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Information Management and Data Analytics (IMDA)

Data and information form the lifeblood of modern society. We take a multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach to the study of data and information to explore the way they are created, used and managed in specific personal and organisational contexts.

With data and information forming the lifeblood of modern society, we take a multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach to the study of data and information in all its representations – numeric, textual and multimedia – ranging from transactional data to research data; web, social media and scholarly content; records, archives and cultural heritage content.

We explore the way they are created, used and managed in specific personal and organisational contexts, such as health, cloud environments, everyday information use, research, libraries, etc.

Our research explores interactive information access and use by employing various information retrieval and machine learning techniques, as well as information behaviour models and tools.

We use computational, quantitative and qualitative research approaches. Qualitative approaches include social and anthropological (ethnographic) methods, whilst advanced computational and statistical approaches include data mining, data analytics, machine learning and big data.

Our philosophy is to be innovative, creative and critical in our approach to research inquiry including the use of participatory and mixed methods.

While our research has strong theoretical underpinnings that arise from information science, computer science and cognate disciplines, it aims to have impact by addressing practical challenges in governments, businesses and industries as well as global challenges that are of interest to multiple research funding agencies in the UK and abroad.

Our recent research has been conducted with the support of the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), InnovateUK, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Jisc, the global iSchools Organization, and a variety of industrial partners. We have collaborations with universities, institutions and businesses in the UK and overseas.

Group leadership and contacts

Contact: Prof. Gobinda Chowdhury

This research group forms part of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Research relationships

This group is a part of the University’s multi-disciplinary research into the theme of Digital Living.

Research from this group will be submitted to REF2021 under UoA 11: Computer Science and Informatics.

To view research papers emanating from this group, please click here to view Northumbria Research Link, our open access repository of research output from Northumbria University.


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