Relevant PhD Research Areas

iFellow research could address a range of broadly defined technical areas common to large-scale digital projects, including but not limited to:

  • Examination of relationships among a set of Coherence-related projects
  • Theoretical investigations of models of scalable infrastructure. 
  • Distributed open repository design, linkage and integration
  • Cross-platform workflow architectures to facilitate resource sharing and reuse  
  • Analysis and modeling of large domain application projects
  • Domain-specific information access and analysis toolkits
  • Scholarly workflow representation, capture and reporting
  • New models for dissemination and sharing of scholarly work, data and resources
  • Extensible schemes for migration from analog to digital scholarly resources
  • Project workflow analyses
  • Improved distributed information access, analysis, presentation and dissemination capabilities

A more extensive list of specific topics is given below.  The iFellow application would necessarily need to address specifically how the topic is of crucial importance to the success of the large-scale project identified and how it can be related to the higher level issues noted above.

Repository and Infrastructure Research Topics

  • repositories architectures and technologies
  • repository interoperability and scaling
  • system modeling technologies
  • component-based design and reuse
  • large scale data and system integration
  • internal data-structures and packaging standards
  • assured-service negotiation strategies among federated repositories
  • automatic categorization & correlation of large multi-source collections
  • low-level facilities for managing multiple large collections
  • generalizable modules adaptable for different topics and disciplinary areas
  • scalability and performance analysis
  • semantic web and linked data technologies
  • complex information object structures
  • information object modeling and documentation
  • institutional repository management practices
  • information services design processes
  • APIs for repository ingest, search, harvest, deposit, delete

Information Content Research Topics

  • instantiation and sharing and of complex object models
  • technologies for re-use of content, software, services across application areas
  • query languages and ontologies
  • data-sharing policies and strategies
  • metadata, tools, format transformation
  • semantic web, linked open data models,
  • content creation and ingest issues (born digital and legacy collections)
  • auto format and conversion tools
  • conceptual reference models for semantic frameworks
  • automatic indexing and semantic annotation for text and non-textual information  
  • version control technologies
  • acquisition/verification/cataloguing/indexing of electronic media
  • virtual research environments
  • collections usage and impact measures
  • collection of user feedback

Information Access and Use Research Topics

  • queries and query analysis tools
  • heuristic optimization and search strategies, retrieval ranking
  • tools for search, retrieval and aggregation across domain repositories
  • multimedia information retrieval and combination tools
  • web information retrieval and social media search
  • automatic tools for entity and relationship identification
  • domain specific information access, manipulation and analysis tools
  • collection level browsing and search
  • cross-domain knowledge and discovery management services
  • predictive analytics and modeling
  • data science, analytics and web science topics
  • document representation and content analysis
  • syntactic, semantic, stylistic and other forms of text analysis
  • social media and analysis
  • multi-model adaptivity to support personalization
  • open data, ontologies, software
  • event-based metadata and annotation
  • data mining and knowledge discovery across very large digital ecosystems
  • personal objects; personal archiving
  • personalized information retrieval and presentation
  • interactive multimedia applications
  • information display, visualization and infographics of multiple object types
  • transmedia representation applications
  • software, services, and infrastructure for use and reuse of content
  • information security & privacy
  • usage metrics and impact indicators

Scholarly Communication

  1. open access publishing, dissemination
  2. researcher-centered design for scholarly workflows
  3. formal and informal scholarly communication models and services
  4. transparent scholarship
  5. digital scholarly editing
  6. web-based collaborative authoring
  7. open-source web-publishing platforms
  8. information licensing issues

Community Use, Applications and Issues

  • collaboration technologies of all sorts
  • information reuse, integration and sharing in collaborative environments
  • analysis of  international mandates for data management and open access
  • scholarly social media services:  annotation, review, comment, citation
  • scholarly citation, attribution, acknowledgment, and altmetrics
  • changing roles of libraries in digital era; new organizational structures and types
  • innovative knowledge commons research
  • recommendation in social networks
  • services for entities and relationships adaptivity based on community input
  • collaborative filtering and recommender systems

Data Curation Research Topics

  • stewardship practices across the information and scholarly workflow lifecycles
  • data curation lifecycle services
  • digital preservation tools, services & infrastructure
  • models of collaborative preservation
  • best practices for documenting  authenticity, integrity, and provenance of assets
  • harmonize data storage and preservation policies
  • semantic workflow models and formalized representations of the curatorial processes