of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 27, No. 4              April / May 2001

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Editor's Note

Many issues of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology have themes, but this issue instead exploits the diversity of ASIST interests, ranging from social policy to the technicalities of classification, from India to Europe and the Americas, and from our oldest activities to our newest undertakings.  All the authors speak to the multi-faceted problems of making information accessible in the face of technical, conceptual, economic, sociological and political problems and to our profession's efforts to surmount them.

Two articles are summaries of sessions from the 2000 Annual Meeting. One is of a panel presentation, Information Policy: From the Local to the Global, sponsored by the ASIST Special Interest Groups in Information Policy (SIG/IFP) and International Information Issues (SIG/III). The other reports the much-praised 11th Classification Research Workshop sponsored by SIG/CR. We are very grateful to Gail Hodge, Dagobert Soergel and their collaborators for these contributions.

While SIG/CR is one of ASIST's oldest, most active and most durable groups, information architecture (IA) is newly arrived on the scene. Andrew Dillon describes IA concerns in his column on the recent ASIST Information Architecture Summit held in San Francisco in early February, which, as last year, was attended by more than 300 people. ASIST President Joe Busch also discusses this event on his President's Page, including the results of a focus group conducted there to help ASIST better support the professional needs and interests of the IA constituency. We will be drawing on the people and issues from the summit for future articles in the Bulletin.

Finally, we are very pleased to present the second place winner in the SIG/III 2000 International Paper Competition, a paper by Aashish Sharma and William Yurcik on the Gyandoot Intranet Project in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. As they describe this development effort, which has received international recognition, they also provide examples of many of the points raised by the panel on information policy.  In conjunction with the publication of this fine paper we would also like to call the attention of our international readers to the announcement in this issue of the 2001 SIG/III International Paper Competition. We look forward eagerly to the results of this event, which produced so many excellent entries last year.

Irene L. Travis
Editor, Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
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