The Department of Information Science unites a number of interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and shaping a future characterized by pervasively available digital information and communication technology (ICT). Information Science considers the relationships between people, places and technology—as well as the information or data those interactions themselves then yield.
Information Science takes as a core idea that information and data sit at the primary point of interaction between social and computational systems. By focusing on the transformation of data across “systems” of people, places and technology, we can continuously invent what new things society can do with technology, and what technology can do for society. Because of this view, rather than only imagine what today’s technology makes possible, information scientists innovate new ways of supporting new socio-technical connections by considering the enduring fundamentals about how people and technology interact.
Information Science draws on knowledge from social science, computer science, data science, policy and law, design and the humanities to support the study and innovation of socio-technical systems. Cultural, historical, and organizational factors are among the many creative tensions that drive the discipline. The disciplinary yield is the creation of new technology, ideas, and theory about data-based interactions, services and industries—as well as a workforce that understands the dynamic processes and potentials that underlie socio-technical interaction.
We encourage applicants to review faculty websites for information about specific research areas of interest represented in the department.