Sustaining Information Practices Studio

The Sustaining Information Practice (SIP) research and design studio is made up of faculty and graduate students based out of the iSchool@UBC. Lisa Nathan leads project inquiries into the concept of sustaining information practices, ways of managing information that diverse peoples develop to address longer-term challenges (e.g., environmental adaptation, decolonization, social justice). Financial support has come from numerous funders, including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the U. S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Stewarding Traumatic Collections

In contemporary, digitally-connected yet disparate societies, how do those who are tasked with designing and managing information systems that document traumatic events in human experience (e.g., genocide, colonization) guide their actions over the longer-term?

(re)Designing Info Practices

Working with ongoing community|academic partnerships (e.g., Indigitization above), our research focuses on negotiations between community and academic expectations and concerns regarding how information is managed, to inform the (re)design of project information practices.

Valuing Values

This line of inquiry focuses on supporting reflective, generative thinking during the design process. Ongoing work involves gaining feedback on designers’ use of Envisioning Cards, a physical manifestation of this type of support, exploring the generative role of values in the design process.

Negotiating Sustainability

Ecovillages are communities comprised of individuals striving to develop lifestyles that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. Although these communities develop innovative practices in many areas (from transportation to food production), this line of inquiry demonstrates the embedded resilience of mainstream information practices.

© Lisa P. Nathan