Archive for the ‘Research’ category

Sweetland Center seeks paper proposals

October 7, 2010

SI faculty and staff are eligible to submit proposals for the Computers and Writing Conference sponsored by the Sweetland Writing Center in North Quad. The theme of the conference is “Writing in Motion: Traversing Public/Private Spaces.”

The conference, slated for May 19-22, will explore how people are using new technologies to write in ways that never before were possible and even to redefine what “writing” is. Proposals are due Nov. 15, and participants should plan to use relevant technology in their presentations.

Take the mobile apps challenge

September 22, 2010

If you have an idea for a mobile app, you ought to consider submitting it to the Innovation Challenge competition at the University. Submissions are due Nov. 30.

Suggested categories for apps are:

  • Entertainment/social networking/media/games
  • Productivity/usability/business applications/education
  • News/sports/weather/travel

All U-M students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate. Teams are encouraged to enter. The contest is sponsored by U-M Information and Technology Services, Technology Transfer, Apple, and Google.

Check out the Innovation Challenge website for more details.

IEEE tech symposium to discuss funding trends

September 7, 2010

The 2010 IEEE Great Lakes Technology Symposium (GLTS) will take place on Sept. 16-17 in Ann Arbor. GLTS brings together federal funding agencies, academia, tech-transfer offices, the high-tech business community, business accelerator, and the investment community. The aim of the symposium is to educate academia and the technology companies on federal funding trends and facilitate dialog among the participants on technology transfer and commercialization.

SAA publishes SI student’s podcast case study

August 26, 2010

Alexis Antracoli: Podcasts in the Archives

Second-year MSI student Alexis Antracoli (ARM) recently had her case study on archiving podcasts at the University of Michigan accepted for publication on the Society of American Archivists (SAA) website.

Podcasts in the Archives: Archiving Podcasting Content at the University of Michigan is one of the Campus Case Studies published on the SAA portal. Campus Case Studies are reports by university archivists on working solutions for born-digital records.

The initial Campus Case Studies resulted from a workshop of university archivists on “The Development of Case Studies for the Effective Management of University Digital Records” held at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan in September 2007. The Campus Case Studies portal was launched with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Antracoli’s poster on her study was one of the 10 presented by SI students and graduates at the 2010 SAA conference in Washington, D.C., in August. See related blog post.

SI archival students, grads shine at SAA

August 20, 2010

Associate Professor Elizabeth Yakel reports that SI master’s and doctoral students and graduates had a major presence at the recent Society of American Archivists conference in Washington, D.C. Of the 36 participants in the student poster sessions, ten were from SI. Many were digital preservation interns from Yakel’s Engaging Communities to Foster Internships for Preservation and Digital Curation project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

SI participants and their posters:

“Going Digital: Internships to Prepare the Next Generation of Preservationists”
Magia Krause (Ph.D. ’10)

“Podcasts in the Archives: Preserving Podcasting Content at the University of Michigan”
Alexis A. Antracoli, MSI student

“Economic Impact of Archives in Local Communities”
A Young Yoon (MSI ’10) and Ricardo Punzalan, Ph.D. student (with Amber L. Cushing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

“Trusty, Tried, and True: Proving Institutional Reliability with OAIS Compliance and Policy Development”
Angelina Zaytsev, MSI student

“Mapping the Past: Connecting Pre-1910 Images to Their Modern-day Locations”
Christiane Evaskis (MSI ’10)

“Looking for a Web Archivist? Check Out Your Local Schools”
Lori Donovan (MSI ’10). Lori was hired at the Internet Archive through this internship.

Lights, Camera, Action: A Survey of Audio and Moving Image Material from the Robert Altman Archive
Brian Wilson (MSI ’10) and David Quick  (MSI ’10)

“The Case Studies and Generalized Scenarios Behind the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access Final Report”
Elizabeth Bedford (MSI ’10). She is now working at the Inter-University Consortium for  Political and Social Research.

“Voices of Our Town: Creating a Best-Practice Archive for Local Radio News”
Emilia Askari, MSI student

“Preserving Research Data: What Researchers Want”
Kathleen Fear, Ph.D. student

Lori Donovan: Looking for a Web Archivist?

Magia Krause: Going Digital

David Quick and Brian Wilson: Lights, Camera, Action

Jackson grant to study high-speed broadband

August 12, 2010

Calling broadband “indispensable infrastructure for the twenty first century … essential to both our economy and our democracy in the digital age,” the Federal Communications Commission, in response to a Congressional mandate, has prepared The National Broadband Plan. Its ambitious agenda features a wide array of goals at the national level, designed to increase broadband access and digital literacy throughout the U.S.

But what, exactly, will be the impact of high-speed broadband and other technological investments at the community level? That is the question raised by Assistant Professor Steven J. Jackson, who has been awarded a two-year grant by the Ford Foundation to study the effect that widespread broadband availability may have on the social, economic and cultural lives in a community.

This project compares broadband development processes and outcomes across three leading domestic broadband initiatives: the federal government’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), and the experimental Google Fiber initiative. Working closely with the sponsoring organizations and project grantees, the study will address three central questions:

1)    What role do existing community resources and networks play in efforts to mobilize, secure funding for, and deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure?

2)    What new or extended forms of social interaction are supported by high-speed broadband access?

3)    What forms of local social and technical innovation may be supported or enhanced by broadband development?

In general, the study will focus on BTOP and BIP awardees in Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. Selected Google Fiber communities will be included in the study as the test site awardees are announced.

SI shares NSF grant to develop TeraGrid monitor

July 22, 2010

The School of Information, in partnership with the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York, and Indiana University, has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help shape a “Technology Audit and Insertion Service for TeraGrid.” The manager of SI’s contribution to the project is SI senior associate dean of faculty Thomas Finholt. SUNY Buffalo is the lead institution on the project.

The overall grant will be used to develop technical monitoring and auditing tools for TeraGrid Extreme Digital Resource for Science and Engineering (TG:XD). TG:XD is the next phase in the NSF’s ongoing efforts to build a massive cyberinfrastructure that delivers high-end digital services that provide US researchers and educators with the capability to work with extremely large amounts of digital data and provide access to extreme-scale digital resources beyond what is available on a typical campus.

According to Finholt, the School of Information will have responsibility for assessing user needs and performing a usability analysis for TG:XD. The process will involve a combination of methodologies, including surveys, social network analysis, interviews, and direct observation. SI will be developing mechanisms to allow users to understand the performance of the system and the interface design, with the goal of achieving maximum utilization.

While the primary user of this performance monitor will be the NSF, the programming will be designed with open source software and could have wider applications in the cloud-computing industry and for universities seeking to improve the performance and delivery of resources.


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