SCIgen, part 2

Students Whose Phony Paper Brought a Conference Invitation Are Stars of Their Own Video, from the Chronicle Conference officials objected when the students distributed fliers encouraging conference attendees to come to what the students billed as a “technical session” that had its own randomly-generated title, “The 6th Annual North American Symposium on Methodologies, Theory, and Information.” The officials asked the hotel to make the students remove all references to the.. Read More

JCDL 2006 Call for Volunteers

I’m the Student Volunteers Chair for the JCDL 2006 conference, which will be held here in sunny, scenic Chapel Hill, in the very pleasant middle of June. I just posted to the first call for volunteers to a bunch of listservs, and here it is. Any students out there among My Beloved Audience interested in working at the conference, please apply. Any faculty, librarians, and whatnot out there, please encourage.. Read More

vacation -I

I’m off to Croatia later today for the LIDA conference. I’m presenting a paper, of course – one doesn’t travel that far just to attend a conference, or at least I don’t. I also don’t travel that far & to a place that cool without making some vacation time, so Yvonne is joining me & we’re spending several days before the conference touring around the Southern Dalmatian coast. Sweet! I.. Read More

Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy

Scientific Conference Falls for Gibberish Prank, from Reuters A bunch of computer-generated gibberish masquerading as an academic paper has been accepted at a scientific conference in a victory for pranksters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jeremy Stribling said on Thursday that he and two fellow MIT graduate students questioned the standards of some academic conferences, so they wrote a computer program to generate research papers complete with nonsensical text,.. Read More


I got an email yesterday that the paper I submitted to the Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference was accepted! I’m more excited about this than I usually am about getting a paper accepted to a conference because this one is in Croatia. The first part of LIDA 2005 will be held in Dubrovnik and for the second part, the conference will move to island Mljet, less than a.. Read More