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Knowledge Graph in Neo4J for Helping Student Success: A Case Study

In this presentation, the presenter will talk about her PhD research in which she engaged with PhD students of an interdisciplinary program through interviews and a series of participatory design workshops to design a model and collect crowdsourced data alongside publicly available data to populate said knowledge graph that was hosted in Neo4J graph database. The presentation will show queries via Neo4J Bloom software that were used to evaluate the usability of the graph with the end population, and we can do the hands-on demo of the Arrows tool that can be used for drafting the knowledge graph model.

Learning Objectives:
1. The participants will learn a possible way to organize knowledge through a knowledge graph that is needed for the students in information science (and interdisciplinary) educational programs.

2. The participants will be introduced to the user-centred research methods, theories, tools, and procedures that took place to create a proof-of-the-concept program that serves students in an interdisciplinary/information science program.

3. The participants will learn about potential uses of open-source Neo4J Graph Database Management System, and other related products (Bloom for Visualization, Arrows for graph drafts).


Stanislava (Stasha) Gardasevic has submitted her PhD thesis in the Communication and Information Sciences interdisciplinary program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and her research is focused on creating and visualizing user-centered knowledge graphs for information discovery and exchange in academic settings. Currently, she is a research assistant at Hawaiʻi Digital Health Lab, and previously, she worked as a teaching assistant/course instructor at the Library and Information Science (LIS). She is engaged in a re-description and digitization project at Kawaiahaʻo Church Archives (Hawaiʻi). She holds an MLIS degree (international Digital Library Learning program) and specializes in metadata for digital resources and interoperability. Previously, she worked in the National Library of Serbia as a digital librarian and was involved in multiple e-services and international projects.

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