Research at the School of Information Management

Keep up to date with the latest cutting-edge research undertaken by students and staff at the School of Information Management.

The School of Information Management has a strong, vibrant research culture. We aim to produce research of the highest standard that is cutting edge and of value to both fellow researchers and practitioners.

Our stakeholders include both private and public sector organisations, along with individuals and communities involved in information management practices and pursuits.

Recent research publications & awards

Our Digital Future and Social Media

SIM staff member, Dr Markus Luczak-Roesch, has published a position paper about our digital future and social media in current issue of Discover Society.

Together with his colleague Ramine Tinati, from University of Southampton, Dr Luczak-Roesch revisits the vision behind Social Machines and calls for a new open system design and maintenance ethics that does not sacrifice the full spectrum of sociality and social action to purely economic principles. The authors introduce the "incentivization game" as a new grand challenge for computer science in the age of bots and filter bubbles.

Best Reviewer Award

Dr Andreas Drechsler was awarded Best Reviewer in the Managing IS Projects and IS Development track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2016).

Kōrero Kitea: Ngā hua o te whakamamatitanga: The Impacts of Digitised Te Reo Archival Collections

Dr Chern Li Liew and Dr Gillian Oliver participated in a study undertaken in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington and Alexander Turnbull Library (NLNZ), with funding by InterPARES and VUW.  The full report is available online.

There are a range of cultural, social and legislative frameworks which often bring conflicting expectations to debates on how libraries, archives and museums manage their online collections. Recently, the debates and tensions have shifted from questioning what should be digitised and accessible via digital repositories, to questions on the nature of use of such repositories, what impact they are having and the responsibilities of the institutions concerned in mediating use and their role as trusted guardians of documentary heritage.

New Zealand memory institutions have made key Te Reo Maori archives (including 19th Century newspapers and letters in Maori) accessible online for a number of years. These provide an opportunity for understanding the impact that they have made. Narrative and data about the impact of digital Te Reo Maori archives will enable institutions such as the National Library of New Zealand to better understand its place as a trusted repository of indigenous knowledge and the associated services that enable online access, use and re-use of these collections.

The findings from an initial survey indicated nuanced and complex preferences, attitudes and behaviours relating to digital and digitised information. Responses to the survey inform the next stage of this research. We are particularly interested in further discussion of wairua, exploring tensions between accessibility and confidentiality, impact of use and the dimensions of an information sharing ecosystem that we see beginning to emerge from the survey findings.