November 2012

Faculty Research Updates

Two papers, authored by iSchool Professor Dr. Il-Yeol Song, were recently accepted. The first paper, titled "CAM: A Conceptual Modeling Framework Based on the Analysis of Entity Classes and Association Types,” accepted to be published in Journal of Database Management (co-authored with Dr. Sofia J. Athenikos, a doctoral graduate of the iSchool). The second paper, titled "Improving the Maintainability of Data Warehouse Designs: Modeling Relationships between Sources and Requirements,” was accepted by and presented at DOALP 2012 (The Fifteenth ACM International Workshop on Data Warehousing and OLAP). The paper is co-authored with Dr. Song’s colleagues from the University of Alicante, Spain: Alejandro Mate, Juan Trujillo, and Elisa de Gregorio. DOLAP 2012 will be held at Maui, Hawaii on November 2, 2012.

A paper by iSchool Assistant Professor Michael Khoo and doctoral student Catherine Hall, titled “What Would ‘Google’ Do? Users’ Mental Models of a Digital Library Search Engine,” was awarded first place in the best paper competition at the September 2012 2nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2012, Cyprus). The paper will appear in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes on Computer Science, Vol. 7489.

A proposal authored by iSchool Teaching Professor and Director of Academic Outreach Dr. Trudi Hahn, titled "Collaborative Opportunities for State Library Agencies and LIS Programs," was accepted for a panel (in which Dr. Hahn will be participating) at the ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) Conference in January 2013. The acceptance rate of proposals for this conference was 22 percent.

iSchool Assistant Professor Dr. Weimao Ke recently published an article, titled “A Fitness Model for Scholarly Impact Analysis,” in Scientometrics (Springer, June 2012). Dr. Ke also had a couple of research papers accepted to the ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science and Technology) Conference and will present them in Baltimore the end of October: “Collaborative Hierarchical Clustering in the Browser for Scatter/Gather on the Web” (co-authored with Xuemei Gong); “Least Information Document Representation for Automated Text Classification”; and Studying Scatter/Gather Browsing for Web Search (co-authored with recent iSchool doctoral alum Dr. Ritu Khare).

Grants and Research Announcements

iSchool doctoral student, Christopher Mascaro, was recently awarded Best Student Paper in Information Technology and Politics from the American Political Science Association. Mascaro’s paper, titled “The Daily Brew: The Structural Evolution of the Coffee Party on Facebook during the 2010 United States Midterm Election Season,” was co-authored by Allison Novak (doctoral student of Culture and Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences) and iSchool Assistant Professor Sean Goggins (Mascaro’s advisor). The paper analyzes the activity of a Facebook group (centered on the Coffee Party political movement) in the 7-month period leading up to and following the 2010 U.S. midterm elections. Mascaro is continuing his pursuit of research at the intersection of information science and political science in his dissertation, which is an examination of the use of Twitter in this year's national elections.

A recent bibliometric analysis by Judit Bar-Ilan revealed that among 1,459 papers published between 2001 and 2010 in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), a paper authored by iSchool Associate Professor Chaomei Chen was rated as the fifth top-cited paper according to citation counts in the Web of Science and in SciVerse Scopus (the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature). The 2006 JASIST paper, titled “CiteSpace II: Detecting and visualizing emerging trends and transient patterns in scientific literature,” introduced CiteSpace II—an application developed by Dr. Chen that visualizes and analyzes trends and patterns in scientific literature. The paper is also the 5th top-read JASIST article according to Mendeley reader counts, and the third top-cited paper according to Google Scholar. Click here to read the full report.

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