Department of Distributed Systems
International Journal on Digital Libraries

Keynotes
Keynotes

Keynotes

Keynote 1
September 17, 2007
09.30-10.30
Room: Brussels

Digital Preservation, Archival Science and Methodological Foundations for Digital Libraries

Final version of the keynote address of Seamus Ross can be downloaded.

Seamus Ross

HATII at the University of Glasgow

Abstract

Digital libraries, whether commercial, public or personal, lie at the heart of the information society. Yet research into their long term viability and the meaningful accessibility of their contents remains in its infancy. In general, as we have pointed out elsewhere, ‘after more than twenty years of research in digital curation and preservation the actual theories, methods, and technologies that can either foster or ensure digital longevity remain startlingly limited.’ Research led by DigitalPreservationEurope and the Digital Preservation Cluster of DELOS has allowed us to refine the key research challenges—theoretical, methodological, and technological—that need attention by researchers in digital libraries during the coming five to ten years if we are to ensure that the materials held in our emerging digital libraries are to remain are sustainable, authentic, accessible, and understandable over time. Building on this work and taking the theoretical framework of archival science as a foundation this paper investigates digital preservation and its foundation role if digital libraries are to have long-term viability at the centre of the global information society.

Short Biographical Sketch:

Seamus Ross, Professor of Humanities Informatics and Digital Curation, and Director of Humanities Computing and Information Management at the University of Glasgow, runs HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute) of which he is the founding director. He is also Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre in the UK (since 2004), a co-principal investigator in the DELOS Digital Libraries Network of Excellence (since 2002), Principal Director of DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) (since 2006), Principal Investigator of the AHDS-Performing Arts (since 2005) and a project partner and member of the management boards of Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval (CASPAR) and Preservation and Long-term Access through NETworked Services (PLANETS). He was Principal Director of ERPANET a European Commission activity to enhance the preservation of cultural heritage and scientific digital objects, and a key player in The Digital Culture Forum (DigiCULT Forum) which worked to improve the take-up of cutting edge research and technology by the cultural heritage sector. Before joining the University of Glasgow he was Head of ICT at the British Academy and a technologist at a company specialising in knowledge engineering. He earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Some of his publications are available at http://eprints.erpanet.org

Keynote 2
September 18, 2007
09.30-10.30
Room: Brussels

Wi-Fi Trondheim – an experiment in providing Broadband Everywhere for All

Arne Sølvberg

NTNU - The Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway

Abstract

Wi-Fi Trondheim is a full scale field laboratory for mobile information services, see http://www.tradlosetrondheim.no/. Owners of Wi-Fi Trondheim are NTNU, the City, the County, the local Bank, the local Electricity provider, and the Newspaper. The laboratory comprises outdoor wireless broadband within a substantial part of downtown Trondheim, and is integrated with the wireless broadband network of the NTNU indoor and outdoor campus area. Broadband for all and Access everywhere will be reality within the foreseeable future. It is not a question of if, but of when. In this context broadband means transmission rates of 30-100 Mb/s. There are technical challenges, business challenges, regulatory challenges as well as service provision challenges. The talk will offer a state report, and views on the various challenges.

Arne Sølvberg, short biography

Arne Sølvberg is Professor of Computer Science at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, since 1974. He is Dean of NTNU’s Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering since 2002. He is chairing the Board of Wi-Fi Trondheim.

His main research fields are information modelling and information systems engineering. He has been active in international organizations for research cooperation, e.g., IFIP, VLDB, CAiSE, ERCIM (search the internet for explanations). He has been a Visiting Scientist with IBM San Jose Research Labs, The University of Florida, The Naval Postgraduate School, The University of California at Santa Barbara, and most recently with UCLA.