ICSTI’s Multi-Contributor Technical Projects Program
Exploration of and innovation in leading-edge information science and technology are among ICSTI’s key strategies. These activities are implemented through a suite of technical projects, and voluntary collaboration in these projects is perceived as a unique benefit of ICSTI membership. Projects are managed under the auspices of ICSTI’s Technical Activities Coordinating Committee (TACC) and all have finite timescales and tangible outcomes. Most projects, once completed, are the subject of a report which ICSTI makes available to the membership and in the public domain. ICSTI makes available all the presentations from its conferences and workshops and publishes reports on a wide range of topics that are commissioned independently by ICSTI members. If you are interested in learning more about or participating in one or more of the following projects, please contact the ICSTI Secretariat.
Trust and Authority in Scholarly and Research Communication
This project was undertaken by the University of Tennessee and CIBER Research Group with Sloan Foundation funding. Phase 1 of the project, focusing on the academic research community, is now complete. Read
ICSTI member engagement is invited for Phase 2 which targets the commercial, professional, government research sector. Members are asked to avail access to their users for interviews, questionnaires and focus groups, in return for the opportunity to shape the study, reports and analyses tailored to their own communities.
IUCr, TIB, NISO, OSTI, Microsoft, ANR, ISSN, CISTI, VTT and LOC have already expressed interest in being involved. Deadline for expressions of interest is 25th March 2013.
Multimedia Search and Retrieval : Innovative Applications and Integration of Searchable Images, Graphs, Video, and Audio to Augment and Complement Textual Search Results
This project explored approaches for enhancing access to multimedia scientific data by demonstrating an identification scheme for video, audio, images, graphs, and other visualization tools as well as the integration of these media types into the search and retrieval capabilities of prominent scientific search engines. Led by the US Department of Energy, in partnership with Microsoft and CERN, the project culminated with the release of ScienceCinema.
This project has been completed in August 2011.
Web 2.0 Peer-to-Peer Scientific Communication Applications
The aim of this project was to explore, evaluate, and demonstrate Web 2.0 functionalities that promote peer-to-peer scientific communication and, in the larger context, serve to accelerate scientific progress. Participants : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, French Institute of Scientific and Technical Information (INIST/CNRS), Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Institute of Communication Sciences (ISCC).
Interactive Journal Articles
The project surveyed existing examples (e.g. applications in optical sciences (Optics Infobase) ; molecular visualizations in crystallography (Acta Cryst.), chemistry (Nature Chemistry) or structural biology (Biochemical Journal) ; mathematical functions (Electronic Journal of Mathematics & Technology) ; molecular clouds in astronomy (Nature) ; visualization of statistical tabular data (SourceOECD)). Available technologies were identified and assessed for portability, usability and archivability. Particular attention was paid to the ease of use of authoring, editing or annotation tools. An attempt was made to identify features common to different disciplines and easily implemented on existing content delivery platforms.
Led by IUCr, the project included NIH/NLM and OECD.
Project completion : Mid-2010.
Numeric Data : Citation Techniques and Integration with Text
This project explored approaches for enhancing access to numeric scientific data by (a) analyzing current limitations in data search and citations ; (b) demonstrating state-of-the-art data citation practices already in existence ; (c) demonstrating the integration of numeric data access through electronic textual information ; and (d) recommending actions for the scientific, publishing, and search communities to improve access to numeric data. Participants included : German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB-Hannover), Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), and U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical (OSTI).
This project has been completed in June 2009. Read final project report