Virtual Observatory of Innovation Communities and Ecosystems (VOICE): Advancing Big Data with Ecology Theory and Data Science

Virtual Observatory of Innovation Communities and Ecosystems (VOICE): Advancing Big Data with Ecology Theory and Data Science

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 social media) on Big Data innovations; (2) to develop a suite of theory-informed measures and models for characterizing the evolving innovations and their communities in the Big Data ecosystem; and (3) to develop the VOICE information platform for various stakeholders to use and contribute to. Soon after we launched this project earlier this year, the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland approved our college's new Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree program. Building on the college's tradition of preparing high-impact information professionals, the BSIS degree will fill a growing demand for students skilled at working with information in a variety of fields including government, healthcare, education, technology, and policy. The incoming class will enroll in the initial specialization – Data Science, which perfectly fits the educational objective of the VOICE project: to engage students in Big Data research for fostering Big Data innovations. This newly approved undergraduate program allows us to recognize the following new opportunities to enhance both the intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the VOICE project, effectively integrating research with undergraduate education. 1. To increase the scale of data collection 2. To improve the validation of research methods and findings 3. To strengthen the linkage between research with undergraduate curriculum development

Duration: 
January 2016 - December 2017
Funder: 
National Science Foundation
Total Award Amount: 
$365,525

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