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                                                                                                                                                                                     January 2010

                                                                                                                                                                     Feb. 23–26 in New Delhi. This year’s
                       Conference                                          Dates               Location                     URL                                      theme is Digital Libraries: Shaping the
                                                                                                                                                                     Information Paradigm. The list of speak-
                       Google Book Search in Depth                         Feb. 1–12           Online only                     ers includes a global representation of
                                                                                                                            cip/ipa/workshops.shtml#google           researchers in the digital library field.
                       3rd ACM International Conference on                 Feb. 4–6            New York           
                       Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2010                                                                                                        Search Engines
                       Search Engine Strategies London 2010                Feb. 16–19          London             
                                                                                                                                                                        Here are four upcoming conferences
                       Search Marketing Expo—SMX West                      March 2–4           Santa Clara, Calif.      of interest on search engines (see chart
                                                                                                                                                                     at left).
                                                                                                                                                                        The month of February ushers in con-
                                                  2009 Conference Start Dates                                          In addition to formal presentations, the      ferences on some of the industry’s hottest
                                                                                                                       course includes treks to two institutions     topics, including the semantic web, knowl-
                                                                                                                       at each site (the State Library of New        edge management, content management,
                                                                                                                       South Wales and the Powerhouse Mu-            and open access. Details are available in
                                                                                                                       seum in Sydney, and the National Gal-         the ITI Conference Calendar (
                                                                                                                       lery and National Archives in London).
                                                                                                                       Time for one-on-one consultations be-
No. of Conferences

                                                                                                                       tween the course leaders and students is      2009 Conference Statistics
                                                                                                                       also scheduled.
                                                                                                                           The International Council for Scien-          As is a custom in my first column for
                                                                                                                       tific and Technical Information (ICSTI;       2010, here’s a brief look at some statistical
                                                                                                                          data on last year’s conferences. A total of
                                                                                                                       Programme2.pdf) has arranged a 1-day          736 conferences held in 2009 were listed
                                                                                                                       workshop on Feb. 8 in Paris as part of its    on the ITI Calendar, of which 206 were
                                                                                                                       Winter Meeting to discuss Interactive Pub-    mentioned in this column. The conferences
                                                                                                                       lications and the Record of Science. Four     were held in 365 cities, the most popular of
                                                                                                                       sessions will cover visualizations, adding    which were London (36 conferences); New
                                                                                                                       value to content, archiving issues, and the   York (23); Washington, D.C. (17); Chicago
                                                                                                                       future of journals. These are heavily de-     (11); Orlando, Fla. (10); and San Jose, Calif.
                                                                                                                       bated topics at present, and although it is   (10). As shown on the accompanying graph
                                                                                                                       not possible to examine them in detail in     (left), the most popular month for confer-
                                                                                                                       a 1-day meeting, a distinguished lineup of    ences in 2009 was October.
                                                                                                                       speakers is sure to provide an
                     Opportunities for Emerging Markets.             first of which will be held Feb. 1–5 in           overview of the issues.                                         Donald T. Hawkins is in-
                     Other sessions will cover new publishing        Sydney, with the second part scheduled                The third International                                    formation technology and
                     models, piracy, collective licensing, and the                                                     Conference on Digital                                            database consultant at
                     market after the Google Book settlement.                                                          Libraries (ICDL 2010;                                             Information Today, Inc.
                        King’s College London’s Digital Con-                                                                                             His email address is dt
                     sultancy Services (www.digitalconsultancy                                                         icdl/index.php), organ-                                 
                     .net/digifutures) is again holding its Dig-     to take place April 19–23 in London. The          ized by The Energy                                                Send your comments
                     ital Futures 5-day training course. As in       focus of the course is the creation, deliv-       and Resources Insti-                                              about this column to
                     past years, it will be in two parts, the        ery, and preservation of digital resources.       tute (TERI), takes place                              

                     Necessity Is the Mother of Invention:                                                                                                           on recorded knowledge. Today’s knowl-
                                                                                                                                                                     edge is a process that is created through
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