Information, Interaction, and Influence
University of Chicago-Digital Science Workshop on
Research Information Technologies and their Role in Advancing Science

This workshop will explore the role that research information technologies – including research profiling, management, and networking systems – play in improving scientific collaboration and our understanding of academic influence. The key objective is to surface the challenges that exist in conceptualizing and designing systems for managing research and scholarly information, and to better understand the vast potential of these systems. The workshop aims to break down barriers – barriers among academic and administrative silos within the university, and barriers between commercial and university-based efforts to develop tools that improve the management and discoverability of networked research information.

Systems that harvest, manage, and network research information increasingly serve as knowledge warehouses for the research enterprise. Given their potential to capture some of the complex institutional and social dynamics of science and scholarship, these systems are of active interest to funders, investigators, scholars, clinicians, academic administrators, community partners, and entrepreneurs. Of particular interest are emerging systems to mine the hidden knowledge networks embedded in the scholarly literature, and systems to track new measures of impact and influence in science.

As the academic publishing landscape continues to evolve and authors increasingly turn to non-traditional media for the dissemination of their research, the cloud is becoming an equal partner in enabling scientific discovery. Publishing a paper is no longer sufficient; underlying data and the computational results used to produce the paper are equally vital, and reproducibility is as important as the publication itself. This workshop will expand our understanding of these important issues as well. Other topics of discussion will include:

How do we find the most impactful research and researchers? How do we identify experts to review manuscripts and funding proposals?

How do we keep up with significant advances in our chosen fields? How do we search for work/authors of interest?

What is the relationship between internal-facing administrative systems for the management of research information and external-facing profile and discovery tools?

What are the incentives for researchers to use research networking platforms?

How to track an individual’s or institution’s complete record of scholarship, beyond articles and books, and including research data?

The event is open to the academic community, and otherwise by invitation. We look forward to engaging participants in lively discussion with the funders, founders, faculty, administrators, and postdocs contributing to the workshop program.


Participants and attendees wishing to stay on campus at the Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center (located at 5225 S. Harper Ave) have access to a discounted room rate of $177/night via code UCHI15

We have a second hotel option for meeting participants.

Guests wishing to stay in downtown Chicago have until May 6th to book a room at the Chicago Downtown Red Roof Inn located at 162 E. Ontario Street.

To book, guests should call 312-787-3580 ext 2 and reference “B281 University of Chicago – Digital Science” to access a special rate of $190.00 / night. We have blocked a total of 10 rooms at this rate.