iConference 2019 Papers Finalists Announced: Lee Dirks Award winner to receive $5,000

 

Award finalists have been announced for iConference 2019 full and short research papers. The finalists are listed below and also on the conference website. Winners will be announced at iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3 in Washington DC.

Best Full Research Paper

The winning paper in the full research category will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. This award includes a $5,000 prize, funded this year by Emerald Publishing. The winner will be announced in the conference’s opening plenary on Monday, April 1. The finalists are listed here alphabetically by title:

Title: Algorithmic Management and Algorithmic Competencies: Understanding and Appropriating Algorithms in Gig work
Authors: Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Will Sutherland, University of Washington
Presentation: Papers 17: Algorithms at Work, Tuesday, April 2, 1:30-3:30pm

Title: Documenting the Undocumented: Privacy and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Work with Irregular Migrants
Authors: Sara Vannini, University of Washington; Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington; Bryce Clayton Newell, University of Kentucky
Presentation: Papers 7: Collecting Data about Vulnerable Populations, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: The Innovation Ecology: Collaborative Information, Community Support, and Policy in A Creative Technology Community
Authors: Guo Freeman, Clemson University; Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University; Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University; Nathan J McNeese, Clemson University
Presentation: Papers 18: Innovation and Professionalization in Technology Communities, Tuesday, April 2, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: Understanding Change in a Dynamic Complex Digital Object: Reading Categories of Change out of Patch Notes Documents
Authors: Ayse Gursoy, University of Texas at Austin; Karen M. Wickett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Melanie Feinberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Presentation: Papers 12: Digital Libraries, Curation and Preservation, Monday, April 1, 3:30-5:00pm

Title: Understanding the Role of Privacy and Trust in Intelligent Personal Assistant Adoption
Authors: Yuting Liao, University of Maryland, College Park; Jessica Vitak, University of Maryland, College Park; Priya Kumar, University of Maryland, College Park; Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Katherine Kritikos, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Presentation: Papers 3: Concerns about “Smart” Interactions and Privacy, Monday, April 1, 10:30am-12:00pm

Best Short Research Paper

Finalists in the Short Research Paper category are listed below, alphabetically by title. The winner will be announced in the conference’s Tuesday plenary.

Title: Characterizing Same Work Relationships in Large-Scale Digital Libraries
Authors: Peter Organisciak, University of Denver; Summer Shetenhelm, University of Denver; Danielle Francisco Albuquerque Vasques, University of Denver; Krystyna Matusiak, University of Denver
Presentation: Papers 12: Digital Libraries, Curation and Preservation, Monday, April 1, 3:30-5:00pm

Title: Illegal Aliens or Undocumented Immigrants? Towards the Automated Identification of Bias by Word Choice and Labeling
Authors: Felix Hamborg, University of Konstanz; Anastasia Zhukova, University of Konstanz; Bela Gipp, University of Wuppertal
Presentation: Papers 6: Limits and Affordances of Automation, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: Looking for Group: Live Streaming Programming for Small Audiences
Authors: Travis Faas, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Lynn Dombrowski, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Erin Brady, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Andrew Miller, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Presentation: Papers 4: Identity Questions in Online Communities, Monday, April 1, 10:30am-12:00pm

Title: Proposing “Mobile, Finance, and Information” Toolkit for Financial Inclusion of the Poor in Developing Countries
Authors: Devendra Potnis, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Bhak Gala, Central University of Gujarat
Presentation: Papers 7: Collecting Data about Vulnerable Populations, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: Public-Private Partnerships in Data Services: Learning From Genealogy
Authors: Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin; Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Laurie Buchholz, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Christine Cullen, University College Dublin
Presentation: Papers 14: Data and Information in the Public Sphere, Tuesday, April 2, 10:30am-12:00pm

Finalists were selected by an awards jury overseen by 2019 Papers Chairs Aleksandra Sarcevic of Drexel University and Nicholas Weber of the University of Washington. The organizers of iConference 2019 congratulate all honorees.

iConferernce 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3 in Washington DC. The schedule is available online and we are currently accepting registrartions. All accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

iConference 2019 is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with the Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Sponsors include the Emerald Publishing, Computing Research Association, Elsevier, MDPI, ALISE, NVivo, University of British Columbia, University of Pittsburgh, University of Kentucky, National Taiwan University, and Springer.

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. The iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation. 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.

 

UNC iSchool receives Mellon grant for machine learning project tied to email curation

 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant for $1.1 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project to develop a toolset that will enable institutions to more quickly and efficiently process emails included in born-digital collections. The project will specifically explore the use of machine learning to separate irrelevant emails from those that should be preserved, and will apply natural language processing methods to identify topics of interest within those records so the messages can be tagged for improved organization and retrieval.

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is partnering with the State Archives of North Carolina under the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NC DNCR) for the two-year project. The Review, Appraisal, and Triage of Mail (RATOM) project’s goals are particularly significant for organizations, including libraries, archives and museums (LAMs), that need to provide public access to records while protecting private information.

RATOM project personnel include SILS Professor Christopher “Cal” Lee, who will serve as Principal Investigator (PI), as well as SILS Research Scientist Kam Woods (Co-PI) and DARNC Section Head of Digital Services Camille Tyndall Watson (Co-PI).

Click here for more details on the UNC website.

 

International Conference on Knowledge Management to focus on actionable end-goals of iSchools and Knowledge Management

 

This year’s International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) will highlight the potential collaborations among iSchools and schools of Knowledge Management. More specifically, it will focus on the need of both to make themselves more visible and useful through an emphasis on relevant action. Although mining, collection, storage, etc. are essential functions of the professionals associated with these schools, there is a larger end goal to which these efforts are focused. They enable decision-making, spark change, help society understand the implications of technological change, and lead efforts toward increased social justice.

The conference will be highlighted by an address from keynote speaker Gary Marchionini. Marchionini is Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he was also recently elected to the iSchools Board of Directors. His keynote, “iSchools as Crucible: Melding public good, technical efficiency, and knowledge,” will mark an important time to reflect on iSchools and schools of Knowledge Management as places where students do not merely create things, but they consider the deeper issues that foster trust in these things.

iSchools are invited to submit proposals for research papers, experience reports, works-in-progress posters—in addition to several other options—to join this conversation about the ways in which actions associated with information and knowledge can go further to contribute to this “public good.” Submissions are open for this conference until July 15.

To submit a proposal, visit the ICKM website and click on “Submit Now.” Accepted papers will be considered for publication in special issues of several journals.

This is the 14th conference in the ICKM series. This year’s conference will be held prior to ASIS&T in Vancouver, November 9-10. Discounted rates are available for those wishing to attend both conferences. See the ICKM website for further details.

 

UNC iSchool welcomes three new tenure-track faculty members

 

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has hired three new tenure-track faculty members, with appointments beginning July 1.

Sayamindu Dasgupta, Marijel “Maggie” Melo, and Yue Wang bring expertise in engaging children with data science, creating inclusive makerspaces, and mining insights from health data, respectively. They will join the SILS faculty as assistant professors, and begin teaching courses for the school this fall. Click here for details.

“We are thrilled to welcome these three dynamic new professors to SILS,” said SILS Dean Gary Marchionini. “They will further strengthen SILS’ research excellence in health informatics, data science, and modern librarianship.”

 

UNC offering NSF-funded workshop on data lifecycle training for grad students and postdocs

 

The NSF Cyber Carpentry Workshop: Data Lifecycle Training is a two-week summer training program aimed at helping graduate students understand the many aspects of the data-intensive computing environment. The workshop will take place July 16- 27, 2018, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Travel and accommodations will be provided for accepted participants, and a certificate of completion from the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will be awarded at the end of the training.

The workshop is open to doctoral students and postdocs in basic sciences and computational sciences. Women, applicants from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on March 15 to receive full consideration. For more information and a link to the application form, visit the UNC Cyber Carpentry Training website.

The Cyber Carpentry workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through a grant awarded to Arcot Rajasekar, Frances McColl Distinguished Term Professor at UNC SILS.

Workshops topics will be taught by researchers who participated in the successful DataNet Federation Consortium (DFC), an NSF-funded project to develop national data management infrastructure to support collaborative multidisciplinary research. Drawing from their own expertise and their experiences with the DFC from 2013 through 2017, instructors will focus on providing students with an overview of best data management practices, data science tools, methods for performing end-to-end data intensive computing, data lifecycle management, and promoting reproducible science and data reuse.

Click here for more informaiton on the UNC iSchool website.

 

UNC professors awarded NSF grant to develop systems that utilize search trails

 

Have you ever been struggling to find information on a particularly complex topic and thought “I can’t possibly be the first person to look for this”? You probably were not, and the searchers who preceded you may have left valuable “search trails” – including queries issued, results clicked, pages viewed, pages bookmarked, and annotations entered – that could help you locate what you need.

Rob Capra and Jaime Arguello, professors at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant worth nearly $500,000 to develop and evaluate systems that will automatically display relevant search trails as a form of search assistance to users. The project has the potential to improve a broad range of systems, including web search engines used by millions, digital libraries, and enterprise and website-specific search engines.

“Prior research has suggested the usefulness of search trails, but has not answered key research challenges required to design and implement them,” Capra said. “The system needs to predict when to display search trails to a user, which trails to display, and how to display them in a way that supports the user’s goal.”

Capra and Arguello will execute their project in three phases. Phase 1 will determine which factors of the user, task, and system influence whether a searcher wants help, for what purpose, and whether they are able to gain useful information. Phase 2 will develop models for predicting when to show trails to a user based on user and task features, as well as behavioral measures that indicate whether a searcher is having difficulty. Finally, Phase 3 will develop models for predicting which trails to show for the current search session.

Read more on the UNC iSchool website.

 

UNC health informatics program awarded $3.1 million from NIH-NLM

 

The Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-National Library of Medicine (NLM) T15 Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Training grant. Only a handful of U.S. organizations were selected for this highly-competitive and prestigious award, which will provide approximately $3.1 million for doctoral student support, post-doctoral appointments, and short-term summer training for undergraduate students. The grant will serve as a significant resource for CHIP’s recently established PhD in health informatics.

“CHIP has already made great strides in improving health data analytics and analytics systems usability through our master’s degree and certificate programs,” said CHIP Director and UNC Professor Javed Mostafa, who is the lead investigator on the T15 grant. “Research by doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows, guided by CHIP’s world-class, interdisciplinary faculty, will advance this success even further, helping to improve the quality of health care for North Carolina citizens and the world.”

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is a lead partner in the CHIP program, which draws faculty and expertise from units across campus, including the UNC School of Medicine, Gillings School of Global Pubic Health, UNC School of Nursing, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC School of Dentistry, and Computer Science Department. Read more>

 

UNC’s Amelia Gibson receives IMLS Early Career Award

 

UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Assistant Professor Amelia Gibson has received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Early Career Award to support a project titled “Deconstructing Information Poverty: Identifying, Supporting, and Leveraging Local Expertise in Marginalized Communities.”

The three-year project, which received over $336,600 in funding from IMLS, will examine the potential for libraries to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families fulfill their information needs and reduce information poverty in local ASD communities. It will also investigate how members of marginalized communities can act as self-advocates on a local level, and how libraries can recognize, empower, and educate all members of their communities through programming, planning, and collection development.

Gibson will collaborate with the Durham and Charlotte Public Libraries and the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) for the project, which will culminate in the development and dissemination of an online toolkit that describes community assessment and engagement processes.

Click here for more on the UNC website.

 

UNC’s David Gotz awarded $1 million by NSF for advanced data visualization methods

 

David Gotz, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and Assistant Director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP), has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant worth over $1 million to develop a set of contextual visualization methods that will improve analysis of complex data sets. Gotz and his team will evaluate the new methods in a health outcomes setting, offering significant potential to improve health care through data analytics. Ultimate goals for the four-year project include the development of open-source software that can help advance data visualization accuracy and efficacy for enterprises around the world.

“Datasets can have many thousands of variables, a stark contrast to the relatively small number of dimensions supported by current visualization tools,” Gotz said. “The gap between what the data contains and what the visualization shows can put the validity of any analysis at great risk of bias, potentially leading to serious, hidden errors. This research project will develop a new approach to high-dimensional exploratory visualization that will help detect and reduce selection bias and other problems.”

Gotz and his team will build on the premise that the very summarization that makes many visual methods effective also inherently obscures important aspects of a high-dimensional datasets. In other words, people cannot fully understand complex data, or make good decisions based on that data, if they are relying on a visualization that omits or misrepresents the context of the findings.

Read more at https://sils.unc.edu/news/2017/gotz-nsf

 

Educopia and UNC SILS receive IMLS funding for study of open source software implementation to improve archival workflows for born-digital materials

 

The Educopia Institute and the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been awarded a grant worth over $681,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for OSSArcFlow, a project to investigate and support the adoption of open source tools for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). The research team will engage with 12 partner institutions to research, devise, and test various strategies for implementing three leading open source software (OSS) technologies, the BitCurator environment, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica.

By working with institutions of multiple sizes and types, investigators will be able to glean important workflow insights that can benefit a variety of libraries and archives. Ultimately, all project information – including narratives, workflows, summary findings, training modules, and guides – will be widely disseminated to help other institutions successfully adapt OSS digital curation and preservation tools.

“We aim to make the daunting task of implementing digital curation tools more achievable for memory institutions nationally,” said SILS Professor Christopher (Cal) Lee, co-principal investigator for the project. “These activities will catalyze efforts across the library and archives fields by supporting more efficient and effective digital curation programs that ensure ongoing access to our increasingly born-digital legacy for all people.”

Read more at https://sils.unc.edu/news/2017/OSSArcFlow