Linking Research and Education in Digital Libraries: students’ perspectives

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This presentation was given by Getaneh Alemu at TPDL-2011 workshop on “Linking Research and Education in Digital Libraries", held 28-29 September 2011 in Berlin. Getaneh was invited by the workshop organisers (Vittore Casarosa, Donatella Castelli and Anna Maria Tammaro) to present his perspectives and experiences in digital library education and research. For more information about the workshop http://www.dlib.org/dlib/november11/casarosa/11casarosa.html

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Linking Research and Education in Digital Libraries: students’ perspectives

  1. 1. Getaneh Alemu School of Creative Technologies University of Portsmouth Workshop onResearch and Education in Digital Libraries September 28th -29th 2011International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011 Berlin
  2. 2.  Current  PhD Student at University of Portsmouth (2010-present)  Title: ‘A Conceptual Framework for User-Driven Semantic Metadata Interoperability in Digital Libraries’ Past work experience  Research Assistant at University of Portsmouth (2009-2010)  Digital preservation metadata  Librarian at Mekelle University (2001-2007) Education  MSc in Digital Library Learning (DILL) (Oslo, Tallinn and Parma, 2009)  MSc in Knowledge and Information Management (Ghent, 2005)  BSc in Library and Information Science (Addis Ababa, 2001)
  3. 3.  Conceptual foundations  Digital library definition  DELOS Reference Model  DLF definition  Research Methods & Theory of Science  Digital Documents  Information & Knowledge Management  Major texts  Lesk, M. (2004) & Witten, I.H. & Bainbridge, D. (2003)
  4. 4. Technical know-how  XML  RDF/RDFS/OWL  Topic Maps  Information retrieval (search algorithms)  Digital library software (Greenstone)  Metadata (Dublin Core)  Interoperability (OAI-PMH)
  5. 5. Users and social issues  Human Resources Management  Users and Usage of Digital Libraries  Access to Digital Documents
  6. 6.  Content  Sound theoretical basis  Digital library definitions  Digital library architectures (DELOS reference model)  Metadata interoperability  DL protocols and standards  Information management  Users Joint organisation by different universities Involvement of distinguished lecturers Diversity of student backgrounds Internship opportunities Master thesis requirement
  7. 7.  “We [in LIS] are struck by the poverty of foundational theories” (Day, 2010); “The development of LIS should not rely on some borrowed, pre-packaged theory” (Floridi, 2000) Is LIS a theory or model-based discipline? (personal communication) The socio-technical perspective of digital libraries (House, Bishop, & Buttenfield, 2003; Lagoze, 2010)
  8. 8.  Synergy between various DL frameworks  Example:  Streams, Structures, Spaces, Scenarios and Societies (5S) (Moreira, et al, 2009) versus Content, user, functionality, quality, policy, architecture (Candela, et al, 2007)
  9. 9. Building meaning  “In the world after the Enlightenment, the cultural task was to build knowledge. In the miscellaneous world, the task is to build meaning” (Weinberger, 2007, p.222)Constructivist learning approaches
  10. 10.  Inclusion of digital preservation  Migration versus emulation  Choice of file formats  Complex objects  Preservation of games  OAIS reference model  Digital preservation tools  PRONOM, DROID, GDFR  PLATO
  11. 11.  Emphasis on open access to scholarly communication  Open access models  Self-archiving  Open access mandates  Open access journals
  12. 12.  Address data curation issues (Lagoze, 2011)  Data lifecycle  Data science expertise (data scientist, data curator, eScience librarian)  Open data  Linked data  IP privacy, and ethical issues associated with data ,
  13. 13.  Focuson user-driven systems and services (Weinberger, 2007; Shirky, 2005; Lagoze, 2010) Contextualisationwith emerging technological trends and paradigms (Anderson, 2006, 2009; Weinberger, 2007)
  14. 14.  Familiarisation with European Commission (EC) projects  Planets, KEEP, DELOS, LiWA, PARSE.Insight, PROTAGE, PrestoPRIME, SHAMAN, CASPAR, DPE, TEL, Europeana, DL.org and many others Collaboration between EC education programmes and EC- research projects  To engage students through internships, visits, conferences, workshops, and career opportunities  Lecturers should recommend areas/themes/topics for thesis/dissertations

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