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May. 24, 2017

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner and Professor Ted Underwood will present at Cultural Analytics 2017, a symposium devoted to new research in the fields of computational and data-intensive cultural studies, which will be held at the University of Notre Dame on May 26-27.

Diesner will give the talk, "Impact Assessment of Information Products and Data Provenance," on May 26. Her talk explores the question of how we can assess the impact of information products on people beyond relying on count metrics and by analyzing the substance of user-generated content. Diesner also addresses how limitations with the collection, quality, and provenance of large-scale social interaction data impact research outcomes and how we can measure these effects. 

From the abstract: I present our work on developing new computational solutions for identifying the impact of information products on people by leveraging...

May. 23, 2017
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Assistant Professor Matthew Turk has been recognized by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) as an outstanding 2016-2017 SPIN mentor. The SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) internship at NCSA provides undergraduates at Illinois with the opportunity to apply their skills to real challenges in areas such as high-performance computing, data analysis and visualization, and cybersecurity. Turk was nominated for the honor by his SPIN intern, Charles Rozhon, who recently graduated with his BS in computer science. Rozhon's project was to develop interactive visualization tools for volume rendering simulation datasets. 
 
"Chuck built from scratch an OpenGL volume renderer that could handle a particularly persnickety data format called adaptive mesh refinement, and then he put that upstream (ultimate source of his project) into an open source project," Turk said. "I'm delighted that Chuck will be continuing in his studies toward a PhD, but we'll miss him at...

May. 11, 2017
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Thirty minority students were recruited in the early 1970s to attend the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (now the School of Information Sciences) at the University of Illinois. Called the Carnegie Scholars, all but one of the black and Latino students graduated, and they went on to successful careers in and out of the library profession.

The program was an outgrowth of Project 500, the University of Illinois' 1968 initiative to increase the number of black students enrolled and increase the diversity of the campus. Like that program, the Carnegie Scholars suffered from discrimination, low expectations and a lack of support, writes Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke in a recently published article.

Cooke reviewed the history of the Carnegie Scholars program in her article, "The GSLS Carnegie...

May. 10, 2017
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Daniel S. Katz, iSchool affiliated faculty member and assistant director for scientific software and applications at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), is coleading a group that is working to encourage broad adoption of a consistent policy for software citation across disciplines. By using a consolidated set of citation principles, FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group hopes to improve knowledge creation and sharing through the use of technology. 

On May 10-11 Katz will discuss this software citation research at the 2nd Conference on Non-Textual Information in Hannover, Germany. In his talk, "Software citation: a cornerstone of software-enabled research," he will present the Software Citation Principles that the previous FORCE11 group (Software...

May. 5, 2017

Professor Emeritus Chip Bruce will return to the iSchool this summer to teach Inquiry-based Learning (LIS 590IBL). In this online course, students will examine the nature of inquiry and inquiry-based learning, engage in inquiry-based learning, and consider obstacles to learning, including those related to management, assessment, basic skills, cultural differences, and pedagogical goals.

"The course is recommended for community informatics and writing studies but should be of interest in other programs as well," Bruce said. "One aspect that's been especially useful in past semesters is to have students bring their own experiences and questions from fields such as library youth services, art education, kinesiology, technology-enhanced learning, computer-mediated communication, philosophy, and other areas."

He plans to share some of his own experiences, including a two-month trip to Nepal last fall, where he worked with local people on building a progressive education...

May. 1, 2017
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iSchool faculty and students will participate in the University of Illinois Social Media Analytics Summit, which will be held on Tuesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will take place at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) auditorium. Registration is free, but space is limited.

The event is jointly organized by Joe Yun, adjunct professor of social media analytics and doctoral candidate at Illinois, and iSchool faculty members Jana Diesner, assistant professor and doctoral program director, and Robert Brunner, professor.

The focus of the summit is to bring together researchers, educators, ...

Apr. 24, 2017

Comics as an educational tool, the role of women in comics storytelling, supervillains, and libraries' acceptance of comics are some of the topics Associate Professor Carol Tilley is discussing with audiences this month.

At the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on April 21-23, Tilley served on two panels, "The Evolution of Educational Comics" and "She Changed Comics." The first panel focused on the history of educational comics and the changes readers might expect for this genre, and it allowed Tilley to share some of her research for her recently published chapter, "Educating with Comics" (in The Secret History of Comics Studies, Routledge, 2017). The second panel examined how women—cartoonists, writers, editors, colorists, and more—have changed comics storytelling.

On Monday, April 24, Tilley, along with Betsy Gomez of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Mara Thacker of the International and Area...

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