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Associate Professor of Information Science

MIS Director

Contact Information

(812) 855-1490
Wells Library 005A


  • Ph.D. at Indiana University, 2000


Noriko Hara is associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Her research in Social Informatics emphasizes online knowledge sharing, communities of practice, and collective behaviors in mediated environments. Specifically, she examines the means by which collective behaviors are enabled and/or impeded by information Technology. Noriko is currently completing an U.S. National Science Foundation funded research project looking at tacit knowledge sharing in life science graduate programs. Her current research concerns co-production of scientific knowledge in online communities, such as Wikipedia. She is the author of Communities of Practice: Fostering Peer-to-Peer Learning and Informal Knowledge Sharing in the Work Place from Springer, and a co-editor of Global Wikipedia: International and Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Collaboration from Rowman & Littlefied. Noriko received a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the NSF Science and Technology Center at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Research Areas

  • Community Practice
  • Online Knowledge Sharing
  • Public Understanding of Science
  • Social Informatics