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Advancing Personal Informatics through Semi-Automated Tracking

Principal Investigator: Eun Kyoung Choe
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Self-monitoring for older adults and surgical patients can be difficult but beneficial–increased awareness, reduced negative behaviors, goal setting. This research looks at whether combining manual and automatic tracking (semi-automated tracking) can promote user engagement while reducing user burden for the best data collection.

AISL: Innovations in Development: Community-Driven Project That Adapt Technology for Environmental Learning in Nature Preserves

Principal Investigator: Jennifer J. Preece
Investigator: Tamara Clegg

While low-income and minority communities suffer disproportionately from poor environmental conditions, members of these communities tend to be under-represented in participatory scientific projects and informal science learning opportunities.

Capturing Computational Thinking Literacy Development in Public Libraries

Principal Investigator: Mega M. Subramaniam
Investigator: David Weintrop

This project responds to the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries (funding category: Research in Service to Practice), focusing specifically on helping library staff evaluate and improve computational thinking (CT) programming for youth (ages 11-18).

CAREER: Data-driven Models of Human Mobility and Resilience for Decision Making

Principal Investigator: Vanessa Frias-Martinez
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This project envisions mobile cyber-physical systems (CPS) where people carrying cell phones generate large amounts of location information that is used to sense, compute and monitor human interactions with the physical environment during environmental dislocations.

CAREER: Data-driven Models of Human Mobility and Resilience for Decision Making

Principal Investigator: Vanessa Frias-Martinez
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Natural disasters, economic crises or violent events are some of the shocks that affect many communities every year, forcing them to change their routine behaviors, and to quickly adapt to new conditions.

CAREER: Finding Levers for Privacy and Security by Design in Mobile Development

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton
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Mobile data are one of the fastest emerging forms of personal data. Ensuring the privacy and security of these data are critical challenges for the mobile device ecosystem. Mobile applications are easy to build and distribute, and can collect a large variety of sensitive personal data.

CAREER: Ubilytics: Harnessing Existing Device Ecosystems for Anywhere Sensemaking

Principal Investigator: Niklas Elmqvist
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This project seeks to learn how we can use the existing ecosystem of networked devices in our surroundings to make sense of and exploit massive, heterogeneous, and multi-scale data anywhere and at any time.

CCE STEM: Finding Practices that Cultivate Ethical Computing in Mobile and Wearable Application Research & Development

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton
Investigator: Susan Winter Adam Porter, Elizabeth Blake, Alexander Robert Jonas, Audrey Tetteh, Devin Ellis, Jonathan Wilkenfeld

This project will study academic and commercial software research and development (R&D) to discover factors that encourage discussion and action on ethical challenges.

CCE STEM: Standard: Collaborative: The Development of Ethical Cultures in Computer Security Research

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton
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Computer security researchers navigate ethical dilemmas about how to use big data and shared networked resources to discover vulnerabilities; how to safely expose vulnerabilities; and how to best ensure that vulnerabilities are fixed.

CHS: Large: Collaborative Research: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research

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The increasing scope and scale of pervasive data about people has enabled fundamentally new computational research. Simultaneously, changes in scale, scope, speed, and depth of data availability require reconsideration of the ethical calculus for computational research.

CHS: Small: Collaborative Research: Making Information Deserts Visible: Computational Models, Disparities in Civic Technology Use, and Urban Decision Making

Principal Investigator: Susan Winter
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This research will develop a foundational tool for understanding how civic technologies are used and how information inequalities manifest in a city. User data from new civic technologies that reveal inequalities in the information environments of citizens has only recently become available.

CHS: Small: Innovation Through Analogical Search

Principal Investigator: Joel Chan
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Comparisons between two things are useful to support creative thinking and reasoning.

Collaboration in the Future of Work: Developing Playable Case Studies to Improve STEM Career Pathways

Principal Investigator: Philip Piety
Investigator: Elizabeth M. Bonsignore Dan Hickey Derek Hansen

This project aims to serve the national interest by implementing educational simulations to improve career preparation among STEM students. There is a shortage of qualified workers in many STEM careers, including cybersecurity and data science.

Collaboration in the Future of Work: Developing Playable Case Studies to Improve STEM Career Pathways

Principal Investigator: Philip Piety, Susan G. Campbell

Collaboration in the Future of Work: Developing Playable Case Studies to Improve STEM Career Pathways is a project by three collaborating institutions to develop curricular modules, formative and summative assessments, and learning analytics to be inserted into undergraduate courses supported by

Collaborative Research: EAGER: Systems for Assisting in Emotion Regulation in the Wild

Principal Investigator: Keith Marzullo
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Emotion regulation (ER) is an essential skill in the workplace and everyday life. Failure to manage the type, intensity, and duration of emotions can result in not just misunderstandings, but also damage to people, relationships, and organizations.

Collaborative Research: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research (PERVADE)

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton, Jessica Vitak
Investigator: Sarah Gilbert

Increasingly pervasive data about people enables fundamentally new computational research. Simultaneously, changes in scale, scope, speed, and depth of data availability require reconsideration of ethics for computational research. Much work addressing ethics for big and pervasive data proceeds from first principles, applying traditional tenets of research ethics to computational data research.

Counted In: National Forum on Libraries, Census 2020, and New Americans

Principal Investigator: Paul T. Jaeger, Ana Ndumu
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The University of Maryland iSchool is seeking $101,593 to host the Counted In: National Forum on Libraries, Census 2020, and New Americans, a one-day pre-conference event on promoting census participation among immigrants.

CRII: CHS: Facilitating Information Exchange in Crowd Problem Solving Discussions

Principal Investigator: Yla Tausczik
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Online communities, from question and answer sites to general purpose discussion forums, are increasingly working to solve hard problems together, often through a process of open sharing and discussion of ideas and information.

Data Analytics for Community Decision-Making

Principal Investigator: Susan Winter
Investigator: Andrew Fellows

The project aims to find out how local communities can benefit from the advances in big data and data analytic technologies and how such technologies can create an innovation-supporting environment to stimulate economic growth in recovering communities.

Data Analytics to Support Innovation Communities

Principal Investigator: Susan Winter
Investigator: Andrew Fellows

Dr. Susan Winter and Andrew Fellows will lead the effort to bring advanced data analytics and business intelligence services to public libraries in Prince George’s County.

Developing a Computational Framework for Library and Archival Education

UMD held a workshop to create the building blocks of a Master's level educational curriculum to educate the next generation of librarians and archivists in the computational treatments of collections.

Developing a Data Curation Program for Agricultural Information

Principal Investigator: Katrina Fenlon
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To establish a collaboration between the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library (NAL) that capitalizes on the iSchool’s Digital Curation program in order to help develop a robust data curation

Developing a Digital Asset Management System for the Archival Holdings of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano
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A $364K partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to create a cutting-edge Digital Asset Management System to preserve and manage the digital assets of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.

Doctoral Consortium for ASSETS 2019

Principal Investigator: Amanda Lazar
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This is funding to support a Doctoral Consortium (workshop) of approximately 15 promising graduate students (up to 10 from the United States,

E-VERIFY: System for Cross-Language Information Processing, Translation, and Summarization (SCRIPTS)

Principal Investigator: Douglas W. Oard
Investigator: Marine Carpua, Hal Daume, Philip S. Resnik

E-VERIFY: System for Cross-Language Information Processing, Translation, and Summarization (SCRIPTS)

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Investigator: Marine Carpua, Hal Daume, Philip S. Resnik

Enhancing Digital Privacy and Security Skills for Low-Socioeconomic Families: Resources for Librarians and Patrons

Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak, Mega M. Subramaniam
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The project detailed below responds to the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries (Research grant category) and covers a three-year period from December 2016 to November 2019.

Establishing and Testing Best Practices in the Digital Curation of Collections at the National Agricultural Library

Principal Investigator: Ricardo L. Punzalan
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The National Agricultural Library acquires, organizes, provides access to, and preserves agriculture literature and its data for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It needs research on the best practices for creating and curating its digital collections.

Finding Levers for Privacy and Security by Design in MobileDevelopment

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton
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Privacy and data security in mobile applications are necessary for information collection but oftentimes expensive and difficult to implement. This project seeks to study developers’ practices that encourage privacy and security in design and build tools to encourage such practices.

Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure - Automated Personalization Computing Project

Principal Investigator: Gregg Vanderheiden
Investigator: Kate Vanderheiden

A Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) was made to change any devices’ interfaces for people who cannot use technologies due to barriers caused by their level of disability, literacy, and/or digital literacy.

III: Small: DataWorld: Externalizing Hidden Data Flows for Anywhere Analytics

Principal Investigator: Niklas Elmqvist
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Understanding data from everyday life could help professionals, policymakers, and citizens make our society better, fairer, and more efficient.

III:Small:Safely Searching Among Sensitive Content

Principal Investigator: Douglas W. Oard, Katie Shilton
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Today's search engines are designed principally to help people find what they want to see. Paradoxically, the fact that search engines do this well means that there are many collections that can't be searched.

Improving Fedora 4 to Work with Web-Scale Storage and Services

Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano
Investigator: Greg Jansen

The Digital Curation Innovation Center plans to improve the performance and scalability of the Fedora Repository for the Fedora community by researching, developing, and testing software architectures.

Inclusive ICT RERC

This RERC addresses access to inclusive information and communication technologies (ICT) for people with disabilities.

Integrative Visual and Computational Exploratory Analysis of Genomics Data

Principal Investigator: Niklas Elmqvist Hector Corrada Bravo
Investigator: Mihai Pop, Morgan, Dr. Martin, Timp, Dr. Winston

Integrative visual and computational exploratory analysis of genomics data High-throughput genomics is now shifting from a data generation field to a data analysis field.

Internships to Increase Public Access to Archival Resources in National Capital Region Parks

Principal Investigator: Kenneth W. Heger
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The National Park Service and the iSchool have collaborated to create an internship program in which students learn about existing archival resources as well as assist in developing and implementing a strategy to locate, identify, and survey archival records throughout National Capital Region parks.

IRCN-CAS: International Research Collaboration in Computational Archival Science

Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano
Investigator: King's College London The National Archives (UK) Maryland State Archives

King’s College London’s Department of Digital Humanities, together with the University of Maryland iSchool Digital Curation Innovation Center (US), the Maryland State Archives (US), and The National Archives (UK), were awarded a 1-year International Research Networking grant for UK-US Collaborati

Library Knowledge Extensions (KNEXT): Data Analytics to Support Innovation Communities

Principal Investigator: Susan Winter, Andrew Fellows
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KNEXT is a three-year collaborative project between Kent State University (KSU-SLIS) and the University of Maryland (UMD-CIS), which partners with local public libraries, small business development centers, economic development organizations, and community advocacy groups to bring advanced data a

Maryland Sports Data Analytics Camps for Youth

Principal Investigator: Tamara Clegg Lawrence Clark
Investigator: Lawrence Clark, Stephanie Brown

African American and Latinx youth are often socialized towards athletic activity and sports participation, sometimes at the expense of their exploration of the range of potential career paths including those in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

NatureNet - Community-Driven Environmental Projects (C-DEP)

Principal Investigator: Jennifer J. Preece, Tamara Clegg
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The Community-Driven Environmental Projects (C-DEP) model is a multi-university research endeavor funded by the NSF AISL program with an objective to engage members of diverse communities in local nature and environmental conservation projects of their choosing.

NRT-IGE: Information Infrastructure for Society: Integrating Data Science and Social Science in Graduate Education and Workforce Development

Principal Investigator: Brian Butler Frauke Kreuter
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This National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award in the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track to the University of Maryland will pilot an innovative, cross-disciplinary curriculum that integrates Data Science with Social Science.

RERC on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access

Principal Investigator: Gregg Vanderheiden
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The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) will be tested in libraries with a focus on serving users with disabilities. Also, a tool will be developed to help people find and use assistive technologies and access features in everyday technologies.

SaTC: EDU: Collaborative: Connecting Contexts: Building Foundational Digital Privacy and Security Skills for Elementary School Children, Teachers, and Parents

Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak February 2020 - February 2023
Investigator: Tamara Clegg

User behavior plays a crucial role in creating and maintaining cybersecurity, and children are an under-researched user group who are at risk from a range of online privacy and security threats.

TAACO: Targeted Aptitude Assessment for Cyber Operations

Principal Investigator: Felicia Metz
Investigator: Susan G. Campbell Michael Bunting

The AGEP Alliance State System Model to Transform the Hiring Practices and Career Success of Tenure Track Historically Underrepresented Minority Faculty in Biomedical Sciences

Principal Investigator: Mary Ann Rankin
Investigator: John Carlo Bertot Gregory F. Ball, Hugh Alan Bruck, Gerald S. Wilkinson

This collaborative research brings together five public universities with the goal of developing, implementing, studying, evaluating and disseminating a state level AGEP Alliance model to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority (URM) tenure-track faculty in the biomedical sc

The Development of Ethical Cultures in Computer Security Research

Principal Investigator: Katie Shilton
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Computer security researchers must navigate ethical dilemmas about how to use big data and shared networked resources to discover vulnerabilities; how to safely expose these problems; and how to best ensure that critical vulnerabilities are fixed.

The PROMISE Academy

Principal Investigator: KerryAnn O'Meara
Investigator: John Carlo Bertot Gregory F. Ball, Hugh Alan Bruck, Gerald S. Wilkinson, Mary Ann Rankin

University of Maryland College of Information Studies Digital Curation Fellows Program at the National Agricultural Library

Principal Investigator: Ricardo L. Punzalan
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This fellows program advances a new field of study and builds a workforce in the field of digital curation and user access with an emphasis on agriculture and agricultural informatics.

When Does Encouraging Diverse Initial Solutions Lead to Better Final Solutions?

Principal Investigator: Joel Chan
Investigator: Mark D Fuge

Designing high-performing engineering systems--for example, fuel-efficient aircraft, medical devices, new manufacturing and agricultural equipment--requires searching for high-quality solutions among many possible options.

WIN: a Window Into Neuroregulation

Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano, Greg Jansen Andrea Chiba (Principal Investigator)
Investigator: Joanna Christodoulou, Jay Giedd, & Todd Coleman

The pace of our digital-era society and the circumstances in which people live are diverse and can produce expectations and situations requiring children to be extremely flexible and resilient.