ECDL 2006 – European Conference on Digital Libraries

by Alistair Miles

Highlights from ECDL 2006 were …

  • Michael Keller of Stanford University and Google gave a keynote on the Google book search project, entitled “One good turn deserves another; how the Google Book Search project is benefiting everyone“.
  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates of Yahoo Research gave a keynote entitled “Queries and Clicks as a Source of Knowledge“.
  • Carl Lagoze et al. won the best paper award with “Representing Contextualized Information in the NSDL“, which was essentially about moving from the paradigm of digital libraries as metadata repositories to digital libraries as systems where users can enrich the “context” of the primary resources by contributing content … “Library 2.0” cf. “Web 2.0”.
  • Christine Borgman et al. presented “Building Digital Libraries for Scientific Data: An exploratory study of data practices in habitat ecology” – a very clear and thorough study of scientists’ practices regarding scientific data and the consequences for the management of that data.
  • Antoine Isaac presented “Semantic Web Techniques for Multiple Views on Heterogeneous Collections: A Case Study” – an application of ontology alignment tools to implement a portal for browsing and search across collections of images/drawings/books/sculptures – a good use case for SKOS mapping.
  • Koraljka Golub et al. presented a poster entitled “Comparing and Combining Two Approaches to Automated Subject Classification of Text” … a support vector machine is compared with a string matching algorithm (this research is written up in more detail in a recent special issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia).