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DLESE Developers' Workshop report
Earth system science (ESS) vocabulary development
Software engineer position at the DLESE Program Center
Survey on digital library use

DLESE Developers' Workshop Report

A report of the DLESE Developers' Workshop is now available as a draft white paper that contains a review of the workshop, provides a synopsis of the projects represented, and includes a summary of experiences to date developing collections or services for DLESE. In addition, the paper highlights issues and challenges with respect to the future development of the distributed library. The workshop was hosted by the DLESE Program Center, sponsored by NSF’s Geosciences Directorate, and held at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), in Boulder, Colorado, on February 19 and 20, 2003.

Earth system science (ESS) vocabulary development

Help develop an Earth system science vocabulary. This vocabulary, when implemented, will provide a new way to discover resources in DLESE. An ESS approach is one that teaches about phenomena and processes in ways that emphasize the connections and cross-dependencies among what have traditionally been separate disciplines (e.g., geology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, hydrology), and one that emphasizes the intertwined, organic nature of our world. An initial matrix of terms has been assembled from a variety of sources, and DLESE invites your comment and additions to this initial vocabulary.

Software developer position at the DLESE Program Center

The DLESE Program Center, in Boulder Colorado, has an opening for a software engineer to develop cataloging and collections management tools for the DLESE community. If you have experience with Java, Web services and digital libraries, and would like to work on a community digital library, please see the job description. Applications can be made online, or a résumé and cover letter can be sent to Mike Wright (mwright@ucar.edu).

Survey on digital library use

Please take a few moments to help student research by completing a user survey on digital library use. Part of Masters thesis research by Debbie Dvornik, a graduate student at the School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, the brief survey asks a series of questions about digital library use and patterns.

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