The Information practices research group brings together c. 20 of the department’s researchers and doctoral students with a research interest in information-related activities in different contexts. In focus are studies of individuals’ and groups’ interactions with information and documents. Such interactions include information seeking, information use, reading, strategic information management, and collaboration in various settings, such as private and public sector organisations, educational and research settings, and different domains of everyday life.
We also take an interest in the role of information practices in social structures and in structures of power. Much of our work is concerned with how information is understood, searched for, shared, and used in various situations that involve learning, both formal and informal learning. Learning is viewed as a constantly ongoing activity in people’s interactions with society and with each other. Of particular interest to the group is the development of digital media and how the use of digital media change the conditions for information practices in various situations.
Our research is often, but not exclusively, based in qualitative research data and aims to produce results that are both theoretically interesting and practically applicable. Issues that are researched include information literacies, information seeking and learning, workplace-related information, reading and reading practices, and social media and new technologies for collaboration and communication. A few examples of research questions are:
- How do children’s and young adults’ information literacies develop and how can information literacies be studied?
- How do reading practices in various groups change over time?
- How are new technologies, such as social media, used in businesses to manage information and communication in the daily work activities?
- How do users relate critically to data visualisations (e.g. GIS, geographical information systems) as information resources?