There rolls an Ikarus.
Digging our photo archive for something to associate with "Ikaros"
we came across this image of a so called banana bus,
made in Hungary and driven all over Eastern Europe. So the public
bus transportation draws a somewhat line from Prague to Berlin's
Dorotheenstraße, taking a imaginary detour via the Dunaújváros
bus terminal. May Ikaros (as well as LIBREAS) stay online as
long as Ikarus buses were built to be onroad!
Ikaros focuses on the Internet as a medium, a specific
communication environment and source of information. Articles which
focus on theoretical and practical aspects of Library and Information
Science (LIS) as well as book reviews and reports from various current
events in the field of LIS are to be found in the journal. Content
is mainly in Czech language with English abstracts and keywords
from year 2006. It is published on a monthly basis. The editors
of the journal also prepare special issues, especially issues containing
online coverage from LIS events (e.g., INFORUM conference in Prague,
The journal has started as a voluntary activity
by students of the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship,
Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague (IISL, http://uisk.ff.cuni.cz/)
in 1997 as a one of the first electronic journals with ISSN registered
in Czech Republic and has always been available only in the electronic
format. Since October 1999 the content of the journal has been made
available at http:/www.ikaros.cz(previously, it was located at http://ikaros.ff.cuni.cz/).
Since November 2000 the journal has been published by Ikaros, o.
s., an NGO registered at the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.
Ikaros belongs to the most influential journals in
LIS in the Czech Republic with very high Page Rank. With a tradition
of more then ten years, the journal can now be considered mature
but it is also a welcoming place for student work. For example,
a growing number of students who graduate at the IISL decide to
publish selected parts of their theses in Ikaros. It is a win-win
situation in which the young author gains a certain recognition
in the professional community and, at the same time, Ikaros has
a unique opportunity to become an integral part of an education
Content management system:
From a website containing only static pages
(in the humble beginnings of its existence in 1997) Ikaros has changed
into a dynamic website. First, a proprietary content management
system (CMS) was used. Then, as the number of open-source CMSs has
risen and their quality has significantly improved, a decision was
taken to start using a new CMS which would offer new features and
simplify the implementation of changes in the future. After a careful
examination of currently available open-source CMSs (which took
place in late 2005), Drupal (http://drupal.org/)
was chosen. Roman Chýla, our webmaster, then prepared a special
e-journal module for Drupal (it is now available for download at
and, in cooperation with the editorial board, made a smooth transition
from the previous CMS to the new one. The first issue created in
the new CMS was the issue published on 1st March 2006 (http://www.ikaros.cz/ejournal/1/112).
Since then new features are being added and existing features are
being improved. In this sense, we would like to emphasize that feedback
from our readers continuously proves to be a wonderful source of
inspiration for us.
What is unique about Ikaros is, among others, the
way in which its editorial board operates. Although editors (currently
seven people including the editor-in-chief) regularly meet in person,
these meetings tend to be rather rare – they are organized
usually about four times per year. In the meantime, the collaboration
among editors is largely based on the use of information and communication
technologies. After all, content management systems can be configured
in such a way that the collaboration is even more effective than
the use of standard tools like e-mail or chat.
Virtual collaboration is also vital while working
on projects with many stakeholders. For example, in 2005 Ikaros
became involved in its first international project entitled Information
Society without Borders: Re-Establishing and Development of the
Cross-Border Cooperation within the Information Studies and Librarianship.
In this project partners from four countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Hungary, and, last but not least, Poland) joined their forces to
create the outputs (articles and biographies of important personalities
from LIS history) that can now be found at http://www.ikaros.cz/projekt_ivf.
The project has also resulted in developing new friendships and
contacts and we will be happy to continue in mutual cooperation
on other projects in the future.
In the past we used to publish conference proceedings
online. Since 2001 each May when the Inforumconference
is held in Prague we run the live stream from the conference. We
also provide our users with a continuous coverage of the conference
events (especially pre-conference workshops and talks given at the
conference) and we accompany these bits of news with photographs
taken at the conference. Some special recordings from the last conference
in 2008 – interviews with speakers and other relevant conference
participants - are available online at:
Should you have any questions about the journal, please feel free
to contact us at email@example.com