Current Projects

  • Knowledge Infrastructures: Christine Borgman. The UCLA Knowledge Infrastructures Team studying data, data practices, and data curation, brings to this  problem several decades of research experience in the social studies of science, digital libraries, and information systems design and development.
  • History of the Book Online: Johanna Drucker.  This is a networked resource and coursebook for the study of the history of the book and literacy technologies. It makes use of materials in the Special Collections of the UCLA Libraries to create exhibits, spotlight studies, and presentations of material from every period and with as wide a geographical distribution as possible. The project contains content generated by students at UCLA, and is envisioned as a long term undertaking with partners in the United Kingdom and North America. The beta version of the project will be launched in Fall 2014, and linked to the Special Collections site of the UCLA Library.
  • Wittgenstein’s Gallery: Johanna Drucker. Does a word cast a shadow? Can we conjugate an image? This project was originally produced in 1989 as an investigation of the ways specific features of language and image systems could be transferred to expose the specificity of each, but with a particular emphasis on showing the workings of visuality. Exhibited subsequently at Columbia University, and published as a Graphical Pamphlet. Available from Lulu in hardcover print on demand.
  • Subjective Meteorology: Johanna Drucker. This project takes the metaphors and templates of conventional meteorology (fronts, pressure systems, thermal flows) and uses them as the basis of a graphical system to express states of mind and emotional life (a storm of anxiety punctuated by a series of conversational lightning strikes). Available from Lulu and also as a free eBook.
  • Graphical Investigations: Johanna Drucker. A collection of representative images from several graphical series that explore the nature of entities, events, fragments of organic matter and studies of organic process. On Lulu and as a free eBook.
  • Mind Massage: Johanna Drucker. A one of a kind work, unique copy, produced in Paris in1985 and now in the collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner, it contained a main text, and satellite books fitted into a hand-painted box. The book is a tale of possession, out of body travel, psychic experience, and other related matters. Fame, Suburban Miracles, Eusabia and the Victorians were unique books within the box along with the title work Mind Massage.
  • Bookscape: Johanna Drucker. Also a one of a kind work, created in Dallas in 1988 to resemble a Neiman Marcus gift box, it contains more than a dozen smaller boxes each with a book object made from found materials and hand-painted texts. Bookscape was also produced as a published text by Potes and Poets Press, but without the special materials and graphical effects. The book is about the inadequacy of existing rhetorical forms of writing for representing the Dallas landscape.
  • Agency and Affect of Recordkeeping in Individual and Community Lives in the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars: Anne Gilliland. This research has several aims: to acknowledge and identify structural and emotional confrontations and violence perpetrated and perpetuated by recordkeeping; to elucidate the different official, bureaucratic and personal realities that are in play; to identify and understand the dimensions of “workarounds” that are being or might be used when records are difficult to obtain, missing, destroyed, or were simply never created; and ultimately to promote recovery through the provision of services, systems and education in support of immediate and evolving personal and community needs for records. Specifically, the research is divided into two phases. The first phase probes personal, professional and literary attitudes towards, and experiences with recordkeeping. The second phase seeks to apply the insights gained through the first phase to enhance how recordkeeping systems, processes, metadata, interfaces and end user services might better protect individuals who continue to be vulnerable because of how records or metadata have been created, kept, destroyed, manipulated or shared; to facilitate how individuals need to locate and use [particular] records in support of their daily lives and well-being; to help individuals to identify other sources of evidence and build cases when records have been destroyed or damaged, or are not trustworthy; and to acknowledge and mitigate damaging affective aspects of records and recordkeeping.
  • The Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI): Anne Gilliland. AERI is a collaborative effort amongst eight doctoral-granting U.S. academic institutions to stimulate the growth of a new generation of academics in archival education who are versed in contemporary issues and knowledgeable of the work being conducted by colleagues. The initiative seeks to nurture and promote the state-of-the-art in scholarship in Archival Studies, broadly conceived, as well as to encourage curricular and pedagogical innovation in archival education across the United States and worldwide.
  • Center for Information as Evidence (CIE): Anne Gilliland. The Center serves as an interdisciplinary forum addressing the ways in which information objects and systems are created, used, and preserved as legal, administrative, scientific, social, cultural and historical evidence. CIE is committed to incorporating perspectives from ethnic communities from around the world in order to sustain the diversity within indigenous cultural heritages and broaden methods of information analysis and conservation.
  • Development of the National Chavez Center (NCC) Archives, Keene, California: Anne Gilliland. In partnership with the National Chavez Center and under the direction of Dr. Anne Gilliland, archival studies students from the UCLA Department of Information Studies have been working since 2012 to develop an archive that will support the National Chavez Center through collecting, preserving, and making accessible materials documenting the life and work of Cesar Chavez.
  • Technology, Power, and Revolutions: Ramesh Srinivasan. Studying how technologies have shaped mainstream media and journalism, which then impact the demonstrations and protests of those who do not have Internet access, speculating on how regimes such as North Korea may be affected by increased access to social media. Also studying how technologies are impacting communications between activists across the world and nation, and how now technologies are not just within the domain of revolutionaries but also are being used to empower the aims of those in power, from the Muslim Brotherhood’s use of hackers to authoritarian surveillance.
  • How Technology Can Support Democracy & Economic Development: Ramesh Srinivasan. Studying how ‘development’ can be aided through particular uses and designs of technology – specifically technologies that are designed and built around the voices, objectives, and concerns held by local communities. This research concerns issues around the digital divide, arguing that the divide is not simply about access to technology, but actually about the voices of peoples and whether they can be supported through information and technology initiatives.
  • How the Internet Shapes/Can Be Shaped by Non-Western Cultures: Ramesh Srinivasan. This research thus explores the possibility of creating and designing technologies that speak to the ontologies, or knowledges and value systems, of diverse communities – arguing that the algorithms, interfaces, and databases of our world need not be filter bubbles or black boxes, but instead can be opened up to the ‘cultural codes’ held by diverse communities around the world.


  • Sloan Foundation Grant, 2012-2015 Christine Borgman. The transformation of knowledge, culture, and practice in data-driven science: a knowledge infrastructures perspective.
  • Transdisciplinary Seed Grant, 2014 Ellen Pearlstein Identification and measurement of photochemically induced amino acid changes in bird feathers as early markers of light induced degradation, co PI with Joseph Loo (UCLA), Rachel Loo (UCLA), Joy Mazurek (Getty Conservation Institute), Michael Nshanian (UCLA).
  • National Science Foundation – 1057137 – Science and Society Division 2011-2014  Ramesh Srinivasan
  • IMLS National Leadership Grant 2009-present  Ramesh Srinivasan

Selected Projects Recently Completed by Information Studies Faculty


English-Russian Dictionary of Library and Information Terminology

The goal of this dictionary is to increase international understanding and collaboration between English and Russian speaking library and information science professionals by assisting them in reading each other’s professional literature.

Chief Compiler and Project Director: John V. Richardson


CENS (Center for Embedded Network Sensing)

CENS is a U.S. National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center based at UCLA that includes dozens of cooperating scientists, technologists, educators, and teachers (middle school and high school). CENS is a large, multidisciplinary research collaboration among multiple universities.

Co-Principal Investigator: Christine Borgman


British Library Endangered Archives Program grant for “Strategies for archiving the endangered publications of French India (1800-1923),” 2009-2011

Applies digital preservation and access approaches and international institutional collaboration to address the problem of how to rescue and make available primary information resources that were created by colonial administrations and are now “orphaned” in their post-colonial environments.

Co-Principal Investigator: Anne Gilliland