|From right to left, Dr. Nelson (my advisor),|
Yousof (my son), Yasmin (myself), Dr. Alsum (my husband)
There are multiple collections in Archive-It about the Jan. 25 Egyptian Revolution
|The story of the Arab Spring Collection|
|The story of the North Africa and the Middle East collection|
|The story of the Egyptian Revolution collection|
With the help of Archive-It team and partners, we obtained a ground truth data set for evaluating the generated stories by the DSA framework. We used Amazon Mechanical Turk to evaluate the automatically generated stories against the stories that were created by domain experts. The results show that the automatically generated stories by the DSA are indistinguishable from those created by human subject domain experts, while at the same time both kinds of stories (automatic and human) are easily distinguished from randomly generated stories. I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation on 06/16/2016.
Generating persistent stories from themed archived collections will ensure that future generations will be able to browse the past easily. I’m glad that Yousof and future generations will be able to browse and understand the past easily through generated stories that summarize the holding of the archived collections.
- My dissertation: pdf, ppt
- ODU latest style file: https://github.com/yasmina85/ODU-thesis-style
- My Ph.D. defense video: http://ustream.cs.odu.edu:8000/phd-defense-yasmin-alnoamany.mp4?md5=pDepZuZpi7pUCasEdEvFNQ&e=1473320210
- A list of my publications:
- Visualizing digital collections at Archive-It, JCDL2012: ppt
- Access patterns for robots and humans in web archives, JCDL 2013: ppt
- Who and What Links to the Internet Archive, TPDL 2013: ppt
- Who and what links to the Internet Archive, IJDL 2014
- Using Web Archives to Enrich the Live Web Experience Through Storytelling, IEEE-DCDL 2013: ppt
- Detecting Off-Topic Pages in Web Archives, TPDL 2015: ppt
- Characteristics of Social Media Stories, TPDL 2015, ppt
- Characteristics of social media stories: What makes a good story?, IJDL 2016
- Detecting off-topic pages within TimeMaps in Web archives, IJDL 2016
- The resulting code from this research on Github:
To continue WS-DLer’s habit in providing recaps, lessons learned, and recommendations, I will list some of the lessons learned for what it takes to be a successful Ph.D. student and advice for applying in academia. I hope these lessons and advice will be useful for future WS-DLers and grad students. Lessons learned and advice:
- The first one and the one I always put in front of me: You can do ANYTHING!!
- Getting involved in communities in addition to your academic life is useful in many ways. I have participated in many women in technology communities such as the Anita Borg Institute and the Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC) to increase the inclusion of women in technology. I was awarded travel scholarships to attend several well-known women in tech conferences: CRA-W (Graduate Cohort 2013), Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) 2013, GHC 2014, GHC 2015, and ArabWIC 2015. I am a member of the leadership committee of ArabWIC. Attending these meetings grows maturity and enlarge personal connections and development that prepare students for future careers. I also gained leadership skills from being part of the leadership committee of ArabWIC.
- Publications matter! if you are in WS-DL, you will have to get the targeted score 😉. You can know more about the point system on the wiki. If you plan to apply in academia, the list of publication is a big issue.
- Teaching is important for applying in academia.
- Collaboration is a key for increasing your connections and also will help in developing your skills for working in teams.
- And at last, being a mom holding a Ph.D. is not easy at all!!