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Diesner to speak at workshop, keynote on social trace data topics

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner will speak at two upcoming conferences on the topic of collection and use of digital social trace data. Her talks will address current issues in this research field, including privacy, ethics and regulations, and methodological issues related to data accuracy as well as considering the content of text data for advancing...

Summer tech camps promote innovation, digital literacy

originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of Intersections magazine The Chevy Suburban towing a U-Haul trailer pulled up to the decommissioned middle school in Metropolis, Illinois, population 6,000. A special kind of 4-H camp was about to begin. The four leaders—Gabriel Ewing, Jessica Nelson, Colten Jackson, and Virginia McCreary—unloaded the...

Six from GSLIS present at Computational Social Science Workshop

Several members of the GSLIS community participated in the 2016 Computational Social Science Workshop at Illinois. Hosted by the University Library Scholarly Commons and The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS), the workshop was held at the I Hotel and Conference Center on January 30. Presentations and hands-on sessions...

Three from GSLIS to speak at CIRN Conference

Three representatives from GSLIS will travel to Prato, Italy, next week to participate in the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Conference. Held November 9-11, the theme of the 2015 conference is "Privilege, Information, Knowledge & Power: An endless dilemma?" The Center for Digital Inclusion is a sponsor of the event, and Senior Research...

CU set to become living lab with US Ignite NSF award

The National Science Foundation has awarded $6 million to US Ignite—an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to spur development of advanced Internet applications that enable transformative public benefit—for a project to develop “living lab” communities across the country. Participating cities will serve as testing grounds for smart...

Gant leads e-government webinar series

Research Associate Professor Jon Gant will lead a series of webinars this fall designed for local government officials across the state of Illinois. Webinars will focus on e-government topics, such as best practices (September 17), technology planning (October 15), and using data and analytics (November 19). The webinars are part of the Local Government...

Illini Gadget Garage will provide a space to repair electronics on campus

courtesy of the University of Illinois News Bureau You’ve dropped your cellphone and cracked the screen. Or your computer needs a memory upgrade, the headphone jack no longer works or the hard drive has failed. You’ve had the electronics for several years, and you could just buy the latest device with the newest features. Or you could fix the...

Wolske, Faust lead interactive workshop at ISTE 2015

Senior Research Scientist Martin Wolske and incoming CAS student Travis Faust (MS '15) were among more than 15,000 attendees of the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) annual conference. Held June 28 - July 1 in Philadelphia, ISTE 2015 drew teachers, administrators, media specialists, and other educational technology enthusiasts. Wolske...

Diesner presents at International Conference on Web and Social Media

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner spoke at the ninth International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) on May 27. Hosted annually by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, ICWSM addresses themes in social and computational sciences related to human social behavior on the web. The 2015 conference was held May 26-29 at the...

Twidale, Takazawa speak on social and collaborative information seeking

Professor Michael Twidale and doctoral candidate Aiko Takazawa spoke on May 14 at the Workshop on Social and Collaborative Information Seeking hosted by the Center for Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science at Rutgers University. The workshop brought together multidisciplinary scholars, including innovators in social and collaborative...

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