Gibb, Forbes Prof

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Prof Forbes Gibb

Emeritus Professor


Tel : +44 141 548 3305

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Graduated from Edinburgh University as an archaeologist before taking a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship at the then Liverpool Polytechnic.

BA PgDip Librarianship


Research Interests:
My research interests are information strategy, service management and e-books. I have been involved in several major research projects including: SIMPR (ESPRIT project 2083) which developed a knowledge-based information storage and retrieval system; STAMP (ESPRIT project 8488) which developed a client-server probabilistic information retrieval system for English, Spanish and Catalan; AUTOSOFT (ESPRIT project 25762) which developed systems to support software re-use; and MIND (IST-2000-26061 which developed technologies for resource selection and data fusion for multimedia international digital libraries (MIND). I was also a member of the DELOS Network of Excellence. I have carried out consultancy work and commissions in the areas of information systems and information strategy for a wide range of private and public sector organisations including: The European Parliament, DG Research, the Scottish Arts Council, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Scottish Executive, the Scottish Museums Council, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, United Distillers, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Working and Living Conditions, the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, Lateral Technologies and Solutions, and Communities Scotland

I lecture in research methods, service management and organization of knowledge on a range of Masters programmes, and was Course Director for the MSc in Strategic Information Systems which was delivered to staff from the Royal Bank of Scotland. I am Director of the PGI portfolio and a member of the Departmental Ethics Committee. I am a member of the ESRC Information Science Pathway Management Committee, and the Secretary of the Scottish Brewing Archive Association.