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    GMNet team visited the Capital during August 24-28, 2005. Much thanks to the great hospitality and thoughtful arrangement of Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, Chief of Asian Division of the Library of Congress; and Director Peter Young of the National Agricultural Library, the group tours extensively the two national libraries, and had also plenty opportunities for information exchange. We also thank Ms. Jiwon Kim of National Library of Medicine for her introduction to the NLM's Historical Collection. In addition, they also capitalized the opportunity to get to know many historical sites and some of the rich collections of Smithsonian museums in the Washington DC area. This trip will leave them with much treasured memories for a long time!
08/28/2005
    Dr. Ching-chih Chen delivered a lecture on "Global Memory Net: Possibilities for non-humanities contents" at the National Agricultural Library, Silver Spring, MD on August 26, 2005.
08/26/2005
    Prof. Chen delivered an invited talk, entitled "Global World Library in the digital age: Potentials & challenges in the case of Global Memory Net," at the Whitall Pavillion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress (LC) on August 25th, 2005. This talk was organized by the Asian Division of LC.  This talk was a follow up to an earlier invited speech delivered on July 19, 2004, entitled "Global World Library in the Digital Age: Potentials and Challenges in the Case of Global Memory Net," LC's Digital Future & You! a series of briefings sponsored by Library Services on digital initiatives. Invited Speaker. The Library of Congress has made this webcast accessible via their website: http://www.loc.gov/library/video/jul19-globalmemorynet/. (Requires RealPlayer.)
08/25/2005
    GMNet welcome their latest visiting researcher, Xiaobo Xiao from Xian, China, who arrived on August 17, 2005. Xiaobo is the Vice-Head of Library Automation at the Xian Jiaotong Unuiversity Library. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in computer science of that university. He will be at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College for 3 months under the support of the US National Science Foundation participating in further system development and exploring the possibilities of integrating selective image contents related to the culture of Xian as a part of Global Memory Net under Prof. Ching-chih Chen.
08/17/2005
    GMNet team welcome the visit of several staff members of the Asia Division of Library Congress -- Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee, Chief of Asian Division, Dr. Mi Chu Wiens, Head of Scholarly Services and Mr. Tien Doan, System Staff of the Division on August 8-9, 2005. Currently, Global Memory Net's Naxi Manuscripts is collaborative project with Dr. Lee using both the unique Naxi collection and metadata from the LC's Asia Division, and the GMNet's technologies. Further collaborative possibilities will be explored in the two-day meeting with the GMNet team at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College.
08/08/2005
    GMNet team welcome their latest visiting researcher, Mrs. Haiyan (Haley) Li from Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU), who arrived on August 4, 2005. Haley is a System Engineer of the SJTU's Library. She is at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College for 3 months under the support of the US National Science Foundation exploring the inclusion of selective images of Chinese musical instruments as a part of Global Memory Net's collection under Prof. Ching-chih Chen. When completed, these instruments will be linked with sound files.
08/04/2005
    GMNet welcome their latest visiting researchers, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Tuan Linh and Mr. Nguyen Thanh Son from Hanoi, Vietnam, who arrived on August 3, 2005. Linh is the Conservator at the Vietnam National Ethnological Museum (VNTM), Hanoi, Vietnam, and Son is an AV technical staff at the same museum. They are at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College for 3 months under the support of the US National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation exploring the inclusion of selective VNEM's image s as a part of Global Memory Net's collection under Prof. Ching-chih Chen.
08/03/2005
    During July 27-30, 2005, Prof. Chen delivered the invited speeches, entitled "Digital Libraries and Universal Access: What Global Memory Net hopes to achieve?" at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (July 27), Institue of Scientific and Technological Documentation Center (July 28), National Library of China (July 29), and Palace Museum (July 30th) during her whirlwind week-long trip to Beijing, China. Invited Speaker.
07/27/2005
    GMNet welcome their latest visiting researcher, Zhang Hongjia (Jenny Zhang) from Hainan, China, who arrived on July 20, 2005. Jenny is the Head of Library Automation at the University of Hainan Library. She will be at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College for 4 months under the support of the US National Science Foundation exploring the possibilities of integrating selective image contents related to the culture of "Li" minority ethnic group as a part of Global Memory Net's collection under Prof. Ching-chih Chen.
07/25/2005
    Our latest visiting researcher, Boris Badurina from Osijek, Croatia, arrived on July 6, 2005. Boris is a member of the Department of Information Sciences, University J. J. Strossmayer in Osijek, Croatia, where he teaches courses in databases, digitization and web development. He will be at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College for 4 months under the support of the US National Science Foundation working in integrating selective image contents from the Museum of Osijek as a part of Global Memory Net's collection under Prof. Ching-chih Chen.
07/08/2005
    Prof. Chen delivered an invited speech, entitled "New mode of universal access and Global Memory Net" at the International Conference on Universal Digital Libraries, Hangzhou, China, on November 1st, 2005. At the same meeting, Mr. Shengqiang Zhang, Head of Library Automation of Sichuwan University also gave a talk on his R&D work related to system development (v. 2.0) for Global Memory Net. Copy of their speeches can be found in the Archive section.
07/03/2005
    National Science Foundation has granted the second-year support to Global Memory Net's R&D project, "International Collaboration to Advance User-oriented Technologies for Managing and Distributing Images in Digital Libraries." The two-year grant will enable the PI, Prof. Ching-chih Chen of Simmons College, to collaborate closely with the co-PIs, Prof. James Z. Wang of the Pennsylvania State University and Prof. Jian-bo Shi of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as collaborator in Taiwan, Prof. V. W. Soo of the National Taiwan University in continuing their advance digital imaging R&D. While Chen's group will continue to explore the image collection and metadata development and retrieval issues, Wang's team will concentrate on content-based image retrieval and progressive displaying of copyright-protected images R&D, Shi's team will focus on object-specific image retrieval activities, and Soo's team will continue its text- and ontology-based retrieval of images.
06/07/2005
    Global Memory Net welcomes Visiting Researcher, Mr. Zhang Sheng Qiang, from Sichuwan University, Chengdu, China. Mr. Zhang is the Head of Library Automation of the Sichuwan University Library. He has joined Global Memory Net for 5 months from April to September 2005, mostly under the support of the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia and NSF/IDLP. In addition to explore the possibilites of Sichuwan University Library becoming a contributing collaborator, Mr. Zhang also concentrates his time in developing a workable dynamic PHP-based new version of the GMNet's web-based system together with additional search capabities such as sound, bilingual, and multi-database retrievals.
04/15/2005
    Dr. Chen delivered her invited speech, entitled "Digital Libraries and Universal Access in the 21st Century: Realities and Potential for US-China Collaboration," at the 3rd China-US Library Conference, Shanghai on March 23, 2005.  See Archive for a copy of her speech.
03/23/2005
    Chen will be a feature speaker at The 3rd China-US Library Conference, Shanghai, China, March 22-25, 2005.  She will speak on "Digital Libraries and Universal Access in the 21st Century: Realities and Potential for US China Collaboration."
03/01/2005
    Tsurumi University's Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, Yokohama, Japan is one of Global Memory Net's latest collaborators. The University's selected collection of the rare Waka poems and tales and selected ancient western maps of Japan becomes one of the latest prototype collections of Global Memory Net. While using our technology and metadata structure, Prof. Takashi Nagatsuka led the team at Tsurumi University in providing the descriptions of this collection in English and Chinese, as well as the sound files.
03/01/2005
    GMNet team welcome Prof. Takashi Nagatsuka of the Tsurumi University, Kawasaki, Japan. During his short visit, Prof. Nagatsuka discusses the details related to the collaborative activity with Global Memory Net in contributing the valuable and unique waka poems and ancient map collections of the university.
02/12/2005
    Professor Chen will deliver keynote speech at the 7th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL 2004), Shanghai, China, December 13-17, 2004.  She will speak on "Global Memory Net: New Collaboration, New Activities and New Potentials."
12/01/2004
    Global Memory Net's latest project is supported by a NSF/IDLP grant entitled International Collaboration to Advance Useer-oriented Technologies for Managing and Distributing Images in Digital Libraries. The two-year grant will enable the PI, Prof. Ching-chih Chen of Simmons College, to collaborate closely with the co-PIs, Prof. James Z. Wang of the Pennsylvania State University and Prof. Jian-bo Shi of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as collaborator in Taiwan, Prof. V. W. Soo of the National Taiwan University. While Prof. Chen's group will continue to explore the image collection and metadata development, Prof. Wang's team will concentrate on content-based image retrieval and progressive displaying of copyright-protected images R&D, Prof. Shi's team will focus on object-specific image retrieval activities, and Prof. Soo's team will continue its text- and ontology-based retrieval of images.
09/01/2004
    The exciting and rare Naxi Manuscripts has become available through the Global Memory Net. It is a collaborative project between Dr. Hwa-wei Lee, Head of the Asian Division of the US Library of Congress (LC) and Prof. Ching-chih Chen of Simmons College, Boston. This Naxi collection is the largest one outside of China and is unrivaled in quality, quantity, and variety among Naxi collections in Europe, the People's Republic of China, and Taiwan. The Library of Congress collection consists of 3,342 Naxi manuscripts features ceremonial writings of the Naxi people of Yunnan Province, China. Some of the most illustrative images are included in Global Memory Net.
06/18/2004
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