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Identifying Crossover Documents in an Interdisciplinary Research Environment

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Title: Identifying Crossover Documents in an Interdisciplinary Research Environment
Authors: Gazan, Rich
Keywords: NASA Astrobiology Institute
Interdisciplinary research
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Rich Gazan (2013). Identifying Crossover Documents in an Interdisciplinary Research Environment. iConference 2013, 12-15 February, Ft. Worth, TX.
Abstract: AIRFrame is a NASA project to analyze and integrate astrobiology documents from diverse disciplines to catalyze new knowledge. This paper outlines the technical infrastructure of the current system and reports on an ongoing iterative evaluation, to address the question of how scientists perceive and integrate crossover documents in their research. Some of the obstacles preventing AIRFrame from gaining traction with its target audience of astrobiology researchers include representing their research output accurately, effectively translating and relating diverse metadata, and understanding disciplinary norms and the broader knowledge production infrastructure. The skills required to address these needs
suggest a role for both researchers and information professionals to work in tandem with technical tools to catalyze interdisciplinary knowledge. A graduate seminar in interdisciplinary knowledge production, targeted at both researchers and graduate students at the University of Hawaii, has been designed to elicit and impart needed information as input to ongoing AIRFrame development.
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