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Behavioral Informatics

Friday, April 19, 2019

The field of Behavioral Informatics focuses on collecting, analyzing, and interpreting heterogeneous data to model and influence human behavior. The goal is to identify data-driven technologies that c…
Session leaders: Vivek Singh, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, Behavioral Informatics lab founding director

Computational Social Science with Latent Information

Friday, April 12, 2019

Computational social science has grown to answer diverse challenges with the support from data science, machine learning, and generative models. These challenges often involves understanding latent pr…
Session leaders: Il-Chul Moon, Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Open Source and the Teen Years

Friday, March 29, 2019

In this talk, I will reflect on experiences I have had navigating the landscape of open source scholarly software as projects age, and the way that shapes interaction in an ecosystem.  I will als…
Session leaders: Matt Turk, iSchool Assistant Professor

2 Illinois Research Data Service (RDS) talks: "Data Management as People Management" and "Data Curation at Illinois"

Friday, March 8, 2019

Part 1: Data Management as People ManagementAbstract: Data management is important. It’s hard to find someone who disagrees with that statement and yet, in practice, data management is often neg…
Session leaders: Ashley Hetrick (RDS Assistant Director for Research Data Engagement and Education) and Hoa Luong (RDS Assistant Director for Research Data Curation)

Library Cultures of Data Curation: Adventures in Astronomy

Friday, March 1, 2019

Research datasets often remain valuable long after their initial production. They may be reused to produce new research findings or to reproduce published results to verify their integrity. However, f…
Session leaders: Peter Darch, iSchool Assistant Professor

Communicating Opaque Algorithmic Processes in Socio-Technical Systems

Friday, February 15, 2019

[Please note location in room 131 and slightly later start time of 4:15pm.]Algorithms play a vital role in curating online information in socio-technical systems, however, they are usually housed in b…
Session leaders: Motahhare Eslami, Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What are databases, really?

Friday, January 25, 2019

Though databases have been well-defined and amply discussed in the computer science literature, the actual users of databases often have varying -- and sometimes, conflicting -- conceptions and expect…
Session leaders: Karen Wickett (Assistant Professor, iSchool at Illinois) and Andrea Thomer (Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information)

“Don’t Go There”: Human algorithms, transparency, tacitness, the enfant terrible, and conventions of not talking about certain things

Friday, December 7, 2018

There is a growing concern about how algorithms are playing a role throughout our lives – and that we don’t really know what they are, what they do or even how they work. Researchers are e…
Session leaders: Mike Twidale, iSchool Professor

Midwest Big Data Hub: Partnering for the Big Data Innovation Ecosystem

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Big Data (BD) Regional Innovation Hubs were launched in 2015 by the National Science Foundation as part of its investment in the federal Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The BD Innova…
Session leaders: Melissa Cragin, Executive Director of the Midwest Big Data Hub, iSchool Affiliate Assistant Professor

Explosions: Destroying What is Because It’s Simply Too Much

Friday, November 9, 2018

We live like Robinson Crusoe in Michel Tournier’s satire Friday, the Other Island. After being washed ashore on an empty island, Robinson Crusoe rebuilt the socio-technical system he belonged to…
Session leaders: Nicolas LaLone, iSchool Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Basic Representation Model for Digital Preservation and Information Organization

Friday, November 2, 2018

Information models to handle preservation and information organization have been challenging to apply to digital objects. The Basic Representation Model is designed to be a general framework to accoun…
Session leaders: Karen Wickett, iSchool Assistant Professor

Wednesday: Listening to whispers: digging for gravitational wave signals

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

LIGO and its European partner Virgo have made scientific history by detecting gravitational waves, first from a succession of mergers of black holes, and last year from a spectacular merger of two neu…
Session leaders: Bernard Schutz, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University

Reproducible education: What teaching can learn from open science practices

Friday, October 19, 2018

Slide decks are often considered a universal currency in higher education. They are passed down over time to new instructors, given to students who missed class, and generally treated as the sole piec…
Session leaders: Elizabeth Wickes, iSchool Lecturer

The Onion Router: Understanding a Privacy Enhancing Technology Community

Friday, October 12, 2018

Internet technologies have made mass surveillance prevalent and much easier to carry out, while at the same time making personal privacy more difficult to protect. The ubiquity of personal data proces…
Session leaders: Masooda Bashir, iSchool Assistant Professor

Democratizing Data Science

Friday, September 21, 2018

Despite great strides in the generation, collection, and processing of data at scale, data science is still out of reach for the vast majority of the population. The driving goal of our research is to…
Session leaders: Aditya Parameswaran, Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Illinois

Research Trends in Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities

Friday, September 14, 2018

Scientists and humanists often bring profoundly different perspectives, even to the same research object. Consider how each of these communities describe the virtues and vices of a bridge. While an en…
Session leaders: Cathy Blake, Associate Professor and CIRSS Associate Director, iSchool at Illinois

Query-based why-not provenance  [** NOTE special day, time and location.**]

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The goal of why-not provenance is to explain why some expected data do not appear in the result of a data transformation. When constraining the data transformation to queries over relational data, the…
Session leaders: Melanie Herschel, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart, Germany

*MONDAY*  Hard Shouldn't be Hardship: Supporting Absolute Novices to Python

Monday, April 30, 2018

When we tell novices that programming is hard, what are we warning them about? The intent may be to impress upon learners the importance of taking the workload seriously and starting early on the home…
Session leaders: Elizabeth Wickes, iSchool Lecturer

Mass-digitization and literary history: Sustaining discoveries and building communities

Friday, April 27, 2018

In the nineteenth century, newspapers were the main publishers of fiction in Australia; in the twenty-first century, the National Library of Australia’s Trove database represents the largest col…
Session leaders: Katherine Bode, Associate Professor at the Australian National University in Canberra

Challenges and Opportunities in Curating VA Administrative and Clinical Data for Reuse

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the U.S., with over 1,700 sites of care serving 8.76 million Veterans each year. Large amounts of clinical, administr…
Session leaders: Maria Souden, Acting Director, VA Information Resource Center (VIReC)

Utilizing Altmetrics to Support Research Stakeholders

Friday, April 13, 2018

The unprecedented growth of scholarly outcomes published annually has rendered the academic research environment correspondingly more complex. This talk provides an account of integrated methods and t…
Session leaders: Hamed Alhoori, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department at Northern Illinois University

ContentMining and Knowledge-Driven Scholarship: The Right to Read is the Right to Mine

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Five new scholarly articles and dissertations are published every minute, and most are crammed with valuable and exciting facts. We (in ContentMine and many other places) have developed tools to do th…
Session leaders: Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge, UK and

Computational ethnography: on the convergence between machine learning and grounded theory

Monday, April 2, 2018

Work on machine learning algorithms has become incredibly popular in the past few years, but there has been much less work studying the context of machine learning. Who is using these algorithms, and …
Session leaders: David Mimno, Assistant Professor, department of Information Science, Cornell University

Radio Sutatenza: History and collective memory in a public library

Friday, March 30, 2018

The documentary exhibition "Radio Sutatenza: A cultural revolution in the Colombian countryside (1947-1994)" opened at the Luis Angel Arango Public Library in Bogotá (Colombia), was a…
Session leaders: Jorge Rojas-Alvarez, Informatics PhD candidate

[** Please note room change to 242 IS, and start time of 4:15pm **]  Opportunities for computer support for systematic reviewing - a gap analysis

Friday, March 16, 2018

Systematic review is a type of literature review designed to synthesize all available evidence on a given question. Systematic reviews require significant time and effort, which has led to the continu…
Session leaders: Linh Hoang, iSchool PhD Candidate

Egalitarian data mining: Considerations and methods for online education environments

Friday, March 9, 2018

Online and computer-based education continues to grow in popularity. Along with this trend come new sources of data, which offer exciting opportunities to understand learners’ experiences and be…
Session leaders: Nigel Bosch, NCSA Post-doctoral Research Fellow.

Toward sustainable platforms for digital humanities research: Challenges and opportunities for modeling cultural data collections

Friday, January 26, 2018

Scholarship is producing increasingly diverse digital artifacts as researchers across disciplines seek to share new forms of evidence in new ways. In tandem, our digital cultural inheritance is growin…
Session leaders: Katrina Fenlon, iSchool Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Big Data Hub Network: Augmenting the Big Data Innovation Ecosystem

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Big Data (BD) Regional Innovation Hubs were launched in 2015 by the National Science Foundation as part of its investment in the federal Big Data Research and Development Initiative. The BD Innova…
Session leaders: Melissa Cragin, Executive Director, Midwest Big Data Hub

Navigating Tech Revolutions: Confessions of a Content Creation Beast

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lorri Hopping will share her experiences and perspectives on the dramatic changes in educational technologies that have occurred since the digital revolution, and the roller coaster of boom and bust t…
Session leaders: Lorri Hopping, writer, editor, and game designer

IS4H: Information Systems for Health in the Americas

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), has embarked on an ambitious strategic goal of strengthening health policy and decision making …
Session leaders: Ian Brooks, iSchool Research Scientist

Accelerating discovery at eLife with open-source technology

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Backed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust, eLife aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication tha…
Session leaders: Naomi Penfold, PhD, eLife Chief Innovation Officer

Reflections on collections: how changes in research workflow and the network information space are changing our view of collections

Friday, April 14, 2017

The library collection has been central to library identity and service, however we are now seeing major changes in how libraries help discover, curate and create collections.  This is a response…
Session leaders: Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Vice President and Chief Strategist

Metadata Models and Schemas for Sharing non-Conventional Information Resources – Manga, Disaster Archives and Metadata Schemas

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dr Sugimoto will provide an overview of several metadata-centric projects at his laboratory at the University of Tsukuba and discuss issues and lessons learned in the projects.  Topics include un…
Session leaders: Shigeo Sugimoto, Professor, Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsuku

Rescuing Lost History: Using Big Data to Recover Black Women's Lived Experiences

Saturday, March 4, 2017

* Abstract:Big data and computational analysis are often far from neutral processes and sites unimpeded by the political, social and economic context in which they emerged and are utilized. The method…
Session leaders: Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Work and Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois, and Harriett Green, interim Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, and associate professor, Illinois University Library

Software Citation and Software Reproducibility

Friday, March 3, 2017

Software is a critical part of modern research and yet there is little support across the scholarly ecosystem for its citation. Inspired by the activities of the FORCE11 working group focused on data …
Session leaders: Daniel S. Katz, Assistant Director for Scientific Software at NCSA and Applications and iSchool Research Associate Professor

Non-unitary syntheses of taxonomic and phylogenetic knowledge

Friday, February 17, 2017

Our research addresses technical and also social aspects of structuring biodiversity data - ranging from museum specimens to phylogenetic trees - under persistent change and conflict among systematic …
Session leaders: Nico Franz, Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University

Science and Technology Policy in the Obama White House: The Role of Policy Entrepreneurs

Friday, February 10, 2017

President Obama made science, technology and innovation top priorities of his Administration.  The White House launched initiatives in areas such as data science, open data, expanding access to s…
Session leaders: Tom Kalil, former Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

A framework for the curation of digital collections from scientifically significant sites

Friday, February 3, 2017

Scientifically significant sites such as national parks and other protected lands have unique and complex digital curation needs, driven by the unique natural phenomena at these sites as well as the c…
Session leaders: Andrea Thomer, iSchool at Illinois PhD candidate

Can Natural Language Processing Help in Fostering Responsible Research Practices?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Billions of dollars are spent on biomedical research in U.S. every year. While this has led to significant advances in medicine and healthcare, research rigor and integrity issues continue to plague b…
Session leaders: Halil Kilicoglu, NLM/NIH staff scientist

Shopping for Sources: An Exploration of Grocery Shoppers’ Information Sources

Friday, November 4, 2016

This talk will explore the information sources of grocery shoppers through two empirical studies using qualitative methods. The field of everyday information behavior addresses how individuals interac…
Session leaders: Melissa Ocepek, iSchool Postdoctoral Research Associate

[Note day: Thurs Sept 22nd]  Software Carpentry: Lessons Learned

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Since its start in 1998, Software Carpentry has evolved from a week-long training course at the US national laboratories into a worldwide volunteer effort to improve researchers' computing skills.…
Session leaders: Greg Wilson, co-founder of Software Carpentry

Introduction to the Whole Tale Project

Friday, September 2, 2016

PI's Bertram Ludäscher, Matt Turk and Victoria Stodden will present an introduction to the Whole Tale project, a five-year project newly funded by the NSF CC*DNI DIBBS program.  The goal…
Session leaders: Bertram Ludäscher, Matt Turk, Victoria Stodden

Quantifying conceptual novelty in the biomedical literature

Friday, June 17, 2016

[The work has been accepted to be presented as a long paper at the 5th International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications (WOSP), held in conjunction with the Joint Conference on Digital Librari…
Session leaders: Shubhanshu Mishra, GSLIS PhD Student

This talk is not about false metadata.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Abstract:The quality of metadata is a key factor in enabling effective information-based interactions. Metadata errors are to be avoided but not all false metadata values are errors. In this talk I wi…
Session leaders: David Nichols, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Panel on Memory and Personal Archiving

Friday, April 29, 2016

This panel will be presented at the Personal Digital Archiving Conference in Ann Arbor on May 12.One of the primary motivations for personal archiving is the preservation of materials related to perso…
Session leaders: Organizer: Lori Kendall, Associate Professor at GSLIS; Presenters: Jimi Jones, Beth Strickland, Ruohua Han and Emily Lawrence, GSLIS PhD students

Data-driven, Interactive Scientific Articles in a Collaborative Environment with Authorea

Friday, April 22, 2016

Most tools that scientists use for the preparation of scholarly manuscripts, such as Microsoft Word and LaTeX, function offline and do not account for the born-digital nature of research objects. Also…
Session leaders: Alberto Pepe, co-founder of Authorea

Data Science Across Disciplines: Providing Graduate Students with Skills and Confidence

Friday, April 15, 2016

Data Science Across Disciplines is a Focal Point project funded by the Graduate College. The goal of this project is to encourage graduate students to address questions within their fields using data-…
Session leaders: Halie Rando and Diana Byrne

Iconclass, Arkyves and the use of Iconography Vocabulary Standards to Enhance Access

Friday, April 8, 2016

Hans Brandhorst will provide a brief introduction to (a Brill online resource) and Iconclass, a classification system designed for art and iconography. As a long-time partner in Emblematic…
Session leaders: Hans Brandhorst

Illinois Databank (IDB) development preliminary report from the Illinois Research Data Service (RDS)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Set to launch in late May, the Illinois Data Bank (IDB) is a self-deposit public access institutional data repository designed to publicly host data produced by Illinois researchers. Members of the Re…
Session leaders: Heidi Imker, Elizabeth Wickes, Elise Dunham

Text as Data at Illinois: Exploring the News Holdings of the Cline Center for Democracy

Friday, March 11, 2016

Abstract: This talk overviews the Cline Center for Democracy's collection of over 85 million news texts from around the world, introduces some software tools developed by the Cline Center for work…
Session leaders: Scott Althaus

Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures, Digital Memory and the Myth of Digital Universalism

Friday, February 19, 2016

Channeling the promise global interconnection, and framed as the mark of contemporary optimization, “the digital” has come to represent the path towards the future for diverse nations, eco…
Session leaders: Anita Say Chan, Assistant Research Professor of Communications, Department of Media and Cinema Studies at Illinois

The Case for a Publishing Analytics Data Alliance

Friday, February 12, 2016

Digital technology is making it possible for publishers and libraries to gather data on the dissemination and use of scholarly publications in unprecedented detail and on an unprecedented scale. While…
Session leaders: Kevin S. Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, University of North Texas Libraries

Summarization of Biomedical Texts by Utilizing the Information Extracted from Comparative Sentences

Friday, February 5, 2016

* AbstractComparison sentences represent a rhetorical structure that is commonly used to communicate the findings of an empirical study. Although the overall percentage of comparison sentences in an a…
Session leaders: Ana Lucic, GSLIS PhD student

Preserving Digital Game and Art: Sociotechnical Challenges

Friday, January 22, 2016

Abstract:  In the past few years, the preservation community has begun tackling the challenge of preserving complex technological objects like virtual worlds.  Such work has often focused on…
Session leaders: Rhiannon Bettivia, GSLIS PhD student

Using scientific data produced by others: Trust practices shaping infrastructure, or infrastructure shaping trust practices?

Friday, December 4, 2015

Abstract:Scientists in many domains increasingly need to use data produced by others in their own work. They may be using data produced by collaborators, or they may be reusing data produced by scient…
Session leaders: Peter Darch

Providing services to all kind of users through semantic approaches to the data.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Abstract:Three different projects are depicted that show the application of techniques and tools of the semantic approach to data, in order to expand and improve the information services provided to d…
Session leaders: GSLIS scholar-in-residence Miquel Centelles, Universitat de Barcelona

Social networks and semantic content

Friday, November 13, 2015

GSLIS host: Jana DiesnerAbstract:Social network research and semantic network research have developed as two separate traditions in the social sciences.  However, the content of communications an…
Session leaders: Peter Groenewegen

No CIRSS Seminar this week. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sex-bias in biomedical research: a bibliometric perspective

Friday, October 23, 2015

Abstract: Models of human disease have traditionally been biased towards the male body. Here, we perform a retrospective study of factors that may have contributed to (reducing) this bias across a var…
Session leaders: Vetle Torvik

Informational Challenges for the new Center for Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Data Processing

Friday, October 2, 2015

Abstract.  The process of computing an atomic-resolution protein structure from NMR data is complex.  For this purpose, NMR spectroscopists utilize dozens of software tools operating on prim…
Session leaders: Michael Gryk

Summarization of Biomedical Texts by Utilizing Information Extracted from Comparative Sentences

Friday, September 25, 2015

Comparison sentences represent a rhetorical structure that is commonly used to communicate the findings of an empirical study. Although the overall percentage of comparison sentences in an article is …
Session leaders: Ana Lucic

Email Data Analysis as an Alternate Lens into Historical Events

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Email data provide a rich account of interpersonal discourse on various scales, ranging from pairwise conversations to small group discussions to information dissemination and sharing by large amounts…
Session leaders: Craig Evans, PhD candidate

Note special earlier time: COMPAS (COMPetitive Analysis Service) for Informed Decision-Making and Current Status and Future of S&T Information Services of KISTI

Friday, May 15, 2015

Part 1:  COMPAS (COMPetitive Analysis Service) for Informed Decision-Making  Hyuck Jai LeeDepartment of Technology Intelligence Research, Future Information Research Center, Korea Institute…
Session leaders: Dr. Hyuck Jai Lee and Dr. Seok-Hyoung Lee from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)

Expert-Guided Contrastive Opinion Summarization

Friday, May 8, 2015

Huge amount of opinionated text is generated online every day. While there’s great advancement in the area of sentiment analysis and opinion mining, not much has been done on summarizing opinion…
Session leaders: Kenney Guo

To be rescheduled Fall 2015: Memory as a Process: Toward a New Theory of Personal Archiving

Friday, May 1, 2015

(This presentation has been cancelled due to illness.  We plan to reschedule this session early in the Fall semester.)This presentation provides a broad interdisciplinary perspective on memory an…
Session leaders: Lori Kendall, GSLIS Associate Professor

Challenges and Opportunities for Open Data and Publishing

Friday, April 24, 2015

The internet and the world wide web have made sharing of data and the information they contain possible at scales and speeds that were never possible previously in human history. A new world of open a…
Session leaders: H. Edward Seidel, NCSA Director

Elements of Scholarly Discourse in a Digital World

Friday, April 10, 2015

Digitalization has changed the process of research in ways that have material impact on the nature of the scholarly record. In this talk I will outline mechanisms responsible for this change, and pres…
Session leaders: Victoria Stodden, GSLIS Professor

iConference Paper Preview: Blake on "Evidence-based Discovery" and Lucic on "A Method to Automatically Identify the Results from Journal Articles"

Friday, March 20, 2015

CIRSS Associate Director Cathy Blake will present a preview of her iConference 2015 paper "Evidence-based Discovery."  CIRSS PhD student Ana Lucic will present a preview of her iConfere…
Session leaders: Cathy Blake, CIRSS Associate Director and GSLIS Associate Professor, and Ana Lucic, CIRSS PhD student

Note special time! A cross-cultural listener-based study on perceptual features in K-pop [Korean pop music].

Friday, March 13, 2015

How do listeners of different cultural backgrounds perceive music? Based on the ecological approach to music perception, an intermediate layer of perceptual features may be devised to bridge the gap b…
Session leaders: Ragnar Schön, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden

What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know: Open Access and it’s impact on the changing scholarly landscape

Friday, March 6, 2015

In this changing world of scholarly research, each slice of the scholarly communication spectrum plays an important role. Creating content is relatively easy. Open Access has created an abundance, lik…
Session leaders: Gregg Gordon, CEO of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Digital Humanities at Illinois: A Conversation

Friday, February 20, 2015

The University of Illinois is the professional base for outstanding humanities and arts faculty, and for an abundance of computational resources. It is also a decentralized environment in which conver…
Session leaders: Dianne Harris (Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities), Kevin Hamilton (Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design) and Maria Bonn (Senior Lecturer at GSLIS)

Audio Content Based Music Information Retrieval

Friday, February 6, 2015

Music is a pervasive topic in our society as almost everyone enjoys listening to it. But how to make the world’s vast store of music available to individuals is a tough nut. Audio content based …
Session leaders: GSLIS 2014-2015 Scholar-in-residence Ning Chen, Associate Professor, School of Information Science and Technology, East China University of  Science and Technology

Research Data Service at the University of Illinois

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Research Data Service (RDS) is a pilot service established in 2014 to provide the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research…
Session leaders: Heidi Imker

Estimating Anchored Relevance Models during Information Retrieval

Friday, November 7, 2014

Query expansion via relevance feedback is a well-known method for improving the effectiveness of search engines.  However, standard feedback methods suffer from several problems.  First, fee…
Session leaders: Miles Efron

Note special time/date! Entity Linking with Document Retrieval and Vice Versa

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I will discuss the connection between two seemingly unrelated tasks: Entity linking and ad hoc document retrieval which turn out to be mutually benefiting each other. Entity Linking is the task of dis…
Session leaders: Laura Dietz, post-doctoral researcher and research scientist at the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (CIIR) at the University of Massachusetts

Note earlier date! Saving lives with informatics:  It's not just hyperbole

Friday, October 3, 2014

The NCSA health science group was formed in 2005 and charged with using the organization’s resources to make a difference in health.  Over the last nine years the group has worked on a dive…
Session leaders: Ian Brooks, GSLIS Research Scientist, Director of Health Sciences, NSCA

Euler: A Logic-Based Toolkit for Aligning and Reconciling Multiple Taxonomic Perspectives"

Friday, September 19, 2014

(Joint work with UC Davis students and collaborators Nico Franz, Curator of Insects at ASU, and Shawn Bowers, Dept. of Computer Science at Gonzaga University)Biological classifications and phylogeneti…
Session leaders: Bertram Ludäscher, GSLIS Professor

Online Privacy Agreements, is it Informed Consent?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Considering that most consumers do not read Privacy Policies and Terms of Service agreements before accepting them, considerable informational asymmetry exists between consumers and cloud service prov…
Session leaders: Masooda Bashir, GSLIS Assistant Professor and Director of Social Sciences Research at the College of Engineering

Children, their books and their music

Friday, April 25, 2014

Surprisingly few naturalistic studies exist of how children select books and music 'in the wild'--that is, in a physical library, bookstore, or music shop.  This presentation reports on a…
Session leaders: Sally Jo Cunningham, Computer Science Department at Waikato University (New Zealand)

How covert social networks turned citizens into helpers: Support for Jewish refugees in 1940s Berlin

Friday, April 18, 2014

This presentation focuses on applying methods from Social Network Analysis and Qualitative Data Analysis adapted to map and explore six case studies. Based on four stories I will discuss the roots and…
Session leaders: Marten Duering, CDHI Digital History Postdoc at UNC Chapel Hill

What Falls Out: Preserving our Digital Heritage with BitCurator

Friday, February 28, 2014

Take a moment and open your bottom desk drawer, the one with your old files in it. Rummage around for a bit and push way back until you see the inevitable papers, notes and detritus that have slipped …
Session leaders: Porter Olsen, BitCurator Community Lead, and research faculty member at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland

CANCELLED: TEI and TAPAS: A progress report

Friday, February 21, 2014

Session leaders: Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman, Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University Library

Overview of the Office of Technology Management

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Office of Technology Management (OTM) at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is the office responsible for managing intellectual property generated by research and educational activities at…
Session leaders: Svetlana Sowers, Karen Higgins

Peer Review, Ego-Graphs, Portfolio Analysis, and STAR METRICS

Friday, November 8, 2013

Each year, the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) manages the evaluation of scientific merit for nearly 60,000 grant applications. This activity involves the…
Session leaders: George Chacko, Director of the Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation (OPAE) at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NEViewer: A New Software for Analyzing the Evolution of Research Topics

Friday, October 25, 2013

Abstract: This paper proposed a new research frame for analyzing the evolution of research topics in a discipline based on co-word network communities. A new software was introduced, i.e. the NEViewer…
Session leaders: Xiaoguang Wang,  GSLIS 2013-2014 scholar-in-residence

Finding Information in Books: Characteristics of Full-Text Searches in a Collection of 10 Million Books

Friday, October 18, 2013

Searching large collections of digitized books is a relatively new area in information-seeking and retrieval research, made possible by initiatives such as Google Books and the HathiTrust Digital Libr…
Session leaders: Craig Willis, GSLIS PhD candidate

Dr. Wang with Thousand Names: Asian Author Disambiguation through KISTI Author Control System

Friday, October 4, 2013

With the increase of research activity across the world, numerous academic publications are coming out every day at the unprecedented size and speed. Such a deluge of academic publications has posed m…
Session leaders: Dr Seok-Hyuong Lee, adjunct professor at the Department of Library and Information Science at Konkuk University in Korea and Senior Researcher at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)

Towards a Data Literate Citizenry

Friday, September 27, 2013

We believe that data literacy should be a skill not just for scientists, but for all citizens. We makethe case by considering literatures on various kinds of literacy, and using a number of examplesto…
Session leaders: Michael Twidale, GSLIS Professor

Anomalies, Sense-making and Design

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bio: Preben Hansen is a Associate Professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of the Information School at Tampere Unive…
Session leaders: Preben Hansen, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University

Curating Data for Reuse Value: Investing in Evidential Cultures of Research

Friday, September 13, 2013

Advances in the storage, archiving, and preservation of digital data are proceeding apace in data centers and research libraries, but curation services are needed that extend to identification of high…
Session leaders: Carole Palmer, Professor and Director of the Center for Informatic Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS)

Immovable Types, Conceptual Neighborhoods, or Semantic Diaspora? Making Sense of the Findings from the Ontogenic Analysis of a Long-Lived Classification Scheme

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Dewey Decimal Classification is an example of a long-lived classification scheme. It has, through literary warrant and editorial decion-making, reflected a wide range of published topics from 1876…
Session leaders: Special guest Joseph Tennis, Assistant Professor, The Information School, University of Washington

Query Representation for Cross-Temporal Information Retrieval

Friday, July 19, 2013

This paper addresses the problem of long-term language change in information retrieval (IR) systems. IR research has often ignored lexical drift.  But in the emerging domain of massive digitized …
Session leaders: Miles Efron, Associate Professor at GSLIS

CyberGIS and the Future of Geographic Information Technologies

Friday, April 19, 2013

Abstract: CyberGIS - defined as cyberinfrastructure-based geographic information systems (GIS) - has emerged as a new modality of GIS representing an important research direction in geographic informa…
Session leaders: Shaowen Wang, Associate Professor of Geography & Geographic Information Science at Illinois, Director and Founder of the Cyberinfrastructure & Geospatial Information Laboratory (CIGI)

"Speaking Volumes": Cuadra, Williams, Cronin and the Evolution of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology

Friday, April 12, 2013

Abstract: For 45 of its 75 years, the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) contributed to the review literature of information science and technology through the publication…
Session leaders: Linda Smith, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs at GSLIS

Learning to describe images: data, models and evaluation metrics

Friday, February 22, 2013

Abstract: The ability to associate images with natural language sentences that describe what is depicted in them is a hallmark of image understanding. But since sentence-based image description is a r…
Session leaders: Julia Hockenmaier

Tooling the Aggregator's Workbench: Metadata visualization through statistical text analysis

Friday, February 8, 2013

This is a rerun of a 2012 ASIST paper co-authored with Miles Efron and Peter Organisciak. Digital library interoperability efforts have succeeded in making large-scale aggregation of digital collectio…
Session leaders: Katrina Fenlon, CIRSS PhD student

"Representing Identity and Equivalence for Scientific Data," from AGU 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

To be presented as part of a session on "Data Stewardship, Citation With Confidence, and Preparing Next Generation of Data Managers," at the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Me…
Session leaders: Karen Wickett

"Analysis and Synthesis of Metadata Goals for Scientific Data," from JASIST 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

The proliferation of discipline-specific metadata schemes contributes to artificial barriers that can impede interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. The authors considered this problem by ex…
Session leaders: Craig Willis

"Check out where I am!": Preferences and Behaviors in Location-Sharing as an Interactive Practice

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rapid growth in the usage of location-aware mobile phones has enabled mainstream adoption of Location Sharing Services (LSS). Integration with social networking services has further accelerated this t…
Session leaders: Special Guest - Sameer Patil

The McHarg Lecture* Revisited: The Changing Conduct of Geoscience in a Data Intensive World

Friday, October 5, 2012

Electronic facilitation of scientific research (often called eResearch or eScience) is increasingly prevalent in geosciences. Among the consequences of new and diversifying means of complex (*) data g…
Session leaders: Special Guest - Peter Fox, Professor and Tetherless World Research Constellation Chair, Climate Variability and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

"Value and Context in Data Use: Domain Analysis", a preview for ASIS&T 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

“Context” is an elusive concept in Information Science –often invoked, and yet rarely explained. In this paper we take a domain analytic approach to examine five sub-disciplines with…
Session leaders: Nic Weber

Scaling Digital Humanities on (and utilizing) the Web

Friday, September 7, 2012

The work of a humanities e-researcher is scoped by the possibilities offered in digital artefacts: in their ever increasing number and their distribution and access over the internet. This is recognis…
Session leaders: Kevin Page

Improving Retrieval of Short Texts Through Document Expansion

Friday, August 31, 2012

Collections containing a large number of short documents are becoming increasingly common. As these collections grow in number and size, providing effective retrieval of brief texts presents a signifi…
Session leaders: Miles Efron; Co-authors: Piotr Organisciak and Katrina Fenlon

Identifying Comparative Claim Sentences in Full-Text Scientific Articles

Friday, June 29, 2012

Comparisons play a critical role in scientific communication by allowing an author to situate their work in the context of earlier research problems, experimental approaches, and results. Our goal is …
Session leaders: Cathy Blake and Dae Hoon Park

Metrics for Openness

Friday, May 4, 2012

Metrics in information science have been largely based around publications and citations. The altmetrics proposal has highlighted that citations alone are inadequate for a holistic description of the …
Session leaders: David Nichols, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Probabilistic Identification of Author-Inventors Across PubMed and USPTO

Friday, April 20, 2012

Large-scale studies of named entities like people, organizations, genes, or drugs can suffer from severe bias introduced by name ambiguity. The assumption that a name uniquely identifies an entity is …
Session leaders: Vetle Torvik

Knee-Deep in the Data: Practical Problems in Applying the OAIS Reference Model to the Preservation of Computer Games

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System has been extraordinarily influential within the digital preservation community. The Preserving Virtual Worlds project explored the applicati…
Session leaders: Jerome McDonough

Characterizing Authorship Style Using Linguistic Features

Friday, April 6, 2012

Of the five categories of features generally used in authorship attribution studies-lexical, character, syntactic, semantic, application-specific (Stamatos, 2009)-it is the lexical and character featu…
Session leaders: Ana Lucic

Building Topic Models in a Federated Digital Library Through Selective Document Exclusion

Friday, March 16, 2012

Building topic models in federated digital collections presents numerous challenges due to metadata inconsistencies. The quality of topical metadata is difficult to ascertain and is interspersed with …
Session leaders: Miles Efron

Special two-hour, two part Seminar: Europeana Researchers Carlo Meghini and Antoine Isaac

Friday, March 9, 2012

With the advent of the Web, the traditional concept of library has undergone a profound change: from a collection of physical information resources (mostly books) to a collection of digital resources.…
Session leaders: Carlo Meghini & Antoine Isaac

Je t'aime, moi non plus: the tension between technology and documentation practices

Friday, February 17, 2012

The early-to-mid 2000s economic downturn in the US and Europe forced digital cultural heritage projects to adopt a more pragmatic stance towards metadata creation and to deliver short-term results tow…
Session leaders: Seth van Hooland, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium

Scaffolding & Embodiment - Perspectives in Human Computer Interaction

Friday, February 3, 2012

In this talk Professor Lueg will discuss how scaffolding and embodiment concepts originating from the cognitive sciences can be used to look at, and re-interpret, research topics in human computer int…
Session leaders: Christopher Lueg

Are Collections Sets?

Friday, December 9, 2011

The concept of a collection plays key roles in library, museum, and archival practice, and is arguably fundamental to information organization systems in general. Locating collections concepts in a re…
Session leaders: Karen Wickett

Document Discovery: Advancing Research with Large Knowledge Networks

Friday, November 11, 2011

By putting the world's scholarly literature online, publisher websites and digital archives have made millions articles instantly available anywhere, any time, in digital form. This is a breakthro…
Session leaders: Jevin West

When to ask for help: Evaluating projects for crowdsourcing

Friday, November 11, 2011

A growing online phenomenon is that of crowdsourcing, where groups of disparate people, connected through technology, contribute to a common product. It refers to the collaborative possibilities of a …
Session leaders: Peter Organisciak

Tinker, Tailor, Searcher, Bricoleur: Studying Software Ecosystem

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lots of people, including those who don't think of themselves as computer scientists or programmers, are now able to get things done in their life by assembling a set of computer applications and …
Session leaders: Mike Twidale

IMLS DCC Contribution to the Digital Library of America Beta Sprint

Friday, October 14, 2011

We will present highlights from our contribution to the Digital Public Library of American (DPLA) Beta Sprint, an initiative to solicit models, prototypes, tools, and interfaces that demonstrate how t…
Session leaders: Carole Palmer & Jacob Jett

Disciplinary Research: Investigating the Impact of Dataset Reuse in the Earth Sciences

Friday, September 30, 2011

In the realm of scholarly communication, scientific datasets are becoming more widely recognized for their scholarly and reuse value. However, given the investment toward maintaining and storing resea…
Session leaders: Tiffany Chao

Automatic Subject Metadata Quality Assessment in IDEALS and MEDLINE Using the Conformance to Expectation Metric

Friday, September 23, 2011

This week CAS student Walker Weyerhaeuser will deliver a presentation based on his final project.A proposed automatically-calculable subject metadata quality metric is evaluated in the context of two …
Session leaders: Walker Weyerhaeuser

Data Curation, Infrastructure, and Service at Sheridan Libraries: An On-the-ground View of Professional Roles and Practice

Friday, September 16, 2011

For our CIRSS Seminar this Friday we’ve invited our colleagues from Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University to talk with students and faculty about work “in the trenches” at t…
Session leaders: Elliot Metsger, Tim DiLauro, and Sayeed Choudhury, Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC), Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

Estimation Methods for Ranking Recent Information

Friday, September 9, 2011

Temporal factors often constitute a crucial dimension of relevance during information seeking. In addition to topically relevant documents, a good information retrieval (IR) system should retrieve doc…
Session leaders: Miles Efron

But I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For: Seartching for Folktakes and Films in Cultural Heritage Repositories

Friday, September 2, 2011

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for” is the title of the1987 smash hit by the rock band U-2. This plaintive refrain is commonly voiced by subjects in two ongoing research proj…
Session leaders: Kathryn La Barre

Comparing the Similarities and Differences Between Two Translations

Friday, June 17, 2011

Ana will be making a pre-conference presentation of the paper co-authored with Dr. Catherine Blake which will be presented at Digital Humanities 2011 conference. The paper explores the degree to which…
Session leaders: Ana Lucic

How LIS Faculty Respond to Library Service Innovations: A Case Study

Friday, April 1, 2011

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign closed its Library & Information Science Library and replaced it with a virtual library and an embedded librarian. A year later, a survey of the facu…
Session leaders: Sue Searing

Definitions of Dataset in the Scientific and Technical Literature

Friday, March 11, 2011

The integration of heterogeneous data in varying formats and from diverse communities requires an improved understanding of the concept of a dataset, and of key related concepts, such as format, encod…
Session leaders: Simone Sacchi

Beyond Size and Search: Building Contextual Mass in Digital Aggregations for Scholarly Use

Friday, February 25, 2011

At present there are no established collection development methods for building large-scale digital aggregations. However, to realize the potential of the collective base of digital content and advanc…
Session leaders: Katrina Fenlon and Carole Palmer

Making Digital Curation a Systematic Instional Function

Friday, February 4, 2011

Over the past decade, a rich body of research and practice has emerged under the rubrics of electronic records, digital preservation, and digital curation but few traditional archives have implemented…
Session leaders: Chris Prom (University Library)

Rule Categories for Collection/Item Metada Relationships

Friday, January 28, 2011

 Collections of artifacts, images, texts, and other cultural objects are not arbitrary aggregations, but are designed to support specific research and scholarly activities. Collection-level metad…
Session leaders: Karen Wickett

What We Learned Trying to Save the Worlds

Friday, November 12, 2010

This talk provided a summary of the recently completed Preserving Virtual Worlds project, including a discussion of issues of collection management, bibliographic description, intellectual property la…
Session leaders: Jerome McDonough

Contouring Curation in Research Libraries: Defining Working Data Unites and Communities

Friday, October 15, 2010

Palmer & Cragin will present on their research related to data repositories, providing an overview of the range of organizational structures investigated in a series of studies and then focusing o…
Session leaders: Carole Palmer and Melissa Cragin

Bootstrapping Location Relations from Text

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wu will be making a pre-conference presentation of this paper, which he will be presenting at ASIS&T 2010. This paper presents a semi-supervised bootstrapping algorithm that, when provided with a …
Session leaders: Wu Zheng (GSLIS Doctoral Student)

The Modifiability Puzzle

Friday, September 24, 2010

We summarize presentations given at ASIS&T 2008 (Allen Renear, Karen Wickett, Dave Dubin) and Balisage 2009 and 2010 (Renear and Wickett) that analyze problems in our commonsense understanding of …
Session leaders: Allen Renear & Karen Wickett

Hashtag Retrieval in a Microblogging Environment

Friday, September 17, 2010

The paper, which Miles presented at this summer's SIGIR conference in Switzerland, will report on how information retrieval (IR) systems can improve access to microblog information through user-ge…
Session leaders: Miles Efron

Postponed: Session led by Ian Brooks, GSLIS Research Scientist and Director of Health Sciences at NCSA. 

Monday, November 30, -0001

Details coming soon.
Session leaders: Ian Brooks, GSLIS Research Scientist and Director of Health Sciences at NCSA