Currently funded projects

Migrating Research Data Collections (IMLS RE-07-18-0118-18)

Principal Investigator. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, Curating Collections Early Career Research Grant. $428,934, over three years (2018-2021).

In this project, I investigate questions related to the migration of research data collections between data management and preservation platforms over the course of the lifespan of specific datasets. I am also exploring the factors driving (and tensions arising from) the growing adoption by libraries of "off-the-shelf," sometimes proprietary, collections management systems. The project will develop a model of migration patterns in digital collections; best practices to better support the migration of research data collections; prototypes of tools and techniques to support migration processes, particularly focusing on migration audits, metadata creation, and data schema alignment; and open access course modules based on this work. I am recruiting PhD students interested in data curation, museum infrastructure, and database migration for this work!

Open Badge Researcher Credentials for Secure Access to Restricted and Sensitive Data (NSF CICI 1839868)

Co-Principal Investigator, with Margaret Levenstein (PI), Libby Hemphill, and Florian Schaub. National Science Foundation, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure, Research Data Protection. $881,342, over three years (2018-2021)

We are building a system that uses visible tokens, or “badges,” to help safeguard the integrity and provenance of research data, and the conclusions drawn from them. This project has three main objectives:

  • Develop an open badge system for managing researcher credentials.
  • Articulate levels of data sensitivity and risk that indicate criteria for access for each level.
  • Identify the right balance between openness and privacy for data users in a restricted data access system.

Florian Schaub, Libby Hemphill and I are recruiting a PhD student interested in issues of privacy and open data and metadata!

Other current projects

What do we talk about when we talk about databases?

With Karen Wickett (Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Creating a semantically-rich text editor

With Steve Oney (Assistant Professor, UMSI)

Copyright issues in 3-D digital objects derived from Natural History Museums

With Emily Finch (MSI student, UMSI) and Melissa Levine (Director, Copyright Office, University of Michigan Library)

ESIP Lab: Enhancing drone data with semantic technologies

With Jane Wyngaard (University of Notre Dame) & Lindsay Barbieri (University of Vermont)