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Part designer, part music researcher, and part information geek (in any order you’d like), Margaret Lam a great believer in interdisciplinary collaborations, and she tries to practice what she preaches. She is interested in creating systems and platforms that can be used for the preservation and transmission of human knowledge from different cultures and communities around the world. One assumption that informs her approach is that better understanding of information practices of domain-specific users lays the groundwork for innovative methods and approaches for designing information systems. Currently, she is exploring this question with collaborators within the domain of music and relating the findings to address information challenges such as information retrieval, classification, knowledge organization, and system design within various contexts for music learning and research. Some of these issues are discussed in her recently completed masters thesis entitled “Online Music Knowledge: The Case of the Non-Musician”.

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