Thirteenth International Conference on Grey Literature Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA December 5-6, 2011
Conference Program (PDF)
Session Two - Special Collections
GeoStoryteller: Taking grey literature to the streets of New York Debbie Rabina and Anthony Cocciolo, Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, United States GeoStoryteller is a mobile learning application that liberates myriad collections of grey literature from the confines of the library and brings them to the streets to enhance the learning experience of students. GeoStoryteller brings cultural heritage to the streets by making available digitized content and multimedia narrative using location-awareness applications. GeoStoryteller develops new models that cultural institutions can apply to reuse and repurpose grey literature that exist within their archives and collections and use them to create new multimedia narratives that combine text, audio, photographs and augmented reality. These new models will be used for engaging youth and creating attractive informal learning environments free of traditional classroom constraints. The first application of GeoStoryteller is currently under development as a project conducted by Pratt SILS with the Goethe Institute on New York. GeoStoryteller : iGetNY (invisible German traces in NY) will be used to learn about immigration in New York City through the eyes of German immigrants (1840-1945). The goal of this project is to find ways to repurpose existing grey materials in the area of cultural heritage, to liberate them from the confines of the classroom or museum, and offer young audiences an interactive location-based learning experience that maintains a high level of scholarship. Dr. Rabina is leading the project in terms of content. This involves collecting materials (mostly currently in print) from several libraries and collections among them the New York Public Library, the archives of the City of New York, the Goethe Institute of New York and more. These materials are digitized and edited to create location-based narratives. Dr. Cocciolo is leading the project in terms of technology. He is developing the GeoStoryteller application, which will be distributed under a Creative Commons license. Following the development of the application and the content, two researchers specializing is user studies will join the team to assess the outcomes of the project. We expect phase I of the project (content and software development) to continue through Fall 2011, and phase II, assessment, to be carried out in Winter 2011 and Spring 2012. We believe GeoStoryteller will enhance the use of grey literature through innovative use and repurposing in three ways: 1) Innovation in using grey literature for learning social studies and local history: GeoStoryteller is particularly useful to cultural institutions like the Goethe Institute who are interested in using the physical world and mobile telephony as a way to connect users with collections and learning materials that are mostly invisible to users due to their grey nature. 2) New knowledge through assessment:To assess the outcomes of the project, we will test the efficacy of using mobile technology to connect users with cultural heritage learning materials previously available only in special collections. One question we are interested in exploring: How does situating cultural heritage learning materials in relevant physical locations impact engagement with those materials? 3) Participatory media perspective: This project is innovative in that it recognizes the importance of user contributions. Employing a participatory media perspective, individuals can use GeoStoryteller to contribute their own stories, which further acknowledges the relevance and importance of those stories while simultaneously enriching the environment.
Acquisition and distribution of technical reports and conference proceedings on science and technology in Korea Seon-Hee Lee, Soon-Young Kim, Beom-Jong You, and Heeyoon Choi, KISTI, South Korea Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has conducted surveys on the science and technology grey literature since 1962. According to a survey in 2006, technical reports and conference proceedings are becoming the most important grey literature for the researchers in Korea because most research results are stored in technical reports and presented at conferences. Despite their importance, these grey literatures have been in difficulty for access and acquisition. As a national science and technology information center, KISTI has put effort into acquisition and distribution of technical reports and conference proceedings on science and technology for easy access. KISTI has transformed the grey literature into the white literature to support R&D researchers. This paper examines the acquisition and distribution status and analyzes the usage statistics for technical reports and conference proceedings in Korea. Both of the printed and electronic grey literatures are included in this study. For examination of the electronic grey literature status, records in National Discovery for Science Leaders (NDSL) and Science and Technology Society Village are used and for the printed grey literature KISTI collections are used. KISTI has acquired and distributed domestic and foreign technical reports and conference proceedings. KISTI provides metadata and the full-text of R&D technical reports (131, 324 titles) produced by government funded projects and conference proceedings (457 titles) through NDSL. The conference proceedings can also be accessed through Science and Technology Society Village in which researchers make onlinecommunities. For analysis of usage statistics for technical reports and conference proceedings, frequency of full-text download and document delivery service are used. The KISTI statistics system so called Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) shows that conference proceedings and technical reports are being used 1,661,100 times and 448,514 times respectively from March2010 to February 2011. These statistics indicate that open access for conference proceedings and technical reports is inheavy use by the researchers in Korea.
Describing Geography manifested through Grey Literature Pete Reehling, University of South Florida, United States Geography is an inclusive and evolving discipline that produces manifestations of ephemera, grey literature, and peer reviewed works.The intention of these manifestations is to document and/or advance our “universe” geographic knowledge.Manifestations of geographic knowledge can take the form of literacy (written language), articulacy (spoken language), numeracy (mathematical concepts), and graphicacy (visual information).Collecting, organizing, and disseminating manifestations of geographic knowledge is limited by historic and contemporary metadata standards designed to describe the specific format of a manifestation (traditionally print literary works) not the knowledge that the manifestation represents.My paper will examine the various forms of geographic knowledge and propose a metadata schema that is designed to succinctly describe the types, forms, and knowledge represented by manifestations geographic inquiry and research.An anticipated result of my research is to initiate a productive discourse that addresses and resolves the lack of metadata standards and/or bibliographic control issues associated with ephemera and grey literature.
Site Visit of the Geography and Map Division John R. Hébert, Library of Congress, United States The Geography and Map Division (G&M) has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 5.5 million maps, 80,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, over 500 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats, including over 19,000 CDs/DVDs. The online Map Collections represents only a small fraction that has been converted to digital form. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are in public domain, meaning those which are not covered by copyright.
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