We are interested in compiling a list of the subjects or disciplines that information professionals - particularly those involved in digitising cultural institutions - need to know in order to do this. For example, one area would be semiotics: information professionals would need to know how the images and signs that are put on web pages, or associated with digital objects, will be interpreted by people from a great diversity of cultures who may access such materials. We need to be able to identify the group by its knowledge domain, in other words, which has become increasingly complex and multidisciplinary (hence the site, 'Digital Collaboration'). The Library of Congress site seems to list digital materials that are available in a range of disciplines or subject areas, which is not the same thing at all, unfortunately.
From: Karen Weaver [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, 1 March 2011 11:27 AM
To: Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum
Cc: Sue Myburgh
Subject: Re: Global directory of information disciplines
World Digital Library by topic browse / by institution etc
hosted by the Library of Congress - may be of related interest -? Best, KarenW
On 2/28/11, Sue Myburgh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear colleagues
> An excellent suggestion was made by one of the readers of the digital
> collaboration blog
> ): that we develop a global directory of the subject/disciplinary groups
> that are involved with digitisation, so that we can progress the notion (and
> work!) of collaboration. The Australian Access Federation enables
> collaboration internationally, as well as between disciplinary groups - it
> sounds ideal. Internet2 calls global subject/disciplinary groups 'external'
> (http://www.internet2.edu/comanage). The NREN (National Research and
> Education Network - there is one in most countries) can provide a federated
> log in to the groups' members' space, where a number of 'common services'
> can be integrated. If we can provide a directory, we can make use of this
> facility, which, because it is so safe and secure, may be just the place to
> launch international cross-disciplinary exercises and projects.
> To this end, I have built a new wall for comments. If you visit this
> website - http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/globaldirectory - you you will
> find that you can add a virtual 'post-it' note which expresses your point of
> view: you can also include media files and URLs. Then, we can easily see
> and consider - and comment on - each other's proposals.
> I look forward to working with you on establishing such a directory.
> All the best
> Dr Susan Myburgh
> School of Communication
> University of South Australia
> St Bernard's Road
> Magill SA 5076
Karen Weaver, MLS, Electronic Resources Statistician, Duquesne
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