I'm a computer scientist by training, and a digital library architect by
profession. This site contains writings and presentations that I or others have found
useful to refer to at one time or another. Full text articles written during my time at
Penn have also been deposited in ScholarlyCommons@Penn. 

Copyright

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The Metadata Challenge: Promoting Discovery, Access, and Usability for Online Books, Books Online workshop 2010 (2010)

With millions of books, serials, and other documents now digitized, rich troves of information and...

 

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Open records, open possibilities, ALA Midwinter Meeting (2009)

Slides and prepared remarks for an ALA panel discussion on sharing bibliographic records and OCLC's...

 

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Copyright and Provenance: Some Practical Problems, Scholarship at Penn Libraries (2007)

Copyright clearance is an increasingly complex and expensive impediment to the digitization and reuse of...

 

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The Next Mother Lode for Large-scale Digitization? Historic Serials, Copyrights, and Shared Knowledge, Digital Library Federation Spring Forum (2006)

Much of the publicity around recent mass-digitization projects focuses on the millions of books they...

 

Information discovery

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Forward to Libraries: Experiences connecting digital libraries, local libraries, and Wikipedia, Digital Library Federation Forum (2013)

The Forward to Libraries service invites users researching a topic, author, or work online to...

 

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How to Read 200,000 Publications: VIVO and the intelligent evaluation of scholarship (with Anne Seymour), VIVO 2013 conference (2013)

VIVO and the data that it manages enable a variety of new mechanisms for analyzing...

 

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Building a global open network of discovery: Improving subject browsing with linked authority data, ALA Midwinter (2011)

This is a static version of the visuals of a presentation I gave to the...

 

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The Metadata Challenge: Promoting Discovery, Access, and Usability for Online Books, Books Online workshop 2010 (2010)

With millions of books, serials, and other documents now digitized, rich troves of information and...

 

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Open discovery of library resources: The Digital Library Federation's ILS-Discovery interface recommendations, Library Systems and Interoperability: Breaking Down Silos (NISO webinar) (2009)

A NISO webinar presentation on the ILS-DI work, its design, its implementation, and its future....

 

Preservation

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The Metadata Challenge: Promoting Discovery, Access, and Usability for Online Books, Books Online workshop 2010 (2010)

With millions of books, serials, and other documents now digitized, rich troves of information and...

 

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Watching Our Backs: Community Verification of Digital Preservation Systems, Digital Library Federation Fall Forum (2008)

Librarians and faculty agree that information preservation is one of the essential roles of libraries....

 

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Promoting discovery and use of repository content: An architectural perspective, Partnerships in Innovation II: From Vision to Reality and Beyond (2008)

Slides and notes for a talk I gave at a NARA/UMD conference. (The notes include...

 

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Archiving and Preserving PDF Files, Scholarship at Penn Libraries (2001)

Since its release in mid 1993, Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) has become a widely...

 

Systems architecture

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Forward to Libraries: Experiences connecting digital libraries, local libraries, and Wikipedia, Digital Library Federation Forum (2013)

The Forward to Libraries service invites users researching a topic, author, or work online to...

 

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Architectural Mismatch: Why Reuse is Still So Hard (with David Garlan and Robert Allen), Scholarship at Penn Libraries (2009)

In this article, David Garlan, Robert Allen, and John Ockerbloom reflect on the state of...

 

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Open discovery of library resources: The Digital Library Federation's ILS-Discovery interface recommendations, Library Systems and Interoperability: Breaking Down Silos (NISO webinar) (2009)

A NISO webinar presentation on the ILS-DI work, its design, its implementation, and its future....

 

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Opening the ILS for Discovery: The Digital Library Federation’s ILS-Discovery Interface recommendations, ALA Midwinter Meeting (2009)

Slides for my ALA talk, giving an overview of the DLF's ILD-discovery interface recommendations, and...

 

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Promoting discovery and use of repository content: An architectural perspective, Partnerships in Innovation II: From Vision to Reality and Beyond (2008)

Slides and notes for a talk I gave at a NARA/UMD conference. (The notes include...