Category Archives: ASIS&T

ASIS&T Webinar on Digital Forensics and BitCurator

ASIS&T has a Webinar on December 12.

Title: PASIG Webinar – Digital Forensics and BitCurator
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

It is free for ASIS&T Members, $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

The BitCurator Project, a collaborative effort led by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, builds on previous work by addressing two fundamental needs and opportunities for collecting institutions: (1) integrating digital forensics tools and methods into the workflows and collection management environments of libraries, archives and museums and (2) supporting properly mediated public access to forensically acquired data.

The project is developing and disseminating a suite of open source tools. These tools are currently being developed and tested in a Linux environment; the software on which they depend can readily be compiled for Windows environments (and in most cases are currently distributed as both source code and Windows binaries). We intend the majority of the development for BitCurator to support cross-platform use of the software. We are freely disseminating the software under an open source (GPL, Version 3) license. BitCurator provides users with two primary paths to integrate digital forensics tools and techniques into archival and library workflows.

This webinar will introduce the BitCurator environment and briefly highlight support for mounting media as read-only, creating disk images, using Nautilus scripts to perform batch activities, generation of Digital Forensics XML (DFXML), generation of customized reports, and identification of sensitive data within data.

Participants who are interested in trying out the software in advance can download and install the BitCurator environment by following the instructions at:

Sessions concerning collaboration at ASIS&T and Internet Librarian

There are a number of good sessions that will cover the topic of collaboration at these two conferences.  Some of the sessions are:

2013 ASIS&T Conference

The Federalist Papers Revisited: A Collaborative Attribution Scheme
Jacques Savoy

Data Sharing, Collaboration and Information Practices  (Papers)

Deconstructing the Collaborative Impact: Article and Author Characteristics that Influence Citation Count
Lori Hurley, Andrea Ogier and Vetle Torvik

Collaborative Information Seeking (Papers)

2013 Internet Librarian ConferenceAdvance Program (PDF).

Sunday, October 27
Workshop W5 – Collaborative Writing Online: On the Net Without a Net

Monday, October 28
Workshop. W10 Empowering a Collaborative Community
Meg Backus & Dan Eveland

Wednesday, October 30.
Track C has four sessions concerning “Communities and Collaboration.”

Collaboration, scientific data discovery, use, and reuse.

This article came from the April/May 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Collaborative Annotation for Scientific Data Discovery and Reuse” by Kirk Borne

The enormous growth in scientific data repositories requires more meaningful indexing, classification and descriptive metadata in order to facilitate data discovery, reuse and understanding. Meaningful classification labels and metadata can be derived autonomously through machine intelligence or manually through human computation.

This issue also has many articles concerning altmetrics. Heather Piwowar has a great introduction to the special issue.

Sharing research data involves collaboration

This article noted below was published in JASIS&T last year.  Christine Borgman also posted her article to a repository.

Christine Borgman. 2012. The Conundrum of Sharing Research Data. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 63(6):1059–1078. (Subscription required to read the full text.)

From the full text:


As is evident from the above discussion of the purposes and approaches to handling data, investigators (and their collaborators, students, and staff) devote massive amounts of physical and intellectual labor to collecting, managing, and analyzing their data and to publishing their results. Data are the lifeblood of research in any field, but just what are those “data” varies by purpose, approach, instrumentation, community, and many other local and global considerations. Some of those data may be in sharable forms, others not. Some data are of recognized value to the community, others not. Some researchers wish to share all of their data all of the time, some wish never to share any of their data, and most are willing to share some of their data some of the time. These competing perspectives, the array of data types and origins, and the variety of local circumstances all contribute to the intricacy and difficulty of sharing data.

The benefits of international collaboration

This article recently came out as an “early view” in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. It is “Quantifying the benefits of international scientific collaboration,” by Vicente P. Guerrero Bote, Carlos Olmeda-Gómez, and Félix de Moya-Anegón. (Subscription required.)

We analyze the benefits in terms of scientific impact deriving from international collaboration, examining both those for a country when it collaborates and also those for the other countries when they are collaborating with the former. The data show the more countries there are involved in the collaboration, the greater the gain in impact. Contrary to what we expected, the scientific impact of a country does not significantly influence the benefit it derives from collaboration, but does seem to positively influence the benefit obtained by the other countries collaborating with it. Although there was a weak correlation between these two classes of benefit, the countries with the highest impact were clear outliers from this correlation, tending to provide proportionally more benefit to their collaborating countries than they themselves obtained. Two surprising findings were the null benefit resulting from collaboration with Iran, and the small benefit resulting from collaboration with the United States despite its high impact.

The Digital Libraries SIG of ASIS&T is seeking proposals

Digital Liaisons: Shifting Borders in Interdisciplinary Collaborations

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2012

The Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries (SIG DL) of ASIS&T is seeking proposals for an Undergraduate, Master’s, and Recently Graduated Master’s and Undergrad Students (May 2010 or later) student research program at the ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting in Baltimore Oct. 26‐30.

This session is intended to provide students with an opportunity to present their work during the main conference on areas of interest relevant to information and knowledge management. The session will also serve as a social meeting point to facilitate networking between students, faculty, and professionals.

Note: students do not have to attend the conference in order to qualify. To accommodate students who cannot attend the conference, we are accepting pre-made video presentations and mailed‐in posters. All abstracts, presentation media, and posters will be published on the SIG DL website after the conference.

The entire Call for Proposals is located here:

ASIS&T Webinar – Tools for Presentation, Collaboration, and Communication

ASIS&T Webinar on July 17 Tools for Presentation, Collaboration, and Communication in a Blended Course. It is free for ASIST member $20 for non-members.

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

The array of instructional technologies that are available to faculty when blending a course can be overwhelming. Too often, faculty lead with the tools without considering the outcomes that will be met with the tool. This presentation will introduce participants to the decisions that need to be made regarding the utility of a tool for teaching a blended course. Participants will also be introduced to several popular tools within the categories of presentation, collaboration, and communication.

“Shifting Borders in Interdisciplinary Collaborations”

There is a call for proposals from undergraduate, master’s And recently graduated students (May 2010 or later) for this ASIS&T project.

Digital Liaisons: Shifting Borders in Interdisciplinary Collaborations

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2012
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: by September 20, 2012

The Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries ( of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is seeking proposals for an Undergraduate, Master’s, and Recently Graduated Students (having graduated May 2010 or later) student research program at the ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting in Baltimore Oct. 26-30.

The ASIST 2011 Proceedings are now online

Many of their sessions dealt with collaboration. Go ahead and click on the link to search the papers. You know you want to.

Two articles in the new JASIS&T

Here are two of the new articles in the most recent issue of JASIS&T. (Subscription required to read.)

When transparency and collaboration collide: The USA Open Data program” by Alon Peled

President Obama’s inaugural flagship Open Data program emphasizes the values of transparency, participation, and collaboration in governmental work. The Open Data performance data analysis, published here for the first time, proposes that most federal agencies have adopted a passive–aggressive attitude toward this program by appearing to cooperate with the program while in fact effectively ignoring it. The analysis further suggests that a tiny group of agencies are the only “real players” in the web arena. This research highlights the contradiction between Open Data’s transparency goal (“All data must be freed”) and federal agencies’ goal of collaborating with each other through data trade. The research also suggests that agencies comprehended that Open Data is likely to exacerbate three critical, back-office data-integration problems: inclusion, confusion, and diffusion. The article concludes with a proposal to develop an alternative Federal Information Marketplace (FIM) to incentivize agencies to improve data sharing.

The relationship between acquaintanceship and coauthorship in scientific collaboration networks” by Alberto Pepe

This article examines the relationship between acquaintanceship and coauthorship patterns in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, geographically distributed research center. Two social networks are constructed and compared: a network of coauthorship, representing how researchers write articles with one another, and a network of acquaintanceship, representing how those researchers know each other on a personal level, based on their responses to an online survey. Statistical analyses of the topology and community structure of these networks point to the importance of small-scale, local, personal networks predicated upon acquaintanceship for accomplishing collaborative work in scientific communities.