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Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI) Training Programme

Either: Birmingham, Bristol or London, 8 February to 27 April 2007

The TASI programme of practical hands-on training includes three brand new workshops:

Digital Photography - Level 2
Provides an introduction to the effective operation of a digital SLR, explaining how the camera's manual controls can be used to improve photography. The course also explains how to illuminate small 2D and 3D objects using tungsten studio lights.

Scanning from Print
A practical overview of digitising printed resources using a scanner or camera. Particularly for those using the CLA trial scanning licence, but useful for anyone digitising from print.

Beyond Google: Strategies for Finding Images Online
Provides a practical overview of finding and storing quality images from online sources and how to deal successfully with issues of copyright.

8 February 2007: Image Capture - Level 1, Bristol
9 February 2007: Image Capture - Level 2, Bristol
23 February 2007: Image Capture - Level 3, Bristol
7 March 2007: Beyond Google: Strategies for Finding Images Online, Birmingham
14 March 2007: Photoshop - Level 1, Birmingham
15 March 2007: Photoshop - Level 2, Birmingham
23 March 2007: Digital Photography - Level 1, Bristol
29 March 2007: Building a Departmental Image Collection, London
30 March 2007: Scanning from Print, Bristol
4 April 2007: Beyond Google: Strategies for Finding Images Online, Birmingham
13 April 2007: Image Optimisation - Correcting and Preparing Images, Bristol
20 April 2007: Colour Management, Bristol
25 April 2007: Beyond Google: Strategies for Finding Images Online, Birmingham
27 April 2007: Digital Photography - Level 2, Bristol

Full details and the online booking form can be found on TASI's Training page: http://www.tasi.ac.uk/training/

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De Lange Conference VI: Emerging Libraries

Host: Rice University via the Fondren Library and Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITI) Location: Alice Pratt Brown Auditorium, Shepherd School, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas Date: 5-7 March 2007

How knowledge will be accessed, discovered, and disseminated in the age of digital information.

Speakers will include John Seely Brown, Harold Varmus, James Duderstadt, Paul Ginsparg, and Donald Kennedy.

More information has been produced in the last few decades than in the entire previous history of humanity, and most of this has been in digital format. Libraries are not storage places any more; they are less and less a place. The critical issues now include: How can that information be efficiently accessed and used? How do we extract knowledge from such an abundance of often poorly organized information? How might these enormous digital resources affect our concept of identity, our privacy, and the way we conduct business in the new century? Insight from many disciplines and perspectives is requisite to begin to understand this phenomenon to identify ways to help chart a future course. The De Lange 2007 Conference will examine the transformational influences these astonishing emerging libraries may entail.

For more detailed information about the speakers and programme, see http://delange.rice.edu/conferenceVI.cfm

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UKeiG Course: Virtual Rules OK? Developing a Policy for the Digital Collection

The John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester, 28 March, 2007

Course outline
One of the greatest responsibilities librarians have is that of developing and managing a pertinent and dynamic collection - indeed, it may be one of the fundamental arts of the librarian. Collection management comprises a series of complex activities and procedures which now encompass the virtual collection as well as the physical collection. These activities include selection, evaluation, acquisition, collection evaluation and review, preservation and promotion.

If such activities are to be undertaken in a coherent and consistent fashion, one of the requirements is that the librarian establishes and administers a pragmatic written collection development policy (CDP).

The overarching aim of the workshop is to enable you to formulate or re-evaluate and implement a CDP for e-resources for your library. By the end of the workshop you should:

The workshop will involve practical work. In addition to talks and demonstrations from the workshop leaders, you will be undertaking small group exercises of different kinds.

If your library already has a CDP, then you are encouraged to bring a copy to the workshop.

Course Presenters
Ray Lonsdale, Reader in Information Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Chris Armstrong, Consultant, Information Automation Limited.

Costs (including lunch and refreshments): UKeiG members £130 + VAT (£152.75); others £160 + VAT (£188.00)

To register your interest in this meeting, reserve a place, or request further details, please email meetings@ukeig.org.uk.

Further details are also available via the UKeiG website at http://www.ukeig.org.uk/training/2007/march/virtual_rules.html

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Museums and the Web 2007

San Francisco, California, USA, April 11 - 14, 2007 http://www.archimuse.com/mw2007/

Arguably the only annual conference exploring the on-line presentation of cultural and heritage content across institutions and around the world, the eleventh annual Museums and the Web will offer 43 papers, 14 mini-workshops and 4 Professional Forums on the MW2007 programme. Brewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive, will be giving the Keynote Address in the Opening Plenary on April 12. Long a leader in the open access movement, Brewster will talk about defining roles, rights and responsibilities, and introduce the Open Content Alliance.

Full abstracts of all accepted papers, workshops, mini-workshops, professional forums and interactions are now on the MW2007 Web site, along with biographies of presenters. http://www.archimuse.com/mw2007/sessions/

Regular Registration Deadline: 31 January 2007
If you haven't already registered, the deadline for early registration is coming up soon. Payment for early registrations must be *received* by 31 January 2007. Register on-line with a credit card to ensure early rates.
See https://www2.archimuse.com/mw2007/mw2007.registrationForm.html

Speakers List On-line

Joining On-line
The conference chairs advise that the conference is building an on-line community to complement its annual conference get-togethers. You can register for your account, and join the discussion today.

Contact the MW2007 Conference Co-Chairs
David Bearman and Jennifer Trant , Archives & Museum Informatics
e-mail: mw2007@archimuse.com

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CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI5)

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 - 20 April 2007.

Conference Web site: http://cern.ch/oai5

The OAI series of workshops is one of the biggest international meetings of technical repository-developers, library Open Access policy formulators, and the funders and researchers that they serve. The programme contains a mix of practical tutorials given by experts in the field, presentations from cutting-edge projects and research, posters from the community, breakout discussion groups, and an intense social programme which has helped to build a strong network amongst previous participants. The event is almost unique in bringing together these scholarly communication communities.

For further information: contact the organising committee via:
Joanne Yeomans joanne.yeomans@cern.ch

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TAPE Workshop on Management of Audiovisual Collections

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 18-24 April 2007
Venue: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam

Librarians, archivists and curators in charge of audiovisual collections need to know about the role of new technology in collection management. Digitisation offers unprecedented opportunities for access to historical materials. But how can it be combined with established preservation methods in an integrated strategy, to ensure optimal access today as well as in the future? In this 5-day workshop, the characteristics of film, video and sound recordings and the different recording systems and devices will be reviewed. Specific requirements for their handling and preservation will be related to the nature and function of different kinds of audiovisual materials. The workshop will explore the different transfer and conversion methods, technical requirements in relation to quality, and long-term management of digital files. Issues will be approached as management problems, and due attention will be given to aspects like needs assessment, setting priorities, planning, budgeting and outsourcing, as well as project management.

Participants will acquire knowledge of technical issues that will enable them to make informed decisions about the role of digitisation in care and management of audiovisual collections. The speakers will present outlines of issues and practical cases, and a substantial part of the workshops will be spent on discussions and group assignments to develop participants' skills in finding their own solutions.

All those responsible for audiovisual collections in archives, museums and libraries. For this introductory course, no specific technical expertise is required. The workshop will be in English.

European Commission on Preservation and Access, Amsterdam, the Netherlands The workshops are supported by the Culture 2000-programme of the EU as = part of the TAPE project

Registration fee
600 euros, this includes coffees, teas, lunches and a course pack with reading materials. Participants from institutes who are TAPE partners or ECPA contributors will pay 500 euros.

How to apply
For online registration: http://www.tape-online.net/courses.html
The registration deadline is 9 February 2007.

For more information on the TAPE project: http://www.tape-online.net

For more information on the workshop contact the ECPA:
European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)
c/o KNAW, P.O. Box 19121, NL-1000 GC Amsterdam
visiting address: Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29,
NL-1011 JV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
tel. ++31 - 20 - 551 08 39 fax ++31 - 20 - 620 49 41
URL: http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/

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10th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD2007): Added Value for E-theses

Uppsala, Sweden, 13-16 June, 2007

This meeting offers scope for an exchange of experience and consolidation of cooperation in the field of electronic theses and dissertations at local, national and international levels. Under the general theme "Added Value for E-theses", ETD 2007 is organised around two main themes: "Integrating ETDs with institutional processes and practices" and "Value-added services". The themes of the conference call for reflection on opportunities for joint efforts among various players in the production and information chain, both inside and outside our universities. Registration is now open.

The Conference Committee invites for the submission of papers and posters in all areas relevant to Electronic Theses and Dissertations, including but not limited to:

Important dates
15 February 2007: Final deadline for submission of abstracts of papers and posters
15 March 2007: Notification of acceptance
15 May 2007: Deadline for final paper submission
13-16 June 2007: ETD Conference 2007

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First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference

Vancouver, Canada, 11-13 July 2007
Web site: http://pkp.sfu.ca/node/493

The Public Knowledge Project at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University has indicated that the Conference will provide opportunities for those involved in the organisation, promotion, and study of scholarly communication to share and discuss innovative work in scholarly publishing, with a focus on the contribution that open source publishing technologies (such as Open Journal Systems) can make to improving access to research and scholarship on a global and public scale. The conference will appeal to all those with an interest in the future of scholarly publishing community: software developers and technical support specialists; journal publishers, editors, and staff; librarians; and researchers in scholarly publishing.

The conference stream for those involved in the practices and study of journal publishing will focus on the following themes and topics:

The conference stream for librarians and information specialists will focus on the following themes and topics:

The conference stream for open source software developers and other technical experts working with PKP software will address the following:

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Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) 2007

University of York, 16 - 18 July 2007

The theme for this year's event is "Next Steps for the Web Management Community" and the organisers particularly welcome submissions which reflect this theme. Given that this event has come as far as the 11th IWMW workshop, it is appropriate both to look back on the strengths developed by the Web management community and to look forward to ways in which it can build on those strengths.

In particular, it may be timely to exploit the potential of social networking tools and to explore whether the ideas behind the notion of a community of practice can be applied to the Web Management profession.

The call for speakers and facilitators is now open. If you are interested, please see details online at:

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DC-2007 International Conference On Dublin Core And Metadata Applications: Application Profiles: Theory and Practice

27-31 August 2007, Singapore

Conference Theme
The DC-2007 theme focuses on the theory and practice of developing application profiles. Application profiles provide the means to document the use of metadata terms within specific contexts and to combine terms from disparate namespaces. Application profiles may apply to communities of practice (e.g. cooperation projects) as well as to organizations in the public and private sectors. Emerging experience in the creation of application profiles reveals layers of complexity involved in combining terms from mixed abstract models. DC-2007 seeks to explore the conceptual and practical issues in the development and deployment of application profiles to meet the needs of specific communities of practice.

In addition to contributions focusing on the DC-2007 conference theme, papers and workshop proposals are welcome on a wide range of metadata topics, such as:

Business Models for Metadata
Conceptual Models
Cross-domain Processes (e.g., Recordkeeping, Preservation, Institutional Repositories)
Domain Metadata (e.g., Commerce, Corporate/Enterprise, Cultural Heritage Institutions - (Museums, Libaries, and Archives), Education, Geo-Spatial, Government, Social Spaces)
Metadata Generation Processes (e.g., Human, Automatic, and Hybrid)
Metadata Harvesting
Multilingual Issues
Knowledge Organisation Systems (e.g., Ontologies, Taxonomies, and Thesauri)
Localisation and Internationalisation
Normalisation and Crosswalks
Quality and Evaluation
Registries and Registry Services
Search Engines and Metadata
Social Tagging

Submissions Deadlines and Important Dates
Submission of papers: 2 April 2007
Acceptance notification: 1 June 2007
Camera-ready copy due: 2 July 2007

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Libraries Without Walls 7: Exploring anywhere, anytime delivery of library services

Lesvos, Greece, 14 - 18 September 2007

An international conference organised by The Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM)

To be held on the Aegean Island of Lesvos, Greece, at the Delphinia Hotel, Molyvos

Cost 495 GBP (including accommodation and breakfast for four nights, with lunches and refreshments during the Conference, and two evening dinners)

Keynote Speaker
Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies within the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles.

Conference Themes
From their beginnings in 1995, the Libraries without Walls conferences have mapped a major change in the practice of librarianship. While library services are still concerned to provide users with physical access to their buildings, electronic access, often from remote locations, is becoming ever more dominant. Library services are being integrated into virtual learning, research and personal environments. Papers presented at previous LWW conferences have mapped this change and provided examples of how libraries are delivering their services whenever and wherever their users need them.

LWW7 wishes to encourage the widest possible range of papers to reflect the diverse current developments in library service delivery and anticipates that papers may cover:

As in the past these themes are indicative and LWW7 remains open to proposals which, while in the general area of interest of the conference, do not fit neatly into the defined themes.

In addition to research papers, papers based on truly innovative practice will be welcomed, but these should assess the more general lessons to be learned rather than simply presenting a localised case study.

Closing date for submissions: Submissions by Friday 2nd March 2007. For further information please visit the Web site at http://www.cerlim.ac.uk/conf/lww7/

All enquiries should be addressed to the organisers:

Libraries Without Walls 7 Conference
Centre for Research in Library & Information Management (CERLIM)
Department of Information and Communications
Manchester Metropolitan University
Geoffrey Manton Building
Rosamond Street West
M15 6LL
United Kingdom

Email: lww-7@mmu.ac.uk
Tel: ++44 (0)161 247 6142
Fax: ++44 (0) 161 247 6979

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Latest Digest of Key Statistics for Museums, Libraries and Archives in England

The latest Digest of Statistics for the sector is now available on the MLA Web site. Produced by the Library and Information Statistics Unit (LISU) on the MLA's behalf, it gathers together some key data covering the museums, libraries and archives domains and is a valuable source of information. The MLA's Research and Evidence Team will review the publication in line with the MLA's new Research and Evidence Strategy.

Please send any comments you might have on the publication to: javier.stanziola@mla.gov.uk

The Digest can be downloaded from:

Source: MLA

[Received: January 2007]
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INIST-CNRS: First French Partner of the LOCKSS Alliance

Researchers need to have the guarantee that they will be able to have long-term access to scientific publications. What would happen today if a publisher were to close down, a publication were discontinued or a library or research laboratory were to cancel a subscription?

To guarantee that researchers will have long-term access to scientific publications, the Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (INIST) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) became the first French member of the LOCKSS Alliance.

LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe)

The LOCKSS Alliance was founded in 2004 and about a hundred libraries around the world are members. They form a community centered around the use of LOCKSS, a free software for preserving electronic journals to which they subscribe.

The LOCKSS Project was launched in 1999 in the United-States. In 2002, Stanford University was selected, after an initial test phase, to develop the software which was released in April 2004. LOCKSS operates as a network of journal duplicates associated with a control protocol. Then, to ensure its preservation, a journal only needs to be archived on six different sites in the world. Therefore LOCKSS is a cost-effective solution, since members no longer need to save their entire digital collections.

For further details about the LOCKSS Alliance:

The CNRS's Institute for Scientific and Technical Information:
For over a decade and a half, INIST-CNRS has been fostering the dissemination of research findings through services facilitating access to scientific information. To fulfil its mission, INIST-CNRS relies on one of the largest scientific collections in Europe and on its teams of scientific information professionals and ICT specialists.

Press Contact
Eric Goettmann - eric.goettmann@inist.fr

Source: INIST

[Received: January 2007]
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JISC and Partners Launch European Petition

JISC is among a group of European organisations which today launched a petition to the European Commission calling on it to support public access to research outputs shortly after their publication.

Organised by SPARC Europe, JISC and its Knowledge Exchange partners, the petition urges the Commission to follow the lead of other research funding agencies in mandating the publication of articles arising from EC-related funding after a given time period in open access archives. It also calls on the Commission to explore a European-wide approach to policies and practices surrounding the development of digital repositories as a means of making more visible the fruits of European research and maximising the return on public investment in research.

In January 2006 the European Commission published the Study on the economic and technical evolution of the scientific publication markets of Europe. The Study resulted from a detailed analysis of the current scholarly journal publication market, together with extensive consultation with all the major stakeholders within the scholarly communication process (researchers, funders, publishers, librarians, research policymakers, etc.). The Study noted that 'dissemination and access to research results is a pillar in the development of the European Research Area' and it made a number of balanced and reasonable recommendations to improve the visibility and usefulness of European research outputs.

Now, a year after publication of the Study, JISC, along with its partners, is urging the EC to endorse the recommendations in full. 'Research must be widely disseminated and read to be useful,' the petition suggests, going on to outline the economic advantages of widening access to publicly funded research, including the encouragement of further research and promotion of European research outputs worldwide.

Rachel Bruce, JISC director, Information Environment, said: 'Over the past year there has been significant progress in improving access to publicly funded research. This has included statements and policies from research funding bodies as well as investment in open repository networks. This progress will be strengthened by the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission's study. With the backing of organisations across Europe, this petition demonstrates the level of support for rapid and open access to publicly funded research.'

For further information on the petition, and to sign it, please go to: EC Petition http://www.ec-petition.eu/

See also:
SPARC http://www.sparceurope.org/
JISC http://www.jisc.ac.uk/
Knowledge Exchange http://www.knowledge-exchange.info/
Study on the economic and technical evolution of the scientific publication markets of Europe

Contact: Philip Pothen on 07887 564 006 or p.pothen@jisc.ac.uk

Source: JISC

[Received: January 2007]
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New Blog for Cataloguing and Indexing Group

Ann Chapman of UKOLN and Assistant Secretary of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) of the Chartered Institution of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) informs us that the Group blog was launched on 1 January 2007. The blog is the new online presence of the group's journal, Catalogue and Index, which itself will move to electronic publication during 2007. The blog will enable the group to keep members and the wider community up to date with news about cataloguing, indexing, metadata and taxonomy design as well as CIG events and activities.

URL: http://catalogueandindex.blogspot.com/

Source: CIG

[Received: January 2007]
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New Web Site for BIC Bibliographic Standards Group

The BIC Bibliographic Standards Group (BIC BSG) committee's has launched the Group's new Web site this January. The committee reviews and promotes bibliographic and related standards, with particular reference to libraries. It is the UK advisory committee to the British Library for the revision of the MARC 21 (MAchine-Readable Cataloguing) formats.

URL: http://www.bic.org.uk/productinfo-bibliostandards.html

Source: BIC Bibliographic Standards Group

[Received: January 2007]
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Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI) Offers a Free Helpdesk Service


In addition to its workshops, the Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI) now offers a free helpdesk service for anyone working within UK Further or Higher Education.

The helpdesk answers questions on any issue relating to digital images, from finding or making them, through to storing and using them. Users can expect an acknowledgement within a day and a full answer within 5 days. TASI often answers simple questions on the day received. Where enquiries are more complicated, the desk may phone or email back for more details.

User feedback shows that more than 99% would recommend this service to others.

Source: TASI

[Received: January 2007]
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OJAX Federated Search Service Software: Beta Release

OJAX federated search service software is now in Beta release and available for download. Version 0.7 has improved performance, stability and user feedback, as well as additional features such as RSS/Atom feed support. (Atom feeds of stored searches alert users when new content matching their interests is harvested.)

OJAX illustrates how federated search services can respond to new user expectations generated by Web 2.0:

Features of OJAX:

Further information, demo and download: http://ojax.sourceforge.net/

Two alternative packages are available:

  1. OJAX GUI, Web Services & Harvester
  2. OJAX GUI, Web Services, Harvester & example repository index

Dr Judith Wusteman
UCD School of Information and Library Studies,
University College Dublin

[Received: January 2007]
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Changes to the Governance Structures of CILIP

As a first step in the process of changing the governance structures at CILIP, the Implementation Group has published the Principles which will act as the benchmark against which all governance activities are judged. The principles are divided into those which relate directly to governance and those which relate to organisational communications.

The principles can be found at:

Chris Armstrong
National Councillor (CILIP)
New Governance Implementation Group

Source: CILIP

[Received: December 2006]
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Intute: New Internet tutorials for the Social Sciences in the VTS

Intute has released a number of new Internet tutorials for the Social Sciences in the Virtual Training Suite this year. They are free to access on the Web and take around an hour each to complete. The tutorials teach Internet research skills and are designed for students and staff in UK universities and colleges. They are ideal for supporting research methods, information literacy or study skills courses.

The following tutorials have been completely updated and revised by subject experts from UK universities in 2006:

Internet Business Manager (HE)
By Andy Hargrave, Content Developer, Biz/ed

Internet for Business Studies
By Andy Hargrave, Content Developer, Biz/ed

Internet Economist
By Dr. Poulter of the The Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy, University of Bristol

Internet for Education
By Gwyneth Price, Rozz Evans, Andy Welshman and colleagues
in the Library of the Institute of Education, University of London

Internet for Government and Politics
By Heather Dawson, London School of Economics (LSE) Library

Internet for International Relations
By Heather Dawson, London School of Economics (LSE) Library

Internet for Lawyers
By Sue Pettit, Subject Librarian for Law, University of Bristol

Internet for Social Policy
By Angela Upton, Information Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Internet for Social Statistics
By Robin Rice, Data Librarian, University of Edinburgh

Internet Social Worker
By Angela Upton, Information Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence

This the first stage of a major programme of change to update and revise all the tutorials in the Virtual Training Suite over the coming year. A national network of authors has been commissioned to re-write the content of each tutorial to bring it in line with recent Internet developments and to ensure the tutorials continue to offer authoritative and timely advice on Internet research.

The recommended lists of key Internet resources are being completely updated; there is new advice on Internet searching, with improved interactive exercises; and a new section called "Success Stories" in each tutorial to illustrate how the Internet can be used effectively to support education and research. The tutorials are also being given a new look and feel to make them more graphical and visually appealing.

New editions of the remaining tutorials will be released incrementally over the coming months - watch the Intute website for details:
Intute http://www.intute.ac.uk

Source: Intute

[Received: December 2007]
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