Abstract

Prof. Oard is affiliated with the i-School with a shared appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Prof. Oard has been involved with many projects that involve making sense of large text and speech corpora, including oral history (MALACH), Information Retrieval Evaluation (TREC, CLEF, NTCIR), and e-discovery. Prof. Oard is interested in the challenges facing journalists, intelligence analysts and historians with respect to processing large-scale collections of data (or archives, in our parlance). He has several ongoing projects that address the challenge of "telling complex stories"; his presentation will situate his current work by looking at what technical capabilities can be provided to support this task.