CIRSS Publications and Presentations
Catherine Blake presents Using Secondary Information to inform Public Policy at
Internet, Politics, Policy 2012: Big Data, Big Challenges?
September 20-21, 2012 at Oxford, UK
Ana Lucic and Catherine Blake present at Digital Humanities 2012 in Hamburg, Germany.
"Our goal is to analyze the potential of syntactic dependencies to characterize an author’s writing style with respect to how an author refers to people. The features that we use are drawn from both semantic and syntactic features. Specifically we first identify personal names – a semantic feature – and then identify local dependencies that surround those personal names – a syntactic feature. Our results demonstrate that these features vary between authors and that those variations can be exploited to accurately determine authorship attribution."
Dae Hoon Park and Catherine Blake present at the Detecting Structures in Scholarly Discourse Workshop held in conjunction with ACL 2012, Jeju Island, Korea, July 8-14, 2012.
As input into the development, design, and improvement of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), CIRSS interviewed recipients of Google Digital Humanities Grants to identify issues encountered during their projects. This project was guided by the following goals:
- Increase empirical understanding of how to identify materials for use by scholars.
- Increase empirical understanding of how to provide better access to materials for use by scholars.
- Identify meaningful characteristics of content that affect identification, retrieval, and other parameters.
- Identify data preprocessing and transformation issues encountered by scholars.
- Provide input to inform the architecture of the HTRC related to representation of collections, faceted browsing, identifiers, etc.
The full report is now available from IDEALS at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/29936.
Presented at the 2012 iConference, the results of a comprehensive study of courses and programs covering topics of data curation is now available.
Abstract. In response to the current data-intensive research environment and the necessity of a professional data workforce, iSchools are building new programs and enhancing existing programs to meet workforce demands in data curation, data management, and data science [1-3]. To understand the state of education in the field, we studied current programs and courses offered at iSchools and other schools of Library and Information Science. Here we present an overview of the methods and results. Courses are divided info four categories: data centric, data inclusive, digital, and traditional LIS. The analysis reveals trends in LIS education for data professionals and identifies particular areas of expertise and gaps in LIS education for data professionals.
Citation. Varvel, V. E. Jr., Bammerlin, E., & Palmer, C. L. (2012, February). Education for data professionals: A study of current courses and programs. Poster session presented at the iConference 2012, Toronto, ON, Canada.
For the full data set and poster. http://cirssweb.lis.illinois.edu/DCCourseScan1/index.html
CIRSS has published the final report from the Data Curation Research Summit. The Data Curation Research Summit consisted of four sessions, which followed opening contextual remarks provided by the organizers of both the DCRS and the previous Bloomsbury workshop. The first session was focused on current directions in research from the perspective of LIS faculty. The second session was devoted to approaches and challenges studying scientific data practices and needs. The third session covered current directions in research from the perspective of research libraries, and the final session returned to the original themes of the Bloomsbury conference with perspectives from the publishing community. This report provides a synopsis of the presentations as well as the broader group discussion of the summit. More specifically, this report highlights key emergent themes and concludes with recommendations for strategic research directions for advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the curation of research data. Briefs of the individual presentations are provided at the end of the report.
Citation: Weber, N., Chao, T., Palmer, C. L., Varvel, V. E. Jr. (2011). Report on the Data Curation Research Summit [Report from summit presented during the 6th International Digital Curation Conference, December 6, 2010, Chicago, IL] Champaign, IL: Center for Informatics Research in Science & Scholarship, University of Illinois.
CIRSS has published the final report from the Research Data
Workforce Summit, a one-day intensive exchange on research data workforce
developments in the sciences held in Chicago on December 6th, 2010 in
conjunction with the 6th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)
and sponsored by the Data Conservancy. The 29 invited participants at the
Summit included representatives from government agencies and data centers,
the NSF DataNet projects, Universities with active programs in data science
and the curation of research data, and other schools that are actively
training information professional in digital curation, e-science, and
related areas. "The summit provided a forum for sharing views on the
research data workforce, with an emphasis on current practices and needs,
projected changes in the future, and educational programs for advancing data
expertise in the sciences." Over the course of the summit, three prominent
themes across the presentations and discussions are outlined in the report:
advancing professional education, coordination across disciplines and
sectors, and key educational challenges.
Citation: Varvel, V. E. Jr., Palmer, C. L., Chao, T., & Sacchi, S. (2011).
Report from the Research Data Workforce Summit: Sponsored by the Data
Conservancy. [Report from summit presented during the 6th International
Digital Curation Conference, December 6, 2010, Chicago, IL] Champaign, IL:
Center for Informatics Research in Science & Scholarship, University of