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Número: 71
Año: 2002
Autor: Johann Van Reenen, Editor
Título: Digital Libraries and Virtual Workplaces. Important Initiatives for Latin America in the Information Age


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Further Reading:

Davis, S., & Meyer, C. (1998). Blur: The speed of change in the connected economy. Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation, Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
Dyson, E. (1997). Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age. New York: Broadway Books.
Stout, R. (1997). Web site stats: Tracking hits and analyzing traffic. Berkeley, CA: McGraw-Hill.
Tapscott, D. (1995). The Digital Economy: Promise and peril in the age of networked intelligence. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Resource List:

E-ink & E-Books
E Ink Corporation, Cambridge, MA. http://www.eink.com
Open eBook Authoring Group. Involved in creating formatting and other e-book standards. http://www.openebook.org
Collaborative workspaces:
DocSpace Manager offers a unique approach to the teamwork problem. It is a workgroup-collaboration service built on Web technologies, so it is available any time, anywhere, by anyone who has access to a standard Web browser. Vendor Information: DocSpace Manager at http://www.docspace.com
ERoom, is a group work software application from Instinctive Technology Inc., Cambridge, Mass. The program lets teams create a virtual workplace on the Web.
Digital Libraries:
Resources and Projects from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes at http://www.ifla.org/II/diglib.htm
A comprehensive Latin America Information site is available at t the Latin American Network Information Center at the University of Texas http://lanic.utexas.edu/ including information on Digital Library initiatives in Latin America.
Metadata Projects:
Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository: http://cugir.mannlib.cornell.edu/
Cornell University Library Gateway: http://campusgw.library.cornell.edu/
Data Documentation Initiative: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/DDI/ ˜
University of Virginia Electronic Text Center: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/
Metadata Protocol & Standards: http://gcmd2.gsfc.nasa.gov/standards/
Metadata Tutorials:
W3C Home Page: http://www.w3.org/
Links to Information Literacy Resources: http://www.polaris.nova.edu/~vern/il.html

New Library Jobs:

Example of a non-traditional job description for a new type of digital library worker from an e-mail posted on the Science and Lechnology Librarians Listserve, STS-L, STS-L@listserv.utk.edu; 08/15/2000, 7:30 AM –0400: “Knowledge Architecht - additional position – CA”
“Our client, a dynamic, successful provider of a product that enables web-site visitors to find what they want without knowing exactly how to ask for it.

  • Modeling business knowledge of our customers. Architect Knowledge Maps,taxonomies and templates to guarantee a superior user experience;
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer from client Subject Matter Experts.
  • Identify top level interaction flows and taxonomies;
  • Responsible for modeling the end user experience.
  • Be responsible for the implementation inside our ESP of a set of taxonomies;
  • Design and develop a user interaction, using a dialog language, a patent-pending technology;
  • Participate in the effort of constantly improving our processes and best practices based on experience acquired on projects;
  • Interface with Project Managers, User Interface Team Members, Web Development Engineers and QA Engineers
  • Previous experience in knowledge-based systems implementation or in linguistics, in building taxonomies or ontologies. Sensitivity to human machine interaction issues;
  • Experience in object-oriented modeling (UML);
  • Successful experience in user modeling and highly interactive systems.
  • Demonstrated success in projects using content management, classification and information retrieval techniques;
  • Proven track record of working well with clients and subject matter experts (experience as a consultant a plus);
  • Ability to quickly become familiar with content provided by customer;
  • Ability to complete projects on time and within budget;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good analytical skills;
  • Willing to travel occasionally to client locations (primarily US);
  • Masters degree in Human Computer Interaction, Anthropology, Information/Library Science, AI, Computer Science or with at least 5 years of relevant experience