Search in 2017
On Saturday, February 17, I had the chance to participate in a session at the AAAS meeting speculating on what search would be like ten years from now, in 2017. Preparing for this session, I realized that it had been about a decade since I wrote an article titled "Searching the Internet" for Scientific American and this led me to some reflection about the last decade of search developments as well. At seminar this week I'll summarize the observations from the AAAS panel, share my own thinking about what we can learn from the past ten years and what the next ten years may bring, highlight some open research problems, and lead a discussion.
Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity.
Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.
Lynch currently serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress; he was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits, and now serves on the NRC's committee on digital archiving and the National Archives and Records Administration.