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Dr John Lamp, Senior Lecturer in the School of Information and Business Analytics has been awarded the Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems ACPHIS PhD Medal for his 2011 thesis 'Information Categorisation: An Emergent Approach'
The panel of judges wrote as follows of John's thesis:
Dr Lamp's thesis was notable for its clear and persuasive writing, and a very carefully thought through methodology - which was thoroughly justified and very well carried-out. It made excellent use of Ingarden's ontology of literature as a theoretical base, combined with a rigorous empirical study. The work has also had significant impact on the Information Systems discipline as a whole.
The medal will be presented to John at the ACIS 2012 Conference dinner on 4 December 2012 - a very appropriate setting to recognise John's achievement and his contribution to ACPHIS and the broader IS community.
The thesis uses established theories of ontology, literature and information to understand how different people perceive and categorise information they have read. The degree of similarity or difference in categorising is used to determine where a categorisation scheme is changing and therefore may require re-working, as an alternative to re-assessing the entire scheme.