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Centre for Information Science

Based in the Department of Library and Information Science, the Centre for Information Science (CIS) is our vehicle for research and scholarship in the core areas of our discipline.

The Centre continues the tradition of information science as an academic discipline, which has been present at City, University of London since the teaching of this subject was established in 1961. Our emphasis is on the central concerns of information science: the study of the information communication chain, in the context of different domains and as influenced by developing technologies. Specific interests are: human information behaviour and interaction; information organisation and retrieval; information history; foundations of the information sciences; publishing and dissemination, the idea of information science as a liberal art, and information management within galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM sector).

Information science is a broad field of study, and researchers drawn from several related disciplines contribute to our extensive expertise here at City, University of London.

Our research considers the communication of recorded information. We focus on the conceptual and foundation issues which underlie all aspects of the information society, and specifically, practice in the GLAM professions.

Our work falls into three main areas:

  • Foundations of the information sciences. This includes: the nature of information, links between physical, biological and social conceptions of information; library and information history, and philosophy of information.
  • Information provision for specific domains and subjects. Here we focus on changes in the way information is organised and communicated in the move to a largely digital information environment, including: the changing nature of documents and information resources; changing publishing models, and their consequences for information specialists; and representation, organisation and retrieval of information and knowledge.
  • Information behaviour - of individuals and groups, and within society. Here we consider: models and concepts of human information behaviour; information behaviour associated with emerging technologies such as mobile and pervasive computing; behaviour associated with non-traditional realms exemplified by virtual communities and coolhunters; digital literacy; and the effects of individual differences on information behaviour.

Research is carried out through personal research and scholarship, and through supervision of doctoral students registered for the Library and Information Science PhD/MPhil. Great emphasis is placed on the integration of research with our masters-level education programme, #citylis, and we have numerous publications based on masters dissertations. We have an internationally recognised leading role in curriculum development and in research/practice integration for the library/information sector.

Our current research students:

  • Zaki Abbas: Information seeking behaviours of law students using smartphones to access library resources
  • Ohoud Alabdali: Development of the information society in Saudi Arabia
  • Juan David Millan Cifuentes: Curiosity search experience driven by user context
  • Debbie Lee: Knowledge organisation in musicology
  • Ana Cristina De Lion: The epistemology of cool: human information behaviour in coolhunting
  • Ludi Price: Serious leisure: information behaviour in fan communities
  • Christopher Serbutt: The changing place of information: an examination and evaluation of how context affects the information conveyed by objects
  • Nicole Shelawala: Images for illustration, inspiration and persuasion

Successfully completed research students:

  • Jutta Haider: Open access and notions of 'development'
  • David Haynes: Risk management and personal data
  • Ahmad Khudair: A model for the development of healthcare information services in Saudi Arabia
  • Charlie Mayor: The classification of gene products in the molecular biology domain: realism, objectivity and the limitations of the gene ontology
  • Liz Poirier: A theoretical framework for slow information behaviour
  • Andrew Robson: Communication of pharmaceutical information
  • Tony Weller: Social and cultural understandings and manifestations of information in nineteenth century England
  • Sandra Tury: Information seeking behaviour of distance learning students

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