Drexel iSchool receives CAHIIM accreditation for Master of Science in Health Informatics Program


The College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University is pleased to announce that its Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree program was granted full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organization whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality Accreditation Standards for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIM) educational programs.

With this accreditation, Drexel’s MSHI program is ensured to meet the rigorous academic standards set forth by CAHIIM, and is the first CAHIIM-accredited health informatics program in the Greater Philadelphia area. Students who graduate from CCI’s CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to sit for professional certification exams including Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) offered by AHIMA.

“With recognition from the top accrediting body in health informatics and information management education, our MS in Health Informatics program is recognized among the best programs in the nation,” said Professor and MSHI Program Director Christopher C. Yang, PhD. “Our interdisciplinary curriculum, led by a world-class faculty, is helping health and computing professionals to advance their knowledge in the health IT field and achieve their career goals.”

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Drexel iSchool introduces new graduate data science programs


With the continued growth of big data, today’s economy demands a new class of data-oriented professionals with expertise in managing massive datasets. Data scientist has been named one of today’s fastest growing careers across many industries; by 2020, the number of jobs for all US data professionals will increase by 364,000 openings to 2,720,000, per IBM.

In fall 2018, Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) will offer a comprehensive suite of graduate and professional development programs in data science: Master of Science (MS) in Data Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Applied Data Science and Computational Data Science, and graduate minors in Applied Data Science and Computational Data Science.

Data scientists are key to making sense of the data generated in today’s world. Data scientists possess the skills and knowledge to oversee the entire data science lifecycle, including the collection, preparation, analysis, visualization and management of big data within a complex system. Data science is a fundamentally interdisciplinary field that impacts every major industry, including healthcare, finance and manufacturing.

“The introduction of these exciting new offerings in data science has further established our position at the leading edge of information and technology,” said Yi Deng, PhD, Isaac L. Auerbach Professor and CCI Dean. “As part of an elite class of US colleges that house both computer science and information science under one roof, CCI will provide an exceptional education in this fast-paced, multidisciplinary field to both information professionals and career-changers alike.”

The MS in Data Science curriculum includes coursework on data organization and stewardship, mining, retrieval, visualization and analytics. The program uniquely combines foundational knowledge, applied training, and computational problem-solving to provide students with a core knowledge in computation, applications, and data science management and communication. Graduates of the program will gain skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace, or used as a launching point for more in-depth and expansive knowledge in the field.

Offered both online and on-campus, the MS program’s coursework is concentrated in three areas: Analytics, Mining and Algorithms; Visualization and Communication; and Management and Accountability. Students choose electives from among these areas to enrich the requirements of computation, and gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools and systems while working with real datasets. “Data analytics is at the heart of today’s technology-driven world,” said MS in Data Science Program Director Christopher Yang, PhD. “With an experiential learning approach, Drexel’s MS in Data Science program encourages students to work across disciplines to create much needed value out of data for a multitude of organizations and industries.”

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Drexel University Metadata Research Center Receives Funding to Advance LIS Doctoral Education in Data Science


The Metadata Research Center at Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) has been awarded $313,269.00 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to advance LIS doctoral education in data science. The project, LIS Education and Data Science-for-the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP), is being led by PIs Jane Greenberg, PhD (Alice B. Kroeger Professor and Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs) and Xia Lin, PhD (Information Science Professor and Department Head), along with CoPIs Professor Il-Yeol Song, PhD and Associate Professor Weimeo Ke, PhD.

LEADS-4-NDP will provide stipends for 18 library and information science doctoral students across the country who will complete an online preparatory curriculum, an intensive three-day data science boot camp at Drexel University, and a ten-week immersive data science research experience. The participants will work with our LEADS project partners, including Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), Smithsonian, California Digital Library (CDL), Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), University of Maryland, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Philadelphia Free Public Library, and University of Pennsylvania Libraries. A team of mentors and internationally recognized data and library science experts will also help guide the LEADS-4-NDP initiative.

“Increasingly, we see LIS graduates with data science skills seeking employment in the tech industry. Although attractive salaries are part of the draw, LIS graduates with data skills may not pursue libraries simply because they lack exposure to the value proposition of data science in the library domain,” Greenberg explained. “We need to provide infrastructure along with education, so future faculty and graduates alike can see the application of predictive analytics and other data science methods for services and operations in libraries, museums, and other aspects of the National Digital Platform,” she said.

“The LEADS-4-NDP program will address this need, and allow Drexel University to share our expertise in data science with LIS programs by teaching future faculty, and making lesson plans and other resources open and accessible beyond the immediate LEADS program,” added Lin.

This program will differ from other data science initiatives in that it aims to teach students to apply data science methods, frameworks, processes, and tools to the NDP. The goal is to prepare the next generation of LIS faculty so that they may bring data science knowledge and skills, in a meaningful way, into LIS education. LEADS-4-NDP will develop a template for educating library data scientists, while also readying this first cohort to serve as educators and leaders in libraries and archives.

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Drexel CCI Announces New Graduate Programs in Computer Science


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). – “A New Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Graduate Minor Will Provide Overviews of Computer Science Fundamentals.
Beginning Fall Quarter 2016, Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) will offer two new programs in computer science: a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science and a Graduate Minor in Computer Science. The programs are an addition to CCI’s existing graduate offerings in computer science, including the Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science degree programs.
The new graduate offerings will be housed in the College’s Department of Computer Science, but are intended for students outside of the department without a computer science background.
The new programs will offer the opportunity to expand and obtain fundamental knowledge about computer science and related topical areas. Both programs aim to provide a systematic integration of computing including but not limited to rigorous algorithmic thinking and effective computational implementation, without any prerequisites on computer science knowledge.”
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Drexel Names Yi Deng Dean of College of Computing & Informatics


Philadelphia (USA). – “Drexel University has named Yi Deng, PhD, dean of its College of Computing & Informatics. Deng comes to Drexel after a seven-year tenure as dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte where his leadership contributed to dramatic growth in enrollment and research funding. Deng takes the helm of one of the nation’s oldest recognized institutions of computing and informatics studies, whose programs have consistently ranked among the best in preparing students for jobs in these rapidly expanding fields.
“In welcoming Dr. Deng to this leadership role in the College of Computing & Informatics, we are ensuring that a College, already on a rising trajectory, continues on its path of success with a shared vision to address the nation’s fastest growing job sector,” said Drexel Provost M. Brian Blake, PhD. “His record of commitment to building innovative programs, growing the research enterprise and fostering collaboration aligns him perfectly to guide our College forward on all of these fronts.””
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Drexel CCI Faculty Complete One-Year Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering Program


Philadelphia (USA). – “Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) faculty members Ellen Bass, PhD and Jane Greenberg, PhD recently celebrated their graduation from the Class of 2016 of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program, hosted by Drexel University. The program is a one-year, part-time leadership development program for senior women faculty in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and related disciplines.
The ELATE’s Class of 2016 included 31 experienced and diverse women faculty from 22 different institutions across the country. Sally Mason, PhD, president emerita of the University of Iowa, delivered an inspirational address at the graduation ceremony held on March 10, capping off a year full of growth and achievements for the Fellows.
Bass and Greenberg were selected as Fellows in ELATE’s 2015-16 class in May 2015.”
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Drexel University’s Cybersecurity Institute Receives $3 Million Naming Gift


Philadelphia (USA). – “The Isaac and Carol Auerbach Family Foundation awarded $3 million to be paid over five years to Drexel University’s Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute. Steven Weber, PhD, will be director of the newly renamed institute, which reports to the Office of Research.
“With this generous gift, Drexel honors a pioneer of early computing and a Drexel University alumnus, Dr. Isaac L. Auerbach, by funding an institute whose purpose is to educate students on how to create more secure systems and to deploy tools to defend computing assets ranging from personal handheld devices to our nation’s critical infrastructure,” said Spiros Mancoridis, PhD, interim dean of the College of Computing & Informatics and a professor of computer science. “Moreover, the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute becomes the home to interdisciplinary research, drawing from the expertise of faculty from five different colleges, whose products will help make our computing systems more secure.””
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National Consortium for Data Science Chooses Drexels Marcello Balduccini as 2016 Data Fellow


Philadelphia (USA). – “Three researchers located at Drexel University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been named 2016 Data Fellows by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) […].
The NCDS, a public-private partnership to advance data science and address the challenges and opportunities of big data, will provide each Data Fellow with $50,000 to support work that addresses data science research issues in novel and innovative ways. Their work will be expected to advance the mission and vision of the NCDS, which formed in early 2013. Fellowships begin July 1 and last one year.
Data Fellow positions are open to faculty members at NCDS member institutions, which includes universities in the University of North Carolina system and Drexel University. A record 30 researchers from six member universities applied for Fellowships this year. Their proposals addressed many of the hot research topics in data science, including data mining, business analytics, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, and using data for informed decision-making. […] A review committee representing seven NCDS member institutions reviewed the proposals and chose the three 2016 Data Fellows. They are:
– Marcello Balduccini, assistant research professor, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University (Title: Action-centered Information Retrieval)
– Casey Dietrich, assistant professor, civil, construction, and environmental engineering, North Carolina State University (Title: Mapping and Visualization of Coastal Flood Forecasts for Decision Support)
– Nirjon Shahriar, assistant professor, department of computer science, UNC-Chapel Hill (Title: Privacy Analytics of Homegrown IoT Data)”
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iConference 2016 Wraps Up in Philadelphia


More than 460 information scholars and professionals gathered in Philadelphia March 20-23 for iConference 2016. The eleventh annual iConference was hosted by Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; the 2016 theme of “Partnership with Society” examined the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

The official proceedings of iConference 2016 are available in the IDEALS open repository. The proceedings include the complete text of all papers, abstracts of poster presentations, and background on workshops and other interactive sessions.

Images from iConference 2016 are now available on Flickr.

iConference 2016 continued the conference’s tradition of thought-provoking plenary presentations. This years keynote speakers were Drexel University Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds, and Clifford A. Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information. There were also three screenings of Reynolds’ award-winning documentary, “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” a film examining the challenges females and people of color face in pursing opportunities in computer science. The “CODE” screenings were sponsored by PennMutual.

Another iConference tradition is the doctoral colloquium. This year, 21 doctoral candidates gathered for an intensive day of discussion and mentoring, funded in-part by the National Science Foundation. Visit the doctoral colloquium page to meet this year’s colloquium participants.

The 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizing outstanding work in the information field was presented to Ashwin J. Mathew of the
School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, for his thesis “Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure.” The runner up was Briony Birdi of the Information School, University of Sheffield. The iSchools presented the first place winner with $2,500, second place received $1,000.

The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper was presented to Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, and Melissa Mazmanian of the University of California, Irvine, for “The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements.” The Lee Dirks Award includes a crystal trophy and $5,000 prize provided by presenting sponsor Microsoft Research.

The Award for Most Interesting Preliminary Results paper went to Rob Grace and Frederico Fonseca of The Pennsylvania State University for “Networked pedagogy: Exploring asymmetries in the structuring of distributed learning networks.” The Best Poster competition resulted in a tie; the award was shared by Nicole Lane, Ethan Fletcher, Yanming Wang, and Nathan Prestopnik of Ithaca college for their poster “Designing an Adventure Video Game for Second Language Engagement and Acquisition,” as well as Toine Bogers of Aalborg University Copenhagen, Maria Gäde of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Mark Hall of Edge Hill University and Mette Skov of Aalborg University for their poster “Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior.” Visit our Awards page for more information about all the papers and posters award finalists.

The results of the iSchools Video Contest were also announced at iConference 2016. First place honors went to the team headed by Francisco Javier Calzada-Prado at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Library & Information Science Department for their video “Unleash the Power.” The top three finishers received $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively from the iSchools. Visit the Video Contest page to learn more about all the finalists and view the winning videos.

iConference 2016 sponsors included: Microsoft Research; the National Science Foundation; PennMutual; Emerald Publishing; the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information; and Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Additional support provided by Thomson Reuters.

Next year’s iConference will take place in Wuhan, China, a 3,500-year-old city combining ancient culture with modern living. iConference 2017 will be the first iConference to be hosted in the Asia-Pacific region. It is jointly hosted by Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwa University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. Theme of iConference 2017 is “Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community.” The official Call for Participation will be released later this spring.

About the iConference
Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Formal affiliation with the iSchools is not required to participate in the iConference—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome.

For more information about the iConference series, including official proceedings of past conferences and other archives, please view our About the iConference page.


Clifford Lynch to Speak at iConference 2016


Clifford A. Lynch, executive director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), will serve as a keynote speaker at iConference 2016 – the annual, international gathering of information scholars and researchers that pushes the boundaries of information studies and creates new technological and conceptual configurations. Lynch will join director and producer Robin Hauser Reynolds and Drexel University Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, PhD, to serve as the third keynote speaker at the conference, which begins Sunday, March 20.

iConference 2016 takes place in historic Philadelphia March 20-23, 2016. It is presented by the iSchools organization and hoted this year by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI). The event will bring together more than 450 leading researchers and innovators from academia and industry under the theme of “Partnership with Society” to examine the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

“It is an honor to have Cliff as a keynote for iConference 2016,” said Jane Greenberg, PhD, iConference 2016 co-chair and Drexel University Alice B. Kroeger Professor. “Cliff is among the most profound thought leaders of the information fields, and has forged a path for how information professionals can address grand challenges with digital information, while inspiring our leadership.”

cliff-lynch-profile-300x225Lynch’s keynote, titled “Stewardship as a Systematic Future Research Initiative in Schools of Information,” will discuss the importance of recognizing the policies and practices surrounding stewardship as a field of scholarly inquiry and as an emerging discipline. Lynch believes that intellectual inquiry regarding stewardship “falls squarely within the remit of iSchools and draws upon a very wide range of disciplines including history, information management, economics of information, information assurance and security, digital preservation, law, political science, and library, museum and archival practices.”

In his talk, Lynch will highlight the key research questions that a discipline like stewardship must engage and explore. These questions will address legal and public policy issues surrounding archiving and stewardship; seek to understand stewardship institutions and their roles, collaboration, succession and sustainability; and discuss the dynamics of stewardship and stewardship transitions and address why stewardship failures occur, among other questions.

Since 1997, Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) – an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. CNI, a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California (UC) Office of the President, the last ten as director of UC’s Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

In 2011 he was appointed co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI); he serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.

Visit the iConference 2016 Keynote page to learn more about this year’s speakers. For those interested in attending, the iConference will continue to accept registrations through the conference.