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Principal Investigator: Cândida Fernanda Antunes Ribeiro

IKOM’s research interests focus in Information Organization and Representation, Informational Behaviour and Literacy, Communication of Science and Epistemology of Information and Communication Sciences. The research in these subject areas is related to epistemological, theoretical, technical and life cycle issues of Information, from production to storage, including the study and analysis of informational needs and user’s attitudes in technologically mediated contexts,

Keyword(s): Information Management; Knowledge Organization; Information Behaviour; Epistemology of Information Science.

 

The research interests of the group members can be summarized in a few main areas, such as:

Information Organization and Representation
Research on technical and life cycle issues of Information, from production to storage, focused on meta-information, controlled languages, information flow analysis and representation, access and search tools, classification, conceptual maps, information architectures and visualization

Informational Behaviour and Literacy
Research on informational needs and user’s attitudes in technologically mediated contexts, adopting an interdisciplinary point of view

Communication of Science
Research focused on bibliometric studies, author’s copyright and intellectual property

Epistemology of Information Science
Research on theoretical and methodological grounds of the scientific and interdisciplinary field of Information and Communication Sciences

The international partnerships established by the group members focus especially in the Ibero-American space, with particular highlight to Brazil, and in the European space. The European network has been developed mainly through the 22 Erasmus agreements signed with Information Science schools and through the participation of some group members in ISKO-International Society of Knowledge Organization.

Some of the group members are responsible for the edition of a semiannual paper-based periodical, Páginas a&b (indexed in LISA database), the unique scientific journal published in Portugal in the field of Information Science and also published 6 books inside the series CAI (Communication-Art-Information), in partnership with Edições Afrontamento (one of the best Portuguese editors).

The Ibero-American and the European networks have been vehicles to disseminate the group research through edition of books and book chapters in distinguished editors such as Springer or IGI Global, and articles in peer reviewed journals.