Based at the Graduate School for Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) conducts research on information problems that impact scientific and scholarly inquiry. Our projects and activities focus on how digital information can advance the work of scientists and scholars, the curation and analysis of research data, and the integration of information within and across disciplines and research communities. CIRSS plays a leading role in the development and management of the data curation specialty master’s curriculum, and in training biological information specialists as part of the campus-wide bioinformatics master’s program. Within CIRSS, the Socio-technical Data Analytics (SoDA) Group design, develop, and evaluate new technologies in order to better understand the dynamic interplay between information, people and information systems.
This work includes studies of scientific data management, of scientific publishing and communication, of collections management, and the use of new digital tools in the scientific research process. Research methods are varied from in-depth empirical examinations of scientists in the workplace to natural language processing and statistical analysis of scientific publications to logic-based semantic web approaches and managing collection context.
Research topics generally fall across four main areas of study: Digital Collections and Curation, Digital Humanities, e-Science, and Socio-technical Data Analytics. Recent research topics include studies of data curation requirements in bioinformatics and e-science; integration of ontologies with scientific publishing; institutional repository development; OAI federation of cultural heritage collections; and literary text mining and analysis.
Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rm. 313 GSLIS
501 E. Daniel St., MC-493
Champaign, IL 61820-6211 USA