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2011-09-14: Dissertation Completed

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I am very happy to write about the successful completion of my dissertation work in the Computer Science Department at Old Dominion University.
My dissertation is titled "Using the Web Infrastructure for Real Time Recovery of Missing Web Pages" and, as the title suggests, it makes several contributions in the areas of digital data preservation and information retrieval. In brief, the dissertation evaluates multiple techniques for a "just-in-time" approach to web page preservation. We, for example, investigate the suitability of lexical signatures and web page titles to rediscover missing content. These two methods are based on old copies of the pages provided by the Memento framework. We also analyze the performance of tags that users have created to annotate pages as well as the most salient terms derived from a page's link neighborhood as methods to find missing pages.

On the practical side, the dissertation introduces Synchronicity, a Firefox add-on that impl…