Information, Interaction and Influence
A University of Chicago-Digital Science Workshop on Research Information Technologies and their Role in Advancing Science
This workshop will explore the role that research information technologies – including research profiling, management, and networking systems – play in improving scientific collaboration and our understanding of academic influence.
The key objective is to surface the challenges that exist in conceptualizing and designing systems for managing research and scholarly information, and to better understand the vast potential of these systems. The workshop aims to break down barriers – barriers among academic and administrative silos within the university, and barriers between commercial and university-based efforts to develop tools that improve the management and discoverability of networked research information.
Systems that harvest, manage, and network research information increasingly serve as knowledge warehouses for the research enterprise. Given their potential to capture some of the complex institutional and social dynamics of science and scholarship, these systems are of active interest to funders, investigators, scholars, clinicians, academic administrators, community partners, and entrepreneurs. Of particular interest are emerging systems to mine the hidden knowledge networks embedded in the scholarly literature, and systems to track new measures of impact and influence in science.