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CIM’s research into people’s information behaviour storms ahead

The study of people’s information behaviour, including factors that affect their information behaviour, is proving to be a significant research strand at CIM.

CIM’s PhD student Fatmah Almehmadi has had a paper accepted for the well-known Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) September conference. The paper unpicks different types of information sharing. Peggy Alexopoulou has also had a paper accepted for the 4th International Conference on Integrated Information in Madrid. Peggy’s paper looks at how cognitive and affective factors influence information behaviour.

Two recent collaborative bids between Mark Hepworth and Newcastle University, Bradford University and the University of East Anglia have been successful. The former bid concerns people’s ability to cope with misinformation (digital discernment). The latter provides ESRC funding for a series of talks on information sharing, within the local government context, and will run for the next three years.

A paper, co-authored by Mark Hepworth, Philipp Grunewald (a CIM PhD student) and Geoff Walton (an ex-PhD student, now Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University) has just been accepted for publication by the Journal of Documentation and discusses the nature of the theoretical orientations that underpin research into people’s information behaviour.

Understanding people’s information experience, their information capabilities and factors that may influence these, plus how this knowledge can influence the design of information products and services, is thus gaining international recognition and proving to be a key research area for CIM.



One comment on “CIM’s research into people’s information behaviour storms ahead

  1. Interesting field of exploration. As a practioner I have found that the more user-specific I can contextualize information sharing the greater success I have with information generating true knowledge for the audience.

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