& Museum Informatics devoted 22 days of consulting to AMICO in March.
This effort focussed on delivering The AMICO Library in a validated
form to RLG, developing and submitting an IMLS proposal, briefing and
listening to testbed participants and completing editing of the draft
legal framework for AMICO with its General Counsel.
- We worked
with Focus Consulting to refine data validation and parsing tools and
to test AMICO member contributions to the library. At the end of April
we submitted the library (65GB of data) to RLG.
- We obtained funding from the Delmas Foundation for participation in
the NSF DLI2 grant run, and applied for an IMLS grant with the University
of Indiana, Purdue University, Indiana.
- We attended and spoke at the Coalition for Networked information.
- We organised three working committee meetings, Rights, Technical and
Users at the Museums and the Web Conference.
- We finalized incorporation papers with Michael Shapiro, AMICO's General
Counsel, for the AMICO and continued to draft membership agreement,
the university license and the museum license.
- We distributed materials to university test bed participants, met
with them at CNI, and prepared a web site for interaction with the testbed
Processing & Delivery:
effort paid off. During April all AMICO members completed the submission
of records for the testbed library. Some left this until the last day
or two and still had errors when their data was submitted to RLG, so
they will have work to do to clean them up in May. However, we were
delighted to have almost 20,000 records and all members participating.
parsing routines were awaiting full testing. In May, all parsed data
will be returned to members for review and approval.
the latest version of the vocabularies from the Getty Information Institute
in preparation for vocabulary enhancement research and experiments we
will conduct in May and June.
a meeting of testbed participants at the CNI meeting and held a very
successful session in the program discussing research underway at OCLC
and in planning at testbed universities. The OCLC presentation is available
on the AMICO members web site.
site for university testbed participants was completed and opened in
with all three working committees of AMICO (Rights, Users & Uses, and
Technical Operations) in Toronto at the end of April. Each meeting produced
positive forward progress and minutes will be posted to the lists in
Shapiro finalized the incorporation papers and started them on a round
of serial notorization which will end with their being filed, in the
District of Columbia, in May. The objective is for AMICO Inc. to exist
as an independent non-profit when its board meets in Worcester in early
committee meeting discussed the draft membership agreement and licenses
and Michael Shapiro took their input into account in drafting the final
agreements which will be ready the first week in May.
Raising and Outreach:
discussions with the Mellon Foundation and expect to submit a proposal
for a June review.
a $10,000 grant from the Delmas Foundation to assist us in planning
for a Digital Libraries Initiative grant from NSF due in July.
an IMLS grant proposal in partnership with the Indiana University Library
to make The AMICO Library available to K-12, public libraries, museums
and others within the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area.
not to participate in the Consortium for Computer Interchange of Museum
Information (CIMI) testbed on the Dublin Core metadata model because
four AMICO member museums will participate on their own and bring the
results back to the group.
with staff of the Library of Congress which agreed to join AMICO. We
have expressions of interest in joining AMICO in hand from numerous
other institutions. Membership will be opened in May and the membership
committee will recommend new members to the board in June.
present AMICO at the closing meeting of the Conference on Fair Use (CONFU)
in DC in May.
meeting for the NSF DLI 2 grant cycle will be held in late May/early
directors of several interested organizations to co-sponsor a meeting
on Authenticity of Internet Resources which AMICO will host in the fall.
We will invite vendors and providers of watermarking and object identification/registration
systems to that meeting and use it as the occasion for AMICO members
to decide their collective policies on the marking of authoritative
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