SLA-ASIS&T-sc Brown Bag: Kevin Crowston

March 2, 2008 on 3:30 am | In Events |

Kevin Crowston from Syracuse University will be talking about his research on the subject of genre searching on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008. A good talk to attend to keep abreast with the research being done in the field of information technology.

We seek to improve the ability of information-access systems for large digital collections to analyze and represent documents by incorporating metadata about the documents’ genres. We note that humans rarely have to read every word of every document to understand their meaning. Instead, they start by identifying the kinds of documents they are faced with, then use different types of documents in appropriate ways. For example, a grant proposal is used differently from a syllabus, a product brochure or a bank statement. Information-access systems would be more useful for many tasks if they could similarly distinguish the form and purpose of documents (that is, their genres). We base this assumption on the multiple streams of interdisciplinary research on genres, which all point to the shared understanding that genre, as a fusion of form and content, provides a rich source of information about the context in which documents are used.

Our study will add to this growing body of research by studying genre as a tool in information access for large digital collections. Towards this end, we propose a series of human-centered studies of information use by K-12 teachers to develop our understanding of genre and its role in information use. The study also includes the development and preliminary testing of genre-enhanced interface prototypes for information access tools.

For more information:

What: Genre Searching
Who: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University
Where: Bilger 319
When: Wednesday, March 5th 2008
11:30am - 12:30pm

Light refreshments will be provided.

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