Association for Information Science and Technology

Annual Meeting
November 12-17, 2004
Providence, Rhode Island

“Managing and Enhancing Information:
Cultures and Conflicts”

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Plenary Speaker: Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the World Wide Web and currently director of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), will deliver one of two keynote addresses at the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, November 12-17, 2004.

Berners-Lee, the son of computer scientists, studied physics at Queen's College at Oxford University, graduating in 1976. By 1980, he was working as a software consultant at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, where he created Enquire, a system to help him remember connections between various people and projects at the lab. In its early years, Enquire was expanded into a system that his colleagues could use to share information from one computer to the next without a central database. In 1989, he proposed taking Enquire to the next level by creating a network based on his memory project.

Berners-Lee envisioned a global information space where computers everywhere would be linked and available to all. The existence of two technologies – hypertext and the Internet – would let him turn his vision into a reality. Hypertext would allow any document to be linked to any other document. The Internet would allow those documents to be transmitted. And thus were planted the seeds of the World Wide Web.

Mr. Berners-Lee will be speaking on Monday, November 15, at 10:00am.

J.C. Herz
Plenary Speaker: J.C. Herz

JC Herz, principal of Joystick Nation, Inc., a consultancy that applies the principles of complex systems and game design to products, services and learning systems, is recognized as one of the World Economic Forum's "Global Leaders of Tomorrow." Herz's focus is networked interaction design and systems that leverage the intrinsic characteristics of networked communication. Among the clients of Joystick Nation are multinational corporations, non-profit organizations and the U.S. Department of Defense.

A noted journalist, lecturer and educator, Herz has conducted numerous workshops on game design, networked experience design and brand strategy in networked markets. She currently sits on the National Research Council's Committee on Creativity and Information Technology. She was the New York Times' first computer game critic.

Ms. Herz will be speaking on Sunday, November 14, at 1:00pm.

The two speakers will join dozens of other practitioners, researchers, academics and writers discussing the conference theme of Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts.

The information society, especially after recent world events, is displaying an increasing tension between forces that encourage and discourage integration and cooperation. A major focus of this conference will be on conflicts and solutions involving many national and international information cultures, including social, professional, educational and technological interests.

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