I am an academic researcher having interest in all matter
of the mind - from creativity to cognitive to cultural.
But if I have to label myself with a discipline then, I am an
Information Scientist interested in the life and after
life of information – from conception to consumption. I
take a 360 degree view of information as I have moved from
studying the theoretical foundations of information
science to researching in the areas of ‘cognitive styles’,
‘relevance’ ‘Information Retrieval’ and User Experiences.
I am interested in the phenomenon of information and I
believe that information manifests in three levels –
cognitive (as ideas and concepts in mind);
linguistic/symbolic (words and texts), and corporal (as
bits and bytes or little black figures on white). I
believe that both relevance and information are cognitive
My teaching career has panned the
entire spectrum of the field – Classification and Indexing to
Information Retrieval to Medical Information Systems to digital
libraries and content management systems.
with the power of computing has lead me to the field of digital
libraries – an area I am currently working in and associated with in
different capacities – as a researcher, teacher, and advocate. Since
the year 2000, I have been closely involved with the digital library
conference series – International Conference of Asian Digital
Libraries (ICADL) and currently I am the Chair of the Steering
Committee of the ICADL.