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Research Focus Areas

 
 

1.     Knowledge Management (KM)

 

Dimensions

Special interests

  Policy and Strategy

 -  Theories and models of strategy
 -  Strategies and policies for various environments
 -  Measurement
  Tools and Techniques
 -  Audits
 -  Communities of Practice
 -  Storytelling
 -   Intranets and portals
 -  Expert locators
 -  Knowledge maps
  Organisational Culture and Leadership
 -  Creating a conducive environment and culture for KM
 -  Organisational learning
 -  Knowled ge sharing
 -  Impact of corporate culture
 -  Leadership and governance
  Knowledge Infrastructures
 -  Physical infrastructure
 -  ICT for KM
 -  Human resources
 -  Intellectual capital
 -  Indigenous knowledge
  Knowledge Systems
 -  Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
 -  Other knowledge systems
  Competitive and Business Intelligence (CI/BI)
 -  Establishing a CI/BI strategy for an organisation in order to         gain a competitive edge in the market
 -  Investigating the benefits of the implementation of CI/BI             within a specific business sector
 -  The effective implementation of CI/BI tools    in organisations      to improve or sustain competitiveness
  Teaching, Theory and Practice
 -  Curriculum development
 -  Experiential learning
 -  Teaching methodologies

  

2.     Information Processes

 

Dimensions

Special Interests

  Information Organisation & Representation
 -  Metadata schemas
 -  Taxonomies, ontologies, topic maps and folksonomies
 -  Abstracting, indexing and thesaurus construction
  Information Dissemination & Use
 -  Current awareness services and alerting services
 -  Push technologies
 -  Informal electronic communication, including social media
 -  User studies
 -  Information literacy
 -  Personal information management (PIM)
  Information Behaviour, Seeking and Searching
 -  Models and theories
 -  Information behaviour in context (including collaborative             information retrieval and affect and emotion in information         behaviour)
  Information Retrieval (IR)
 -  Information retrieval system design and evaluation
 -  Cross-language information retrieval
 -  Relevance studies
 -  Web information retrieval
  Information Architecture
 -  Structuring information
 -  Web and multimedia design, development and software
 -  Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
 -  Game theory and gamification
  Digitisation and Curation
 -  Digital libraries
 -  Digitisation and curation technologies (including archiving)
 -  Policies and procedures
  Teaching, Theory and Practice
 -  Curriculum development
 -  Experiential learning
 -  Teaching methodologies

 

3.     Meta-context of Information

 

Dimensions

Special Interests

  Information Ethics
 -  Social media and information ethics
 -  Privacy (moral values, protection of private information,      management of private information, surveillance, trust, information security)
 -  Access (accessibility, gender issues)
 -  Intercultural information ethics (information ethics in Africa)
 -  Information ethics and Governance (social justice, information ethics and power, information ethics and politics, e-democracy/e-government)
 -  Emerging trends and technologies (e-waste, information and cyber warfare)
  Legal Issues
 -  Intellectual property rights (including fair use, copyright)
 -  Open access
 -  Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression
 -  Information legislation
  Socio-cultural Issues
 -  Globalisation
 -  Information and knowledge society
 -  Digital divide
 -  Information and development
 -  Information poverty
 -  Information flows
 -  Informatisation and “information consumption”
  Economic and Political Issues
 -  Information economy
 -  Information politics
 -  Pricing of information (fee vs. free)
  Information Communication
 -  Accessibility of information content
 -  Content repackaging
  Teaching, Theory and Practice
 -  Curriculum development
 -  Experiential learning
 - Teaching methodologies

  

4.     Book and Publishing Studies

 

Dimensions

Special Interests

  Authorship
 -  Multilingual and local language writing
 -  Translation practices
 -  Profiles of South African writers
  Current publishing practice
 -  Publishing list analysis and bibliographic studies
 -  Editorial policy, practice and issues for print media products
 -  Ownership and business profile analysis
 -  Product and cost analysis
 -  Regulation, censorship and national policies
  Digital and e-publishing
 -  E-publishing formats
 -  E-publishing technologies and processes
 -  Publishing in multiple formats and media from single sources
 -  Enhanced e-books
 -  The impact of digital publishing
  Book and print history
 -  Histories of publishers, printers, booksellers and related industries
 -  History and development of practices of reading
 -  History of orality, performance and print cultures
  Dissemination and reception
 -  Access to print media products
 -  Distribution networks and bookselling practices
 -  Marketing and markets
 -  Audience research
 -  Reception and readership studies
 -  Reading promotion campaigns, including issues of literacy
  Teaching, Theory and Practice
 -  Curriculum development
 -  Teaching methodologies
 -  Experiential learning and vocational training for the publishing industry

 

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