October 30th Digital Dialogue: Joseph JaJa, "Novel Tools for Digital Archiving and Preservation"

  • October 24th, 2007
  • A MITH Digital Dialogue
  • Tuesday, October 30, 12:30-1:45
  • MITH Conference Room, McKeldin Library B0135
  • Novel Tools for Digital Archiving and Preservation"

Since the mid-nineties, the problem of long-term archiving and preservation of digital information has received considerable attention by major archiving communities, library organizations, government agencies, scientific and private organizations. These studies have identified major challenges regarding technology infrastructure, institutional and business models, and social and legal frameworks, which need to be addressed to achieve long-term reliable access to digital information.

In this talk, we will give a brief overview of our approach, called ADAPT (Approach to Digital Archiving and Preservation Technology), to build a platform-independent infrastructure based on a set of reconfigurable tools that use open standards and Web technologies. Our approach can easily accommodate emerging standards and policies, and will evolve gracefully as the underlying technologies change. These tools have been coordinated with our collaborators at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

JOSEPH JAJA currently holds the position of Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and UMIACS at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. JaJa received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and has since published extensively in a number of areas including parallel and distributed computing, combinatorial optimization, algebraic complexity, VLSI architectures, and data-intensive computing. His current research interests are in parallel algorithms, digital preservation, and scientific visualization of large scale data. Dr. JaJa has received numerous awards including the IEEE Fellow Award in 1996, the 1997 R&D Award for the development software for tuning parallel programs, and the ACM Fellow Award in 2000. He served on several editorial boards, and is currently serving as a subject area editor for the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing and as an editor for the International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science.

Coming up @MITH: there have been some changes to the fall Digital Dialogues schedule. There will be no talk on 11/6. LINDA FRUEH's talk, originally scheduled for 11/6, will move to 11/27. JONATHAN AUERBACH's talk, originally scheduled for 11/27, will be rescheduled next semester. Digital Dialogues will resume on 11/13 with STEPHAN GREENE and PHILIP RESNIK, "The Linguistics of Spin." On Wednesday, 11/7, the Washington DC Area Forum on Technology and the Humanities, in which MITH participates, will host BOB STEIN (Institute for the Future of the Book), on "The Evolution of Reading and Writing in the Networked Era." This talk will be 4:30-7:00 PM on George Mason University's Fairfax campus in Room 163 of the Research 1 Building. The talk is FREE but there will be an informal dinner after the forum, at a cost of $10 per person. You must RSVP to Meredith Mayo (mmayo1@gmu.edu) by October 30, 2007 if you would like to have dinner. More information and directions are available here: http://chnm.gmu.edu/dcforum/

View MITH's complete Fall Speakers Schedule here:

  • http://www.mith2.umd.edu/programs/mith_speakers_fall_2007.pdf
  • All talks free and open to the public!