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Oct. 31, 2016

Allen Renear, professor and dean of the iSchool, will deliver a keynote at the 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP), which will be held on November 3-4 in Nanjing, China. In the talk, “Data Science and the Information Professional,” he will discuss the ethical and social obligations of information professionals from the perspective of data science.

A-LIEP is an international conference that provides a forum for educators, researchers, and practitioners to share research, experience, and innovations in the field of library and information science. The aim is to promote collaboration and cooperation both regionally and globally.

In addition to his administrative duties, Renear teaches courses on data curation, information modeling, and the conceptual foundations of information organization. His current research focuses on foundational issues in the development...

Oct. 5, 2016

Professor Bertram Ludäscher will present the international tutorial at the thirty-first Brazilian Symposium on Databases (SBBD2016) in Salvador-Bahia on October 4-7. SBBD, an official event of the Brazilian Computer Society, is the largest venue in Latin America for presenting and discussing research results in the database domain. The symposium brings together researchers, students, and practitioners from Brazil and abroad for technical sessions, invited talks, and tutorials given by distinguished speakers from the international research community. Ludäscher’s tutorial is titled "Provenance in Databases and Scientific Workflows."

Abstract: In computer science, data provenance describes the lineage and processing history of data as it is transformed through queries or workflows. Different computer science sub-disciplines have studied approaches to capture and exploit provenance, e.g., the systems and programming...

Feb. 15, 2016
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Assistant Professor Jana Diesner will speak at two upcoming conferences on the topic of collection and use of digital social trace data. Her talks will address current issues in this research field, including privacy, ethics and regulations, and methodological issues related to data accuracy as well as considering the content of text data for advancing social network theory.

Diesner and Julian Chin (MS '12), a research assistant in the GSLIS Center for Digital Inclusion, will speak at a workshop on human-centered data science at the nineteenth annual Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). Hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery, CSCW will be held in San Francisco on February 27 - March 2. Diesner and Chin will present their paper, "Seeing the forest for the trees: considering applicable types of...

Feb. 4, 2016

Associate Professor Victoria Stodden will speak this Friday at the Association of Data Science and Analytics (ADSA) Data Summit 2016, a tech conference focusing on big data and data science. Organized and hosted by ADSA, an Illinois student group, the event will take place on February 5-6 at the Siebel Center for Computer Science on the Urbana campus.  

The conference is free and open to Illinois students, faculty, staff, and the public. Activities will include a career fair, hackathon, tutorials, and lectures. Stodden will deliver her talk, “Reliable Inference in Data Science: Why Should We Care?” on Friday at 5:20 p.m. in room 1404 of the Siebel Center.

Abstract: Troves of data are opening promising new avenues of research in areas as varied as English departments through to industrial research labs. In this talk, I will argue that traditional methods of carrying out and disseminating data driven...

Dec. 21, 2015

Abbott's nutrition business has awarded GSLIS $25,000 for a project led by Assistant Professor Vetle Torvik titled, “Computer-assisted text-mining across biomedical papers and patents for competitive intelligence.” Working with Torvik on this year-long project is doctoral student Adam Kehoe (MS ’09).

With guidance from biomedical scientists at Abbott, Torvik and Kehoe will develop a new system for literature-based discovery that will draw on literature from both academia and industry. The goal is to create a system that will improve discovery in the realm of biomedical research by combining these two traditionally independent bodies of work. In addition to meeting Abbott’s specific research needs, the new tool will be made available online to external researchers.

“We are interested in what extra can we find when we put together these two separated literatures. Are there discoveries to be had when we put these things together?” said Torvik.

“Another...

Aug. 31, 2015

Research Associate Professor David Dubin and doctoral candidate Cheryl A. Thompson will participate in the sixth Research Data Alliance (RDA) Plenary Meeting in Paris, France, on September 23-25.

Dubin will cochair a meeting of the Research Data Provenance interest group, and represent that group in a joint meeting with the Metadata, Data in Context, and Metadata Standards Catalog groups.

Thompson will speak at the Libraries for Research Data (L4RD) Interest Group meeting, where she will update group members on her work on an L4RD project. She is working with two L4RD members to discover patterns in the provision of data services at the organizational level by employing a multi-method case study design, including a literature review, artifact collection, and qualitative interviews. She will present a poster of preliminary results at the sixth and hopes to present...

Aug. 10, 2015

GSLIS Professor Michael Twidale and doctoral candidates Karen Baker and Nic Weber participated in the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) Summer Research Institute, held on July 20-24 at The Nature Place near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

CSST is a community of scholars from academia and industry who apply concepts of socio-technical systems to tackle an array of current issues, from cybersecurity to personal health to disaster response. The consortium’s annual Summer Research Institute brings together students and researchers for a week of active engagement around select topics and discussion of ongoing projects, with opportunities for networking and mentoring.

The 2015 institute included thirty-three “campers”—doctoral students like Baker and Weber, as well as postdocs, and junior faculty—and thirteen more experienced “mentors,”...

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