The Last (but Not the Least)

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The Last (but Not the Least)


Hawkins, Donald T., Information Today


As we review the final conferences set for November and December, we will leave some space for an overview of the conferences set for next month. As usual, the number of conferences diminishes in December, officially stops after Dec. 18 because of the year-end holidays, and then resumes in the new year.

Enterprise Search, KMWorld & Intranets, and Taxonomy Boot Camp

Information Today, Inc.'s 2007 conference calendar ends with a 3-in-1 special of three colocated conferences at one venue in San Jose, Calif., that provide opportunities for learning and networking. Enterprise Search Summit West (ESS-W; www.enterprisesearchsummit.com/west) will be held Nov. 6-7, KMWorld & Intranets (www.km world-intranets.com) will be held Nov. 6-8, and Taxonomy Boot Camp (TBC; www.taxonomybootcamp.com) will be held Nov. 8-9.

ESS-W will feature a keynote by Susan Feldman, research vice president at IDC Corp. and a prominent expert in searching technology. The second day of ESS-W features a keynote panel with Steven Arnold, well-known industry observer of Google and its competitors. The panel is titled Giants Do Stumble. Arnold suggests that Google and Microsoft are encountering barriers to unfettered growth, which is allowing smaller and more nimble competitors to enter the search market.

The three daily keynotes at KMWorld & Intranets feature James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, two speakers discussing Second Life and similar virtual worlds, and David Snowden, founder of Cognitive Edge PTE Ltd., who will discuss new ways to use tags and categories for knowledge management. Snowden's keynote is a joint presentation with the TBC conference that will be followed with a special TBC keynote by professor Marti Hearst from the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley. Hearst and her students have been involved in extensive groundbreaking research in tagging and categorization; she will discuss how those principles can be applied to social tagging and folksonomies.

Online Information 2007

Online Information 2007 (www.online-information.co uk/conference), this year's major European information conference that attracts several thousand attendees, takes place Dec. 4-6 at its usual venue (Olympia Conference Centre, Hammersmith) in London, with the theme of Applying Web 2.0: Innovation, Impact, and Implementation.

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikia services, will give the opening keynote address focusing on Web 2.0 in action: free culture and community on the move. After the keynote, attendees can follow any or all of the sessions in three concurrent tracks, each keynoted by a leader in the information field. Subjects of the tracks include the challenges of Web 2.0, search and discovery, improved information delivery, user needs, enterprise information, and new developments in the library and publishing worlds. And the site's mammoth exhibit hall features more than 250 exhibitors who will showcase their new and existing products.

Acquisitions and Collection Development

The Charleston conference (www.katina.info/ conference), which draws about 1,000 attendees, has become a significant annual event that focuses on issues in book and serial acquisitions and collection development, including statistics usage, ebooks, electronic resources management, and cataloging. This year's 27th annual conference, which will take place Nov. 7-10 in Charleston, S.C., follows the theme of What Tangled Webs We Weave and features two notable keynoters: Clifford Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information, and Deborah E. Wiley, senior vice president of corporate communications at John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Surf's Up: Riding the Online Wave from Acquisition to Renewal is the theme of the 24th Annual Mid-Year Conference of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA; www.sipaonline.com/Events/marketing_conf/ 2007/index. …

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