Read more about my current and ongoing research projects below.
Linked Irish Traditional MUSic (LITMUS)
This project is in collaboration with the Irish Traditional Music Archive and is funded through a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship from 2017-2019. LITMUS focuses on the building of a linked data ontology specifically suited towards Irish traditional music and dance, as well as other orally-based music traditions. Read more about LITMUS.
Investigating Music Information Objects
This ongoing project focuses on documentation, description, organization, and retrieval issues stemming from multi-sensory information. Beginning with music information objects, I explore the complex socio-cultural information embedded in music and musical practice, as well as how this should inform our description, organization, and access of music information. Publications from this research can be found in the iConference 2014 Proceedings (When “Everything” is Information: Irish Traditional Music and Information Retrieval), Journal of Documentation (Toward a Universal, Meta-Theoretical Framework for Music Information Classification and Retrieval; 2015) and my dissertation (Investigating Music Information Objects; 2016). Recent presentations of research findings include a poster at ALISE 2017 (2nd place winner in the doctoral poster competition), and recent presentation, “Music Information Objects Described by Music Practitioners: Implications for Organization and Access of Traditional Musics,” presented at the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, (IAML) 2017 Congress in Riga, Latvia.
Epistemology “Beyond the Brain”
This research focuses on dimensions of epistemology that extend beyond the purely cognitive, individualist perspective. Stemming from my dissertation finding of “Temporal Epistemology”, (see recent papers on this finding: Windows” of Time: Memory, Metaphor, and Storytelling as Documents and “Windows” of Time, Part II: Documenting Temporal and Embodied Epistemology in Musicians), this project expands upon temporal and embodied aspects of knowledge, and also the role of intuition in knowledge (co-)construction. In collaboration with John Budd (University of Missouri) and Ken Herold (Adelphi University), we point to specific directions that Information Science might explore to expand our concept of knowledge within and beyond the brain.
Craft Domains and Apprentice-Based Information Behavior
I am particularly interested in extending my work on information within cultural practices such as music and dance into craft domains like instrument making/building and foodways. These areas tend to make use of apprentice-based learning models, making research into knowledge building and sharing within these contexts a rich area for further exploration (for more on apprentice-based knowledge, see my paper Traditional Musics and Ethical Considerations of Knowledge and Documentation Processes in Knowledge Organization).