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Scholarly Communication Notebook

Time frame
2019-Present
Investigator
Maria Bonn
Total funding to date
$32,867.00
Funding agency
North Carolina State University

This project is a repository of community-designed open resources for teaching about scholarly communication and for doing scholarly communication work in libraries. The SCN is intended to be the locus of an active, inclusive, empowered community of practice for teaching scholarly communications to emerging librarians, where practitioners, LIS educators, and library students work together to…

person writing in a notebook

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…

Smart Water Crowdsensing: Examining How Innovative Data Analytics and Citizen Science Can Ensure Safe Drinking Water in Rural Versus Suburban Communities

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
Dong Wang
Total funding to date
$1,031,655.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Monitoring drinking water contamination is vitally important to inform consumers about water safety, identify source water problems, and facilitate discussion of public health and the environment of our drinking water. The overall goal of this project is to develop a framework for reliable and timely detection of drinking water contamination to build sustainable and connected communities. It…

glass being filled with water

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 Computer Music Project

Time frame
1984-Present
Investigator
Sever Tipei
Funding agency
National Endowment for the Arts, UIUC Campus Research Board, School of Music

Founded in 1984, the Computer Music Project is a facility dedicated to computer music research and teaching. Through its existence, it has supported the development of new tools for composition, sound design, sound analysis, sonification, sound visualization and automatic notation along with the creation of new musical compositions. Software created at CMP benefits, in turn, classroom and…

computer music at U of I

The Governing Knowledge Commons Research Coordination Network

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
Madelyn Sanfilippo
Total funding to date
$16,818.00
Funding agency
National Science Foundation

Knowledge commons refer to the institutionalized community governance of sharing, creating, and curating a wide range of intellectual and cultural resources. This project will establish a Research Coordination Network (RCN) designed to build a research community that will advance these scientific principles. In doing so it will aid in the development of empirical and theoretical insights into…

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The Internet of Musical Events Digital Scholarship Community and the Archiving of Performance (InterMuse)

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$100,840.00
Funding agency
University of York

This project arises from longstanding recognition of the challenges associated with the documentation of, and access to, collections of performance ephemera, for which the British Library is a key repository in the UK. Live musical events play a vital role in community life across the globe, yet they often leave only faint traces on the historical record, even in modern times. Sources can be…

sheet music

The Reading Time Machine: Transforming Astrophysical Literature into Actionable Data

Time frame
2021-Present
Investigator
Jill Naiman
Total funding to date
$506,912.00
Funding agency
NASA

This project is a collaboration with Harvard University and the Astrophysics Data System (ADS), a digital library portal operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. With over 15 million records, ADS is one of the most important archives in the scientific field of astronomy.

"Newer documents are ‘born digital,’ making them machine-readable and…

solar system