Dr. Amelia Acker, an assistant professor at the iSchool, and a team of researchers are currently studying the challenges in producing and maintaining critical COVID-19 data infrastructures. Funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Acker investigates in The COVID Data Infrastructure Builders project how community membership, work practices, and technical tools serve to support knowledge production about the COVID-19 crisis.
Soo Young Rieh to Launch Institute on Artificial Intelligence for Library and Information Profession
Professor Soo Young Rieh is partnering with collaborators from two other universities to launch the IDEA Institute on Artificial intelligence (AI), a two-year project funded by a $208,142 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The institute aims to help library and information professionals to lead in planning, deploying, and implementing artificial intelligence in library settings. A diverse cohort of twenty fellows will be recruited nationwide to attend the Institute, where they will develop conceptual and practical AI knowledge and skills in a collaborative learning environment.
Dr. Amelia Acker was awarded a collaborative grant of $461,085 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her research project, "Collaborative Research Data Afterlives: The long-term impact of NSF Data Management Plans on data archiving and sharing for increased access." Acker will be investigating how the NSF's Data Management Plan requirement policy, domain specific management plans, and data archiving have evolved to confront the growth of digital data from scientific research.