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  1. Thomas Krichel 2005-01-19 LIS510 lecture 0

  2. feeling nervous? • So do I. It is my first time. • Overall approach • follow what has been done before • but generally open to ideas from the students (rather than my own) • test success mid-way • overall a relaxed approach • course does not have a rigid teaching agenda • more like a test-the-water thing

  3. 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.

  4. how did I get here • by bicycle / LIRR • I took on the risk to teach this course four days ago when a course of mine on digital libraries was canceled in Manhattan • I am practicing digital librarian and teacher • I used to be an economics professor in the UK • I am a German, holding a H1-B visa.

  5. compensate for unusual background • Use Rubin's book "Foundations of Library and Information Science" as the center of the course material • Have some guest speakers • Antonella de Robbio (next week) • presentation from local library staff • Michael E.D. Koenig

  6. Rubin's book • Bad: • Yes it is a tad boring. • It costs a lot of money, $60 in the LIU shop • Good • He has a broad view of the field • Nobody in the curriculum committee will argue with the choice • 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! • Cheese and wine party

  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, i.e. in the slides (2 questions) or the material you were supposed to read (1 question). • You only have to answer one question. • You will be given about 10 minutes. • I will post details about quizzes every week after class to the mailing list

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. other stuff that I teach • LIS650 web site architecture and design • LIS618 online information retrieval techniques • LIS566 Information Networks • LIS565 Electronic Resources of the Internet • Active web site architecture • Building a digital library • XML

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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".

  17. NetEc consortium • BibEc printed papers • WoPEc electronic papers • CodEc software • WebEc web resource listings • JokEc jokes • HoPEc a lot of Ec!

  18. WoPEc to RePEc • WoPEc was a catalog record collection • WoPEc remained largest web access point • but getting contributions was tough • In 1997 I wrote basic architecture for RePEc. • ReDIF • Guildford Protocol

  19. 1997: RePEcprinciple • 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.

  20. US Fed in Print IMF OECD MIT University of Surrey CO PAH RePEc is based on 430+ archives • WoPEc • EconWPA • DEGREE • S-WoPEc • NBER • CEPR

  21. to form a 300k item dataset 143,000 working papers 153,000 journal articles 1,500 software components 900 book and chapter listings 6,100 author contact and publication listings 8,250 institutional contact listings

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

  23. … 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

  24. … describes persons 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 ….

  25. … 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

  26. 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.

  27. rclis • pronounced “reckless”. • stands for “research in computing and library and information science” • E-LIS, an eprint archive, is currently our most active part. • This is a dataset I am building. It works similarly but differently than RePEc. • It will be another couple of years before reaching maturity.

  28. open library society • A very small organization that I created to support the aim of collaborative collection of information. • It is incorporated in New York. • Currently the organization is almost dormant.

  29. Thank you for your attention!