DiiG comprises a core group of SLAIS faculty members:

Luanne Freund is an Assistant Professor at SLAIS with an abiding interest in people, how they relate to one another, and how those relationships are mediated, faciliated and sustained through digital information.The major contribution of Luanne's dissertation (2008) was the identification of a relationship between the tasks that motivate information searching and the digital document genres used in the workplace. Current research in the digital government domain seeks to extent this understanding of the role of tasks and genres in information seeking and use, and apply it to the development of contextual information retrieval systems. More details are available here (http://faculty.arts.ubc.ca/lfreund/).

Aaron Loehrlein

is an Assistant Professor at SLAIS. His research interests include knowledge organization, especially users’ interactions with knowledge organizing systems; information architecture; cognitive categorization; information seeking behaviour and its effects on users’ mental models.

Rick Kopak is Assistant Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. He is Co-Principal Investigator on the Public Knowledge Project. A major outcome of PKP research and development is a suite of web-based applications that support the management and publication of online journals (Open Journal Systems), conference proceedings (Open Conference Systems), and monographs (Open Monographs). Rick’s major research interest is in investigating the use of advanced 'Reading Tools' to enable increased engagement with the content of scholarly journal articles and to research wayfinding behaviours based on the introduction of these kinds of tools. Currently, research and development of Reading Tools is focused on providing annotation and linking components with the goal of enabling greater interaction between the reader and the text as well as enabling the products of this interaction to provide value-added, information-based, navigational features to the large community of readers.

Heather O’Brien is an Assistant Professor at SLAIS who is invested in exploring, understanding, and evaluating the user’s experience with technology. Heather’s dissertation work (Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 2008) addressed the concept of ‘engagement,’ a term as a desired outcome of interactions with technology, but defined in many ways within various communities.  The doctoral research pooled these different interpretations and characteristics of engagement into a conceptual model that was rooted in Flow, Aesthetic, and Play Theories.  The model was shaped further by an interview and two large-scale survey studies to articulate how users describe their engagement with technologies and to develop and evaluate a 31-item scale to measure engagement. Heather is continuing her study of engagement by looking at ways to corroborate behavioural and self-report data, and at using her findings on engagement to date to inform design.  Other areas of inquiry include: exploring engagement in applications, such as qualitative software, open-source journal system (OJS, with DIIG), and educational technologies, and in community spaces, e.g. libraries; examining engagement in the scholarly research process; and studying the roles of affect and touch in creating engaging interfaces.

Edie Rasmussen

is a Professor at SLAIS and Chair of the Ph.D. program. Her research interests include: Information retrieval in text, multimedia, and web environments; Digital libraries; Data mining; Bibliometrics.