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Analysis of academic activity patterns in academic literature

Time frame
2017-Present
Investigators
Jana Diesner, Vetle Torvik
Total funding to date
$25,000.00
Funding agency
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information

The project team will work on extracting key concepts from scholarly publications and explore techniques for building a taxonomy of extracted concepts by leveraging open knowledge bases (e.g., Wikipedia). The outcome of this process will be evaluated for various science and technology knowledge platform-based analysis services. The techniques, which reduce semantic ambiguity, will analyze…

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…

Children, Comics, and Print Culture

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Carol Tilley
Total funding to date
$19,036.00
Funding agency
University of Illinois Research Board

This project expands Tilley’s investigation of comics from the perspective of readers, a much-neglected group in both contemporary and historical research. Comics readership among young people peaked in the mid-twentieth century with levels reaching near 100%, yet there has been little scholarly investigation of this phenomenon. Funding for this project will enable archival research trips and…

Computational Impact Assessment of Issue Focused Media and Information Products

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Jana Diesner
Total funding to date
$150,000.00
Funding agency
Ford Foundation

Films are produced, screened and perceived as part of a larger and continuously changing ecosystem that involves multiple stakeholders and themes. This project will measure the impact of social justice documentaries by capturing, modeling and analyzing the map of these stakeholders and themes in a systematic, scalable and analytically rigorous fashion. This solution will result in a validated…

DataONE (Observation Network for Earth)

Time frame
2013-Present
Investigator
Bertram Ludäscher
Total funding to date
$416,623.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a collaborative, global project that is laying the groundwork for a new, innovative approach to conducting environmental science research. DataONE is a distributed framework and sustainable infrastructue poised to resolve many of the key challenges that hinder the realization of more global,…

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.

Evaluation of Medical Information Indexing Systems

Time frame
2013-Present
Investigator
Jana Diesner
Total funding to date
$338,900.00
Funding agency
Intelligent Medical Objects


How accurate and suitable are current solutions? How can they be improved? We evaluate the coverage and accuracy of various medical terminologies, and test strategies for increasing the precision of mapping medical reports to standardized terminologies. 

HathiTrust Research Center: New Opportunities through Computational Analysis of HathiTrust Digital Library 2014-2018

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$1,000,000.00
Funding agency
HathiTrust

The HathiTrust has provided funding for the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), colocated at University of Illinois and Indiana University, to serve as the research arm of the HathiTrust and create an agile, technology-rich service for researchers in the digital humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and informatics. This service will help researchers conduct nonconsumptive research on…

Impact of Data Quality and Provenance

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigator
Jana Diesner
Total funding to date
$130,475.00
Funding agency
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information

How do limitations and intransparencies in data quality and data provenance bias research outcomes, and how can we detect and mitigate these limitations? For example, we have been investigating the impact of entity resolution errors on network analysis results. We found that commonly reported network metrics and derived implications can strongly deviate from the truth—as established based on…