Previously School of Library & Information Studies
Friday Afternoon Seminar on Information Access:
296a-1 Seminar: Information Access, Fall 2018.
Fridays 3-5. 107 South Hall. Presentation
FRIDAY AFTERNOON SEMINAR ON INFORMATION ACCESS.
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 https://ptgolden.org/cv.pdf.
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
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
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
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
Nov 16: Günter WAIBEL and John CHODACKI, California Digital Library.
Nov 23: Thanksgiving: No Seminar meeting.
Nov 30: Clifford LYNCH.