Information is center stage in today’s world and touches virtually every aspect of our lives.

We invite you to join the School of Information for a dynamic Open House showcasing the innovations, insights, and ideas of our talented graduate students exploring the new frontiers of the information field. This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments and an exciting slate of activities including the following:

Capstone Poster Showcase — Graduating master's students will present their culminating capstone projects and research findings in diverse areas of the information field, including digital archives, data analysis, library science, user experience design, user interface, data mining and technology.

Student Projects — Current students will present projects highlighting their application of information and technology to include innovative mobile apps, digital humanities, 3D printing technology and more.

Lab Tours & Demos — Experience the iSchool’s exciting new makerspace and tour the school’s state-of-the art labs for Information Experience (UX), Digital Archaeology (Archiving), Information Retrieval, Preservation and Conservation, and Human Computer Interaction.

Parking is available in the Guadalupe Garage, accessed from 17th Street, or in the ample street parking meter spaces surrounding the building. The building entrance is on Guadalupe, between 16th and 17th Streets.




This year the iSchool is implementing a new Open House awards program. There are four different award categories:

Dean's Award

Only open to Capstone projects. The winner will be selected by the dean based on the quality of research, the impact of the project, the complexity of the project, and the wow factor of the presentation.


People’s Choice Award

Open to Capstone or student projects. The winner will be selected by Open House attendees based on their perceptions of the most interesting and engaging work with the potential to make the biggest difference.


Faculty Award

Open to Capstone or student projects. The winner will be selected by iSchool faculty based on the quality of the project and the presentation, as well as the project’s positive impact on the field of information studies.


Peer Award

Open to Capstone or student projects. The winner will be selected by current iSchool students based on their perceptions of the project that best represent the spirit of the iSchool to solve information challenges for human benefit.




Below are some of the students who will be presenting their Capstone projects at the Open House. Their work represents just a small sample of the great variety of research interests that students pursue at the UT iSchool.

Jennifer Allen
AILLA's Island Move: Metadata Documentation

Jennifer's project is the documentation of the MODS, MADS, and Local Metadata Schemes contained in AILLA's metadata mapping sheet that was used to assist in the move to Islandora. Her job is to make the information user-friendly for staff and depositors.

Calvin Bench
360 Degree Video at the Harry Ransom Center

Calvin is using a 360 degree camera to film various spaces and events at the Harry Ransom Center. These include galleries, exhibitions, an opening party and similar social events.

Katelyn Helberg
Library Instruction at Dell Medical School

Katelyn is collaborating with the Health Sciences Librarian at the Dell Medical School to develop flash workshops for the inaugural class of med students and the Dell Medical School community.

Walker Riley
Combating Cyber Threats at ePatientFinder

Walker is working with the Chief Privacy Officer at ePatientFinder to ensure that ePF’s cyber-security meets all controls necessary to pass a SOC 2 security audit. To achieve this, he will be reviewing, rewriting, and creating new security policies and procedures to facilitate company-wide proactive threat prevention.

Chen-Chun Shen
iTester 3 Usability Study

Shen's project is evaluating iTester 3, an online learning assessment tool, with different user experience methodologies and redesigning the interface to increase the usability and accessibility.

Sara Thompson
Rejuvenating a Tired School Library

Sara is helping Bastrop Intermediate School library with some much needed updates. Many books (particularly in the science section) are dated and need to be replaced or weeded, a makerspace and materials are being added, and the library has begun collaborating with teachers.

2017 Open House graphics and layout created by: Jennifer Allen, Keisha Laneé Brown, and Tim Salau
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