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[liberationtech] UMSI Global Information Engagement Program - Call for Proposals

Kelly Kowatch kkowatch at
Sun Sep 28 18:37:45 PDT 2014

The University of Michigan School of Information <>
(UMSI) seeks organizations in India interested in addressing information,
technology and design needs in partnership with professional graduate
students from the University of Michigan. The mission of the Global
Information Engagement Program <>
(GIEP) is to develop sustainable information tools to serve social justice
or human development needs in India.

In 2014, small teams of GIEP students worked on several projects in India,
including developing a website of resources for the disabled, creating an
archive and networking platform for human rights lawyers and finding new
solutions for data management in a hospital system.

Student teams bring with them highly developed skills in needs assessment,
application development, product design and a deep understanding of
information management.

Examples of projects on which students may provide assistance:

   - creation, advancement, or organization of information repositories and
   - development of interactive web-based services
   - preservation of collections and information
   - development of internal library systems
   - research and analysis on information policy topics
   - digital design projects
   - data analysis and informatics

Requirements for organizations to participate are as follows:

   - a well-developed project proposal that clearly highlights an
   information challenge
   - a committed project leader at the organization to  work with students
   and provide resources and information to ensure project success
   - availability for remote consultation for initial project research and
   development from January to May, 2015
   - workspace and project guidance for 2-4 students during their time in
   India over approximately 6-8 weeks in the summer of 2015

Proposals for projects are welcome from industry, non-profit, governmental
and academic institutions. There is no cost to the organization. Student
expenses are fully funded by the University of Michigan.

*The deadline to propose a project is October 1, 2014.*
The application is available online:

Global Information Exchange Program website.

Joyojeet Pal <joyojeet at>, Faculty
Kelly Kowatch <kkowatch at>, Program Manager

Please share this message with any potentially interested parties.

*--Kelly A. Kowatch, Service Engagement Program Manager*

*University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI)*3360 North Quad, 105
South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 936-8735 | kkowatch at
*Schedule an appointment
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