Month: October 2006

Notable Documents Call


Yes, I am once again asking that you take a few minutes from your busy
schedule to nominate state, U. S.,  & international government documents
for consideration for the annual review article in the May issue of
Library Journal.  Documents or web sites need to be have been published
or created in 2005-2006.  Those of us who work with these materials know
how important and vital they are but many others do not.  This is an
opportunity to get the word out to the wider library & information
communities about government information in all formats.  Links to the
form and a brief description of the project are listed below. DEADLINE IS
DECEMBER 31, 2006.



Please contact me if you have any questions.

Linda Johnson
GODORT Notable Documents Panel
University of New Hampshire

Check out this Blog

I’ve recently come across Michel-Adrien Sheppard’s blog, Library Blog. A librarian at the Supreme Court of Canada, the blog is not dedicated to government information but has some interesting tidbits in it. Be sure to check it out.

Know of any other good blogs? Leave a comment and we’ll add it to our blogroll!

Google and U.S. Gov Pubs

Google has already created a search engine designed to retrieve U.S. government information when it released Google Uncle Sam. According to recent posting on Free Government Information, Google are now thinking of trying to search deeper into government information, searching for buried information found in databases. The article also notes that agencies were required to be searchable by September 1 of this year.

Orders-in-Council Online Database

Library and Archives Canada, in partnership with the Department of Justice
Canada, is pleased to announce the latest update to the Orders-in-Council
online research tool. The database now contains records for orders-in-council
from 1867 through 1910.  Many of these records include digital images of the
original orders-in-council, and work is ongoing to link additional images to
the full range of records. The database is part of a continuing effort to make
historical records of the Privy Council Office available online.
Orders-in-council address a wide range of administrative and legislative
matters, from civil service staffing to capital punishment, and from the
disposition of Aboriginal lands to the maintenance of the Parliamentary

You are invited to search the database at

For more information, please contact Project Manager Steven Artelle at (613)

Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, en partenariat avec le ministère de la Justice
du Canada, a le plaisir de vous faire part des dernières mises à jour de
l’outil de recherche en ligne Décrets du Conseil. La base de données comporte
désormais des dossiers pour les décrets du Conseil de 1867 jusqu’à 1910.
Plusieurs de ces dossiers incluent des images numérisées des décrets originaux,
et actuellement, le travail se poursuit afin de lier des images additionnelles à
tous les dossiers. La base de données résulte des efforts soutenus déployés pour
mettre en ligne les dossiers historiques du Bureau du Conseil privé. Les décrets
traitent d’une vaste gamme de questions administratives et législatives, allant
de la dotation en personnel à la peine capitale, et de la disposition des
terres autochtones à l’entretien de la Bibliothèque du Parlement.

Venez visiter le site à l’adresse suivante :

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec le
gestionnaire de projet Steven Artelle au 613-992-2561 ou à l’adresse
électronique suivante :

IASSIST 2007 Call for Papers


The theme for the 33rd annual conference of the International Association
for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) is
participation on May 16-18, 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The
conference will be preceded by a day of workshops on May 15 and followed
by a weekend of optional activities in the Montreal area. Details about
the conference and IASSIST are available at

The theme, Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data,
focuses our attention on the ever increasing globalization of knowledge
and the importance of the “open data” concept in the development of
knowledge communities. The conference will explore the inter-
relationship of knowledge communities with open data. What is
required to make data more “open” and available; what are the
outcomes from open data; and what is the role of the data community
in helping this happen?

With this announcement, we seek proposals for papers, sessions, panel
discussions, poster/demonstration sessions and workshops on topics that
address all aspects of the conference’s theme, including:

* open data and the development of knowledge communities
* the principles of open data
* open data and its implications for documentation, metadata
dissemination, preservation, curation and data authentication
* new data partnerships in knowledge communities
* e-science, cyberinfrastructure and open data
* open data and digital repositories
* developing trusted data repositories in knowledge communities
* open data and issues of confidentiality and disclosure
* the development of statistical literacy in knowledge communities
* developing an agenda for open data literacy
* open spatial data and GIS
* open data and the role of the data librarian
* life cycle models for managing data in knowledge communities
* empirical research results on any of these areas

For other key topics see previous IASSIST Conferences at

The deadline for these proposals is January 16, 2007.


Individual presentation proposals and session proposals are welcome.
Proposals for complete sessions, typically a panel of three to four
presentations within a 90-minute session, should provide information
on the focus of the session, the organizer or moderator, and possible
participants. The session organizer or moderator will be responsible
for securing session participants, some of whom may submit paper
proposals independently.

Workshops are typically for half a day (3 hours) and may include a
hands-on component. Proposals should provide an outline of the content
the workshop seeks to cover and the names of the presenters

Proposals should include the proposed title, an abstract (limited to
150 words) and 3 to 5 keywords based on the focus of the session.

All proposals (paper, session, poster/demonstration and workshops)
can be submitted using the online submission form under Call for
Papers on the 2007 Conference site soon to be available via the
IASSIST conference webpage,

Alternatively proposals may be sent via email to <>.
Please use a subject heading of “Paper proposal – Your
Name”, “Session proposal – Your Name”,”Poster/Demonstration – Your name”
or “Workshop – Your Name” replacing “Your Name” with
the name of the author/session etc. organizer.

Following the January 16, 2007 deadline, the Conference Program Committee
will send notification of the acceptance of proposals on or before
February 15, 2007.

All presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for
the conference. Registration for individual days will be available.

Further information on travel and accommodation will be available
shortly from the IASSIST ’07 Conference website:

Online conference registration is scheduled to open in early February

Make plans to come to Montreal for IASSIST 2007 on May 15-18, 2007!


IASSIST is an international organization of professionals working in and
with information technology and data services to support research and
teaching in the social sciences. The organization also explores issues
of access, stewardship and the interconnections among social science,
behavioral, biological, and health data. Typical workplaces include
quantitative and qualitative data archives/libraries, statistical agencies,
research centers, libraries, academic departments, government departments,
and non-profit organizations. For further information see the IASSIST
website at

IASSIST conferences bring together data professionals, data producers, and
data analysts from around the world for presentations and workshops covering
new and persistent issues relating to access to data, its documentation, and
digital preservation, with special emphasis on the social sciences. The social
sciences have a long history of data sharing activity which will make the
conference of interest to colleagues in disciplines where improving data
access practices is on the policy agenda, and where there are clear overlaps
with digital curation, data publishing, e-science/ cyberinfrastructure
initiatives, and new interdisciplinary collaborations