Just wanted to drop a note to say that I'm interested! Are you looking
for people to attend one of the regional meetings, or some other type of
participation as well?
On 10/26/18 11:06 AM, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:
> The library here at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a grant from the IMLS on the topic of natural language processing, text mining, and machine learning, and in the end we will be looking for possible partnerships with others who want to exploit these same technologies.
> Here is a blurb describing our planning grant:
> Investigating the national need for library based topic modeling
> discovery systems 
> The University of Notre Dame is seeking an IMLS planning grant to
> convene a diverse community during the 2019 calendar year that
> will contribute to conceptualization of digital tools that
> support the creation and dissemination of cross-disciplinary
> research. The grant would enable us to conduct a series of
> workshops as venues for the collaboration of domain experts,
> librarians, and computer science specialists.
> The goals are to understand their unique current practices and to
> identify possibilities to use topic modeling and NLP to enhance
> or augment current library classification in order to meet
> current cross-disciplinary research needs. The target community
> includes small and large and public and academic libraries and
> To accomplish our goals we will be hosting four regional, day-long meetings in Notre Dame, Palo Alto, New York City, and Washington, DC during the next six to nine months. Each meeting will be attended by: 1) content experts from any number of different domains (political science, economics, history, etc.), 2) computer scientists, 3) and librarians. The meetings will be a combination of show & tell, discussions, and hands-on activities. By the end of each meeting we hope to answer two questions. To what degree do you think things like NLP can be used to better facilitate cross-disciplinary research? And if so, then what set of prioritized features/functions do think are desirable?
> We will then write the obligatory white paper, do our best to disseminate the results, and if successful, look for partners who would like to help create the desirable system.
> Watch this space for further details, but if you think you might want to participate or have any suggestions, then please do not hesitate to drop me a line.
>  a complete description of the grant is available from the IMLS - https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/lg-72-18-0221-18