Our mission is to study and create new information technologies and to analyze their impact on art, culture, science, commerce, society, policy, and the environment.

Information Science + Studies at Duke began in 2001 as part of a University effort to consider the ways in which the digital revolution is transforming teaching and learning and society at large. ISS helps students fill the gap between current academic training and the increasing demand in all professions for a broad understanding of the legal, social, philosophical, computational, and aesthetic issues concerning information technology and other related innovations. The program's integrated curriculum combines topics and practices including information management; photonics and visualization; multimedia design; issues of security, privacy, and property; and the history of science and technology.

The ISS Research Center functions as a central organizational node in the larger network of research at Duke University by encouraging and initiating new interdisciplinary research collaborations in the pervasive fields of information science and information studies. Key areas include:

  • Data Visualization and Network Analysis
  • Digital Mapping, Augmented Reality, and Mobile Applications
  • Information Fluency and Ethics 
  • Media and Information Design and Development
  • Physical Computing Applications
  • Serious Games, Virtual Worlds, and Simulations
  • Technology-Enriched Pedagogy and Social Practice
  • Transdisciplinary Media Arts and Cultures

ISS operates in partnership with Duke’s interdisciplinary Visual Studies Initiative, led by Art, Art History & Visual Studies, and is housed in Smith Warehouse Bays 10-12.

Learn more about Interdisciplinary opportunities at Duke.