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"Digital Scholarship and Digital Libraries: Past, Present, and Future" by Christine L. Borgman

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In a few short decades, the practices of scholarship have been transformed by the use of digital resources, tools, and services. Some shifts are obvious, such as seeking, reading, and publishing research online, often to the exclusion of print. Other shifts are subtle, such as data being viewed as research products to be disseminated. Research objects are more atomized, yet aggregated in new ways. Digital technologies offer opportunities to innovate in scholarly practice, collaboration, and communication. Innovation in digital libraries is necessary to advance digital scholarship. The talk will present a set of challenges for 21st century research and practice drawn from Prof. Borgman's forthcoming book, tentatively titled Big Data, Little Data, No Data.


Christine L. BorgmanChristine L. Borgman is a 2012-2013 Oliver Smithies Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford. She is also affiliated with the Oxford Internet Institute and the Oxford eResearch Centre. As Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, she is the author of more than 200 publications in the fields of information studies, computer science, and communication, and leads research teams on data practices and knowledge infrastructure. Her prior monographs, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), each won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award, and a recipient of the Research in Information Science Award.

Visual notes of Professor Borgman's speech, courtesy of Elco van Staveren

"What can Linked Data do for Digital Libraries?" by Sören Auer

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The paradigm of publishing and interlinking structured data on the Web got quite some traction recently. In this talk we will give an overview on recent developments in the Linked Data realm. We will have a look on how Linked Data can contribute to making Digital Libraries and the rich, qualitative content therein more accessible, inter-connected and attractive. As the Web evolves from a medium for document exchange to increasingly facilitating data exchange, Digital Libraries will also evolve from document repositories to knowledge hubs. We will discuss some challenges and opportunities on that road.


Soren AuerDr. Sören Auer leads the research group Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) at Universität Leipzig. His research interests include semantic data web technologies, knowledge representation, engineering & management, usability, agile methodologies as well as databases and information systems. He aims to combine strong theoretical results with high-impact practical applications. Sören is author of over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting in a H-index of 20. Sören is leading the large-scale integrated EU-FP7-ICT research project "LOD2 - Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data". Sören is founder (respectively co-founder) of several high-impact research and community projects such as the Wikipedia semantification project DBpedia or the social Semantic Web toolkit OntoWiki. He is co-organiser of several workshops, programme chair of I-Semantics 2008, OKCON 2010, ESWC 2010 and ICWE 2011, WWW2012, area editor of the Semantic Web Journal, serves as an expert for industry, the European Commission, the W3C and is member of the advisory board of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Visual notes of Professor Auer's speech, courtesy of Elco van Staveren

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