Archive for the ‘Discovery Informatics’ Category

Open Discovery Initiative Recommended Practice [Comments due 11-18-2013]

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

ODI Recommended Practice (NISO RP-19-201x)

From the Open Discovery Initiative (NISO) webpage:

The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) aims at defining standards and/or best practices for the new generation of library discovery services that are based on indexed search. These discovery services are primarily based upon indexes derived from journals, ebooks and other electronic information of a scholarly nature. The content comes from a range of information providers and products–commercial, open access, institutional, etc. Given the growing interest and activity in the interactions between information providers and discovery services, this group is interested in establishing a more standard set of practices for the ways that content is represented in discovery services and for the interactions between the creators of these services and the information providers whose resources they represent.

If you are interested in the discovery of information, as a publisher, consumer of information, library or otherwise, please take the time to read and comment on this recommended practice.

Spend some time with the In Scope and Out of Scope sections.

So that your comments reflect what the recommendation intended to cover and not what you would prefer that it covered. (That’s advice I need to heed as well.)

Discovery Informatics: Science Challenges for Intelligent Systems

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Discovery Informatics: Science Challenges for Intelligent Systems by Erwin Gianchandani.

From the post:

This past February in Arlington, VA, Yolanda Gil (University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute) and Haym Hirsh (Rutgers University) co-organized a workshop on discovery informatics, assembling over 50 participants from academia, industry, and government “to investigate the opportunities that scientific discoveries present to information sciences and intelligent systems as a new area of research called discovery informatics.” A report summarizing the key themes that emerged during discussions at that workshop is now available.

From the workshop homepage:

What is Discovery Informatics?

Discovery Informatics focuses on computing advances aimed at identifying scientific discovery processes that require knowledge assimilation and reasoning, and applying principles of intelligent computing and information systems in order to understand, automate, improve, and innovate any aspects of those processes.

No surprise that I think we need to focus on the human aspects of computing and information systems.

It isn’t like our machines are going to come up with interesting questions on their own.