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LIS510 lecture 0 Thomas Krichel 2006-09-13. feeling nervous? So am I. It is my second time. Overall approach –I follow what has been done before. –I am.

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1 LIS510 lecture 0 Thomas Krichel 2006-09-13

2 feeling nervous? So am I. It is my second time. Overall approach –I follow what has been done before. –I am generally open to ideas from the students. –Test success mid-way. –Overall a relaxed approach course does not have a rigid teaching agenda more like a test-the-water thing

3 how did I get here I rode my bicycle from Queens. I was in Paris at the time of the first class. I took on the risk to teach this course in late August when an LIS650 course of mine was cancelled in WGC. I am practicing digital librarian and teacher. I am with the Palmer School since 2001. I used to be an economics professor in the UK.

4 today First talk about the course. Then we have a round of introductions of you. Then I talk a little more extensive about my background. There will be no quiz on anything covered today. Therefore I have not given you printed handouts.

5 compensate for unusual background I use Rubin's book "Foundations of Library and Information Science" as the center of the course material. Have some guest speakers –Last week we had Amy. –I will try to get more.

6 Rubin's book Bad: –Yes it is a boring. –It costs a lot of money, $60 in the LIU shop, so I dont recommend you buying it. Good –He has a broad view of the field. –I agree with much of what he says, I will be vocal about my disagreements but they are rare.

7 other resources The course home page at It makes the slides available. If you miss a class, arrange a phone appointment to discuss class contents. There is class mailing list, linked to from the home page. Subscribe!

8 assessment: quizzes On normal lecture days, we will have a short quiz. The quiz will only concern the material done in the previous class. There will be two questions, you answer one. You only have to answer one question. You will be given about 5 minutes. I will post details about quizzes every week after class to the mailing list.

9 assessment: Rubino assignment This consists of you going to interview an LIS professional and find out –What tasks they have to do. –What time they spent on various tasks. –What career advice they can give. –What they think should be done in library school. Summarize your experience in about two printed pages. Hand in at any time before last class.

10 assessment: essay You will be writing one essay as part of the course. The topic is your choice but has to be approved by me. You will hand in a first version of it at a date to be agreed now. The first version is only about 3 pages long. It will count for 10%. I will hand it back to you with suggestions.

11 assessment: final essay On the final day of class you will hand in the final form of the essay, that will count for 40%. Please limit yourself to 6 pages, but make them meaningful.

12 other stuff that I teach LIS650 passive web site architecture and design LIS651 active web site architecture and design LIS618 online information retrieval techniques LIS566 Information Networks LIS565 Electronic Resources of the Internet


14 my (hi)story It started with me as a research assistant an in the Economics Department of Loughborough University of Technology in 1990. A predecessor of the Internet allowed me to download free software without effort But academic papers had to be gathered in a rather cumbersome way.

15 CoREJ published by HMSO –Photocopied lists of contents tables recently published economics journal received at the Department of Trade and Industry –Typed list of the recently received working papers received by the University of Warwick library The latter was the more interesting.

16 working papers early accounts of research findings published by economics departments –in universities –in research centers –in some government offices –in multinational administrations disseminated through exchange agreements important because of 4 year publishing delay

17 1991-1992 I planned to circulate the Warwick working paper list over listserv lists I argued it would be good for them –increase incentives to contribute –increase revenue for ILL After many trials, Warwick refused. During the end of that time, I was offered a lectureship, and decided to get working on my own collection.

18 1993: BibEc and WoPEc Fethy Mili of Université de Montréal had a good collection of papers and gave me his data. I put his bibliographic data on a gopher and called the service "BibEc" I also gathered the first ever online electronic working papers on a gopher and called the service "WoPEc".

19 NetEc consortium BibEcprinted papers WoPEcelectronic papers CodEcsoftware WebEcweb resource listings JokEcjokes HoPEc a lot of Ec!

20 WoPEc to RePEc WoPEc was a catalog record collection WoPEc remained largest web access point but getting contributions was tough In 1996 I wrote basic architecture for RePEc. –ReDIF –Guildford Protocol

21 1997: RePEc principle Many archives –archives offer metadata about digital objects (mainly working papers) One database –The data from all archives forms one single logical database despite the fact that it is held on different servers. Many services –users can access the data through many interfaces. –providers of archives offer their data to all interfaces at the same time. This provides for an optimal distribution.

22 RePEc is based on 630+ archives WoPEc EconWPA DEGREE S-WoPEc NBER CEPR Blackwell US Fed in Print IMF OECD MIT University of Surrey CO PAH Elsevier

23 to form a 402k item dataset 185,000 working papers 213,000 journal articles 1,350 software components 2,200 book and chapter listings 10,300 author contact and publication listings 9,500 institutional contact listings

24 RePEc is used in many services EconPapers NEP: New Economics Papers Inomics RePEc author service IDEAS RuPEc EDIRC LogEc

25 … describes documents Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Title: Dynamic Aspect of Growth and Fiscal Policy Author-Name: Thomas Krichel Author-Person: RePEc:per:1965-06-05:thomas_krichel Author-Email: Author-Name: Paul Levine Author-Email: Author-WorkPlace-Name: University of Surrey Classification-JEL: C61; E21; E23; E62; O41 File-URL: pub/RePEc/sur/surrec/surrec9601.pdf File-Format: application/pdf Creation-Date: 199603 Revision-Date: 199711 Handle: RePEc:sur:surrec:9601

26 … describes persons (HoPEc) template-type: ReDIF-Person 1.0 name-full: MANKIW, N. GREGORY name-last: MANKIW name-first: N. GREGORY handle: RePEc:per:1984-06-16:N__GREGORY_MANKIW email: homepage: mankiw/mankiw.html workplace-institution: RePEc:edi:deharus workplace-institution: RePEc:edi:nberrus Author-Article: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:76:y:1986:i:4:p:676-91 Author-Article: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:77:y:1987:i:3:p:358-74 Author-Article: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:78:y:1988:i:2:p:173-77 ….

27 … describes institutions Template-Type: ReDIF-Institution 1.0 Primary-Name: University of Surrey Primary-Location: Guildford Secondary-Name: Department of Economics Secondary-Phone: (01483) 259380 Secondary-Email: Secondary-Fax: (01483) 259548 Secondary-Postal: Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH Secondary-Homepage: Handle: RePEc:edi:desuruk

28 key to success Have a small group of volunteers Disseminate as widely as possible Demonstrate to authors and institutions that it works for them. –institutional registration –author registration

29 institutional registration It started by one sad geezer making a list of departments that have a web site. I persuaded him that his data would be more widely used if integrated into the RePEc database. Now he is a happy geezer and one of our three crucial volunteers.

30 RePEc author service RePEc document data has author names as strings. The authors register with RAS to list contact details and identify the papers they wrote. This is classic access control, but done by the authors.

31 author registration It started when funding allowed us to hire a crazy programmer to write an author registration system. The system went online as "HoPEc" in late 2000. It has been renamed "RePEc author service" (RAS) A recent grant from OSI allows for a rewrite and expansion.

32 LogEc It is a service by Sune Karlsson that tracks usage of items in the RePEc database –abstract views –downloads There is mail that is sent by Christian Zimmermann to –archive maintainers –RAS registrants that contains a monthly usage summary.

33 authors' incentives Authors perceive the registration as a way to achieve common advertising for their papers. Author records are used to aggregate usage logs across RePEc user services for all papers of an author. Stimulates a "I am bigger than you are" mentality. Size matters!

34 recently In 2004, Peter Jasco compared RePEc services with the EconLit proprietary professional database. –IDEAS and LogEc were Peters pick –EconLit was Peters pan. He slammed the working paper coverage of EconLit. He could have slammed other things.

35 RePEc / EconLit partnership RePEc now delivers all its working paper data to EconLit, without getting the journal data of EconLit in return. This may seem absolutely perverse! A bunch of volunteers laboring for a multi- million $$$ concern! In fact it serves RePEc well because it adds officialdom.

36 summary: keys to success Have a small group of volunteers Disseminate as widely as possible Demonstrate to authors and institutions that it works for them. –institutional registration –author registration

37 RePEc & information profession Many information professionals contribute to RePEc. –librarians contribute the most –publication department staff –publishers RePEc makes their work more valuable because the individual bits from a greater whole. But RePEc is still not widely know out of the economics profession.

38 rclis pronounced reckless. stands for research in computing and library and information science This is a dataset I am building. It works similarly but differently than RePEc. It will be another couple of years before reaching maturity.

39 E-LIS E-LIS is currently the most active part of rclis. It is an international open-access eprints archive for library and information science. It currently has over 4000 eprints. Eprints are basically freely available digital scientific papers.

40 Thank you for your attention!

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