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Data-driven Science

Activities in this domain aim to improve information transfer and integration, technology development and sustainability, and collaboration in the practice of science.  Several current cyberinfrastructure-focused projects involve collaborations with domain scientists, including the development of workflow software to automate and streamline the curation of biodiversity data; development of synthesis and analysis tools for environmental data; and tools for analyzing and visualizing volumetric data.  Science and application domains are numerous and include biomedical and health informatics, ecoinformatics, geoinformatics, computational archaeology, and astronomy.


Bertram Ludäscher (

Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship

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Recent Publications

Budden, A. E., Jones, M. B., Ludaescher, B., & Vieglais, D. (2019, December). Beyond Bibliographic Citation: Provenance and Dependency Metadata for Complex Research Objects. In AGU Fall Meeting 2019. AGU. Read more

Guo, J., Blake, C., & Guan, Y. (2019). Evaluating automated entity extraction with respect to drug and non-drug treatment strategies. Journal of biomedical informatics, 94, 103177. Read more

Chard, K., Gaffney, N., Jones, M. B., Kowalik, K., Ludäscher, B., Nabrzyski, J., ... & Willis, C. (2019, June). Implementing computational reproducibility in the Whole Tale environment. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Practical Reproducible Evaluation of Computer Systems (pp. 17-22). Read more

Li, L., Ludäscher, B., & Zhang, Q. (2019). Towards more transparent, reproducible, and reusable data cleaning with OpenRefine. iConference 2019 Proceedings. Read more

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Current Projects

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)

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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Recent News

February 9, 2021

Ludäscher to present keynote at reusable research webinar

Professor and Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) Director Bertram Ludäscher will be the keynote speaker for a webinar hosted by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) on February 10. The webinar, …

February 21, 2020

iSchool researchers organize provenance workshop in Ireland

PhD students Michael Gryk and Jessica Cheng and alumna Rhiannon Bettivia (PhD '16) organized a provenance workshop, which was held on February 17 in conjunction with the 15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) in Dublin, Ireland.The…

September 24, 2019

iSchool researchers present at ro2019

CIRSS researchers will present their work at the Workshop on Research Objects 2019 (ro2019), which will be held in conjunction with eScience 2019 on September 24-27 in San Diego, California. The Research Objects approach proposes a way to "packa…

May 31, 2019

Ludäscher Lab to present research at Philadelphia Logic Week

Professor Bertram Ludäscher will be presenting research with group members during Philadelphia Logic Week 2019. The event, which will be held from June 3-7 at St. Joseph's University, brings together several conferences dedicated to the rese…

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Past Events

May 7, 2021

Open Science and its Trusted Products

Open science is a principle of openness that, when applied across the entire scientific research enterprise, holds significant promise to advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure a nation&rs…

April 30, 2021

NOTE *noon* start time -- The Hierarchy-of-Hypotheses (HoH) Approach & Co. - Advancing invasion biology with novel integrative methods and through collaborations with computer sciences

Invasion biology addresses why some species spread outside of their native ranges, why they are often so successful in their new range, and which measures can be taken to safeguard native biodiversity…

April 16, 2021

Reasoning with multiple data streams: An expert informed logic-based approach to improve data and model fidelity in Geoscience

Unfortunately, data streams are often semantically and conceptually misaligned to reuse needs, and inadequate documentation of uncertainty can limit data reuse. The goal of this research is to (a) eli…

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