Category Archives: Research

Eisenberg, Lankes and Nicholson Receive MacArthur Grant

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No, not that MacArthur grant…this one funds the creation and the “Credibility Commons” which includes Reference Extract. the Credibility Commons is an experimental environment enabling individuals the opportunity to try out different approaches to improving access to credible information on the World Wide Web. Tools will be provided to researchers as well as the public,…

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IKE in 3D

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I’ve been playing with inductive clustering of digital reference questions. To this point I’ve been visualizing this in 2D, but I have been keeping track of three dimensions. I’ve discovered a great little development application distributes as part of it’s developer package called Quartz Composer. It uses a visual programming language to directly tap into…

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IKE Redux

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A while back I posted on a project called IKE (Inductive Knowledge Engine) that uses complexity theory to inductively organize digital reference knowledge bases. I’ve been back at work with it, doing a substantial rewrite of the underlying system. I’ve also spruced up the look of the IKE output (including a cloud view, but that’s…

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Making Digital Reference History…well, at Least Reconstructing It

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First the facts, then the plea, then the larger picture. Facts: I’ve put up a website to allow the VRD community to add events, articles, people and other to an interactive timeline (surrounding the VRD conferences…more on that later). It is anonymous and pretty informal. People go to the timeline at http://askeric.syr.edu/VRDTimeline and they can…

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Open Infrastructure for the Greater Good

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In the spirit of sharing ideas early (even before they are fully developed), I’m posting a prospectus I put together on building an Open Infrastructure for the Greater Good. Maybe it already exists and I just don’t know about it, that’s why I put them into the public realm for comment. I think it is…

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StoryStarters Edging Towards Beta

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Cathy has good progress on refining the underlying database code on StoryStarters. We’re hoping to let it out for beta testing very soon (Monday). We’re also meeting on Thursday to talk about how we transform StoryStarters into a targeted digital reference system.

International OpenQA

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Sorry for the long time lag. So as we are continuing our StoryStarter (Kathy is working on cleaning up the data structure, and revising the PHP code for a first public beta) we’ve been percolating an interesting idea. Once we’re done with the first beta of StoryStarters, we’ll take that code base an begin transforming…

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StoryStarters Approaches First Beta

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We’re in the process of sprucing up the StoryStarters prototype for first beta. Cathy is working on the final database schema. The plan is once the database schema is in place we finish the StoryStarters beta. Then we take this code base and re-task it for OpenQA Builder (shh, but we’re working on a release…

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IKE Animation

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If you were scratching your head over that last post about IKE (the Inductive Knowledge Engine) and that clustering, fear not. Here is an animation showing IKE in action. The dots you see scattered about are each Story Starter responses. They have been randomly scattered around a 100 x 100 graph. Each frame of the…

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Story Starters Prototype

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Hi all. I’ve put the StoryStarters prototype online to play with. Note it doesn’t play too well with Internet Explorer for Windows. Click here to see a streaming video overview. Or go right to the prototype. A few notes about the prototype: We are in the process of implementing the “real” system. Consider it a…

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What I’ve done with My Summer Vacation

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It has been a busy month at the Institute with all of us traveling and moving in different directions before the start of the semester. I thought it would be useful to recap some of the recent projects I’ve been working on and where they are headed. Some of this information is just an update…

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Working Hard

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Sorry I have been quiet for a while. I’ve been very busy preparing for a MacArthur presentation next week. I’ve been building the Story Starters site…and having a fun time in source code. The basics of the site are done and almost ready for public play (on the “reference implementation at least). We’ll need to…

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End of a Busy Month

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Well, yesterday I finished up a working demo site of Story Starters for the National Science Digital Library. Doing that and teaching kept me too busy to blog. My plan is to make a more general and scalable demo for the world. Hopefully I can have that up by the end of the week. My…

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Story Starters

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We’re in the process of developing a service called “Story Starters.” It is sort of a fun idea that grew out of an immediate need. The immediate need was a way to connect Blogs with our QABuilder software. Where we’ve ended up (for now) is a general blog starting service. A person or organization posts…

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NISO Rises from the Ashes

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So as I mentioned I’m working on linking blogging and digital reference, and trying to figure out how to pass messages between the two without doing a major re-work on QABuilder. Then it hit me (I’m slow sometimes)…this is what we built NISO AZ to do, and why we integrated it into QABuilder. It should…

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Linking Blogging and Digital Reference

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We’re busy working with WordPress to link it to QABuilder, our digital reference research package we developed for the NSF’s National Science Digital Library. It is looking quite promising. In particular we’re looking at using WordPress plugins. I also think XML-RPC has some promise to do this as well.

Gateway to Educational Materials Portal to Expand

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Information Institute of Syracuse forms transition team to manage and develop new web site features and member services (2630 bytes) Syracuse Mar 25, 2005 The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM), already one of the Internetâ??s most popular destination web sites for teachers, will introduce new options and services in the coming months designed to provide…

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Nicholson and Lankes’ Research to be Featured at ALA

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Research Nicholson and Lankes’ Research to be Featured at ALA By: Virtual Dave on: Mon 24 of Jan, 2005 [07:45] (325 reads) Nicholson and Lankes’ work in digital reference knowledge bases and the Digital Reference Electronic Warehouse (DREW) will be one of three research projects presented at the RUSA Research Roundtable. (334 bytes) From the…

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Lankes Official Member on TRB Study

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Lankes has cleared all reviews at the National Academies and is now an official member of the TRB Committee for a Future Strategy for Transportation Information Management.