Information Studies' research is spans three inter-related areas with staff typically working across more than one area.
Since the 2008 RAE, Information Studies’s research development consolidated and expanded its world-class reputation as a centre of excellence in digital curation and preservation in new media. This expanded perspective is the basis for an exploration of wider issues of how engagement with information and communication technologies is transforming knowledge in the arts, humanities and cultural heritage sector. Current areas of development include reshaping records appraisal in support of good governance and anti-corruption evidence; accountability and transparency in records appraisal; digital strategies for museums; issues of access and user response to digital manuscripts; the materiality of the digital and sensory interaction.
This research foregrounds content, collection-building and curation, and the research infrastructures that enable this. It is building a praxis-based critical framework for creating and sustaining knowledge as a process of co-production with libraries, archives and museums; and creating environments for better use, re-use and linking of digital content. There is a strong focus on understanding the use of digital resources, methods and tools in the humanities research lifecycle, and enabling a more critical appraisal of how this is a major shift in cultural production and the creation and communication of knowledge. Other research in this theme includes the construction and communication of knowledge and identity in digital games; the development of an ontology for digital humanities methods; and the use of European Research Infrastructures.
Information Management & Analysis
This research area is a reflection on the multi and interdisciplinary nature of the field. For example addressing how memory and knowledge environments are affected by digital cultures incorporates a number of thematic areas: the ability to scale up (and down) while working with heterogeneous data from diverse sources; skills for the critical analysis and interpretation of data created locally, and by commercial entities; and the experience of embedding digital scholarship in cultural contents, and those that promote widest public engagement. Similarly, an exploration of the connections between digital forensics, artificial intelligence, and digital preservation is an emerging area of research. Similarly, a digital palaeographical research relates to questions of material culture/object biography, data curation, visualization, and open access.