Towards an agenda for information education and research for sustainable development

Chowdhury, Gobinda and Chowdhury, Sudatta (2024) Towards an agenda for information education and research for sustainable development. Journal of Information Science. ISSN 0165-5515 (In Press) (

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Education for sustainable development (ESD), identified by UNESCO as a core requirement for achieving success in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has not yet been embedded in the information sciences curricula. Similarly, research around data, information and people for achieving success in different SDGs has not yet been a focus in the information science discipline. This paper aims to develop a framework for education and research in information sciences for promoting and achieving success in different SDGs. First, taking the approach of a metareview, the paper shows the trends, as well as challenges, of research and development activities around data, information and the SDGs. It demonstrates how the different activities of the LIS sector can be mapped onto various SDGs and some of their specific targets. A visual map has been produced that links different LIS activities and various SDGs and targets. The diagram and the framework can be used to develop new, and/or revise the existing, information sciences curricula to accommodate the SDGs for training and research in specific LIS activities. The framework will also help to develop an agenda for research in information science for promoting the concepts, and achieving the targets, of the SDGs.