Searcy, AR, United States

Harding University

www.harding.edu
Searcy, AR, United States

Harding University is a private liberal arts Christian university in Searcy, Arkansas, about 50 miles north-east of Little Rock, associated with the Church of Christ.The school was founded in 1924 as Harding College in Morrilton, Arkansas and moved a decade later to the campus of the defunct Galloway Female College in Searcy. Today, the University contains forty-eight buildings, a Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee, satellite campuses in North Little Rock, Paragould and Bentonville, and International campuses in Brisbane, Australia; Viña del Mar, Chile; London, England; Porto Rafti, Greece; Florence, Italy; France; and Namwianga Mission, Zambia. The fall 2014 student body of 6,075 students includes 4,492 undergraduate and 1,583 graduate students from forty-nine states and forty-four foreign countries. The fall 2014 enrollment is the 28th consecutive record fall undergraduate enrollment for the University and included 53 undergraduates who were selected as a National Merit Finalist.Harding University also operates Camp Tahkodah in Floral, Arkansas, Harding Academy in Searcy, and the Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee. Wikipedia.


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News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the best colleges and universities in Arkansas for 2017. 20 four-year schools made the list, with John Brown University, Hendrix College, Ouachita Baptist University, Harding University and University of Arkansas taking the lead as the top five. Of the 26 two-year schools that were also included, North Arkansas College, Arkansas State University Mountain Home, Black River Technical College, Pulaski Technical College and Arkansas Northeastern College were the top five. A full list of winning schools is included below. “Arkansas is seeing a record low for unemployment in 2017, which is great news for college grads entering the job market,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “The schools on our list have demonstrated value for not only providing a strong education, but also helping students fulfill career goals after they graduate.” To be included on Arkansas “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, career services offered, availability of financial aid and base metrics such as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Arkansas” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Arkansas for 2017 include: Arkansas State University-Main Campus Arkansas Tech University Central Baptist College Harding University Henderson State University Hendrix College John Brown University Lyon College Ouachita Baptist University Philander Smith College Southern Arkansas University Main Campus University of Arkansas University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Arkansas at Monticello University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences University of Arkansas-Fort Smith University of Central Arkansas University of the Ozarks Williams Baptist College The Best Two-Year Colleges in Arkansas for 2017 include: Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Beebe Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Arkansas State University - Newport Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock Black River Technical College College of the Ouachitas Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute East Arkansas Community College Mid-South Community College National Park College North Arkansas College NorthWest Arkansas Community College Northwest Technical Institute Ozarka College Phillips Community College Pulaski Technical College Remington College-Little Rock Campus Rich Mountain Community College South Arkansas Community College Southeast Arkansas College Southern Arkansas University Tech University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton University of Arkansas Hope - Texarkana Arkansas Northeastern College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


News Article | May 8, 2017
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"We're pleased to pass the leadership torch to Cody Kiser as Comerica's second Fort Worth Market President," said Peter Sefzik, Comerica's Texas Market President. "Since joining Comerica in 2010 as a business banking relationship manager, Cody has consistently proven himself as a leader, mentor and top performer for the company. We look forward to Cody building on Don's legacy in Fort Worth, and continuing to grow our Tarrant County business." "Don Hellman helped build our Tarrant County operations from the ground-up, and has been instrumental in the market's growth, including establishing our first Tarrant County regional headquarters at The Carnegie in Sundance Square in 2008, and overseeing the expansion of our Tarrant County banking center network during that time," commented Sefzik. "We are grateful to Don for his leadership and stability in that role, and we congratulate him on his new, expanded role in Private Banking Credit Administration." A 12-year banking veteran, Kiser was promoted to his current role in 2016 as senior vice president and group manager of both the Tarrant County and North Dallas Business Banking teams. Kiser's community leadership roles include the executive leadership board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Greater DFW, as well as volunteer service roles with Junior Achievement of the Chisolm Trail. He is also an active member and leader in his church. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Harding University. About Comerica Bank Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. To find us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/Comerica. Follow Comerica on Twitter at @ComericaCares and follow Comerica Chief Economist Robert Dye on Twitter at @Comerica_Econ. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comerica-bank-names-cody-d-kiser-fort-worth-market-president-300452420.html


News Article | July 12, 2017
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Harding University is rolling out a simultaneous installation and conversion, beginning in the Registrar's Office – a high-volume area. OnBase will integrate with the institution's current enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Banner by Ellucian, and provide secure, immediate access to electronic student documents to optimize communications and efficiency for Harding University administrative employees. "As a growing university, we have areas that need to be automated and more user friendly. We selected OnBase for its breadth and depth to support us now and in the future," said Mike Chalenburg, assistant vice president, information systems and technology at Harding University. "Hyland's long-standing position within the industry was a draw for us as was their cross-vertical expertise, which will serve us well in both academic and business departments across campus." The institution's Strategic Plan places an emphasis on exploring technologies that lead to a change in operational efficiencies and advance teaching and learning. Following the initial rollout, Harding University will continue to build on OnBase workflow and electronic form functionalities to fulfill the objective of driving success by streamlining processes, connecting information and providing better student service. "Our team at Hyland is working closely with Harding University Information Systems and Technology to continue supporting their ongoing goal of excellent service and capability through the use of technology," said Dave Vegh, director, higher education practice at Hyland. "With OnBase, Harding University has a foundation that will grow with them as they expand the technology and connect departments across the institution to help drive student success." For more information about why institutions are selecting OnBase to support their campus-wide digital transformations, visit OnBase.com/HigherEd. About Hyland  Hyland is a leading provider of software solutions for managing content, processes and cases for organizations across the globe. For over 25 years, Hyland has enabled more than 15,700 organizations to digitalize their workplaces and fundamentally transform their operations. Named one of Fortune's Best Companies to Work For® since 2014, Hyland is widely known as both a great company to work for and a great company to do business with. For more information, please visit Hyland.com. About OnBase by Hyland OnBase is a single enterprise information platform for managing content, processes and cases deployed via on-premises or in the Hyland Cloud. Providing enterprise content management (ECM), case management, business process management (BPM), records management and capture all on a single platform, OnBase transforms organizations around the globe by empowering them to become more agile, efficient and effective. Enterprise cloud-based sharing capability for the OnBase platform is available with our complementary offering, ShareBase by Hyland. OnBase is one of the most widely used ECM solutions for colleges and universities. Flexible, scalable and secure, OnBase fits specific processes across institutions. From admissions processing and review, including transcript capture and transfer course evaluation, to AP invoice processing, this end-to-end solution enables institutions to leverage existing hardware investments, integrate with student information systems and alleviate administrative burdens on IT. For more information about OnBase, please visit OnBase.com/HigherEd. About Harding University Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding's student body represents all 50 states and 54 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; graduate and professional degrees at the master's, specialist and doctoral levels; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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YouScript, a proprietary clinical decision support tool designed to assist in medication therapy management, has been shown to reduce readmissions by 52 percent (p=0.007) and ER visits by 42 percent (p=0.045) in patients over 50 taking multiple medications when combined with pharmacogenetic testing. Researchers at Harding University and Unity Health-White County Medical Center, in collaboration with Genelex Labs, a pioneer in pharmacogenomic testing, and precision prescribing software company, YouScript, conducted a randomized controlled trial in a high-risk population of chronically ill polypharmacy patients aged 50 years and older admitted to home health care after an in-patient hospitalization. The trial was designed to incorporate pharmacogenetic data into an integrated clinical decision support system and compare the results to a standard drug information system. This study validates the results of the IMPACT study completed by the University of Utah in 2015 in which hospitalizations were reduced 39% and ER visits 79% in elderly polypharmacy patients in an ambulatory environment in 4-months. In addition to re-hospitalization and ED visit metrics; the new study examined secondary endpoints including death and Medicare administrative quality measures. Risk of death decreased by 85 percent (p=0.05) compared to the control group and researchers estimated a potential per capita cost savings of $4,382 based upon Medicare average all-cause readmission and ER visit cost in only 60-days. The results of the study were recently published in PLOS ONE. “If reproduced across the entire Medicare home health population, this would save billions of dollars and thousands of lives every year. Not only does this meet the goals of the Triple Aim, but it brings to bear the question, when does it become a patient safety issue for this not to be part of the standard of care for polypharmacy patients,” said Kristine Ashcraft, CEO of Seattle-based YouScript. “We appreciate all the hard work Harding University has done and thank the patients at Unity Health’s White County Medical Center for their participation in this landmark study validating the power of precision medicine.” The study examined two groups of 50-and-older home health patients taking an average of 11.6 prescription drugs. The mean Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) score for overall health at the start of intervention, drug count at baseline, and pharmacogenetic risk, the likelihood that testing would reveal substantial gene based drug interactions, in the tested and untested groups were the same. The study population was selected to have a higher than average return on pharmacogenetic testing defined by the likely frequency of drugs interacting with cytochromes or CYPs, enzymes in the liver that metabolize many medications. Drugs are currently prescribed assuming normal genetics for the CYPs when only 7% of patients are normal for all five of the main CYPs. The primary outcome measures were the number of readmissions and ER visits at 30 days and 60 days after discharge from the hospital. These findings occurred in a Home Health Agency (HHA) that, according to 2015 Home Health Quality Improvement reporting was already in the 5th - 12th percentile CMS benchmark group for lowest readmissions. Lindsay S. Elliott, Pharm.D., BCGP who was the primary investigator for the study noted, "All clinicians strive to improve quality of life for their patients. Knowing patient specific drug metabolism combined with the ability to identify cumulative drug-drug, drug-gene, and drug-drug-gene interactions will only aid in our efforts. This study demonstrates the potential to manage medication regimens specific to the patient in order to increase efficacy, decrease adverse effects, and reduce overall healthcare costs." The YouScript system combines comprehensive predictive medication management analytics with pharmacogenetic testing to provide an at-a-glance summary of how the complex web of medication and genetic interactions affect patient response to drug treatments. The patented software algorithms analyze patient medication regimens combined with genetic test results to predict the potential for adverse drug events and treatment failures. When potential problems are identified, YouScript suggests alternative medications with reduced interaction risk, taking into account all other relevant drugs, herbals, and genetic factors. “Randomized controlled trials of integrated pharmacogenetic information in a broad polypharmacy population have been lacking. The data from this study offers a potentially important opportunity to minimize ADEs and reduce health resource utilization,” said corresponding author Ranjit Thirumaran, M.Pharm, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Pharmacogenetics at YouScript. About Genelex Founded in 1987, Seattle-based Genelex is one of the first clinical laboratories to provide pharmacogenetic testing and interpretation. Pharmacogenetic testing examines variations of the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes. While there are over 50 CYP enzymes, approximately five contribute to the metabolism of over 80 percent prescription medications, herbals, and over the counter medications. The Genelex pharmacogenetic test reveals natural variations present in more than 90 percent of people that determine how the body processes commonly prescribed medications. As creators of the patented and proprietary YouScript Personalized Prescribing System, Genelex is a pioneer in comprehensive medication analytics and pharmacogenetic testing. For more information, visit: http://www.genelex.com. About YouScript Based on fifteen years of technology development that makes precision prescribing possible, Seattle-based YouScript was founded in 2016 after spinning out of Genelex. The YouScript clinical decision support tool is the only medication management system available that assesses the cumulative effect of a patient drug regimen and unique pharmacogenomic results. Based on over 14,000 curated references and product inserts, YouScript uses comprehensive predictive analytics to interpret and provide an at-a-glance summary of the complex web of genetics, medications, over-the-counters, herbals, and other factors impacting drug safety and response; identifying at risk patients for testing and offering ranked alternatives with reduced interaction risk whenever an adverse interaction risk is found. For more information, visit: http://www.youscript.com or HIMSS Booth #823.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best schools with online programs in the state of Arkansas for 2017. Of the four-year schools ranked, 15 made the list; University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University, Harding University and University of Central Arkansas scored as the top five schools. The state’s top 16 two-year schools were also highlighted, with Arkansas State University Beebe, College of the Ouachitas, North Arkansas College, Phillips Community College and Arkansas Northeastern College taking the top five spots. AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org used more than a dozen data points to determine which online schools are the best in Arkansas. Schools on the list must meet several basic requirements to be included: they must be institutionally accredited, they must be a public or private not-for-profit institution. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes employment resources and counseling, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid availability. “Today, more and more students are able to access an online education, and students in Arkansas are no exception,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list are best-in-class for providing online programs that suit the needs of students who prefer flexibility for their coursework.” For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Arkansas’ Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Arkansas Baptist College Arkansas State University - Main Campus Arkansas Tech University Central Baptist College Ecclesia College Harding University Henderson State University John Brown University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus University of Arkansas University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Arkansas at Monticello University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Central Arkansas Arkansas’ Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Beebe Arkansas State University - Mountain Home College of the Ouachitas Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas East Arkansas Community College National Park College North Arkansas College NorthWest Arkansas Community College Ozarka College Phillips Community College South Arkansas Community College Southeast Arkansas College Southern Arkansas University Tech University of Arkansas Community College - Batesville University of Arkansas Hope - Texarkana ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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YouScript and Elsevier are collaborating to bring individualized, relevant drug and dose optimization guidance to providers, pharmacists and patients wherever medication decisions are made. On February 2, 2017, Harding University published a randomized controlled trial in PLOS One in high-risk polypharmacy patients to incorporate pharmacogenetic data and YouScript’s clinical decision support system and compare results to a standard drug information system. The study showed a reduction in readmissions by 52 percent (p=0.007) and ER visits by 42 percent (p=0.045). This data validates a previous study (IMPACT) published by YouScript and the University of Utah in 2015. Current clinical decision support tools and drug interaction software use drug safety alerts that occur too often, leading physicians to alert fatigue. Alert fatigue is a major patient safety issue as it can cause providers to miss or ignore significant warnings, putting the patient in danger. To address this, YouScript’s precision prescribing system combines alerts into top-level, clinically actionable items to reduce fatigue. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions and deliver better care. YouScript has licensed Elsevier’s Gold Standard Drug Database, which combines modern technical architecture with current, accurate content and built-in human logic for superior decision support. “By combining the vast drug information database from Elsevier with YouScript’s technology, we are listening to what providers have requested,” said YouScript CEO Kristine Ashcraft “and surfacing the safest, most effective medication choices the current evidence allows for right in the prescribing workflow.” Traditional drug interaction systems monitor drug-drug and drug-gene interactions in a basic one-to-one, binary manner. YouScript’s algorithms combine traditional binary interactions with cumulative drug-drug-drug and drug-drug-gene interactions, capturing 34% more significant interactions. With this increased rate of proactive detection, YouScript combines precise alerts into targeted warnings, providing predictive “auditioning” of alternative medications and at-a-glance clinical management options. “We are excited to collaborate with YouScript on its efforts to bring the benefits of precision medicine to bear,” said Kay Morgan, Vice President, Drug Products & Industry Standards, Elsevier. “We are pleased to be able to provide YouScript’s user-interface, analytics and algorithms with Elsevier’s extensive drug database to help YouScript bring individualized, relevant drug and dose optimization alerts to providers, pharmacists and patients. Based on fifteen years of technology development that makes precision prescribing possible, Seattle-based YouScript was founded in 2016 after spinning out of Genelex. The YouScript clinical decision support tool is the only medication management system available that assesses the cumulative effect of a patient drug regimen and unique pharmacogenomic results. Based on over 14,000 curated references and product inserts, YouScript uses comprehensive predictive analytics to interpret and provide an at-a-glance summary of the complex web of genetics, medications, over-the-counters, herbals, and other factors impacting drug safety and response; identifying at risk patients for testing and offering ranked alternatives with reduced interaction risk whenever an adverse interaction risk is found. For more information, visit: http://www.youscript.com or HIMSS Booth #823. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey — and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. http://www.elsevier.com


News Article | February 28, 2017
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LITTLE ROCK, AR, February 28, 2017-- Evelyn Elizabeth Hughes-Bass has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Drawing upon more than 40 years of experience in public and private Christian school in education, and early childhood coordinator for Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN) training and developing workshop for parents and children.Ms. Bass began her career in education upon her graduation from Arkansas Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971. From there, Ms. Bass served as a teacher with Pulaski County Special School District while pursuing a Master of Science in education at Ouachita Baptist University, which she completed in 1988. Ms. Bass has also attended postgraduate studies through Harding University in education leadership.Between 1997 and 2004, Ms. Bass served as director/teacher of Lenea's Children Cottage. She also served as a preschool teacher with Graceland Kid's Educare Center.In recognition of her commitment to education, Ms. Bass has been featured in numerous honors publications, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World. She was also selected for inclusion in the 7th and 8th editions of Who's Who in American Education, which were published in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Ms. Bass maintains involvement with a wide range of educational organizations, including the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), AR Kids Read and Arkansas Retired Teacher Association (ARTA). In her spare time, she serves as a consultant in her field, as well as a composer of music, and vocalist of praises and hymns. Since 1999, Ms. Bass has served as an advisor for child development and associate instructor with Grace Holiness Christian Academy. Ms. Bass presently works in the capacity of an independent certified advanced trainer for the Early Care and Education Projects, conducting workshops in the field of early childhood education, at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.Ms. Bass published a children music book entitled, "Never Say Never" and a CD; these motivating songs can be purchased through Author House, Barnes&Noble, Amazon, xulon, and arbor spring. Her book "Listen! The Lord is Speaking," which was released in 2004, was written to inspire and encourage readers.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


Levels of the phytohormone indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) can be altered by the formation and hydrolysis of IAA conjugates. The isolation and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants with reduced IAA-conjugate sensitivity and wild-type IAA responses is advancing the understanding of auxin homeostasis by uncovering the factors needed for conjugate metabolism. For example, the discovery that the IAA-Ala-resistant mutant iar1 is defective in a protein in the ZIP family of metal transporters uncovered a link between metal homeostasis and IAA-conjugate sensitivity. To uncover additional factors impacting auxin conjugate metabolism, we conducted a genetic modifier screen and isolated extragenic mutations that restored IAA-amino acid conjugate sensitivity to the iar1 mutant. One of these suppressor mutants is defective in a putative cation diffusion facilitator, MTP5 (At3g12100; formerly known as MTPc2). Loss of MTP5 function restored IAA conjugate sensitivity to iar1 but not to mutants defective in IAA-amino acid conjugate amidohydrolases. Our results are consistent with a model in which MTP5 and IAR1 transport metals in an antagonistic fashion to regulate metal homeostasis within the subcellular compartment in which the IAA-conjugate amidohydrolases reside, and support previous suggestions that the ion composition in this compartment influences hydrolase activity.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 108.34K | Year: 2010

Web Science is an emerging discipline that studies the Web: how human activity is shaped by Web interactions, how the Web can benefit society, and how Web technologies can be improved. Central to Web Science is access to data that records the history of the Web, as well as data that records human activity (e.g., posed queries, tagged pages, Twitter updates). It is currently very difficult for academic researchers to obtain such Web data because it is hard to locate, it is fragmented across diverse sites, and is recorded using inconsistent formats and strategies. This project will build a Web Archive Cooperative (WAC) that will integrate existing archives (repositories of Web data), making it feasible to access large volumes of data in a simplified fashion. The WAC will be a virtual service, providing search facilities and access mechanisms to existing resources. These resources will not just be Web pages, but all types of available Web information, such as query logs, tag annotations, blogs, profiles and Twitter updates. Furthermore, resources will also include the software tools for building and managing Web archives.

The project will explore three goals for a resource discovery service: (1) the manual or automated discovery of entire existing Web related archives; (2) the selection among known archives of the ones that support a specific research question; and (3) the identification of individual resources from within the selected archives. Tools for characterizing discovered archives, especially for the case where the archive does not provide rich descriptive metadata, will also be developed. Characterization of an archive includes elements such as an estimate of the archives coverage, particulars of the crawling parameters, like dates/frequencies, crawl duration, depth, per-site ceiling on the number of collected pages, content statistics, and link structure. Mechanisms for integrating diverse archives will be developed, and the mechanisms will be applied to site reconstruction (from various archives) and archive views (a logical fusion of resources from multiple sources). Since integration issues are so challenging, an experimental testbed will be set up with small but diverse resources. The testbed will contain several crawls of the same target sites, each obtained with different crawlers and using different parameters. The testbed will also contain related resources. Storage trading schemes will be developed, allowing members to trade local backup space for remote space. A Web archive replication tool will be developed based on existing notions for self-preserving objects. Alternatives for replica synchronization will be studied.

Workshops to bring together key Web Science researchers will be organized to discuss available resources and impediments to sharing. These workshops will drive research and identify needed tools and protocols. With small groups of participants, challenge problems will be established, e.g., combining a set of Web archives. Reports of these results at future workshops can incentivize others to participate in the WAC. In addition, an Advisory Board of industrial, government, and academic experts has been set up to guide the project. A Summer Institute for Web Science graduate students will be held. At this Institute, students will learn to use the latest tools and will learn from each others experiences in dealing with Web data. In addition, a one-day workshop will be developed, to be offered at Web Science conferences (WWW, SIGIR, etc.) to educate participants about WAC resources. An undergraduate Web Sciences track for computer science majors will be set up, taking advantage of WAC resources. The project will have impact in two ways. First, it will provide tools and services that facilitate access to Web resources. Any researcher, from a computer scientist studying efficient Web search, to a social scientist studying how human beliefs are changing today, to a historian studying how the early Web evolved, to a biologist understanding how disease spreads, will benefit from the work. Second, the project motivates students and young researchers to stay in academia. Currently top talent is flowing to industry because only they have comprehensive Web data, and it is so hard to do significant Web Science at universities. The WAC can provide an alternative, attracting more researchers and teachers to this important area.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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1218, Inc. has announced the appointment of Roger Hooten to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Roger is a highly effective C-Level Financial Professional with a deep knowledge and understanding of all areas of accounting, financial management, and corporate administration. He has strong interpersonal skills and board level presence across a variety of business areas including Equity Investing, Finance and Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions, Partnerships and Tax Administration, and SEC Reporting. Roger has held numerous executive level positions across many corporate and government disciplines including Senior Financial Management Analyst at the FDIC, Chief Administrative Officer at Jeffrey E. Smith Companies, Chief Financial Officer for Harwood International Corporation, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Southmark Corporation. Roger will be accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the Company, to include the development of a financial strategy, metrics, and the ongoing development and management of internal control systems. "We are excited to have Roger join our fast growing team of professionals," said Nick McCune, CEO. "Roger's depth of experience and insightful manner further supports our overall growth strategy." A Certified Public Accountant, Roger earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Harding University. About 1218, Inc. A global leader in consulting innovation, The 1218 Companies [Regents Consulting Group, Convectus Solutions, Axcero Global, and 1218 Search] were each founded with unique delivery capabilities. From systems implementations and upgrades to managed services and professional search, 1218 has developed a track record for measurably improving client productivity, effectiveness, and profitability.

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