September 21, 2010
Ethics in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Online Resource Center
The Library will play an integral role in a newly announced National Science Foundation grant awarded to the University of Illinois for the development of an ethics in science, mathematics, and engineering online resource center. Please see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10547/nsf10547.htm for the grant RFP.
This $5 million, 5 year NSF grant will fund the creation of the National Professional and Research Ethics Portal (NPREP). The Principal Investigators on the grant are Tina Gunsalus (UIUC, Business and Law), Taft Broome (Howard University), Michael Loui (UIUC, Electrical and Computer Engineering), Nicholas Burbules (UIUC, Education), and William Mischo (UIUC, Library). The grant also funds several other partner institutions and organizations. In addition to Mischo, other Library personnel participating on the project are Mary Schlembach (NPREP access and content coordinator), Tom Habing (Fedora repository development), Sarah Shreeves (trusted preservation repository), and Tim Cole (database infrastructure). The grant will fund several research programmers and a metadata/harvesting librarian.
The NPREP will be headquartered in the Grainger Library and will be built around the HUBZero e-learning and collaboration platform. The grant work will feature the development of HUBZero extensions that will allow us to integrate our custom federated search applications, the extended content harvesting and database technologies we have developed, and true preservation and archiving repository technologies. The technology development will be advised by a Technical Committee comprised of individuals from UIUC and other institutions.
We are very excited by the opportunities this grant provides. It will allow us to work collaboratively with other colleges and departments here on campus and with individuals and groups from around the country. A key focus of the grant is to explore the merging of several important digital library technologies. It is our hope that this work will serve as a model for all other online resource centers.
[Reposted from an email message Bill Mischo sent out to the Library, 9/21/2010.]
Posted by Katie Newman at September 21, 2010 5:17 PM