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The last (but not the least).

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.htm) Dec. 12-14 in Miami Beach, Fla. Program details were not available at press time.

New Technologies in Libraries: RFID and Mobile Platforms

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has organized its third conference on RFID in libraries (www.cilip.org.uk/interests/rfid/rfid 2007/index.html) on Nov. 13 in London. Libraries are using RFID technology more often to track items in their collections and perform circulation functions. CILIP's conference, titled Putting RFID to Work--Are You Getting Value for Money? focuses on the returns that a library can realize from an RFID investment. If you will not be in London on Nov. 13, you can follow CILIP's conference blog at http://communities.cilip.org.uk/blogs/rfid/default.aspx or its RFID in Libraries Forum at www.cilip.org.uk/interests/ rfid/rfid2007/forum.html.

With the rise of mobile communication devices including cell phones and PDAs, libraries have been exploring ways to deliver information to mobile platforms. To discuss this important area, the Open University has launched the First International m-Libraries Conference (http://library .open.ac.uk/mLibraries/index.html) Nov. 13-14 in Milton Keynes, U.K. Even though the conference is about mobile technology, attendees must be physically present to attend the conference.

Ontologies and the Semantic Web

Ontologies and the semantic Web are especially popular topics for this month's conferences. See the chart for a number of conferences on these closely related topics.

Military Librarian Workshop

The 51st Annual Military Libraries Workshop (www.dtic.mil/mlw/2007/index .html), sponsored by the Military Librarians Division of SLA, is one of the longest running in existence, although it is more of a full-fledged conference than a workshop. The 2007 event, scheduled from Dec. 3 to 7 in Kansas City, Mo., is titled The Military Librarian's Greatest War: Preserving the Past, Capturing the Future. Among the offerings are presentations, poster sessions, special events, and reports from libraries in various military agencies. Besides specialized topics for military librarians, an ever-popular session on 60 Gadgets in 60 Minutes will be presented as well as a full-length documentary film on the lives and work of librarians in American movies.

Grey Literature

The Ninth International Conference on Grey Literature (GL9; www.textrelease .com/gl9conference.html) will be held Dec. 10-11 in the ancient city of Antwerp, Belgium. Professor Claudia Lux, president of IFLA and director-general of the Central- and Regional Library of Berlin, will present the keynote address on Grey Foundations in Information Landscape.

Asian Digital Libraries

Last but not least is the 10th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL 2007; http://icadl2007 .vista.gov.vn), which will be held Dec. 10-13 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The ICADL is a leading international conference on research in digital libraries. For the conference's 10th anniversary, the organizers will provide a retrospective with the theme of Asian Digital Libraries: Looking Back 10 Years and Forging New Frontiers. A new special track on European Digital Library Initiatives will be offered in partnership with the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL).

A Special Tribute

On a personal and professional note, I wanted to mention that this year's TBC and ESS-W will be the last ITI conferences that Nancy Garman will chair. She will be retiring after a career in the online information industry dating from the 1980s. She has been a pioneer in many areas and has served with distinction as the editor of ONLINE and as chair of many of the Online conferences and then as ITI's conference director. She was also my predecessor as author of this column.

Thanks, Nancy, for your friendship and all your help over the years. I have greatly enjoyed our collaboration on many projects, and I wish you a long and happy retirement.

Be sure to watch this space next month, when I will cover statistics on industry conferences. As always, check the ITI Conference Calendar for a complete listing of conferences.

Donald T. Hawkins is information technology and database consultant at Information Today, Inc. His email address is dthawkins@verizon.net. Send your comments about this column to itletters@ infotoday.com.
Conference                        Dates        Location

Second International Workshop     Nov. 11      Busan, Korea
on Ontology Matching

6th International Semantic        Nov. 11-15   Busan, Korea
Web Conference and the 2nd
Asian Semantic Web Conference,
2007

Ontology for the Intelligence     Nov. 28-29   Columbia, Md.
Community (OIC 2007): Towards
Effective Exploitation and
Integration of Intelligence
Resources

3rd International IFIP            Nov. 29-30   Vilamoura,
Workshop On Semantic Web &                     Algarve,
Web Semantics (SWWS '07)                       Portugal

1st Workshop on Multimedia        Dec. 5       Genova, Italy
Annotation and Retrieval
enabled by Shared Ontologies
(MAReSO)

2nd International Conference      Dec. 5-7     Genova, Italy
on Semantics and Digital
Media Technologies
(SAMT 2007)

4th Italian Semantic Web          Dec. 18-20   Bari, Italy
Workshop: Semantic Web
Applications and
Perspectives (SWAP 2007)

Conference                       URL

Second International Workshop    http://om2007.ontologymatching.org
on Ontology Matching

6th International Semantic       http://iswc2007.semanticweb.org
Web Conference and the 2nd
Asian Semantic Web Conference,
2007

Ontology for the Intelligence    http://ncor.us/oic2007
Community (OIC 2007): Towards
Effective Exploitation and
Integration of Intelligence
Resources

3rd International IFIP           www.cs.rmit.edu.au/fedconf/
Workshop On Semantic Web &       index.html?page=swws2007cfp
Web Semantics (SWWS '07)

1st Workshop on Multimedia       http://mkg.iti.gr/mareso/index.php
Annotation and Retrieval
enabled by Shared Ontologies
(MAReSO)

2nd International Conference     http://samt2007.ge.imati.cnr.it
on Semantics and Digital
Media Technologies
(SAMT 2007)

4th Italian Semantic Web         www.swapconf.it/2007
Workshop: Semantic Web
Applications and
Perspectives (SWAP 2007)
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