Wednesday, June 20, 9-10:30amDaniel M. Russell
Uber Tech Lead, Search Quality and User Happiness
What are they thinking? Searching for the mind of the searcher
In this talk I'll describe some of the ways we're working to understand what people are really doing, and why they're doing it that way. The goal of this work is to vastly improve the searcher use-experience by understanding the minds of millions of searchers.Daniel M. Russell is an Uber Tech Lead for Search Quality & User Happiness at Google. In this job, Dan studies Google searcher behavior using a variety of methods to get closer to the real experience of searching. Most recently, Dan was a senior scientist and senior manager at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. He is best known for his work on IBM's Blueboard system (a large shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration system) and for establishing the basis of sensemaking theory while at Xerox PARC (work with Stu Card, Mark Stefik and Peter Pirolli). In addition to IBM and PARC, Dan has also worked in Apple's Advanced Technology Group, and taught at both Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. He enjoys word play, music, and long distance running, becoming disgruntled when all three can't be in one day.
Thursday, June 21, 9-10:30amJohn Willinsky
Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia
Sorting and Classifying the Open Access Issues for Digital Libraries: Issues
Technical, Economic, Philosophical, and Principled
It is no easy task to make sense of scholarly publishing today, given its highly stratified market based on non-quality-related pricing and multiple access points. In thinking about where things could and should be heading in the years ahead, I am assuming with this talk that it would be helpful to review a number of related topics in scholarly publishing, including technical developments that are enabling libraries and other new players to become involved in journal publishing; economic issues leading to two-tiered research access; epistemological questions raised by degrees of access to this knowledge; and moral principles that extend beyond dissemination and have long guided scholarly communication, namely editorial independence, intellectual integrity, and academic freedom.John Willinsky is Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology at the University of British Columbia. His recent book, The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006) has won two outstanding book awards. Much of his work, including open source software for journals and conferences, is free to download at the Public Knowledge Project (http://pkp.sfu.ca), which he directs at UBC and Simon Fraser University.