Information for Sustainable Development: Technology, People and Society

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  • About the authors

This book is for academics, researchers and professionals interested in information science, or those studying to enter the information science field.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 universal goals adopted by the UN in 2015. Information for Sustainable Development is a comprehensive resource that discusses the role and importance of data, information, people, and society in achieving the targets of these goals. Specifically offering an information science perspective on measuring the performance and assessing the progress in achieving these, this book’s coverage includes 

  • the basics of data, information, metadata, and the SDGs; 
  • targets, indicators, and metadata required for measuring achievements and success; and 
  • examples and challenges associated with some metadata. 

This book provides a global perspective on the current progress of SDGs by comparing regions and examining the challenges each region faces, including data availability and completeness. The authors explore how, in addition to data and technology, different human and social issues are vital for achieving success in different SDGs. 

  1. Data, Information, People and Society
  2. Information and the Sustainable Development Goals
  3. Sustainable Development Goals: Targets and Indicators
  4. Data, Information and Progress in SDGs
  5. Capacity, Cooperation, and Sharing of Data for SDGs
  6. People and the SDGs: the Digital Divide
  7. People and SDGs: Access to Data and Digital Skills
  8. Information Skills and the SDGs in Everyday Life
  9. Information, Education and Sustainable Development
  10. Research and Development around the SDGs
  11. Information Education, Research and Professional Developments around SDGs

G.G. Chowdhury

G.G. Chowdhury is a Professor of Information Science in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. He has held several senior academic positions including as Professor and Head of Mathematics and Information Sciences, and as the Head of iSchool at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK; and as a Professor and Director of Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Professor Chowdhury's research focuses on connecting people with information through technology. He is a leading expert in digital libraries, cultural information management and sustainable information systems and services. He has published 16 books and over 160 research papers. Professor Chowdhury has `been the European and Global Chair of the iSchools organization.

Sudatta Chowdhury

Sudatta Chowdhury is Research Associate in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. She had held numerous academic and research positions at universities in the UK, Singapore and Australia. Sudatta's research focuses on information seeking behavior and human-centred challenges for access to information including the digital divide, and digital and information skills. She has co-authored five book, several journal and conference papers and book chapters.