Thursday, May 27, 2010

Emergent Digital Ecosystems

The International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (MEDES 2010) will take place in Bangkok, October 26-29, 2010. According the conference announcement: "... digital ecosystems composed of multiple and independent entities such as individuals, organizations, services, software and applications sharing one or several missions and focusing on the interactions and inter-relationships among them. The digital ecosystem exhibits self-organizing environments, thanks to the re-combination and evolution of its "digital components", in which resources provided by each entity are properly conserved, managed and used. The underlying resources mainly comprehend data management, innovative services, computational intelligence and self-organizing platforms. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of digital ecosystems and their characteristics, they are highly complex to study and design". Topics include: Digital Ecosystem Infrastructure, Web Technologies, Service systems and Engineering Emergent Intelligence, Data & Knowledge Management Systems, Multimedia Information Retrieval, Ontology Management, Social Networks, Game Theory, Networks and Protocols, Security & Privacy, Standardization and Extensible Languages, Human-Computer Interaction, Business Intelligence, E-Services , E-Learning, E-Humanities and E-Government, B2B, B2C, B2A, E-Commerce, E-Business, E-Marketing and E-Procurement, Digital Library and Open Sources.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Real Libraries and Real Users

Recently, I have written a paper entitled “Real Libraries, Real Users and Real Problems”. In this paper, I explained the importance of context and contextual elements in LIS research. The full text is available here.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Paper Contest: Global Information Ecosystem

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) announced its competition for papers. The theme for this year’s paper contest is: "Navigating Streams in a Global Information Ecosystem". Topics include the following 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; and social informatics”.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Webometrics, Informetrics and Scientometrics

Sixth International Conference on Webometrics, Informetrics and Scientometrics (WIS) and Eleventh COLLNET Meeting will take place 19-22 October, in Mysore, India.

LIS Research Landscape in 2010

The Library and Information Science Research Coalition conference ‘Evidence, Value and Impact: the LIS Research Landscape in 2010’ takes place on Monday 28th June at the British Library Conference Centre. This event’s topics include: the diversity of LIS research opportunities, research funding sources, potential research collaborators, means of increasing the relevance of research efforts, avenues for publication of research output, research development opportunities for individuals and groups and techniques for integrating research activities into everyday work practice. The conference’s website is accessible here.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Thesis Writing Workshop

Today morning I ran a workshop for a group of students from various disciplines, about the basic hints to write a thesis. The workshop was held as part of the LIS activities in conjunction with the Tehran International Book Fair. Two brief reports of the workshop are accessible on IBNA and LISNA. Moreover, the PowerPoint file and the workshop handout will be freely available on ILISA website soon. However, if you need these files before that time, please email me.

Sport and Study Similarities

I wrote a column in IBNA about the similarities between sport and study (reading). I think there are at least 20 resemblances between these two activities. To read the note, please follow this link.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Preservation of Digital Objects

7th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects will be held in September 19 - 24, 2010, in Vienna. The topics of interest include: Theoretical, Formal and Conceptual Models of Information and Preservation, Trusted Repositories: Risk Analysis, Planning, Audit and Certification, Scalability and Automation, Metadata Issues for Preservation Processes, Business Models and Cost Estimation, Personal Archiving, Innovation in Digital Preservation: Novel Approaches and Scenarios, Training and Education, Domain-specific Challenges, Governmental & Medical Records, and Case Studies and Best Practice Reports.

JELIS, Vol. 51, No. 2

The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) published its volume 51, number 2. This issue's Research Articles include: Communities of Practice for Blended Learning: Toward an Integrated Model, Innovative Services Improvised During Disasters: Evidence-Based Education Modules to Prepare Students and Practitioners for Shifts in Community Information Needs, Social Networking Websites: An Exploratory Study of Student Peer Socializing in an Online LIS Program, Job Advertisements for Recent Graduates: Advising, Curriculum, and Job-seeking Implications.

Mixed Method Panel

Yesterday I was the co-ordinator of a panel, as part of LIS activities in conjunction with the Tehran International Book Fair. In this panel we talked about “Implications of Mixed Methods in LIS Research”. The transcription of this discussion will be published soon.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Advanced Search Tools

“Next Generation Search Engines: Advanced Models for Information Retrieval” is a book which will be written by a group of Information Retrieval experts and aims to explore the fields of advanced computer and information sciences for a better access to the online resources on the Web. According to this Call for Chapter, the topics include: Semantic Web, generation of large-scale search engine index, video, audio and graphics indexing, query user interface: controlled natural languages, natural language query, multilingual search, Index Data Structures, Multi-sources and multi-formats indexation, emergence of new axis in the next generation of search engines: real-time search, local search, GPS sensitive search, mobile search, search in the cloud, and other related topics.