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Authors : Ryan Johnson, Lynn Hattendorf Westney
Title: E-Journals: Inside and Out [vol. 4, no. 3]
Publication info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
November 2001

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Source: E-Journals: Inside and Out [vol. 4, no. 3]
Ryan Johnson, Lynn Hattendorf Westney

vol. 4, no. 3, November 2001
Article Type: E-Journals: Inside and Out

E-Journals - Inside and Out

Ryan Johnson and Lynn Hattendorf Westney, Co-Editors

In the field of Library and Information Science, the acronym SDI stands for Selective Dissemination of Information. The co-editors of this quarterly column on e-journals are two practicing academic reference librarians: Ryan Johnson, Reference and Electronic Services Librarian at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and Lynn Hattendorf Westney, Associate Professor, Assistant Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Reference Collection Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Together, they selectively disseminate information on e-journals and their contents to the readers of The Journal of the Association for History and Computing (JAHC).

Ryan brings to our attention e-journals of interest to scholars applying and studying information technology by providing a brief descriptive and evaluative annotation of each journal which he has chosen for inclusion. Lynn highlights and reviews individual articles in these and in others which she has identified as appropriate for our purposes. Together, this combined effort serves as an introductory SDI vehicle for our readers.

The Journal of the Association for History and Computing has as its focus the applications of computer and other electronic technologies into the historical profession. This is a field that is interdisciplinary in several ways. The applications of new technologies, particularly in academe, have been the focus of work by scholars in many disciplines, especially in education, history, and library and information science. These applications are interdisciplinary, rather than discipline-specific. In order to make the best use of these technologies, we need to be open and receptive to the ideas presented in other journals and in other fields. Thus, an additional purpose of this column is to present this interdisciplinary research to the diverse readers of JAHC.

Note: All E-journals and Web sites discussed in this issue are listed alphabetically by title.


Vol. 29, September 2001 This page last updated/links checked Tuesday, October 9, 2001.

"Key Technologies for the Development of the Digital Library," by Philip Hunter.

"Subject Portals," by Judith Clark.

Describes a 3-year project to develop a set of subject portals, part of the Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER) Development Programme.

"Managing Electronic Library Services: Current Issues in UK Higher Education Institutions," by Stephen Pinfield.

"Creating a Digital Library Centre," by John Kirriemuir. Outlines some of the issues for the establishment of digital library centres in UK higher education institutions.

"Migration: a Camileon Discussion Paper," by Paul Wheatley. Explores migration issues for the long-term preservation of digital materials.

"Evolution of Portable Electronic Books, " by Ruth Wilson. Charts the development of portable electronic book hardware, from the first generation in the 1980s to the range of handheld devices available today.

"The People's Network and the Learning Revolution: Building the NOF (New Opportunities Fund) Digitize Programme," by Susi Woodhouse. Developments in this UK digitisation programme are outlined.

"Collective Convergence: The Work of the Collection Description Focus," by Pete Johnston and Bridget Robinson.

"Country and Regional Search Engines," by Phil Bradley.

  1. Phil Bradley's website
  2. CIA World Fact Book
  3. Library of Congress Country Studies
  4. Nations Online
  5. Orientation
  6. Xerox PARC map viewer
  7. ArabNet
  8. Euroseek
  9. SearchEurope
  10. Yahoo!
  11. Asiaco
  12. BUSCApique
  13. EscapeArtist

"Planet SOSIG," by Louise Woodcock. Introduces the new European Studies Section for the Social Sciences Information Gateway (SOSIG).

SOSIG is providing a new main subject section focusing on information to support European Studies. It is being maintained by a team of information staff based at the European Resource Centre at the University of Birmingham. This new section provides access to Internet resources about Europe as a region covering:

EU enlargement ; International Relations & Security ; International Law; Conflict Prevention and Resolution; Migration; Economics and Business; Politics; Culture; Education and the Environment. In addition, it covers individual European countries with a particular emphasis on countries currently under-represented in the database, for example, those located in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Australian Federation Full Text Database

The Australian Federation Full Text Database has been produced by SETIS, the Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service at the University of Sydney Library with funding from the New South Wales Centenary of Federation Committee.

The Australian Federation Full Text Database contains the full text of the debates and conventions of the 1890's leading up to Federation with a range of participants' accounts and other contextual materials. These include the Quick and Garran "Annotated Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia", and "Studies in Australian Constitutional Law" by Andrew Inglis Clark, as well as a large number of books, pamphlets and articles by Deakin, Barton, Parkes, Griffiths, Spence and others.

The functionality of the encoded database allows keyword searching of the entire collection or the debates only. Students, scholars, historians, constitutional lawyers and researchers now have electronic access to the full Federation corpus to trace, compare and analyse the writings, debates and processes that led to the establishment of the Australian Federation.

This collection complements the digital archive of Federation Ephemera at the State Library of New South Wales, available

The Australian Federation Full Text Database is part of the SETIS Australian Text Collections, which includes more than 200 digital works of Australian literature, history, natural history, philosophy and law.

SETIS was co-host of Computing Arts: Digital Resources for Research in the Humanities Conference, University of Sydney, September 26 – 28, 2001.

This was the first major conference devoted to issues in humanities computing in the Australia-Pacific region. Computing Arts 2001 brought together scholars, academic researchers, publishers, librarians and archivists in the region and beyond, with key speakers in the field, to foster the exchange of ideas and to extend the use of digital resources, techniques and tools in humanities research and teaching.

Computing Arts 2001 explored the impact of digitisation on the humanities in a scholarly context, focusing on new methods of creating, using, and conserving the resources which comprise our common cultural heritage. It explored the impact of new technologies on research and creative endeavour, on teaching and learning, on publishing, on conservation and curation, on librarianship and archiving. It was the first forum of its kind in the region to bring together practitioners in such a wide range of disciplines. It provided a formal ongoing focus for researchers, scholars and librarians in the region to discuss work, and develop networks and collaborations to extend the use of new technologies into the traditions of humanities research, study and appreciation.

The Finnish and Nordic Digital Newspaper Libraries

The Finnish and Nordic Digital Newspaper Libraries are now open to the public. For the Finnish one, the search functions are also in English and Swedish. Two newspapers are published in German.

The url for the Finnish site is: In English: The url for the Nordic website is:

RLG DigiNews

RLG DigiNews is a bimonthly web-based newsletter intended to focus on issues of particular interest and value to managers of digital initiatives with a preservation component or rationale; provide filtered guidance and pointers to relevant projects to improve our awareness of evolving practices in image conversion and digital preservation; and announce publications (in any form) that will help staff attain a deeper understanding of digital issues. (from North American, and other world sites) or (from UK Janet sites) or (from most European sites)

October 2001, Vol. 5, No. 5

"Digital Object Library Products," by William Lund.

"Benchmarking Conversion Costs: A Report from the Making of America IV Project," by Maria Bonn.

Highlighted Web Site: American Family Immigration History Center

Family genealogy facility and database of immigration records from The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. Passenger records for immigrants who were processed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography was first published on October 25, 1996. This archive provides access to the first version of the bibliography and its subsequent updates. SEPB evolved from an article published in The Public-Access Computer Systems Review, Vol. 6, no. 1, 1995. ("Network-Based Electronic Publishing of Scholarly Works: A Selective Bibliography).

Subject: Version 40, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Version 40 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 1,500 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.



Word 97:

The HTML document is designed for interactive use. Each major section is a separate file. There are links to sources that are freely available on the Internet. It can be can be searched using Boolean operators. The HTML document includes three sections not found in the Acrobat or Word files:

  1. Archive (prior versions of the bibliography),
  2. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources (related Web sites), and
  3. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (frequently updated list of new resources).

The Acrobat and Word files are designed for printing. The printed bibliography is over 125 pages long. The Acrobat file is over 390 KB and the Word file is over 430 KB.

The bibliography has the following sections (revised sections are marked with an asterisk):

  • Table of Contents
  • 1 Economic Issues*
  • 2 Electronic Books and Texts
    • 2.1 Case Studies and History*
    • 2.2 General Works*
    • 2.3 Library Issues*
  • 3 Electronic Serials
    • 3.1 Case Studies and History*
    • 3.2 Critiques
    • 3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals*
    • 3.4 General Works*
    • 3.5 Library Issues*
    • 3.6 Research*
  • 4 General Works*
  • 5 Legal Issues
    • 5.1 Intellectual Property Rights*
    • 5.2 License Agreements
    • 5.3 Other Legal Issues
  • 6 Library Issues
    • 6.1 Cataloging, Identifiers, Linking, and Metadata*
    • 6.2 Digital Libraries*
    • 6.3 General Works*
    • 6.4 Information Conversion, Integrity, and Preservation*
  • 7 New Publishing Models*
  • 8 Publisher Issues*
    • 8.1 Electronic Commerce/Copyright Systems*
  • Appendix A. Related Bibliographies by the Same Author
  • Appendix B. About the Author

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources includes the following sections:

  • Cataloging, Identifiers, Linking, and Metadata*
  • Digital Libraries*
  • Electronic Books and Texts*
  • Electronic Serials*
  • General Electronic Publishing*
  • Images*
  • Legal*
  • Preprints
  • Preservation
  • Publishers*
  • SGML and Related Standards

An article about the bibliography has been published in The Journal of Electronic Publishing: