From: Eric Lease Morgan <emorgan@nd...> - 2002-10-29 14:05:26
I have documented my experience at the ECDL in an European Conference on
Digital Libraries travel log where I helped Martin Halbert and Ed Fox
facilitate a plenary panel discussion on an idea called OCKHAM:
From the text:
This travel log documents my experience at the 6th European
Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL), Rome, Italy, September
16-18, 2002. In a sentence, this conference, attended by mostly
university computer science faculty, facilitated the sharing of
digital library research ideas and experimental results.
The majority of attendees would not call themselves librarians,
but they were doing real library work. They were concerned with
creating tools allowing for the collection, organization,
archiving, disseminating, and sometimes evaluation of data and
information for the purposes of expanding knowledge. The only
difference was that their data and information was not manifested
in physical mediums but digital mediums.
Additionally, the traditional library professions could learn a
lot from these people because they were applying of the
scientific method for evaluating and measuring digital library
research. Instead of relying heavily on antidotal evidence, these
participants used experiments, even social experiments to verify
and validate their assumptions. Furthermore, they build their
ideas on the documented ideas of their predecessors.
Finally, OAI and its simplicity certainly has made an impression
on the digital "librarians" at the conference. Everybody
appreciates the mathematical elegance of the OAI protocol. It
represents something we can all learn from.
Eric Lease Morgan
Head, Digital Access and Information Architecture Department
University Libraries of Notre Dame