BSIS student Justin Brinegar will present a poster at the upcoming American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) annual meeting that will be held Oct. 22-27 in Pittsburgh, PA. The poster, which is titled "Understanding Personal Digital Music Collections," presents the preliminary results of an online survey conducted in mid-March 2010.
The poster is part of a research project Brinegar undertook with Dr. Rob Capra to investigate how people manage digital music across multiple devices and what backup and recovery methods they use. In addition to the poster, Brinegar and Capra have written a full paper delving deeper into their analysis.
Capra described the research as helping to fill an important gap in our understanding of how people manage their digital music collections.
"This is a surprisingly understudied area of research," said Capra. "Justin had the insight and motivation to study it and has done a fantastic job learning and applying the methods needed to answer the research questions he was interested in." Capra said he expects the research to be valuable to designers and researchers in the areas of music information retrieval and interfaces, personal archiving and personal information management.
"The experience I gained on this project has been phenomenal," said Brinegar. "It's been valuable, not only the digging in and learning how people use and manage digital music, but under Dr. Capra's direction, determining the methods used to conduct the research has been an incredibly useful experience. Having the opportunity to present the results of our research at a major conference is an added bonus."
Brinegar joins several faculty members and graduate students from SILS who are also presenting posters at the conference. He is one of just a few undergraduate students to be invited to present at ASIS&T.
Justin is set to graduate with a BSIS degree in May 2011.