Magazine article Information Today

The Research Edge

Magazine article Information Today

The Research Edge

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Conferences and trade shows play an important role in today's commercial world. Not only do they provide an opportunity for sellers and product developers to show their wares, but they also give buyers a chance to learn about new and upgraded products and services.

Some conferences emphasize the exhibition and make it easy for people to attend, and at those conferences, exhibits-only attendance is usually free or minimal in cost. Such conferences serve the industry well and provide attendees with valuable commercial product information and practical or tutorial instruction on the use of products, services, and techniques. Conferences focusing on research results, however, often differ from tradeshow-type conferences. They tend to be smaller, organized by professional societies or academic institutions, and often do not have exhibitions. Of course, there are exceptions; some professional society conferences such as those of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have large exhibit halls. Listed below are some upcoming research-oriented conferences that may be of interest to Information Today's readers.

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL)

The Digital Libraries: Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education takes place June 7-11 in Denver. Among the keynote speakers recently announced were: Hector Garcia-Molina, professor at the departments of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University; Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress; and Guy (Bud) Tribble, vice president of software technology at Apple Computer.

With speakers from the academic world, a major government library, and a high-tech company, the conference promises an interesting lineup. These keynoters, with their extensive backgrounds, will offer diverse viewpoints on digital libraries. Presentations for the remainder of the JCDL program are currently being selected; the complete program will soon be available on the JCDL Web site (http://

Information Retrieval

The Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR), a long-running and well-respected conference (now in its 28th year), is assembling its program for Aug. 15-19 in Salvador, Brazil. Its Web site (http://www.acm .org/sigir) has a wealth of information for those interested in the information retrieval field, including links to the 2005 conference Web site, as well as to other relevant conferences dating back to 1996. …

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