Research
Highlights

Academic Years
2014–2017

Highlights
2016–2017

  • 8 students successfully completed their PhDs at the Information School.
  • Several staff and PhD students visited the iConference 2017 in Wuhan. A particular highlight was PhD student Piyapat Jarusawat being shortlisted for the Most Interesting Preliminary Research Paper for her paper “Community involvement in the Management of Palm Leaf Manuscripts as Lanna Cultural Material in Thailand”. Another of our PhD students, Shuyang Li, gave an excellent research presentation entitled ‘A Framework of Critical Knowledge Sharing Skills (CKSS) for Project Managers’. We will be hosting the iConference in 2018.
  • Dr. Gianluca Demartini was awarded EU-funding for a project entitled FashionBrain (see case study later on in the brochure) aimed at leveraging Data Science to inform the fashion industry.
  • The School funded visits from three academics: Dr. António Lucas Soares (University of Porto) hosted by Ana Vasconcelos; Professor Annemaree Lloyd (University of Borås) hosted by Sheila Webber; Dr. Frank Fischer (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) hosted by Robert Jäschke. The visitors engaged with students and staff from across the School along with giving research seminars.
  • We organised weekly seminars and over the past year we have had talks from a range of speakers from academic and non-academic organisations. A highlight was the talk by Dr. David Kenyon the Research Historian from Bletchley Park who gave a fascinating view of Bletchley Park from an information management perspective in his talk entitled “‘The Intelligence Factory’ – Bletchley Park and Information”.
  • Matt Seddon, PhD student in the Chemoinformatics research group, won the CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco (April 2-6) for his PhD work.
  • Jess Elmore, PhD student in the Libraries and Information Societies research group, won the inaugural Mark Hepworth Memorial Award for her abstract to the i3 conference. Her paper was entitled “Information Sharing in the ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) classroom: a case study”.
  • As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the Space for Sharing project (led by Professor Peter Bath) hosted a photographic exhibition in Sheffield Winter Gardens featuring a series of powerful photographic images by photographer Anton Want, and quotations illustrating how people share information online when they are in extreme circumstances. You can read more about this project on page 26.
  • Anne Burns from the Visual Social Media Lab, led by Dr Farida Vis, provided input for a report by the Food Standards Agency during a six month secondment. Anne’s input focussed on the consumption of raw milk and the increased popularity of Food Trucks, using methods and skills developed during her work from the ‘Picturing the Social’ project on how social media users share images.
  • Professor Stephen Pinfield co-authored a major new report on the Open Access market, conducted on behalf of OpenAIRE and the European Commission in late 2016 and early 2017. This report could make important policy recommendations relating to the future of Open Access.

Research applications
and awards

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Elsevier Ltd Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
  • European Commission – Horizon 2020
  • European Commission – FP7
  • European Commission – Communications Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General
  • European Science Foundation
  • Google
  • The Society of College, National and University Libraries

Research publications
September 2016 to present

66

PAPERS

13

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS PAPERS

3

BOOKS / BOOK CHAPTERS

50

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Research publications
September 2014 to present

185

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS FROM STAFF CURRENTLY IN THE INFORMATION SCHOOL

2.4%

OF PUBLICATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATORS

3,815

SCOPUS VIEWS

25.3%

OF PUBLICATIONS IN TOP 10% OF JOURNALS

367

CITATIONS

Top 5 publication sources for journals

  • Journal of the Association for Information Science
    and Technology (10 publications)
  • Journal of Documentation (9)
  • Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (5)
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modelling (5)
  • Journal of Academic Librarianship (3)

Read all about our research projects at
www.sheffield.ac.uk/is/research