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Sep. 26, 2014

Catherine Blake, GSLIS associate professor and associate director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), presented a paper at the 2014 International Symposium on Inconsistency Robustness, held at Stanford University on July 29-31. The symposium connected an interdisciplinary group of researchers from around the globe to discuss concepts related to inconsistency robustness. This research community aims to develop technical systems that account for inconsistency rather than trying to eliminate or ignore it.

Blake presented the paper, "Biological responses to chemical exposure: Case studies in how to manage ostensible inconsistencies using the Claim Framework," which addressed the following issues (from the abstract):

Sep. 18, 2014

GSLIS Research Scientist Ian Brooks was recently invited to give a presentation to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at their September meeting. Brooks was one of eight faculty members on campus who gave brief presentations about their research and outreach activities.

The presentations addressed health and wellness research from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, underscored the broad excellence of the campus, and gave keen insights into the factors that attract outstanding faculty to Illinois as well as why they choose to stay. Over the last eight years, Brooks has been developing INDICATOR, an advanced information system for monitoring the health of a community by looking at human, animal, and environmental indicators. By using data from a variety of sources in a community—including emergency room data, school attendance data, and social media posts—INDICATOR can provide an accurate picture of...

Dec. 10, 2013

GSLIS Assistant Professor Jana Diesner will deliver a keynote speech at the Daegu Gyeongbuk International Social Network Conference (DISC) 2013, which will be held in South Korea from December 12-14. The theme of the conference is "Knowledge Network Analysis in the Emerging Big Data Research."
Diesner’s keynote, "Words and Networks: Relevance of methodological choices for practical applications," will address the following:

Text mining techniques can be used to construct and enhance social network data. This approach is particularly useful for obtaining network data on hard-to-access groups and organizations, and to enhance given social network data with the information authored or disseminated by network participants, respectively. These techniques require the selection of appropriate methods, algorithms and parameter settings. The impact of these choices on the resulting data and findings can...

Jun. 20, 2013

Cathy Blake, associate professor and CIRSS associate director, has been invited to present at the Symposium on Cognitive Systems and Discovery Informatics at Carnegie Mellon University, to be held at the Silicon Vally Campus on June 21-22, 2013. The symposium will explore the intersection of the discovery informatics and cognitive systems movements, bringing together researchers from a number of disciplines who study the scientific enterprise from different perspectives, and will work to develop a research agenda in discovery informatics that moves beyond the current 'big data' trend.

Blake will present "Living on the Edge of Science: A Pilot Study of Concept Formation in Toxicology Literature."


Published articles have been the primary mode of scholarly communication for more than a century and continue to play an important role, particularly when measuring a scientist's productivity. These articles also provide an historical account of how new...

Feb. 15, 2013

Safiya Noble (MS ’09, PhD ’12), assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Illinois in collaboration with the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Cybersecurity Group has been awarded a startup allocation grant on the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a national collaboration of supercomputing infrastructures. Noble’s research team will use XSEDE to pursue large-scale visualizations. Noble is an affiliated faculty member at GSLIS.

In her research, she is examining the movement of consumer data across international borders which has come about as a result of increasing use of cloud computing tools (e.g., Facebook, Amazon, Gmail, YouTube, etc.). The central research questions will focus on how to best understand the implications of...

Jan. 28, 2013
Rafea in the village with her son and daughter. From the film Solar Mamas. Photo courtesy ITVS.

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner has received a $150,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to develop, evaluate, and apply a computational solution for measuring the impact of social justice documentaries.

For the grant, “Impact Assessment of Social Justice Documentaries,” Diesner is supported by JustFilms, a division of the Ford Foundation that supports documentary filmmakers, particularly those that address issues of social justice. Diesner, the principal investigator on the grant, was approached by Ford to help them understand the broader impact of such media productions.

“Documentaries are produced, screened, and perceived as part of large and dynamic ecosystems that involve...