Dr. Richard Smiraglia Awarded IMLS Grant: Digging Into The Knowledge Graph

For Immediate Release
March, 2017
Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Richard Smiraglia, Professor at UW-Milwaukee’s, School of Information Studies has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to provide means of support for the self-organizing process of knowledge creation in the Semantic Web by enhancing findability and storage for humanities and social science Linked Open Data datasets using the artifacts and organization systems woven into the LOD cloud’s knowledge graph. Smiraglia will lead this collaborative project with international partners Andrea Scharnhorst (Data Archiving and Networked Services, Netherlands) and Rick Szostak (University of Alberta, Canada).

The “Digging into the Knowledge Graph” project’s primary goal is to address the challenge of using the Linked Open Data (LOD) Cloud and Semantic Web technologies properly to produce contextual enrichment and provide a means of support for the process of knowledge creation. As a result, this project will enhance researchers’ ability to search the Semantic Web and contribute to it. It will also provide trusted digital repositories the ability to archive Linked Data.

“Digging into the Knowledge Graph offers us an unprecedented opportunity to discover navigable pathways in conceptual space—not just a metaphorically but as the realization of the power of structured knowledge to resolve very real human dilemmas,” explains Smiraglia. “We are very excited by the prospect of learning to navigate the LOD cloud.”

This collaborative research grant was awarded as part of the prestigious Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) Digging into Data Challenge. Smiraglia and his international team of researchers are among fourteen winning teams working collaboratively to demonstrate how cutting-edge big data techniques can be used to investigate a wide range of research questions across the humanities and social sciences.

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About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About the Digging into Data Challenge
The Digging into Data Challenge is sponsored by research funding organizations from eleven nations, organized under the auspices of “T-AP,” the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities. T-AP is an unprecedented collaboration between key humanities and social science funders and facilitators from South America, North America and Europe. T-AP aims to enhance the ability of funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational dialogue and collaboration.