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Nov. 13, 2014

The Socio-technical Data Analytics (SODA) specialization at GSLIS is making sure that students have the skills necessary to thrive in the messiness that surrounds working with real data. Now in its second year, students in the SODA specialization are producing a portfolio of projects that showcase how data analysis can contribute to solving real-world problems. Over the last two years, student projects have run the gamut, analyzing medical, linguistic, environmental, and social science data.

“SODA's aim is to prepare this generation of librarians and information scientists with tools and methods to tackle the large wave of data dissemination needs in every part of our everyday lives,” said Associate Professor Catherine Blake, who oversees the SODA program. “In contrast to traditional approaches where data collection is designed specifically to address a research question or business need, much of the potential in big...

Nov. 13, 2014

Kathryn La Barre, GSLIS associate professor, has been invited by the Knowledge Organization Research Group to work with doctoral students and faculty in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM). The Knowledge Organization Research Group at UWM is dedicated to scientific excellence, cooperation, social responsibility, and the dissemination of research in the field of knowledge organization.

La Barre will visit SOIS on November 19-21, where she will attend meetings and classes and work with faculty and doctoral students. On November 20, she will give the talk, “Naming and Power: Civility, Silence & Principles of Order,” which will address the following:

Nov. 6, 2014

The National Science Foundation recently featured current research about cybersecurity education programs, one of which is co-led by GSLIS Assistant Professor Masooda Bashir.

The Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP) is funded by the NSF and teaches students how to protect the nation’s cyber infrastructure by designing more secure systems and methodologies, as well as better cyber policy. Bashir works closely with students in the program as well as with agencies and laboratories who provide student internships. The lead researcher on the grant is Roy Campbell, professor of computer science.

Co-PI Masooda Bashir says digital forensics gets to the heart of the multidisciplinary nature of cybersecurity.

"If you think about the amount of digital information that is being generated, exchanged, and stored daily you begin to understand the impact that the field of Digital...

Oct. 14, 2014

Update: Organisciak, Teevan, Dumais, Miller, and Kalai received the Notable Paper Award at HCOMP 2014 for the following research paper.

The New Scientist recently featured research on crowdsourcing conducted by doctoral candidate Peter Organisciak. The article, “Online crowd can guess what you want to watch or buy,” highlighted research conducted by Organisciak and a team of researchers from Microsoft Research and MIT including Jaime Teevan (Microsoft Research); Susan Dumais (Microsoft Research); Robert Miller (MIT CSAIL); Adam Kalai (Microsoft Research).

Currently, most online prediction models use algorithms that need a lot of data to make suggestions to a user. In certain instances, however, there isn’t enough data to make those algorithms work. Organisciak and the team turned to crowdsourcing by online workers to...

Apr. 11, 2012

GSLIS Professor and CIRSS Director Carole Palmer recently shared her thoughts in the University of Illinois feature, "A Minute With . . .," following the Obama administration's announcement of a $200 million research initiative in "big data" computing:

Informatics is about methods and strategies for using information in organizations, networks, cultures, and societies. Our job is to make advances that help people get access to and work with information to solve problems and make new discoveries.

The definition of data curation that we promote is the active and ongoing management of data through its life cycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education.

Data are very valuable assets—the raw materials of research—with tremendous potential for re-use in new and innovative ways. But digital data are high risk...

Nov. 9, 2011

Six GSLIS students recently participated in the first GSLIS in a Flash: Lightning Talks on Current Research held in October. These lightning presentations followed the familiar PechaKucha format, with each presentation lasting six minutes and forty seconds. Full video of the event is now available.

Topics and presenters included:

"Critical Issues in the Juvenile Detention Center Library," presented by Jeanie Austin, CAS student

"A Historical Perspective of Student Employment in Academic Libraries," presented by Beth Bohstedt, MS student

"Digital Storytelling: Combining the Practical with the Theoretical to Achieve the Best Practice," presented by Suzanna Conrad, MS student

"Fostering Digital Literacies with Storytelling in [stop]motion," presented by Jeff Ginger, PhD student

"Local and Family History: The State, Corporations and Communities," presented by Noah Lenstra, PhD student

"Designer Librarians," presented by Julia Pollack, MS...

Jun. 25, 2010

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) has been awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from IMLS totaling $988,543 to develop a sustainable and transferable model for educating library and information science master's and doctoral students in data curation through field experiences in research and data centers.  

GSLIS is collaborating with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences, on Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC), a new educational initiative to establish and implement graduate research and education programs in scientific data curation. DCERC will enable students to enrich their studies by engaging with current practices and challenges in scientific research centers and to share their developing expertise and research with each other and other students in their...