Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer in Tsukuba

After a while, I have the chance to update my Weblog again. This summer I am a visiting scholar at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Hopefully, I will write about my research activities in here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy New Year

This is 21 of March again and another New Iranian Year begins. I wish you all a wonderful year full of happiness and success. Happy Nowrouz and Happy New Year!

Friday, March 18, 2011

EBLIP New Issue

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice has just published its
latest issue at here.

Reading Octagon

I have recently published a paper about my idea of "Reading Octagon". I am looking forward to hearing your comments about it.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Surrounded by Theses and Dissertations!

This week I have been involved in several thesis related activities. Today I was the external examiner for a master dissertation about self archiving patterns of highly productive scholars in science and social science areas. Also, today I accepted to be the adviser of a PhD thesis on the cognitive aspects of scholars’ information seeking behaviors. Moreover, yesterday one of my students passed his viva and his dissertation was about evaluation of an e-learning system in the field of entrepreneurship management. Furthermore, in this week I became the adviser of another PhD study about semantic networks of core concepts in Hafiz poets with an ontological view on this issue. Finally, during this week, I had a workshop on thesis writing skills!

Monday, February 07, 2011

TPDL 2011

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) will take place September 26-28, 2011 in Berlin. TPDL 2011 is organized by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Berlin School of Library and Information Science, the Computer and Media Services and the Department of Computer Science). The conference main themes include:

Foundations: Technology and Methodologies

• Digital libraries: architectures and infrastructures
• Metadata standards and protocols in digital library systems
• Interoperability in digital libraries, data and information integration
• Distributed and collaborative information spaces
• Systems, algorithms, and models for digital preservation
• Personalization in digital libraries
• Information access: retrieval and browsing
• Information organization
• Information visualization
• Multimedia information management and retrieval
• Multilinguality in digital libraries
• Knowledge organization and ontologies in digital libraries

Digital Humanities

• Digital libraries in cultural heritage
• Computational linguistics: text mining and retrieval
• Organizational aspects of digital preservation
• Information policy and legal aspects (e.g., copyright laws)
• Social networks and networked information
• Human factors in networked information
• Scholarly primitives

Research Data

• Architectures for large-scale data management (e.g., Grids, Clouds)
• Cyberinfrastructures: architectures, operation and evolution
• Collaborative information environments
• Data mining and extraction of structure from networked information
• Scientific data curation
• Metadata for scientific data, data provenance
• Services and workflows for scientific data
• Data and knowledge management in virtual organizations

Applications and User Experience

• Multi-national digital library federations (e.g., Europeana)
• Digital Libraries in eGovernment, elearning, eHealth, eScience, ePublishing
• Semantic Web and Linked Data
• User studies for and evaluation of digital library systems and applications
• Personal information management and personal digital libraries
• Enterprise-scale knowledge and information management
• User behaviour and modelling
• User mobility and context awareness in information access
• User interfaces for digital libraries

Web Search Engine Research

There is a call for chapters by Emerald Library and Information Science Book Series for a book on Web Search Engine Research. The editor is Professor Dirk Lewandowski and the topics include:

* Retrieval effectiveness
* User satisfaction
* Evaluation of search engine interfaces
* Search engines? index quality
* The impact of search on society
* Reliability of search results
* Query log analysis
* User guidance in the search process
* Index and/or results freshness, diversity of results
* Influence of search engine optimization (SEO) on results quality.

More information is available here.

Mathematics Quotes

The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics. Plato

Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you that mine are still greater. Albert Einstein

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. Albert Einstein

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. Stan Gudder

Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth, but supreme beauty; a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. Bertrand Russell

Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.

In mathematics the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems.

International Journal of Information Management

The recent issue of the International Journal of Information Management, includes the following research papers:

On the motivating impact of price and online recommendations at the point of online purchase,

The cognitive selection framework for knowledge acquisition strategies in virtual communities,

Knowledge management and communication in Brazilian agricultural research: An integrated procedural approach,

The intellectual development of the technology acceptance model: A co-citation analysis,

The scope of external information-seeking under uncertainty: An individual-level study

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and farmers’ decision-making across the agricultural supply chain,

Understanding the dynamics of users’ belief in software application adoption,

Enterprise Information Portals in support of business process, design teams and collaborative commerce performance.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Colloquium EPICIC

Colloquium on the Comparative Epistemology of Information & Communication in scientific disciplines will take place 8 April 2011 at the University of Lyon 3. In the conference’s aims and objectives it is mentioned that: “ ... Although no consensus exists on a common definition of the concepts of information and communication, few can reject the hypothesis that information – whether perceived as «object» or as «process» is a pre-condition for knowledge. Epistemology is the study of how we know things or the study of how scientific knowledge is arrived at and validated. To adopt an epistemological stance is to commit one to render an account of what constitutes knowledge or in procedural terms, to render an account of when one can claim to know something. An epistemological theory imposes constraints on the interpretation of human cognitive interaction with the world. It goes without saying that different epistemological theories will have more or less restrictive criteria to distinguish what constitutes knowledge from what is not.”

Research on Life Span

Recently I have been involved in a case study on research methods of children literature. On the other hand, I am adviser of a doctoral thesis on the concept of elderly in the Persian literature. My role in these studies is advising the researchers about the qualitative content analysis. So, though my knowledge about these areas is limited, I can contribute to these studies in terms of the methodological aspects. This is a wonderful paradoxical situation for me and I enjoy learning from people in such a different areas. Thanks to the qualitative research that provides me with such amazing opportunities for learning and getting involved in various interdisciplinary projects.


The international conference of Information Science and Social Media (ISSOME) will take place August 24-26, by the Department of Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University. Topics of interest include:

* Social media in information science
* Information aspects of social media
* Library 2.0 and Librarian 2.0
* Social networking sites
* Information Management
* Knowledge Management
* Knowledge Organization
* Reputation Management
* Information Behaviour and Information Use
* Information dissemination in social media

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Personal and Social Digital Legacy

I have written an article entitled “Personal and Social Digital Heritage: From Creation to Conservation” which has been published here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

International Paper Contest

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) announced its eleventh competition for papers to be submitted for the 2011 Annual Meeting. Topics include the following 7 core areas:

1. Intercultural Information Ethics: Critical reflection on the ethical challenges related to the global and cross-cultural production, storage, and distribution of information, as well as the ethical dimensions of the global development and implementation of information systems, infrastructures, and policies.

2. Information Behaviour: Information needs, information seeking, information gaps and sense-making in various contexts including work, interests or every-day life activities by individuals or groups.

3. Knowledge Organization: Indexing, index construction, indexing languages, thesaurus construction, terminology, classification of information in any form, tagging (expert, user-based, automatic), filtering, metadata, standards for metadata, information architecture.

4. Information Systems, Interactivity and Design: How people use and communicate with information systems; the design, use and evaluation of interactive information technologies and systems, including interfaces and algorithms; search and retrieval, browsing, visualization, personalization.

5. Information and Knowledge Management: Information and knowledge creation, transfer and use at the personal, group, organizational and societal levels. The management of the processes and systems that create, acquire, organize, store, distribute, and use information and/or knowledge.

6. Information Use: How people re-purpose existing knowledge from a variety of sources (scientific, humanities, news, family, friends, colleagues), forms (articles, books, video, audio, tweets), locations (work, home, in transit) and mediums (cell-phones, PDAs, digital libraries) to advance knowledge, solve problems, improve information literacy, and learn.

7. Information and Society: Economic, Political, Social Issues: Copyright issues, policies and laws; national and international information policies; privacy and security; economics of information, personal rights vs. freedom of information; surveillance; globalization and the flows of information; computerization movements; social informatics.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Learning Landscapes and New Reality

Reference Services Review (RSR) is going to publish a special issue on learning landscapes and the new reality. Learning landscapes encompass the physical and virtual spaces where today’s library users encounter information and learn to use it effectively. Papers might focus on the following topics:

The interplay of physical and virtual learning landscapes and what this means for teaching, reference, collaboration, and management – new learners, new faculty, and new roles;

The impact of library/information commons’ spaces on learning, service design and delivery, collections, and library administration – planning, implementation, assessment, re-examination and evolution;

Research on user expectations, needs and perceptions as next generation users interact with next generation information environments – what do library staff need to know to meet their needs?

Other aspects of learning, working and researching at the intersection of place and placelessness where libraries exist in the digital age.