Richard Arias-Hernández

I am an Assistant Professor of Teaching at the School of Information at UBC. I teach courses in digital libraries, digital collections, information systems, information visualization, data management, analytics, and visualization at the iSchool graduate programs and in the Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS).

I was a postdoctoral fellow in visual analytics and interactive science at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University. I have a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), a M.Sc. in Information Management Systems and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia).

My current research is centered in design and evaluation of community-based experiential learning in media and information studies, and design and evaluation of undergraduate media studies programs.

  • Social studies of information technology;
  • Information technology design and social justice;
  • Digital libraries, digital archives, visual analytics

Current Courses

Winter 2021

ARST556P Topics in Archival Automation - TPCS ARCH AUTMTN Sections

Winter 2021

INFO250 Networks, Crowds, and Communities Sections

Introduces network concepts and methods for exploring social and organizational connectivity for work, socializing, and knowledge production. Examines impact of social media on connections that span space and place; peer production on authority structures; ubiquitous mobile connectivity on daily life.

Winter 2021

INFO419 Information Visualization Sections

Basic theory and practice required to visually represent information. Introduces design principles and practical skills to create effective information visualizations. Examines effect of different visual representations on understanding and meaning.

Winter 2021

LIBR582 Digital Image and Text Collections Sections