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February 7, 2008

SIS grant to develop grad research program

The School of Information Sciences (SIS) has received a five-year, $782,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of a graduate research program. The program is designed to understand and influence the emergence of digital communication and research in academia, known as cyber scholarship.

The grant provides resources to hire a professor who will work within SIS and the University Library System to explore how disciplines are re-examining scholarly priorities, reshaping methodologies and redefining evidence bases as a result of new media and new tools, according to SIS Dean Ronald L. Larsen, who will lead the program.

“This work will help to determine what information professionals need to know about individual disciplines and, specifically, their use and management of information, in order to be more effective partners in the scholarly process of advancing knowledge.

“This grant will position SIS and Pitt to be leaders in understanding advances in scholarly communication resulting from new media and the influence of data-intensive scholarship on society,” Larsen said.

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