iSchool students study Occupy Seattle

Brent Bell, Justin Dickson and Andy Donovan choose to study Occupy Seattle as part of a class assignment called Information Ground. They visited the protest camp at different times over a 10-day period, put their findings into a six-page report and presented their experience in class.

The graduate students are enrolled in Professor Karen Fisher's Information Behavior class, which is required for all incoming undergraduate and graduate students studying Library Information Science. For this assignment, Fisher asks students to visit a public space of their choice and "become aware of how information exists in informal settings, how information is created by people coming together, how it can be analyzed in terms of people-place-information factors, and how information professionals can foster information grounds in terms of information technology, services and policy."

Brent, Justin and Andy's findings and comments from Dr. Fisher were reported by UW Today as part of their Class Notes series. Read more...