Research grants in the School of Information Studies
Professor Kimiz Dalkir received $123,000 from the Centre francophone d'informatisation des organisations for a two-year project to diagnose and evaluate the tools used to identify, promote and assess the effectiveness of collective learning processes at Oxfam-Québec. The project involves surveying practices of the not-for-profit organization in a number of countries in Asia Pacific, South and Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Professor Catherine Guastavino, as a member of a network of 28 researchers from McGill University and the Université de Montréal, received $604,363 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for the project Laboratory for BRAin, Music and Sound (BRAMS): The Biological Foundations of Music. Professor Guastavino's contribution involves the study of human interaction in an immersive virtual environment.
Professors Andrew Large and Jamshid Beheshti were granted $151,348 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for their project on Visualization Models of a Hierarchical Taxonomy in Children's Web Portals. It will investigate how a hierarchical taxonomy might best be visualized within a web portal to facilitate rapid and accurate retrieval of relevant web pages by young students. It will involve the active participation of elementary school students in the design process, using a model called "Bonded Design" developed by the researchers in an earlier project.
Professor Eun Park also received $100,800 from SSHRC for her project Giving Life (to data) to Save Life (in the age of AIDS): Meta-analyses through Digitization of Visual Data in the Social Sciences. The study seeks to explore the most effective ways of managing data sets that draw on photo-voice data and to develop, test out and implement protocols for meta-analysis. It should advance the study of the development of digital archives for health/education research, particularly in the area of HIV and AIDS. The project will be done in collaboration with Professors Claudia Mitchell, McGill University, and Naydene de Lange, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.