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2022-08-17: Collaborative Study Highlighting the Importance of Web Ads Funded by IMLS

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Drexel CCI and ODU WS-DL will be collaborating in an IMLS-funded project to study web advertisments.       We are pleased to announce that a new collaboration between Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics and the ODU Web Science and Digital Libraries (WS-DL) Research Group has been funded by the Institute of Library and Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the amount of $149,479. The two-year project, "Saving Ads: Assessing and Improving Web Archives' Holdings of Online Advertisements" is led by WS-DL alumnus Mat Kelly with WS-DL's Michael L. Nelson and Michele C. Weigle and Drexel CCI's Alex Poole as co-investigators. This work will focus on the preservation of online advertisements in the past and help to inform methods going forward. Online ads have a similar, if not great cultural significance as print advertisements. For example, embedded ads for masks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020 depict social n

2022-08-04: Web Archiving in Popular Media II: User Tasks of Journalists

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Figure 1: The two most common goals for journalists who use web archives as evidence in their articles is to view unavailable pages and to view page content change over time. Different groups of users collectively have different levels of understanding about web archives. In a previous post from 2016, Web Archiving in Popular Media , Scott Ainsworth demonstrated the emergence of web archives as evidence in journalism. The list of news articles that he presented as examples was a novel contribution at that time. Users with a strong mental model for the past web could benefit from advanced web archives features such as full-text search. What is the current mental model for web archives held by journalists, and how do web archives help journalists? Collecting Articles that Reference Web Archives In " Where'd it Go? " (2007), Teevan analyzed a set of web pages that were collected from a phrase search with the goal of understanding user behavior about re-finding [1]. By searc

2022-08-03: Ernst Strüngmann Forum on Digital Ethology Trip Report

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From July 24-29, 2022, I had the honor of participating in the Ernst Strüngmann Forum on Digital Ethology , held in Frankfurt, Germany at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) on the campus of Goethe University . (This was a reschedule of an event that was originally planned to take place in Fall 2020.) Julia Lupp, Director of the Ernst Strüngmann Forum , describes these events as more of an "intellectual retreat" than a conference. Typically, about 40 scholars and experts from various fields are invited to spend a week in discussions around various aspects of a common topic. Results of the discussions are later published in book form (and online) by MIT Press through the Strüngmann Forum Reports . The forum on Digital Ethology was chaired by Tomáš Paus  and Hye-Chung Kum . The aim of the forum was to "explore how digital ethology — the study of human behavior as captured by its digital footprint — can be used to quantify the human environment and facilita

2022-07-27: Web Archiving and Digital Libraries (WADL) Workshop 2022 Trip Report

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The Web Archiving and Digital Libraries workshop (WADL) , in conjunction with JCDL 2022 , was held virtually on June 24, 2022. The workshop was organized by Drs. Martin Klein , Mat Kelly , Zhiwu Xie , and Edward A. Fox . The Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group ( @WebSciDL ) from Old Dominion University had multiple presentations from different group members. Dr. Klein inaugurated the opening session by welcoming everyone and introducing the schedule for the day. This was followed by introductions from the Chairs and the attendees. #JCDL2022 the "Web Archiving and Digital Libraries (WADL) 2022" has begun!! Program Schedule: https://t.co/2j4ukN0M22 @jcdl2022 pic.twitter.com/XIfPkD9944 — kritika garg (@kritika_garg) June 24, 2022   Talks 1 Karolina Holub from the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) started WADL with her invited talk on "A History of Web Archiving at the National and University Library in Zagreb".  She talked about the Croa

2022-07-25: ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2022 Trip Report

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This year, the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2022) was held at Art'otel  in Cologne, Germany from June 20-24, 2022. It was held in a hybrid manner, with participants attending both in-person from Art'otel and virtually from Zoom. Members of our Web Science and Digital Libraries (WSDL) research group (current and former) presented five papers at JCDL 2022.  Invited Paper -  D-Lib Magazine pioneered Web-based Scholarly Communication  ( Michael Nelson  and  Herbert Van De Sompel ) Investigating Bloom Filters for Web Archives Holdings ( Martin Klein et al.) (WSDL alumni) StreamingHub: Interactive Stream Analysis Workflows ( Yasith Jayawardana et al.) Visual Descriptor Extraction from Patent Figure Captions: A Case Study of Data Efficiency Between BiLSTM and Transformer ( Xin Wei et al.) Memento Validator: A toolset for Memento compliance testing ( Bhanuka Mahanama et al.) Members of WSDL also presented papers and po