JCDL Conference 2007

    May 21, 2007
    Advance Registration ends
    May 17, 2007
    Deadline to obtain conference rate at the Westin Bayshore
    April 9, 2007
    Revision deadline for accepted submissions
    March 24, 2007
    Doctoral Consortium abstracts due
    February 5, 2007
    Short papers, posters, workshop & demonstration proposals due
    January 29, 2007
    Full papers, panel & tutorial proposals due

Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, June 20, 9-10:30am

Dan Russell Daniel M. Russell
Google Inc.
Uber Tech Lead, Search Quality and User Happiness

What are they thinking? Searching for the mind of the searcher
We are in a new age of being able to understand what people are doing when trying to search. With internet search engines in common and constant use, we also have a new challenge to understand what people are really searching for, and what it is they want to do. Whatever people are doing, it's certainly not the same as the older models of search. How are people searching on Google? What are they thinking when they make certain queries? What is their intent? How can we discern what that intent really is?

In this talk I'll describe some of the ways we're working to understand what people are really doing, and why they're doing it that way. The goal of this work is to vastly improve the searcher use-experience by understanding the minds of millions of searchers.

Daniel M. Russell is an Uber Tech Lead for Search Quality & User Happiness at Google. In this job, Dan studies Google searcher behavior using a variety of methods to get closer to the real experience of searching. Most recently, Dan was a senior scientist and senior manager at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He is best known for his work on IBM's Blueboard system (a large shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration system) and for establishing the basis of sensemaking theory while at Xerox PARC (work with Stu Card, Mark Stefik and Peter Pirolli). In addition to IBM and PARC, Dan has also worked in Apple's Advanced Technology Group, and taught at both Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. He enjoys word play, music, and long distance running, becoming disgruntled when all three can't be in one day.

Thursday, June 21, 9-10:30am

John Willinsky John Willinsky
Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia

Sorting and Classifying the Open Access Issues for Digital Libraries: Issues Technical, Economic, Philosophical, and Principled

It is no easy task to make sense of scholarly publishing today, given its highly stratified market based on non-quality-related pricing and multiple access points. In thinking about where things could and should be heading in the years ahead, I am assuming with this talk that it would be helpful to review a number of related topics in scholarly publishing, including technical developments that are enabling libraries and other new players to become involved in journal publishing; economic issues leading to two-tiered research access; epistemological questions raised by degrees of access to this knowledge; and moral principles that extend beyond dissemination and have long guided scholarly communication, namely editorial independence, intellectual integrity, and academic freedom.

John Willinsky is Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology at the University of British Columbia. His recent book, The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006) has won two outstanding book awards. Much of his work, including open source software for journals and conferences, is free to download at the Public Knowledge Project (http://pkp.sfu.ca), which he directs at UBC and Simon Fraser University.