City University London Information Science

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City University London Information Science

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.

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