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Data Capsule Appliance for Research Analysis of Restricted and Sensitive Data in Academic Libraries

Time frame
2017-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$32,500.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Indiana University, in partnership with eight other academic libraries, will enable new kinds of computational research while ensuring librarians remain expert stewards of information collections. In the last decade, there has been a nearly exponential increase in the volume of digital content, much of which could be valuable for computational research. However, not all datasets can be made…

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.

HathiTrust Research Center Phase 2

Time frame
2019-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$535,292.00
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…

Identifying False HPV-Vaccine Information and Modeling Its Impact on Risk Perceptions

Time frame
2020-Present
Investigator
Jessie Chin
Total funding to date
$389,810.00
Funding agency
National Institutes of Health

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., with over 34,000 new HPV-related cancers diagnosed annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An HPV vaccine, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, is recommended as part of routine vaccinations for school-aged children. However, the vaccine's…

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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…

Metadata Poems project

Pathtracker: A smartphone-based system for mobile infectious disease detection and epidemiology

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Ian Brooks
Total funding to date
$1,005,692.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

This project will develop a mobile sensor technology for performing detection and identification of viral and bacterial pathogens. By means of a smartphone-based detection instrument, the results are shared with a cloud-based data management service that will enable physicians to rapidly visualize the geographical and temporal spread of infectious disease. When deployed by a community of…

Reducing the Inadvertent Spread of Retracted Science: Shaping a Research and Implementation Agenda

Time frame
2020-Present
Investigator
Jodi Schneider
Total funding to date
$174,981.00
Funding agency
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

When retracted papers are cited both before and after retraction, the scientific publication network inadvertently propagates potentially faked data, fundamental errors, and unreproducible results. Schneider's project will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including funders, editors, peer reviewers, authors, and publishers for interviews and a workshop. In addition to investigating the…

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Research Software Credit and Sustainability

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigator
Daniel Katz

An ever-increasing fraction of research is dependent on software, much of it developed in academia. But the developers are often not recognized or rewarded for their contributions in the academic systems. In addition to recognition, resources are needed to sustain research software: to continue to make it available in the future, on new platforms, meeting new needs. This project examines both…