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Herbert Van de Sompel - From a System of Journals to a Web of Objects - 2014

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Published on Aug 6, 2014

This was the second Vision Session at the 2014 NASIG Annual Conference.

A lot has happened since scholarly journals made their way onto the web, about two decades ago. Increasingly the research process, not just research communication, is web-based. Articles, books are no longer the only objects relevant to research communication. Objects created and used as part of the research endeavor do not have the same sense of fixity that traditional publications had. And, machines are joining humans as creators and consumers of research objects. The presentation will observe these ongoing changes and will explore some of the possible consequences for networked, digital research communication.

Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University (Belgium), and in 2000 obtained a Ph.D. in Communication Science there. For many years, he headed Library Automation at Ghent University. After leaving Ghent in 2000, he was Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library.
Currently, he is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications (OAI-ORE), the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, and info URI. Currently, he works with his team on the Hiberlink, Memento (Time Travel for the Web), Open Annotation, and ResourceSync projects. More information is available on Herbert's home page, http://public.lanl.gov/herbertv/.

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