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http://lester.rice.edu or contact Lisa Spiro,
Project Director, at: lester@rice.edu
nology as well as white papers and cita-
tions submitted by researchers. In addition,
we would like to enable greater informa-
tion exchange and interactivity in the LST
community by providing online forums,
bulletin boards, and other community-
building tools, as well as by enabling users
to contribute peer annotations about
projects. It is hoped that LESTER will
contribute to research by providing infor-
mation about recent innovations, promot-
ing interdisciplinary collaborations, and
offering both an overarching taxonomy
and data to support the development of
research roadmaps. LESTER also aims to
address the gap between research and
implementation in the classroom by pro-
viding a lens through which instructors
and technologists can examine recent
research. Success will be measured by
number of registrands, number of records
included in LESTER,Web traffic, and
usefulness and quality of LESTER as
determined by user studies.
that includes new terms and keyword hier-
archies drawn from the computer science
and high-tech communities.
C
omplements other information
sources on learning science and tech-
nology LESTER offers snapshot views of
ongoing research, enabling users to dig
more deeply by visiting related Websites
for further information. By providing
information about researchers and organi-
sations as well as projects, LESTER high-
lights centres of activity in particular areas
of educational technology.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
A
s LESTER grows, it will provide key
elements of the basic research infra-
structure for LST and support communi-
cation and collaboration. LESTER will
include a wider variety of data, including
information about conferences and current
funding opportunities in educational tech-
THE DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER SYSTEM EXPLAINED
WHAT IS A DOI?
T
he Digital Object Identifier (DOI®)
system is for persistent identification
and interoperable exchange of intellectual
property on digital networks. It provides an
extensible framework for managing intel-
lectual content in any form, at any level of
granularity and in any digital environment.
A DOI differs from commonly used
Internet pointers to material (e.g. a URL)
because it identifies an object as a first-class
entity, not simply the place where the
object is located.
WHAT IS THE IDF?
T
he International DOI Foundation
(IDF) was created in 1998 and sup-
ports the needs of the intellectual property
community in the digital environment by
the development and promotion of the
Digital Object Identifier system as a com-
mon infrastructure for content manage-
ment.The Foundation is a registered
not-for-profit organisation, controlled by
an Executive Board elected by the mem-
bers of the Foundation.The activities of
the Foundation are controlled by its mem-
bers. Membership is open to all organisa-
tions with an interest in electronic publish-
ing and related enabling technologies.
I
n April this year, an informal consor-
tium of three national libraries (The
British Library, Die Deutsche Bibliothek
and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek) joined
the IDF.
M
ore libraries, particularly national
libraries, are being encouraged to
join the IDF by the International
Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).
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