Norman, OK -- February 18, 2019. The University of Oklahoma Libraries invites higher education institutions to share their artificial intelligence (AI) projects in a new online registry.
Projects in Artificial Intelligence Registry (PAIR), is an online database to support collaboration and grant funding across higher education insitutions exploring AI research.
"PAIR is designed to be an international registry of AI projects being developed in higher education that will help foster collaboration, cooperation and partnerships, as well as helping to find grant funding," interim dean of OU Libraries Carl Grant said. "Registering a project is easy, requiring only a project name, keywords, and area of specialization. Additional options can indicate if they are seeking collaborators and if they're seeking grant funding. All those fields can also be searched to find information and then provide the capability to contact the project owner."
OU Libraries announced the registry during the December 2018 meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). According to it's website, CNI is an organization comprising nearly 250 institutions supporting "the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity."
Following the presentation, three universities have joined the OU Libraries registry to share their AI research.
At the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library, researchers are applying machine learning techniques to extract information from digital images to assist in metadata creation.
Researchers at both the OU Libraries and the library at the University of California, Irvine are creating chatbots, computer applications that imitate human personality to interface with online library patrons.
Supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Indiana University Libraries are working to build and test an open-source Audiovisual Metadata Platform (AMP). According to IU Libraries' press release, AMP will "generate searchable, time-stamped descripitions for audiovisual content," with the end goal of making available hundred of millions of hours of audiovisual content.
Grant hopes these are just the beginning for making these AI development projects accessible for higher education institutions.
"This (PAIR) is a brand-new project," Grant said. "We want to encourage any institution working on AI-related initatives to submit an entry, and we welcome feedback on how the registry could be enhanced."
The AI registry can be viewed at pair.libraries.ou.edu.
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