About us

Information science is the “science and practice dealing with the effective collection, storage, retrieval, and use of information. It is concerned with recordable information and knowledge, and the technologies and related services that facilitate their management and use” (Saracevic 2009).
 
The information specialist (IS) team provides information science expertise for systematic reviews, clinical and cost effectiveness reviews, evidence syntheses, mapping reviews and realist and qualitative reviews for research groups at the University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS). As part of ESMI, we work with the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG), PenCLAHRC’s Evidence Synthesis Team and PenCHORD, the Exeter HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre; and also more widely with UEMS and other centres of academic excellence, including the European Centre for Environment & Human Health and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. We also run information science workshops and clinics.
 
We carry out and publish methodological research on topics such as UK databases, comparative studies of databases and host platforms, web searching, search summary tables and search filters. We have also presented our work at UK and international conferences. Please see our research page for a list of publications, conference presentations and grant wins.
 
We are:
Morwenna Rogers (Information Specialist)
Alison Bethel (Information Specialist)
Simon Briscoe (Information Specialist)
Sophie Robinson (Information Specialist)
Naomi Shaw (Information Specialist)
Jenny Lowe (Information Officer)

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Saracevic, T. (2009). Information science. In M. J. Bates (Ed.), Encyclopedia of library and information sciences (3rd ed.) (pp. 2570-2585). New York: Taylor and Francis.