Research Projects

Principal Investigator: David Weintrop
Funder: The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Funder: Other
Integrating computational thinking into elementary mathematics classrooms in a way that empowers learners to draw on their Funds of Knowledge while also working within the constraints of the public education system.
Principal Investigator: Katrina Fenlon
Funder: USDA Agricultural Research Service
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 agricultural information curation infrastructure.
Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano
Funder: USDOI National Park Service
Creating a cutting-edge Digital Asset Management System with the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve and manage the digital assets of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.
Principal Investigator: Douglas W. Oard
Funder: Columbia University
Funder: Other
Creating a powerful online search engine tool with built-in multilingual-to-English translation. A collaboration of the University of Maryland (UMD), Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh.
Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak, Mega Subramaniam
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Bringing together researchers, low socioeconomic status (SES) families, and public library partners to identify the privacy and security challenges librarians and low-SES families face using internet and communication technologies and to develop a suite of educational and professional development resources for both librarians and low-SES families
Principal Investigator: Katrina Fenlon
Funder: USDA Agricultural Research Service
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.
Principal Investigator: Gregg Vanderheiden
Funder: US Dept of Education
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.
Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak
Funder: SSRC Rapid-Response Research Grants 2020
Funder: Other
Investigating American workers' attitudes toward workplace surveillance, including employers' collection of their data for workplace monitoring and efficiency tracking, which has shifted to working-at-home surveillance due to Covid-19.
Research Areas: Future of Work
Principal Investigator: Susannah PaletzPrincipal Investigator: Adam Porter
Funder: US Army Research Office
Our goal is to create a platform for running experiments that would simulate an AI intervention into intelligence analysis tasks, specifically involving a human shift handover. Participants would work through materials, including notes and feedback from the “previous” analyst, to solve a fictional intelligence task. This study examines how potential AIs can influence team cognition and decision making.
Research Areas: Future of Work
Principal Investigator: Jordan Boyd-GraberPrincipal Investigator: Benjamin Van Durme (Johns Hopkins University), Aaron Steven White (University of Rochester), Eugene Agichtein (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Funder: USODNI Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Developing enhanced methods for personalized, multilingual semantic extraction and retrieval from text, in support of IARPA's goal of providing users with a system that quickly and accurately extracts complex semantic information, targeted for a specific user, from text.
Principal Investigator: Niklas Elmqvist
Funder: National Science Foundation
Building an augmented-reality DataWorld using hidden troves of data (from social media, the census, public databases, and more) to help professionals, policymakers, and citizens in there every day life---from house hunting by walking through the neighborhood and getting pop-up facts about the area to getting event and safety updates as you walk through a college campus.
Principal Investigator: Diana E. MarshPrincipal Investigator: Joshua A. Bell (National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)
Funder: National Science Foundation
Based on a three-year fellowship supported by the National Science Foundation, this research seeks to improve the discovery of anthropological archives for users. Current work includes exploring data reuse based on a national survey undertaken in 2018-2019 with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and the American Anthropological Association.
Principal Investigator: Gregg Vanderheiden, J. Bern Jordan, Hernisa Kacorri, Amanda Lazar, Jonathan Lazar
Funder: HHS / ACL / National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Funder: Other
Ensuring that existing information and communication technologies (ICT) solutions for people with disabilities are known, effective, findable, more affordable, and available on every computer or digital technology platform; and exploring the emerging next-next-generation interface technologies for which there are no effective accessibility guidelines or standards, and problem-solving in advance of these technologies.
Principal Investigator: Ana Ndumu
Funder: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
Funder: Other
Introducing refugees and immigrants to library professions through a self-paced mini-course as part of a one-year pilot in partnership with the REFORMA Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Prince George’s Public Library System.
Principal Investigator: Kenneth W. Heger
Funder: USDOI National Park Service
Collaborating with the National Park Service 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.