Are you a researcher or graduate student looking for an introduction to a new field in information science, or a developer or system designer interested in building interactive information retrieval systems or social/community-driven interfaces? Do you simply have a passion for hot topics in information science? Then have we got a surprise for you!
InfoSeeking’s fearless leader, Dr. Chirag Shah, has authored Social Information Seeking: Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd, a new book that summarizes his work on social information seeking (SIS), and at the same time serves as an introduction to the topic.
What is “social information seeking,” you may ask? It is a relatively new area of study concerned with the seeking and acquiring of information from social spaces on the Internet. It involves studying situations, motivations, and methods involved in seeking and sharing of information in participatory online social sites, such as Yahoo! Answers, WikiAnswers, and Twitter, as well as building systems for supporting such activities.
Want to find out more or preorder your copy? Visit Amazon or the Springer site!
Hello hello hello!
Happy New Year from the InfoSeeking Lab, and apologies for the gap in posts–we spent some time basking in winter break.
What do lab members do over break, you may wonder? To no one’s surprise, we manage to have some fun and do some work over the four-week gap. Here’s an idea of what lab members have been up to:
On the fun side, we visited with family and friends. Members traveled to North Carolina, Tennessee…even Disney World! And of course we spent time together, as well. Here’s a shot from the end-of-semester luncheon courtesy of our resident photographer, Souvick:
Once we reigned in 2017, we resumed some work. Students submitting to the 2017 CHIIR conference and various journals have been busy finalizing their papers, while others traveled to conferences happening this month. We’re all particularly jealous of Matt, who went out to Hawaii!
If you want to see just how spectacular 2016 was for Team InfoSeeking, check out our Facebook page! We’re in the middle of a #17for17 countdown, which will lead us right into our spring semester. Break certainly flew by, but we’re all excited to get back to work and answer some more burning questions about information seeking behavior.
Information science research does not only exist within collegiate and conference walls. Recently, a group of talented InfoSeekers partnered with the United Nations to develop projects that will have a global impact.
Seekers are working on three data science projects in conjunction with UN. One uses the CLEWS (Climate Land Energy Water Strategies) Model to uncover the human factors involved with energy usage. Understanding these factors could facilitate the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Another group of students will investigate how researchers can make informed predictions in voting behavior for the UN General Assembly (GA). The third project analyzes armed conflict data since WWI to hopefully predict the duration of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and identify regions that are prone to future wars. Impressive, no?
If you’d like to read more about these projects and the students who are hard at work with the UN, check out our website.
Here at the InfoSeeking Lab, we really try to focus on our students and their accomplishments. With so many dedicated scholars, it’s hard not to.
But student lab members need someone to guide them, and we’re more than fortunate to be led by the indelible Dr. Chirag Shah. Haven’t heard of him? Well, if you’re in the world of information science, it’s only a matter of time until you’ll come across one of his publications. In fact, Dr. Shah was named the 11th most productive Library & Information Science scholar from 2008-2013. Check out his distinction from Library and Information Science.
Keep your eye out–Dr. Shah has published a great deal more (often with current and past lab members!) in the past three years, so we can’t wait to see how he ranks next!
Welcome to the Rutgers InfoSeeking Lab’s official blog! With all of the exciting projects we’re working on, we decided it was time to provide our lab members with a space in which they can share their research and experiences. To that end, we hope you enjoy reading about InfoSeekers’ hard work and dedication to the information science field.
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