Research Areas


USF is a high-impact, global research university. Faculty in the School of Information have active research programs that involve collaborations with other USF units, centers, and institutes, as well as colleagues nationally and internationally. USF's iSchool has a strong record of funded research projects and other forms of significant scholarly productivity that contributes to the information field and related disciplines. A few areas of focus include:

Data Visualization

Faculty research on information visualization has investigated whether traditional laws of data distribution can be better understood, applied, or communicated within a visual context. For instance, Lotka's Law to create the first open source R package to calculate an author's academic productivity and visualize the results using different graphical interfaces.

Data Analytics

Our faculty use machine learning and other computational tools to investigate policy informatics. This involves, as one example, using predictive analytics to analyze social media data to identify meaningful patterns of citizens' political participation.

Intelligence and Security Informatics

Our faculty bring unique backgrounds in intelligence studies and participate in research in that has: a) identified and elucidated distinctions between strategic, operational, and tactical levels of cyber intelligence; b) created a model to describe how the cyber intelligence discipline has evolved since the 1990s, and; c) developed a national framework for education and training in cyber intelligence and a methodology for empirically establishing a common body of knowledge.

Health Informatics

Within the broad discipline of health informatics, faculty have been active in a few key areas. Given the unique access to community-based populations through various students, a major focus has been on information behaviors to better understand and affect how people seek, exchange, consume, and avoid information (e.g. cancer-related genetics information). Also, work within Clinical Research Informatics has been focused on how data standards are used in certain clinical research contexts to support data sharing, integration, and interoperability.



The faculty in the USF School of Information employ evidence-based techniques to understand how knowledge-based institutions gather, analyze, use, and communicate information. Research in this field includes inquiries into information seeking behaviors, information intermediaries, and information policy development as well as the classification and organization of information.