Jett presents at digital humanities conference

Jacob Jett
Jacob Jett

Doctoral candidate Jacob Jett presented his research in digital cultural heritage collections at the Japanese Association for the Digital Humanities annual conference (JADH 2018), which was held September 9-11, in Tokyo, Japan. The theme of this year's conference was "Leveraging Open Data."

Jett presented the paper, "Towards Unifying our Collection Descriptions: To LRMize or Not?," which he coauthored with Professor J. Stephen Downie and Katrina Fenlon (MS '09, PhD '17). The paper examines a new aggregate model set forth by International Federation of Library Association's Library Reference Model (LRM) which treats aggregates like digital-cultural heritage collections as FRBR manifestations. According to Jett and his coauthors, this modeling choice results in metadata that fails to express the topicality of digital collections. In the paper, the researchers maintain that these collections should be treated as first-class bibliographic objects in their own right. This approach would benefit scholars by providing a method for linking collections together by topic thereby fulfilling FRBR’s identification and selection user tasks. 

Jett's research interests include the conceptual foundations of information access, organization, and retrieval, especially with regard to web and data semantics. He received his MS/LIS from the iSchool in 2007 as well as his CAS in digital libraries in 2010.

Updated on
Backto the news archive

Related News

Student award recipients announced at Convocation

Each year, the School recognizes a group of outstanding students for their achievement in academics as well as a number of attributes that contribute to professional success. The following student awards were presented at the School's Convocation ceremony on May 12, 2019.

iSchool student develops prison book club

In her work at a women's prison in Illinois, MS/LIS student Christinna Swearingen noticed that while a lot of the prisoners loved books, many of them struggled to read. Her response to this problem was to create a Prison Book Club to engage readers at all levels of ability.

Christinna Swearingen

Illinois researchers to lead study on impacts of conservation investments

Conservation organizations and foundations have invested billions to preserve natural resources and biodiversity across the globe, but the effectiveness of these investments over time is not always clear. A new multi-institutional project, led by a University of Illinois researcher and supported by a $550,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will trace key outcomes of $655 million in the foundation's global conservation investments made over 40 years.

MacArthur grant team

Stodden coauthors National Academies report

Earlier this month, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a committee report examining computational reproducibility and replicability in science, with the goals of improving research rigor and transparency. The congressionally mandated report was authored by an ad hoc committee of national experts, including iSchool Associate Professor Victoria Stodden.

Victoria Stodden

Cheng receives fellowship for summer study in data science

Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics has selected PhD student Jessica Cheng as a LEADS-4-NDP 2018-2019 Fellow. LEADS-4-NDP, the LIS Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform program, is part of the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Jessica Yi-Yun Cheng