&CRID=3&CONTENTID=4981&countryid=19&languageid=1

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WORKSHOPS

GAMES DESIGN WORKSHOPS
(September 27, 2003, London, Ontario and September 28, 2003, Lansing,
Michigan)

CITO and New Rider Publishing are co-sponsoring the London, Ontario workshop
produced by CGT (Computer Games Technology) Promotions,
which originated as a university-based organization at Algoma University, in
Sault Ste Marie. CGT Promotions is dedicated to strengthening and developing
the association between academic institutions and the "real world" of
computer and console game developers.
The workshop features freelance game designer, Ernest Adams (Andrew Rollings
and Ernest Adams on Game Design and Break Into the Game Industry: How to Get
a Job Making Video Games) who is leading both workshops. Participants will
work be taken through the entire design process from initial concept to
studio presentation. At the end of the day, each one will keep his/her own
design. The September 27, 2003 workshop is being held at the University of
Western Ontario from10:00 a/m/ - 5:00 p.m. For more information and to
register, visit the web site below.
(1) http://www.cgt.auc.ca/workshop.php

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STRATEGIC WORKSHOP PLANNED TO HELP BUSINESSWOMEN WITH CORPORATE GROWTH
(Oct. 2, 2003, Toronto)

The U of T's Exceler@tor Innovation Foundation is working with CATA
Alliance, the Canadian Technology Human Resources Board (CTHRB) and
Springboard Enterprises to host a GROWTH CAPITAL WORKSHOP (1) aimed at
helping women entrepreneurs position their companies for growth and attract
investment. Featured speakers at the event are Sandra Wear, co-founder of
the DocSpace Company, who was recognized in Innovation Nation as one of
Canada's most successful technology entrepreneurs, and Panorama Software
CEO, Janice P. Anderson, an IT veteran experienced in building organizations
into global market leaders.

(1) http://www.springboardenterprises.org

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STRATEGY WORKSHOP ON POLITICAL TOOLS FOR THE WEB IN MEDIA REFORM, MEDIA
JUSTICE, AND COMMUNICATIONS RIGHTS
(November 10-14, 2003, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The Amsterdam-based Govcom.org Foundation (1) - dedicated to creating and
hosting political tools for the Web, and the de Balie Center for Politics
and Culture (2) - a venue for public debate on critical social issues, are
co-hosting this workshop (3) for researchers, advocates, and grassroots
organizers in media rights, media reform, and media justice. The goal is to
provide an immersion experience in Govcom.org's work in a media laboratory.
They will also examine "the extent to which networks, the press,
inter-governmental organizations or donors are driving agenda-setting in
their issues areas". Participants will use state-of-the-art information
tools created by govcom.org and share their own tools and knowledge.

(1) http://www.govcom.org/workshops.html
(2) http://www.balie.nl/
(3) http://www.issuenetwork.org

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CONFERENCES

COMMUNITY AND MOBILITY: LIVING WITH THE TECHNOLOGIES OF REMOTE
COMMUNICATION
(October 2, 2003, Oxford, UK)

The 2nd annual Community in the Network Society conference (1-2) is being
organized by the  Community Development Foundation (3), the Oxford Internet
Institute(4) and the Said Business School (5). The main questions under
discussion are How do different communication technologies support the
varying degrees and understandings of mobility experienced by different
communities? and What impact does this have on relationships at the
neighbourhood level? The program will include a panel, a plenary session,
and parallel break-out sessions. The agenda and registration form can be
downloaded from the web sites below.

(1) http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/conference_021003.shtml
(2) http://www.cdf.org.uk/html/conf.html.
(3) http://www.cdf.org.uk
(4) http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/
(5) http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/html/default.asp

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ARTS AND HUMANITIES IN THE DIGITAL SPACE: TOWARDS WEB-BASED CULTURE AND
SCIENCE
(October 6-7, 2003, Salzburg, Austria )

Salzburg Research (1) is hosting this international symposium (2) on the
relationship between digital technology and cultural and scientific heritage
in the wake of the phenomenon that is the World Wide Web. Participants will
review the results of the EU DigiCULT Study which monitored studies on
digital technologies relevant for the cultural and scientific heritage
sector, and discuss opportunities and threats presented by digital
technologies and strategies for implementing multimedia concepts in arts and
cultural organizations.

(1) http://eculture.slzburgresearch.at
(2) http://www.salzburgresearch.at/newsroom/news_e.php?news=44

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TORONTO ARTSCAPE: CREATIVE PLACES + SPACES
(October 17-18, 2003, Toronto, Ontario)

This is an international conference (1) for policy-makers, civic leaders,
cultural entrepreneurs and urban planner interested in building communities
with "space for creativity". It is an opportunity for discussion that will
move forward "the discourse on the relationship between arts and cultural
development, economic competitiveness and community building".  The event is
the brainchild of Toronto Artscape, the Canadian Urban Institute and
Artspace Projects of Minneapolis. For more information, visit the conference
web site.

(1)   http://www.torontoartscape.on.ca/creativeplaces.html

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nextMEDIA - THE INTERNATIONAL NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL
(October 22-25, 2003, Charlottetown, PEI)

The International New Media Festival (1) is a three day event attracting new
media producers, industry visionaries, professionals, artists and creative
innovators from around the world. The focus is on the creative processes and
elements necessary for the development of exceptional interactive content.

(1) http://www.banffmedia.com/nextmedia

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGIES 2003 (ICPPIT03)
(November 10-12, 2003, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

The International Conference on Public Participation and Information
Technologies 2003 (ICPPIT03) (1) enables IT researchers and practitioners to
explore issues related to participatory democracy models and information
technology developments targeting public participation. Discussion will
focus on such topics as PP-IT and Globalization; PP-IT in e-Government;
PP-IT in e-Planning, and Public access to information, its production and
broadcast. ICPPIT03 has an updated agenda that organizers hope will
contribute to understanding of these challenges and foster better
governance.

(1) http://web.mit.edu/uis/icppit03/
(2)  http://www.citidep.net/icppit03/

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THREE ITEMS CONCERNING THE WORLD SUMMIT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY
(December 10-12, 2003, Geneva, Switzerland)

The first of two World Summits on the Information Society (1) is taking
place from December 10-12, 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland under the auspices of
the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations
(UN). The second will take place in November 2005 in Tunis. In preparation
for the first meeting, the ITU's Strategy and Policy Unit has published
online a collection of worldwide Information Communications Technology
Success Stories (2). They describe projects "that have successfully deployed
information and communication technologies (ICT) in innovative ways and in
fulfillment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals". Also part
of the gearing-up phase, the most recent version of the Civil Society
Priorities Document (3) is being revised for the preparatory meeting next
month. Comments are welcome by email at ct@wsis-cs.org

(1) http://www.itu.int/wsis
(2) http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/wsis-themes/ict_stories/index.html
(3) http://www.worldsummit2003.de/download_en/WSIS-CS-CT-Prio_080303-en.rtf

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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA BEGINS CONSULTATIONS FOR WORLD SUMMIT ON THE
INFORMATION SOCIETY

Industry Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade have launched a public consultation (1) to find out what shape Canada'
s vision should take on "how the world can work together to translate
information technology advancement into worldwide social and economic
benefits". Key issues for discussion include infrastructure development and
the possible financing of universal access to bridge the digital divide,
systems security, and user privacy. The Geneva portion of the Summit will
publish a declaration on these issues and establish an action plan. If you
are interesting in contributing your viewpoint, visit the web site (2)
below. And step to it, as the deadline for response is September 30, 2003.

(1) http://www.wsis-smsi.gc.ca/act/en/consultation/contents.htm
(2) http://www.wsis-smsi.gc.ca

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FORUM ON THE ROLE OF SCIENCE IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY (RSIS)
(December 8-9, 2003, Geneva, Switzerland)

One major side event to the World Summit on the Information Society is being
planned by CERN, The International Council for Science, The Third World
Academy of Sciences, and UNESCO to discuss the role of science in the
information society. The forum's (1) challenge is to respond to the call for
researchers and scientists to come together to "work with the United Nations
to extend the benefits of modern science to developing countries". Forum
organizers plan to release a Declaration acknowledging the contributions of
science to electronic information-sharing, and an Action Plan to ensure
continued development of ICTs and their application to science and society.

(1) http://rsis.web.cern.ch/rsis/

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DOORSEAST 2003: LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: DESIGN AND INNOVATION OF TOMORROW'S
SERVICES
(December 11-12, 2003, Bangalore, India)

DoorsEast (1) will be a "working party" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of
Doors of Perception (2). On the agenda is a cluster of events focused on the
question: How do we design new services, enabled by ICT, that are based on
local knowledge, and use local content? Scenarios from India and Europe that
use location-based information (GIS/GPS), unit-to-unit broadcast,
short-audio messaging, text-to-speech, WiFi networks, and other innovative
approaches will be compared. Speakers will examine new business models and
wireless communications that are changing the designs for mobility,
geography, and access. Co-hosts are the Indian Centre for Knowledge
Societies (CKS) (3) and the National Institute of Design (4), and
Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (5) and Nokia (6) in Europe.

(1) http://www.doorseast.com/
(2)   http://www.doorsofperception.com/
(3)   http://www.cks-b.org/
(4)   http://www.nid.edu/home.htm
(5) http://www.interaction-ivrea.it/en/index.asp
(6) http://www.nokia.com/

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Call for Abstracts-October 1, 2003

INDIGENOUS IDENTITY POLITICS and TECHNOSCIENCE
(March 14-19, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

One or more sessions on this topic will form part of the Association of
American Geographers (1) Annual Meeting next year. The discussions will
focus on "recent research on indigenous identity politics [that] indicate
that much negotiation over who and what comprises indigenous peoples, places
and practices unfolds within the arenas of action surrounding the numerous
conservation and development initiatives currently shaping rural livelihood
options and opportunities throughout the world". Questions to be addressed
include: What happens when the strategies and tactics of activists,
organizations, and/or federations that self-identify as indigenous encounter
and engage with scholarly inquiry into human, network and/or physical
geographies?, and Is it helpful to conceptualize and examine these
socio-spatial intersections-embodied by our own research as well as that of
others-in terms of indigenous identity politics and technoscience?

(1)   http://www.aag.org

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Call for Proposals-September 30, 2003

MUSEUMS AND THE WEB 2004
(March 31-April 3, 2004, Washington D.C.)

Organizers of MW2004 (1) promise it will be "the largest international
gathering of cultural webmasters anywhere". Participants will be those
making, delivering, or using culture and heritage online. A call for
proposals has been issued with a deadline of September 30, 2003.

(1) http://www.archimuse.com/mw2004/

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Call for Abstracts-October 31, 2003

THE LIFE OF MOBILE DATA: TECHNOLOGY, MOBILITY AND DATA SUBJECTIVITY
(April 15 - 16, 2004, Surrey, England)

The RIS:OME Project at the University of Surrey is host of this
interdisciplinary conference (1) designed to address social and cultural
relations of mobility, privacy, identity, information and communication.
Academics, industry and policy researchers and practitioners will look at
"how mobile information and communications technologies structure relations
of privacy, security, trust, power, identity and difference". Some of the
questions being posed include: In what ways do mobiles reconfigure the
relations of trust, risk, privacy and reciprocity embedded in organizational
and interpersonal data-sharing?, In what ways do mobiles contribute to the
construction of identity and of the 'information self'?, and What is the
relationship between mobile data and the individual?. Papers are invited
that present empirically grounded and theoretically informed analyses of the
social changes that mobile technologies and their data relations have
brought about.

(1)   http://risome.soc.surrey.ac.uk

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NCSC2004: THE 2ND NORDIC CONFERENCE ON SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION
(April 26-28, 2004, Lund, Sweden)

Lund University Libraries are hosting next year's conference (1) which is
being built around the theme, TOWARDS A NEW PUBLISHING ENVIRONMENT. Of
interest are the problems and challenges that arise within scholarly
communication including, What implications will a new model for scholarly
communication have for publishers and for funding authorities? How will the
mechanisms for quality control and peer review work in a new publishing
environment? And, How will the issue of intellectual property rights be
managed?

(1) http://www.lub.lu.se/ncsc2004/

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Call for Submissions-December 19, 2003

ED-MEDIA 2004: WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL MULTIMEDIA, HYPERMEDIA AND
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
(June 21-26, 2004, Lugano, Switzerland)

This international conference (1), organized by the Association for the
Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), is a forum for research,
development, and applications related to multimedia, hypermedia and
telecommunications/distance education. The conference will interest those in
a wide range of disciplines and levels of education; it attracts more than
1,500 attendees from over 70 countries.

(1) http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/call.htm

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Call for Papers-November 30, 2003

INFORMING SCIENCE + INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION JOINT CONFERENCE
(June 25-28, 2004, Queensland, Australia)

The purpose of this conference (1) is to foster the "sharing of knowledge
and collaboration among the wide variety of fields that use information
technology to inform clients."
(1) http://2004.informingscience.org/

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ABOUT THE KMDiary

The KMDiary Volume 4: Issue # 9 (September 2003). Current issue and archives
also available on the web as both .pdf and .html files at
http://www.kmdi.utoronto.ca  We encourage contributions from our members.
Please forward your submissions to Lorraine Flaherty at
flaherty@pathcom.com.  We anticipate that the deadline for the next issue
will be October 10, 2003.

The KMDiary is produced by the University of Toronto's Knowledge Media
Design Institute (KMDI), a School of Graduate Studies Institute since 1998.
Please feel free to post widely, but leave the KMDI signature for our
recognition. Thank you.For the graphical versions (HTML and pdf) please go to:
http://www.kmdi.utoronto.ca/kmdiary.htm

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KMDiary Issue # 9-September 2003

The KMDiary is an electronic newsletter for sharing ideas and information of
interest to the University of Toronto's Knowledge Media Design Institute
(KMDI) community.

Contents:

ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE KMDI COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM
PROFILES
THE VIRTUAL WATER COOLER: AROUND THE COMMUNITY
RESOURCES/PUBLICATIONS
RESEARCH
COOL TOOLS
WORKSHOPS
CONFERENCES
ABOUT THE KMDiary

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

GALE MOORE APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF KMDI

Gale Moore (Sociology) is the new Director of KMDI. Gale has been associated
with KMDI since its earliest days, and from January 2000 served as its
Executive Director. "This is an exciting time to be leading KMDI", Gale
says. "When we first started discussing these ideas in 1995, many people
hadn't even heard of the internet. Now, we're bombarded with information
24/7, there's an increasing demand to be always 'on', and we're surrounded
by an array of technologies and applications that too often only add to the
complexity. Today the need for knowledge media-a specific class of
technologies and media that support and enhance the ability to work, learn
and play and to create knowledge, has never been greater. Furthermore, there
is a need for critical reflection, as well as engagement, with the
technologies and media of a networked world, and a responsibility to attend
to the digital divide-a divide that exists within the advanced economies as
well as in the developing world." With a growing number of students, and
faculty from more than 25 disciplines participating, the opportunity for
principled cross-disciplinary research and teaching in this emergent field
have never been greater, or more timely.

Gale's five-year term as Director will build on the strength of all that has
been achieved since KMDI began in 1996 with little more than a vision shared
by a group of committed faculty brought together under the leadership of Ron
Baecker (Computer Science). In 1998, KMDI officially became a School of
Graduate Studies Institute and Rob Wright (FALD) began his five-year term as
Director. In the late 90s, the Institute received its first research grants,
and subsequently base funding from the university. In 2002 under the
direction of Andrew Clement (FIS) the first students were accepted into the
newly approved masters and doctoral Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media
Design. When classes began in the fall of 2002, KMDI had just moved into new
offices in the Bahen Centre for Technology - the first time the Institute
had not been 100% virtual. As one focus of KMDI's research is on
understanding how to design collaboration technologies and processes for
groups who are distributed in time and/or space, KMDI has certainly "walked
the walk" as well as "talked the talk". The result is that members have a
deep understanding of the virtues, as well as the limitations, of virtual
networked organisations.

Gale's column, "From the Director's Desk", will begin in the October issue.

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KMDIARY GETS NEW MANAGING EDITOR

Editorship of the Diary has switched hands. As director, Gale Moore will
continue to be a guiding force behind these pages, but Adrian Bond will be
taking over the managing role, working closely with Lorraine Flaherty, who
makes our efforts possible.

Keeping pace with the knowledge media field, the Diary has run through 33
issues and now reaches subscribers across Canada and around the world.
Adrian has contributed a number of articles in the past, writing from the
Collaborative Program which he will continue to co-ordinate at the same time
that he welcomes this larger perspective on KMDI's community and the
ever-growing sphere of activities it embraces.

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REMINDER: ASSOCIATION OF INTERNET RESEARCHERS 4TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
"BROADENING THE BAND" COMING TO TORONTO,
OCTOBER 16-19, 2003

Mark your calendars as the world's leading Internet researchers assemble in
Toronto. Internet Research (IR) 4.0 will feature 400 reports, demonstrations
and arts installations reflecting the latest research on the multiple
impacts of the Internet. This year's theme is 'Broadening the Band.' Special
events include keynote addresses, digital arts installations, a
CyberSandbox, a Saturday Gala with special guests, On AoiR NetTV, bloggers,
scribes and cyborgs roaming the corridors in a wireless space, and much
more. Pre-conferences and local lab and arts tours happen on October 15th.
The conference has been organized by members of the not for profit AoIR
Toronto 2003. KMDI is a sponsor. Contact aoir@ecommons.net if you can help

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U OF T ROBARTS LIBRARY A PARTNER IN EXPANDING ACCESS TO RESOURCES

The Scholarsportal.info Project is a co-operative venture funded, in part,
by the Ontario Innovation Infrastructure and Ontario Universities. The U of
T is a partner institution through the Robarts Library. The information site
(1) contains more than two million articles from over three thousand full
text journals published by Academic Press, Elsevier Science, Kluwer (Kluwer
Academic Publishers, Kluwer Law International and Kluwer/Plenum),
Springer-Verlag, and John Wiley & Sons. The project's purpose is to increase
access to scholarly resources, but some of the resources are restricted to
current students, faculty, and staff at the participating Ontario
universities. Self-archiving is one alternative approach for providing
access to everyone, not only those with institutional connections. For a
lively discussion of the issue don't miss Steve Harnad's talk at York
University (below).

(1) http://www.library.utoronto.ca/scholarsportal/about-scholars.html

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EXPERT IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND SELF-ARCHIVING TO SPEAK AT U OF T AND YORK

Stevan Harnad (Centre de Neuroscience de la Cognition, Université de Québec
á Montréal and University of Southhampton) will be visiting Toronto-area
universities, making two quite different presentations. On September 30,
2003, Professor Harnad will be at York University speaking on the topic of
self-archiving. The presentation takes place at noon in the Harry Crowe Room
in the Atkinson Building. Details are available at the web site (1) below.

On October 2, 2003, Professor Harnad will be presenting a lecture at the U
of T addressing the question, Can Machines Feel? How? To preview his paper,
go to the web site (2) below. This talk takes place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in
Room 570 in Sidney Smith Hall.

(1) http://www.yorku.ca/sasit/brownbag/
(2) http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/%7Eharnad/Temp/machine.htm

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BELL UNIVERSITY LABORATORIES RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT

Bell Canada today announced it will invest $5 million over five years to
help drive innovation in Western Canada through the expansion of the Bell
University Labs program in British Columbia and Alberta.

Bell University Labs, established in 1998, takes direct aim at generating
innovation-from where it begins and develops, to where innovation is
deployed in the market. It does so by offering collaborative
university-industry research that targets all levels of the research
enterprise. KMDI has been associated with the Bell University Labs since
they began. And, Mike Milton,
Bell University Laboratories, Research Development, generously acknowledges
"KMDI has been part of making Bell University Laboratory what it is today."

KMDI has still further reason to be pleased. As a virtual institute our
partners and research relationships have never been exclusively local. Bell
University Labs' presence in Western Canada provides new opportunities to
collaborate with our colleagues in Alberta and BC.

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CANARIE ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS

Walter Stewart, Director, Global Marketing, Research and Education, Silicon
Graphics Canada Inc., has been appointed Chair of CANARIE for 2003-2004 (1).
Other new officers include Ted Dodds (Associate Vice-President, IT Services,
University of British Columbia) serving as Vice-Chair, and Gerald Brown
(President, Association of Canadian Community Colleges) as
Secretary-Treasurer. Jean-Marie Toulouse (Director and Professor, École des
Hautes études commerciales de Montréal) is Past-Chair. The Board has 24
members, half representing industry and half representing institutions.
Andrew K. Bjerring is President and CEO.

(1) http://www.canarie.ca/press/releases/03_06_25.html

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CATA AND SMART TORONTO ANNOUNCE THEIR MERGER
The Smart Toronto Technology Alliance has merged with the Canadian Advanced
Technology Alliance (CATA). The merger will bring CATA's total membership to
about 700 organisations. As part of the restructuring, Smart Toronto
President, Cindy Pearson, will become a CATA executive director. Smart
Toronto will keep its name, but will identify itself as a division of CATA.
The Innovation Lab operated by Smart Toronto is being wound down.

(1) http://www.cata.ca

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DESIGN EXCHANGE APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT/CEO
The Design Exchange (DX) (1), a not-for-profit design exhibition, education
and research centre located in Toronto, recently welcomed Samantha S.
Sannella as its President and CEO. Ms. Sannella is a faculty member of the
Ryerson University School of Interior Design. As DX President, she is
responsible for the daily operations of the organization which serves as
both a centre for design and a corporate event facility.
(1) http://www.dx.org/dxflash.html

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THE KMDI COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM

APPLY NOW FOR KMDI GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

The Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media Design is inviting applications
for KMDI Graduate Fellow appointments. The Fellowship Program recognizes
exceptional senior students engaged in the field of knowledge media design
(KMD). Eligibility extends to all U of T students enrolled in Ph.D. degree
programs who have completed course work and are well along in their thesis
research. Students do not have to be enrolled in the KMDI Collaborative
Program (see below) to apply. Grad fellows enjoy a formal association with
the Collaborative Program and are eligible to receive the Fellowship Grant.
Applicants should send a one-page statement of their research program,
explaining its relevance to KMD, a CV, and a letter of recommendation from
their supervisor, including an indication of the progress that has been made
toward the dissertation. For more information contact us at
kmdi.collab@utoronto.ca

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PROGRAM EXPANDS AS IT ENTERS ITS 2ND YEAR

With the arrival of 2003/4 on the academic calendar, the KMDI Collaborative
Program in Knowledge Media Design launches its second year as U of T's most
diverse academic program, and capitalizes on its recent expansion. The
Institute of Medical Science joins the collaboration of graduate
departments, an addition that underscores the importance of human-centred
design, digital media, human computer-interaction, and other emergent KM
technologies to the medical research community. We look forward to this
valuable partnership and anticipate further growth in this direction. Our
curriculum has also expanded. In response to student requests, the core
seminar now runs as two complementary half-courses, KMD1001 Fundamental
Concepts and KMD1002 Research Frontiers. This year KMDI is fielding its full
elective roster, including for the first time KMD2003 Knowledge Media and
Learning, taught by Jason Nolan (KMDI Scholar-in-Residence) who lends his
OISE affiliation and hands-on expertise in the field. As an added bonus,
long-time KMDI member, Ian Lancashire (English) is again offering his
innovative Cybertext course. By special arrangement with SGS and the
Department of English, we are pleased to be able to include it in our KMD
elective line-up. Finally, our student body is maturing as students complete
their course requirements and transfer from MA to Ph.D. level. Outside
interest in the Program continues to rise, and our numbers have doubled with
an influx of highly gifted students, about whom, no doubt, you will be
hearing more in the months to come.

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PROFILES

KMDI COLLEAGUE ANN-BARBARA GRAFF
Ann-Barbara's association with KMDI goes right back. Some of you might
remember her as Ron Baecker's research assistant, a young grad student at a
time when the Institute was just an idea taking shape. In both cases, the
potential was realized; within a few years Ann-Barbara was serving a term as
KMDI's Administrative Director, and teaching in Canada's first graduate
program in knowledge media design. She pioneered the Collaborative Program's
KMD2004, designing an inventive curriculum around the Knowledge Media,
Culture & Society theme, producing a high-energy class environment, and
achieving, by the course's latest offering, unprecedented enrollment
figures. The collaborative student projects that followed-models of
infrastructure for knowledge media societies-are exemplars of
interdisciplinary study.

Despite her facility with knowledge media, it is probably her academic
training in English Literature that situates her so well in a field whose
social-cultural dynamic is continually brought to the fore. Ann-Barbara
received her Ph.D. from U of T in 2000, working here as a lecturer and an
Assistant Professor before accepting a position as a Visiting Professor in
the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute
of Technology (an experience she evidently enjoyed: "Go Yellojackets!"). Her
research interests include emerging digital narratives and hypertext,
critical theory, specifically gender studies and postcolonial theory,
Victorian prose non-fiction, and the history of ideas. What unifies her
interests, beyond simple chronology, is what she variously calls the
politics of disenfranchisement, political effectivity or strategies of
exclusion. Examining social conventions and manners, rhetorical strategies
and postures, together with political and scientific discourses, she traces
how marginality is marked and recorded and, conversely, how the legitimacy
of political authority is derived and asserted. Currently, she is finishing
a monograph on Walter Bagehot and beginning her next "big" project,
tentatively called Darwin's Sirens: Victorian Women's Responses to Darwinian
Evolutionary Metaphorics.

This research will be conducted from Nipissing University, where she has
accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor in the English Studies
Department. As glad as we are to see her career advance, we are eager to
continue our association, a thought that isn't far from her mind, as she
stays intimately connected with the Institute and its community, thinking
ahead to future possibilities, and promising further collaboration.

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THE VIRTUAL WATER COOLER: AROUND THE COMMUNITY

University Affairs profiled Ron Deibert (Political Science) in its
August/September 2003 issue (1). The article explains the Professor's
approach to teaching and his use of "television, computers, digital videos,
music, films, lighting, even the telephone.to engage his students and turn
them on to the importance of politics. His goal is to revolutionize the
classroom, and change what he calls 'academic disinterest and bookish
dismissals of innovation [that] have turned lectures into monotonous studies
in terminal boredom' ". The full article is on the web site below.

(1) http://www.universityaffairs.ca/current_issue/articles/feature03a_e.html

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Last month KMDI Director Gale Moore delivered a paper entitled
Network-enhanced Communities ...in Context at the 5th OPAS Summer Institute
on Learning Technologies (1). Robert Luke (a KMDI Fellow who had been
selected to represent Centennial College at the Institute) and Christian
Blanchette (University of Ottawa) made a joint presentation on Issue and
Trends in Learning Technology at the Institutional Level.

(1) http://www.opas-partnerships.com/pdf/2003institute.pdf

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KMDI, the e-Presence Lab, Gale Moore (KMDI Director) and Ron Baecker (KMDI
Founder and Chief Scientist) are featured in Designing the Streaming Media
Future, an article by Christine Percy that appeared in the August 19, 2003
issue of Streaming media.com (1). Targeted at product architects and
producers of streaming content, the article discusses the importance of
informing design with an understanding of the social processes one is
attempting to support, and exploring how media and technologies are
experienced by the people participating.

(1)   http://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?id=8481

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Congratulations to KMDI Graduate Fellow Jacek Gwizdka (Ph.D. Candidate,
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) whose original photographic
compositions are on exhibit in the Arbor Room at the Hart House Art Gallery
until October 19, 2003.The work on the left is one of two that received
Honorable Mention in the Hart House Art Competition last spring. The address
for Jacek's  photography web site (1) is below.

(1) http://www.artphoto.ca/

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Gonzalo Ramos (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Computer Science) spent 12
weeks this summer as an intern at Microsoft Research (MSR) at Redmond, WA.
The experience, he says, had a significant impact academically and
professionally. Gonzalo worked with Ken Hinckley at the Adaptive Systems and
Interactions Group, where they investigated the design space of synchronous
gestures between multiple, collocated mobile devices.

MSR is one of (if not the) largest Computer Science research lab in the
world, investigating practically all topics related to this field. Comparing
his work at U of T and MSR, Gonzalo says: ". working as an intern at MSR is
almost identical to working at any university research lab, except there are
no courses to take, and instead of paying tuition, one is paid a salary!
Also, Microsoft goes to great lengths to free up people's time so they can
concentrate on working and improve themselves." Microsoft internships
eargerly sought by students all over the world, not only because of the
benefits associated with it, but because of the new technologies, great
research and outstanding computer scientists to which students are exposed.
Overall, says Gonzalo: "I had a great time, and I highly recommend it to
anyone who would like to acquire valuable experience in a leading research
facility.

Back at the U of T Gonzalo is working at the DGP Lab, under Ravin
Balakrishnan, and researching HCI, computer graphics, and image processing,
among his other interests.

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Maciek Kozlowski (Videotelephony Inc.) (1) is operating a rich media web
site (2) based on KMDI's ePresence technology. Presentations are available
on the site and on CD from the artist or speaker. This summer's most popular
presentation was one developed for North Network by Infectious Diseases
Specialist, Dr. Neil V. Rau on the West Nile virus. Others topics include
Simon Koo's talk about his recent paintings, and the Shey-zo Tibetan
Knowledge bank project to conserve Tibetan culture hosted by Jim Howse and
Jack Cain.

(1)   http://www.videotelephony.com/
(2)   http://video.ott.istop.com/archived.asp

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Congratulations to Canadian writer and KMDI supporter, Emily Pohl-Weary (1)
on her award for Better To Have Loved: The Life Of Judith Merril (2). Ms
Merril was one of Canada's best known science fiction writers, an editor,
feminist, cultural theorist, and anti-war activist. The book, completed
after her grandmother's death, won Emily the only prize in the non-fiction
category of the Hugo Awards at the World Science Fiction Convention
(Worldcon). The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement
Award, is given annually by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) (3).

(1) http://kissmachine.org/emily.htm
(2) http://www.btlbooks.com/New_Titles/bettertohaveloved.htm
(3) http://worldcon.org/

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In May 2003, the Diary sadly reported the death of Rob Kling (Professor of
Information Systems and Information Science and Director, The Center for
Social Informatics, School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct
Professor of Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana) In
tribute, The Information Society (TIS) (1) will be publishing a memorial
issue in 2004 dedicated to its late editor-in-chief. Barry Wellman and
Roxanne Hiltz (Department of Information Systems, College of Computing
Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology) are preparing a piece on
Sociological Rob. They invite KMDI'ers to forward thoughts and anecdotes
that would be pertinent for this article. Please send your thoughts to Barry
at wellman@chass.utoronto.ca.

(1)   http://www.indiana.edu/~tisj/

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RESOURCES/PUBLICATIONS

CANADIAN DIGITAL COLLECTIONS PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO THE NATION

Canada's Digital Collections (1) is home to hundreds of web sites produced
by young Canadians. "This award-winning site is one of the richest, most
significant sources of Canadian content. Visitors can explore multimedia
resources celebrating Canada's history and culture, its landscapes,
technology, scientific discoveries, and Aboriginal communities". Search the
collections by subject index or alphabetical listing; there is also a set of
educational resources, such as curriculum units, classroom activities,
quizzes and games.

(1) http://collections.ic.gc.ca/

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3D KEY TO ACCESSIBILITY FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS

According to the August 2003 issue of digiCULT.Info (1), a European survey
on the use of 3D technology in archaeology museums across the continent has
recently been completed. The ORION (Object Rich Information Network) Project
found "higher-than-expected use to date of 3D technology, as well as a very
strong interest in employing 3D technology in the future". 3D literacy is
important for museums, especially in archaeology where "it's a critical
tool, enabling scholars and museum visitors to examine artifacts from every
angle and actually see those objects as they were used in their original
setting". The survey found that 65 per cent of archaeological museums ranked
3D's role as "important" or "very important" in presenting archaeology to
the public and in the study of material culture.

A reminder: KMDI and the Centre for Landscape Research with primary funding
from Canadian Heritage New Media Research Networks Fund, are participating
in a new 3D Web Research Network aimed at exploring critical issues in
delivering and deploying three dimensional content over the Internet. The 3D
Web Research Network aims to develop new technological, commercial and
cultural innovations that will bring the next-generation of networked tools,
services and content to Canadians through the World Wide Web (see KMDiary,
June 2003 for details)

(1) http://www.digicult.info/downloads/digicult_newsletter_issue4_lowres.pdf

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WOMEN IN IT GET TOGETHER ONLINE

WorldWIT (1), is one of the leading online and offline organizations for
women in business and technology. WorldWIT provides an Internet space where
women can connect on business issues, careers, technology, and a variety of
other topics. Leila Boujnane, CEO of idée Inc (2) is the Executive Director
of MapleWIT, the Ontario branch. Leila is working to increase membership
from the current 250 to 1000 participants by year's end. Sound interesting?
To get involved, contact maplewit-subscribe@topica.com

(1)   http://www.worldwit.org
(2)   http://www.ideeinc.com/index.html

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CANADIAN ENVISIONS LIFE LIVED ONLINE
Canadian futurologist, Frank Feather, has published a companion piece to his
earlier works on global economic forces and online consumption. In Future
Living: The Coming of the Web Lifestyle, he envisions the coming of the
web-centered world of "prosumers"-home-based entrepreneurs who will conduct
virtually every facet of their life on-line. Not without its critical
short-comings and geared for the general reader, this book will provide a
friendly entree for those interested in the subject.

(1) http://www.itbusiness.ca/index.asp?theaction=61&sid=53282

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COMMUNITY NETWORKING NEWSLETER LAUNCHED ONLINE

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (1) is on everyone's mind
these days. The World Forum on Community Networking (WFCN) (2) has compiled
a repertory of civil society discussion lists on the WSIS and general lists
dealing with communication issues that are also discussing WSIS. A new WFCN
initiative involves publishing a monthly newsletter containing summaries in
English, French and Spanish of what is being discussed on a number of lists.
The goal is to provide "a balanced overview from different cultural and
linguistic perspectives on the WSIS process", facilitate exchanges between
lists, and allow more people and organizations to participate in the
discussions.

(1) http://www.itu.int/wsis/
(2) http://www.globalcn.org/en/bottin/detailorganisme.ntd?idorg=5&sort=

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VIDEO GAMES BECOME "OBJECT OF STUDY"

The Video Game Theory Reader (1), published by Routledge and edited by Mark
J.P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, is now available. The book is being marketed
as the "first major collection of media studies on video games as a unique
medium and object of study". It features contributions on the many ways
video games "are reshaping the face of entertainment and our relationship
with technology". Note: through to October 15, 2003, AoIR members will
receive a discount. (see Workshops section for the announcement of an
upcoming event in London, Ont.)

(1)   http://www.routledge-ny.com

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METADATA DEMYSTIFIED

The United States' National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and
The Sheridan Press are the publishers of Metadata Demystified: A Guide for
Publishers. The guide gives an "overview of evolving metadata conventions in
publishing, as well as related initiatives designed to standardize how
metadata is structured and disseminated online". It offers insight "into how
book and journal publishers can streamline metadata operations in their
companies and leverage metadata for added exposure in digital media
including the Web". The guide can be downloaded free of charge from the web
site below. Hard copies are also available from NISO at $20 (U.S.).

(1)   http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/Metadata_Demystified.pdf

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JoDI: SPECIAL ISSUE ON NEW APPLICATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION SYSTEMS

The Journal of Digital Information (1) is an free publication available
online thanks to the support of the British Computer Society and Oxford
University Press. A special issue is being planned for January 2004 that
will focus on "new applications and contexts for KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION
SYSTEMS (KOS) which includes novel applications and representations of KOS
in advanced digital library (DL) and semantic Web environments". The editors
are Traugott Koch (Lund University) and Doug Tudhope (University of
Glamorgan). Submissions are welcome that look at KOS services such as
classifications, gazetteers, lexical databases, ontologies, taxonomies. For
details, check the web site (2) below.

(1) http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/
(2) http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/calls/newnkos.html

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Call for Submission-December 31, 2003

MORE FROM JoDI: SPECIAL ISSUE ON DIGITAL MUSEUMS

Planned for publication in September 2004, this special issue of the journal
(1) will recognize the potential for digital museums to overcome the
barriers that prevent the public from physically visiting museums. The focus
will be on the importance of research on digital museum issues, including
the need for high-quality original unpublished research, case studies and
implementation experiences in the relevant areas. A call has been issued for
submissions from researchers and professionals examining and applying IT to
cultural heritage (2).

(1) http://cimic.rutgers.edu/~jdl/
(2)   http://cimic.rutgers.edu/~jdlsi/submission/

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TWO NEW PUBLICATION FROM MIT PRESS

The first issue of InformationTechnologies And International Development (1)
will be available next month from MIT Press. The journal aims to be the best
in this emerging field, probing the multiple intersections between
international development and information and communication technologies
(ICTs). The inaugural issue will feature contributions from Anne Holohan,
Sugata Mitra, Larry Press, Don MacLean, and Nicholas Negroponte. Two
research contributions will compare IT activities in China and India.
Editors-in-chief, Ernest J. Wilson, III and Michael L. Best are inviting
submissions for future issues. Submissions criteria are available at the web
site.

(1)   http://mitpress.mit.edu/ITID

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ESSAYS EXPLORE DEMOCRACY AND NEW MEDIA

This publication, co-edited by Henry Jenkins and David Thorburn, is a
compilation of essays
on the promise and dangers of the Internet for democracy (1). They "capture
the richness of current discourse about democracy and cyberspace". According
to the promotion on the web site below, "some contributors offer front-line
perspectives on the impact of emerging technologies on politics, journalism,
and civic experience. [Others] place our shifting understanding of
citizenship in historical context [and still others]consider the global flow
of information and test our American conceptions of cyber-democracy against
developments in other parts of the world."

(1) http://mitpress.mit.edu/item.asp?ttype=2&tid=9605&mlid=162

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RESEARCH

MORE THAN YOU EXPECT: RESEARCH ON SEARCH ENGINES GENERATES OPTIONS

Here are three projects on search engines that suggest you might want to do
more than "google".

IBM's Watson Research Center has created UIMA (Unstructured Information
Management Architecture) (1) which uses a "combination hypothesis" to coax
knowledge and understanding from piles of unstructured data. One resulting
system, called Web Fountain, "goes out on the Net,  crawls around and.reads
the text, understands the text and will tell you what's in the text". The
technology also includes a natural language component, enabling it to find
correlated subjects.

Teoma (2) from AskJeeves uses an "algorithm that reveals the Web
'communities' formed around a particular topic and what they're currently
discussing". This approach will resonate with those who have interests in
social network analysis and online community. Take the comparison test, put
"KMDI" into Teoma and then into Google (3). The results may surprise you.

Then there's Nutch (4), an open-source project to develop software for
finding documents online. Unlike commercial services, Nutch's formula for
ranking documents will be available for all to see and develop. Read more
about it in an article from C/Net News.com at web site (5) below.

(1) http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,1215664,00.asp
(2) http://www.teoma.com/
(3) http://www.google.ca
(4) http://www.nutch.org/docs/en/
(5) http://news.com.com/2100-1032-5064913.html

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COOL TOOLS

ROAD-WORTHY ACCESSORIES USEFUL TO KMDI'ERS

RETRACTABLE CABLES IN 10 FLAVOURS

Keyspan, a United States brand of USB connectivity products, now has a new
line of "Zip-Linq" retractable cables (1) that "consists of over a dozen
USB, FireWire, PDA, phone and Ethernet connectivity solutions". A unique
feature of the cable is that it retracts into a very small centre spool and
extends to 30 inches or more. It is available in 10 flavors-USB device,
extension, and mini; iPaq and Palm sync and charge; three FireWire versions;
phone/modem; and Ethernet Cat 5. A complete set fits into a pencil case or
Ziploc bag. Details and price information are available on the web site.

(1) http://www.keyspan.com/products/homepage-Cables.spml

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CORDLESS PRESENTER SIMPLIFIES SPEECH-MAKING

Using the Logitech® Cordless PresenterT  (1) makes it easier to focus on the
content of a presentation. This product gives you remote control of the
screen from just about anywhere in the room. According to the company, you
don't have to stand next to your computer-the wireless technology is
reliable from up to 30-plus feet (10 meters)-or hire an aide to make the
slide changes for you. The Presenter also serves as a laser pointer and a
two-button optical mouse. A carrying case is included in the $199.95(U.S.)
price tag.

(1)http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm
page=products/details&CRID=3&CONTENTID=4981&countryid=19&languageid=1

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WORKSHOPS

GAMES DESIGN WORKSHOPS
(September 27, 2003, London, Ontario and September 28, 2003, Lansing,
Michigan)

CITO and New Rider Publishing are co-sponsoring the London, Ontario workshop
produced by CGT (Computer Games Technology) Promotions,
which originated as a university-based organization at Algoma University, in
Sault Ste Marie. CGT Promotions is dedicated to strengthening and developing
the association between academic institutions and the "real world" of
computer and console game developers.
The workshop features freelance game designer, Ernest Adams (Andrew Rollings
and Ernest Adams on Game Design and Break Into the Game Industry: How to Get
a Job Making Video Games) who is leading both workshops. Participants will
work be taken through the entire design process from initial concept to
studio presentation. At the end of the day, each one will keep his/her own
design. The September 27, 2003 workshop is being held at the University of
Western Ontario from10:00 a/m/ - 5:00 p.m. For more information and to
register, visit the web site below.
(1) http://www.cgt.auc.ca/workshop.php

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STRATEGIC WORKSHOP PLANNED TO HELP BUSINESSWOMEN WITH CORPORATE GROWTH
(Oct. 2, 2003, Toronto)

The U of T's Exceler@tor Innovation Foundation is working with CATA
Alliance, the Canadian Technology Human Resources Board (CTHRB) and
Springboard Enterprises to host a GROWTH CAPITAL WORKSHOP (1) aimed at
helping women entrepreneurs position their companies for growth and attract
investment. Featured speakers at the event are Sandra Wear, co-founder of
the DocSpace Company, who was recognized in Innovation Nation as one of
Canada's most successful technology entrepreneurs, and Panorama Software
CEO, Janice P. Anderson, an IT veteran experienced in building organizations
into global market leaders.

(1) http://www.springboardenterprises.org

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STRATEGY WORKSHOP ON POLITICAL TOOLS FOR THE WEB IN MEDIA REFORM, MEDIA
JUSTICE, AND COMMUNICATIONS RIGHTS
(November 10-14, 2003, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The Amsterdam-based Govcom.org Foundation (1) - dedicated to creating and
hosting political tools for the Web, and the de Balie Center for Politics
and Culture (2) - a venue for public debate on critical social issues, are
co-hosting this workshop (3) for researchers, advocates, and grassroots
organizers in media rights, media reform, and media justice. The goal is to
provide an immersion experience in Govcom.org's work in a media laboratory.
They will also examine "the extent to which networks, the press,
inter-governmental organizations or donors are driving agenda-setting in
their issues areas". Participants will use state-of-the-art information
tools created by govcom.org and share their own tools and knowledge.

(1) http://www.govcom.org/workshops.html
(2) http://www.balie.nl/
(3) http://www.issuenetwork.org

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CONFERENCES

COMMUNITY AND MOBILITY: LIVING WITH THE TECHNOLOGIES OF REMOTE
COMMUNICATION
(October 2, 2003, Oxford, UK)

The 2nd annual Community in the Network Society conference (1-2) is being
organized by the  Community Development Foundation (3), the Oxford Internet
Institute(4) and the Said Business School (5). The main questions under
discussion are How do different communication technologies support the
varying degrees and understandings of mobility experienced by different
communities? and What impact does this have on relationships at the
neighbourhood level? The program will include a panel, a plenary session,
and parallel break-out sessions. The agenda and registration form can be
downloaded from the web sites below.

(1) http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/conference_021003.shtml
(2) http://www.cdf.org.uk/html/conf.html.
(3) http://www.cdf.org.uk
(4) http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/
(5) http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/html/default.asp

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ARTS AND HUMANITIES IN THE DIGITAL SPACE: TOWARDS WEB-BASED CULTURE AND
SCIENCE
(October 6-7, 2003, Salzburg, Austria )

Salzburg Research (1) is hosting this international symposium (2) on the
relationship between digital technology and cultural and scientific heritage
in the wake of the phenomenon that is the World Wide Web. Participants will
review the results of the EU DigiCULT Study which monitored studies on
digital technologies relevant for the cultural and scientific heritage
sector, and discuss opportunities and threats presented by digital
technologies and strategies for implementing multimedia concepts in arts and
cultural organizations.

(1) http://eculture.slzburgresearch.at
(2) http://www.salzburgresearch.at/newsroom/news_e.php?news=44

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TORONTO ARTSCAPE: CREATIVE PLACES + SPACES
(October 17-18, 2003, Toronto, Ontario)

This is an international conference (1) for policy-makers, civic leaders,
cultural entrepreneurs and urban planner interested in building communities
with "space for creativity". It is an opportunity for discussion that will
move forward "the discourse on the relationship between arts and cultural
development, economic competitiveness and community building".  The event is
the brainchild of Toronto Artscape, the Canadian Urban Institute and
Artspace Projects of Minneapolis. For more information, visit the conference
web site.

(1)   http://www.torontoartscape.on.ca/creativeplaces.html

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nextMEDIA - THE INTERNATIONAL NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL
(October 22-25, 2003, Charlottetown, PEI)

The International New Media Festival (1) is a three day event attracting new
media producers, industry visionaries, professionals, artists and creative
innovators from around the world. The focus is on the creative processes and
elements necessary for the development of exceptional interactive content.

(1) http://www.banffmedia.com/nextmedia

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGIES 2003 (ICPPIT03)
(November 10-12, 2003, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

The International Conference on Public Participation and Information
Technologies 2003 (ICPPIT03) (1) enables IT researchers and practitioners to
explore issues related to participatory democracy models and information
technology developments targeting public participation. Discussion will
focus on such topics as PP-IT and Globalization; PP-IT in e-Government;
PP-IT in e-Planning, and Public access to information, its production and
broadcast. ICPPIT03 has an updated agenda that organizers hope will
contribute to understanding of these challenges and foster better
governance.

(1) http://web.mit.edu/uis/icppit03/
(2)  http://www.citidep.net/icppit03/

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THREE ITEMS CONCERNING THE WORLD SUMMIT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY
(December 10-12, 2003, Geneva, Switzerland)

The first of two World Summits on the Information Society (1) is taking
place from December 10-12, 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland under the auspices of
the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations
(UN). The second will take place in November 2005 in Tunis. In preparation
for the first meeting, the ITU's Strategy and Policy Unit has published
online a collection of worldwide Information Communications Technology
Success Stories (2). They describe projects "that have successfully deployed
information and communication technologies (ICT) in innovative ways and in
fulfillment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals". Also part
of the gearing-up phase, the most recent version of the Civil Society
Priorities Document (3) is being revised for the preparatory meeting next
month. Comments are welcome by email at ct@wsis-cs.org

(1) http://www.itu.int/wsis
(2) http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/wsis-themes/ict_stories/index.html
(3) http://www.worldsummit2003.de/download_en/WSIS-CS-CT-Prio_080303-en.rtf

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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA BEGINS CONSULTATIONS FOR WORLD SUMMIT ON THE
INFORMATION SOCIETY

Industry Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade have launched a public consultation (1) to find out what shape Canada'
s vision should take on "how the world can work together to translate
information technology advancement into worldwide social and economic
benefits". Key issues for discussion include infrastructure development and
the possible financing of universal access to bridge the digital divide,
systems security, and user privacy. The Geneva portion of the Summit will
publish a declaration on these issues and establish an action plan. If you
are interesting in contributing your viewpoint, visit the web site (2)
below. And step to it, as the deadline for response is September 30, 2003.

(1) http://www.wsis-smsi.gc.ca/act/en/consultation/contents.htm
(2) http://www.wsis-smsi.gc.ca

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FORUM ON THE ROLE OF SCIENCE IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY (RSIS)
(December 8-9, 2003, Geneva, Switzerland)

One major side event to the World Summit on the Information Society is being
planned by CERN, The International Council for Science, The Third World
Academy of Sciences, and UNESCO to discuss the role of science in the
information society. The forum's (1) challenge is to respond to the call for
researchers and scientists to come together to "work with the United Nations
to extend the benefits of modern science to developing countries". Forum
organizers plan to release a Declaration acknowledging the contributions of
science to electronic information-sharing, and an Action Plan to ensure
continued development of ICTs and their application to science and society.

(1) http://rsis.web.cern.ch/rsis/

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DOORSEAST 2003: LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: DESIGN AND INNOVATION OF TOMORROW'S
SERVICES
(December 11-12, 2003, Bangalore, India)

DoorsEast (1) will be a "working party" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of
Doors of Perception (2). On the agenda is a cluster of events focused on the
question: How do we design new services, enabled by ICT, that are based on
local knowledge, and use local content? Scenarios from India and Europe that
use location-based information (GIS/GPS), unit-to-unit broadcast,
short-audio messaging, text-to-speech, WiFi networks, and other innovative
approaches will be compared. Speakers will examine new business models and
wireless communications that are changing the designs for mobility,
geography, and access. Co-hosts are the Indian Centre for Knowledge
Societies (CKS) (3) and the National Institute of Design (4), and
Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (5) and Nokia (6) in Europe.

(1) http://www.doorseast.com/
(2)   http://www.doorsofperception.com/
(3)   http://www.cks-b.org/
(4)   http://www.nid.edu/home.htm
(5) http://www.interaction-ivrea.it/en/index.asp
(6) http://www.nokia.com/

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Call for Abstracts-October 1, 2003

INDIGENOUS IDENTITY POLITICS and TECHNOSCIENCE
(March 14-19, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

One or more sessions on this topic will form part of the Association of
American Geographers (1) Annual Meeting next year. The discussions will
focus on "recent research on indigenous identity politics [that] indicate
that much negotiation over who and what comprises indigenous peoples, places
and practices unfolds within the arenas of action surrounding the numerous
conservation and development initiatives currently shaping rural livelihood
options and opportunities throughout the world". Questions to be addressed
include: What happens when the strategies and tactics of activists,
organizations, and/or federations that self-identify as indigenous encounter
and engage with scholarly inquiry into human, network and/or physical
geographies?, and Is it helpful to conceptualize and examine these
socio-spatial intersections-embodied by our own research as well as that of
others-in terms of indigenous identity politics and technoscience?

(1)   http://www.aag.org

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Call for Proposals-September 30, 2003

MUSEUMS AND THE WEB 2004
(March 31-April 3, 2004, Washington D.C.)

Organizers of MW2004 (1) promise it will be "the largest international
gathering of cultural webmasters anywhere". Participants will be those
making, delivering, or using culture and heritage online. A call for
proposals has been issued with a deadline of September 30, 2003.

(1) http://www.archimuse.com/mw2004/

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Call for Abstracts-October 31, 2003

THE LIFE OF MOBILE DATA: TECHNOLOGY, MOBILITY AND DATA SUBJECTIVITY
(April 15 - 16, 2004, Surrey, England)

The RIS:OME Project at the University of Surrey is host of this
interdisciplinary conference (1) designed to address social and cultural
relations of mobility, privacy, identity, information and communication.
Academics, industry and policy researchers and practitioners will look at
"how mobile information and communications technologies structure relations
of privacy, security, trust, power, identity and difference". Some of the
questions being posed include: In what ways do mobiles reconfigure the
relations of trust, risk, privacy and reciprocity embedded in organizational
and interpersonal data-sharing?, In what ways do mobiles contribute to the
construction of identity and of the 'information self'?, and What is the
relationship between mobile data and the individual?. Papers are invited
that present empirically grounded and theoretically informed analyses of the
social changes that mobile technologies and their data relations have
brought about.

(1)   http://risome.soc.surrey.ac.uk

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NCSC2004: THE 2ND NORDIC CONFERENCE ON SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION
(April 26-28, 2004, Lund, Sweden)

Lund University Libraries are hosting next year's conference (1) which is
being built around the theme, TOWARDS A NEW PUBLISHING ENVIRONMENT. Of
interest are the problems and challenges that arise within scholarly
communication including, What implications will a new model for scholarly
communication have for publishers and for funding authorities? How will the
mechanisms for quality control and peer review work in a new publishing
environment? And, How will the issue of intellectual property rights be
managed?

(1) http://www.lub.lu.se/ncsc2004/

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Call for Submissions-December 19, 2003

ED-MEDIA 2004: WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL MULTIMEDIA, HYPERMEDIA AND
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
(June 21-26, 2004, Lugano, Switzerland)

This international conference (1), organized by the Association for the
Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), is a forum for research,
development, and applications related to multimedia, hypermedia and
telecommunications/distance education. The conference will interest those in
a wide range of disciplines and levels of education; it attracts more than
1,500 attendees from over 70 countries.

(1) http://www.aace.org/conf/edmedia/call.htm

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Call for Papers-November 30, 2003

INFORMING SCIENCE + INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION JOINT CONFERENCE
(June 25-28, 2004, Queensland, Australia)

The purpose of this conference (1) is to foster the "sharing of knowledge
and collaboration among the wide variety of fields that use information
technology to inform clients."
(1) http://2004.informingscience.org/

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