Graduate Program in Knowledge Management and Organization

Person in charge: prof. Mauricio Barcellos Almeida / mba at eci.ufmg.br

General Information

The Graduate Program in Knowledge Organization and Management (PPG-GOC) prioritizes advanced studies on information and its phenomena in the context of Information Science. It is a stricto sensu course created in 2015 by the School of Information Science of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).

The program aims to prepare researchers and other professionals with specific skills for handling, organizing, and managing knowledge produced and disseminated in a wide range of settings.


Scope

The Graduate Program in Knowledge Organization and Management falls within the realm of Applied Social Sciences and is based on the combination of the three pillars of Information Science: knowledge, technology, and people. Three main issues underpin the research goals:

  • the physical issue, which includes the study of the characteristics and the laws of the universe of information and recorded knowledge
  • the social issue, which deals with studies on how specialist users search, use, and interact with information and knowledge
  • the representation issue, which includes the search for more effective ways to access information and recorded knowledge, making use of human and technological resources.

The graduate student enrolled in this program gains unique skills which, together with the skills of other areas concerning the management of information and knowledge, will allow advances in strategic areas such as medicine, energy, security, environment, construction, among others.


Goals

To provide the highest level of academic education, in accordance with modern society’s knowledge management necessities; and in addition, to train teachers, granting them specific skills on knowledge management, the latter being a distinctive feature of this program.

The researcher who graduates in this program will be dealing with information and knowledge, systematizing the organization of knowledge with the use of technology.


Lines of Research

Knowledge Architecture & Organization

This research line focuses on knowledge organization issues in a variety of contexts. Its activities investigate topics including: structure and construction of classification systems; universal classification systems; classification and indexing methodologies; information communication; evaluation of information systems; information retrieval process; thesauri; ontologies; terminologies; knowledge organization systems; applied representation, classification, and indexing, among others.

Management & Technology

This research line focuses on problems related to every stage of organization, retrieval, and dissemination of knowledge and information, in an eminently technological environment. Its activities investigate topics including: information retrieval systems; knowledge management; human-computer interaction; knowledge and information needs and uses; modeling; natural language processing; machine-aided indexing; data mining, big data, linked data, open data, web; data visualization; electronic metadata, among others. In addition, all the technologies required to equip the organization of knowledge and information are considered. It is worth highlighting that the goal is not to produce technology, but its effective use.


Subjects and their respective descriptions

Core subjects for both lines of research

  • Advanced Studies in Information
  • Research Methodologies

Optional Subjects – Research Line: Information Architecture & Organization

  • Information Architecture
  • Knowledge Organization Systems
  • Scientific Communication: Genesis and Development
  • Evaluation of Information Needs
  • Digital Libraries
  • Ontological Representation in Formal Systems
  • Special Topics in Information Architecture & Organization

Optional Subjects – Information Management & Technology

  • Theory and Representation of Knowledge in Systems
  • Intelligence and Knowledge Management
  • Information Retrieval Systems
  • Organizational Information Systems
  • Information Management in Special Environments
  • Metadata: formats and templates
  • Special Topics in Information Management & Technology

Optional Subjects for both lines of research

  • Research Seminar I
  • Research Seminar II

Selection Process

Selection for the program takes place once a year, according to UFMG’s calendar. The selection process consists of classificatory and eliminatory phases, based on the analysis of the following: a) academic education; b) curriculum vitae; c) course plan; d) letters of intent and; e) written test. The evaluation criteria are qualitative and comparative and take into account the candidate’s profile and the availability of advising faculty.


Additional Information

Person in charge: prof. Mauricio Barcellos Almeida / mba at eci.ufmg.br