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Measuring the Impact and Value of Makerspaces in Public Libraries

Time frame
2020-Present
Investigators
Emily Knox, Kyungwon Koh
Total funding to date
$100,000.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

The University of Illinois and Indian Trails Public Library District (ITPLD, Illinois) will collaborate on an exploratory project to provide the tools needed for the development of an initial framework and future toolkit for measuring the impact and value of public library makerspaces in the lives of users and the communities that libraries serve. Public libraries need to seek new ways of…

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Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways: The Whole Tale

Time frame
2016-2022
Investigators
Bertram Ludäscher, Matthew Turk
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Full title: CC*DNI DIBBS: Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways: The Whole Tale

Scholarly publications tend to be disconnected from the underlying data and code used to produce the published results, despite an increasing recognition of the need to share all aspects of the research process. As data has become more open and transportable, a second layer of research output…

Whole Tale

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

Novel Algorithms and Tools for Empowering People Who Are Blind to Safeguard Private Visual Content

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
Yang Wang
Total funding to date
$315,931.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

People who are blind regularly use personal devices to take pictures and videos and share them with others. However, they often have no easy or independent means of assessing whether an image or video they are about to share inadvertently contains private information. For this project, an interdisciplinary team will design and evaluate an automated assistant that alerts users of privacy…

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RareXplain: A Computational Framework for Explainable Rare Category Analysis

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
Jingrui He
Total funding to date
$500,000.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

This project will focus on real-world problems where underrepresented, rare (abnormal) examples play critical roles, such as defective silicon wafers resulting from a new semiconductor manufacturing process and rare but severe complications (e.g., kidney failure) among diabetes patients.

"This problem of explainable rare category analysis was motivated by my collaboration with IBM…

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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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Reliable Extraction of Emergency Response Networks from Text Data and Benchmarking with National Emergency Response Guidelines

Time frame
2019-Present
Investigator
Jana Diesner
Total funding to date
$200,000.00
Funding agency
Department of Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute

This project employs techniques from natural language processing and social network analysis to identify and evaluate multi-modal networks involved in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) efforts. Empirical evidence derived from text data will be compared to the expected response behavior as set out in national guidelines, such as Department of Homeland Security's National…

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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…

RIDIR: Collaborative Research: Developing and Deploying SKOPE - A Resource for Synthesizing Knowledge of Past Environments

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Bertram Ludäscher
Total funding to date
$884,627.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Recent research has demonstrated that investigations of contemporary societal problems can benefit from the use of long-term environmental data and from comparisons with cases in which the interactions of human societies with their environments is well-documented over centuries. By providing easy access to time- and place-specific long-term environmental data, this project seeks to facilitate…

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Scholar-Curated Worksets for Analysis, Reuse & Dissemination (SCWAReD)

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$1,031,655.00
Funding agency
Indiana University

The Scholar-Curated Worksets for Analysis, Reuse & Dissemination (SCWAReD, pronounced “squared”) project is intended to produce a suite of curated, targeted HTRC (HathiTrust Research Center) worksets and illustrative, reusable research models that demonstrate the collaborative workset-building, textual analysis, workflow development, and dataset creation activities typically carried out by…

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