Summer 2010

August 2010

8th International Workshop on Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval – (AMR'2010), 17-18 August 2010, Linz, Austria

Scientific event

The Workshop and Programme were aimed at intensifying the exchange of ideas between different research communities by providing an overview of current activities in this area and highlighting connections between the diverse research communities targeted: multimedia retrieval and artificial intelligence with particular reference to feature extraction techniques, computer linguistic approaches, dynamic data analysis methods, interactive machine learning, visualisation methods as well as user interface design. Anna Nika, University of Athens, presented a  paper co-authored by the User Working Group on 17 August 2010.

Title: A Survey of Context-Aware Cross-Digital Library Personalisation.
Authors: The presentation is authored by Anna Nika,  Yannis Ioannidis, Akrivi Katifori and Natalia Manola, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens, Greece; Tiziana Catarci, Department of Computer and System Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Georgia Koutrika, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, California, U.S.; Andreas Nürnberger, Faculty of Computer Science, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany and Manfred Thaller, Humanities Computer Science, University of Cologne, Germany.
Presenter: Anna Nika (pictured), University of Athens
Abstract: The constant interaction of users with different Digital Libraries (DLs) and the subsequent scattering of user information across them raises the need not only for Digital Library interoperability but also for cross-Digital Library personalisation. The latter calls for sharing and combining of user-information across different DL systems so that a DL system may take advantage of data from others. To achieve this goal, DL systems should be able to maintain compliant and interoperable user models and profiles that enable propagation and reconciliation of user information across different DLs. In this paper, we motivate the need for cross-digital library personalisation, we define and examine the user model, profile, and context interoperability, and we survey and discuss existing user model interoperability approaches.

July 2010

5th International Conference on Open Repositories – The Grand Integration Challenges, 6-9 July, Madrid, Spain
Scientific event
Open Repositories was attended by over 400 people from 36 countries with the aim of exploring the grand integration challenges as repositories become increasingly complex and dispersed, not just linking to Google but to a very broad provider scenario encompassing research publications, research data, bibliographic data and administrative data linked to the world wide web and diverse applications.

Leading representatives from the Policy and Quality Working Groups played a key role highlighting the importance of interoperability in the digital library and digital repository space.

Title: Interoperabily for Digital Repositories: Towards a Quality and Policy Framework
Authors: Perla Innocenti and Giuseppina Vullo, Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow and Dean Seamus Ross, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
Presenter: Giuseppina Vullo (pictured), University of Glasgow.
Abstract: Organisational interoperability refers to co-operation between and within organisations, business goals and process modelling. This is the most challenging level of interoperability, especially at machine-readable and automation level. The talk explained the Policy and Quality interoperabiligy issues and approaches adopted by the respective Working Groups in with particular reference to the Interoperability Framework that is being defined. The organisations that have already taken part in the Policy Interoperability Survey were cited along with Quality Case Studies template.

June 2010

Archiving 2010 Conference, 1-4 June 2010, The Hague, Netherlands

Scientific event

On 2 June 2010, the Policy and Quality Working Group co-ordinators are presenting Digital Library organisational perspectives and how their respective Working Groups are defining a shared framework for interoperability.   paper on 2 June at Archiving 2010. The presentation fosteried  an understanding of investigations into the main concepts captured by the Reference Model and of the project’s comprehensive approach to interoperability, also enabling direct interaction with the Library and Information Science community: digital archivists, librarians, researchers and PhD candidates.
Title: Towards Policy and Quality Interoperability: Challenges and approaches for Digital Libraries
Authors: Giuseppina Vullo, Perla Innocenti, Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow and Seamus Ross, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Presenter: Perla Innocenti, Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow, co-ordinator of Policy Working Group.

Presenter: Perla Innocenti (pictured), University of Glasgow

Focus: Policy and quality within the enhanced & expanded Digital Library Reference Model; core policy and quality aspects affecting information systems; the policy and quality interoperability frameworks and real-world cases on policy and quality interoperability.