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2009 ASIS&T Annual Meeting
Thriving on Diversity - Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World
November 6-11, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 2R7
Tel: +1 604 683 1234

Plenary Speakers

 Sunday, November 8
1:00pm Plenary Session 1
Tim BrayTim Bray
Director of Web Technologies
Sun Microsystems Inc.

Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary project at the University of Waterloo in 1987-1989, co-founded Open Text Corporation (Nasdaq:OTEX) in 1989, launched one of the first public web search engines in 1995, co-invented XML 1.0 and co-edited "Namespaces in XML" between 1996 and 1999, served as a Tim Berners-Lee appointee on the W3C Technical Architecture Group in 2002-2004, and co-chaired the IETF AtomPub Working Group between 2004 and 2007. Currently, he serves as a Distinguished Engineer and Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems and publishes a popular weblog.

Moderator:  June Abbas, University of Oklahoma
 Wednesday, November 11
10:30am Plenary Session 2

Pecha Kucha
Diversity in Digital Information Environments: Opportunity or Chaos?

Moderator: Grant Campbell, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario

Andrew Dillon, Professor, Dean, School of Information, University of Texas 
Allison Druin, Associate Professor, Director of the HCI Lab, CIS, University of Maryland 
Gary Marchionini, Professor, SILS, University of North Carolina 
Cathy Marshall, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research 
Candy Schwartz, Professor, Graduate School of LIS, Simmons College 
Elaine Toms, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Management Informatics, Dalhousie University

Six speakers active in the areas of digital information design, interaction and organization will present their points of view on the impact of digital diversity on information access and use. Some of the questions speakers will address are:
  • Does the explosion of new and diverse technologies and forms of digital content on the Web represent chaos, opportunity, or both?
  • Are new human behaviours, abilities and modes of interaction emerging to cope with this diversity, and if so, what are they?
  • What is being done, or what could be done to help users of information thrive in the face of such diversity and complexity?
  • How should we channel our efforts as researchers and professionals?
Presentations will be in the fast-paced style known as "Pecha-Kucha", in which each presenter must make their case in 6 minutes and 40 seconds (20 slides x 20 seconds). The session will be interactive, with opportunities for members of the audience to challenge and discuss the ideas presented by the speakers.