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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
  ASIST2008: Notes on Posters
I went to poster session 3 before it was “open” so I could hit the DRM session at the same time.
Poster notes:
K. McCain (Drexel) – tri-citation and PFnets to look at Eugene Garfield’s citation image (this way of looking at a pretty dense network and de-composing seems to work really well at showing the connections)

B. St Jean et al (Michigan) -- Institutional Repository, interesting big study, this poster was about the phone interview part.

A. Gruzd (UIUC) – using this text analytics tool to resolve referent name ambiguity in, for example, forum threads… (bob said that mary went to school – figuring out that bob is user BobR and mary is user QuiteContrary) He’s got this available on a web site: http://textanalytics.net/

Earlier poster sessions:
A couple interesting things on the information uses of museum artifacts by children as well as retrieval using an ontological map of cultural objects – they’re still trying to build a test collection from what I can tell

A lot on FRBR – like at which level will users accept a substitute (different manifestation? different expression?) and like Joe Hourcle’s work on scientific data – this seems really promising so I’d like to hear more feedback on it.

A few things on PIM – like college students and then also other users by Japzon of Drexel -- how many different places they keep their files and images – no explicit care to preserve for long term although consideration of reuse… trust in the servers/services that they use online to always keep the things.

Lots of things on tags, nothing terribly surprising, but work that needs to be done

The poster: Using Wikipedia To Make Web Pages More Readable – basically it looks up a term you highlight in Wikipedia – but uses the context of use to find only one article that is most relevant for quick information.

Very interesting work from some folks at U Washington on information design for homeless youth.

Somewhat disappointed in the information available on a study of data in STEM

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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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