For immediate release | May 8, 2024

Supporting sustainable development goals through information science


CHICAGO — The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 universal goals adopted by the UN in 2015. “Information for Sustainable Development: Technology, People and Society,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, provides a global perspective on the current progress of SDGs by comparing regions and examining the challenges each region faces, including data availability and completeness. Offering an information science perspective on measuring performance and assessing progress in achieving these goals, G.G. Chowdhury and Sudatta Chowdhury also explore how, in addition to data and technology, different human and social issues are vital for achieving success in different SDGs. This book’s coverage includes:

  • the basics of data, information, metadata, and the SDGs;
  • targets, indicators, and metadata required for measuring achievements and success; and
  • examples and challenges associated with some metadata.

G. G. Chowdhury is a Professor of Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Professor Chowdhury is a world-leading expert in digital libraries, cultural information management and sustainable information systems and services. He has published 16 books and over 160 research papers and has previously served as the European and Global Chair of the iSchools organization. Sudatta Chowdhury is a Research Associate in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Her research focuses on information-seeking behavior and human-centered challenges for access to information. She has co-authored five books and several journal and conference papers and book chapters.

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