Mobile technologies: information on the move 

Brisbane, Australia 11 - 13 May 2011

This conference, hosted by The University of Southern Queensland in collaboration with Athabasca University, the Open University, Thompson Rivers University and Emerald Group Publishing, aims to explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users ‘on the move’ via a growing plethora of mobile or handheld devices.


The conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers and library practitioners to exchange experience and expertise and generate ideas for future developments.


We are seeking papers on the following themes:


1.     Emerging mobile technologies (including platforms, devices and software)

2.     Delivering new mobile services to users

3.     New mobile applications (technical)

4.     Mobile users (e.g. studies of requirements and/or behaviour)

5.     Development of content for mobiles (including OERs, commercially published, user-generated etc.)

6.     Privacy and mobiles

7.     Copyright issues for mobile delivery


Please submit your abstracts (up to 300 words) to by November 1st. These will be subject to peer review and authors will be notified by 14 January 2011.


We expect that papers may include research reports, demonstrations of technical developments, practical case studies or reviews. Posters are also invited.


Papers or presentation

Papers or presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.


Poster sessions

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and time will be allocated in the programme for poster viewing.

Conference proceedings will be published online.


Contact Information

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The theme of the Open Repositories 2010 Conference is “The Grand Integration Challenge”. A call for Papers, Posters


and Workshops has been made. An excerpt from their website indicates that ….

Repositories have been successfully established — within and across institutions — as a major source of digital information in a variety of environments such as research, education and cultural heritage. In a world of increasingly dispersed and modularized digital services and content, it remains a grand challenge for the future to cross the borders between diverse poles:

  • the web and the repository,
  • knowledge and technology,
  • wild and curated content,
  • linked and isolated data,
  • disciplinary and institutional systems,
  • scholars and service providers,
  • ad-hoc and long-term access,
  • ubiquitous and personalized environments,
  • the cloud and the desktop.

The Conference will be held in Madrid, Spain, 6-9 July 2010.

The Nordic Documentation Project on the Liberation Struggles in southern Africa hosted the concluding workshop in Pretoria last week.  This project, financed by the Swedish Government, began in 2003 with the objective of documenting the past to inform the future. The outcome of the Project is a database containing archival lists and a website with short interviews and fulltext documents. The object of the workshop was to explore ways of collaboration to make research in this area more visible, to identify official and alternative archives and explore research topics in order to build new knowledge.

The Project website is available here

A wide selection of academics, researchers and archivists were invited to contribute a think piece to present at the workshop. Pat Liebetrau, Manager of DISA, was invited to present on the challenges of Digital Preservation of liberation struggles material.

The presentation is available here

The workshop stimulated much debate with a fair amount of passion and enthusiasm. The need for co-ordination of the resources “out there” and improved access to research and project outcomes was agreed as a priority. However, this was not coupled with concrete proposals to ensure sustainable and ongoing implementation.

Several exciting research topics were identified and the interdisciplinary nature of new research was emphasised. NAI as a research based organisation may be able to offer funding to support some of this research. Increased research co-operation between individuals (north and south) and between institutions was also on the wish list. Many digitisation projects are producing content but very little work is being funded to ensure that the sum of these projects is made available in a cohesive and context rich environment to support new research and new knowledge.

The Platform was officially launched at the Cape Town Castle on 12 November. We had excellent attendance, the Bow Heritage Agents created beautiful music and Sello Hatang spoke eloquently of the crisis in the sector. We received strong messages of support from across South Africa and as far afield as India, Papua New Guinea and Panama. People commented that the Archival Platform has, indeed, brought back to the sector some of the democratic excitement of the 1990s.

This month, as we start to celebrate the 16 days of activism against gender violence, Heike Becker continues the discussion about cultural practices and human rights.

Now that we are six shopping weeks away from the January sales, the excitement about 2010 and what it means for the heritage sector is mounting – or is it? What are we actually doing about heritage tourism opportunities in 2010, asks Elizabeth Ouma in her blog.

In 2010 we will not only have a world cup, but – hopefully – a national digitisation policy. What are we doing about this? The process takes place against a backdrop of some concern about camera use in South African archives and digital copyright. We speak to those issues in our blog, “Feeling the pulse of the sector”.

In celebration of 2010, we will be offering students and young professionals prizes of R1 000 for the best blog or meeting report for the Platform, and book prizes for the best book review posted on the Platform. Submissions received up to 15 February 2010 will be posted on the website and the winners will be announced at the end of February.

Dr Harriet Deacon
Director, Archival Platform

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