Prof. Edward A. Fox

A 5S Perspective on Digital Libraries for E-Learning: With case studies from Archaeology, Computing, and Dissertations


Digital libraries (DLs) can be the cornerstone for e-learning, facilitating collaborative development, distribution, and re-use of educational resources. To properly develop such DLs, it is important to consider 5 key aspects: Societies, Scenarios, Spaces, Structures, and Streams. These 5Ss facilitate design, implementation, and formalization of DLs. We illustrate this approach using case studies from our research related to archaeology (the ETANA-DL work with ancient Near Eastern sites), computing (the CITIDEL project, part of the US National Science Digital Library), and electronic theses and dissertations (coordinated by the international non-profit federation, NDLTD).

Curiculum Vitae:

Dr. Edward A. Fox holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a B.S. from M.I.T. Since 1983 he has been at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI&SU or Virginia Tech), where he serves as Professor of Computer Science. He directs the Digital Library Research Laboratory, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, and Computing and Information Technology Interactive Digital Educational Library (CITIDEL). He has been (co)PI on over 90 research and development projects. In addition to his courses at Virginia Tech, Dr. Fox has taught over 65 tutorials in more than 23 countries. He has given more than 50 keynote/banquet/international invited/distinguished speaker presentations, over 120 refereed conference/workshop papers, and over 250 additional presentations.

For the Association for Computing Machinery he has served as co-editor-in-chief for ACM Journal of Educational Resources in Computing, member of the editorial board for ACM Transactions on Information Systems, and was General Chair for the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries '2001. He served 1988-91 as a member of the Publications Board and as editor-in-chief of ACM Press Database Products. He also served from 1987-95 as vice chair and then chair of the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval.

He is editor for the Morgan Kaufmann Publishers book series on Multimedia Information and Systems. He also serves on the editorial boards of Information Processing and Management, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Journal of Universal Computer Science, and Multimedia Tools and Applications. He serves at Chairman of the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. He has co-authored/edited 12 books, 78 journal/magazine articles, 36 book chapters, and many reports.

Patricia Manson

EU research activities in technology enhanced learning

Curriculum Vitae:

Patricia Manson is Head of Learning and Cultural Heritage Unit in European Comission DG Information Society Directorate Content. She has worked over a number of years with the Commission's research initiatives aimed at making cultural and scientific resources in Europe more readily accessibile and sustainable, seeing the work evolve from networking of libraries to the development of digital library collections and repositories.