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2015-10-21: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) 2015

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Excited to go to @ghc#GHC15 and meet 12,000 women in tech :) @ArabWIC@oducs@WebSciDL — Yasmina Anwar (@yasmina_anwar) October 13, 2015
On October 13-17, the atmosphere at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas was electric with 12,000 women in tech from all around the world attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), the world's largest gathering for women in computing. GHC is presented by the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) for Women and Technology, which was founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 to bring together research and career interests of women in computing and encourage the participation of women in computing. The incredible progress of GHC went from 500 women in technology at 1994 to 12,000 women this year.

I was humbled to receive a scholarship from the ABI to attend GHC 2015. I also was thrilled twice before to attend the GHC 2013 in Minnesota and GHC 2014 in Phoenix. This year, I represented the Computer Science…

2015-12-22: 60% of Web Annotations are Orphaned or in Danger of Being Orphaned

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In our TPDL paper, we studied 6281 highlighted text annotations (out of 7744 annotations) available in the Hypothes.is annotation system in January 2015. The main goal was to investigate the prevalence of orphaned annotations, where neither a live Web page nor an archived copy of the web page contains the text that had previously been annotated.

Recently, we applied the same analysis as in our TPDL paper to a larger number of annotations.  Figure 2 illustrates that the number of annotations in Hypothes.is has been increasing since July 2013. Our TPDL paper focused on the 7744 annotations available in January 2015.  Our updated paper (available at arXiv.org) analyzed the 20,133 highlighted text annotations (out of 33,946 total annotations) available in August 2015.  In this post, I will focus on reporting results of our arXiv paper.

Based on my experience in analyzing web annotations in Hypothes.is, I have seen annotations created just for the purpose of testing the system to see how …

2015-10-07: IMLS and NSF fund web archive research for WS-DL

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In the spring and summer of 2015, the Web Science and Digital Libraries (WS-DL) group has received a total of $950k of funding from the IMLS and the NSF to study various aspects of web archiving.  Although previously announced on twitter (IMLS: 2015-03-31 & NSF: 2015-08-25), here we provide greater context for how these awards support our vision for the future of web archiving*.

Our IMLS proposal is titled "Combining Social Media Storytelling With Web Archives" and a PDF of the full proposal is available directly from the IMLS.  This proposal is joint with our partners at Archive-It and is informed by our experiences in several areas, such as:
Our previous attempts at visualizing Archive-It collections where we ran into difficulty scaling conventional approaches (e.g., treemaps, timelines) to entire collections.  "Storytelling" social media services; namely storify.com, but also pinterest.com, scoop.it, paper.li, and similar services.  The convergence of summa…