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IFLA, DEXA, and Basilage Brave the Summer Heat

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IFLA, DEXA, and Basilage Brave the Summer Heat

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Summer is here and that means several long-running conferences are coming up, along with a few worthwhile information science and open access meetings.


The 76th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions General Conference and Assembly (IFLA 2010; will take place Aug. 10-15 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference's main theme is using libraries to drive access to knowledge. Fifteen satellite programs immediately preceding and following the main conference have also been arranged; an IFLA section sponsors each satellite program, and they encompass a wide range of subjects. Details can be found on the satellite meetings webpage (, as well as on the ITI Calendar at

DEXA Society

The Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA) Society arranges an annual series of concurrent conferences on databases and intelligent systems, covering topics such as knowledge management, semantics, and taxonomies. This year's meetings make up the 21st International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA2010;, held Aug. 30-Sept. 3 in Bilbao, Spain. Here are some of the conferences and workshops:

* The 12th International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery (DaWaK '10)

* The 1st International Conference on Information Technology in Bio- and Medical Informatics (ITBAM '10)

* The 7th International Workshop on Text-based Information Retrieval (TIR '10)

* The 9th International Workshop on Web Semantics

(WebS '10)

* The 2nd International Workshop on Modelling and Visualization of Web-Related Data (MoViX '10)

* The 2nd International Workshop on Biological Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (BIOKDD '10)

* The 1st International Workshop on Visualization and Information Security Management (VISM '10)

Balisage and XML Markup

The 3rd Balisage Markup Conference (www.balisage .net) will be held Aug. 3-6 in Montreal ("balisage" is the French word for signaling or marking). A preconference symposium on Aug. 2, titled XML For the Long Haul: Issues in the Long-term Preservation of XML, will examine the preservation of XML data and the need to be able to read and access it as platforms and applications are used less and less.

The main conference includes discussions relevant to users of XML and content providers. For example, the conference website mentions "open information, reusable documents, vendor and application independence, and the other benefits of descriptive markup." The website also notes that the presentations are highly technical, according to the proceedings of the previous two conferences.

Open Access

Conferences on open access (OA) have become a common occurrence. The Red Island Repository Institute will host the 3rd Fedora Summer Institute (http://vre2.upei .ca/riri) July 26-30 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The institute sessions will feature the interaction of Fedora (a Linux-based software platform widely used to host open access repositories) with other platforms, content models, and data management applications.

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association is organizing the 2nd Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP;, set for Aug. 22-24 in Prague. Along with the main conference proceedings, the final day of the conference will feature a half-day workshop titled Creating and Managing Open Access Journals, which is targeted to attendees interested in founding new OA journals in their fields of study. Three experts with significant experience in founding and maintaining such journals for the long term will conduct the workshop.

There is also an IFLA satellite preconference titled Open Access to Science Information (www.ifla-sat-chania . …

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