Research and Projects
Gerry Benoît, Associate Professor
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Education

Employment History

Academic Experience

Grants
  1. Benoît, G., & Leonard, D. (2016). Metadata for information discovery [with Boston Public Library]. Dole, $6,000.
  2. Benoît, G. (2013). Information Science Experience Lab. President’s Fund for Excellence, Simmons College, $7900.
  3. Benoît, G. [PI], & Agarwal, N. (2012). End-user interface experience project. Hollowell Grant.
  4. Thomasian, R., Arakelyn, A., & Benoît, G. [Consultant] (2006-2010). Bilezikian Foundation Grant, $104,620, multilingual digital library project.
  5. Benoît, G. (2006-7). Phrasal parsing of English and Chinese bilingual corpora. Hollowell Grant.
  6. Johnson, J. D., N. Harrington, J. Andrews, … G. Benoît [technical advisor], et al. (2002). CECCR – RO1: “Increasing the Effectiveness of Tailored Health Message” (a multimedia project) National Institutes of Health. $10,000,000.
  7. Jeng, L-H., & Benoît, G. [Co-PI] (2000). National Leadership Grants, IMLS, LL-90187-99, “Improving electronic information seeking in emerging fields of research: a case of bio-acoustics”, $214,000.
  8. Benoît, G. (2000). Summer research fellowship. Univ. of Kentucky, $5,000.

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

  1. Benoît, G. (2016, Sept). The ‘beautiful’ in information: Thoughts about visual literacy and aesthetics. Journal of Visual Literacy, 35(1), 60-78.
  2. Benoît, G. (2016). Visual communication as an information activity. Journal of Visual Literacy, 34(2), 51-67.
  3. *Benoît, G. (2014). The aesthetic turn: thoughts about knowledge claims of information visual systems. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture 43(2), 100-113. DOI 10.115/pdtc-2014-0003.
  4. Benoît, G. (2012). Measuring relevance theory’s effects in an image-driven explorative information system. iConference ‘12 Proceedings. New York: ACM, 438-440.
  5. *Benoît, G. (2012). auroraDL and responding to end-user digital library needs. New York: ACM Proceedings of the 2012 iConference, pp. 444-446.
  6. Benoît, G., & Agarwal, N. (2012). All-visual retrieval: how people search for and respond to an affect-driven visual information retrieval system. Proceedings, ASIST.
  7. *Benoît, G. (2011-Dec.). Integrating use history as a context for dynamically-updated metadata. Journal of Library Metadata, 11(3-4), 129-154.
  8. *Benoît, G., & Hussey L. (2011). Repurposing digital objects: Case studies across the publishing industry. JASIST, 62(2), 363-374.
  9. *Benoît, G. (2010). The ‘beautiful’ in information: philosophy of aesthetics and information visualization. 2nd Int’l Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval. Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 5766, 338-341. Berlin & New York: Springer Verlag.
  10. Benoît, G., & Rashid, F. (2009, Nov.). Iraq’s Digital Library Dilemma: OpenSource Digital Objects Repository architecture, tools, and interface project. ASIST, Vancouver, BC. [in Arabic]
  11. Benoît, G. (2008, Oct.). Interactive 3D Visual Retrieval for Art History Education. Proceedings ASIST.
  12. Benoît, G. (2007, Oct.). Critical Theory and the legitimacy and information science. Information Research, 12(4). http://InformationR.net/ir/12-4/colis01.html
  13. Benoît, G. (2005). Application of Markov chains in an interactive information retrieval system. Information Processing & Management, 41, 843-857. DOI:10.1016/j.ipm.2004.06.005
  14. Benoît, G., Chan, L.-M., Andrews, J. E. (2004). “lois” – locally-organized information system. Information Seeking in Context, Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 2004. Information Research.
  15. Benoît, G. (2004, April). Properties-based retrieval and user decision states: user control and behavior modeling. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 55(6), 471-487.
  16. Benoît, G. (2002). Data discretization for novel relationship discovery in information retrieval. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 53(9), 736-746.
  17. Benoît, G. (2002, Oct.). Towards a critical theoretic perspective in information systems. Library Quarterly, 72(4), 444-474.
  18. Benoît, G. (2002, Sept.). Properties-based tailoring of information seeking contexts. New Review of Information Seeking Behavior Research, 3/4, Sept. 2002/2003.
  19. Benoît, G. (2001). Critical theory as a foundation for pragmatic information systems design. Information Research, 6(2). http://www.shef.ac.uk/~is/publications/infres/6-2/paper98.html
  20. Benoît, G. (2002). Data discretization for novel information discovery. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 53(9), 736-746.
  21. Benoît, G. (2002, May). Interactive visualization for resource co-location, Special Supplement MLA ’02 Abstracts, Medical Library Assoc., Dallas, TX, p. 36.
  22. Benoît, G. (2002). Markov chain model for evidence-adaptive clinical decision support system. Proceedings, American Medical Informatics Association, San Antonio, TX.
  23. Benoît, G. (2002, Nov.). Weighted Markov chains and interactive graphic state nodes for information retrieval. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science Annual Meeting, pp. 115-123.
  24. Benoît, G., & Andrews, J. (2000). Data discretization for novel resource discovery in large medical datasets. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Symposium, 61-5. http://www.amia.org/pubs/symposia/D200636.pdf
  25. Stapley B. J., & Benoît, G. (2000). BioBibliometrics: information retrieval and visualization from co-occurrences of gene names in Medline abstracts. Proceedings of the Pacific Symposium of Biocomputing, 5, 529-540.

Conference Posters

[Peer-reviewed]
  1. Benoît, G., & Agarwal, N. (2012). All-visual retrieval: searching and responses in an affect-driven visual IR System. ASIST.
  2. Benoît, G. (2012). auroraDL and responding to end-user digital library needs. iSchool Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  3. Benoît, G., Hussey, L., & Bartley, P. (2012). Digital Object Repurposing. ASIST Annual Conference.
  4. Benoît, G., & Rashid, F. (2009, Nov.). Iraq’s Digital Library Dilemma: OpenSource Digital Objects Repository architecture, tools, and interface project. ASIST, Vancouver, BC.
  5. Benoît, G., Bartley, P. T., & Hussey, L. (2009, Nov.). Repurposing digital objects: seven case studies across the publishing and information industry. ASIST, Vancouver, BC
  6. Benoît, G., & Andrews, J. (2000, Nov.). Data discretization for novel resource discovery in large medical datasets. Proceedings American Medical Informatics Association Symposium, Los Angeles, CA.

Invited Chapters

(‡ = subject to peer review and acceptance)
    Benoît, G. (2013). Critical theory. In T. D. Wilson & Em. Maceviciute (Eds.) Theories of Information Behavior Research - an information research reader. London: Eiconics.‡
  1. Chan, L. M. (2007). Contributed section on SGML and XML for Chan’s Cataloging and Classification. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  2. Benoît, G. (2007). Theory of Communication Action and LIS. Epistemological Lifeboat, B. Hjørland, Ed. www.db.dk/jni/lifeboat/home.htm
  3. Benoît, G. (2005). Theory of Communicative Action. In K. Fisher, S. Erdelez, & L. McKechnie (Eds.), Theories of information behavior: a researcher’s guide. Medford, NJ: Information Today.
  4. Benoît, G. (2004). Bioinformatics. In B. Cronin (Ed.), Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, vol. 40. Medford, NJ: Information Today for ASIST.‡
  5. Benoît, G. (2002). Data mining. In B. Cronin (Ed.), Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST), vol. 36, pp. 265-310. Medford, NJ: Information Today for ASIST.‡

Presentations

  1. 2010 Bioinformatics Education panel (moderator, ASIST Annual Conference).
  2. 2008, Oct 25 Interactive 3D Visualization for Art History Education, ASIST Annual Conference.
  3. 2007, Aug 16 Critical theory and the legitimacy of information science. CoLIS7, Högskolan i Borås. Borås, Sweden.
  4. 2004 Cross-language information retrieval. Int’l Federation of Library Assoc. Buenos Aires.
  5. 2002, Nov Weighted Markov chains and graphic state nodes for information retrieval. ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.
  6. 2002, Sep Properties-based tailoring of information seeking contexts. Information Seeking in Context, Lisbon, Portugal.
  7. 2002 Markov-Chain Model for Evidence-Adaptive Clinical Decision Support System. American Medical Informatics Association, San Antonio, TX.
  8. 2002 Interactive visualization for resource co-location. Medical Library Assoc.
  9. 2002, Jun Applying Communicative Action to Inter-group Computer Mediated Cooperative Work. International Communications Association annual conference, Seoul, S. Korea. With James Andrews.
  10. 2002, May Interactive Visualization for Resource Co-Location, Medical Library Assoc., Dallas, TX.
  11. 2000, Aug 16 Critical theory as a foundation for pragmatic information systems design, Information Seeking in Context 2000, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  12. 2000 PCSB 2000: Pacific Conference on Structural Biology – BioBibliometrics: information retrieval and visualization from co-occurrence of gene names in Medline abstracts. (With Benjamin Stapley.)
  13. 1999, Aug 6 ISMB1999, 7th International Conference on Intelligence Systems for Molecular Biology, Heidelberg, Germany. (With Benjamin Stapley.)

Presentations

Lectures and invited presentations
  1. 2015, May 20 Updating information systems for digital humanities research. American Antiquarian Society.
  2. 2015, Feb 12 Participatory Computing, Simmons College SLIS Research Colloquium.
  3. 2014, Mar 4 Demystifying Search Engine Algorithms: Harvard Discovery Initiative Project, Harvard University.
  4. 2014, Mar 4 Information Visualization. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  5. 2013, Oct 23 The Rome Experience, summer 2013. [With Bethany Fair, Laura Saunders.] Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  6. 2012, Apr 24 Using auroraDL to integrate your digital items. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  7. 2011, Nov 3 Applying ruby to improve user engagement with encoded texts and manuscript arts. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  8. 2011, Apr 28 Challenges for information visualization. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  9. 2011, Apr 7 Aesthetics and future of truth in information systems. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  10. 2010, Feb 23 Visualization and visual information management. [Panel discussion with Naresh Agarwal, Martha Mahard]. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  11. 2009, Feb The ‘beautiful’ in information: philosophy of aesthetics and information visualization. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  12. 2008, Jan Doctoral seminar - 3d visualization, University of Washington, Seattle.
  13. 2006, Apr 18 Bioinformatics and LIS. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  14. 2005, Dec 1 The role of philosophy in information studies. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  15. 2004, Nov 18 Application of Markov chains in an interactive information retrieval system. Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  16. 2004, Oct 21 Information science: what is it? Simmons GSLIS Research Colloquium.
  17. 2004, June Habermas’ Critical Theory. National Library of Ireland, Dublin. [Lecture].
  18. 1999, Oct 7 Logic, language and communication in information systems. Graduate Communications Seminar, University of Kentucky.
  19. 1999, Apr 19 Systems, Theories & Language: the cyclic nature of technological change. Univ. of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Library & Information Science.
  20. 1998, Jun 9 The Use of Information Technology in the Foreign Language Curriculum, Middlebury College.

Reviews

  1. 2011 Critical theory in Library & Information Science. (Buschman & Liecke) LISR.
  2. 2006 Link analysis: An information science approach. (M. Thewall) JASIST, 57(13), 1855-1858.
  3. 2002 Animating the Letter (L. Kendrick). Library Quarterly.
  4. 2001 Snap to grid: A user’s guide to digital arts, media, and cultures. JASIST, 52(6), 509-510.
  5. 2001 Intelligent applications in LIS (F. Lancaster & A. Warner). LISR 23, 4-6.
  6. 2001 Ethical Issues in Biomedical Publication (A. H. Jones & F. McLellan). Library and Information Science Research.
  7. 2001 Snap to Grid (Peter Lunenfeld). JASIS, 52(7).
  8. 2000 Languages of the World (Andrew Dalby). Library Quarterly, 265-266.
  9. 1999 Concise Dictionary of Library and Information Science (Stella Keenan). Library Quarterly, 67(2), 180-184.
  10. 1999 From Writing to Computers (J. Warner). Library Quarterly, 66(2), 213-216.

Translations

1999 Scientific Elite: Nobel Laureates in the United States (Galina F. Godrukalova/Harriet Zuckerman). Library Quarterly. (I translated this from Russian to English for LQ.)