Software Preservation Network seeks survey participants


The Software Preservation Network’s Research Working Group invites participating in a survey on practices, needs, and gaps related to software preservation. The goal of the Software Preservation Network (SPN) is to “make it easier to deposit, discover and reuse software.”

Why Does This Matter?
For decades, researchers and practitioners in information science, digital preservation, and allied fields have discussed the necessity of software preservation: preserving software is a prerequisite for preserving and providing access to digital cultural heritage and research, and software is increasingly considered a research product or artifact in itself.

How are cultural heritage professionals working on preserving software? What are the obstacles to software preservation? Do best practices exist? The survey is intended to help answer these questions.

Who Should Participate?
Any individual or organization involved in activities that involve or rely on software preservation is encouraged to take the survey. For the purposes of this survey, software preservation encompasses a wide range of experimental or established services or actions at organizations such as collecting original software media and documentation, consultations with software producers or users of specialized or obsolete software, preservation of software code or executable files, metadata creation for preserved software, etc. The survey will close on February 19, 2019.

How will the survey information be used?
Anonymized data from the study will be made available to the profession, along with analysis of current trends and possibilities for future research. This study has been approved by the Georgia Institute of Technology Institutional Review Board.

Click here to take the survey (roughly 15 minutes).

Questions can be addressed to the SPN Research Working Group.


Carnegie Mellon iSchool Dean Named President of INFORMS


Carnegie Mellon University iSchool Dean Ramayya Krishnan has been elected as the 25th president of the board of directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, known as INFORMS. Dr. Krishnan will begin his three-year term in January of 2018.

According to a report on the INFORMS website, Dr. Krishnan will work closely with both the INFORMS Board of Directors and the INFORMS staff to build deeper partnerships between academia, industry, and government, with the goal of facilitating greater research, development, and deployment in the fields of operations research, analytics, and the management sciences. 

The iSchools organization envisions a future in which the iSchool movement has spread around the world, and the information field is widely recognized for creating innovative systems and designing information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society. Dr. Krishnan’s appointment is an example of the critical role iSchools leaders play in realizing this vision, and shaping the future of the information field.


CMU’s Heinz College Named Top Analytics Program


Pittsburgh (USA). – “Whether it’s better understanding consumer behavior, improving health care for veterans or finding ways to save taxpayer money, operations research plays a critical role. And now Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College can claim some of the best operations researchers in the country.
The college won the UPS George D. Smith Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
The announcement was made April 10 at the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando. The prize, named for the late UPS chief executive officer, includes a $10,000 award.
Heinz College’s analytical education, experiential learning activities and collaborations with partner organizations played an important role in the win.”
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Municipal Cooperation: Blight Recovery in the Mon Valley


While the Mon Valley was once a powerful economic engine in the region, in recent decades it has suffered from higher levels of vacancy, blight, and population loss than other parts of the county. Advised by Claire Shubik-Richards, a team of Heinz students took on the issue, and also identified and assessed additional possible tools and approaches to fight blight in the Mon.  Read more


CMU Heinz College’s Traffic21 Initiative Researches Costs and Benefits of AMTRAK’s Pennsylvanian Line


Amtrak logoAt the request of a grassroots transportation advocacy group, Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail and with the help of the College’s Traffic 21 initiative, the Center offered an independent study for two students on the costs and benefits of expanding Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian Linefrom one to two trains a day. Read more