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Poster Sessions Continued (Day 1)

    BIG Data, Social Data: Targeted Harnessing of Transient Micro-Blogging Data
    Author: Sreejata Chatterjee, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Computer Science


    There are huge amounts of real-time social media data being created every moment. For example, ~230 million tweets are posted daily by Twitter?s 200 million users.

    If harnessed, it can provide a great wealth of insight into what people are thinking about and what they like or dislike. For instance, Twitter data has already proven to be useful in a number of different contexts: monitoring elections to predicting stock market trends to conducting brand monitoring and PR campaigns. However, social media data tend to be noisy and ephemeral. Furthermore, social media companies often limit the amount of data one can access automatically at any point of time, making this rich source of transient data difficult to collect. In this project, we propose an architecture to collect, store and serve augmented Twitter data while bounded by the above limitations.


    The Theology of Information Seeking: Understanding Church Leaders’ Source Selection in a Digital World
    Author: David Michels, Dalhousie University 

    Research over the last fifteen years has demonstrated the growth of religious activities online.  These online engagements have raised concerns about the erosion of traditional religious authority.  Information seekers can now easily interact with beliefs and practices outside their religious traditions.  As one Pastor respondent noted, “ten years ago you wouldn’t have stumbled across that…it wouldn’t have been in your local bookstore.”  Yet contrary to these assumptions, some recent research suggests that traditional authorities are often reinforced rather than eroded in online environments.  In my ethnographic study of information seeking of church leaders, many respondents cited orthodoxy as an essential criterion in source selection.  However, sources actually used were from diverse and frequently contradictory theological sources, often accessed online.  I explore this apparent contradiction, and how leaders manage conflicting information, by considering two ideas: the role of information mediators (the “pastor filter”), and North American evangelicalism as theological “kaleidoscope”.


    Treasuring our Treasures: Special Books at UNB Saint John
    Author: Janet Fraser, University of New Brunswick, Hans W. Klohn Commons


    Over the past 50 years UNBSJ faculty and librarians have acquired many book treasures for both Special Collections and the general stacks. Since there has been very little promotion of these treasures until very recently, a great number of these books have remained hidden, or if on the surface, in shadow. In my poster presentation I will give examples of how collections such as our Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection, one of the best collections of its kind in the world, is being publicized through exhibits and a website, and discuss the planned digitization of many rare science fiction materials. I will also discuss our unusual “Beat” collection and some of its special features. Included too, will be examples of our wonderful author features, such as the recent reading and book display celebration of the 100th birthday of the late, great Canadian poet Irving Layton.


    AcademiaMap Dashboard: Visualizing Scholarly Networks on Twitter
    Author: Melissa Anez, Dalhousie School of Information Management./Social Media Lab


    AcademiaMap Dashboard is an Online Influence Assessment Application designed for scholars. It helps to filter the "noise" from Twitter streams by using various "influence" metrics, and provides an easy way to identify trending topics and interesting voices to follow on Twitter. 

    The dashboard interface displays tweets using a color-coded system based on the profession or role of the tweeter, alongside other relevant information such as the Tweeter's number of followers, location, and Klout score.


    The Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre: Embedded Information Specialists in a Health Knowledge Synthesis Environment
    Authors: Robin Parker, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre, Research Methods Unit and Capital Health Library Services; Sarah Visintini, Dalhousie University School of Information Management MLIS Practicum Student; Lara Killian, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre; Jessica Babineau, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre; Barbara Hill-Taylor, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre and College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University; Jill Hayden, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre and Dept. of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University


    The Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre (NSCRC) was established in 2009 through the joint efforts of the Canadian Cochrane Network & Centre, the international Cochrane Collaboration, and centre Lead, Dr. Jill Hayden and is a regional site of the Canadian Centre. With the support of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the NSCRC has since pursued the mandates of building a strong local support network, providing training opportunities, and facilitating the uptake of health research evidence by local decision-makers. This poster describes the progress of the NSCRC in providing knowledge synthesis resources and training with a focus on the roles of the information specialists on the team.

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