iSchool Research

The faculty and staff at the UW-Madison Information School engage in research, scholarly inquiry, and outreach projects at the intersection of people, information and data, and computing technologies.  In keeping with the principle of the Wisconsin Idea, that academia should improve the lives of the people of the state, the region, and the world, iSchool work seeks to add to collective knowledge, productivity and innovation, and to the well-being of people, communities, and society.

iSchool faculty and staff collaborate with scholars from many fields to create and disseminate research about past, present, and future information users and uses, the processes and technologies vital for information management and use, and the economies, cultures, and policies that affect information and access to it.

As part of the larger School of Computing, Data & Information Science, iSchool researchers have access to research support and connections to foster innovation, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and drive discovery on societal research challenges. 

Cutting edge research at the intersection of humanity & information.

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Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing

Ian Hutchins

Scientific Portfolio Analysis, Bibliometrics, Science-of-Science

Corey B. Jackson

Human-centered computing, computer-supported cooperative work, and design epistemologies from fields such as organization studies, psychology, and education

Jacob Thebault-Spieker

HCI, social computing

Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, or Science of Science   

Ian Hutchins

Scientific Portfolio Analysis, Bibliometrics, Science-of-Science

Chaoqun Ni

Scholarly Communication, Science Policy, Scientometrics, Scholarly Data Analytics

Book History, Print Culture, or Publishing

Greg Downey

History and geography of information and communication technology and labor

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

Data management, scholarly communications, information/data policy, science and technology studies

Jonathan Senchyne

Book history and print culture, American literary history, African American print culture, digital humanities, American Studies

Human Centered Data Systems and Data Analytics

Greg Downey

History and geography of information and communication technology and labor

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

Data management, scholarly communications, information/data policy, science and technology studies

Ian Hutchins

Scientific Portfolio Analysis, Bibliometrics, Science-of-Science

Chaoqun Ni

Scholarly Communication, Science Policy, Scientometrics, Scholarly Data Analytics

Jacob Thebault-Spieker

HCI, social computing

Adam Rule

Human computer interaction, health informatics, human-centered data science

History and Culture of Information, Digital Humanities

 

Greg Downey

History and geography of information and communication technology and labor

Reginold Royston

New Media and innovation in the African Diaspora

Jonathan Senchyne

book history and print culture, American literary history, African American print culture, digital humanities, American Studies

Jacob Thebault-Spieker

HCI, social computing

 

Health Informatics and Electronic Health Records

Catherine Arnott Smith

Consumer health informatics, History of medicine

Adam Rule

Human computer interaction, health informatics, human-centered data science

Human Computer Interaction, User Experience & Computer supported cooperative work

Corey B. Jackson

Human-centered computing, computer-supported cooperative work, and design epistemologies from fields such as organization studies, psychology, and education

Adam Rule

Human computer interaction, health informatics, human-centered data science

Jacob Thebault-Spieker

HCI, social computing

 

Information Ethics, Policy, or Law

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

Data management, scholarly communications, information/data policy, science and technology studies

Alan Rubel

Information ethics, policy, and law

Dorothea Salo

A/V digitization, digital preservation, research-data management, scholarly communication, information security, privacy

 

Information Practices, Literacies and Behaviors

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

Data management, scholarly communications, information/data policy, science and technology studies

Kyung-Sun “Sunny” Kim

Information behavior, Information users, user-centered systems/services

Catherine Arnott Smith

Consumer health informatics, History of medicine

Rebekah Willett

Childhood studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Education, Girlhood Studies

 

Libraries and Librarianship

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

Data management, scholarly communications, information/data policy, science and technology studies

Kyung-Sun “Sunny” Kim

Information behavior, Information users, user-centered systems/services

Catherine Arnott Smith

Consumer health informatics, History of medicine

Rebekah Willett

Childhood studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Education, Girlhood Studies

DeAnza Williams

Multicultural representation in youth literature; library services for youth and teens; youth digital media practices; public libraries as informal learning centers.

 

Race, Gender, or Indigeneity

Corey B. Jackson

Human-centered computing, computer-supported cooperative work, and design epistemologies from fields such as organization studies, psychology, and education

Chaoqun Ni

Scholarly Communication, Science Policy, Scientometrics, Scholarly Data Analytics

Reginold Royston

New Media and innovation in the African Diaspora

Jonathan Senchyne

Book history and print culture, American literary history, African American print culture, digital humanities, American Studies

Jacob Thebault-Spieker

HCI, social computing

DeAnza Williams

Multicultural representation in youth literature; library services for youth and teens; youth digital media practices; public libraries as informal learning centers.

Rebekah Willett

Childhood studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Education, Girlhood Studies

 

Security, Privacy, Credibility, or Disinformation

Kristin R. Eschenfelder

Data management, scholarly communications, information/data policy, science and technology studies

Kyung-Sun “Sunny” Kim

Information behavior, Information users, user-centered systems/services

Dorothea Salo

A/V digitization, digital preservation, research-data management, scholarly communication, information security, privacy

Catherine Arnott Smith

Consumer health informatics, History of medicine

Alan Rubel

Information ethics, policy, and law

 

Youth Media, Literature, Computing and Culture

Jonathan Senchyne

Book history and print culture, American literary history, African American print culture, digital humanities, American Studies

DeAnza Williams

Multicultural representation in youth literature; library services for youth and teens; youth digital media practices; public libraries as informal learning centers.

Rebekah Willett

Childhood studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Education, Girlhood Studies