Research Statement

As research datasets and analyses grow in complexity, data that could be valuable to other researchers and to support the integrity of published work remain uncurated across disciplines. These data are especially concentrated in the “Long Tail” of funded research (Heidorn, 2008; Ferguson, et al., 2014; Borgman, et al., 2016) where curation resources and related expertise are often inaccessible. In the domain of astronomy - which relies heavily on sophisticated instrumentation - it is undisputed that “dark” uncurated data exist, along with data at risk of becoming dark in the future (Cragin, et al., 2010; Borgman, 2015; Darch & Sands, 2015). However, the scope of the problem remains uncertain. My dissertation project implements a mixed-methods research approach to characterize the Long Tail in astronomy as well as the properties of uncurated and at-risk astronomical data, and to develop methods for locating potentially-useful data to be targeted for curation through indicators in the scholarly literature.



Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION:


University of Arizona, PhD, School of Information

Expected completion: May 2019

Dissertation Committee Members:

Dr. P. Bryan Heidorn (Chair), Director / Associate Professor, UA School of Information

Dr. Steven Bethard, Assistant Professor, UA School of Information

Dr. Erin Leahey, Professor, UA School of Sociology

Dr. John Mester, Associate Vice President for Research, UA Research, Discovery & Innovation

Dr. Carole Palmer, Associate Dean for Research / Professor, University of Washington Information School

Dissertation title: "Exploring the Long Tail of Astronomy: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Searching for Dark Data"


Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science, Library Science

August 2010


New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Bachelor of General Studies

December 2006


EXPERIENCE:


Instructor, ESOC 211 - Collaborating in Online Communities, University of Arizona School of Information

June 2017 - present


Astrolabe Graduate Research Associate, University of Arizona School of Information

August 2015 - August 2017


Research Development Fellow, University of Arizona Office for Research & Discovery

July 2015 - July 2016


Graduate Student Assistant, American Astronomical Society

May 2015 - August 2015


Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona School of Information

August 2014 - May 2015


Graduate Student Intern, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

May 2014 - August 2014


Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science

August 2013 - May 2014


Co-Creator, Navegado.cl

March 2012 - present


Writer and Web Editor, The Santiago Times

May 2012 - January 2013


Document Specialist, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)

January 2007 - July 2012


Assistant Circulation Supervisor, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Joseph R. Skeen Library

August 2001 - March 2007


PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES:


Heidorn, P. B., Stahlman, G.R., & Steffen, J. (2018). Astrolabe: Curating, linking and computing astronomy’s dark data. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 236(1), 3.


Brooks, C. F., Heidorn, P. B., Stahlman, G. R., and Chong, S. S. (2016). Working beyond the confines of academic discipline to resolve a real-world problem: A community of scientists discussing long-tail data in the cloud. First Monday.


CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND WORKSHOPS:


Stahlman, G.R. & Sheffield, C. (Under Review). Geoparsing Biodiversity Heritage Library collections: A preliminary exploration. Extended poster abstract submitted for publication (iConference 2019)

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Stahlman, G.R., Heidorn, P.B., Steffen, J. (2018). Identifying and curating astronomical “dark data” through development of cyberinfrastructure resources. Proceedings of Library and Information Services in Astronomy VIII (LISA VIII), June 7-9, 2017, Strasbourg, France. EPJ Web of Conferences, 186, 03003


Brooks, C. F., Heidorn, P.B., Stahlman, G., and Chong, S. (2015). Discourses, a community of scientists, and long-tail data in the cloud. Paper submitted for the annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), October 21-24, Phoenix, AZ.


Bhatia, R., et al. (2012). System engineering of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. Proceedings of the International Society for Optics and Photonics, volume 8449. doi: 10.1117/12.926822.


Heidorn, P.B., Stahlman, G.R., and Chong, S. (2015). Datasphere at the Biosphere II: Computation and data in the wild. Poster presentation at iConference, Newport Beach, CA, March 25-26, 2015.


PRESENTATIONS:


“Discovering Dark Data through the Scholarly Literature", Invited Research Talk. University of Arizona School of Information, October 12, 2018, Tucson, AZ.


“Astrolabe: Building on Collaborative Networks", Invited Plenary Talk. ESIP Summer Meeting (co-presentation with P. Bryan Heidorn), July 18, 2018, Tucson, AZ.


“Identifying and curating astronomical “dark data” through development of cyberinfrastructure resources", Library and Information Services in Astronomy VIII (LISA VIII), June 7-9, 2017, Strasbourg, France.


“Exploring the 'Long Tail' of Astronomy Data through Cyberinfrastructure Development”, Invited Colloquia Talk, Center for Digital Society and Data Studies / University of Arizona School of Information, Tucson, AZ, February 3, 2017


“Navigating Astronomical Dark Data through Advanced Cyberinfrastructure”, American Astronomical Society Author-Referee Workshops at Division for Planetary Sciences Annual Meeting and California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, October 2016


AWARDS AND HONORS:


LEADS Fellowship awarded by LEADS-4-NDP program and Drexel University ($5000), Summer 2018


Dissertation Research Grant awarded by University of Arizona Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI) ($1986), March 2018


PhD Student Travel Grant ($800) awarded by the University of Arizona School of Information, June 2017


Research Assistantship funded by the Astrolabe Project, through UA Accelerate for Success grant, and NSF SI2-SSE award #1642446, “Visualizing Astronomy Repository Data using WorldWide Telescope Software Systems”, 2016-2017 (participated in writing proposals)


Full scholarship and travel support awarded by National Optical Astronomy Observatory to attend the La Serena School of Data Science in La Serena, Chile, August 2015


Research Development Fellowship awarded by University of Arizona Office for Research & Discovery, 2015-2016 academic year


Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Research and Project Grant awarded for purchase of equipment ($1065.00), December 2014



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CONTACT

Email: gstahlman-(at)-email.arizona.edu