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ASIS&T 2009 Annual Meeting Wiki September 17, 2009

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The ASIS&T student chapter at UBC is involved with setting up the ASIS&T 2009 Annual Meeting Wiki. It has information on the program for the annual meeting, social events, and general information about Vancouver (you can probably guess which part we were primarily responsible for!).

Feel free to contribute to the wiki or make suggestions to the ASIS&T UBC chapter.

Remember, the ASIS&T Annual Meeting takes place in Vancouver in 2009!  November 6-11 2009.

DBLP Computer Science Bibliography January 6, 2009

Posted by JR Dixey in links.
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If you’re researching anything to do with HCI or any other aspect of information communication technologies, this site should be one of your stops. http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/index.html

Funded by Microsoft Research and something called the Very Large Database Foundation (who knew?), and hosted at the University of Trier, this site indexes more than 1 million articles and conference proceedings authored by more than 12,000 individuals, cross-referencing them based on co-author, year, and venue (journal where published or event).

There is a faceted search option, for Ranganathan fans (http://dblp.l3s.de/?q=&newQuery=yes&resTableName=query_resultT0FSWN), and if you’re looking for fast, I mean very fast, results, the CompleteSearch interface will “zoom in” on all the articles indexed in the database by a particular author as you type the author’s name. (http://dblp.mpi-inf.mpg.de/dblp-mirror/index.php).

Most astonishing of all is that even though this is, ostensibly, a database, there is no there there – to quote Gertrude Stein – in that the data is not aggregated into a single database file but distributed throughout thousands of text files, with the core content — journal TOCs — hand-entered by human beings.

Yes, indeed. Every journal’s Table of Contents is hand-typed into a predetermined HTML format that can be easily parsed by programs written in C, Perl, and Java, “glued together by shell scripts” (to quote from the detailed FAQ). Just goes to show all us 2.0 Web babies that sometimes, the old fashioned approach can work very, very well.

Looking for a job post-grad? November 29, 2008

Posted by JR Dixey in jobs, links.
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The Twitter Talent Network is a good place to start. Powered by jobscore‘s super-proprietary resume service and job recommendation engine thingy, you can post your resume and, as a bonus, link your account to your LinkedIn profile. (You do have a LinkedIn profile, don’t you? No? Well, go get one!)

Make Yr Own Fonts April 3, 2008

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Just in case you are hurting for something to break the spell of OMGIHAVESOMUCHTODORIGHTNOW, here’s a nice little diversion that shouldn’t be too embarrassing (unlike, say, being caught in SLAIS lab watching a YouTube video of Naomi Campbell being arrested as she left her plane at Heathrow):


It had to happen sometime: a social network for type geeks. (Requires Flash Plugin.)

Don’t say we never did anything for you. If you make a font, upload a link to it in the comments!

Search Engine Course Videos Offered in YouTube by the School of Information at UC Berkeley October 23, 2007

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Playlist: SIMS 141 – Search Engines.