Abebe Rorissa

Abebe Rorissa
University of Tennessee | UTK · School of Information Sciences

PhD

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January 2018 - September 2019
University at Albany, The State University of New York
Position
  • Head of Faculty

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Publications (76)
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Findings revealed that there is little evidence that exists of the implementation of LD technologies by libraries in developing countries. This study aims to examine the willingness of information professionals along with their perceived barriers to the implementation of LD technologies in Pakistani libraries. Data was collected from Pakistani libr...
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Responding to the conference theme of “Go Back and Get It – From One Narrative to Many” this panel provides an opportunity for LIS faculty of color to voice their narratives about leadership opportunities in LIS. Through this panel, we will bring together people of color from different levels of LIS faculty (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor...
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This panel features four experts in Library and Information Science (LIS) research who will present findings from major projects conducted during the COVID‐19 pandemic from national and international contexts. These include: a) a mixed‐methods study of virtual reference services in academic libraries during the pandemic's beginning, b) semi‐structu...
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Professional development is one of the pillars of personal and professional success because it is the catalyst for professional fulfillment and a way to improve one's skills and excel professionally. However, this subject is not addressed enough in academic courses, therefore students and new recruits start learning while being challenged without s...
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Information science is increasingly focused on giving voice to marginalized communities, improving their daily lives, and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). However, challenges facing marginalized communities in the Global South are less frequently investigated, yet of great importance....
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The internet has revolutionized the information seeking landscape, heightening expectations that access to information will hasten the attainment of several of the United Nation (UN)'s sustainable development goals (SDGs), although digital and content divides persist and information access is demonstrably steeped in inequalities, partly due to unde...
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There is an increasing uptake of digital technologies across African countries. Public, private, and government services have adopted and utilized digital technologies to improve work processes, productivity, create jobs, and better service delivery. This short paper seeks to answer these questions: What is the current state of digital readiness in...
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As a dynamic and interdisciplinary field of study, information science has a diverse set of methods, theoretical frameworks, tools and processes that continue to be developed, adopted, and extended through further research, teaching, and practice. Some of the methods and frameworks have origins in other disciplines. The interdisciplinary nature of...
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Most of the knowledge in the library and information science (LIS) discipline is created and published by researchers in developed countries. Two roundtable sessions of ASIS&T SIG‐III with the ASIS&T Africa Chapter and ASIS&T South Asia Chapter, in early 2021, confirmed “the lack of a conducive research environment” as the primary reason for this i...
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North–South scholarly collaboration and academic exchange programs help to address the challenges experienced by developing countries in Africa and elsewhere, and provide unique benefits to scholars in developed countries. Many academics in the global north, however, have limited, or no, information about opportunities to visit academics and instit...
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Purpose This study aims to explore the perceived challenges and prospects of linked data (LD) technology along with the skills required among library professionals to take LD initiatives in Pakistani libraries. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative research design with the phenomenology approach was used to meet the objectives of the study. Da...
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This article is one of the first to explore and delve into the legal system, with a focus on the burgeoning use of metadata in civil cases. Although metadata is embedded in all kinds of digital files including text, audio, and image files, as well as many social media and game applications, few understand how both the visible and embedded informati...
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Diseases have adverse effects on crop production and yield loss. Various diseases such as leaf rust, stem rust, and strip rust can affect yield quality and quantity for a studied area. In addition, manual wheat disease identification and interpretation is time-consuming and cumbersome. Currently, decisions related to plants mainly rely on the level...
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The digitization of visual resources and the creation of corresponding metadata that meets the criteria of clarity and interoperability, while also approaching the needs of the multilingual Web, are pressing concerns. Because visual resources make up a significant percentage of digital information, this paper focuses on the aforementioned concerns...
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Purpose This study aims to ascertain the information professionals’ perceptions and attitudes towards the application of linked data (LD) technologies in libraries in the context of a developing country. It also explores the Pakistani information professionals’ level of familiarity with LD concepts, plans and efforts in its application, along with...
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Purpose This study aims to present a broad discussion of Linked Data (LD) and Semantic Web technologies, specifically their potential application in information environments such as libraries. It aims to explore library professionals’ conception about barriers to implement LD in libraries and strategies to take advantage of this technology. Design...
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The COVID‐19 pandemic highlighted the importance of transparency, open, and timely access to information. Open Access (OA) has the potential to increase the exposure and use of not only published research but also authoritative and reliable information. The Coronavirus (COVID‐19) impacted the work of journalists, scientists, and doctors while ordin...
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Information pervades today's human activities, essentially making every sector of society an information environment. Due to the ubiquity of technological innovations and their interconnectivity, there is no aspect of lives of individuals that has not been affected. Individuals & organizations use multiple devices and networking platforms to intera...
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Purpose E-government websites/portals are effective modes of communication between governments and citizens. The information quality (IQ) of these websites/portals is of vital importance and, hence, is worth assessing, to ensure their effectiveness. This study aims to assess the IQ dimensions of e-government websites/portals in Pakistan and also ev...
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Rapid increase in the rate of information and communication technology innovations resulted in the Big Data phenomenon and, in turn, led to challenges in data curation, management, processing, access, preservation, and dissemination. To effectively address these challenges, synergistic collaborations and partnerships between researchers and practit...
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This study presents the results of a systematic review of data use practices by African countries to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) #2 – agriculture. Data use practices and existing data infrastructure are reviewed through the lens of the four big data value‐chain ‐ data generation, data acquisition, data storage...
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This study aims to explore librarians' perspective about the adoption of Linked Data technologies along with their level of interest to adopt these technologies in Pakistani university libraries. It also identifies their perceived hindrances that obstruct them to adopt and effectively implement Linked Data technologies in libraries. This is a quant...
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E-government websites are essential and effective modes of communication between governments and citizens and provide access to E-government services. Thus, information quality of these websites is vital and worth assessing in order to ensure their effectiveness. This study assessed the information quality indicators of e-government websites in Pak...
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E-government websites are not only essential but have also become the primary means for E-government service delivery and access. Therefore, their information quality is essential & worth assessing. The purpose of this poster is to present preliminary findings of a broader investigation into the dimensions of information quality in the context of E...
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The digital revolution led to, among other things, the emergence of electronic environments, or e-environments. They have also substantially altered the manner in which individuals and institutions interact, deliver services, and accomplish daily activities effectively. This, in turn, resulted in an increase in the amount of research and literature...
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The 2018 Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).
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The extant literature adequately documents Linked Data initiatives primarily undertaken and implemented in information environments and cultural institutions in Europe and North America. Information professionals play crucial roles in implementing those initiatives that can potentially improve access to knowledge and information. In order to gauge...
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There is minimal, mainly anecdotal, evidence of discourse about the professional development of information science (IS) academics. In an effort to initiate discussion on professional development and encourage information sharing among IS faculty and administrators, we organized a panel at the 2016 Annual Meeting of ASIS&T (Lopatovska et al., 2016)...
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Information systems that facilitate communication among faculty, staff, and parents are increasingly being adopted by K–12 schools. Despite their promise, schools are resisting these systems. The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) has been rarely tested to explain behavioral intention, acceptance, and sustained use of techno...
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Many publications, institutional policies, and resources focus on the professional development of doctoral students and junior faculty while professional development needs and resources available to mid-career faculty receive limited attention. The proposed panel aims to facilitate a discussion on issues faced by mid-career faculty in the informati...
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The digital revolution is associated with the proliferation of visual resources and with the increasing use of images in teaching, scholarly activities, communication, and everyday information practices. Visual information seeking and use is a growing area of research in information science. The panel discussion will focus on theoretical and method...
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The purpose of the panel is to raise the common questions about diversity and multiculturalism training in library schools, and engage the audience in a meaningful discussion about diversity and multiculturalism. We will discuss the importance of diversity and multiculturalism training in library and information science curricula by examining multi...
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This panel showcases analyses of emerging trends of e-participation—use of information communication technologies (ICTs) and social media for political participation. E-participation has gained popularity in many countries, and some cases have shown that e-participation has actually brought significant changes in societies. In this panel, we addres...
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abstract: The authors compared Web usability definitions, collected from library professionals at academic institutions of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) through online surveys in 2007 and 2012, to determine whether library practitioners’ perspectives had altered as information technologies evolved during this time. The authors applied...
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Web-based Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications offer benefits in managing interactions between stakeholders. As a result, schools are increasingly adopting them. Consequently, a holistic picture of the factors that contribute to ICT adoption and use in such settings is needed. Since DeLone and McLean (1992) showed the effect...
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EDITOR'S SUMMARYSince 1937 ASIS&T has promoted sharing within the information science community, a goal made more critical in an expanded, globalized environment. The Association's increasingly international reach stimulates discussion of global issues and challenges, lays a foundation for future growth and has prompted the development of Special I...
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EDITOR'S SUMMARYAn engaged student membership is a key source of strength and vitality for a professional organization like ASIS&T. With 43 student chapters around the world, ASIS&T has a good foundation of student support; having an active chapter at each university with studies in information science would further strengthen the Association. An e...
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Significant achievements have been scored regarding Open Access (OA) and its worldwide adoption. The increasing numbers in the availability of OA repositories and journals (refereed and otherwise); publishers that embraced OA in different forms; universities and colleges that adopted OA as a matter of policy; and funding agencies that require autho...
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Diffusion of scientific knowledge in the agriculture sector in Africa, primarily in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, is dominated by traditional extension service that is slow, linear, hierarchical, and poorly funded. Using exploratory research methods, this paper set out to investigate existing knowledge diffusion models and their limitations,...
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STEM, a set of fields that includes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; allied disciplines ranging from environmental, agricultural, and earth sciences to life science and computer science; and education and training in these fields, is clearly at the top of the list of priority funding areas for governments, including the United Sta...
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In recent decades many countries have leveraged information and communication technologies to facilitate interaction between citizens, businesses and governments. By enhancing government efficiencies and streamlining governance systems, countries expect to strengthen public service deliveries and to improve public and private sector interactions. O...
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This paper presents preliminary results of an exploratory analysis of hyperlinks from (outlinks) and to (inlinks) government portal Websites of African countries. Analyses of the data revealed the nature of the portal Websites and the countries in terms of their online presence and visibility.
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Information retrieval is a long established subfield of library and information science. Since its inception in the early- to mid -1950s, it has grown as a result, in part, of well-regarded retrieval system evaluation exercises/campaigns, the proliferation of Web search engines, and the expansion of digital libraries. Although researchers have exam...
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In this panel we will discuss the origins of the Special Interest Group for International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and its early years. In addition to the reflections of the last 30 years, Toni Carbo (one of the co-founders of SIG-III), Nadia Caidi (SIG-III Advisory board mem...
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The purpose of this panel is to discuss the global knowledge output at a macro level with a view to understand key inputs that foster scientific and research performance. Here, knowledge production is limited to scientific and technical journals and patent registrations to gauge the performance of each region and continent the world over. Greater e...
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The increase in the number and heterogeneity of digital resources has led cultural heritage institutions to develop tools, workflows, and quality assurance mechanisms that allow effective digital resource management. This poster assesses the current landscape in digital libraries as well as best practices and identifies emerging trends in informati...
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In the last issue of the Pakistan Journal of Library & Information Science, John Richardson (2011) wrote a very eloquent editorial piece about the role information technology plays in the dynamic changes to the field of library and information science. In view of the fact that so much of what happens in today's information environment (from the cre...
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Advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) continue to drastically impact the activities of individuals, families, communities, businesses, governments, as well as other national and global entities. They often give rise to new institutions and systems such as electronic government (e-government). E-government improves the effici...
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Countries are often benchmarked and ranked according to economic, human, and technological development. Benchmarking and ranking tools, such as the United Nation's e-Government index (UNDPEPA, 2002), are used by decision makers when devising information and communication policies and allocating resources to implement those policies. Despite their w...
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:Library/information science professionals need a clearly articulated definition of usability/Web usability to implement intuitive websites. In this study, the authors analyzed usability definitions provided by the ARL library professionals and those found in the library/information science and computer science-information systems literature. Quant...
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The synergies of numerous emerging trends such as the development of open source software, global and explosive growth of social networking, interinstitutional data sharing, cross discipline collaborations, etc. provide new directions for scholarship. The rapid pace of development poses new threats and challenges to scholarly communication as well....
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Web 2.0 and social/collaborative tagging have altered the traditional roles of indexer and user. Traditional indexing tools and systems assume the top-down approach to indexing in which a trained professional is responsible for assigning index terms to information sources with a potential user in mind. However, in today's Web, end users create, org...
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Advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) continue to drastically impact the activities of individuals, families, communities, businesses, governments, as well as other national and global entities. They often give rise to new institutions and systems such as electronic government (e-government). E-government improves the effici...
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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have historical ties and MENA countries share similarities with respect to socio-cultural characteristics, national economics (mainly based on natural resources such as oil), religious beliefs (predominantly Muslim), national languages (mainly Arabic), form of governance, and affiliation to regional organizat...
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In most African countries, compared to any other part of the world, the use of information and communication technologies such as those necessary to provide e-Government services is minimal. The continent was once labeled a "technological desert." The contributing factors, among others, are lack of infrastructure, low literacy rates, low economic d...
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The digital divide is often discussed from the perspective of North and South and haves and have-nots. This is true of comparative studies on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and e-government. As a result, there is less research on the South-South digital divide and/or cross-national comparative studies that focus mainly on develop...
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Library and information science researchers have given due attention to the study of and modeling of information needs. However, there is a need for a model that captures the essence of information needs of end-users as a combination of both content and non-content (e.g. those related to information resources and end-users' skills) and the fact tha...
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The rate of adoption of information and communication technologies such as those necessary to provide e-government services by African countries is slow due to several factors such as infrastructure, literacy, economic development, and culture. Despite the obstacles, most African countries have made noticeable progress over the last couple of decad...
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Usability in general and web usability in particular are complex concepts with multiple dimensions and elements/attributes. What is more, there is no comprehensive definition that takes into account the varying aspects of usability. This leads to discrepancies in policies/standards/guidelines which facilitate good usability practices. To initially...
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Today, the World Wide Web contains a vast collection of multimedia information sources which are mainly created and published by individuals. Image and video sharing services such as Flickr and YouTube pose new challenges in multimedia information indexing and retrieval and demand dynamic sets of solutions. Individuals are not just users but creato...
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Although images are visual information sources with little or no text associated with them, users still tend to use text to describe images and formulate queries. This is because digital libraries and search engines provide mostly text query options and rely on text annotations for representation and retrieval of the semantic content of images. Whi...
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Information search and retrieval interactions usually involve information content in the form of document collections, information retrieval systems and interfaces, and the user. To fully understand information search and retrieval interactions between users' cognitive space and the information space, researchers need to turn to cognitive models an...
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The number and size of digital repositories containing visual information (images or videos) is increasing and thereby demanding appropriate ways to represent and search these information spaces. Their visualization often relies on reducing the dimensions of the information space to create a lower-dimensional feature space which, from the point-of-...
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Benchmarking and rankings, with the help of indexes and indicators, are common practices to gauge the status or standing and assess the progress of entities such as institutions & countries with respect to a characteristic or variable. Countries are often ranked with respect to, among other things, their economic, human, and technological developme...
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3Department of Information Studies, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany, State University of New York, Draper Hall, Room 113, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
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The rapid growth of the numbers of images and their users as a result of the reduction in cost and increase in efficiency of the creation, storage, manipulation, and transmission of images poses challenges to those who organize and provide access to images. One of these challenges is similarity matching, a key component of current content-based ima...
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When video, still and 3D images meet, how do we design a universal interface? This panel looks at current research in the imaging field focused on bridging the gap between image retrieval system designers and users. Creating interfaces that move with the format in heterogeneous databases is only part of the challenge. This panel brings together a w...
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Categorization is crucial to human perception and cognition. Without the abilities to categorize, people would not be able to deal with the multitude of things they perceive daily. Past research has shown that categorization also facilitates effective and efficient browsing of both text and image documents especially when users have no specific doc...

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The aim is to develop data science education curriculum and to investigate science of data science in information school contexts.