Robert Douglas Ferguson

I am a doctoral candidate at the McGill School of Information Studies in Montréal, Québec, Canada. My Ph.D research explores personal information management (PIM) and personal archiving. I am interested in the relationship between records management and financial behaviours among young adults. My current research aims to improve the recordkeeping capacities of financial tools and services. My doctoral research is supervised by Prof. Karyn Moffatt Ph.D at the McGill School of Information Studies.This project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

I hold Masters and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Social Anthropology from York University in mcgillschoolofinformationstudies_studentlaptopwindow-smallToronto, Ontario, Canada. My MA research explored member attitudes towards online research ethics and the data-mining of personal health information on the patient social networking website PatientsLikeMe.com. My masters research was supervised by Prof. Naomi Adelson Ph.D (York University). As an anthropologist by training, I am interested in individual and group identity construction through documentation and information-related practices.

I am part of the Accessible Computing Technologies Research Group (ACT) at McGill University. Our current project explores information behaviours and needs of family, friends, and caregivers of loved-ones in hospice and palliative care. Our aim is to develop technologies enhance telepresence, communication, and social support at the end-of-life.

I am a student member of the Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). I serve as the 2014-2015 secretary of the ASIS&T McGill Student Chapter. I have presented research and participated in workshops at Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW), Computer Humans Interactions (CHI), GRAND NCE/Canada 3.0, Web 2.U, Congress on Whole Person Care, and the annual meeting of Association of Information Science and Technology.