Monday, June 29, 2009

2009-06-29: NDIIPP Partners Meeting

On June 24-26 I attended the 2009 NDIIPP Partners Meeting in Washington DC. Although it has grown from the early years, I believe this year's attendance of 150 people is similar to last year's.

Clay Shirky, author of "Here Comes Everybody", gave the keynote on Wednesday morning. Hopefully the Library of Congress will post a video of the keynote soon. If not, take a look at some of his other presentations -- you will find them enjoyable and informative.

On Thursday morning I presented a summary of Martin's PhD research, the tangible product of which will be a FireFox extension called "Synchronicity":



The presentation was very well received and there is a lot of interest in the extension. There were several interesting break out sessions, but the real news was on Friday when Martha Anderson (LC) introduced the upcoming National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA). Details will be forthcoming, but it appears to be envisioned as a cooperating set of digital archives.

--Michael

2009-07-02 edit: The Library of Congress has updated their site with a summary and agenda+slides.

Monday, June 22, 2009

2009-06-22: Back From JCDL 2009

We had a good showing at the 2009 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) in Austin, TX last week. In total, we had 1 full paper, 3 short papers, 2 posters, 1 workshop paper and 1 doctoral consortium paper. JCDL is the flagship conference in our field and we always make a point to send as many people as possible.

Chuck Cartledge (left) presented "A Framework for Digital Object Self-Preservation" at the doctoral consortium. He also presented the related short paper "Unsupervised Creation of Small World Networks for the Preservation of Digital Objects". Chuck is planning to have his doctoral candidacy exam sometime in the early fall.

Michael presented the full paper "Using Timed-Release Cryptography to Mitigate The Preservation Risk of Embargo Periods". This paper was based on Rabia Haq's MS Thesis, which she defended in the fall of 2008. Michael also co-organized the doctoral consortium and convinced WS-DL alumna Joan Smith (PhD, 2008) to serve on the faculty committee as well.

Martin Klein (left) presented two posters, "Inter-Search Engine Lexical Signature Performance" and "Correlation of Music Charts and Search Engine Rankings", the latter of which won runner up for best poster. That poster was based on the MS project from Olena Hunsicker, who graduated in fall of 2008. Martin will present a full paper also based on Olena's work at the upcoming Hypertext 2009 conference in Italy. He also presented the paper "investigating the Change of Web Pages' Titles Over Time" at the First International Workshop on Innovation in Digital Preservation (InDP).

The InDP workshop was co-organized by Frank McCown, an alumnus of the WS-DL group (PhD, 2007). Frank also presented two short papers: "A Framework for Describing Web Repositories" and "What Happens When Facebook is Gone?". The latter generated a lot of interest and the meeting room was standing room only. Frank, Michael and current MS student Carlton Northern are working on a project to address archiving Facebook accounts -- look for a software release soon.

--Michael