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ASIS&T 2007 Annual Meeting September 13, 2007

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Organized by the ASIS&T, the 2007 Annual Meeting is coming next month:

When: October 19-24, 2007
Where: Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Web: http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM07/

Web 2.0 and social computing are changing the way people use information for work, play, research, and everyday activities. Sponsored by ASIS&T, the premier society for information science, the 2007 Annual Meeting is devoted to the discussion of Social Computing and Information Science. More than sixty sessions of contributed papers, panel discussions, poster sessions, etc. have been planned. They will address a wide variety of topics, ranging from tagging, online communities, information seeking behavior, web log and transaction log analysis to research directions, education, and ethical practice for information professionals in the new world of social computing.


InfoCamp Seattle 2007 September 13, 2007

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Organized by ASIS&T PNW and ASIS&T UW, InfoCamp Seattle 2007 is coming next month:

When: October 13-14, 2007, 9am-6pm
Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, Washington
Web: http://asistpnw.org/infocamp2007
Who: The conference is open to all professionals and students interested in user-centered information and design issues.

This event will be a BarCamp-style un-conference . Registration is now open and FREE for students and ASIS&T members.

Dr. Edie Rasmussen ASIS&T Presentation 09-12 12:15pm September 8, 2007

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Dr. Edie Rasmussen, Professor and Director of SLAIS and President of ASIS&T for 2007, will speak and answer questions on the topic of ASIS&T, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and ASIS&T@UBC, the new ASIS&T student chapter based here at SLAIS:

Date: Wednesday, Sept 12th
Time: 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Where: TEF 320*

It will be a brown bag luncheon, so bring your own lunch – light refreshments, coffee, and tea will be served. Please come by and say hello!

If you’re interested in adding some executive responsibilities to your CV, we are accepting expressions of interest at the meeting for the two open executive spots: Secretary and Treasurer. You can view detailed descriptions of both positions on the ASIS&T@UBC web site. Your creativity, passion and energy definitely will contribute to the success of the group, no matter what position you hold (even if you just want to come to meetings or be a student member).

If you can’t be at the meeting but are interested in exploring executive committee work, please check out the ASIS&T web page and contact any member of the executive.


Jennifer Dixey, Chair
Lili Wang, Vice Chair
Desy Wahyuni, Webmaster

*For new students: TEF 320 is the first meeting room on your left as you enter the hallway into SLAIS (just past the first set of bulletin boards), on the 3rd floor of the Technology Enterprise Facility, a.k.a. the building where SLAIS is located.

Are relational databases … obsolete? September 7, 2007

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Just when we’re getting all cozy with relational database systems, one pioneer of the industry is saying that the relational database is going to go the way of the dodo bird. Professor Michael Stonebraker (the prime mover behind industry standard relational databases Ingres and Postgres) has a vested interest – a startup to promote – but the idea is sounding very timely.

Stonebraker’s new company, Vertica, is based (as you might have guessed from the name already) on the notion of storing like data with like: in columns, if you will, of structurally similar data, rather than rows of structurally dissimilar, but related, data. As I understand it, this means you’d have a column of phone numbers, another column of names, another column of addresses, etc., each stored in a discrete data set, rather than a single table with phone numbers, names, and addresses all aggregated together into a table of addresses.

In a way, it seems akin to the mashups idea that’s creating so many great new web services – instead of pulling together massive amounts of data into a single physical/hardware space, thinking in columns vastly opens up the possibilities of distributed data storage, bringing together disparate pieces of information on the fly into record “mashups”, in real time, as they are needed.

That’s the best explanation that I can come up with on my own … if this intrigues you, take a look at Stonebraker’s blog site, because I’d be curious to hear what others think.

Update: I trolled around the Vertica website for a bit, and noticed a reference to RDF data management. Sure enough, there’s a whole page on using Vertica for RDF-based Semantic Web applications.

Automated Accuracy Rating for Wikipedia Entries September 7, 2007

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Interesting project out of University of California at Santa Cruz: software that can (purportedly) track the accuracy of information inside Wikipedia entries. The software, developed by Luca de Alfaro, a Stanford Ph.D. who is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at UCSC, monitors the trustworthiness of Wikipedia entries based on the reputations of their contributors, and modifies the display of Wikipedia articles based on realtime, calculated contributor metadata.

Quoting from Professor de Alfaro’s own statement about the project, it computes the “trust value of each word of a Wikipedia article” based on the reputation of its original author and the reputation of all its subsequent authors. If you’re curious to try it out, there’s a description and demo of the system available at the UC Santa Cruz web site, using a dump from Wikipedia created in February of 2007.

A-Z Index – A Case Study at BBC September 7, 2007

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An interesting case study and checklist by Helen Lippel about the use of A-Z Index at the BBC website – read the full article here:
The ABCs of the BBC: A Case Study and Checklist

The 2005 story includes a brief description on personas and design concepts for the project, as well as an “eight-point checklist for creating terrific A-Z indexes”.

Thanks to a tip from SIG-IA Digest.

Farewell Joe and Welcome Edie September 7, 2007

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Thank you to Dr. Joseph Tennis, who had been the advisor for the first year of our Student Chapter.

We would like to welcome Dr. Edie Rasmussen, who has agreed to be our advisor for the coming year. She is current President of ASIS&T and is Professor and Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia.