Data Management, Analysis, and Digital Curation

Data Management, Analysis, and Digital Curation

The ability to gather, store and share unprecedented quantities of data and information offers exciting opportunities for knowledge workers. To take advantage of these opportunities, knowledge workers need systems and tools that allow them to process big data sets, analyze data that changes in real time, and combine information gathered from many sources. iSchool researchers create data resources and tools that allow professionals to more effectively and efficiently conduct knowledge work in a variety of fields.

iSchool researchers are working with professionals across the spectrum of knowledge work to make research and analysis easier and more productive. Our researchers are working on projects as diverse as building visualization tools that allow workers to quickly understand large data sets, creating tools that allow website comments to be more effectively mediated, and developing a provenance database for artwork stolen during the holocaust that unites institutions from around the world in an effort to return works to their rightful owners.

The iSchool’s expertise in enabling analysis, research and knowledge work can assist in:

  • Developing data visualization tools that make it simpler to understand and use large datasets 
  • Creating tools that allow workers to monitor large amounts of changing data in real-time
  • Creating new methods to retrieve textual data
  • Building systems that allow multiple institutions to effectively combine information into an easy-to-use system
  • Understanding how people use technology at work so that systems are developed thoughtfully and designed for real-world users

Research Projects

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Bering Land Bridge National Preserve (www.nps.gov/bela) is one of the most remote and isolated park service sites. It is located 100 miles north of Nome, AK and is most commonly reached via small aircraft.

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The information age has made it trivial for anyone to create and then share vast amounts of digital data. This includes unstructured collections made of data such as images, video, and audio to collections of born digital content made up of data such as documents and spreadsheets.

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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.

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Dr. Elmqvist currently serves as Director of Maryland’s Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, which provides the ideal environment to carry out the research for his CAREER grant.

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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.

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This project will expand visitor and public access to the National Capital Region (NCR) museum collections and support park interpretive programs by creating thematic web exhibits highl

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Dr. Susan Winter will serve as Co-Primary Investigator and is the lead sociotechnical information scientist on the University of Maryland team.

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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.

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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 Agr

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The project requires extensive usability and user testing which is best suited to an academic environment.

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The Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (Maryland’s iSchool) intends to conduct a 2-year project to

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The National Park Service (NPS) would like to develop an internship with the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, with help from Digital C

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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

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Digital data repositories have become increasingly important across research communities in recent years due to changing expectations around data from funders and

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Research into effective environments for information exploration has traditionally been represented by two distinct research areas: models and interfaces.

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To advance a new field of study and build the workforce of the future in the field of digital curation and user access for scientific data and literature with an e

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Valuing Our Scans (VoS) is a 3-year, mixed methods research project that will help cultural heritage institutions evaluate the use and impact of digitized ethnogra

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The VOICE project has three goals: (1) to collect data from multiple sources (such as popular, professional, and trade press; academic publications; press releases; blogs and wikis; and

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The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), seeks $50,000 for a Collaborative Planni