Cyberscholarship Colloquium


Sara Fine Institute and the Digital Libraries Colloquium Series present Cyberscholarship colloquium

Dr. William ArmsThe Sara Fine Institute and the Digital Libraries Colloquium Series are proud to host a December colloquium featuring Dr. William Arms.  The lecture, entitled “Cyberscholarship:  Supercomputing Meets Digital Libraries, with the Web as a Case Study,” will take place on Friday, December 7, 2007 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 404 of the School of Information Sciences (135 North Bellefield Avenue).

Cyberscholarship is a new methodology of research that uses computers as an instrument for the researcher, discovering latent patterns and relationships that the researcher would never find manually.  However, putting this method into practice proves to be incredibly difficult.  Using the Cornell Web Lab as a case study, Dr. Arms will address the various challenges, specifically, how social scientists can do effective research using this methodology without becoming experts in supercomputing.

Dr. Arms, a Professor at Cornell University’s Department of Computer Science, was the first director of Cornell’s Information Science program.  His research focuses on web information systems, digital libraries and electronic publishing.  As a member of the Web Laboratory project, he was a leader of the NSF’s program to build a large scale digital library for science education (NSDL).  Currently, he is the chair of the Cornell University Library Board.  This year, he and Ronald Larsen, SIS Dean, are co-chairs of a NSF study on Cyberscholarship.

Prior to working at Cornell, he was Vice President of Academic Services at Carnegie Mellon University, where he orchestrated the Andrew Project in campus-wide networking.  He has also held appointments at Dartmouth College and the British Open University in the past.

Dr. Arms has a B.A. in mathematics from Oxford University, a M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in operational research from the University of Sussex.

This lecture is being presented by the Sara Fine Institute and the Digital Libraries Colloquium Series.  The Institute is dedicated to examining the ways technology impacts interpersonal communications and relationships with family, friends, professional colleagues, governing bodies, health care providers, and educational institutions. SFI Faculty Affiliates conduct research on social, political, ethical, medical, technical, and educational issues via innovative research projects and campus-community partnerships. Since its founding, the SFI has promoted multidisciplinary studies of users of online information, digital information production and use, and the impact of the information technology on scholarly publishing.  Presented since 2001, the Digital Libraries Colloquium Series offers international experts in the emerging field of digital libraries. Previous presenters in the Series includes Michael Lesk, Division Director, Information and Intelligent Systems, National Science Foundation; Alan F. Smeaton, Professor of Computing, Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Director of the Centre for Digital Video Dublin City University, Ireland; Stephen Griffin, Program Director in the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, National Science Foundation; Zhendong Niu, Deputy Dean & Professor at the Software School at Beijing Institute of Technology; and Nancy Davenport, Director, Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR).