Sunday, October 8
6th SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop
The CR Workshop is designed to be an exchange of ideas among active
researchers with interests in the creation, development, management,
representation, display, comparison, compatibility, theory, and
application of classification schemes.
Welcome Reception/SIG RUSH
The opening reception on Sunday evening will include the SIG RUSH for a
special welcome to the ASIS Annual Meeting. Join your colleagues and
other ASIS friends for the cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Find out what
the different SIGs have in the works and are planning. Preprints of
Monday, October 9
End-Users' Models of Database Searching and Database Structures-Part I
and II (SIG CR, SRT)
Technological advances and the widespread use of CD-ROM databases,
OPACs and Campus Wide Information Systems (CWIS) have resulted in an
explosion of "end-user searching". How effective are the end-users in
their searching? Since "end-users" do not have the formal training that
"intermediaries" have, it is important to study their searching
behavior in order to identify patterns, styles, and especially
problems. The knowledge gained from such studies can then be used to
suggest methods for improving the existing systems and, therefore, make
the end-user searching process less frustrating to the end-user during
the interaction, as well as more efficient in terms of retrieval. The
research presented in this two-part session reports on the user
searching behavior of children, elementary and high school students
(k-12), undergraduate and graduate university students and researchers
in different end-user searching environments. Methodological issues and
emerging models are discussed.
Efthimis N. Efthimiadis, University of California at Los I
Angeles,"End-User Understanding and Use of Knowledge Structures
in Database Searching"
Raya Fidel, University of Washington, "Is Protocol
Carol A. Hert, Indiana University, "User Knowledge and Uncertainty in
Online Public Access Catalog Searching"
Delia Neuman, University of Maryland, "High School Students' Use of
Online and CD-ROM Databases: Competing Conceptual Structures"
Paul Solomon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,"Children,
an OPAC, and time marches on: How can the results of user-based
research inform design and institutional policy?"
Virginia Walter, University of California, Los Angeles ,"Metaphors and
Mice: Designing Information Retrieval Systems for Children to Search"
End-Users' Models of Database Searching and Database Structures -Part
II (SIG CR, SRT)
SIG/CR Dutch Treat Dinner
Tuesday, October 10
Advanced Tools for the Navigation and Use of Information Across the
Internet (SIG CR, HCI, ALP)
This session will focus on current and future tools for the access and
use of information over the internet. What do users need in order to
help them navigate the internet, retrieve and use needed information?
The speakers will present an outline of tools to support those needs,
based on specifications implementing such a tool set. Details provided
on specific approaches available to help meet these needs will include:
a) a description of the Wide Area Information Server (WAIS)
technology in terms of its history, indexing/ relevance ranking, and
natural language processing capabilities, and its potential to
approach natural language processing capabilities; b) a discussion of
the issues associated with using the World Wide Web to search
various types of collections (a prototype system will be presented
that organizes WWW pointers to reference tool like WWW documents); c)an
overview of the process and challenges of designing search tools for
Philip J. Smith, The Ohio State University, "Functional Specifications
for an Advanced Toolset for the Access and Use of Information"
George H. Brett II, Center for Networked Information Discovery and
Retrieval, "Internet Tools and Natural Language Processing: Current
State of the Art"
Maurice Leatherbury, University of North Texas, "Using WWW Browsers for
Robert France, Virginia Tech, "Designing Navigation Tools for
Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Catholic University of America, Moderator
SIG/CR Planning Meeting
Classification and Technology: New Roles for Maps of Knowledge(SIG CR)
This session addresses new roles for classificatory techniques and
classification systems in the age of converging technologies. As we
learn to use classification as an electronic technique, we become
increasingly aware of the potential power of classification in creating
and communicating information and in expediting its efficient transfer
and retrieval. This session views these new capacities of
classification from three perspectives: 1) as a research technique in
our pursuit of information about information, its processing,
management, and application; 2) combined with verbal access to
create sophisticated, flexible, structured analytic systems for
all media; and 3) re-engineered for the new technologies to revitalize
them for expanded roles in information analysis, organization, and
Barbara Kwasnik, Syracuse University, "Classification as an Information
Pauline Cochrane, Univ. of Illinois, "Convergence in
Access Vocabularies for Information Retrieval: Thesauri
and Classification Systems Combine"
Nancy Williamson, Univ. of Toronto, "Traditional Classification Systems
and Their Role in Converging Technologies"
Clare Beghtol, Univ. of Toronto, Moderator
Accessing the Internet: Chaos or Complexity (SIG CR)
Increased use of electronic information via the Internet has generated
unexpected challenges. Current methods for accessing these resources
make little use of principles of information organization and
retrieval, relying instead on informal and ad hoc approaches. This
presents problems in terms of the volume of information retrieved and
with respect to the precision with which those materials meet user
needs. This panel discussion focuses on the results of several research
projects undertaken to organize Internet resources.
Martin Dillon, OCLC, "Building a Catalog of Internet Resources"
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, University of Missouri - Columbia, and Danny
P. Wallace, Louisiana State University, "Organized Access to
Engineering Internet Resources Using Indexing Principles"
Timothy B. Patrick, University of Missouri - Columbia, "From Subject
Heading to Server Class Identifier to Network Address: Organizing
Internet Access to Biomedical Information Sources"
Peter R. Young, U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information
Science, "Internet Resource Access and Retrieval: In Search of the New
Digital Library Paradigm"
Philip J. Smith, Ohio State University, Moderator