[Asis-l] FW: New issue of Information Research

Richard Hill rhill at asis.org
Mon Sep 19 09:12:18 EDT 2011

[Forwarded.  Dick Hill]


On Behalf Of Prof. T.D. Wilson
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Subject: New issue of Information Research


The new issue of Information Research is now available at the usual site

Here is the editorial:


This issue carries selected papers from the International Workshop on
Opportunistic Discovery of Information, held at the University of Missouri
in October 2010. I am grateful to Sanda Erdelez and Stephann Makri for the
effort they put into acting as guest editors for this issue. All the work of
selecting the papers and seeing them through the review and copy-editing
process was undertaken by them, saving me a great deal of Editorial time! I
shall leave you to read their introduction to those papers, rather than
duplicate their words, and get on to deal with other matters.

The regular papers

This quarter, we have four papers, which I think show the span of topics
that we cover as well as the geographical distribution of our authors.
First, Panos Balatsoukas, Ann O'Brien and Anne Morris report on The effects
of discipline on the application of learning object metadata in UK higher
education: the case of the Jorum repository, a very significant issue in
these days of increasing use of virtual learning environments. Then Hemalata
Iyer and Lucy Bungo present another metadata topic: comparing those
professionally assigned with user-generated tags in the field of
complementary and alternative medicine. Next Ina Fourie and Retha
Claasen-Veldsman explore the needs of South African oncology nurses for
current awareness services available through the Internet, concluding that
the circumstances of their work to not actually encourage much use of such
services, which are not often accessible from the workplace and, even if
they were, the nurses often lack the necessary skills in computer use.
Finally, E.B. Visser and M. Weideman report on a study that casts light on
the potentially conflicting requirements of search engine optimisation of
Web pages and usability issues.


We have the usual assortment of book reviews in this issue and I think that
some of the books will really attract your attention: our Book Reviews
Editor, Elena Maceviciute, has done an excellent job in assembling, and in
most cases writing, the reviews. Other people also do an excellent job: our
Associate Editors, for example - we have two new ones this quarter, with
Nils Pharo switching roles to cover the Far East, and Crystal Fulton joining
the team to cope with submissions from Africa and India. I hope that they
find the task rewarding - certainly, that is the message I get from others.
Jose Vicente Rodriguez and Pedro Diaz also deserve thanks for responding to
my always too late requests for translation of the abstracts, as do our
referees, sometimes just a little late with their reviews :-), and, never
least, our copy-editors who do much more for authors than simply correcting
their spelling.

I have been very brief on this occasion as I am under considerable time
pressure at the moment, with too many tasks to perform in too short a time.
I hope to be able to give a fuller account of journal matters in the next

Professor T.D. Wilson, PhD, Hed.Dr, PhD (h.c.)          
Publisher and Editor in Chief: Information Research: 
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