All Projects Related to Research Area: Digital Collections and Curation


The Whole Tale: Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways
Whole Tale is a five-year NSF CC*DNI DIBBS-funded project that will enable researchers to examine, transform, and then seamlessly republish research data that was used in an article.  These "living articles" will enable new discovery by allowing researchers to construct representations and syntheses of data.
Bertram Ludaescher, PI (Illinois); Kyle Chard, co-PI (U of Chicago); Victoria Stodden, co-PI (Illinois); Matthew Turk, co-PI (Illinois); Niall Gaffney, co-PI (Texas Advanced Computing Center)
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DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth)
Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is the foundation of new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data.  Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Phase 1 Grant #ACI-0830944, Phase 2 Grant #ACI-1430508) as one of the initial DataNets, DataONE will ensure the preservation, access, use and reuse of multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data via three primary cyberinfrastucture elements and a broad education and outreach program.
PI: William Michener (University of New Mexico); co-PIs: Matthew Jones (University of California, Santa Barbara); David Vieglais (University of Kansas); Suzanne Allard (University of Tennessee Knoxville); sub-award PI: Bertram Ludäscher (iSchool at Illinois)
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Designing Synthesized Knowledge of Past Environments (SKOPE)
This project will design and prototype SKOPE  (Synthesized Knowledge of Past Environments), an online research tool that will provide state-of-the-art information about the environment experienced by humans at a given a place and time, past or present.  In response to a specific query, SKOPE will extract the latest data from diverse online databases. Using explicit and repeatable procedures, it will process the data to yield a cutting-edge synthesis of environmental information specifically tailored to the user’s request. Initially the tool will be developed for the Southwest US over the last 2000 years, but it will be designed to be readily extended to other places and times.
PI: Keith Kintigh (Arizona State); PI: Timothy Kohler (Washington State); PI: Bertram Ludäscher (iSchool at Illinois)
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Exploring the Benefits for Users of Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections
The project will investigate four translational research questions and demonstrate findings concretely by transforming legacy string-based item-level metadata and then experimenting with user services for three modestly sized digitized special collections hosted by the University of Illinois: the Motley Collection of Costume and Theatre Design, the Portraits of Actors, 1720 – 1920 Collection, and the Kolb-Proust Archive for Research.
PI: Timothy Cole (CIRSS & University Library); co-PI: Myung-Ja Han (University Library); co-PI Caroline Szylowicz (University Library)
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Kurator: A Provenance-enabled Workflow Platform and Toolkit to Curate Biodiversity Data
Data curation is a critical step in scientific data digitization, sharing, integration and use. The considerable resources allocated to digitization of natural science collections in the U.S. and globally require a focus on both digitization efficiencies and the utility of the generated data. One way to address both issues is to employ workflow software to automate and streamline data curation processes. We are developing Kurator, a suite of biodiversity data quality tools aimed at collection management specialists with little or no programming experience, database administrators and researchers with some scripting language experience, and developers.
PI: Bertram Ludäscher; co-PI: James Macklin (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada); PI: James Hanken (Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology. Harvard)
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Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis: Prototyping Project (WCSA)
The Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis: Prototyping Project (WCSA) project aims to aid researchers working with HathiTrust mateirals.  WCSA project team members will expand and add to metadata entries, and work to develop more formal working definitions of project terminology.  The goal of the project is to create tools and resources for researchers to increase the discovery and usage of the HathiTrust collection.
PI: J. Stephen Downie; Co-PI: Timothy W. Cole, Beth Plale (Indiana University/HathiTrust)
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Data Curation Education in Research Centers Program (DCERC)
The Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC) will develop a model for educating Library and Information Science masters and doctoral students in data curation through field experiences in research and data centers. We will implement a graduate research and education program in data curation to bring students into the world of scientific data curation. Building on the strengths of our partners-the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, we address needs for research expertise and scientific data curation professionals.  An overview video of DCERC is available here.
PI: Carole Palmer; Co-PIs: Mary Marlino (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Carol Tenopir (University Tennessee at Knoxville), Suzie Allard (University Tennessee at Knoxville), Matthew Mayernik (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
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Site-Based Data Curation at Yellowstone National Park (SBDC)
A two-year project to develop a framework of policies and processes for the curation of “site-based” digital research data that responds to the needs of small science researchers and site managers, and promotes coordination with libraries and data repositories.
PI: Carole Palmer, Co-PI: Bruce Fouke, Ann Rodman (Yellowstone), Sayeed Choudhury (Johns Hopkins University)
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Digital Humanities Data Curation: NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
The University of Illinois is collaborating with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH, project lead) and the Center for Digital Scholarship at Brown University to develop and conduct a series of advanced institutes on data curation for the digital humanities.  The series of three-day institutes will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, Brown University, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for 51 participants on approaches to data curation of humanities research materials for librarians, archivists, and humanities scholars.
Project Director: Megan Senseney
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Better Repositories Are Information Networks (BRAIN)
Development of a tool to retrieve related documents among the contents of institutional repositories.
PI: John Unsworth
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Data Curation Education Program (DCEP)
The Data Curation Education Program (DCEP) is a data curation specialization within the ALA-accredited Master of Science at the University of Illinois's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Our program offers a focus on data collection and management, knowledge representation, digital preservation and archiving, data standards, and policy, providing the theory and skills necessary to work directly with academic and industry researchers who need data curation expertise.
PI: Allen Renear
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Digital Collections and Content (DCC)
The Digital Collections and Content (DCC) project was a multi-phase research effort funded by IMLS to explore the socio-technical requirements for a successful digital aggregation. Conceived in 2002 as a combined collection registry and metadata repository aimed to provide a single access point to collections built from digitization efforts funded through IMLS's National Leadership Grant and LSTA programs, the IMLS DCC project has explored key digital libraries issues ranging from collaboration stakeholder needs to metadata quality and interoperability.

Beginning in 2007, the second phase of the IMLS DCC project, through the DCC project's Opening History aggregation, which gathered together digital collections of digitized and born-digital U.S. cultural heritage resources, explored the effects of targeted collection development policies. IMLS DCC researchers explored how aggregators impact access to cultural heritage materials and how digital libraries can better lev
PI: Carole Palmer
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Folktales, Facets, and FRBR
Through the project Folktales, Facets, and FRBR, CIRSS affiliated faculty members Kathryn La Barre and Carol Tilley propose to enhance access to folktales through the systematic and rigorous application of facet analysis and the development of user- and task-focused models of information representation.
PI: Carol Tilly, Kathryn La Barre
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Intermediary Models for Institutional Repository Development (IMIRD)
A pilot project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation exploring institutional repository development strategies at three research universities and the role of librarians in these initiatives.
PI: Carole Palmer
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Preserving Virtual Worlds 2
Preserving Virtual Worlds project will explore methods for preserving digital games and interactive fiction. PVW 2 will improve the capacity of libraries, museums, and archives to preserve computer games, video games, and interactive fiction.
PI: Jerome McDonough
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