Downie to give keynote at digital scholarship symposium

Stephen Downie
J. Stephen Downie, Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie will be the keynote speaker for Digital Scholarship Symposium 2019, which will be held on March 19 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). The theme of this year's symposium is "(Re-)Mining Text: From Traditional to Digital." Co-organized by the Hong Kong Literature Research Centre and CUHK Library, the event aims to explore techniques and applications of text mining in the era of digital scholarship.

Downie is codirector of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), a collaboration between the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the HathiTrust to enable advanced computational access to text found in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

In his keynote presentation, "HathiTrust Research Center: Creating New Opportunities in Support of Scholarly Text Mining," he will discuss how technological, content, legal, social, and human factors shape HTRC’s services. The talk will highlight some of HTRC’s text mining and analysis tools, including the Data Capsule virtual computing environment and the Bookworm trends analysis tool, as well as HTRC's Advance Collaborative Support and other outreach programs. He will also introduce the Extracted Feature datasets that provide users with the freedom of "open data" while still respecting HTRC’s non-consumptive imperatives.

On March 20, Downie will give the talk, "Library and Information Science Education in the Age of Big Data," to the Hong Kong Library Association. He will reflect upon his experiences as an educator, researcher, and administrator at Illinois; discuss efforts to create educational programs designed to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in a big data environment; and share his insights as well as suggestions for future strategies and goals.

Downie holds a bachelor's degree in music theory and composition, along with master's and doctoral degrees in library and information science, all from the University of Western Ontario.

Updated on
Backto the news archive

Related News

iSchool faculty ranked as excellent for Summer 2019

Six iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Summer 2019. 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. pau

Underwood to discuss machine learning at Sawyer Seminar

Professor Ted Underwood will present his research on machine learning at the University of Pittsburgh on September 19. His talk is part of the University's Sawyer Seminar, a year-long project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that brings together a diverse range of practitioners and disciplinary specialists to analyze the co-evolution of data and method across more than a century.

Ted Underwood

Chan presents research at 4S 2019

Associate Professor Anita Say Chan presented her research at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S 2019), which took place in New Orleans on September 4-7. The Society is an international, nonprofit association that fosters interdisciplinary scholarship in social studies of science, technology, and medicine (a field often referred to as STS). The theme of this year's meeting was "Innovations, Interruptions, and Regenerations."

Anita Say Chan

Schneider discusses argumentation mining research

Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider presented her research on argumentation mining at a doctoral workshop at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland on September 2-3. Her lecture and tutorials were featured during the University’s Language and Cognition program’s “Linguistic and Corpus Perspectives on Argumentative Discourse” workshop. Schneider discussed problem definitions, corpora, and argument annotation for mining arguments from text. 

Jodi Schneider

Bashir to speak at artificial intelligence conference

Associate Professor Masooda Bashir will present her research on trust formation in human-agent collaboration at the Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys) 2019, which will be held September 5-6 in London. The conference, which brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields, focuses on areas of intelligent systems and artificial intelligence and how they apply to the real world.

Masooda Bashir