As part of the 44th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science (CAIS), Jennifer Preece, Professor of the College of Information Studies at University of Maryland will be hosting a discussion about the new challenges for Information Studies in this period, known as the anthropocene. Humans are now having a profound influence on the planet, changing the atmosphere we breathe and reshaping the earth’s surface, thereby triggering species extinction at an alarming rate.

Information Studies professionals and students can have a profound influence on the data that is collected, how it is stored, retrieved and communicated with citizens and communities. We have a responsibility to help to heal our planet by raising awareness and triggering action. This talk challenges researchers, practitioners, teachers and students to lead the way in shaping a sustainable future. We can change information processes and technology, raise awareness, and engage citizens to contribute to science and their own communities by becoming “citizen scientists”.

This event happened on November 9, 2016.


Speaker:

Jennifer Preece, co-author of Interaction Design: Beyond Human Computer Interaction (4th Edition, 2015), helped to define research on online communities through her book Online Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability, 2000. Her current research focuses on information processes and technology for supporting citizen and environmental science; with an emphasis on community participation for collecting biodiversity data. Preece was dean of the College of Information Studies – Maryland’s iSchool for ten years from 2005 – 2015. Click here for further information about her career.

 


Select Books and Articles Available at UBC Library

Andrews, D., Nonnecke, B., & Preece, J. (2003). Electronic survey methodology: A case study in reaching hard-to-involve internet users. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 16(2), 185-210. doi:10.1207/S15327590IJHC1602_04 [Link]

Preece, J. (2016). Citizen science: New research challenges for human-computer interaction. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 32(8), 585-612. doi:10.1080/10447318.2016.1194153 [Link]

Sharp, H., Rogers, Y., & Preece, J. (2007). Interaction design: Beyond human-computer interaction (2nd ed.). Chichester;Hoboken, NJ;: Wiley. [Available at Koerner Library Stacks QA76.9.H85 P72 2007]

 


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