Workshops are intended to draw together communities of interest—both those in established communities and also those interested in discussion and exploration of a new or emerging issue. They can range in format from formal, perhaps centering on presentation of refereed papers, to informal, perhaps centering on extended roundtable discussions among the selected participants.
Workshops are held on the final day of the conference, Friday, June 25. Check the schedule for more details.
Not everyone can sing in tune. Not everyone can write, play or graphically describe a sequence of notes. Not everyone can name the musical instruments occurring in a piece of music, or its genre. However, many people want to find music that they are interested in.
How can the average person, not the average musician, retrieve music from large collections? How do we support their information needs? Indeed, what are their music information needs—what are they looking for, and how can we help them to locate new music, or to manage and interact with their personal music collection?Workshop Objectives:
A somewhat oversimplified view of global development divides the world into three large segments: roughly a billion people living in highly developed economies such as the US, Europe, and Japan; roughly four billion people living in developing economies (half of those in China and India alone), and a bottom billion living in abject poverty with little hope for development. Unsurprisingly, the highly developed economies are the focus of much of our research. Access to information is a critical enabler for the rest of the world as well, of course, but often under very different conditions. Let us consider one of the popular modern modalities of communication to elaborate on this point. Well over half the population has regular access to a networked digital device, but for more than 80% of those people the device is not a networked PC but rather a cell phone with no graphical display capabilities. On the user-end, we know that educational attainment varies markedly between the developed and developing world, and this factor has important consequences for both needs and opportunities associated with identifying effective means of information access.
In this workshop, we will take a broad approach in defining the various applications of digital libraries, with an equally broad view of developmental goals (for example, educational, health, and economical impacts would all receive attention).
A key goal for the workshop is to bring together researchers who have thought deeply about the use of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) with those who have thought deeply about the design and evaluation of digital libraries in an effort to spark new work in this important intersection.
This half-day workshop is meant to be an opportunity to introduce the iSchool concept to a wider audience and to seek collaborations and contributions from interested institutions across geographical regions. In particular, several universities in the Asia Pacific have recently formed the CiSAP consortium with the objectives to promote the establishment and development of iSchools in the region, as well as to foster collaboration and exchange of ideas for education and research. iSchools in North America, on the other hand, under the flag of iCaucus, have been organizing an annual iSchool conference series to facilitate collaboration among their members.
In this workshop, we aim to foster the development of a global iSchool community by inviting CiSAP and iCaucus member institutions to showcase their academic programs, and research strengths/interests so as to allow them to identify areas of possible collaboration. It is hoped that collaborations between CiSAP and iCaucus can be used as a platform for (a) negotiating with funding agencies, (b) attracting and pooling funding and resources from various agencies, including national funding agencies like the national libraries and the national archives in Asia Pacific countries, international bodies (e.g., ASEAN, UNESCO, Asia: NZ, etc.) and multi-national corporations (e.g., Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google), and (c) influencing policies and funding strategies at the national and regional levels.
The workshop will also create an opportunity to outline the issues unique to the Asia Pacific region and its 'iSchools' and community, how CiSAP would address these in its mission and objectives and how CiSAP could leverage the experience from iCaucus, especially in positioning and branding of iSchools in the Asia Pacific region.
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