IST 512 Topic List for Research Readings, Presentation and Paper.

Each student must choose one topic related to the course on which to do individual research and a presentation. Below is a list of possible topics. If you do not find a topic of interest, please contact the instructor. You may read as many papers as you wish in the topic area. Topics are decided on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. Your topic must be chosen by Feb 7. Please notify me of your choice by email with the subject of the email:

subject:IST512 research topic.

After you choose a topic, you will search for representative papers to that cover that topic. You may find the ACM Digital Library of SIGIR, JCDL, SIGMOD, previous WWW conferences, Google Scholar and CiteSeer of use.

The list below will be modified to denote the current list of chosen topics.


You will give two presentations: a brief 5 minute research proposal and a longer 30 minute final. Each presentation should be of professional quality in powerpoint and available to the instructor before presented. You should introduce the topic, discuss the issues and state of the art, why the area is important, what has been done and how, and what to do next. A bibliography must be included. Your presentation must be a critique of the area. Your presentation should be for approximately 30 minutes. If you have questions, please talk to the instructor. Your presentation time will be randomly assigned. It you have problems with the schedule, please contact another with whom you would like to switch. Presentations cannot be postponed or canceled. This is similar to presentations at a conference or business meeting. The show must go on.


Your paper should be not more thant 10 pages written 10 pt font single spaced with or with references. A hardcopy is due the final week of class.


Digital libraries and search engines

Existing DLs - what they do


Scientific/academic cyberinfrastructure

Google Print and Book program

Textpresso model.

Open Source Content Management System Issues.

Automated metadata creation.

Automated curation.

Crawlers/focused crawlers for respositories.

Privacy in digital library use.

Federated search.

DOM – document object model.

Similarity/plagiarism detection.

Economic models for DLs.

Metasearch for DLs.

Digital preservation.

Ontologies/taxonomies for classification.

Open archives initiative.

Personal DLs.

Natural language interfaces for DLs.

Recommender systems/collaborative filtering for DLs.

Scientific literature digital libraries/CiteSeer.

Semantic web and DLs.

Intelligent interfaces for DLs.

Social implications of DLs.

Social networks and DLs.

Permanence of information