Dr. Ciaran B. Trace, Associate Professor, School of Information

Grants, Awards, and Accolades

  • Summer 2022: The University of Texas at Austin, Good Systems Faculty Fellowship ($4,000) to work with Dr. James A. Hodges [Bullard Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin] on a project entitled "Information Governance and Algorithmic Accountability."

  • 2020-2022: UT School of Information faculty fellowship ($14,960) to work with Dr. Yan Zhang on the research project entitled "Evaluation of the Quality of Online Health Information: Perceptions, Challenges, and Design Opportunities."

  • 2020-2021: The University of Texas at Austin, Healthcare Technology, Communication, and Privacy Collaborative Seed Grant ($14,000) to work with Dr. Yan Zhang and Dr. Marian Yvette Williams-Brown on the project entitled "Understanding Information Needs of Ovarian Cancer Patients and Family Members about Genetic Testing for Interactive Health Technology Design."

  • 2018: Recipient of the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) 2018 Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of an Archives (for Ciaran B. Trace, “Sweeping out the Capitol: The State Archives and the Politics of Administration in Georgia, 1921-1923,” The American Archivist 80 (2) (Fall/Winter 2017): 373-406).

  • 2017-2018: UT School of Information Governor Bill Daniel Fellowship ($15,700) to work with Dr. Yan Zhang on a study of end users' perceptions and expectations of the quality of self-tracking data.

  • 2016-2017: UT School of Information Governor Bill Daniel Fellowship ($15,400) to work with Dr. Yan Zhang on a study of the long-term value of self-tracking data.

  • 2015-2016: UT School of Information Governor Bill Daniel Fellowship ($14,100) to work on an information history research project entitled "Information as a Tool for Reform: State Archives and the Rise of the Efficiency Expert."

  • Fall 2014: The Augmented Processing Table features as one of the "Five Great UT Ideas" for 2014.

  • 2013-2014: UT School of Information Alumni Fellowship ($13,300) to work on a research project entitled "Visualizing Archival Data."

  • 2013: Society of American Archivists, Archival Innovator Award for work with Dr. Luis Francisco Revilla on the Augmented Processing Table Project.
  • The APT (Augmented Processing Table) Research Team is the first recipient of the Archival Innovator Award. Established in 2012, the Archival Innovator Award recognizes archivists, repositories, or organizations that show creativity in approaching professional challenges or the ability to think outside the professional norm or that have an extraordinary impact on a community through archives programs or outreach. The APT project is an ongoing and collaborative effort at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information led by researchers in archives (Dr. Ciaran B. Trace) and human-computer interaction (Dr. Luis Francisco-Revilla). The main objective of APT is to enhance and accelerate archival curation, and in the process, enhance online access to reliable, accurate, and trustworthy collections of information. The APT research team is focusing on devising a working solution to clear the backlog of hidden collections residing in archival repositories and set up infrastructure for managing ongoing accessions of born-digital, digitized, and paper-based materials. The team’s work has included the development of two prototype large-scale surface computing devices for processing and making accessible collections of digitized material. The Award Committee noted that the team’s work is “groundbreaking, overcoming professional and philosophical boundaries, embracing innovative ideas and emerging technology, and rethinking current standards and commonly-used models for arrangement and description in modern archives.”

  • 2012-2013: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Planning Grant ($44,000), "Indigenous Ways: Assessing the Awareness of and Potential Need for Identifying Content on Indigenous Worldview in Educating Libraries/Archives/Museum (LAM)." Principal Investigator: Dr. Loriene Roy. Co-PI: Ciaran B. Trace.

  • 2012-2013: UT School of Information John P. Commons Fellowship ($12,500) to work with Dr. Unmil Karadkar on a research project entitled "Scholars Tracking Archival Materials."

  • Summer 2012: Summer Research Assignment, University of Texas at Austin.

  • 2011-2012: UT School of Information Temple Fellowship ($12,500) to work with Dr. Luis Francisco Revilla on a research project entitled "Augmented Processing Table: Documenting and Enhancing the Processing of Historical Collections of Cultural Material."


  • Contact Information:
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    School of Information
    1616 Guadalupe Suite #5.202
    Austin, TX 78701-1213

    (512) 232-3508


    ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7118-6610 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7118-6610