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Release: March 22, 1999

UI student group to celebrate first decade of the Internet

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa student group and the School of Library and Information Science will mark the 10th anniversary of the Internet with a symposium titled "Celebrating a Decade of the Web" Friday, March 26, in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The event, which will include lectures and discussions with several Internet pioneers, begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The UI Student Chapter of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), in cooperation with the School of Library and Information Science, is sponsoring the program.

Among the invited guest speakers are Erik Selberg, a graduate student at the University of Washington who created MetaCrawler, a web search service that has earned numerous awards, and Brian Pinkerton, the vice president of engineering with Excite Inc. and developer of WebCrawler, which has become one of the world's most favored Internet search engines.

Also scheduled to speak are Efthimis Efthimiadis, an associate professor at the University of Washington's School of Library and Information Science whose research is in the area of user-centered design and evaluation of retrieval systems, and David Eichmann a UI assistant professor in Library and Information Science. Eichmann's research interests are in Web search engines using clustering techniques.

Each speaker brings with him specialization within the fields of computer and information sciences. Four short lectures, to be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Padmini Srinivasan, director of the UI School of Library and Information Science, will comprise the afternoon's activities. There will be an informal coffee hour after the presentations.

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