Universal Access to All Knowledge
Event Type: Online/web-based
Contact: Brewster Kahle
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
About the Event
Advances in computing and communications mean that we can cost-effectively store every book, sound recording, movie, software package, and public web page ever created, and provide access to these collections via the Internet to students and adults all over the world.
By mostly using existing institutions and funding sources, we can build this as well as compensate authors within the current worldwide library budget.
As these digital libraries take shape there are new opportunities for computer scientists. Can we make a distributed web of books that supports vending and lending? How can our machines learn by reading these materials? Can we reconfigure the information to make interactive question answering machines? Can we learn from the past human translations of documents to seed an automatic version? Similarly, can we learn how to do optical character recognition by having billions of correct examples? What compensation systems will serve creators and networked users? How do we preserve petabytes of changing data?
This talk will give an overview of the collections and challenges now facing those of us building digital libraries, and end with a list of projects that might now be possible because of these collections.
Cost: ALCTS Member - $39; Non-member - $49
Registration link: www.ala.org/Template.cfm