The UW iSchool conducts meaningful and rigorous research examining the relationships between people, information and technology. Our research efforts are highly interdisciplinary, allowing us to respond to significant, real-world challenges and make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Ongoing work focuses in the following areas:
Identifying, analyzing, visualizing and securing data to advance responsible data-driven decision making, innovation, policy, and social good. Fields of study include: machine learning; visualization; social networks; data curation; open data.
Understanding, supporting and enhancing the interactions of youth with digital information and technology. Fields of study include: digital media and learning; STEM learning; child-computer interaction; information literacy.
Finding, using and managing information to promote public health. Fields of study include: health informatics; Native health; assistive technology.
Making technology easier to use and content more accessible. Fields of study include: user experience; design theory and methods; technology for social good.
Studying the intersection of information, technology, and Native communities. Fields of study include: material culture; cultural heritage; museum studies.
Promoting digital inclusion and empowering people through access to information and its ethical use. Fields of study include: information policy; ethics; diversity and inclusion; critical information studies; technology and social change; information and communication technology for development.
Developing independent and smarter users and producers of information. Fields of study include: informal learning; digital literacy; museum studies.
Developing systems and services for the collection, organization, preservation, access, and use of information, and promotion of information literacy through instruction and expertise. Fields of study include: future of libraries; youth services; information literacy; data services; metadata.
Leveraging information assets and systems to meet the strategic goals of organizations and needs of users. Fields of study include: information systems; design theory and methods; computer supported cooperative work; social media; gaming.