Report on the Sixth ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2006): Opening Information Horizons

Ann Caldwell, Brown University

The Sixth Annual ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) was held this year on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) from June 11 to June 15, 2006. Conference chair Gary Marchionini and program chairs Michael Nelson (Old Dominion University) and Cathy Marshall (Microsoft) welcomed some 478 attendees to a well-run five days. The conference opened with eight tutorials on June 11. Plenary sessions alternated with panel discussions June 12-14, a reception with posters and demonstrations was held on the evening of June 12, and the meeting ended with five workshops on Thursday, June 15.

The first plenary session, "Getting Books Online: Practices and Strategies," featured Daniel Clancy (Engineering Director for Google Print), David Ferriero (Andrew W. Mellon Director and Chief Executive, Research Libraries, New York Public Library), and Daniel Greenstein (California Digital Library). The session was moderated by Clifford Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information) and covered such topics as the legal issues involved with scanning, the 92% of the world's books that are not generating revenues for copyright holders, OCR technologies, standards, and other problems related to large-scale book scanning projects.

The second plenary session featured Jonathan Zittrain (Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford) who spoke on "Redaction, Restriction, and Removal." This highly entertaining talk covered the problems of open information and materials that, for various reasons, we may not want freely available on the Internet. Zittrain called for librarians to manage the "controlled release of information."

Reports from the conference workshops as well as a fuller conference report are available in the July/August issue of D-Lib Magazine.