Kiel Marine Science

Research Questions

Isabella’s research focusses on user-generated content and user-driven processes carried out in social media environments, and how they can be leveraged for different purposes. For example she studies how social media content affects scholarly communication and how web-based services can be leveraged for open science. With that her research contributes to a better understanding of the web by studying:

  • How researchers use the social web for scholarly communication and research evaluation (e.g. altmetrics, Science 2.0, and Open Science),
  • How users and researchers can contribute to the advancement of knowledge and science by adding their own content (e.g., to library catalogues via folksonomies),
  • Why users and researchers use web functionalities and for what purposes?
  • How web-based services can foster user engagement?
  • How various forms of information design can contribute to rich knowledge building experiences?


Isabella especially engages with the KMS research focus on the Digital Ocean, in which she works with the Virtual Seafloor-Project with GEOMAR’s ARENA. The Digital Ocean also serves as environment for future work on the introduction of effective information design and participatory approaches (such as design thinking) to marine sciences to support refining and communication of data and information (e.g., via data storytelling/data narratives).


Current Research

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