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CCI Receives Two Large Grants

IMLSElsevierCCI’s Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) recently received large grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and from Elsevier.

Grant 1: A 2-year IMLS grant of $438,991 was given to four CCI faculty members to provide funding for six information science master’s students in the area of scientific data curation, with a special emphasis on organizational communication skills that support team science. The faculty team includes Associate Professor Suzie Allard (principal investigator), and co-principal investigators Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir and Assistant Professor Kimberly Douglass, all from the School of Information Sciences; and Associate Professor Kenneth Levine from the School of Communication Studies. They will also be working with faculty from the University of New Mexico Libraries.

The team is in the process of recruiting interested students for the program, which begins in June and runs through May 2015.Students recruited for the program will take courses at UT and participate in hands-on research to learn how to work with interdisciplinary teams. They will be mentored by faculty members who have served on scientific research teams. The students will travel to New Mexico in May 2015 to visit the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico Libraries. They also will visit the offices of DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth), a project that enables new science and knowledge creation through universal access to data about life on earth and the environment that sustains it.

Grant 2: Elsevier gave a $244,000 1-year grant to Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir, Associate Professor Suzie Allard and Adjunct Professor David Nicholas, all from the School of Information Sciences, to determine how journal articles are used after they are initially downloaded.

The project,  “Beyond Downloads,” focuses on how scholarly electronic articles are downloaded, saved and shared by researchers. Sharing in today’s digital environment may include links posted on social media, like Twitter, and in blogs or via email. Having a realistic estimate of this secondary use will help provide a more accurate picture of the total use of scholarly articles.

“These grants are representive of the excellent work CCI faculty members and CICS staff are doing to advance our sponsored research enterprise as we continue to work toward becoming a Top 25 public research university,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “We look forward to the results that will be generated from these important projects.”