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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…

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…

Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$15,000.00
Funding agency
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Music prints and manuscripts created over the past thousand years sit on the shelves of libraries and museums around the globe. As these organizations digitize their collections, images of these scores are increasingly accessible online. However, the musical content remains difficult to search.

Google Books and HathiTrust have already made it possible to search the content of text…

Something Beautiful: Social Justice, Empathy, and Cultural Competence in Children’s Books

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Nicole A. Cooke

Picture books, such as those in the Marantz Collection (Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science), play an important role in developing literacy in our library users—from traditional literacy (as it relates to reading), to visual literacy, to cultural literacy. Exposing patrons of all ages to the messages contained in children’s literature can have lasting and…

Text Mining Pipeline to Accelerate Systematic Reviews in Evidence-Based Medicine

Time frame
2017-2020
Investigator
Jodi Schneider
Funding agency
National Institutes of Health

We hypothesize that a flexible, configurable suite of automated informatics tools can reduce significantly the effort needed to generate systematic reviews of medical literature while maintaining or even improving their quality. To test this hypothesis, we propose:
Aim 1. To extend our research on automated RCT tagging to include additional study types and provide public resources.…

Text Mining the Novel: Establishing the Foundations of a New Discipline

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigators
Ted Underwood, J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$142,000.00
Funding agency
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

This HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) project seeks to produce the first large-scale cross-cultural study of the novel according to quantitative methods. Ever since its putative rise in the eighteenth century, the novel has emerged as a central means of expressing what it means to be modern. And yet despite this cultural significance, we still lack a comprehensive study of the novel’s place…

The Carnegie Scholars

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Nicole A. Cooke

From 1970-1972 the Graduate School of Library Science at the University of Illinois (now the School of Information Sciences) welcomed and educated twenty-eight students of color known as The Carnegie Scholars. Spearheaded by faculty member Dr. Terry Crowley, he described the Carnegie Scholars program as “an unusual, flawed, but ultimately successful program to increase the number of…

The Carnegie Scholars

The Education of Things: Mechanical Literacies in British Culture (1760-1860)

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Elizabeth Hoiem

This project examines writers who represent education as an embodied experience, with learning and literacy grounded in what they called “object learning” or “the education of things.” Denouncing rote-learning in favor of an induction method, object lessons promised to coordinate the development of body and mind by using the pupil’s senses as a catalyst for higher cognitive thought. Children…

The Whole Tale

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigators
Bertram Ludäscher, Victoria Stodden, Matthew Turk
Total funding to date
$4,986,951.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Scholarly publications today are still mostly disconnected from the underlying data and code used to produce the published results and findings, despite an increasing recognition of the need to share all aspects of the research process. As data become more open and transportable, a second layer of research output has emerged, linking research publications to the associated data, possibly along…

Transforming Taxonomic Interfaces

Investigator
Michael Twidale
Total funding to date
$421,200.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

The goal of this research is to help researchers develop and use relatively simple tools to describe species in a way that make those descriptions easier to share with other scientists and easier for computers to process and analyze. The approach is bottom-up and iterative, involving the rapid prototyping of tools, combining of existing tools, and the tailoring of applications developed for…