ALISE Research Taxonomy

Revised 10/12/2016. 

Area: Data management

Scope Note: The development and execution of architectures, policies, practices, and procedures to manage the information lifecycle needs of an organization in an effective manner. Topics include: 
  • Copyright
  • Data curation
  • Information governance
  • Information policy
  • Information privacy
  • Information security
  • Intellectual property
  • Knowledge management
  • Records and information management
  • Risk management

Area: Data science

Scope Note: Processes and systems to extract knowledge, social, and economic value in various forms, either structured or unstructured. Topics include:

  • Altmetrics
  • Bibliometrics
  • Big Data
  • Cloud computing
  • Data mining
  • Data visualization
  • Data warehousing
  • Informetrics
  • Machine learning
  • Natural language processing
  • Webometrics

Area: Human-computer interaction & design

Scope Note: The relationship between people, groups, and societies and computing and information systems. Topics include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer-supported collaborative work
  • Machine learning
  • Mobile systems
  • Social computing
  • User interfaces
  • Augmented reality
  • Ubiquitous computing

Area: Information organization and retrieval

Scope Note: Processes and systems to effectively represent and organize, and retrieve information. Topics include:

  • Abstracting
  • Archival arrangement and description
  • Classification
  • Cataloging
  • Cross-language information retrieval
  • Indexing
  • Interactive information retrieval
  • Linked data
  • Metadata
  • Multimedia information retrieval 
  • Taxonomies
  • Ontologies
  • Semantic Web
  • Social tagging

Area: Information practices

Scope Note: Processes and systems that examine the dissemination and use of information. Topics include:

  • Censorship
  • Education
  • Information ethics
  • Information literacy
  • Information needs
  • Information seeking 
  • Information use
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Print culture
  • Reading and reading practices
  • Reference transactions
  • Scholarly communications
  • Specific populations

Area: Education of information professionals

Scope Note: Methods and strategies to provide learning opportunities to information professionals. Topics include:

  • Accreditation 
  • Administration
  • Continuing education
  • Curriculum
  • Education programs/schools
  • Online learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Research methods
  • Standards
  • Students
  • Teaching faculty

Area: Information services

Scope Note: Specific contexts in which information sources are collected for, and disseminated to, target populations. Topics include:

  • Academic libraries
  • Archives
  • Children’s services
  • Collections development
  • Community and civic organizations
  • Community engagement
  • Community-led services
  • Digital Humanities
  • Libraries in the developing world
  • Museums
  • Public libraries 
  • Publishing
  • Readers’ advisory services 
  • School libraries
  • Special libraries
  • Young adult services

Area: Information technologies

Scope Note: The design, application, and evaluation of computers, storage, networks, and other devices to create, process, store, secure, and exchange all forms of electronic data. Topics include:

  • Database systems
  • Discovery systems
  • Information system design
  • Library technology systems
  • Open source software
  • Social software
  • Social media

Area: Sociocultural perspectives

Scope Note: How individual behaviors are affected specifically by their surroundings, and social and cultural factors. Topics include:

  • Critical librarianship
  • Information rights
  • Political economy of the information society 
  • Social justice
  • Sociology of information 


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