Informatics, TU Vienna

From Information Retrieval to Digital Libraries to Computer Science Education

Information is a fundamental human need. The field of information retrieval has helped address this need since the 1960s, with a range of models and systems.

Information is a fundamental human need. The field of information retrieval has helped address this need since the 1960s, with a range of models and systems. A broad view of this field leads to digital libraries, a re-definition of the concepts, systems, and human involvement in sharing information across time and space, supported by digital technologies. We can formalize and better operationalize this through the 5S framework, which addresses information with regard to Societies, Scenarios, Spaces, Structures, and Streams. This approach has supported our work with personalization and computer science syllabi, curriculum development regarding digital libraries, and ensuring that college graduates are prepared not only to live in, but also to help build our future cyberinfrastructure, i.e., for Living In the KnowlEdge Society (LIKES). This talk with summarize our related research and education innovation.

About Ed Fox

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 or Virginia Tech ), where he serves as Professor of Computer Science . He directs the Digital Library Research Laboratory and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations . He has been (co)PI on about 100 research and development projects. In addition to his courses at Virginia Tech, Dr. Fox has taught about 70 tutorials in about 25 countries. He has given about 60 keynote/banquet/international invited/distinguished speaker presentations, about 140 refereed conference/workshop papers, and over 250 additional presentations.

For the Association for Computing Machinery he was founder and co-editor-in-chief for the ACM Journal of Educational Resources in Computing, is a member of the editorial boards for ACM Transactions on Information Systems and ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, and was General Chair for the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries '2001. Earlier, 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 1995-1998 as founder and chairman of the Steering Committee for the ACM Digital Libraries series of conferences. He served as Program Chair for ACM DL'99, ACM DL'96, and ACM SIGIR'95 - and co-chair for CIKM 2006 and ICADL 2005. He was lead guest editor for Communications of the ACM special issues July 1989, April 1991, April 1995, April 1998, and May 2001.

In the 1980s 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 the Morgan Kaufmann Publishers book series on Multimedia Information and Systems. He also serves on the editorial boards of Information Processing and Management, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Journal of Universal Computer Science, and Multimedia Tools and Applications. He serves at Chairman of the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. He has co-authored/edited 13 books, 83 journal/magazine articles, 37 book chapters, and many reports. These are 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.