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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…

INDICATOR: An Information System for Monitoring the Health of a Community

Time frame
2007-Present
Investigator
Ian Brooks
Total funding to date
$300,723.00
Funding agency
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Carle Foundation

INDICATOR is a novel information system for collecting, integrating, and analyzing data from multiple sources to provide public health decision makers real-time data on the health of their community. Data comes from sources as varied as emergency department visits, school attendance, veterinary clinics, and social media postings and together have been used to change public policy in outbreak…

INDICATOR

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

Natural Language Processing for Building and Enhancing Graph Data and Theory

Investigator
Jana Diesner

How can we use user-generated content to construct, infer or refine network data? We have been tackling this problem by leveraging communication content produced and disseminated in social networks to enhance graph data. For example, we have used domain-adjusted sentiment analysis to label graphs with valence values in order to enable triadic balance assessment. The resulting method enables…

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…

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…