The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

Increasing Interoperability on Searching Library Collections


Speaker: Prof. Sarantos Kapidakis
Affiliation: Ionian University, Greece
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Time: 12:30-13:30 EET
Host: Marios Dikaiakos (mdd AT

Libraries have a strong and long tradition in interoperability, and still a lot of information is lost when library systems talk to each other, without the user realizing it. Searching on library systems follow the model of meta-searching, which involve access to sources where metadata structure and content are hidden behind query interfaces. Many of the query interfaces utilize predefined abstract Access Points for the implementation of the search services, without any further access to the underlining meta-data and query methods. The main issue when meta-searching this kind of systems is the unsupported Access Points and their consequences, either query failures or inconsistent answers. We will present the zSAPN (Z39.50 Semantic Access Point Network), a system which improves the search consistency and decreases the query failures exploiting the semantic information of the Access Points from an RDFS description.

Short Bio:
Sarantos Kapidakis is professor at the Department of Archives and Library Sciences, at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, and director of the Laboratory on Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the National Archives of Greece. In the past, he has been employed by the National Documentation Centre, Greece, MIT, USA, the University of Crete, Greece, and the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1990. He also holds a MSc. from Princeton University and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. As part of his research on Digital Libraries, he participated in the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries and was the Chair of the European Conference on Digital Libraries in 2009. Sarantos Kapidakis is currently a visiting professor at the Computer Science Department of UCY.

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