UMD iSchool’s Dr. Marciano receives Emmett Leahy Award for pioneering work in records and information management

 

The Emmett Leahy Award annually honors a pioneer in the field of records and information management. The 2017 award recognizes Dr. Richard Marciano’s outstanding and sustained work in digital records and information management. His insightful development of cyberinfrastructure to support records management has resulted in new methodologies, experimental systems, and analytics – producing new knowledge and new ways to understand the past. Dr. Marciano’s work has led to innovative advancements in record keeping for the humanities, sciences, and archives.

Dr. Marciano is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, Director of the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), and Director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT) lab. Prior to that, he conducted research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego for over a decade with an affiliation in the Division of Social Sciences in the Urban Studies and Planning program. His research interests center on digital preservation, sustainable archives, cyberinfrastructure, and big data.

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Maryland iSchool Teams Up with Others to Tackle the Big Data Free-for-All

 

From mobile phone apps to website search engines, wearable technology to social platforms, consumer information has become highly trackable and available, resulting in an ethically questionable free-for-all in research and marketing. But consumers aren’t the only ones concerned about how their personal information is being collected and used. The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies has formed a project team with five other research institutions to explore the ethics of how these data are captured and used.

The four-year project, PERVADE (Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research), was awarded a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation in August 2017. Prior research on ethics of large and pervasive data has hit roadblocks caused by a lack of empirical knowledge. The PERVADE team looks to “reveal ethical practices and norms to guide those who utilize big data and to inform policy-making and regulation,” says Dr. Katie Shilton, Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at UMD and principal investigator on the grant.

PERVADE brings together a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in computational science, research ethics, data practices, law and policy, health information, social computing, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and data privacy:
Dr. Katie Shilton – College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland College Park
Dr. Jessica Vitak – College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland College Park
Dr. Matthew Bietz – Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine
Dr. Casey Fiesler – Department of Information Science, College of Media, Communication and Information at University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Jacob Metcalf – Data & Society Research Institute
Dr. Arvind Narayanan – Department of Computer Science at Princeton University
Dr. Michael Zimmer – School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The project’s research focus will extend across consumers, big data researchers, commercial providers, and regulators, both domestically and internationally, to explore how these diverse stakeholders understand their ethical obligations and choices, and how their decisions impact data system design and use.

Specific issues that the PERVADE team will examine include how people experience the reuse of their personal data; what social factors influence people’s willingness to share their data; how and when consent should be given; and how consumers’ concerns can be shared with data system designers and big data researchers.

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Call for Workshop Papers on Computational Archival Science

 

A workshop titled “Computational Archival Science: digital records in the age of big data,” to be presented at IEEE Big Data 2017, is now calling for papers. The workshop will explore the conjunction (and its consequences) of emerging methods and technologies around big data with archival practice and new forms of analysis and historical, social, scientific, and cultural research engagement with archives. Details at http://dcicblog.umd.edu/cas/ieee_big_data_2017_cas-workshop/

The call for papers comes from program chairs Prof. Richard Marciano (University of Maryland iSchool), Prof. Victoria Lemieux (University of British Columbia iSchool) and Dr. Mark Hedges, King’s College London. Papers are due Oct. 10, 2017.

“The large-scale digitization of analog archives, the emerging diverse forms of born-digital archive, and the new ways in which researchers across disciplines (as well as the public) wish to engage with archival material, are resulting in disruptions to transitional archival theories and practices,” the papers call notes. “Increasing quantities of ‘big archival data’ present challenges for the practitioners and researchers who work with archival material, but also offer enhanced possibilities for scholarship through the application of computational methods and tools to the archival problem space, and, more fundamentally, through the integration of ‘computational thinking’ with ‘archival thinking’.”

 

Dr. Keith Marzullo Named Dean of Maryland’s College of Information Studies

 

College Park, Maryland (USA). – “Maryland’s College of Information Studies is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Keith Marzullo as Dean of the College of Information Studies (iSchool). Dr. Marzullo officially begins his position on August 1, 2016.
As Dean, Dr. Marzullo will build upon his extensive background in computer science and cybersecurity to elevate the iSchool’s leadership in information management, libraries and archives, and human-computer interaction.
“Dr. Marzullo is an impressive addition to the University of Maryland family,” says Mary Ann Rankin, UMD’s senior vice president and provost. “His deep expertise and innovative vision for the iSchool are a tremendous asset to the College of Information Studies and to the greater University.”
Dr. Marzullo will join the university from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he served as the Director of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Prior to that, Dr. Marzullo was at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for five years, where he served as Director of the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. In this role, he provided leadership in cybersecurity, networking, computer systems, and cyber physical systems.”
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Registration open for UMD iSchool’s 2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS)

 

Maryland (USA). – “October 20-21, 2016, The University of Maryland, Stamp Student Union, Grand Ballroom & Prince George’s Room.
The 2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is now open for registration and is accepting presentation proposals. CIDLIS is the one annual event at which practitioners, educators, and scholars interested in issues of diversity, inclusion, rights, and justice in LIS can gather to learn, share, and network, CIDLIS has grown in five years to now draw attendees from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Europe and Asia. Last year’s conference had more 220 attendees and it was actively followed on Twitter using #CIDLIS2015. We anticipate the attendance at this year’s event will be even larger.”
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Applications to WHITE 2016 Doctoral Consortium due Aug. 1

 

Nominations are now being accepted for the WHITE 2016 Doctoral Consortium, which is a pre-conference event at the 7th Annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE 2016). The WHITE 2016 Doctoral Consortium will be held on October 20th, 2016, from 1 pm to 6 pm, with a dinner following, in Washington, DC.

The WHITE 2016 consortium will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to receive feedback on their research, network and discuss career issues. All interested PhD students and recent post-docs working on research in the areas of health information systems, health economics, clinical fields and health policy are invited to apply. Acceptance will be based on a review of the application materials; the due date is Aug. 1, 2016.

More information and application instructions can be found at www.rhsmith.umd.edu/chids/white.

WHITE is hosted by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park, with support from the United States Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

 

UMD’s iSchool Announces MLS Program Name Change

 

College Park, Maryland (USA). – UMD’s iSchool: “After due consideration, we are changing the name of our prestigious master’s program in library science at University of Maryland. From this point forward, the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies will offer and award a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS).
This program name change reflects what we at the iSchool have been studying, teaching and learning for years. While we will continue to offer a very strong library-focused program, that is not, and has not been, the only path available to our students. Awarding an MLIS degree is more inclusive of those students who choose to emphasize areas such as information science, data curation, and community analytics.”
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Maryland’s iSchool Announces Youth Experience Opportunities: Post-Master’s Certificate & MLS Specialization

 

Maryland (USA). – “The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, is excited to announce two new opportunities in Youth Experience (YX). Beginning Fall 2016, the YX specialization will be available for students in the Master of Library Science (MLS) Program at the iSchool. In addition to the specialization, the iSchool is developing a post-master’s certificate in YX with generous funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS).
Both fully-online programs are being developed in response to a need for targeted support for children and youth librarians. The YX opportunities will prepare leaders, educators, and change agents who deeply understand the dynamic contexts of youth. Education is no longer confined to the school building – youth are learning across both formal and informal learning spaces, including libraries, museums, community centers, and online environments. Information professionals must be prepared to meet youth in their own spaces (online, in person, and in between), use technology to facilitate existing interests, and be in tune with what they find relevant and motivating.”
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Maryland’s iSchool Announces New Bachelor of Science Program

 

Maryland (USA). – “The College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, announces a new Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree. Building on the iSchool’s tradition of preparing high-impact information professionals, the BSIS degree will fill a growing demand for students skilled at working with information in a variety of fields including government, healthcare, education, technology, and policy.
Dean Brian Butler described the new program as integral to the iSchool’s continued efforts: “This is our entry into undergraduate education, which is central to the mission of the University and an important part of its contribution to the state of Maryland. We are excited to join this worthwhile endeavor.”
The undergraduate program joins the three existing graduate degree programs in Human Computer Interaction, Information Management, and Library Science, as well as the PhD in Information Studies. The BSIS degree will build upon the strengths of these existing programs, bringing additional accolade to the iSchool in the wake of its recent U.S. News & World Report ranking as a top-ten information school in the country among all public universities.”
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Maryland’s iSchool Announces Youth Experience Opportunities: Post-Master’s Certificate & MLS Specialization

 

“College Park, Md. (USA) – The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, is excited to announce two new opportunities in Youth Experience (YX). Beginning Fall 2016, the YX specialization will be available for students in the Master of Library Science (MLS) Program at the iSchool. In addition to the specialization, the iSchool is developing a post-master’s certificate in YX with generous funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS).
Both fully-online programs are being developed in response to a need for targeted support for children and youth librarians. The YX opportunities will prepare leaders, educators, and change agents who deeply understand the dynamic contexts of youth. Education is no longer confined to the school building – youth are learning across both formal and informal learning spaces, including libraries, museums, community centers, and online environments. Information professionals must be prepared to meet youth in their own spaces (online, in person, and in between), use technology to facilitate existing interests, and be in tune with what they find relevant and motivating.
“Using the existing expertise in librarianship and learning sciences at the iSchool, we created a new portfolio of courses related to youth (birth to 18) called Youth Experience (YX). In order to better address the existing community needs, we are thrilled to continue this development and create a post master’s certificate for current children and youth librarians, which will include critical aspects of promoting learning using technology such as adult mentorship, partnership, participatory design, and design thinking in the context of learning in libraries and beyond.” – Mega Subramaniam, iSchool Associate Professor and Principal Investigator for the IMLS.”
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