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iSchools and Microsoft Research Announce Social Media Expo Finalists


“The iSchools organization and Microsoft Research are pleased to announce the five student-‐team finalists in this year’s iConference Social Media Expo. This year’s theme was government open data and social media. The following five projects, listed alphabetically by title, are slated for presentation at iConference 2015, which takes place March 24-‐27, 2015, in Newport Beach, California, USA.
Title: “eMigrate: Aggregating Government Open Data for Enhanced Job Category Selection in Support of Immigration Applications” School: University of Toronto: Faculty of Information
Title: “The Police Officer Involved Homicides Database Project” School: University of California, Los Angeles: Department of Information Studies
Title: “Racial Violence Archive: Public Information System on Incidents of Violence during the Civil Rights Period” School: University of California, Irvine: The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Title: “Society Key: Integrating Social Media Data with Governmental Open Data to Encourage Community Wellbeing” School: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: School of Communication and Information
Title: “TransparencyScience. Return on research investment, where do the funds go?” School: Polytechnic University of Valencia: School of Informatics
Organized in collaboration with FUSE Labs of Microsoft Research, the Social Media Expo recognizes exceptional interdisciplinary research and development work from iSchool programs specializing in social media. Students from the international 59- member iSchools organization were invited form teams of 3‐5 to conduct a specific research, design, development or community engagement project. The year’s theme was government open data and social media, and teams were asked to submit a video presentation and written abstract. Each of the selected teams receives a $3,000 grant from Microsoft Research to help offset the cost of attending the iConference to make their presentations in person. The 2015 Social Media Expo session is slated for Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 3:30 to5:00 pm. The Expo Organizing Committee will announce its decision on the best presentation at the conclusion of the session.”
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