Digital Collections and Curation
CIRSS projects in this sector focus on how to build, represent, and make accessible research collections, with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with the curation and federation of digital collections for long-term, distributed use. The ongoing funded research projects are complemented by a study group dedicated to metadata standards and associated research problems.
Carole L. Palmer (email@example.com)
Professor, University of Washington Information School and Professor Emerita, GSLIS
CIRSS Faculty & Staff
Wickes, E. (2015, April). Programming as an Information-centered activity. Talk presented at the 2015 Python Education Summit, Montreal, Canada. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1372436 Read more
Thompson, C. A., Mayernik, M. S., Palmer, C. L., Allard, S., & Tenopir, C. (2015, March). LIS Programs and Data Centers: Integrating Expertise. Paper presented at the 2015 iConference, Newport Beach, CA. Read more
Baker, K. & Duerr, R. E. (2015, March). Authentic Learning in the Research Data Curation Classroom. Poster presented at the 2015 iConference, Newport Beach, CA. Read more
Jett, J., Maden, C., Fallaw, C., Senseney, M., & Downie, J. S. (2015, March). Conceptualizing worksets for non-consumptive research. Poster presented at the 2015 iConference, Newport Beach, CA. Read more
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)
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.
PROJECT PIs: 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
November 1, 2011
CIRSS faculty member Allen Renear and CIRSS external affiliate Trevor Munoz, along with Katherine Walter from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, are leading a working session, Towards A New Agenda for Humanities in Data Curation, at this y…
July 26, 2011
CIRSS is collaborating with CLIR/DLF on a Digital Public Library Data Sprint contribution. The project is being funded by the Mellon Foundation. See our video and press release.
June 23, 2011
The CIRSS DCEP-H Project will be holding a meeting of its Advisory Board in Palo Alto on June 23rd following the Humanities Data Curation Summit. The Data Curation Education Program for the Humanities (DCEP-H) extends the GSLIS Data Curation Ed…
May 24, 2011
The Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) will host the 2011 Summer Institute on Data Curation at GSLIS, from Monday, June 6, through Thursday, June 9. Twenty-six applicants were accepted to this year’s Su…
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:30pm–2:00pm
For the last 250 years we use binomial nomenclature to communicate information about animals, plants and bacteria. Introduction of the binomial nomenclature helped tremendously to expand our knowledge…
March 15, 2017
Geographic information (GI) in the context of big data creates new avenues of research related to its organization, access, and use, which are outlined in the new Springer book (http://www.springer.co…
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…
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 …