Category Archives: Research

Lankes Nominated to 3rd National Academy of Science Panel

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Lankes has been nominated to the National Academies’ National Research Council policy study â??Transportation Information Manage- ment: A Strategy for the Future.â?? From the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s 2007 outlook: The scope of the current National Research Council study is to â??â?¦provide strategic advice to the federal government and the states regarding a sustainable…

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Credibility Commons Gets Some Press

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The new Commons project has started to get some press. There was a nice write up in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Here’s the blog link, but the actual article is behind a password: http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/03/2006032901t.htm Ars Technica also write it up: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060330-6492.html

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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