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2021-10-14: ODU CS selected for national NASA@ My Library STEAM programming initiative

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    Dr. Poursardar, a lecturer in ODU computer science department and a member of the  Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group (WS-DL) , has been selected through a competitive application process to be part of  NASA@ My Library , an education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education. Check out more details on this project on  Science-Technology Activities and Resources for Libraries (Star Net) website. ODU is one of just six universities nationwide to be selected to support this initiative, and we’re thrilled to be part of this project, we look forward to our students helping libraries bring STEAM concepts to younger patrons and exploring the universe together with people of all ages during their public programs in 2021 and 2022. As a NASA@ My Library Partner Uni

2021-10-14: Summer Internship at LANL - Memento Validator

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    Last summer, I had an opportunity to work as a research intern at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) with the Research and Prototyping (Proto) team of the LANL Research Library . The position was my first internship in the US, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. Due to the pandemic, I worked remotely from Norfolk. I worked on the Memento validator project, updating the memento validation and compliance testing infrastructure under Dr. Lyudmila Balakireva . Los Alamos National Laboratory ( https://www.lanl.gov/ ) About LANL Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) to solve national security through scientific research and development. The research areas of the laboratory include nuclear security, national defense, energy, counter-terrorism, and the environment. The laboratory hires approximately 2000 students each year to work on scientific research and development projects as a part of their summer i

2021-10-14: Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2021 Trip Report

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  (source:  https://2021.jcdl.org/ ) The 2021 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2021) was hosted virtually due to the global pandemic by the School of Information Science of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) between September 27-30, 2021. This year our members of the  Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group (WSDL) attended paper sessions, posters and demo sessions, workshops, and tutorials, where researchers from multiple disciplines presented their findings virtually via Zoom room through the Conference Virtual Platform ( RDMobile ). The posters and demo session took place via Zoom and Gather.town . This year, seven papers (5 long and 2 short) plus four posters  from our WSDL group were accepted to JCDL 2021. Unlike previous years , we did not feature any students or faculty in this year's JCDL doctoral consortium. We are hopeful to resume it next year. Day 1 Tutorial 1 Day 1 kicked off with Tutorials and the Doctoral Consortiu

2021-10-08: Role of Cybersecurity on Curbing the Spread of Disinformation and Misinformation and Disinformation -- Trip Report to the CCI Workshop and More

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Earlier in 2021,  the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) announced a call for proposals  themed Role of Cybersecurity on Curbing the Spread of Disinformation and Misinformation and Disinformation . The theme was the role of cybersecurity on curbing the spread of disinformation and misinformation. Traditionally, cybersecurity was about solutions of protecting computers and information systems from information disclosure, damage of hardware, software, and electronic data. Recently,  many researchers realized that combating misinformation and disinformation (MIDIS) should be incorporated into the scope because MIDIS is also the delivery package of malicious attackers, whether intentional or unintentional. Such information can cause subsequent damage to hardware and software, people's health, and even the society.  Figure 1 : LexisNexis appearances of “fake news” in newspaper coverage in the United States and globally. Courtesy: Scheufele & Krause (2018) Several papers have reveal