Michael Twidale

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PhD, Computing, Lancaster (UK)

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(217) 265-0510
twidale [at] illinois [dot] edu

Areas of Research

Computer-supported cooperative work; collaborative technologies in digital libraries and museums; user interface design and evaluation; open-source usability; information visualization; ubiquitous learning, social learning of technology, rapid prototyping and evaluation.

Other Professional Appointments

Department Affiliate, Computer Science
Research Associate Professor, Information Trust Institute
Fellow, Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership


Michael Twidale is a professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, human-computer interaction, information visualization, and museum informatics. Current projects include studies of informal social learning of technology, technological appropriation, metrics for open access, collaborative information retrieval, low-cost information visualization, ubiquitous learning and the usability of open source software. His approach involves the use of interdisciplinary techniques to develop high-speed, low-cost methods to better understand the difficulties people have with existing computer applications and so to design more effective systems.

Teaching this Semester

Research Projects

Transforming Taxonomic Interfaces

The goal of this research is to help researchers develop and use relatively simple tools to describe species in a way that make those descriptions easier to share with other scientists and easier for computers to process and analyze. The approach is bottom-up and iterative, involving the rapid prototyping of tools, combining of existing tools, and the tailoring of applications developed for one purpose but now being reused for this scientific activity.

Completed Research Projects

Selected Publications, Papers, and Presentations

Twidale, M.B. & Nichols, D.M. (2013 to appear). Agile methods for agile universities, in (ed.) Peters, M., The Creative University, Volume 2. Sense Publishers. Rotterdam.

Takazawa, A. & Twidale, M.B. (2013). When you wish upon a blog: how collaborative information seeking can interleave with CSCW. Workshop on Collaborative Information Seeking, CSCW 2013.

Twidale, M.B., Blake, C. & Gant, J.P. (2013). Towards a data literate citizenry Proceedings, iConference 2013, 247-257.

Twidale, M.B., Schmidt, I., Ginger, J., Organisciak, P., Adamczyk, P. & Lueg, C. (2013). Design jams in iSchools: Approaches, challenges and examples. Proceedings iConference 2013, 1053-1055.

Twidale, M.B.; Cunningham, S.J.; Howison, J.; Organisciak, P. Ginger, Jeff; Schmidt, I.; Smith, B.N.; Baker, K.; Williams, K. ( 2013). Tech learning potluck Proceedings, iConference 2013  1058-1060.

Bainbridge, D., Twidale, M. B., & Nichols, D. M. (2012). Interactive context-aware user-driven metadata correction in digital libraries. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 13(1), 17-32.

Nichols, D.M., Twidale, M.B. & Cunningham, S.J. (2012). Metadatapedia: A proposal for aggregating metadata on data archiving. Proceedings of the iConference '12, ACM. 370-376.

Jones, M.C. & Twidale, M.B. (2012). Exploring the boundaries of collaborative software development. Proceedings, PIM 2012 Workshop, CSCW 2012 Seattle, WA ACM Press.

Zhang, H., Twidale, M.B. & Smith, L. C. (2012). Mine, Yours and Ours: Using Shared Folders in Personal Information Management. Proceedings, PIM 2012 Workshop, CSCW 2012 Seattle, WA ACM Press http://pimworkshop.org/2012/papers.

Zilouchian Moghaddam, R., Twidale, M., & Bongen, K. (2011). Open source interface politics: identity, acceptance, trust, and lobbying. Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, CHI EA  ’11 (pp. 1723–1728). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/1979742.1979835.

England, D., Edmonds, E., Sheridan, J. G., Pobiner, S., Bryan-Kinns, N., Wright, P., Twidale, M., et al. (2011). Digital arts and interaction (invited). Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, CHI EA  ’11 (pp. 609–612). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/1979742.1979538.

Salovaara, A., Höök, K., Cheverst, K., Twidale, M., Chalmers, M., & Sas, C. (2011). Appropriation and creative use: linking user studies and design. PART 2 ———– Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, CHI EA  ’11 (pp. 37–40). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/1979482.1979585.

Zhang, H., Twidale, M.B. & Smith, L. C. (2011). What is archived: a study of folder content on personal computers. Proceedings,. Personal Digital Archiving 2011. San Francisco, CA.

Nichols, D.M. & Twidale, M.B. (2011). Recommendation, Collaboration and Social Search. In Ruthven I. & Kelly, D. Interactive Information Retrieval. Facet  Publishing. 205-220.

Bainbridge, D., Twidale, M.B. & Nichols, D.M. (2011). That's 'é' not 'þ' '?' or '☐': A user-driven context-aware approach to erroneous metadata in digital libraries Proceedings of the 11th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL'11). ACM.

Hahn, J., Twidale, M., Gutierrez, A., Farivar, R. (2011). Methods for applied mobile digital library research: a framework for extensible wayfinding systems. The Reference Librarian 52 (1/2) 106-116.

Related Topics

Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval, collaborative environments, human-computer interaction, knowledge representation, information visualization, user error analysis, user interface design