nhara@indiana.edu
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Welcome

I am an associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Director of Master's of Information Science program in the Department of Information & Library Science.

My research in Social Informatics emphasizes online knowledge sharing, communities of practice, and collective behaviors in mediated environments. Specifically, I examine the means by which collective behaviors are enabled and/or impeded by Information Technology. I was the Treasurer of the ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science & Technology) Special Interest Group on Social Informatics (SIG-SI).

My recent research concerns co-production of scientific knowledge in online communities, such as Wikipedia. I am the author of Communities of Practice: Fostering Peer-to-Peer Learning and Informal Knowledge Sharing in the Work Place from Springer and a co-editor of Global Wikipedia: International and Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Collaboration from Rowman & Littlefied. Two of my articles and a review of my book on communities of practice are included in a virtual issue of JASIST (2013) devoted to Knowledge Management. I am also completing a U.S. National Science Foundation funded research project looking at tacit knowledge sharing in life science graduate programs (NSF #08-30137). I am currently interested in how social media help or impede public understanding of science. See the special issue of Science Communication that I co-edited.

Communities of Practice: Fostering 
Peer-to-Peer Learning and Informal Knowledge Sharing in the Work Place. 
Springer

Global Wikipedia: International and Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Collaboration