6.0537 IASSIST Conference 1993 (1/362)

Thu, 18 Feb 1993 16:07:00 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0537. Thursday, 18 Feb 1993.

Date: Wed, 17 Feb 93 19:47:22 EST
From: Laine Ruus <LAINE@vm.utcc.utoronto.ca>
Subject: IASSIST conference 1993

With all normal apologies for duplication:

Openness, Diversity and Standards: Sharing Data Resources

The International Association for Social Science Information Service
and Technology (IASSIST) will hold its 19th annual conference in
conjunction with the International Federation of Data Organisations
(IFDO) in Edinburgh over the period 11 - 14 May 1993. This is the
first time that the conference has been held in the UK.

The Conference spans the 3 days 12 - 14 May and addresses the concern
of IASSIST and IFDO members for managing and sharing computer-readable
data during a time of rapid change. This theme highlights the value of
openness in sharing data, the richness of diversity among data sources
and the standards by which data might be exchanged across disciplinary
and national boundaries.

Preliminary Conference Programme (2nd Revision)
Workshop Day Tuesday 11 May
Concurrent sessions

What is a data library & how to start one

UNIX: introduction

Storage media & handling multimedia collections

Concurrent sessions

Computer-readable data - a challenge for the

Advanced UNIX: shell scripts, perl, awk, admin &
user utilities

Internet - making contact with networked data

Evening Welcome reception
Day 1 Wednesday 12 May
Plenary Session OPENNESS & ACCESS
Concurrent sessions

Open access to public data

Bibliographic Control of Computer Files:
past & future, an international report

Data libraries - the new, the reformed & the
delivering data for secondary analysis

Concurrent sessions

Service access to national Census data

Access to electronic records: automation & archives

Views on metadata

Evening Icebreaker evening
Day 2 Thursday 13 May
Concurrent sessions

International comparative research

Diverse uses of electronic records

Diverse media for data exchange and / or service

Roundtable lunches Discussion groups on pre-set topics

Panel discussion Diverse or convergent paths
What course for social science data archives &
data libraries, including 'New Directors for Old

Poster sessions

Evening Conference dinner & Ceilidh
Day 3 Friday 14 May
Concurrent sessions

Standards for metadata & data documentation:
data creation & publication

The electronic book - new standards

Cross-national standards for industrial &

IASSIST Business Lunch

Concurrent sessions Standards for metadata & data documentation:
computer-readable codebooks & delivery to the user

Archival responsibilty for research data:
towards professional standards

Standards for data exchange & access: words and

Evening Depart for Highland Weekend

Conference Registration Fees
Pounds Sterling
Conference & Workshop 150 *
Conference only 130 *
Workshop only 75
One Day Attendance 75

(* Deduct 25 pounds if you have paid 1993 IASSIST subscription at time
of booking.)

Special events

Welcome reception Tuesday 11 May
The Keeper of the Scottish Record Office has kindly invited us to hold
our Welcome Reception in HM General Register House on Princes Street.
The Presidents of IASSIST and IFDO will welcome delegates, to meet new
and intending members and to renew friendships with existing members
of both organisations.

Icebreaker Wednesday 12 May
The evening starts with a tour of Edinburgh, highlighting the city's
historic and sometimes murky past. We then cross the River Forth to
the Queensferry Lodge Hotel in the Kingdom of Fife for a buffet meal.
On the return journey we shall have an excellent view of the
illuminations on the Forth Bridge. (The cost to non-delegates is
15 pounds)

Conference dinner Thursday 13 May
This will be held in the splendid Assembly Rooms in the Georgian part
of Edinburgh, a short walk from the Carlton Highland Hotel. For this
we have arranged a whisky tasting followed by a meal, and then a live
band, country dancers and traditional Scottish entertainers will lead
us into a Ceilidh. (The cost to non-delegates is 20 pounds)

Highland weekend Friday 14 May to Monday 17 May
A post-conference weekend has been organised in the Scottish
Highlands, staying at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel at Ballachulish,
Argyll. The cost of the weekend is an additional 135 pounds for twin /
double rooms, 182 pounds for single room and 53 pounds for a child
sharing parent's room. Further information is given in the
accompanying leaflet. Early booking is advised as places are strictly

Edinburgh attractions
The ancient and historic Capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a superb
location in which to attend a conference: it is close to both sea and
hills and reputed to offer the 'best quality of life in the UK'. In
addition to its famous Castle, Edinburgh is renowned for its fine art
galleries, Royal Botanical Gardens, Zoo and numerous architectural as
well as gastronomic and musical delights. The University of Edinburgh,
founded in 1583, has advanced computing and networking facilities; it
is a major UK university with an international reputation in the
social sciences and the new information sciences.

There are regular air services from USA, Canada and Europe to Scotland
(Glasgow & Edinburgh) and also connecting flights to Edinburgh from
London (Gatwick, Heathrow or Stansted). There is a frequent bus
service from Glasgow Airport to Edinburgh. The train journey from
London to Edinburgh takes under five hours.

The Conference will be held in the Carlton Highland Hotel which is
situated near the Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh. Rooms have
been reserved and special rates negotiated for IASSIST/IFDO'93
delegates at the Carlton Highland, single or twin rooms, and at two
other nearby hotels, the Scandic Crown and the Old Waverley, with a
special rate for single rooms only.

The allocation of rooms is held until 28th February only and early
booking is advisable.

IASSIST/IFDO'93 rates in pounds sterling
Twin room per night Single room per night
Carlton Highland Hotel 90 68
North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD
Tel: +44 (0)31 556 7277
Fax: +44 (0)31 556 2691

Scandic Crown Hotel - 68
80 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TH
Tel: +44 (0)31 557 9797
Fax: +44 (0)31 557 9789

Old Waverley Hotel - 60
Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2BY
Tel: +44 (0)31 557 4648
Fax: +44 (0)31 557 6316

Please note that prices include a full Scottish breakfast and local
taxes and that tea and coffee making facilities are available in every
room. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel of your choice,
quoting the IASSIST/IFDO'93 Conference.

Alternative accommodation
There are many other hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts and self
catering establishments located in central Edinburgh. For further
information please contact

Edinburgh Marketing Central Reservations Department
3 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2QP
Tel: +44 (0)31 557 9655
Fax: +44 (0)31 557 5118

Conference Personnel
Charles Humphrey, IASSIST President
Paul de Guchteneire, IFDO President
Peter Burnhill, Programme Committee Co-Chairman (IASSIST)
Eric Tanenbaum, Programme Committee Co-Chairman (IFDO)
Alison Bayley, Local Arrangements Committee Chairman

Booking procedure
Bookings should be made on the enclosed booking form and returned to

Alison Bayley, Data Library, The University of Edinburgh
Main Library Building, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ, Scotland UK

Payment may be made in pounds sterling as follows:
1 personal cheque payable to IASSIST/IFDO'93 (except from France)
2 Eurocheques payable to IASSIST/IFDO'93, each not to exceed 100 pounds
3 Bank Transfer to Bank of Scotland,
32A Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HU
for credit of IASSIST/IFDO'93 Account 00135889 at Branch 80-02-24
4 Visa or Mastercard

Further information
For further information on conference attendance, paper presentation
or the poster session, please contact either:

Peter Burnhill, Programme Committee or
Alison Bayley, Local Arrangements Committee

Data Library, The University of Edinburgh, Main Library Building
George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ, Scotland, UK
tel +44 (0)31 650 3301
FAX +44 (0)31 662 4809
e-mail iassist93@edinburgh.ac.uk

IASSIST membership
To join IASSIST please write to Martin Pawlocki (Treasurer IASSIST),
c/o Institute for Social Research, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles,
CA 90024-1484 USA,
enclosing a cheque or money order for US$40 payable to IASSIST

Booking form

19th Annual International Conference, Edinburgh, May 11-14 1993

Booking Form (please use one form per delegate & photocopy as necessary)

Family name Telephone
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First name/initials Title Fax
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Organisation / Institution / Company


Country Postal / zip code

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Registration (pounds sterling)

Conference & Workshop 150 _______

Conference only 130 _______

Workshop only 75 _______

One day attendance on ______________ 75 _______

Non-delegate ticket(s) for Icebreaker @15 _______

Non-delegate ticket(s) for Conference Dinner @20 _______

Non-delegate membership of University Club @2.75 _______

Total _______

Deduct 25 if you have paid 1993 IASSIST membership _______

I enclose / shall arrange payment in pounds sterling as follows:

|_| Personal cheque payable to IASSIST/IFDO'93 (not acceptable from


|_| Eurocheques, each not to exceed 100 pounds, payable to IASSIST/IFDO'93

|_| Bank Transfer to Bank of Scotland, 32A Chambers Street,
Edinburgh EH1 1HU, Scotland, UK
for credit of IASSIST/IFDO'93 Account 00135889 at Branch 80-02-24,
Telephone +44 (0)31 243 5870

|_| Visa |_| Mastercard

number |_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| expiry date |_|_|_|_|

billing address (if different from above)

Signature date

To be returned to: Alison Bayley, Data Library, Main Library, George
Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ, Scotland

Laine G.M. Ruus Bitnet : laine@utorvm
Data Library Service Internet : laine@vm.utcc.utoronto.ca
University of Toronto