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Sep. 29, 2017

Ian Brooks, iSchool research scientist and director of health sciences at NCSA, will lead a session on "IS4H: Information Systems for Health in the Americas."

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), has embarked on an ambitious strategic goal of strengthening health policy and decision making throughout the Americas by developing the "Information Systems for Health" framework.  This project seeks to define strategies, policies, standards for interoperable and interconnected systems, and best practices in health data management for improving decision-making and well-being. It assumes that a successful national level information system for health must be conceived as an integrated mechanism of...

Apr. 26, 2017

The iSchool and University Library are partners on a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant supports work to hold a national forum and develop a white paper aimed at simplifying scholars' access to in-copyright and access-restricted texts for computational analysis and data mining research.

Text data mining and analysis are important research methods for scholars. However, efforts to access and analyze data sets are frequently complicated when texts are protected by copyright or other intellectual property restrictions.

The forum will bring together stakeholders in the areas of libraries, research, and publishing to discuss and recommend a research, policy, and practice framework that guides scholarly access to protected texts for data mining and other analyses. Thereafter, the grant partners will produce a white paper to summarize the discussions and present best practices and policy...

Apr. 10, 2017

Lorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategist at OCLC, will be the featured speaker at the iSchool's Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) seminar on Friday, April 14, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 126. In his talk, "Reflections on collections: how changes in research workflow and the network information space are changing our view of collections," he will examine trends that are influencing how we think about library curatorial activities and are reshaping library collections. 

Dempsey coordinates strategic planning and oversees research, membership and community relations at OCLC. He has worked for library and educational organizations in...

Mar. 6, 2017

In his talk, "Metadata Models and Schemas for Sharing non-Conventional Information Resources – Manga, Disaster Archives and Metadata Schemas," Dr. Shigeo Sugimoto will provide an overview of several metadata-centric projects at his laboratory at the University of Tsukuba and discuss issues and lessons learned in the projects. Topics include underlying metadata models, metadata for Manga (Japanese comics), metadata-based enhancement of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami archives, and the longevity of metadata and metadata schema.
Shigeo Sugimoto is a professor of library, information and media science at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the Department of Information Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University in 1977, 1979 and 1985, respectively. He has been actively involved in digital library and metadata research communities since the 1990s. He is a member of the steering committees of ICADL...

Feb. 6, 2017

As deputy director for policy and innovation for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama administration, Tom Kalil advised the president and his senior advisors on initiatives in areas such as data science, open data, expanding access to scientific publications, K-12 computer science education, and identifying and pursuing twenty-first century "moonshots." 

Kalil will share his expertise in technology and innovation policy at the iSchool's Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) seminar on Friday, February 10, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 126. In his informal talk, "Science and Technology...

Feb. 6, 2017

"Science and Technology Policy in the Obama White House: The Role of Policy Entrepreneurs"

President Obama made science, technology and innovation top priorities of his Administration.  The White House launched initiatives in areas such as data science, open data, expanding access to scientific publications, K-12 computer science education, and identifying and pursuing twenty-first century "moonshots."

Where do these ideas come from?  What role do "policy entrepreneurs" play in recognizing new opportunities, and design, launching, and sustaining policy initiatives?  What tools are at the disposal of a policy entrepreneur to achieve a given goal?  Former senior White House official Tom Kalil will discuss these and other issues in an informal talk, and answer audience questions.

About the speaker: Tom Kalil has served in the White House for sixteen years for two Presidents (President Clinton and President Obama). Until recently, he served as Deputy Director...

Dec. 11, 2015

The Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at GSLIS recently welcomed Timothy Cole (MS '89) to the Center staff as coordinator for library applications. In this newly-created role, Cole will coordinate projects focusing on academic library applications of informatics research.

Cole’s projects will emphasize metadata schema design and application, linked data-based services, scholarly collection definition and description, and applicability to digital humanities scholarship. Currently, Cole is serving as principal investigator on a new project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Exploring the Benefits for Users of Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections.” This collaborative project between CIRSS and the University Library seeks to transform the metadata of three digitized special collections into linked open data. Through this process they will re-envision user-facing services and...