Information Management

Information Management considers the design, development and use of data and knowledge management systems and how complex, large or distributed data can be accessed and visualised, how users interact with the World Wide Web and how the Web, through its design, technology and infrastructure, enables users to interact with it. Security in Network and Distributed Systems using machine processing in order to help us search, organise and understand our data.

The research within the group is classified into the following themes:

  • Biological information management
  • Description logics, ontologies and automated reasoning
  • Distributed query processing
  • e-Science
  • Parallel, distributed and grid systems
  • Security in network and distributed systems
  • Semantic Web
  • Semantic Grid
  • Web Ergonomics Lab



Don't Publish. Release!

Beyond the PDF2  

Carole Goble CBE won the 'Agent of Change' award during the Visions of the Future Session at the Beyond the PDF2 conference in Amsterdam on March 20th 2013, with her suggestion - Don't Publish. Release!

The idea that research is 'finished' and then published is flawed. This is particularly the case when we move from publishing results solely as narrative PDFs and instead publish results as compound, multi-stewarded and possibly reproducible Research Objects. Research Objects combine the discussion with data, methods, calculations, codes, scripts, workflows, platforms, links to third party services and so on. Methods evolve. Data changes. Metadata changes. Services get replaced. Platforms break. Stuff gets versioned. Things need repair. Let's face up to the fact that we release research rather than publish it. Let's start applying a 20th century software release paradigm instead of a 18th century print a book paradigm to scholarly communication.


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Professor Carole Goble CBE

Prof Carole Goble

Carole Goble CBE, FREng, FBCS, CITP is a Professor of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, co-leading the Information Management Group. She is also the co-director of the e-Science North West regional centre and a member of the Software Sustainability Institute UK. She has an international reputation in Semantic Web, Distributed computing, and Social Computing for scientific collaboration.

Carole has worked closely with life scientists for many years and is the Director of the myGrid project, the largest UK e-Science pilot project, which has produced the widely-used Taverna open source software; myExperiment, a social web site for sharing scientific workflows; the Biocatalogue of web services for the life sciences; and the SEEK for storing, sharing and preserving Systems Biology outcomes.

Research interests: Current research interests include grid computing, the Semantic Grid, the Semantic Web, Ontologies, e-Science, medical informatics and bioinformatics.

Awards: Carole Goble CBE is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2010) and a Fellow of the BCS (2005). She was the recipient of the first Jim Gray e-Science Award in December 2008. Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft External Research who sponsored the award, said Goble was chosen for the award because of her work to help scientists do data-intensive science through the Taverna workbench. Carole was awarded a CBE for her services to science in the 2014 New Year's Honours list.


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