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Aug. 29, 2014

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois (GSLIS) is pleased to announce that Victoria Stodden has joined the GSLIS faculty.

A leading figure in the area of reproducibility in computational science, Stodden is exploring how can we better ensure the reliability and usefulness of scientific results in the face of increasingly sophisticated computational approaches to research. Her work addresses a wide range of topics, including standards of openness for data and code sharing, legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research, robustness in replicated findings, cyberinfrastructure to enable reproducibility, and scientific publishing...

Jul. 31, 2014

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is pleased to announce an exciting new project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.The NEH awarded $324,841 for “Exploring the Billions and Billions of Words in the HathiTrust Corpus with Bookworm: HathiTrust + Bookworm” (HT+BW), a two-year project that begins September 1, 2014, and will conclude August 31, 2016.

This project will be directed by J. Stephen Downie (co-director of the HTRC and GSLIS professor and associate dean of research) in collaboration with internal partners from the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3) and the University Library and external partners from Indiana University, Northeastern University, and...

Jul. 3, 2014

Every day, we make decisions based on data. If selected for a trial, jurors would hear testimony from expert witnesses before deciding guilt or innocence. Parents choose medical treatments for their children based on scientific research. Democracy relies on engaged citizens who base their decisions on information drawn from an array of sources. In these situations and many others, we are called upon to make potentially life-altering decisions on the basis of data, but just how much do we really understand?

Jul. 3, 2014

Several members of the GSLIS community will participate in Digital Humanities 2014, and will present on topics related to research conducted at the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). The conference, held July 7-11 in Lausanne, Switzerland, is organized annually by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. The theme of the 2014 meeting is "Digital Cultural Empowerment." Presentations include:...

Jul. 3, 2014

GSLIS seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2014.

Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.

Jun. 23, 2014

Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre has been appointed to the editorial board of BRAJIS, the Brazilian Journal of Information Science. She will serve on the board for three years. 

The journal is published by the PostGraduate Program in Information Science at UNESP / Marilia. In addition to advisory duties for the journal, La Barre will review submissions.

May. 13, 2014

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is pleased to announce the recipients of four Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) prototyping project awards. These projects represent a range of approaches to developing new tools and techniques designed to assist researchers and scholars in: (1) identifying and selecting resources from within the HathiTrust; and (2) creating worksets of these resources for scholarly analysis.


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