Karen Wickett

Assistant Professor

PhD, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Room 335, 501 E. Daniel St.


Research focus

Information organization, metadata and knowledge organization systems, data curation, and conceptual and logical foundations of information systems.


Karen M. Wickett is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. Her research areas include the conceptual and logical foundations of information organization systems and artifacts. She is most interested in the analysis of common concepts in information systems, such as documents, datasets, databases, digital objects, metadata records, and collections. Before joining the faculty at the iSchool at Illinois, Wickett was on the faculty of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught courses and conducted research on information modeling and conceptual modeling in data curation. Prior to her faculty appointment at UT Austin, Wickett was a postdoctoral research associate for the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the iSchool.

Courses currently teaching

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Publications & Papers

For a complete list of publications, please visit Karen Wickett's Google Scholar page.

Karen M Wickett (2023). Metadata as a Site for Critical Inquiry. Proceedings of the 2023 Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Annual Conference

Wickett, K. M. (2023). Critical data modeling and the basic representation model. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 1– 11. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24745

Andrea K. Thomer and Karen M. Wickett (2020) "Relational Data Paradigms: What do we learn by taking the materiality of databases seriously?Big Data & Society, 7(1): 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1177/2053951720934838

Karen Wickett, (2018) "A logic-based framework for collection/item metadata relationships", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 74 Issue: 6, pp.1175-1189, https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-01-2018-0017 

Andrea K. Thomer, Karen M. Wickett, Karen S. Baker, Bruce W. Fouke, and Carole L. Palmer. (2018) "Documenting provenance in non-computational workflows: research process models based on geobiology fieldwork in Yellowstone National Park." Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24039

Ayse Gursoy, Karen M. Wickett, Melanie Feinberg. "Understanding Tag Functions in a Moderated, User-Generated Metadata Ecosystem." (2018) Journal of Documentation 74(3): 490-508.

Carole L. Palmer, Andrea K. Thomer, Karen S. Baker, Karen M. Wickett, Christine Hendrix, Ann Rodman, Stacey Sigler, and Bruce W. Fouke (2017). "Site-based data curation based on hot spring geobiology." PLoS ONE 12(3): e0172090. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172090

Karen M. Wickett (2015). "Accounting for Context in Markup: Which Situation, Whose Semantics?" In Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 15. https://www.balisage.net/Proceedings/vol15/print/Wickett01/BalisageVol15-Wickett01.html 

Karen M. Wickett, Simone Sacchi, David Dubin, and Allen H. Renear (2012). "Identifying Content and Levels of Representation in Scientific Data." Proceedings of the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Allen H. Renear, Simone Sacchi, Karen M. Wickett (2010) "Definitions of Dataset in the Scientific and Technical Literature." In Proceedings of the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.