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2018-09-03: Trip Report for useR! 2018 Conference

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This year I was really lucky to get my abstract and poster accepted for useR! 2018 conference. The UseR! conference is an annual worldwide conference for international R users and developer community. The fourteenth annual conference was held in the Southern hemisphere in Brisbane, Australia from July 10-13, 2018. This four-day conference consists of nineteen 3-hour tutorials, seven keynote speeches, and more than 200 contributed talks, lightning talks and posters on using, extending, and deploying R. This year, the program successfully gathered almost 600 users of the data analysis language R, from all corners of the world from various expertise levels of R.


Fortunately, I was also granted a travel scholarship from the useR! 2018 and could attend the conference including the tutorial sessions for free (thanks useR! 2018). 16 travel scholarships have been awarded, with 9 domestic and 7 international, supporting people coming from Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillipines, Nigeria, Uganda, and…

2018-09-03: Let's compare memento damage measures!

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It is always nice getting a Google Scholar alert that one of my papers has been cited. In this case, I learned that the paper "Reproducible Web Corpora: Interactive Archiving with Automatic Quality Assessment" (to appear in the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality) cited a paper that I wrote during my doctoral studies with fellow PhD students Mat Kelly and Hany SalahEldeen and our advisors Michael Nelson and Michele Weigle. More specifically, the Reproducible Web Corpora paper (by Johannes Kiesel, Florian Kneist, Milad Alshomary, Benno Stein, Matthias Hagen, and Martin Potthast) is a very important and well-executed follow on to our paper "Not All Mementos Are Created Equal: Measuring The Impact Of Missing Resources" (a best student paper from JCDL2014 and subsequently published in the International Journal of Digital Libraries).

In this blog post, I will be providing a quick recap and analysis of the Kiesel paper from the perspective of an author of the pap…

2018-09-02: Sampath Jayarathna (Assistant Professor, Computer Science)

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I am really excited to be part of the Old Dominion University and the WS-DL group. I joined the faculty at Old Dominion University in 2018. Before that, I was a tenure-track assistant professor for two years at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona). I am truly grateful to Frank Shipman, Oleg Komogortsev, Richard Furuta, Dilma Da Silva and Cecelia Aragon for the help throughout this faculty search. It is sad to say goodbye to my colleagues at Cal Poly but I am excited to have an amazing bunch of mentors and colleagues here at ODU, Michael, Michele, Nikos, Ravi, Jian, Cong, Shubham, Anne and many more. Its truly amazing that I was able team up and put-together 2 NSF proposals (CRII and REU Site) within a short period of time.

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 2016, advised by Frank Shipman. I was a member of the Center for the Study of the Digital Libraries (CSDL) group. In 2012, I did a 6 month internship at Knowledge Based Sy…