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Abebe Rorissa

Multimedia information organization and retrieval, measurement and scaling of users’ information need and their perceptions of multimedia information sources and services, use/acceptance/adoption/ impact of information communication technologies

The World Within Reach
Abebe Rorissa
Associate Professor
 

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department: Information Science

Address:
DR 113
Phone:
518-442-5123
Personal Pages: http://www.albany.edu/~ar955283/

 

Education

Ph.D., Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. 2005

Certificate of Advanced Studies, (Post Masters), Digital Image Management, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. 2002

M.S.I.S. Information Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. 1993

B.S. Mathematics (Minor: Physics), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. 1988

Research Interests

As a multidisciplinary scholar, my research interests include multimedia information organization and retrieval, measurement and scaling of users’ information needs and their perceptions of multimedia information sources and services, and use/acceptance/adoption and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Additional Information

Dr. Abebe Rorissa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Prior to joining the University at Albany in 2005, he has had over 17 years of experience working in four countries as a lecturer and professional librarian. He has also consulted for academic institutions, national governments, and international organizations on various topics including information and communication technologies as well as information organization. He has published extensively (in journals such as the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology - JASIS&T, Information Processing & Management, and Government Information Quarterly) and served on program committees of international conferences. He is currently serving on the editorial boards of four scholarly journals/publications while he previously served as an assistant editor of the ASIS&T proceedings, guest editor of the ASIS&T Bulletin, and as a manuscript reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences.

As a multidisciplinary scholar, his research interests include multimedia information organization and retrieval, measurement and scaling of users’ information needs and their perceptions of multimedia information sources and services, and use/acceptance/adoption and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Dr. Rorissa teaches courses mainly in three areas: research methods & statistics, information technology, and foundations of information science.

In addition, Dr. Rorissa has been active in various professional organizations such as the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), where he has served in leadership positions, and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). His honors and accomplishments include serving as a University at Albany Provost’s Fellow and winning the ASIS&T SIG Member of the Year Award.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles – Published/In Press

  1. Assefa, S., Alemneh, D. G., & Rorissa, A. (In Press). Diffusion of scientific knowledge in agriculture: The case for Africa. Agricultural Information Worldwide.
  2. Rorissa, A., Wordofa, T. T., & Teferra, S. (2014). Initiatives in digitization and digital preservation of cultural heritage in Ethiopia. Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics, 2012-2013, 117-130.
  3. Alemneh, D. G., & Rorissa, A. (2014). Facilitating discovery and use of digital cultural heritage resources with folksonomies: A review. Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics, 2012-2013, 17-28.
  4. Assefa, S., & Rorissa, A. (2013). A bibliometric mapping of the structure of STEM education using co-word analysis. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(12), 2513–2536.
  5. Rorissa, A., & Yuan, X. (2012). Visualizing and mapping the intellectual structure of information retrieval. Information Processing & Management, 48(1), 120-135.
  6. Rorissa, A., Demissie, D., & Pardo, T. (2011). Benchmarking e-government: A comparison of frameworks for computing e-government index and ranking. Government Information Quarterly, 28(3), 354-362.
  7. Chen, Y., Germain, C. A., & Rorissa, A. (2011). Defining usability: How library practice differs from published research. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(2), 599-628. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v011/11.2.chen.pdf
  8. Rorissa, A. (2010). A comparative study of flickr tags and index terms in a general image collection. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(11), 2230-2242.
  9. Rorissa, A., & Demissie, D. (2010). An analysis of African e-government service websites. Government Information Quarterly, 27(2), 161-169.
  10. Rorissa, A. (2008). User generated descriptions of individual images versus labels of groups of images: A comparison using basic level theory. Information Processing & Management, 44(5), 1741 -1753.
  11. Rorissa, A., & Iyer, H. (2008). Theories of cognition and image categorization: What category labels reveal about basic level theory. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 59(9), 1383 -1392.
  12. Rorissa, A., Clough, P., & Deselaers, T. (2008). Exploring the relationship between feature and perceptual visual spaces. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 59(5), 770–784.
  13. Rorissa, A. (2007). Relationships between perceived features and similarity of images: A test of Tversky’s Contrast Model. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58(10), 1401-1418.
  14. Rorissa, A., Bamuhiiga, B., Chisenga, J., Nxumalo, C., Sekimang’a, D., & Neelameghan, A. (1992). ABNCD+: A prototype for an integrated information storage and retrieval system. Microcomputers for Information Management, 9(3), 137‑159.

Refereed Conference Papers

  1. (2012). An initial exploration of hyperlinks of African government portal Websites [Poster abstract]. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, 456-457.
  2. Iyer, H., & Rorissa, A. (2010). Representative images for browsing large image collections: A cognitive perspective. Paradigms and conceptual systems in knowledge organization: Proceedings of the 11th international ISKO conference (ISKO 2010) (pp. 412-416). Rome, Italy. February 23 – 26, 2010.
  3. Rorissa, A., Gharawi, M., & Demissie, D. (2010). A tale of two continents: Contents of African and Asian e-government websites. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2010). Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2010.
  4. Chen, Y., Germain, C. A., & Rorissa, A. (2009). An analysis of formally published usability and Web usability definitions. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 46(1), 1–18.
  5. Rorissa, A., & Demissie, D. (2009). The state of the art of e-government services in Africa: An analysis of relevant websites. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2009). Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2009.
  6. Rorissa, A., Demissie, D., & Pardo, T. A. (2008). Toward a common framework for computing e-government index. In T. Janowski and T. A. Pardo (Eds), Proceedings of the 2nd international Conference on theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (Cairo, Egypt, December 1 - 4, 2008) (pp. 411-416). New York, NY: ACM.
  7. Rorissa, A., & Hastings, S.K. (2004). Free sorting of images: Attributes used for categorization. Proceedings of the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 41(1), 360–366.
  8. Schamber, L., & Rorissa, A. (2002). Human Information Behavior Research Clearinghouse: Interaction framework for a new digital library [Poster abstract]. Emerging Frameworks and Methods: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS 4), 319-322.
  9. Rorissa, A., & Chisenga. J. (2000). The World Wide Web as a networking and communication tool: A prototype of the SCECSAL web site. Proceedings of the 14th Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Librarians, 151-157.
  10. Rorissa, A. (1996). The impact of the introduction of electronic communication in Ethiopia: A survey. Proceedings of the Ethiopian Scientific Society Conference on Ethiopian Telecommunications in the Information Age, 4‑13.

Book Chapters and Other Monographs

  1. Rorissa, A., Neal, D., Chaucer, A., & Muckell, J. (2012). An exploration of tags assigned to geotagged still and moving images on flickr. In D. Rasmussen Neal, Indexing and Retrieval of Non-Text Information (pp. 185-211). Germany: De Gruyter Saur. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/177524
  2. Rorissa, A., Demissie, D., Gharawi, M. (2011). A descriptive analysis of contents of Asian e-government websites. Downey, Carl D. Ekstrom, & Matthew A. Jones (Eds.), E-Government Website Development: Future Trends and Strategic Models (pp. 102-116). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. http://www.igi-global.com/Bookstore/TitleDetails.aspx?TitleId=40295&DetailsType=TopicsCovered
  1. Rorissa, A., Potnis, D., & Demissie, D. (2010). A Comparative study of contents of e-government service websites of Middle East and North African (MENA) countries. In  Christopher G. Reddick (Ed.), Comparative E-Government: An Examination of E-Government Across Countries (pp. 49-69). New York: Springer. http://www.springer.com/computer/information+systems+and+applications/book/978-1-4419-6535-6
  2. Grove, A. & Rorissa, A. (2008). People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People. Proceedings of the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29. [Edited work]
  3. Grove, A. & Rorissa, A. (2007). Joining research and practice: Social computing and information science. Proceedings of the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 19 -24. [Edited work]
  4. Rorissa, A. (2005). Perceived features and similarity of images: An investigation into their relationships and a test of Tversky's contrast model (Doctoral dissertation, University of North Texas). Dissertation Abstracts International, 66 (06). (UMI No. 3181072).
  5. Rorissa, A., Mammo, W., & Mengsteab, A. (1996). CD‑ROM databases in the physical sciences: An assessment conducted at Addis Ababa University. In: L. A. Levey, M. E. Ngwira, & H. Patrikios (Eds.), CD‑ROM for African research needs: Guidelines for selecting databases. (pp.51‑55). Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Unrefereed Publications

  1. Alemneh, D. G., & Rorissa, A. (2014). International information issues and ASIS&T. Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 40(5), 9-11. http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Jun-14/JunJul14_Alemneh_Rorissa_Intro.html
  2. Dumas, C., & Rorissa, A. (2014). ASIS&T: The student perspective. Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 40(5), 23-27. http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Jun-14/JunJul14_Dumas_Rorissa.html
  3. Rorissa, A. (2012). Technology and its impact on the information environment and society in developing countries. Pakistan Journal of Library & Information Science, 13, 1-2. http://pu.edu.pk/images/journal/pjlis/pdf/pjlis-13-rorissa.pdf
  4. Rorissa, A. (2007). Benchmarking visual information indexing and retrieval systems. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 33(3), 15-17. http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Feb-07/rorissa.html