Dr. Ana Alice Baptista (U. Minho, Portugal) to speak at OCLC Dublin, Ohio (USA), on Tools for NextGen Scholarly Communication

Dr. Baptista will describe work underway at the university, including CRiB, a project to assist cultural heritage institutions with certain types of digital preservation, several add-ons to DSpace, and two projects related to social tagging.

OCLC Guest Presentation

Tools for NextGen Scholarly Communication: Work underway at the University of Minho (Portugal)

Dr. Ana Alice Baptista
Assistant Professor
Department of Information Systems
University of Minho
Guimarães, Portugal

Monday, January 29, 2007
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Kilgour Auditorium
6565 Kilgour Place (formerly Frantz Road)
Dublin, OH 43017-3395

This presentation is free and open to the public.


The University of Minho's Odisseia (Universidade do Minho Grupo de Investigação em Comunicação Cientifica = University of Minho Research Group on Scholarly Communication) is a cross-divisional unit that includes members of the University's Social Communication Department, Documentation Services, Department of Information Systems, and TecMinho (a university-to-community technology-transfer program).

Odisseia has established relationships with external agencies, including the University of Brasília (Universidade de Brasília) in Brazil. It has been exploring issues related to, and developing approaches to improve, formalized modes of scholarly communication (e.g., institutional repositories) and less formal modes of academic exchange (e.g., social tagging of scholarly materials).

This presentation by Dr. Ana Alice Baptista, head of Odisseia, will describe several projects including:

  • CRiB (Conversion and Recommendation of Digital Object Formats), a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) designed to assist cultural heritage institutions in the implementation of migration-based preservation interventions. The CRiB system works by assessing the quality of distinct conversion applications or services to produce recommendations of optimal migration strategies. The recommendations produced by the system take into account the specific preservation requirements of each client institution.
  • Add-ons to DSpace
    • Commenting Add-On: a set of classes, servlets and custom tags that bring informal communication capabilities to the DSpace environment. The informal communication is assured by a threaded forum that can be attached to any DSpace resource: web-page, community, collection, submitted item or e-person.
    • Ontology Add-On: a feature that allows administrators to control the set of keywords used to describe submitted items. U Minho has ported to its system the publicly-available Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computing Classification System (CCS).
    • Recommendation Add-On: a set of custom tags that provide suggestions of resources (items, e-persons and comments) related to a given selected resource.
    • Web of Communication Add-On: the 3D Web of Communication allows the user to discover hidden relationships between items, comments and people. It works by displaying a VRML 3D web of resources involved in a communication process. The user is also able to jump to specific items on the environment thus providing a 3D navigational system over DSpace.
  • Social tagging: Odisseia is involved in two social tagging-related projects: 1. to find out how information retrieval is affected by the use of social tags, 2. an international collaborative effort investigate which kinds of tags are being commonly used.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ana Alice Baptista is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Systems (Departamento de Sistemas de Informação) of the University of Minho (Universidade do Minho), and head of Odisseia (Grupo de Investigação em Comunicação Cientifica = Research Group on Scholarly Communication), a cross-divisional research unit. Since the early 1990s she has been working and publishing in the areas of Scholarly Communication, Information Access & Retrieval and the Semantic Web. Dr. Baptista is also interested in the social aspects of the Internet, primarily its impacts on scholarly communication.

Background reading

Ferreira, Miguel, Ana Alice Baptista and José Carlos Ramalho, "A Foundation for Automatic Digital Preservation"  Ariadne, 48 (30 July 2006) http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue48/ferreira-et-al




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