Professional Master’s in information management

The Professional Master's Degree in “Information Management” was created as a new course within PPGCI / USP, as a strategy to boost the relationship between scientific and applied research, facilitating the appropriation of theoretical references for the development of intervention projects in the professional world. It was assumed that Information Science is recognized as a field that involves both scientific research and professional practice, which gives it its own disciplinary character. From an investigative point of view, its identity is based on the scope of formulating problems with the scientific perspective and potential practical solutions, regardless of the disciplinary origin of the knowledge used in the investigation procedures. Therefore, the differentiation between the professional stricto sensu graduate courses, as in the case of the Professional Master's Degree, in relation to the existing academic courses, from the pedagogical point of view, is based much more on the emphasis on problems from the professional world as objects of investigation, with the goal to contribute to the development of skills aimed at critical evaluation, intervention and resolution of problems related to it.

Professional Master’s – Specialization area: Organization, Mediation and Information Circulation

With the aim of boosting the relationship between scientific and applied research and to facilitate the appropriation of theoretical references in the area for the development of intervention projects in the world of work regarding the processes of organization, mediation and circulation of information, the specialization area consists of three lines of research: Cultural Mediation, Information Management Units and Knowledge Organization.

Research Lines:

Cultural Mediation
The cultural mediation approach, within the scope of the Professional Master's Degree, focuses on the theoretical, methodological, technical and material aspects mobilized in cultural practices in information devices. The researches included in this line are focused on training professionals for the elaboration, development and evaluation of cultural mediation projects in public and private organizations; active in the area of education, culture, science and technology.
Professors: Edmir Perrotti, Ivete Pieruccini, Lourival Pereira Pinto and Lúcia Maciel Barbosa de Oliveira.

Information Management Units
The line proposes to train professionals to recognize the environmental and organizational variables involved in the information needs of different socio-cultural and professional groups; identification and evaluation of information resources essential to the planning and management of public or private, general or specialized devices, networks and information systems; production of science, technology and innovation indicators for the elaboration of institutional policies. It includes developing studies on the methods for collections analyses, documentary authenticity, reliability of information sources, knowledge of the legislation on intellectual property rights regarding the ways knowledge is produced today. It also includes the study of scientific and technological communication, as well as the dissemination channels, the development of intervention projects in information services, repositories and networks, and in virtual teaching-learning environments.
Professors: Asa Fujino, Francisco Carlos Paletta, José Fernando Modesto, Marcelo dos Santos, Marcos Luiz Mucheroni, Pedro Luiz Côrtes, Rogério Mugnaini and Waldomiro de Castro Santos Vergueiro.

Knowledge organisation
This research line is designed to train professionals in the elaboration of information treatment and retrieval projects, considering the different types of contexts, documents (scientific, administrative, textual, imagery documents) and devices (libraries, information centres or systems, archives, museums ; websites, companies). It includes the analysis and proposition of information organization policies; the knowledge on information representation and retrieval methods, including computational models and the construction of knowledge organization systems (language documentation), based on linguistic, semiotic and terminological theories, supported by information technologies.
Professors: Cibele Araujo Camargo Marques Dos Santos, Johanna W. Smit, Marilda L. Ginez de Lara, Marivalde Moacir Francelin, Nair Y. Kobashi and Vânia Mara Alves Lima.