Dr Jonathan Foster
BA, MSc (Brunel), M.Ed. (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)
Lecturer in Information Management
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My principal research and teaching interests are in information governance, digital economy, and institutional and classroom perspectives on the implementation of information and communications technology in educational settings. I have higher degrees in Information Systems and in Education (M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from the University of Sheffield), and received a PhD in Information Studies (Social Sciences) from the University of Sheffield. I have been PI for an externally-funded AHRC project investigating the implementation and evaluation of digital archives; and has led a number of learning and teaching development projects including Computer-Based Collaborative Learning (funded by TLTP) and Managing Innovation in the Digital Economy (funded by University of Sheffield). I am currently PI for a University of Sheffield Digital Transformations Research project on Collective Intelligence (2013-14); and a strand of this project is investigating shared understandings of the impact of technology on privacy, and organizations’ handling of personally-identifiable information.
I am Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Information Management.
I have also previously acted as the School’s Research Ethics Administrator, UG Examinations Officer; and Sub-Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield.
- Research interests
My principal research interests are in information governance and digital economy.
I have been Principal investigator on externally-funded contracts worth £106,896 supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Connecting Communities for the Digital Economy) and leader of internally-funded University of Sheffield projects worth £31,419 in the areas of information governance, collective intelligence, and the digital economy.
I am currently University of Sheffield partner on a Worldwide University Network Project and led by the University of Rochester, on Data Diplomacy: Political and Social Dimensions of Data Collection and Sharing. Other universities involved are the University of Auckland, University of Bristol, and the University of Western Australia (2015, £35,712).
I have published more than 35 research outputs, including sole-authored papers in leading journals in information science and information management (e.g. Journal of Documentation, Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, British Journal of Educational Technology), and two edited books on Collaborative Information Behavior, and Consumer Information Systems and Relationship Management.
I supervise doctoral dissertations particularly in the areas of information governance, information management, and the digital economy.
I am a member of the Information, Knowledge and Innovation Management research group.
- Consumer Information Systems and Relationship Management: Design, Implementation and Use. Hershey (PA): IGI Global.
- Collaborative information behavior: User engagement and communication sharing. IGI Global.
- Characterising online museum users: a study of the National Museums Liverpool museum website. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 21(1), 75-87. View this article in WRRO
- Data Work in Context: Value, Risks and Governance. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 69(12), 1414-1427. View this article in WRRO
- Embedded, added, cocreated: Revisiting the value of information in an age of data. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 69(5), 744-748. View this article in WRRO
- Towards an understanding of data work in context: Emerging issues of economy, governance, and ethics. Library Hi Tech, 34(2), 182-196. View this article in WRRO
- Digital Archiving as Information Production: Using Experts and Learners in the Design of Subject Access. Journal of Documentation(6), 773-785.
- Riders Have Spoken: A practice-based approach to developing an information architecture for the archiving and replay of a mixed reality performance.. International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media, 6(2), 209-223.
- Exploring factors for collaborative group investigation. Journal of Educational Media and Library Science, 47(2), 123-146.
- Blast theory's rider spoke, its documentation and the making of its replay archive. Contemporary Theatre Review, 20(3), 353-367.
- Riders have spoken: Replaying and archiving pervasive performances. Leonardo, 43(1), 90-91. View this article in WRRO
- We don't do google, we domassive attacks: Notes on creative R&D collaborations. Leonardo, 43(1), 94-95. View this article in WRRO
- Understanding the factors that influence acceptance of online auction platforms: a comparative study of Taobao and eBayEachnet. International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 3(2), 148-169.
- Understanding interaction in information seeking and use as a discourse: A dialogic approach. Journal of Documentation, 65(1), 83-105.
- Approaches to studying and students' use of a computer supported learning environment. Education for Information, 25(3-4), 155-168.
- Collaborative information seeking and retrieval. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 40, 329-356. View this article in WRRO
- Developing expertise in e-commerce: a content analysis of students' knowledge of online auctions. Journal of Information Systems Education, 85-91.
- Collaborative E-Business Planning: Developing An Enterprise Learning Tool For Information Management And Information Systems Curricula.. Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, 2, 28-43. View this article in WRRO
- Individual differences in learning entrepreneurship and their implications for web-based instruction in e-business and e-commerce. British Journal of Educational Technology, 34(4), 455-465.
- Educational informatics: An emerging research agenda. Journal of Information Science, 29(4), 298-310. View this article in WRRO
- Students net the benefits of technology. Nursing Standard, 14(46), 28-28.
- Preparing for practice: Assessing personal knowledge on an interpersonal skills training course. The Journal of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning, 1(2), 49-54.
- information retrieval interaction and conversation: achievements and limitations. The New Review of Information and Library Research, 2, 97-138.
- Electronic Word-of-Mouth (eWOM) and Its Influence on Book Purchasing Decisions, Consumer Information Systems and Relationship Management (pp. 156-172). IGI Global
- Electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM) and its influence on book purchasing decisions: A study of the Anobii digital bookshelf In Foster JJ, Lin A & Scifleet P (Ed.), Consumer Information Systems and Relationship Management: Design, Implementation, and Use Hershey (PA): IGI Global
- What Do Chinese Fashion Consumers Talk about when They Talk about Fashion?, Consumer Information Systems and Relationship Management (pp. 173-187). IGI Global
- Valorising the Cultural Content of the Commodity, Consumer Information Systems and Relationship Management (pp. 189-201). IGI Global
- Collaboration as co-constructed discourse: developing a coding guide for the analysis of peer talk during educational information seeking In Foster (Ed.), Collaborative Information Behavior
- Collaboration as co-constructed discourse: Developing a coding guide for the analysis of peer talk during educational information seeking, Collaborative Information Behavior: User Engagement and Communication Sharing (pp. 219-246).
- Consumer information sharing, Encyclopedia of E-Business Development and Management in the Global Economy (pp. 676-682).
- Collaboration as Co-Constructed Discourse In Foster J (Ed.), Collaborative Information Behavior: User Engagement and Communication Sharing (pp. 219-246). London: IGI.
- Managing institutional change for networked learning In Steeples C & Jones C (Ed.), Networked Learning: Perspectives and Issues (pp. 125-141). London: Springer-Verlag.
- Towards a Democratic Education for E-government, Towards the E-Society (pp. 671-682). Kluwer Academic Publishers
Conference proceedings papers
- Analysis of transaction logs from National Museums Liverpool. TPDL 2019 Proceedings : Digital Libraries for Open Knowledge (pp 84-98). Oslo, Norway, 9 September 2019 - 12 September 2019. View this article in WRRO
- Implementing and sustaining infrastructures: a question of when not what. Proceedings of UKAIS 2003, 9 April 2003 - 11 April 2003.
- Towards Information Governance of Data Value Chains: Balancing the Value and Risks of Data Within a Financial Services Company. Knowledge Management in Organizations (KMO 2017), Vol. 731 (pp 336-346), 21 August 2017 - 24 August 2017. View this article in WRRO
- The Ghost in the Museum Website: Investigating the General Public’s Interactions with Museum Websites (pp 434-445) View this article in WRRO
- Is a Virtual Learning Environment a One-Size-Fits-All Solution? A Survey of Cognitive Styles Within a University Student Population (pp 301-308)
- User categories for digital cultural heritage. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 1611
- View this article in WRRO Implementing e-Learning in a Vietnamese University: A Configurational Approach. iConference 2015. Newport Beach, California, 24 March 2015 - 27 March 2015.
- Understanding knowledge transfer for social enterprise: some preliminary findings.. iConference (pp 708-709)
- Understanding collaboration in learning-related information seeking: a dialogic approach. Proceedings of the 2nd International Network-Based Education 2007 Conference: The Power of Media in Education (pp 61-73)
- Making a case for collaborative business planning: educating information management and systems graduates for the knowledge-based economy. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Electronic Business, 10 December 2003 - 13 December 2003.
- Towards a democratic education for e-government - A study of deliberative decision-making via information and communications technology. Towards the E-Society E-Commerce, E-Business, and E-Government, Vol. 74 (pp 671-682)
- Negotiating practice: an analysis of an institutional dialogue about networked learning. Networked Learning 2000: innovative approaches to lifelong learning and higher education through the internet: Proceedings of the second international conference jointly organised by Lancaster University and the University of Sheffield (pp 98-105)
- Networked professional development: Issues for recipients and providers. Networked Learning 2000: innovative approaches to lifelong learning and higher education through the internet: Proceedings of the second international conference jointly organised by Lancaster University and the University of Sheffield (pp 49-56)
- On the interpretative authority of information systems. Exploring the Contexts of Information Behaviour (pp 506-518)
- Governance of information is becoming vital.
- From Amazon to iTunes, digital economy is the way forward.
Theses / Dissertations
- Research group
Current PhD students
- Hooria Ali Hafedh: Knowledge transfer from the perspective of a “Quadruple Helix”: The banking sector in Bahrain
- Jihad Al Wahshi: Data Analysis for Business Intelligence: A Critical Evaluation of the role of Business Intelligence and Data Analysis in Money Laundering and Fraud Detections in Oman Banking Industry
- Elijah Chirwa: An Examination on the impact of digital disruptive innovations on central banks and formulating a strategy for the digital age
- Meichengzi Du: Understanding Citizens Acceptance of Smart Transportation Applications in Shenzhen, China: A Mixed Methods Study
- Ofulue Nchemko: Understanding Motivation and its Impacts on Governance within Crowdsourcing Platforms
- David Walsh: Supporting information access in digital cultural heritage
Completed PhD students
- Tuan Dang: E-learning Implementation in Vietnamese Universities.
- Hasan Hashim: Developing Infrastructure for E-Government to Business Services: A Case Study of the e-Umrah System in Saudi Arabia.
- Nabhan Al Harrasi: Understanding Omani Academic Library Collaboration: A Soft Systems Approach.
Accountability and Ethics in a Digital Ecosystem
EPSRC SPRITE+ Principal Investigator £49,683 1 April 2020 24 months
Tools for Life: Data Sharing and Public Health
Wellcome Trust Principal Investigator £97,799 1 October 2019 20 months
Data Diplomacy: Political and Social Dimensions of Data Collection and Sharing
Worldwide Universities Network Investigator £35,712 1 January 2015 12 months
Data Diplomacy is an emerging construct that integrates concepts from data science, technology, and computing, with social science, international relations, and diplomatic negotiation; and in some cases offers a new diplomatic tool that facilitates global relationships. Equally, questions surrounding burgeoning data creation and data sharing provide areas of tension in this new space e.g. issues related to privacy, security, free expression, and regulation as well as variances particular to national and international contexts. The project brings together stakeholders representing global, bilateral, and institutional interests and will engage the broad concept data diplomacy and explore this in a number of topic areas e.g. agency, privacy, ownership and freedom of information.
University of Sheffield Investigator £11,209 1 September 2013 12 months
Riders Have Spoken: Designing and Evaluating an Archive for Interactive Performances
Arts and Humanities Research Council Principal Investigator £97,000 7 December 2009 9 months
New Research Processes and Business Models for the Creative Industries
EPSRC Co-Principal Investigator £210,000 1 April 2008 12 months
- Teaching interests
I have made a sustained contribution to curriculum innovation for our information management and information systems students; having created new elective module in Information Governance (topics explore decision-making, management, and governance of information and data in organizational and networked contexts) and in Digital Economy (internally funded by the University of Sheffield).
I led a PGT curriculum review group (2012-13) aimed at enhancing the Information School’s MSc Information Management programme, an initial outcome of which was the decision to make Information Governance core to our curriculum, since it reflects the problems and issues of how to govern information and data in a digitally networked age.
My teaching is research-led and is concentrated on the areas of information governance, and the digital economy.