Carnegie Mellon Scientist Speaks on Panel for Digital Library Usability-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Scientist Speaks on Panel for Digital Library Usability

Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Visiting Scientist at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, was an invited speaker on the Digital Library Usability Panel, 5th International Conference on the Universal Digital Library (ICUDL 2009), held recently on the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh, November 6-8, 2009.

ICUDL 2009 marks the fifth in a series of International Conferences on the Universal Digital Library (UDL). The vision of the UDL is to create a global knowledge resource to preserve digitally and to provide free access to all human knowledge. This vision has been broadened from “books” to include other knowledge formats, such as multi-media and monuments. The theme of this year’s conference, “Global Collaboration for a Global Digital Library” furthered the themes and directions of previous ICUDL meetings.

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Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Million Book Project (MBP), a foundation for the UDL, is considered a first milestone towards building this digital library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books in various languages belonging to a diverse range of cultures and civilizations available to people worldwide over the Internet. The Million Book Project was initiated by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The primary long-term objective is to transfer all books not in copyright into digital format, in partnerships with other scanning centers internationally, in order to create a Universal Digital Library. It is a collaborative scheme among the international universities and libraries from the USA, China, India, Egypt, Qatar, Italy, Poland and Australia.

Dr. Rosenberg’s primary role on the panel was to discuss the issue of how successful students are in finding and using materials they need, and what needs to be done to improve the usability of scholarly content on the web.

Before coming to Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in September 2009, Dr. Rosenberg worked for many years at HP Labs and was responsible for developing technology incubations with the potential to be significant disruptive business opportunities. He most recently created a cloud-based scalable service for long tail and web-to-print publishing. He has held a variety of research management roles at HP Labs, and has led the development of technology for numerous businesses, including Print-On-Demand, novel computer input devices, enterprise workflow solutions, disk drives, and solutions for enterprise and commercial printing.

At Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, Dr. Rosenberg is focused on growing the context aware mobile computing work in the CyLab Mobility Research Center.