May 27, 2022

Event Report: “Design for AI in Libraries and Archives at the Fantastic Futures Conference”

From a Stanford Libraries Blog Post by Catherine Nicole Coleman:

On December 4, 2018 in Oslo we held a day-long “Design for AI in Libraries and Archives” workshop in collaboration with the National Library of Norway the day before the Fantastic Futures Conference on AI in libraries. We set out to build a shared understanding of the possibilities and practical applications of library-inspired artificial intelligence. There were overarching concerns expressed about how copyright restrictions will limit what we can do with content and whether libraries will have the capability to carry out the work that needs to be done to operationalize content. Though neither of those concerns were addressed directly in the workshop, we agreed that fostering AI literacy across an organization will help generate ideas and enthusiasm. We also agreed to continue the discussion in both the google group ai4lib and the ai4GLAM Slack workspace.

The blog post continues with summaries from these topic threads that ran through the seven workgroups:

  • Metadata
  • Discovery and Non-Verbal Search
  • Interface and APIs
  • Bias

Links to several brief videos viewed during the workshop are also linked in the blog post.

Direct to Complete Blog Post


Video of the Fantastic Futures Conference is Available Here

See Also: Video: How AI Will Change Libraries (Presentation at Stanford University) (November 27, 2018)

See Also: Stanford University: “Library-Inspired Artificial Intelligence: Discovery, Part 1″ (October 22, 2018)

On a Related Note

Report: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Index: 2018 Annual Report (via Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute)

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