My team and I received a FIA-Deutsch seed grant in 2015 for our cyberbullying mitigation project. Prior to receiving the grant, my cyberbullying detection/mitigation research primarily used automatic methods to …
My FIA seed grant was a fabulous crash course in the future of academia. This blog post is about what I learned on the way to creating ResearchIQ, a dashboard prototype to show the impact of research funding in traditional media, academic publications, and social media. The seed grant experience changed my entire orientation to academia.
The Wikid GRRLs project began with an article in the New York Times in 2011 on Wikipedia’s gender gap, reporting that less than 15 percent of the contributors to the online encyclopedia are women. The seed that FIA sowed with Wikid GRRLs more than three years ago has blossomed into a fruit that has benefited more than 65 (overwhelmingly minority) girls, nine undergraduate students, three graduate students and three faculty members.
The Wikid GRRLS project teaches girls online skills for knowledge projects. It has been found that the use of computers in school can offset the “digital divide” but various factors play a role in how effective schools can be at ameliorating the divide. Depending on what skills are emphasized, it may be that some students know how to use some computer functions, but they do not know how to problem solve and use the computer in a holistic sense. Exploring what it means to know how to use a computer in a holistic sense is a possible area of future study for Wikid GRLLS.
Wikid GRLLs, one of the 2012-2013 FIA-Deutsch Seed Grant Competition winners, will receive funding from Wayne State University in fall 2015 to continue their work.
The Future of Information Alliance has chosen four University of Maryland teams as initial FIA-Deutsch Foundation Seed Grant Competition award winners. Each team has won up to $25,000 to carry out projects aimed at the information challenges and opportunities of today’s world.