Research

Faculty Research

What is a R designation?

One way of describing an institution is by its “R” designation. Research universities are categorized as R1, R2, and doctoral/professional (formerly R3) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. To be an R1 or R2, the school must award more than 20 research or scholarship-based doctorates and have a research budget of more than $5 million per year. The Unviersity of South Florida is classified as an R1 university with “very high research activity.” This page highlights recent developments and works of research from iSchool faculty.

SI Faculty Research

 Dr. Ly Dinh

Research Area - Computational social science, network science, organizational communication, crisis informatics 

Ly’s research focuses on the formation and evolution of network structures in various social systems including friendship networks, multi-teams systems, research organizations, and large-scale emergency response operations. Ly also develops and tests new measures to capture the complexities of social interactions that can be observed at multiple levels of analysis. Her work provides 1) empirical evidence in support (and sometimes, in opposition) of network theories in various social and organizational contexts, and 2) refined methods to measure network dynamics that were previously difficult to capture (e.g. interdisciplinary ties, balance for signed and directed connections). Ly’s research has appeared in Communication Research, Scientific Reports, Communication Studies, and peer-reviewed outlets in computational social science. Ly is a recipient of the 2020 Grace Hopper Scholar for Women in Computing, and a 2018 Network Science Fellow at the Visible Networks Labs.

Dr. Alon Friedman

Research Area - Data Visualization

Alon Friedman, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary researcher with a focus on visualization theory and visualization education. His research examines different theoretical perspectives to organize data through visualization built under open-source software lenses. Some of his current projects include analyzing visualizations using Peirce's sign theory algorithms, utilizing Mark Lombardi's lens with big data, and developing Visual Peer Review. He received a National Science Foundation award under EHR (Education and Human Resources) for improving and advancing critical Peer Review. He has published in IEEE Vis Journal and conference proceedings, the Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, and the Journal of Information Visualization.

Dr. Stephen "Scuba" Gary

Research Area - Cyber Intelligence and Advanced Persistent Threats

Cyber threats are a constant in our networked world. Infrastructure such as electrical power and telecommunications are often cited as targets of cyberattacks but in the post-COVID world, health, and economic systems have been and will be targeted by malicious actors. Through this research, Dr. Gary defines cyber intelligence and provides examples for how it is collected and used by governments and the private sector along with what traits, core competencies, and skills are required by the workforce. Dr. Gary's work also highlights examples of how cybersecurity, information security, cyber intelligence, and intelligence are taught in academia. It delineates reasons why cyber intelligence is more important than ever in a post-pandemic world. 

Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook

Research Area - Public Libraries, Cultural Heritage

Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook is a distinguished university professor. Her current research is the preservation and destruction of memory across institutions—libraries, museums, and intangible cultural heritage. She also focuses on how human rights and community engagement inform public library services. She is currently working on the American Library Association “Standards for Library Services for Individuals Who Are Incarcerated or Detained” Task Force. McCook is the author of Introduction to Public Librarianship (American Library Association). 

Dr. Jinfang Niu

Research Area - Archives

Current research is being done on how technologies transform archives management practices, theories and workforce, and make recommendations for how archival education programs, professional associations, and commercial service providers should adapt to the shifting archives management landscape. 

Dr. Vanessa Reyes

Research Area - Personal Information Management, Personal Digital Archiving, Digital Cultural Heritage Preservation    

Dr. Reyes' research helps identify how individual users organize, manage, and preserve personal digital information in the emerging field of personal information management (PIM) and personal archiving.  Personal Information Management (PIM) is the practice and study of activities that people create, organize, maintain, and retrieve information for everyday use. Personal digital archives (PDA) are assembled through private activities, work, and external communities. Personal digital archiving raises many concerns about our ability to preserve personal information, particularly since most new information is digital. As users document their digital lives in many formats, these practices need to be studied to discover better preservation planning and procedures. The world is transitioning to a mostly digital culture; researchers and institutions must recognize how important preservation planning is and how not carrying out these plans yields a loss to much of our digital heritage.