Information Access & Retrieval

Locating information on the Internet is simple or complex, depending on your point of view. Search engines such as Google are popular ways to quickly find information on the Web but they may lack precision. Sophisticated searching systems of subject databases or library catalogs may provide precision but apply to a limited universe of content. Understanding how to develop search mechanisms that are useful to a wide array of users with differing needs, in many different subject areas, continues to be a challenge. New types of searching, using visualization or semantics, are also being tested. CNI keeps the community informed of developments in this area.

Recent Publications/Reports/Presentations by CNI Staff

“Software as a Service and Cloud Based Applications” (December '14)
Author: Coalition for Networked Information

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Strategies on Providing Access to Complicated Content (April '14)
Speakers: Rachel Frick (moderator), Sari Feldman, Clifford A. Lynch, Katherine Skinner View more information View video


“The Public Library in 2020” (June '13)
Author: Clifford A. Lynch

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“Interoperability between Information and Learning Environments” (May '04)
Authors: Clifford A. Lynch, Neil McLean
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“Life after Graduation” (October '03)
Author: Clifford A. Lynch

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Recent Project Briefings & Plenary Sessions from CNI Meetings

Achieving Meaningful Interoperability for Web-based Scholarship (November '15)

Herbert Van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Michael L. Nelson, Old Dominion University

Bringing Bits to the User: BitCurator and BitCurator Access (November '15)

Christopher (Cal) Lee, University of North Carolina

Emulation and Virtualization as Preservation Strategies (November '15)

David S. H. Rosenthal, Stanford University

ePADD: Use Natural Language Processing to Appraise, Process, Discover and Deliver Email (November '15)

Peter Chan, Stanford University

The Future of Linked Data in Libraries: Assessing BIBFRAME Against Best Practices (November '15)

Robert Sanderson, Stanford University

Recent Videos

BIBFLOW: A Roadmap for Library Linked Data Implementation (April '15)
MacKenzie Smith, University of California, Davis
Carl G Stahmer, University of California, Davis
Eric Miller, Zepheira View more information


Social Networks and Archival Context: From R&D to Cooperative Program (April '15)
Daniel Pitti, University of Virginia
Brian Tingle, University of California View more information View video


Think Different! The Value of Reading-list Technology in Better Integrating Libraries in Online Learning Environments (April '15)
Carl Grant, University of Oklahoma
Tamar Sadeh, Ex Libris Group View more information


Exposing Library Collections on the Web: Challenges and Lessons Learned (December '14)
Timothy W. Cole, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kenning Arlitsch, Montana State University
Ted Fons, OCLC
Janina Sarol, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View more information View video


Online-Only Media: 21st Century Collection Crisis? (December '14)
John Vallier, University of Washington
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Recent Podcasts

Bibliographic Framework Initiative: Process and Expectations (March '13) Roberta Shaffer, Library of Congress
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