iSchoolers in the News
Informatics students Makenzie Pletcher and Sim Singh worked together to launch their new group, Tech++, with a wearable fashion show. Tech++ aims to encourage women to pursue careers in technology.
Assistant Professor Jevin West and the iSchool’s DataLab partnered with JSTOR, a nonprofit digital library, to help close a gap in the understanding of scholarly work. JSTOR’s new website on sustainability features the technology, which highlights key articles on key topics quickly for researchers.
Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock continues to get attention for his research on cellphone metadata in developing countries. He talked to KPLU about the work.
Recent MLIS alums Becca Fronzcak and Gabbie Barnes were credited with developing a metadata schema for the Incluseum Project, a Seattle-based organization that encourages inclusion in museums. The metadata work began as an independent study project at the iSchool.
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Elsewhere in Information News
Computer Science is now a fundamental academic subject, along with reading and writing, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law on Friday. The new law will strengthen access to computer science in K-12 education.
Refugees’ access to smartphones and other technology is the focus of Access Now’s latest Digital Citizen newsletter. Technology is essential not only to the millions of Syrian refugees but to the agencies assisting them.
Meanwhile, a new Google project is delivering critical information to those refugees’ smartphones. The Crisis Info Hub offers information on lodging, transportation, medical facilities and more.
About 3,000 librarians from across the U.S. gathered in Columbus, Ohio, for the American Association of School Librarians’ biannual conference. Attendees heard about how it’s their duty to keep up with advances in technology.