Archive for the 'Smart Campus' Category

Vacation days for societal impact

Monday, December 12th, 2016, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

by Joe Laufer, Mariƫlle Winkler, Djoerd Hiemstra, and Susanne de Gooijer (Free Spirits UniTe)

Many employees of the University of Twente spend part of their free time on volunteer projects that are directly beneficial to society. They use their expertise and professional knowledge for instance by teaching children, by lecturing students in developing countries, by supporting elderly with new technology, or by rewriting an NGO’s strategic plan. These employees struggle allocating enough free time for their volunteer work, whereas others might not need all their vacations days. Our proposal is simple: Employees can take their vacation days, and give them to employees that are in need because of their volunteer work. Our proposal extends the university’s vision “the entrepreneurial university” to explicitly support projects with societal impact. We envision the following steps:

  • Employees initiate projects that have societal impact and ask support of the campus community;
  • Employees can donate one or more vacation days to become part of the community, and to form a pool of additional free time, to be used by the project initiators;
  • Project initiators pitch their ideas to the community, similiar to pitches for crowd funding platforms like Kickstarter;
  • The community can vote for the projects of their choice;
  • Once enough vacations days are donated to an initiative, the project initiator can use the extra time off to carry out their initiative (in addition to the time that the employee already puts in their initiative);
  • Students can participate in projects for credits (starting with building an on-line community platform);
  • Alumni can sponsor intiatives financially, share their network, and coach the project initiators;
  • Project initiators share their experience and accomplishments to the community, for instance by blogging about their project;
  • Initiatives should be done in cooperation with an NGO.

We are proud that our proposal is accepted as one of the Living Smart Campus projects.

Steven Verkuil graduates on Reference Extraction Techniques

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

Journal Citation Statistics for Library Collections using Document Reference Extraction Techniques

by Steven Verkuil

Providing access to journals often comes with a considerable subscription fee for universities. It is not always clear how these journal subscriptions actually contribute to ongoing research. This thesis provides a multistage process for evaluating which journals are actively referenced in publications. Our software tool for journal citation reports, CiteRep, is designed to aid decision making processes by providing statistics about the number of times a journal is referenced in a document set. Citation reports are automatically generated from online repositories containing PDF documents. The process of extracting citations and identifying journals is user and maintenance friendly. CiteRep allows to filter generated reports by year, faculty and study providing detailed insight in journal usage for specific user groups. Our software tool achieves an overall weighted precision and recall of 66,2% when identifying journals in a fresh set of PDF documents. While leaving open some areas of improvement, CiteRep outperforms the two most popular citation parsing libraries, ParsCit and FreeCite with respect to journal identification accuracy. CiteRep should be considered for creation of journal citation reports from document repositories.

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Clone CiteRep on Github.

A new search engine for the university

Thursday, March 24th, 2016, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

As of this today, the university is using our Distributed Search approach as their main search engine on: http://utwente.nl/search (and also stand-alone on https://search.utwente.nl). The UT search engine offers its user not only the results from a large web crawl, but also live results from many sources that were previously invisible, such as courses, timetables, staff contact information, publications, the local photo database “Beeldbank”, vacancies, etc. The search engine combines about 30 of such sources, and learns over time which sources should be included for a query, even if it has never seen that query, nor the results for the query.

University of Twente

Read more in the official announcement (in Dutch).

Five postdoc positions for the Living Smart Campus

Monday, July 27th, 2015, posted by Djoerd Hiemstra

More info at: https://www.utwente.nl/organisatie/nieuws-events/dossier/2016/living-smart-campus/.