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Securing our Public Libraries: A Forum on Privacy and Security

Time frame
2020-Present
Investigator
Masooda Bashir
Total funding to date
$150,000.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The grant will support a National Forum on privacy and security, enabling experts to collaborate with public library representatives in an exploratory study to gather, learn, and discuss what technological mechanisms are currently in place to protect the nation’s public library patrons’ privacy. More specifically, this project seeks to identify the existence or absence of privacy…

privacy

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…

Strengthening Public Libraries’ Information Literacy Services Through an Understanding of Knowledge Brokers’ Assessment of Technical and Scientific Information

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
Jodi Schneider
Total funding to date
$416,760.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Scientific and technical information is often translated for the public, by knowledge brokers such as journalists, Wikipedia editors, activists, and public librarians. This project will research how knowledge brokers assess the quality of scientific and technical information and the implications for public access, information literacy, and understanding of science. The project will use case…

Golden Gate bridge

Teach High School Students about Cybersecurity and AI Ethics via Empathy-Driven Hands-On Projects

Time frame
2021-2023
Investigators
Yang Wang, Yun Huang
Total funding to date
$154,754.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Full title: Collaborative Research: Advancing STEM Online Learning by Augmenting Accessibility with Interactive Companionship

Videos are a popular option for online learning, and captions are essential for accessibility. Two types of captions exist: typical closed captions and explanatory captions. Closed captions…

empathy driven AI

The Whole Tale

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigators
Bertram Ludäscher, 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…

Towards Reliable and Optimized Data-driven Cyber-Physical Systems using Human-centric Sensing

Time frame
2021-2024
Investigator
Dong Wang
Total funding to date
$543,087.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Full title: CAREER: Towards Reliable and Optimized Data-driven Cyber-Physical Systems using Human-centric Sensing

Participatory science has opened opportunities for many to participate in data collection for science experiments about the environment, local transportation, disaster response, and public safety. The nature of the collection by non-scientists on a large scale carries…

human-centric sensing

Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Allen Renear
Total funding to date
$1,000,000.00
Funding agency
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

“Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment,” better know as Publishing Without Walls (PWW), is a digital scholarly publishing initiative that is scholar-driven, openly accessible, scalable, and sustainable. PWW will directly engage with scholars throughout the research process. It aims…

Unpacking the Librarian's Cabinet of Curiosity

Time frame
2011-Present
Investigator
Bonnie Mak
Total funding to date
$6,500.00
Funding agency
University of Illinois Research Board

For over two millennia, librarians have played a critical role in the production and transmission of knowledge. They have helped to collect, catalogue, and curate a vast range of materials that constitute much of our cultural heritagefrom epic poetry on papyrus scrolls to PDFs of scholarly articles. This project interrogates these practices by building a…

Young Researchers: Collaborating With Youth and Libraries for Community Based Scholarship

Time frame
2018-Present
Investigator
Rachel M. Magee
Total funding to date
$484,570.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Understanding the value and process of research is a crucial skill for youth, who navigate an information landscape that includes a significant amount of misinformation and disinformation. Literacy approaches highlight the ability to create and share content as key competencies of literacy, but youth have few opportunities to engage in the scholarly research process to develop these skills in…

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