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Apr. 3, 2017

Jodi Schneider (MS '08), assistant professor, is the recipient of a start-up allocation award from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE is a project of the National Science Foundation that provides researchers with access to the world’s most advanced and powerful collection of integrated digital resources and services.

The award will support Schneider's research in biomedical informatics. The goal of her project is to make sense of large-scale networks of knowledge in biomedical literature. Her underlying code and data are provided by collaborators at the National Library of Medicine, who used text mining to process data from NLM's PubMed/MEDLINE to create a new database, SemMedDB.

"SemMedDB is a database with 'predications' like Drug X treats Disease Y. We consider this as a semantic network with drugs as vertices and relationships (e.g., treats) as edges. You can think of the...

Mar. 29, 2017

The iSchool was well represented at the international conference, "Information and Power in History," which was held at the VU University Amsterdam on March 16-17. Organized by the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, in collaboration with Radboud University and Utrecht University, the conference attracted scholars from a wide variety of historical and other disciplines. 

Professor Alistair Black and Associate Professor Bonnie Mak delivered the paper, "Period, Theme and Event: Pedagogical Keys to Understanding the Place of Power Relations in the History of Information." Their presentation offered a "period-theme-event framework," identifying the promise of the information history field by highlighting the work of researchers who do not necessarily answer to the label of "information historian." Much of this work raises issues of power and more specifically, the...

Mar. 20, 2017

The following iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in iConference 2017, which will be held March 22-25 in Wuhan, China. The event brings together scholars, researchers, and information professionals to share insights on critical information issues. The theme of this year's conference is "Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community."

Wednesday, March 22

Professor and Dean Allen Renear will chair the meeting of the iSchool North American deans, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (by invitation only)

Professor J. Stephen Downie, with Xiao Hu (PhD '10), Samuel K.W. Chu, and C. W-Y. Lee (University of Hong Kong), will present their paper, "Data Science as an Emerging Discipline: The Roles of iSchools in the Era of Big Data," at the workshop, "Information Science to Data Science: New Directions for iSchools," 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23

Professor J. Stephen...

Mar. 16, 2017

Join iSchool faculty, staff, and students for the following activities during the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Baltimore, including our reception on Thursday, March 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café Baltimore. Please stop by and visit us at Booth #1305 as well!

Wednesday, March 22

Lisa Hinchliffe, affiliated faculty member and professor/coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University Library, will present "Assessing and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success through Action Research," 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 23

Maria Bonn, senior lecturer, will present "Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment," with Janet Swatscheno (MS '14), visiting digital publishing specialist at the University Library...

Mar. 16, 2017

Twenty-one iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Fall 2016. The rankings are released every semester, and results are based on the Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) questionnaire forms maintained by Measurement and Evaluation in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Only those instructors who gave out ICES forms during the semester and who released their data for publication are included in the list.

Faculty and instructors appearing on the list include Anne Barnhart, Betty Bush, John Gough, Jeanne Holba Puacz, Jimi Jones, Emily Knox, Kathryn La Barre, Rachel M. Magee, Bonnie Mak, Jerome McDonough, Kate McDowell, Shubhanshu Mishra, Steve Oberg, Melissa Ocepek, Melissa Salrin, Linda C. Smith, Jennifer Teper, Carol Tilley, Terry L. Weech, Melissa Wong, and Beth Woodard.

Mar. 15, 2017

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner will discuss current issues with open science that involve human-centered and online data and her related research at the Open Science Conference 2017, which will be held March 21-22 in Berlin. The Open Science 2017 Conference is the fourth international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0, which addresses changes in science and the science system that are related to new forms of participation, communication, collaboration, and open discourse now possible through the web.

This year's conference will focus on open educational resources—course materials (print and digital), modules, streaming videos, software, and other tools, materials, or techniques used to support open access to knowledge. It will offer presentations by international experts, including Diesner, as well as a poster session, a panel discussion, and workshops.

Diesner's...

Mar. 1, 2017

Professor Alistair Black and doctoral student Steven Witt discussed their research at the Penn Libraries symposium, The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age, which was held February 23-25 at the University of Pennsylvania and the Beckman Center at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. 

Black presented, "'All information flows toward it, or returns to it in a form worked up into shape': The Intelligence Branch and Libraries of the British War Office, 1873-1914."

Abstract: Intelligence has always been an aspect of organized warfare. It was not until the 1873, however, that the British Army effectively recognized this formally by establishing a dedicated division, under the auspices of the War Office, named the "Intelligence Branch," whose work was to be supported by collections of printed materials in...

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