Labs and Facilities
The iSchool provides students with a wide variety of labs and equipment. Some labs are open regular hours and others require a reservation, but all are available for student use and students are encouraged to make full use of them.
The Information eXperience Lab is a testing facility dedicated to the science of information studies, the empirically-based design of information resources, and the education of graduate students in the process of both. Conduct experiments on human-information processing and usability, accessibility, and other studies of the interaction between humans and information sources. The Information eXperience Lab spans two rooms at the UT Administration Building (UTA), UTA 5.510 and UTA 5.516, and can be used for usability studies using Morae.
The Digital Archaeology Lab is a significant part of the School of Information’s research and education in digital archiving. The facility provides multiple computer platforms, including a complete forensic workstation, a variety of media drives, and current and legacy software for the purpose of recovering digital objects from noncurrent environments for transfer into a preservation environment. Students and faculty carry out research to develop extraction protocols and to test efficient and safe means of treating legacy media and formats.
The Information Retrieval and Crowdsourcing Lab was established to advance the state-of-the-art methodologies for search and human computation/crowdsourcing. The aim is to integrate crowdsourcing with automatic algorithms to improve search engine experiences, capababilities, and evaluation.
The Conservation Lab contains a large variety of tools and equipment for examination, analysis, photo documentation, and conservation treatment of books and paper. A thorough sample collection, including more than 10,000 photographs and many other materials, is available for student use.
The IT Lab offers desktop computers (Windows & Mac), a wide variety of software utilized in iSchool and UT courses, printing services, computer and a/v equipment borrowing, and a variety of IT teaching resources. IT Lab attendants assist students, faculty, and staff.
The Digitization Suite in UTA 1.210B is used in digitization coursework. It can also serve as a small classroom for specialized course sessions, and provides a cross section of current and legacy digitization equipment for text, slides, audio, and video.
The School of Information Computer Classroom is located within the IT Lab area in room 1.210A. The classroom offers Windows and OS X computing environments and digitization equipment as well as our general classroom presentation capabilities.
There are two sound rooms located in the IT Lab. The sound rooms are small individual rooms with higher-end equipment where people can record and edit audio, edit movies, create tutorials, or even experiment with the latest voice recognition software.