Ali Shiri, PhD (Univ. of Strathclyde)

Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR)
Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, Faculty of Education

Contact

Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR)
Email
ali.shiri@ualberta.ca
Address
5-111 Education North Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, Faculty of Education
Email
ashiri@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Digital Libraries Digital Object Reuse Information Retrieval Interaction Learning Analytics Data Analytics Search User Interfaces Knowledge Organization Systems


About

Personal website

I am a Professor in the School of Library and Information studies and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). I completed my PhD in Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland in 2004 and joined the University of Alberta in the same year.




Research

My research areas centre on digital libraries, user interaction with digital information, knowledge organization systems, and more recently learning analytics. Currently, Ali has two funded research projects on digital libraries and learning and data analytics.


My SSHRC-funded project titled 'Inuvialuit Voices: Cultural Heritage Preservation and Access through Digital Storytelling in Digital Libraries' ($239, 614) is a three year (2019 - 2022), collaborative project with research team members from communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) and the University of Alberta. The project team is working to design and develop digital storytelling features to be integrated as part of the Inuvialuit Digital Library. The project aims to collect information on storytelling and the types of stories that community members might like to record and preserve. Based on initial consultations with community members, a prototype audio-recording interface will be designed. This prototype will be tested and evaluated by community members so that it can be refined and implemented. Throughout the project, community input will be sought through conversations, open houses, interviews, focus groups, and workshops. Overall, the goal of this research is to facilitate curltural heritage preservation and access for northern communities in the Western Arctic.

My previous SSHRC funded project titled ‘Digital Library North: Creating a Path for Information Access in Canada's North’ ($295, 817) was a four year project (2014 - 2018) that addressed the following objectives: a) Investigate and identify the information needs and information seeking behaviour of community members in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, b) Develop a digital library of information resources, c) Explore appropriate methodologies for treatment of cultural heritage information, d) Create a culturally appropriate metadata framework as a basis for resource description and discovery, e) Develop requirements for multilingual user interfaces that support the dominant languages, f) Conduct a user-centred evaluation of the digital library and g) Develop a sustainability strategy for the digital library to ensure long-term access to digital information.


The second funded project that I am currently working on is titled Digital Content Reuse Assessment Framework Toolkit (D-CRAFT) (US $249,998), funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)’s National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The D-CRAFT will be an open access, collaboratively-developed toolkit. The project team is developing a resource that will:

  • Provide an overview of available assessment tools, best practices, and a code of ethics for measuring the reuse of digital assets, facilitating both standardization and impact measurement in the digital library field.
  • Identify sustainable and vetted assessment methods that can be applied to a broad array of digital collections
  • Promote exemplary stewardship of library and museum digital collections
  • Allow libraries, data archives, and other cultural heritage and knowledge organizations to better understand the ways users engage with, reuse, and transform digital library materials.
  • Standardize approaches and best practices for communicating the economic, educational, scholarly, scientific, social, and cultural impact of digital collections, and support the use of evidence-based approaches to build inclusive user-centered platforms and systems


Previously, I was awarded a TLEF grant, titled: ‘Development of a Learning Analytics Application to Support Online Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta’ ($91, 406). The project developed and evaluated a learning analytics software application for the University of Alberta eClass learning management system in order to support students and instructors to gain insight into learners activities in online, blended, and on-campus courses. Within this project, I collaborated with the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), U of A Information and Technology Services (IST) and the eClass team.



Teaching

Ali has taught face to face and online courses in the areas of digital libraries, information organization and retrieval, vocabulary control, advanced topics in the organization of knowledge and metadata.

Publications

Scale Up Predictive Models for Early Detection of At-risk Students: A Feasibility Study
Author(s): Cui, Ying, Chen, Fu, Shiri, Ali
Publication Date: 4/1/2020
Publication: Scale Up Predictive Models for Early Detection of At-risk Students: A Feasibility Study
Volume: 121
Issue: 3-4
Page Numbers: 97-116

Mapping Canada’s Indigenous Digital Collections.
Author(s): Shiri, A., Borys, Christina., Huang, Carolin
Publication Date: 6/3/2019
Publication: roceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 3- 5, 2019.

Canada’s Health Data Repositories: Challenges of Organization, Discoverability and Access.
Author(s): Thornton, Gail; Shiri, Ali
Publication Date: 6/3/2019
Publication: Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 3- 5, 2019.

Predictive analytic models of student success in higher education: A review of methodology
Author(s): Ying Cui; Fu Chen; Ali Shiri; Yaqin Fan
Publication Date: 6/1/2019
Publication: Information and Learning Sciences
Volume: 120
Issue: 3/4

An examination of IFLA and Data Science Association ethical codes
Author(s): Trepanier, Cheryl.: Shiri, Ali: Samek, Toni
Publication Date: 5/31/2019
Publication: IFLA Journal

Usability Evaluation of Learning Analytics: A Student-Centred Perspective.
Author(s): Shiri, Ali
Publication Date: 5/1/2019
Publication: Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science
Volume: 41
Issue: 1-2
Page Numbers: 94-112

Community-Driven Knowledge Organization for Cultural Heritage Digital Libraries: The Case of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. SIG Classification Research
Author(s): Farnel, Sharon; Shiri, Ali
Publication Date: 11/12/2018
Publication: Vancouver
Volume: ASIS&T 2018, Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Conference, Vancouver, Nov 10 - 14, 2018.

Methodological Considerations in Developing Cultural Heritage Digital Libraries: A Community-driven Framework.
Author(s): Shiri, Ali
Publication Date: 6/4/2018
Publication: Fort Worth, Texas,
Volume: ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL)

The Many Faces of Marcia Bates’s Contributions: Citation Impact and System Design Influence.
Author(s): Shiri, Ali
Publication Date: 6/1/2017
Publication: Toronto, Ontario.
Volume: Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, Ryerson University, May 31 - June 2, Toronto, Ontario.

Learning Analytics: Supporting Teaching and Learning through Learner’s Data Analytics and Visualization
Author(s): Shiri, A.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Learning Analytics: Supporting Teaching and Learning through Learner’s Data AnaProceedings of the International Conference on Data Analytics, Venice, Italy, October 9-14, 2016.
Page Numbers: 126 -130

Development of a Digital Library Infrastructure for the North: An Environmental Scanning Approach
Author(s): Shiri, A., Rathi, D., Stobbs, R., Campbell, S., Farnel, S. Cockney, C. and Maloney, E.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Proceedings of the 43th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS)

Semantic Access and Exploration in Cultural Heritage Digital Libraries
Author(s): Shiri, A.
Publication Date: 2015

Understanding Semantic Web: A Conceptual Model
Author(s): Calaresu, M. & Shiri, A.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Library Review
Volume: 64
Issue: 1/2
Page Numbers: 82-100

Powering Search: The Role of Thesauri in New Information Environments
Author(s): Shiri, A
Publication Date: 2012

Methodological Considerations in Developing Cultural Heritage Digital Libraries: A Community-driven Framework.
Author(s): Shiri, A.
Publication: JCDL '18 Proceedings of the 18th ACM/IEEE on Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

Usability Evaluation of Learning Analytics: A Student-Centred Perspective
Author(s): Shiri, A.
Publication: Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science
Volume: 42
Issue: (1-2)
Page Numbers: 94-112.

Ying Cui, Fu Chen, Ali Shiri,Predictive analytic models of student success in higher education: A review of methodology
Author(s): Ying Cui, Fu Chen, Ali Shiri, Yaqin Fan
Publication: Information and Learning Sciences
Volume: 120
Issue: (3/4)
Page Numbers: pp. 208-227.