Information Studies has a vibrant research culture that investigates a range of topics in the fields of information studies and digital culture, and digital humanities. Rapid technological change, massive volumes of digital information of increasing complexity pose significant challenges to our individual and collective use and curation of information. Fundamental concepts such as identity, memory, authenticity, trust, transparency, accountability, representation, engagement, preservation and access are important aspects of information studies in a digital era. These concerns demand a fresh theoretical approach, a deeper understanding of the nature of information and innovative solutions that connect theory with practice, people with information, and technology with humanity.
Our research focuses on the following areas:
Theoretical approaches to information
Issues of post-modernism, relativism, and information processing in both computational and post-computational frameworks.
Staff: Tim Duguid, Yunhyong Kim
Management, Curation and Evaluation of Digital Assets
Information Studies has longstanding and internationally recognised research strengths in digital preservation, curation and data management, with a particular emphasis on collaborative, translational research in national and international digital asset management. Our research considers the complex questions that surround our ICT-enabled audit and compliance cultures, and particularly the relationship with such facilities as automation, the semantic web, social networking and mobile devices, Artificial Intelligence, and the use and re-use of digital content and data.
Staff: Yunhyong Kim, Ann Gow, Ian G Anderson, Lorna Hughes, Tim Duguid, Paul Gooding, Nicole Smith
Archive, Records and (Personal) Information Management
Information Studies carries out research on archive, records and (personal) information management (RIM), and had established a track record of externally funded research projects in this area. Information Studies at the University of Glasgow has pioneered a risk-based approach to research and learning in this area that distances us from the existing literature, and crucially places ARIM at a strategic level within organisations.
Staff: Adele Redhead, Ian G Anderson
Digital Cultural Heritage and Digital Museology
Information Studies staff have been engaged in a number of innovative projects to create digital access to cultural heritage assets, conducting research on all aspects of the construction and use of knowledge in a digital age. Information Studies research has a particular focus on the design and presentation of interactive and participatory online resources, the use of digital collections for research, teaching, and public engagement, and the use of digital approaches for constructing heritage narratives.
Staff: Ann Gow, Ian G Anderson, Maria Economou, Lorna Hughes, Johanna Green, Katherine Lloyd, Nicole Smith
Digital Humanities and Arts
The University of Glasgow is a foundational location for Digital Humanities, with many pioneers in the field based at Glasgow. We welcome applications from prospective students interested in researching the core principles of digital humanities: digital content, tools and methods, and the development of the practice of digital humanities as an important intervention in the research life cycle in the humanities: to carry out ‘traditional’ research more effectively and effectively; to create deeper and richer engagement with primary sources; and to configure new and innovative research questions. We especially welcome those studying the theoretical consequences of using digital approaches, and the implications the digital in the arts and humanities.
Many University of Glasgow innovations in digital humanities are documented through the Glasgow Digital Humanities Network.
Staff: Tim Duguid, Ian G Anderson, Lorna Hughes, Johanna Green, Paul Gooding, Nicole Smith
Topics of particular interest
Information Studies places great emphasis on the relationship of theory and practice in the information society drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives and experience from different parts of the globe. Research students are expected to join the departmental research seminars and contribute to discussion and publications, and make an active contribution to the research environment in the subject area. Staff are always delighted to discuss research proposals and ideas with prospective students. Topics of particular interest within these areas include:
- Digital media in cultural heritage (ranging from behind the scenes collection information systems to social media and mobile apps for interpretation)
- Visitor studies and evaluation of information use
- Digital collections: use, value and impact
- The transformation of archival practice
- Digital manuscripts and advanced imaging
- The use of digital tools and methods in humanities and arts research
- Citizen science and crowdsourcing
- Multimedia Tools and Applications (ranging from music analysis to lifelogging)
- Record keeping, archives, and accountability
- Gamification in heritage settings and beyond
- Duration: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time
- Thesis length: 70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).
A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.
- Duration: 2 years full-time; 3 years part-time
- Thesis length: 40,000-70,000 words (including references, bibliography and appendices).
Our Degree of Master of Letters (Research) requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.
- Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
- Thesis length: 30,000-40,000 words (including references and bibliography).
A Master of Philosophy (Research) requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.
- Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
- Thesis length: 18,000-30,000 words (including references, bibliography and appendices).
Our Master of Research includes both taught and research elements. You will be required to undertake 60 to 80 credits worth of taught courses as well as independent study which represents some contribution to knowledge.
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