Laura Muir

Laura Muir

Dr Laura Muir

Associate Professor

Biography

Dr Laura Muir joined Edinburgh Napier University on 17th August 2015 as Associate Professor in the Information Systems Group of the School of Computing. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Her research is focussed on user-centred design of information systems and services and she has worked with industry in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and consultancy projects.

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Edinburgh Napier University Representative on Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS) ESRC Doctoral Training College: Information Science pathway (from 23rd June 2016)
  • Member of the Scottish Government Cross Party Group on Digital Participation (since December 2009)
  • Member of OFCOM (Office of Communications) Advisory Committee on Older and Disabled People (ACOD) and Convenor of ACOD Research Sub-group, 1 April 2007 – 31 March 2011

 

Conference Activity

  • Member of the International Organising Committee for Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) conference held over 4 days in June every 2 years at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2016, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, June 4-8 2016
  • Meta-reviewer: 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting , Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the community, November 7-10, 2015, St Louis, USA

 

Spin-outs and Licences

  • Patent: Method and apparatus for processing image data Method and apparatus for processing image data. International Publication No: WO/2007/144640, December 2007

 

Date


14 results

Towards a Definition of Metaskills

Presentation / Conference
Stephen, K., Muir, L., & Hall, H. (2020, September)
Towards a Definition of Metaskills. Poster presented at ISIC 2020: The Information Behaviour Conference, Pretoria, South Africa
Introduction: The term ‘metaskill’ has been used to mean a range of different types of information-based skill. This poster describes this variation in use across disciplines ...

Digi-Mapping: Unpacking meaning of place through Creative Technology

Presentation / Conference
Grandison, T., Flint, T., Jamieson, K., & Muir, L. (2020, August)
Digi-Mapping: Unpacking meaning of place through Creative Technology. Paper presented at ACHS 2020 FUTURES – Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference, University College London, UK
Personal meaning attached to space through digital media gives rise to contested narratives and reveals a polyvocality of place (Farman, 2018). Attributing meaning or ensoulme...

The interaction between people, information and innovation: information literacy to underpin innovative work behaviour in a Finnish organisation

Journal Article
Middleton, L., Hall, H., Muir, L., & Raeside, R. (2019)
The interaction between people, information and innovation: information literacy to underpin innovative work behaviour in a Finnish organisation. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 55(1), 367-376. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2018.14505501040
Workplace learning and employee-led innovation are related. For example, mistakes made when learning may spur innovation. Investigated in this paper is the role of information...

Using Knowledge Organization Systems to automatically detect forward-looking sentiment in company reports to infer social phenomena.

Journal Article
Cleverley, P., & Muir, L. (2018)
Using Knowledge Organization Systems to automatically detect forward-looking sentiment in company reports to infer social phenomena. Knowledge Organization, 45(2), 152-169. https://doi.org/10.5771/0943-7444-2018-2-152
The study investigates whether existing Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) for strong and hesitant forward-looking sentiment could be improved to detect social phenomena. Fi...

Getting unstuck: Information problem solving in high school STEM students and evidence of metacognitive knowledge

Presentation / Conference
Richter, T., Muir, L., Flint, T., Hall, H. & Smith, C. (2017, June)
Getting unstuck: Information problem solving in high school STEM students and evidence of metacognitive knowledge. Paper presented at i3- information: interactions and impact, Aberdeen, Scotland
This presentation reports the initial findings from an ongoing empirical study which aims to evaluate how students seek, use, and think about information when they encounter p...

Exploratory information searching in the enterprise: A study of user satisfaction and task performance

Journal Article
Cleverley, P. H., Burnett, S., & Muir, L. (2016)
Exploratory information searching in the enterprise: A study of user satisfaction and task performance. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(1), (77-96). ISSN 2330-1643
No prior research has been identified which investigates the causal factors for workplace exploratory search task performance. The impact of user, task and environmental facto...

The case for a risk-assessed approach to organisational records management in the Oil and Gas sector

Journal Article
Muir, L. J., Cousins, F., & Laing, A. (2014)
The case for a risk-assessed approach to organisational records management in the Oil and Gas sector. Information Research, 19,
Introduction. Processes and practices for information management service delivery, including retention, retrieval and disposal of documents and records, are not easily quantif...

The case for e-book literacy: undergraduate students' experience with e-books for course work.

Journal Article
Muir, L. J. & Hawes, G. (2013)
The case for e-book literacy: undergraduate students' experience with e-books for course work. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 39, 260-274. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2013.01.002. ISSN 0099-1333
This paper investigates how electronic books (e-books) are used for scholarly activity. It focuses on the end-users of e-books in a case study which aimed to establish how sch...

Like an open book? Accessibility of e-book content for academic study in a diverse student population

Journal Article
Muir, L. J., Veale, T., & Nichol, A. (2009)
Like an open book? Accessibility of e-book content for academic study in a diverse student population. Library and information research, 33, 90-109
This paper reviews previous research on e-books and the information seeking behaviour of scholars. It presents the initial findings from an in-depth study of the behaviour and...

Content-prioritised video coding for British Sign Language communication

Thesis
Muir, L. J. Content-prioritised video coding for British Sign Language communication. (Thesis)
Robert Gordon University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/9351
Video communication of British Sign Language (BSL) is important for remote interpersonal communication and for the equal provision of services for deaf people. However, the us...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Principal Investigator on project funded by CDA (Common Data Access) Ltd. to develop a ‘Body of Knowledge’ for Petroleum Data Management education and professional development (September 2014 – April 2015)
  • Industry Secondment to Lockheed Martin UK, Information Systems and Global Solutions division, Information Management section, Aberdeen (July 2013 to August 2014)
  • Post KTP Collaboration Agreement with Lockheed Martin UK (Information Systems and Global Solutions): Information Management Energy Forum management and Information Management benchmarking research (2012-14)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP): OPITO Ltd and Robert Gordon University (Department of Information Management Aberdeen Business School), Workforce Planning Decision Support System (July 2011-February 2014)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP): Amor Group Ltd. (now Lockheed Martin UK) and Robert Gordon University. Information Management Energy Forum (March 2010 - 2012)
  • Thales Scottish Technology Prize 2009 (2nd Place): Muir, L.J., Richardson, I.E.G. and Bhat, A., VClear: Perceptually Optimised Video Compression
  • CILIP Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) award, An evaluation of academic e-book accessibility in a diverse student population (April 2008 - 2009)
  • Aberdeen City Council funded British Sign Language DVD project (August – December 2007)
  • Scottish Enterprise Funded Proof of Concept project, Perceptually Optimised Video Compression (November 2005 – March 2008)

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Paul Stevenson, DInfSc ‘Supporting Evidence-based Decision Making in the NHS: A Knowledge Services Perspective’ (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 2016.
  • Paul Cleverley, PhD ‘Development of a Root Cause Model for Sub-optimal Information Seeking Experiences in the Enterprise: an Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Case Study’ (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen), 2016
  • Gratiela Lobo, PhD ‘Like an Open Book? A New Paradigm for Academic E-Books’ (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen), 2018