GIEP projects and teams announced

Student teams have been selected and their projects announced for the Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP). This program’s innovative approach to learning partners non-profit, research, and educational organizations with carefully-selected student teams in an international setting.

Student project teams from UMSI will spend a semester studying an identified information challenge. They will develop a framework for engagement and then spend 6-12 weeks abroad studying or implementing a feasible and sustainable solution. GIEP begins in 2013-14 with the India Initiative and is part of a larger University of Michigan initiative to create sustainable partnerships in India. This program will give students first-hand knowledge on becoming agents of change in the global information economy. The projects and selected participants are as follows:

Hampi Arts Initiative - Jaaga Trust (Bangalore)
The Hampi Arts Initiative will survey, document, and archive the arts and crafts of the Hampi region in Karnataka with the goal of educating the community about Hampi’s rich cultural heritage. This project will be executed with U-M’s partner in India, Jaaga, who boasts a diverse community of entrepreneurs, activists, designers, and artists.

The team will design a rich web experience to engage the public and create a physically interactive installation piece that can travel to public education centers across the globe. This project aims to increase public awareness of Hampi crafts, ensure the region’s traditions are preserved, and push the limits of usual mediums (such as archival websites) to create an engaging experience for installation and website visitors.

The students selected for this project team are Michelle Fiesta and Aysha Siddique from the School of Information and Mark Langrehr, an architectural designer and current master of architecture candidate at U-M.

Human Rights Law Support Network - Alternative Law Forum (Bangalore)
The Alternative Law Forum (ALF) provides direct legal services to marginalized communities and conducts research regarding a variety of human rights issues. The students involved in this project will collaborate with ALF to create a platform that will allow human rights lawyers across India to act as a support network for one another. This platform will allow lawyers to share existing resources and generate new resources. It will also seek to create an efficient and effective system for people who need legal services to connect with human rights lawyers in India. 

The students selected to work on this project team are Sloka Krishnan, Joyce Sakata and Maura Youngman, all from the School of Information. 

Disability Policy Analysis Web Resource - National Institute of Speech and Hearing (Kerala)
The National Institute of Speech and Hearing is dedicated to the rehabilitation of speech- and hearing-impaired persons across the state of Kerala. The institute’s goal is to make disability policy accessible to the community and Indian public. This project will identify disability policies in the United States and compare those to Indian disability policies. This research will lead to the creation of an accessible website outlining disability policies for a variety of audiences—from parents, to policymakers, to professionals. This research and website resource will lay the groundwork to improve Indian disability policy.

The students selected to work on this project team are Elyse Guilfoyle and Kevin Smith from the School of Information and Caitie Goddard from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Visualizing India's Cities - The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (Bangalore)
This project will address the need for storing, analyzing, and disseminating data about India's urban centers by examining large data sets (such as Indian census data), extracting subsets relevant to Indian cities, and maintaining them in a repository. The project team will study how researchers might query these datasets and it will create a portal to allow the data to be queried, visualized, downloaded, and disseminated. The team will also provide recommendations for how the institute might expand this portal in the future to increase its holdings.

The students selected to work on this project team are Michael Wayne Harris and Marlon Phillips from the School of Information, Applied Mathematics Ph.D student Wenling (Wendy) Shang, and Christopher Herlich from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Harvesting Knowledge - Digital Green (New Delhi)
Harvesting Knowledge is a website consultation project for Digital Green's farming knowledge initiative.  This project seeks to research and design a training platform for the community knowledge workers in India's farming communities. Extensive research and interviews with current community workers will allow the project team to create a system that responds to the workers’ unique set of needs.

The training platform will include a user-friendly interface that can be accessed via multiple devices, with a design that will facilitate community organization through curated curriculum. The ultimate goal of this project is to create a system that can accomplish the accreditation of more than 10,000 community service workers.

The students selected for this project team are Edgar Nuñez, Jasmine Hentschel and Krishna Vadrevu from the School of Information.

Data Driven Healthcare - Quantiphi (Mumbai) and Aspada Investments (Bangalore)
This project will focus on delivering data-driven performance metrics and tools designed to improve the quality of care, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of programs in Be Well Hospitals, a chain of affordable, high-quality secondary care hospitals in underserved towns in South India. The project team will leverage the expertise of partner organizations Quantiphi, a data and analytics company focused on healthcare delivery, and Aspada Investments, an investment company with Be Well Hospitals in its portfolio.

The students selected for this project team are Lan VoBa, an MSI candidate; Asif Sheikh and Chris Liu, master’s students in the Health Informatics program; and Jessica Roch from the School of Public Health. 

For an overview of the Global Information Engagement Program, please access this article from the UMSI website. For more information about the projects and the backgrounds of the participating students, please visit the 2014 GIEP Project and Student Teams site here

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013