What can we learn from collaborative data?

CI-BER launched in 2011 as a cooperative research agreement between NARA (National Archives and Records Administration), NSF (National Science Foundation), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to build a master copy of billions of federal electronic records and visualize that data in different ways. In fall 2012, CI-BER expanded to include new partners from Duke University, UNC-Asheville, and the City of Asheville, creating a collaborative team that represents computer science, political science, the humanities, engineering, information and library science, three universities, the town of Asheville, and community leaders with a pressing need for big data.

This collection gathers reporting on the multiple facets of this collaboration, not only sharing research results from our experiments and developments, but documenting the practice of collaborating across a complex mix of disciplines, organizations, and institutions. One of our CI-BER goals is to make it possible for users to crowdsource geospatial metadata without changing the underlying record. We are currently developing our plan for citizen-led crowdsourcing that will create access and opportunities for collaboratively contributed content around historically and socially-significant heterogeneous datasets rooted in urban renewal housing records of the Southside neighborhood in Asheville, NC, a historically African-American community.

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News / Social & Political Issues

Project seeks to recreate history of Asheville's Southside

Project seeks to recreate history of Asheville's Southside

A Resident And A Mapmaker Re-Create The Sometimes Painful History And Stories Of Asheville's Lost Southside Neighborhood

By Rob Neufield

You wish you had a photo of this: Several dozen African-American families, forced to leave their homes in Southside, carrying their belongings to the apartments that the city built for them on Erskine Street with urban renewal money.

News / Social & Political Issues

Presentation about Big Board

These slides about the Big Board environment were presented on Monday, July 8 by Richard Marciano, Professor of Library and Information Science at UNC and Director of Sustainable Archives & Leveraging Technologies group (SALT), and Jeff Heard, Senior Research Software Developer at RENCI, at the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE).  Big Board is the mapping visualization tool being utilized in the CI-BER project.


HASTAC to present Wednesdays at the Center: What can we learn about ourselves from data?

HASTAC to present Wednesdays at the Center: What can we learn about ourselves from data?

April 17 2013
On Wednesday, April 17, at 12 p.m., two HASTAC staff will speak about their NSF-funded projects that illustrate how big data can teach us about ourselves. David Sparks, HASTAC NSF EAGER Postdoctoral Fellow, will speak about HASTAC's EAGER project, which studies HASTAC's own social network. Data can...
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News / Humanities, Arts & Media

Wednesdays at the Center- What Can We Learn About Ourselves From Data? Video

Sheryl Grant, Director of Social Networking, HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition and Doctoral Candidate at the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill spoke about the CI-BER project at the Franklin Humanities Institute's "Wednesdays at the Center" event on April 17. Her talk was titled "What Can We Learn About Ourselves From Data?" Below is a link to the video of the talk, which is available for free on iTunes.

News / Social & Political Issues

Community Corner – December 2012 on Urban News

This is an article by Priscilla Ndiaye, Chair of the Southside Advocacy Community Advisory Board, about the changes happening in Asheville's communities. It was published in Urban News on December 14, 2012. Her article is a call for community members to be involved in the changes happening in the Rivers Arts District in Asheville. Ms. Ndiaye says,

News / Social & Political Issues

The State of Black Asheville

This article, "The State of Black Asheville", was published on Urban News on October 12, 2011.

"Members of the Asheville community assembled in Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church to hear some long-awaited news regarding the statistics released by the Census Bureau. Drs. Dwight and Dollie Mullen, both political science professors at UNC Asheville, gave a detailed account of the statistical information and about rising poverty rate in our community. The news was anticipated, although not unexpected.

News / Technology, Networks & Sciences

CI-BER Blogspot page

CyberInfrastructure for Billions of Electronic Records Blogspot site

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Richard Marciano leads the CI-BER project at UNC. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa and a Postdoc in Computational Geography.  He is a Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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