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Rapid fabrication technologies, commonly known as “3D Printing,” enable the rapid creation of physical objects based on digital designs. Scanning technologies enable the opposing process, the creation of digital models derived from physical objects. This site provides information resources on 3D printing and scanning, and on library research projects regarding these technologies.

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The United States Census and the Program on Informatics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are convening a series of workshops to examine computational, social-scientific, statistical, and informatic challenges to building the next generation of official statistics. These workshops bring together select groups of experts in universities, industry, and the U.S. government to explore diverse approaches to engaging big data to inform a series of selected exemplar use cases faced by statistical agencies.

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ORCID, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the name ambiguity problem in scholarly research, and brings together the leaders of influential universities, funding organizations, societies, publishers and corporations from around the globe.

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The drawing of electoral districts is among the least transparent processes in democratic governance. All too often, redistricting authorities maintain their power by obstructing public participation. The resulting districts embody the goals of politicians to the detriment of the representational interests of communities and the public at large. We have developed DistrictBuilder to increase participation and transparency in the electoral process.

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This project will help establish a formal linkage between scholarly publications and the underlying research data by integrating the OJS PKP and Harvard Dataverse Network systems.

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This project defines and measures privacy in mathematical and legal terms, and explores alternate definitions of privacy that may be more general or more practical. The research aims to provide a better understanding of the practical performance and usability of a variety of algorithms for analyzing and sharing privacy-sensitive data. The project will develop secure implementations of these algorithms and legal instruments, which will be made publicly available.

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The Program on Information Science seeks to solve emerging problems in information management that are essential to support new and innovative services, and to amplify the impact that MIT can have on the development of information science, information policy, and scholarly communication through participation the development of standards, policy, and methods related to information science and information management.


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Big Data workshops come to MIT - MIT Libraries & U.S. Census Bureau collaborate

Big Data workshops come to MIT - MIT Libraries & U.S. Census Bureau collaborate

July 23, 2015

The United States Census Bureau, in collaboration with the MIT Libraries Program on Information Science, is convening a series of workshops to examine the challenges and prospects of integrating Big Data into statistical agencies. These workshops, which are funded by the Census Bureau and hosted at MIT, will bring together select experts in universities, industry, and the U.S. government to apply diverse approaches to big data to use cases regularly encountered by statistical agencies.

Research Intern Wenquing Lu Joins Simmons SLIS Program

June 23, 2015

Outgoing Research Intern Wenquing Lu will be joing the PhD. program of Simmons College, School of Library and Information Science. The school is the top library school in the region, and within the top ten nationally. Wenqing Lu was awarded as one of the top students and received a first-year scholarship with tuition remission.

Wen's work at MIT provided a  better understanding of how makerspaces can help to enhance learning and engage patrons. Her future research will continue to focus on usability and user experience studies.

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