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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Friday, December 01, 2006

    Online Information 2006...

    Its what everyone is blogging about, so not to be outdone...

    I can't quite claim to have been to all 30+ shows, but its in the high twenties, and I have to agree with everyone else who has been counting (all the ONLINE gang for a start) it has certainly changed over all those years! When I was a lad, we hadn't even thought of Web, let alone Web 1.0 or 2.0! From the conference floor, this year, the talk was of 'Search' and wikis and social software; open access and social networking. On the exhibition floor it was all networking too! UKeiG met a host of old friends at their stand and a walk (one of many) around the stands found many more. e-Books and eContent feature on a number of stands - MyiLibrary looks set to rival giants such as NetLibrary and eContent is the name of the game. Another aspect of e-books is the e-book reader, and - if you knew where to look - the iLiad was there too!
    Taxonomies also featured in a couple of conference sessions - which was a happy coincidence as the winner of the UKeiG Tony Kent Strix award was none other than taxonomy wizard, Stella Dextre Clarke. Her nomination was read out by UKeiG Chair, Gary Horrocks and she received the trophy from a member of the sponsoring company, Sage Publishing. [Press release.] The award is given in recognition of her sterling work in developing first the Government Category List and then its successor the Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary. Very sportingly, Stella stood in for a missing panel member following the receipt of her award and, as Gary said, demonstrated why she was such a deserving winner!
    Gary also presented the UKeiG Jason Farradane Award at Online. The 2006 winner was the University of Warwick Library for The Learning Grid [Press release], a revolutionary information and learning service. The blended service is a unique combination of a radical new library design, coupled with ground breaking operating practices, all supported by advanced information literacy training and learning support programmes for students. The result is best described as "total information immersion".

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