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CIRSS Seminar Series

The CIRSS Seminar Series will meet on most Friday afternoons when classes are in session. Meetings will be held from 4:00 - 5:00 in 126 LISB unless announced otherwise. The aim of the CIRSS Seminar Series is to provide a relaxed, no-prep venue for sharing our current research by presenting reruns of our recent conference presentations. All CIRSS faculty and student affiliates are welcome to present, and session attendance is open to the entire campus community. Announcements and meeting reminders for the CIRSS Seminar Series will be distributed widely via the regular iSchool email lists for faculty, students, and staff. If you have any questions regarding the CIRSS Seminar Series, or, if you would like volunteer to lead a future session, please contact Janet Eke at 217-333-4701 or

Upcoming Seminars

Rescuing Lost History: Using Big Data to Recover Black Women's Lived Experiences
Friday, March 31, 2017  4pm - 5pm
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
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 methods, theories...

Archived Seminars

**Please note special day and time**  Metadata Models and Schemas for Sharing non-Conventional Information Resources – Manga, Disaster Archives and Metadata Schemas
Monday, March 13, 2017  12pm - 1pm
Session leaders: Shigeo Sugimoto, Professor in the Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science at the University of Tsukuba, Japan
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...

Software Citation and Software Reproducibility
Friday, March 3, 2017  4pm - 5pm
Session leaders: Daniel S. Katz, NCSA Assistant Director for Scientific Software and Applications and iSchool Research Associate Professor
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 ...

** PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: 1pm-2pm **   Non-unitary syntheses of taxonomic and phylogenetic knowledge
Friday, February 17, 2017  1pm - 2pm
Session leaders: Nico Franz, Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University
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 ...

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