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UW students hack housing at Zillow Hackathon

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Zil­low and UW’s depart­ment of Com­puter Sci­ence & Engi­neer­ing, with par­tic­i­pa­tion from the federal government, recently hosted the Hack Housing Hackathon at Zillow headquarters in Seattle. The goal of the weekend-long hackathon was to develop innovative solutions to help home buyers and renters who have particular needs—specifically first-time homebuyers, senior citizens, and low-income renters. Hackathon participants received newly released government...
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Valentine’s Day ‘edit-a-thon’ to address Wikipedia gender gap

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

There is a widely recognized gender gap in the English language Wikipedia. Several campus units are teaming to offer a four-hour hands-on workshop and discussion to bring feminist dialogues and theory to the information website, the seventh most-viewed in the United States. The event, titled “I Love To You: Critical Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon,” is being organized by Amanda Menking (pictured), a...
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Q & A with the co-editors of Circulation: Megan Carlin and Becky Ramsey

Monday, February 2, 2015

Launched in 2013, Circulation is the student-run journal of the Information School. The publication is a venue for students’ creative expression and academic work, and is intended to support interest in literature and scholarly communication at the iSchool. It is published electronically three times a year, with additional contributions on their blog and social media platforms. The Winter edition marks...
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Documents that Changed the World: ‘Rosie the Riveter’ poster, 1943

Monday, February 2, 2015

The famous World War II-era poster of Rosie the Riveter is less a document that changed the world than the other way around — an image the world adopted and filled with meaning. But such turnabout is fair play in the ongoing Documents that Changed the World podcast series by Joe Janes , professor in the University of Washington Information...
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In Remembrance: Peter Hiatt, 1930-2014

Friday, January 23, 2015

The iSchool pays tribute to Peter Hiatt, who was appointed director of the University of Washington Graduate Library School in 1974 and retired in 1998 as professor emeritus. His many accomplishments at the UW included formulating and implementing a change in curriculum for the school’s two-year master's degree program in the fall of 1979. At the time, the UW and...
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"Going Viral" scores second major award for author Karine Nahon

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Choice magazine has named Going Viral an Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) from over 7,000 works reviewed in 2014. Less than 10 percent of publications achieve this rating, making the designation significant to academic librarians that rely on the magazine’s reviews to help make decisions about their collections and to researchers looking for important scholarly trends. Books that make the OAT...
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Karine Nahon invited as weekly commentator for Israeli TV

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As an expert on the impact of information flowing through social media networks, Associate Professor Karine Nahon is often asked to analyse and give her opinion on the impact of social media on politics. “We live in a world where a tweet can be instantly retweeted and read by millions around the world in minutes, where a video forwarded to...
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iSchool’s pioneering Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank convenes national experts

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Two-years in the making, the Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank (DYSTT) brought together leaders from industry, research, practice and policy to share ideas, brainstorm research questions, and discuss obstacles and solutions in the work of studying and learning from digital youth. Digital Youth, one of the strategic areas of focus for the iSchool, explores the interactions of young people with...
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Joe Janes in the race for president of ALA

Monday, December 1, 2014

Associate Professor Joe Janes, chair of the MLIS program, recently announced his decision to run for president of the American Library Association (ALA) . MLIS students Twanna Hodge and Heather Newcomer, co-presidents of the student chapter of ALA, sat down with Janes to talk about his candidacy. Q. Why are you running for the presidency of ALA? A. This profession...
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WINFO Hackathon a huge success

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Women in Informatics (WINFO), an iSchool student group, increased participation in their annual Hackathon five-fold this year. More than 50 students formed 11 teams to compete in the 9-hour Hackathon that took place in Mary Gates Hall on October 11. “We ramped up the PR this year,” said Jessalyn Cheng, president of WINFO. “We reached out to CSE, Girls Who...
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