Sunday, May 23,
9:30 - 17:00 Preconference TUTORIAL - full day
Fox (USA): Digital
libraries: An overview
The tutorial requires separate fee and registration.
This tutorial extends
previous educational efforts related to digital
libraries, including a number of tutorials at conferences
and workshops, as well as both undergraduate and graduate
courses in Fall 1997. It draws upon the Web site of
self-study digital library materials at http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~dlib/ that evolved from an NSF-supported digital
library computer science courseware effort (http://ei.cs.vt.edu). The aim of this tutorial is to ground
attendees in the history, topics, concepts, projects,
systems, resources, and references related to digital
libraries. It should prepare them to participate in
educational, research, and development efforts in the
field. It also should provide a theoretical basis and
conceptual framework for further investigation and study.
To allow flexibility in scheduling, the morning session
will aim to cover the needs of those unfamiliar with
digital libraries. In that sense it will be introductory,
though attendees may be experts in related areas. The
afternoon session will have a more advanced focus, but
should be accessible to those with intermediate or
advanced backgrounds who may not have attended the
Unique to this tutorial is grounding in an evolving
theoretical framework that has been in development at
Virginia Tech since 1997. The "5S" model
explains digital libraries through 5 constructs:
and builds from mathematical
definitions to the point of describing real systems. Work
is underway at Virginia Tech by several Ph.D. students to
construct pedagogical materials and tools around the 5S
model that will be used in the tutorial, so it will be in
the CoLIS spirit. Though introduced briefly in the
morning, the 5S model will be explored again at the end
of the day to recap and organize what has been covered.
The tutorial will begin with an Introduction. This
includes sections on Definitions, Foundations, and
Scenarios and Perspectives. It continues with an overview
- Repositories and Bibliographies
Next there is a section to help attendees ground their
understanding in specifics. Coverage of Resources deals
- Countries and regions
- Centers, sites and organizations.
The main section of the course involves a number of
Topics. A few of the most popular ones will be covered in
the morning, and the rest in the afternoon. To help
clarify the coverage, included below are pointers to
chapters in the book by Michael Lesk that relate to the
The topics include:
- Search, retrieval, resource
discovery (Ch. 2 in: Lesk, M. (1997) Practical
digital libraries: Books, bytes, and bucks. San
Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman.).
- Multimedia, representations (See
Chapter 4 in Dr. Lesk's book.)
- Architectures (See Chapter 6 in
Dr. Lesk's book.)
- Interfaces (See Chapter 7 in Dr.
- Electronic publishing, SGML, XML
- Database issues
- Commerce, economics, publishers
(See Ch. 9 in Dr. Lesk's book.)
- Intellectual property rights,
copyright laws & security (See Chapter 10 in
Dr. Lesk's book.)
- Social issues (See Chapters 11, 12
in Dr. Lesk's book.).
For more information see the online materials mentioned
Biographical sketch of the presenter:
Edward A. Fox
Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, 660
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0106 USA
Phone +1-540-231-5113, FAX +1-540-231-6075, Email email@example.com
Dr. Edward A. Fox holds a Ph.D. and M.S.
in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a B.S.
from M.I.T. Since 1983 he has been at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI&SU),
where he serves as Associate Director for Research at the
Computing Center, and Professor of Computer Science. He
directs the Digital Library Research Laboratory, the
Internet Technology Innovation Center at Virginia Tech,
"Curriculum Resources in Interactive
Multimedia", "Improving Graduate Education with
a National Digital Library of Theses and
Dissertations", and a number of other research and
development projects. In addition to his courses at
Virginia Tech, Dr. Fox has taught more than 30 tutorials,
in 11 countries. For the Association for Computing
Machinery he served 1988-91 as a member of the
Publications Board and as editor-in-chief of ACM Press
Database Products (responsible for the broad area of
electronic publishing including online, CD-ROM,
hypertext, interactive multimedia, and developing an
electronic library). He also served from 1987-95 as vice
chair and then chair of the Special Interest Group on
Information Retrieval, from 1992-94 as founder and
chairman of the Steering Committee for the ACM Multimedia
series of conferences, and from 1995-98 as founder and
chairman of the Steering Committee for the ACM digital
libraries series of conferences. He served as program
chair for ACM SIGIR'95 and ACM DL'96, is program chair
for ACM DL'99, and is on the editorial board for
ACM/Springer Journal on Multimedia Systems. He was
project director for the Virginia Disc series of CD-ROMs
as well as for VPI&SU work on interactive digital
video. He is editor for Morgan Kaufmann Publishers book
series on Multimedia Information and Systems. He also
serves on the editorial boards of Electronic Publishing
(Origination, Dissemination and Design), Information
Processing and Management, Journal of Educational
Multimedia and Hypermedia, Journal of Universal Computer
Science, and Multimedia Tools and Applications. He has
authored or co-authored numerous publications in the
areas of digital libraries, information storage and
retrieval, hypertext/hypermedia/multimedia, computational
linguistics, CD-ROM and optical disc technology,
electronic publishing, and expert systems.
Thursday, May 27, 1999
9:00 - 13:00 Postconference
The workshops are free to those
that paid conference registration fee, but require
Sanda Erdelez; Philip Doty
(USA): Developing a small-scale digital library with
Adobe Acrobat: Techniques and issues.
The main goals of this workshop are
1) To provide practical experience in
creating a small-scale digital library by digitizing
documents using Adobe Acrobat to create electronic files
in Portable Data Format (PDF).
2) To examine and consider important
issues related to the development and use of a
small-scale digital library containing Adobe Acrobat
files, e.g., security and privacy.
All kinds of organizations are
beginning to use digital library applications to manage,
store, and disseminate information. Yet many information
and other mangers believe that their only choices are
large-scale digital libraries with tens of thousands of
documents developed with major integrated systems or
existing hybrid print and in-house electronic libraries.
This workshop offers a third, middle ground alternative:
using Adobe Acrobat PDF files, a de facto and affordable
standard, adaptable to a multitude of environments,
dynamic document use, and many work practices. The
hands-on portion of the workshop will have participants
digitize a print document using both optical character
recognition and bit map applications, compare the results
for searchability and other characteristics, and convert
an electronic document to PDF for manipulation.
Participants will take away a number of products from the
workshop: a workbook with specific tricks and tips for
PDF, an Adobe Acrobat glossary, a collection of case
studies, and other instructional material. Other
topics are described in the planned activities
Part 1: Introduction.
What is Adobe Acrobat? Comparison with HTML. Example of
applications: DECaL (a digital judicial library).
Part 2: Explanation and demonstration of
digitization processes with Adobe Acrobat.
Part 3: Hands-on exercises with various
formats of digitization with Adobe Acrobat.
Part 4: Identification of major
organizational, social and legal problems of an in-house
digital library developed with Adobe Acrobat e.g.,
security, authenticity of users and documents, copyright,
Part 5: Examples of organizational
contexts. Case studies and exercises
Biographical sketches of the presenters:
Dr. Sanda Erdelez is an Assistant Professor at
the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at
the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Her educational
background is in law and information science (Bachelor of
Laws, 1982, and Master of Laws, 1986, both from the
University of Osijek, Croatia; Ph.D. 1995, Information
Transfer, Syracuse University). She taught Comparative
Consitutional Law, Information Law, and Legal Informatics
at the University of Osijek Law School in Croatia. In
1987 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for doctoral
studies in the U.S. Her areas of sholarly interest
involve behaviour of information users, legal knowledge
management, and business intelligence. At GSLIS Dr.
Erdelez is a coordinator of the Legal Informatics
Program. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://porsche.gslis.utexas.edu/sanda/sevita.html.
Dr. Philip Doty is an Associate Professor at the
Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the
University of Texas at Austin, USA. His primary research
and teaching interests center on governmental information
policy, computer networks, and digital libraries. He has
done research sponsored by NASA, the Office of Management
and Budget, the Congressional Office of Technology
Assesment, and other governmental and private entities.
He is an Associate Director of Telecommunications and
Information Policy Institute at the University of Texas.
He received Ph.D. from Syracuse University's School of
Information Studies in 1995. He can be reached at email@example.com, or http://www.gslis.utexas,edu/~pdoty/index.htm.
Ed Fox (USA): Metrics
and evaluation for Digital Libraries.