Our faculty and students engage in research initiatives designed to answer significant questions in the field of information management. Our research falls into seven overlapping areas, illustrated below, including information organization/respresentation and data science.
MLIS thesis-option students and Interdisciplinary PhD students undertake theses within SIM’s core research areas. Many of the projects are collaborative efforts between SIM and other schools and faculties inside the Faculty of Management and beyond. There are also opportunities for SIM students to explore SIM’s core research areas through reading courses or as research assistants.
Data, information and knowledge management including cloud computing; collaboration; data management; digital preservation; information management; information systems; knowledge management; privacy (collection, use, disclosure, security, destruction of information); records management; research data management; health program evaluation.
- Faculty working in this area: Creighton Barrett, Carla Heggie, Jackie MacDonald, Joyline Makani, Mike Smit, Louise Spiteri, Sandra Toze, Ryan Whalen.
Data science including big data; big data analytics; big data management; big data processing; citation analysis; cloud computing; cloud computing at scale; computational social science; empirical innovation studies; ethics; natural language processing; network analysis; personal information security.
Educational and informational services including children’s services; collaboration; collections development; community engagement; community-led services; data literacy; information literacy; pleasure reading; readers’ advisory services; reading and literacy; young adult services; mediated information searching.
- Faculty working in this area: Creighton Barrett, Vivian Howard, Keith Lawson, Jackie MacDonald, Joyline Makani, Lindsay McNiff, Mike Smit, Louise Spiteri, Sandra Toze
Human information interaction including accidental information acquisition; e-learning; geographic information behavior and use; group/collaborative information interactions; human-computer interaction; individual differences; information needs and behaviours; mobile interface theory; online catalog retrieval systems (pleasure reading); organizational learning; perceptions of internet-based technology; privacy; serendipity; social media; user engagement; web-based discovery systems.
- Faculty working in this area: Jackie MacDonald, Joyline Makani, Jennifer Grek Martin, Carla Heggie, Vivian Howard, Keith Lawson,Lori McCay-Peet, Louise Spiteri, Sandra Toze
- Faculty working in this area: Creighton Barrett, Fiona Black, Carla Heggie, Keith Lawson, Jackie MacDonald, Joyline Makani, Jennifer Grek Martin, Lori McCay-Peet, Ryan Whalen
Information organization and representation including archival description; cataloguing; classification; data visualization; folksonomies; geographic information systems; geographic representation; images as information; information architecture; information systems; information visualization; metadata; network science; organization of information; privacy; social tagging; taxonomies; thesauri; archival appraisal, archival outreach, health policy and procedure; information system implementation and evaluation.
- Faculty working in this area: Patti Bannister, Creighton Barrett, Fiona Black, Carla Heggie, Keith Lawson, Joyline Makani, Jennifer Grek Martin, Lori McCay-Peet, Louise Spiteri, Ryan Whalen
Scientific information including environment management; fisheries management; grey literature; information networks; information use and influence; integrated coastal and oceans management; marine and oceans issues; marine governance; oceans data management; patent informatics; privacy in research and science; public policy and decision making; science-policy interface; scientific information portals; scientometrics; state of environment reporting; information in decision making.