Friday, December 30, 2005


These days I am writing the first draft of my thesis since early morning to the late evening and after a day full of writing I like to browse the web for a few minutes as a break. This is quite funny; I research about the web, work with the web, write on the web, and take break by the web! The web is so informative and even a few minutes surfing of this huge ocean of information will provide you with a lot of interesting news. Sometimes we simply forget how amazing the web is and how lucky we are because of having the web. This is a great bonus for everyone. I am really happy that my PhD research is directly related to this fantastic phenomenon.
Anyway, I just came across another conference about the pedagogy in higher education. Like lifelong learning pedagogy is one of my favourite topics. I do not much about it and I would like to know more because I have always been fascinated by the educational aspects of my career as a librarian and my research as a web search researcher. I just keep posting new entries about different conferences. The first conference of the pedagogical research in higher education (PRHE) entitled “Pedagogical Research: Enhancing student success” will be held at the Liverpool Hope University. If you like to have more details please look at the website.

New Paradigms for Libraries

The 8th International Bielefeld Conference with the title of “Academic Library and Information Services: New Paradigms for the Digital Age” is going to focus on some of the new functionalities of libraries and some areas of works for librarians in 21st century. In the website of the conference there are interesting comments on this issue including:
“Librarians need to facilitate better access to the whole range of information available on the Web, including material found in digital libraries, institutional repositories, Virtual Learning Environments, mailing lists and weblogs … Librarians will have a role as developer, provider or agent”. This is the link to the Bielefeld Conference.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is one of my favourite subjects and I would like to follow the current issues on this field. The 4th International Lifelong Learning Conference will be held at the Central Queensland University in June 2006. For more details you can look at the conference website and also this map for sub-topics. Now, how lifelong learning does relate to the invisible web? You should answer this question. If you do not know feel free to ask me because I know how it does.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Digital Data: Curation & Longevity

One of the issues that usually remain rather invisible in online information management is preservation of the current electronic information for future. We basically are concerned about how to locate and organize the information resources but what about the preservation and adding value to these resources in long term? Who knows when and how the current storage devices may change in future and how long we can retrieve online documents via the existing devices. Perhaps “Digital Curation Centre” is a good place to explore more about this issue.

The phrase “Digital curation” has been defined in this website as: “Digital curation is all about maintaining and adding value to a trusted body of digital information for current and future use; specifically, we mean the active management and appraisal of data over the life-cycle of scholarly and scientific materials. To find out more follow this link.

Monday, December 12, 2005


I always like the idea of developing subject gateways which focus on a specific area of research or practice. It really does not matter which area is covered by these gateways; I am interested in the idea of specificity in subject gateways, where you see a lot about a little and NOT a little about a lot! You can have a feeling of control on a topic which reduces your anxiety of information overload. Luckily, there are plenty of these subject gateways available on the web. For example, recently the new version of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography became available. According to this website: “The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet”. This selective bibliography presents over 2,560 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in this area.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

My Poster Story

I have recently published a brief piece of writing about my experience of attending a poster competition at the University of Leeds in May 2005. This short article that I have called it “How Could I Win?” was published in the University of Sheffield’s International Student Newsletter, Issue 53, November 2005, page 4.
Here is a selection of the article: “…I was one of the fifteen research students form the University of Sheffield who took part in the competition. I really enjoyed attending there and I also learned a few things that are valuable to remember. Firstly, I learned what features a successful poster should possess. At the beginning I supposed it shouldn’t be very difficult to develop a poster to summarize my research project for the public. Nevertheless, very soon I realized it is not as easy as I initially supposed. First of all, I had to avoid any technical term. However, when you are explaining a specialized issue using the terminology of your research topic seems inevitable. Although, apparently I did my best to use very common words, after taking part in the competition I noticed I could use much simpler words. I also learned that a good poster; which might be literally about anything; is a succinct story with an obvious beginning and a clear end. Different posters may tell various stories but they all share some common features. They should be brief, self-evident and informative. Having these three elements together is the pivotal point of a successful poster".
To read the full article please follow this link here.