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Aug. 6, 2018
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The identification of proper names of people, organizations, and locations from raw texts, referred to as Named Entity Recognition (NER), can be highly accurate when researchers use NER tools on a large collection of text with proper syntax. However, using existing NER tools for analyzing social media text can lead to poor identification of named entities. In particular, Twitter text frequently includes inconsistent capitalization, spelling errors, and shortened versions of words.

TwitterNER, an open-source tool developed by doctoral student Shubhanshu Mishra, who is supervised by Assistant Professor Jana Diesner, can help researchers interested in performing NER on social media text. TwitterNER has recently been shown (in an independent evaluation by Humangeo) to perform better in terms of precision than some other publicly...

Jul. 27, 2018

Two iSchool master's students have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Committee on Diversity and Leadership to participate in the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars.

Funded by ARL member libraries and EBSCO Information Services, the IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the needs of researchers, students, and other constituencies whose demographics and perspectives are quickly evolving.

The 2018–2020 ARL Diversity...

Jul. 13, 2018

Members of the Diesner research group will present a paper and posters at the 4th Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), which will be held July 13-15 at Northwestern University. Assistant Professor Jana Diesner is a program committee co-chair for the conference. IC2S2 brings together academic researchers, industry experts, open data activists, and government agency workers to explore challenges, methods, and research questions in the field of computational social science.

Doctoral student Shubhanshu Mishra will present a poster, “Construction of Hierarchical Subject Headings for Computer Science and Their Application to Studying Temporal Trends in Scholarly Literature,” which he coauthored with Hyejin Lee of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information; Jinseok Kim (PhD ’17), research assistant professor at the University...

Jul. 3, 2018

Doctoral student Shubhanshu Mishra will present his research at the 29th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, which will be held July 9-12 in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will focus on the role of links, linking, hypertext, and hyperlink theory on the web and beyond.

Mishra will give the talk, "Detecting the correlation between sentiment and user-level as well as text-level meta-data from benchmark corpora," which he coauthored with Assistant Professor Jana Diesner. Their study examined whether users with similar Twitter characteristics have similar sentiments and what meta-data features of tweets and users correlate with tweet sentiment. 

From the abstract: We address these two questions by analyzing six popular benchmark datasets where tweets are annotated with sentiment labels. We consider user-level as well as tweet-...

Jul. 2, 2018

iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, which will take place from July 2-6 at the University of Oxford. The annual summer school offers training in the digital humanities through hands-on workshops and lectures.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie will be a guest lecturer for the workshop, "Digital Musicology," which will introduce participants to computational and informatics methods that can be, and have been, successfully applied to musicology. He also will take part in a roundtable discussion on applying digital musicology in research. Downie will lecture on linked data and digital libraries at another workshop, "Linked Data for Digital Humanities."

Lecturer Elizabeth Wickes and Postdoctoral Research Associate Katrina Fenlon will be leading the workshop, "Hands-On Humanities Data Curation," which will provide an...

Jun. 20, 2018

Seven master's students have been named 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program promotes diversity among graduate-level students pursuing degrees in library and information studies through ALA-accredited programs. This year, the program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships. Scholars were selected based on their commitment to equity and inclusion, demonstrated community outreach, commitment to the library profession, academic achievements, and leadership potential.

"Over the past eight years, the iSchool at Illinois has welcomed 45 ALA Spectrum Scholars, which is the highest number among the top ten library and information science programs in the country," said Moises Orozco Villicana...

Jun. 20, 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 21-26. 

Visit with the iSchool at Booth #3630. For a complimentary pass, contact the ischool-advancement [at] illinois.edu (iSchool Advancement Office). Passes are offered to alumni, current students, prospective students, and their guests. Please note that this is an exhibits-only pass; it will not allow access to any of the workshops or conference sessions.

Recent alumni (2008-2018 graduates) are invited to attend a recent alumni reception on Saturday, June 23, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House.

Alumni are invited to attend the ISAA annual meeting and alumni reception on Sunday, June 24,...

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