Applications sought for Undergraduate Symposium, new featured event at iConference 2019

 

An Undergraduate Symposium will be among several new offerings at iConference 2019. The iConference has always welcomed undergraduate participation, but the iSchools Organization is particularly pleased with the targeted opportunity being offered to applicants who are accepted into the new Undergraduate Symposium.

“This event is the first time that the undergraduate participants have a formal venue for networking and professional development at the iConference,” says Yubo Kou, co-chair of the Symposium along with Matthew Bietz. “On the one hand, it represents the iSchools’ efforts and vision in motivating and empowering undergraduate students; on the other hand, it requires innovative and engaging ways during the event to engage undergrads and enrich their conference experience.”

The Undergraduate Symposium will be a half-day networking and professional development opportunity taking place Saturday, March 30, which is the day before iConference 2019 formally begins. Undergraduate applicants must apply in advance and be accepted into the Symposium in order to participate. Application instructions can be found on the conference website, and the application deadline is October 1, 2018.

“We expect participants to come away with better ideas and more information about their career paths in the information field,” says Kou. “They will also obtain networking opportunities with other undergraduate students and faculty. A benefit of holding the Symposium the day before the conference is that it will also help participants develop a fuller understanding of the iConference and navigate the iConference in a more effective manner in the following days.”

Complete application instructions can be found on the conference website. Accepted applicants will need to purchase a full conference registration at the discounted student rate, but no additional Symposium fees will apply. Conference rates will be announced in fall. Applicants do not need to be with a member-school; students at any accredited institution are welcome to apply.

While the organizers are exploring external funding options, there is currently no financial support for the Undergraduate Symposium, meaning participants should also plan to cover their own travel and lodging costs. It is hoped that iSchool member institutions will be able to provide some degree of support to their accepted students.

In addition to this new opportunity for undergraduate students, iConference 2019 will also offer its traditional Doctoral Colloquium, now in its 14th year. The Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and engage with one another. Students receive feedback on their dissertation, career paths, and other areas from participating faculty and student peers. The application deadline is September 10, 2018.

The iConference also features an Early Career Colloquium, and starting this year participation in this event will be by application only. The new application requirement is expect to enable the chairs to better tailor the Colloquium to the needs of participants. The Early Career Colloquium provides an opportunity for pre-tenure faculty and post-doctoral researchers to engage with senior faculty mentors in large and small group conversation on topics related to early career success. The application deadline is September 10, 2018.

About the iConference
iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC under the banner theme “Inform | Include | Inspire.” The event is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking. Click here to access past proceedings and conference summaries.

 

Team of researchers led by UMD iSchool are engaging communities in Baltimore’s Smart City transformation

 

Findings from a new multi-university study underscored a lack of resources—not lack of resourcefulness—that prevent residents from accessing opportunity and benefiting from safe, healthy communities in West Baltimore. The research, which was presented last week to city officials, community stakeholders and academic partners is the result of a “smart cities” grant from the National Science Foundation to understand how cities like Baltimore can employ “smart city” technology—such as smart street lights and citywide wi-fi—strategically and equitably to promote quality of life for all residents, particularly those in traditionally disadvantaged communities.

The multidisciplinary effort was led by the National Center for Smart Growth and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), along with colleagues from University of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University, and Morgan State University.

Director of the UMD’s National Center for Smart Growth Gerrit Knaap and iSchool Assistant Professor Vanessa Frias-Martinez, the project’s principal investigators, hope their research offers a glimpse of the barriers, concerns and hopes of Baltimore residents, and will help guide smart city design and development in disadvantaged communities. City officials say that the team’s recommendations will be implemented within months as part of Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s vision for Moving Baltimore Forward, an initiative to improve the quality of life of city communities.

Click here for more on this story on the UMD iSchool website.

 

UMD iSchool seeks to find the unfindable in the world’s languages

 

The University of Maryland (UMD) is part of a multi-institutional team tasked with building a powerful set of language technologies that can unlock information that has previously been unsearchable, and thus unfindable.

The four-year project, funded by a $14.4M grant from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), is expected to produce a language processing system that allows a user to type in a query in English and have information returned in English—even if the content is only available in a lesser-known language like Croatian.

The project involves faculty, postdocs and students from Maryland, Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh. Columbia is the lead institution, with Kathleen McKeown, the founding director of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, serving as principal investigator.

The interdisciplinary research—already underway—includes experts in natural language processing, speech processing, and information retrieval.

“Today’s internet brings us closer together than ever before, but the diversity and richness of human language remains a challenge,” says Douglas Oard, a professor at the UMD College of Information Studies, who is heading up the UMD research team. “Computers can be trained to transform human language in many useful ways, but today that training process is still too expensive to affordably be applied to all the world’s languages, and too dependent on the artisanal skills of a small number of experts.”

Click here for more of this story on the UMD website.

 

iConference 2019 now accepting submissions

 

iConference 2019 is now open for submissions. The conference will take place March 31-April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC, under the theme “inform | include | inspire.” It will include peer-reviewed papers and posters, as well as workshops, interactive sessions, and other sessions geared toward faculty, researchers, graduate students and, starting this year, undergraduate students. Details on each submission type can be found on the conference website, and submissions can now be made using the secure submissions site.

Papers published by Springer
All Full Papers and Short Papers accepted for presentation at iConference 2019 will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (indexed by services such as Web of Science and Scopus). Springer will publish the papers as Green Open Access allowing them to be deposited in institutional repositories and the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship repository (IDEALS). All poster abstracts will be deposited in the IDEALS repository.

New opportunities for iSchool researchers and undegrads
New this year, a Blue Sky track seeks papers that present ideas and visions that stimulate the iSchools research community to pursue new directions. And a new Undergraduate Symposium will provide peer networking opportunities for students from iSchools worldwide, including interactions with senior faculty to discuss their research and career path.

The submission deadline for papers, workshops, posters, Doctoral Colloquium, and Early Career Colloquium is September 10, 2018 while the submission deadline for Sessions for Interaction and Engagement, Blue Sky, Undergraduate Symposium, iSchool Partnerships and Practices, and Doctoral Dissertation Award is October 1, 2018.

Visit the conference’s Call for Participation page for more information and links to all iConference 2019 track pages. iConference 2019 is hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

About the iConference
An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking. Click here to access past proceedings and conference summaries.

 

IEEE Big Data 2018 Conference to include Computational Archival Science Workshop—call for papers issued

 

The organizers of the Computational Archival Science (CAS) Workshop at IEEE Big Data 2018 have issued a formal call for papers. This is the 3rd workshop at IEEE Big Data addressing CAS, following on from workshops in 2016 and 2017. All papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the Workshop Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, made available at the conference, which takes place Dec. 10 – 13, 2018 in Seattle, USA.

Program chairs of the Computational Archival Science (CAS) Workshop include: Prof. Victoria Lemieux of the University of British Columbia iSchool; Prof. Richard Marciano of the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) at the University of Maryland iSchool; and Dr. Mark Hedges of King’s College London.

“This 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,” says the workshop CFP. “We aim to identify and evaluate current trends, requirements, and potential in these areas, to examine the new questions that they can provoke, and to help determine possible research agendas for the evolution of computational archival science in the coming years. At the same time, we will address the questions and concerns scholarship is raising about the interpretation of ‘big data’ and the uses to which it is put, in particular appraising the challenges of producing quality – meaning, knowledge and value – from quantity, tracing data and analytic provenance across complex ‘big data’ platforms and knowledge production ecosystems, and addressing data privacy issues.”

Click here to learn more, including recommended research topics and submission instructions.

 

iConference 2019 CFP Released: authors can begin preparations for Washington DC conference

 

iConference 2019 organizers University of Maryland, College Park, in collaboration with Syracuse University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County have issued their Call for Participation.

Taking place March 31-April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC, the theme of iConference 2019 is “inform | include | inspire.” It will include peer-reviewed papers and posters, as well as workshops and sessions for interaction and engagement (SIE), interspersed with various venues for networking.

New this year, a Blue Sky track seeks papers that present ideas and visions that stimulate the iSchools research community to pursue new directions. And a new Undergraduate Symposium will provide peer networking opportunities for students from iSchools worldwide, including interactions with senior faculty to discuss their research and career path.

The iSchool Partnerships and Practices track will feature case-specific success stories of information schools worldwide. The annual Doctoral Student Colloquium (DC) and the Early Career Colloquium (ECC) will again provide senior mentorship and structured engagement with peers to discuss research and career paths. Please note that the DC, ECC and Undergraduate Symposium all require advance applications this year.

All Full Papers and Short Papers accepted for presentation at iConference 2019 will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (indexed by services such as Web of Science and Scopus). Springer will publish the papers as Green Open Access allowing them to be deposited in institutional repositories and the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship repository (IDEALS). All poster abstracts will be deposited in the IDEALS repository.

The conference organizers encourage authors to begin work on submissions now. The conference will start accepting submissions in late June. The submission deadline for papers, workshops, posters, DC, and ECC is September 10, 2018 while the submission deadline for SIE, Blue Sky, Undergraduate Symposium, iSchools Partnerships & Practices, and Doctoral Dissertation Award is October 1, 2018.

About the iConference
An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement. Click here for past proceedings and conference summaries.

 

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.

Click here for more on the UMD website.

 

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.

Click here for more on the University of Maryland iSchool website.

 

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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