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App Authors: Closing the App Gap II

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigators
Deborah Stevenson, Kate McDowell
Total funding to date
$248,205.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The focus of this three-year, multisite project is development of app-based curricula and tools for use in school and public libraries. These tools will teach children aged eight to twelve how to build their own apps, providing them with early programming experience, and allow them to share their creations with other children. The project further establishes libraries as places to engage youth…

Big Data-Theoretic Approach to Quantify Organizational Failure Mechanisms in Probabilistic Risk Assessment

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigators
Zahra Mohaghegh, Catherine Blake
Total funding to date
$899,663.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Catastrophic events such as Fukushima and Katrina have made it clear that integrating physical and social causes of failure into a cohesive modeling framework is critical in order to prevent complex technological accidents and to maintain public safety and health. In this research, experts in Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA), Organizational Behavior and Information Science and Data…

Designing OERs to Prepare the Next Generation of Scholarly Communication Librarians

Time frame
2017-2018
Investigator
Maria Bonn
Total funding to date
$50,000.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

This IMLS-supported (LG-72-17-0132-17) collaboration* among librarians at North Carolina State University Libraries, University of Kansas Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences is exploring the need for, and ideal components of, a corpus of open educational resources (OER) for teaching library students and professionals about scholarly…

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Donna Haraway is our "Friend": Reconfiguring Friendship Bracelets and Bibliography

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Bonnie Mak

This project uses the friendship bracelet as a way to "re-weave" the academic canon. Friendship bracelets are handmade macramé bracelets of embroidery thread, intended to be worn as a sign of lasting friendship. In this collaboration with Julia Pollack (MS '12), bracelets have been woven with bibliographical references to important work of women in the field of knowledge-production.

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

Time frame
2014-2019
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…

Information's Allure

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Bonnie Mak

One of the enduring attractions of books is their ability to stand witness to their own presence through time and space. A history of social interaction is marked on the pages of a book; a folded corner, a stain from a careless reader's cup of coffee, and a thoughtful comment in the margin accrue and transmit something of where the book has been, with whom, and under what circumstances.…

Mapping Information Access

Time frame
2013-Present
Investigator
Emily Knox

Mapping Information Access is a collaborative academic research project to study and understand the landscape of information access and availability in public schools and libraries in the United States.

There are more than 18,000 public school districts and more than 9,000 public library systems in the US. Each of these institutions is as a central node of information access for the…

Metadata Poems

Time frame
2017-Present
Investigator
Bonnie Mak

Although standardized vocabularies and languages are often invoked as a way to ensure interoperability in the management of informational resources, these conventions prioritize particular ways of representing the world. This project situates metadata as an infrastructure of information, and examines how such descriptive practices have configured the production of knowledge for centuries—from…

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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…

NCSA Faculty Fellowship: Predictive Modeling for Impact Assessment

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Jana Diesner
Total funding to date
$24,323.00
Funding agency
National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner a received an Faculty Fellowship and seed funding for her project, “Predictive Modeling for Impact Assessment,” from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Diesner collaborates closely with NCSA scientists on the project, which builds on her work developing computational solutions…