Friday, October 1, 1:00 pm
How Wikipedia Really Works, and What This Means for the Nature of "Truth"
Amy Bruckman, Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Wikipedia is a puzzle. The source that students now generally use first is in most areas incomplete, has strange biases in what is covered, and is constantly in flux. Yet in other areas, its quality is unprecedented. How does Wikipedia actually work? How good is it? Who in the world writes it and why? In this talk, I will explain the inner workings of Wikipedia, and argue that this it is not just a curiosity but a paradigm shift--one that challenges our basic understanding of the nature of "truth."
Amy Bruckman is an associate professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She and her students in the Electronic Learning Communities (ELC) research group do research on social computing, particularly for educational applications. She is interested in the ways that we can design online communities to encourage individuals to create and share content online, and learn through that process. Bruckman received her Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab's Epistemology and Learning group in 1997, her M.S.V.S. from the Media Lab's Interactive Cinema Group in 1991, and a B.A. in physics from Harvard University in 1987. In 1999, she was named one of the 100 top young innovators in
science and technology in the world (TR100) by Technology Review magazine. In 2002, she was awarded the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies.
Saturday, October 2, 9:00 am
Using the Cloud to Please the Crowd
Roy Tennant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research
One of the most-hyped technologies in recent days is “cloud computing.” This talk will go beneath the hype to provide a high-level overview illustrated with specific examples about how libraries are using cloud computing technologies to better and more efficiently serve their users. From server farms in places distant, to centralized services exposed via APIs and Linked Data, various aspects of cloud computing will be explored with an every-watchful eye toward practical concerns and library requirements.
Roy Tennant is Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research. He is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. His books include Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow (2008), Managing the Digital Library (2004), XML in Libraries (2002), Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial (1996), and Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal for a decade and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education.
Sunday, October 3, 10:30 am
The Linked Library Data Cloud: it's time to stop thinking and start linking
Ross Singer, Interoperability and Open Standard Champion, Talis Information, Ltd.
Linked Data is a technology that holds a lot of potential to libraries. We have lots of content that would be very desirable for others to reuse and remix. On the flip side, incorporating data from outside sources would go a long way towards solving many of our own problems. So how do we get started?
Ross Singer is Interoperability and Open Standard Champion at Talis Information, Ltd. Generally his job involves exploring new avenues to share and reuse our data. Much of his work centers around Linked Data and libraries, but also on open APIs for library systems (such as Jangle) and library open source and open standards in general. He is heavily involved in the Code4Lib community and can regularly be found in their IRC channel. Prior to Talis, Ross worked as a developer at several university libraries, most recently at Georgia Tech, but also at Emory University and the University of Tennessee. He blogs at http://dilettantes.code4lib.org/blog/ and can be found on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rsinger