4/17/15: iSchool’s “Brown Dog” Project Develops Cloud Services for Un-curated Big Data


Led by Richard Marciano at the University of Maryland, professor and director of the newly formed Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), with Michael Kurtz, visiting professor and associate director, and Greg Jansen, research software architect, and by Kenton McHenry at NCSA, with his team of developers and domain scientists, this partnership between two Big 10 / Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) universities, focuses on file format conversion and information extraction services. Named “Brown Dog”, this project is creating key information extraction services that unlock un-curated data and make them useful again. These services open up the intellectual content trapped in legacy data, so that it is available to scientists and cultural institutions, allowing scientists meaningful access to data that can be used to reproduce results and conduct new data-driven research.