Organization of Knowledge and Information

Bringing structure to the record of human culture and our accounts of the natural and social world

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Implications of a Digital Revolution

Investigator
Bonnie Mak
Total funding to date
$14,000.00
Funding agency
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Notably absent in the current rush to digitize newspapers and books are critical investigations of the processes and products of this work. Such examinations are forestalled, Mak argues, by a rhetoric of revolution that determines how the phenomenon should be constituted and studied, just as it continues to do for the so-called printing revolution of the fifteenth century. Her analysis of…

Information Forum Requirements to Promote Knowledge Capture, Knowledge Sharing, and Community Interaction on the VHA Data Portal

Time frame
2014-2016
Investigators
Catherine Blake, Michael Twidale
Total funding to date
$162,953.00
Funding agency
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

iSchool faculty members Catherine Blake and Michael Twidale are working as expert advisors to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Information Resource Center (VIReC) on a project to analyze the socio-technical aspects of VA’s HSRData-L Listserv. VIReC is a VA Health Service Research & Development Service (HSR&D) resource center that supports VA researchers in need of information…

Language Change in Text Retrieval

Time frame
2010-2016
Total funding to date
$49,429.00
Funding agency
Google

In order for older texts to be searchable, contemporary English needs to be translated into language from various historical timeframes. The project will develop software that will let people enter a query in contemporary English, and search over English texts throughout history—from Medieval times to the present day. The project will mostly involve training statistical models that assign…

Microblog Search

Time frame
2010-2016
Total funding to date
$68,277.00
Funding agency
Google

Microblogging services like Twitter are becoming an important part of how many people manage information in their day to day activities. As microblog traffic increases (Twitter currently sees about 50 million tweets per day) information management and organization will become keen problems in this area. The project will define the core problems in microblog search and propose solutions to…

Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Network Analysis for Medical Information Classification and Impact Assessment

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigator
Jana Diesner
Total funding to date
$299,998.00
Funding agency
Intelligent Medical Objects

Diesner’s team is developing a natural-language processing solution for probabilistic entity detection and classification in the domain of healthcare. The core of the solution are prediction models built by using supervised and/or semi-supervised machine learning techniques. The resulting models can be used to annotate natural language text data documents for entity classes. The team will…

Rapid Prototyping of Semantic Enhancements to Biodiversity Informatics Platforms

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigator
Michael Twidale
Total funding to date
$292,306.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Taxonomists are scientists who describe the world’s biodiversity. These descriptions of millions of species allow scientists to do many different kinds of research, including basic biology, environmental science, climate research, agriculture, and medicine. The problem is that describing any one species is not easy. The language used by taxonomists to describe their data is complex, and…

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