Digital Libraries: An Overview and Formal Framework

*09:00am-12:30pm, 14:00pm-17:30pm*

Presenters: Edward Fox and Marcos Gonçalves

Edward Fox is a Professor at Virginia Tech, where he directs VT's Digital Library Research Laboratory. He also directs the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations and is chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. He has been (co) PI on 90 research projects, has taught over 60 tutorials in more than 23 countries, has given roughly 50 invited/distinguished speaker presentations, 100 refereed conference/workshop papers, and 280 additional papers/presentations. He has co-authored/edited 11 books, 73 journal/magazine articles, 35 book chapters, and many reports. Fox is Co-Editor-in-Chief for ACM JERIC, and is on the boards of TOIS, IJDL, IP&M, J. UCS, and Multimedia Tools and Applications.

Marcos André Gonçalves holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. In his dissertation, he proposed one of the first comprehensive formal frameworks for digital libraries (DLs): the 5S framework of Streams, Structures, Spaces, Scenarios, and Societies. He has published 5 book chapters, 10 journal/ magazine papers, and more than 30 conference/workshop papers in the DL field. He received 5 awards including the Lewis Trustee Award from Laspau for promoting collaborative research between the U.S. and Latin America (Brazil) in the DL field and the ACM/IEEE 2004 Joint Conference on Digital Library's Best Student Paper Award.


This tutorial will provide a thorough and deep overview and introduction to the DL field, introducing and building upon a firm theoretical foundation (starting with "5S": Streams, Structures, Spaces, Scenarios, Societies), giving careful definitions and explanations of all the key parts of a "minimal digital library", and expanding from that basis to cover key DL issues, illustrated with a well-chosen set of case studies.

Attendees will receive a first draft copy of a 400+ page book under development by the co-presenters, with tentative title "Foundations for Information Systems: Digital Libraries and the 5S Framework", based in part on ideas explored in Dr. Gonçalves' dissertation.

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