Research

My research is categorized in the broader areas of music information; foundations of Information Science; and, epistemology, theory, and philosophy in Information Science. [Learn more about my current and ongoing projects; or, view my publications and presentations.]

As a traditional Irish musician and dancer, I have one foot in this realm, and the other in Information Science, broadly construed. Because I learn/play/teach music primarily by ear, I rely less upon textual sources and more on oral-aural transmission (including sounds, stories, and metaphors). This departure from texts/notation and text-centered understanding impacts how I view the world of information and why my research lies in the following areas:

  • Music information description, representation, organization, and retrieval
  • Information behaviors in art and craft domains (i.e. food, building/making, musical practice, and dance)
  • Non-textual documents and documentation processes
  • Theory, epistemology, and ethics in Information Science
  • Philosophy of Information

My dissertation, Investigating Music Information Objects, explored the diverse representations and attributes of Music Information Objects (MIOs) as described by music practitioners of 10 different world traditions. The dissertation work tested, detailed, and illustrated my proposed theoretical framework outlined in the paper Toward a Universal, Meta-Theoretical Framework for Music Information Classification and Retrieval, published September 2015 in the Journal of Documentation. I received FSU School of Information’s Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in 2015 for this theoretical work.