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Gobinda Chowdhury

Professor in Information Science/Head of Department

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Gobinda -Chowdhury

Prof Gobinda Chowdhury joined Northumbria University in August 2013 after spending a few years as a Professor and Director of the Centre for Information & Knowledge Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

After acquiring an Hons., a masters and two PhD degrees in Information Science, I worked as an academic and a researcher at a number of universities around the world for nearly 25 years, the last ten years of which has been  as the head of an academic department or unit. My  previous research focused on interactive information retrieval and digital libraries. My  current research focuses on sustainable information systems and services, and research data management. Over the years, I have successfully managed several research projects, and have written or edited 15 books and over 125 research papers. I am currently the Chair of the European iSchools, and a member of the Executive Committee of the global iSchools organization.

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BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, FCLIP

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My current research interests focus on sustainability of information systems and services, and research data management. I have successfully managed a number of research projects funded by different funding bodies including the European Union, Higher Education Academy, Scottish Library and Information Council, various UN bodies and universities. I have recently completed a project funded by Jisc, and I am working on another project funded by the iSchools Inc. I have also successfully supervised a number of PhD students, and I am always in search of bright PhD students in different areas of information science. My primary teaching interests include knowledge organization, information retrieval, information users and digital libraries. I have written or edited 15  books that are the key readings in information science courses in many universities around the world.

Current/Recent Projects

  • Interactive, visual database of iSchools and their activities, funded by iSchools Inc (2017-18)
  • Data analytics of electronic reading lists, funded by Jisc (2016- 2017)
  • Data analytics of REF2014 results
  • Qualitative analysis of Twitter Communications
  • Research Data Management

Key Publications

Chowdhury, Gobinda and Koya, Kushwanth (2016) Information practices for sustainability: role of iSchools in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. ISSN 2330-1643 (In Press)

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2016) How to Improve the Sustainability of Digital Libraries and Information Services? Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67 (10). pp. 2379-2391. ISSN 2330-1643

Chowdhury, Gobinda, Koya, Kushwanth and Philipson, Pete (2016) Measuring the impact of research: lessons from the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014. PLoS ONE, 11 (6). e0156978. ISSN 1932-6203

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2014) Sustainability of digital libraries: a conceptual model and a research framework. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 14 (3-4). pp. 181-195. ISSN 1432-5012

Ruthven, I. and Chowdhury, G.G. (eds). Cultural heritage information: access and management. iResearch Series, London, Facet Publishing, 2015

Chowdhury, G.G. Sustainability of scholarly information. London, Facet Publishing,  2014.

Nguyen, Son and Chowdhury, Gobinda (2013) Interpreting the knowledge map of digital library research (1990-2010). Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64 (6). pp. 1235-1258. ISSN 1532-2882

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2013) Sustainability of digital information services. Journal of Documentation, 69 (5). pp. 602-622. ISSN 0022-0418

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2012) An agenda for green information retrieval research. Information Processing & Management, 48 (6). pp. 1067-1077. ISSN 0306-4573

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2012) Building environmentally sustainable information services: A green is research agenda. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63 (4). pp. 633-647. ISSN 1532-2882

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2010) Carbon footprint of the knowledge sector: what's the future? Journal of Documentation, 66 (6). pp. 934-946. ISSN 0022-0418

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2010) From digital libraries to digital preservation research: the importance of users and context. Journal of Documentation, 66 (2). pp. 207-223. ISSN 0022-0418

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Professional Activity

For several years, I have been actively involved in the global iSchools movement. Currently I am the Chair of the European iSchools, and member of  the Executive Committee of the iSchools Organization. I have chaired or co-chaired a number of international conferences; and currently I am the co-Chair of the organising Committee of iConference2018.  I sit in the editorial boards of several leading information science journals and conferences. I have given keynotes and invited talks at several international conferences. I have served as a Visiting Professor/Scholar at several universities including Glasgow University and University of Strathclyde. I am a Fellow member of CILIP since 1999.


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