pres. Herbert van de Sompel - New Trends in eHumanities

1. Herbert van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Visiting Professor DANS, 2. Members of the eHumanities Group


June 16, 2011

1. Resource-centric interoperability for digital scholarship: Open Annotation and SharedCanvas
This presentation will provide insights in recent efforts aimed at achieving information interoperability for digital scholarship using a web-centric and resource-centric approach. The core ingredients of such an approach will be reviewed, followed by an overview of various efforts in which the approach has been used. Two efforts will be briefly discussed: OAI Object Reuse & Exchange that addresses the problem of compound digital objects, and Memento that adds a time dimension for the Web and as such has implications for object versioning. Another two efforts will be discussed in some more detail: Open Annotation that aims at interoperability for scholarly annotations, and SharedCanvas that aims at uniformly modeling medieval manuscripts.

Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University (Belgium), and in 2000 obtained a Ph.D. in Communication Science there. For many years, he headed Library Automation at Ghent University. After leaving Ghent in 2000, he was Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library. Currently, he is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications (OAI-ORE), the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, and info URI. Currently, he works with his team on the Open Annotation and Memento (time travel for the Web) projects.
2. Enhancing Traditional Scholarly Book Publications: Final Report SURF Project

Nick Jankowski (KNAW eHumanities Group), Clifford Tatum (KNAW eHG, Leiden University), Zoutian Tatum ((KNAW eHG, Leiden University), Andrea Scharnhorst (KNAW eHG, DANS)
Members of the e-Humanities Group have been preparing a series of websites to complement traditionally-published books as part of the SURF project on enhanced publications. This presentation is based on the final report of this six-month project and provides opportunity to reflect on the initiative and consider future directions. The project is particularly salient inasmuch as one of the four books in this project is the manuscript prepared during the last year of the Virtual Knowledge Studio This book, with the working title Virtual Knowledge, includes contributions from VKS members. Background information and a blog related to the eHg Enhanced Publication Project can be found here.