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-Universit├Ąt 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.