School of Information
 Previously School of Library & Information Studies

 Friday Afternoon Seminar on Information Access: Schedule.
  296a-1 Seminar: Information Access, Fall 2018.
Fridays 3-5. 107 South Hall. Presentation Summaries. Email list.
South Hall 107, Fridays 3-5 pm. Everyone interested is welcome!

Oct 26: Patrick GOLDEN, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Florilegia: Organizing Scholarly Annotations in PDFs.     Annotation techniques that developed over centuries of reading paper documents have persisted with the advent of digital publishing. Highlighting, underlining, marking with symbols, scribbling lines, adding notes in margins, and bookmarking pages all remain common and important practices for interacting with digital documents. Yet while tools for authoring and reading digital documents have proliferated, the way that researchers are able to interact with annotations has not generally improved. Given that annotations are such a crucial part of the scholarly research process, more systems should be available that treat annotations themselves as documents worthy of being described, recalled, and connected in their own right. I will present a system I am currently developing, called Florilegia, which is intended to combine the representational capacities of PDF, RDF, the Web Annotation Data Model, and common annotation practices, towards the hope of re-centering the annotation in the scholarly process.
    Patrick Golden is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on the history and cultivation of scholarly research infrastructure. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Patrick was a researcher here at the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, where he worked on the project Editorial Practices and the Web. More at

Nov 2: Double Program: Matt BAYLEY and Mark GRAHAM and also David S. H. ROSENTHAL.
    Matt BAYLEY and Mark GRAHAM: Facilitating Diverse Collection and Curation in Web Crawling and Indexing.
    We propose to create an open and publicly available index of the public Web. Building on the 22 year history of Internet Archive’s effort to archive, and make available, web pages (URLs) we will construct a publicly accessible list of web sites (hosts). We will provide a variety of ways for people to interact with the data with two key areas of focus being efforts to support more/better web archiving as well as general research about the Web. In addition to indexing about 2 billion URLs for web hosts we plan to create/associate various metadata including language, genre and last observed HTTP status codes. We consider this project to be foundational to an ongoing and expanding effort to map resources available via HTTP. Obvious additional enhancements (beyond the scope of this initial project phase) might include adding link graph data and user-generated metadata.
    Matt Bayley is a MIMS student at the I School with a background in data engineering and an interest in software, infrastructure, and tech policy.
    Mark Graham has created and managed innovative online products and services since 1984. As Director of the Wayback Machine he is responsible for capturing, preserving and helping people discover and use, more than 1 billion new web captures each week.
    David S. H. ROSENTHAL: Blockchain: What's Not To Like?
    We're in a period when blockchain or "Distributed Ledger Technology" is the Solution to Everything™, so it is inevitable that it will be proposed as the solution to problems in academic communication and digital preservation. These proposals typically assume, despite the evidence, that real-world blockchain implementations actually deliver the theoretical attributes of decentralization, immutability, security, anonymity, lack of trust, etc. The proposers appear to believe that Satoshi Nakamoto revealed the infallible Bitcoin protocol to the world on golden tablets; they typically don't appreciate or cite the nearly three decades of research and implementation that led up to it. This talk will discuss the mis-match between theory and practice in blockchain technology.
    David S. H. Rosenthal is retired from Stanford Libraries. He was a team member of CMU's "Andrew Project"; an early employee and Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems; Employee #4, first Chief Scientist, and first sysadmin at Nvidia; and Co-founder 20 years ago of the LOCKSS Program. He has been blogging since 2007, about blockchains and cryptocurrencies since November 2013. .

Nov 9: Cathryn CARSON, Dept of History: Data in the Higher Education Curriculum.
Nov 16: Günter WAIBEL and John CHODACKI, California Digital Library.
Nov 23: Thanksgiving: No Seminar meeting.
Nov 30: Clifford LYNCH.

  Spring 2018 schedule and summaries.