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Wednesday, March 29 • 3:50pm - 4:10pm
Demonstration 3: Digital Archive of Personal Professional Materials

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Demonstration 3: Digital Archive of Personal Professional Materials, Hosted at Libraries for Long-Term Historical Research

The online interactive digital archive to be demonstrated is an exhibit of the Stanford University Libraries: the “Edward A. Feigenbaum Papers.” Although a finished project and product, it is really a prototype of what libraries should be building and hosting to make available materials that record the intellectual life of eminent scholars. The target audiences are people doing historical research, and students examining the history of particular people and ideas. The “Edward A. Feigenbaum Papers” collection primarily concerns his work in artificial intelligence (AI) at Stanford University, and in his public service. It  includes administrative and project files, correspondence, proposals, reports, reprints, AI Lab preprints, audio tapes, video tapes, and files on computer programs, including EPAM, DENDRAL, MOLGEN, MYCIN, the language IPL-V, and others. The collection includes papers documenting the histories of the main laboratories in which he did his collaborations: Heuristic Programming Project, Knowledge Systems Laboratory, and SUMEX-AIM. Finally, there are documents related to Feigenbaum's public service to the US Air Force (as Chief Scientist), the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, the National Science Foundation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The physical materials are stored in 78 boxes, with access delays of days. In the online version, all materials have been scanned into PDF files with OCR backing, so that every word of most materials is searchable by keywords, using a Google-like search. Other navigation tools offer alternate paths of access, including a “similarity” search based on word frequencies in documents. Every item is downloadable by the user. This digital archive was built using the Zotero software for the editing and annotation of metadata (done by Feigenbaum); and collection management software developed by Stanford Libraries’ Digital Libraries Systems & Services (DLSS).

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Scott Van Duyne

Consultant to Stanford Library and Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University
Dr. Van Duyne, a PhD from Stanford in Computer-based Music Theory and Acoustics, co-founded a successful music and audio synthesis start-up. In addition to contributing to the Feigenbaum collection project, he consults at the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, and is part of... Read More →
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Edward Feigenbaum

PROFESSOR EMERITUS, CS, Stanford University
Professor Feigenbaum retired from the Stanford Computer Science Department in 2000. His main activities since then have been the Feigenbaum Papers archive project with the Stanford Libraries; member of the Board of Trustees of the Computer History Museum; and consulting for the US... Read More →

Wednesday March 29, 2017 3:50pm - 4:10pm PDT
Lathrop 294 Lathrop Library, Stanford University 518 Memorial Way Stanford, CA 94305