I am seeking graduate students for iSchool Fall 2023! Email me [sebratt at arizona dot edu] for a conversation about your research interests

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I am an Assistant Professor of Digital Curation & Preservation at the University of Arizona School of Information (iSchool). I am also a fellow at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH).

I conduct interdisciplinary research in the areas of:

  • Research data management and data curation practices;

  • Knowledge diffusion and evolution through scientific collaborations;

  • Metadata and the conceptual foundations of information organization.

The overarching questions driving my research are: how do people work with scientific data? And: how are data and knowledge infrastructures maintained, contested, and changed over time? I am especially interested in long-term knowledge infrastructure sustainability, database curation, integrative data reuse, and the mobilization of natural and social science data.

I welcome mixed methods with combine data science and library science approaches and trans- and interdisciplinary collaborations. I like to take a collaborative approach with the scientific communities I study. I am as likely to publish in journals like Scientometrics or the Journal of Informatics as I am JASIST or Science, Technology, & Human Values (STHV). My goal is to conduct research that has impact for these communities and in the information sciences and long-term research data sustainability.