[Asis-l] Bill Arms Presentation on the National Science Digital Library, a t OCLC

Browne,Ginny browneg at oclc.org
Fri Oct 18 09:16:50 EDT 2002


OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
OCLC Distinguished Seminar Series
October 25, 2002 The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) as an Example
of Current Research in Information Science

William Y. Arms
Cornell University
10:30-11:00 am      Coffee and Pastries
11:00-12:30 pm      Presentation

OCLC Auditorium
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, OH 43017-3395

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Dr. William Arms, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the
Information Science Program at Cornell University, will discuss the National
Science Digital Library (NSDL) to illustrate current research issues in
information science. As a member of the core integration team, Cornell
University provides technology, operates core services and integrates the
work of diverse partners for the NSDL. Building a comprehensive library with
limited resources has required new ways of thinking about digital library
services. The underlying theme is scalability: how to build a distributed
digital library that can grow to be very large, without employing large
numbers of people.

Additionally, Dr. Arms will provide a description of a new Ph.D. program in
information science being designed at Cornell University. The intellectual
motivation behind this plan is to emphasize long-term, fundamental research
that studies digital information from three interwoven perspectives:
computer science, human computer interaction, and society. The program will
emphasize interdependencies between these perspectives, in particular how
problems that appear to be purely technical cannot be addressed without an
understanding of the people involved and the economic, social, legal and
cultural framework in which they exist.

During his career, Dr. Arms has had broad experience in applying computing
to academic activities, notably educational computing, computer networks,
and digital libraries. Prior to joining Cornell University in 1991, he held
positions at the University of Sussex, Open University, Dartmouth College,
Carnegie Mellon University, and the Corporation for National Research
Initiatives. He is the former chair of the Educom Board of Trustees and the
Publications Board of the Association for Computing Machinery, and past
Editor in Chief of D-Lib Magazine. Currently, Dr. Arms is series editor for
the MIT Press series in digital libraries and electronic publishing. His
book, "Digital Libraries," was published by MIT Press in 2000.

Background information:

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