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The New ASIS&T Partnership

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The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) was founded on 13 March 1937 and operates today as a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in the US. As information and communication technology applications proliferate and encroach ever more on the daily lives of nearly all in the developed world, ASIS&T members are at the forefront in examining the technical bases, social consequences, and theoretical understanding of online databases, widespread use of databases in government, industry, and education, and the development of the Internet and World Wide Web. In 2000, the Society changed its name to American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), reflecting the range of its members. In 2013, the Society changed its name to the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) to reflect its growing international membership.

In addition to development of meetings and conferences throughout the world, ASIS&T publishes:

» Bulletin of ASIS&T

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On 30 June 2013, DCMI Ltd. ceased operations as a company limited by guarantee in Singapore and becomes a project of ASIS&T—the Association for Information Science and Technology. This change from independent, non-profit company status in Singapore to a partnership with ASIS&T marks a significant milestone in DCMI's history. The decision to restructure was motivated by the desire of DCMI's governing Oversight Committee to shape a more dynamic and responsive institutional structure, while retaining its mission, goals and objectives and its commitments to an open, consensus-driven community.

The change in institutional structure was guided by extensive investigations by the Oversight Committee into alternative institutional structures and potential partnerships that might better serve DCMI's global community of metadata researchers and practitioners.

The new partnership between DCMI and ASIS&T may be characterized as follows:

  • ASIS&T provides an institutional "umbrella" for DCMI activities through provision of core institutional services (e.g., financial and legal);

  • Fiscal arrangements between ASIS&T and DCMI are based on both services rendered by ASIS&T to DCMI and on related costs and mutual partner benefits;

  • DCMI maintains its autonomy as a global community through maintenance of the DCMI "brand" and its programmatic commitments and membership programs; and

  • DCMI maintains semi-autonomous governance within the institutional structure of ASIS&T and DCMI bylaws.

In addition to meeting these core objectives, DCMI and ASIS&T are committed in the coming months and years to seek out joint activities where both organizations can leverage their strengths to the benefit of both communities. Both DCMI and ASIS&T bring to the new partnership their histories as strong, successful organizations serving research and practice communities.

Under the new partnership, DCMI continues its commitment to the following principles of operation:

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DCMI's work is supported, promoted and improved by Member organizations around the world:

  • The National Library of Finland
  • The National Library of Korea
  • The National Library Board Singapore
  • MIMOS Berhad
  • Shanghai Library logo
  • Simmons College (USA)
  • ZBW - German National Library of Economics
  • Information School of the University of Washington
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Göttingen State and University Library
  • Research Center for Knowledge Communities, Tsukuba University
  • Infocom Corporation (Japan)

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