Visiting Researcher Dr Barb Wixom MIT CISR

On 26 February, CIRES welcomed Dr Barb Wixom and Dr Alan Thorogood from the MIT CISR (MIT Center for Information Systems Research). Barb is the Principal Research Scientist at MIT CISR & member of the CIRES International Expert Panel. She is a world authority in data with three decades of impactful academic work, & her insights uniquely bridge academia & industry. Her new book Data is Everybody’s Business aims to inspire workers across organisations to engage in data monetization.

CIRES CI Dr Ida Asadi Someh from the UQ Business School is a long-time collaborator with Barb. “Barb is simply an inspiration for me & the whole data field. She has been providing thought leadership into organisational aspects of data & has significantly shaped research & practice in this topic. Her new book really translates in-depth scientific work into concepts, approaches, frameworks that every professional will need to know & use as AI becomes an integrated part of every job. She is democratizing the knowledge we all need to upskill for the future.”

Yesterday’s workshop “Data Monetization Fundamentals: Decoding Three Decades of Academic Research about Data Value for Practice Success” included an interactive seminar covering the core concepts of data monetization, & a deep-dive forum on how companies can establish acceptable data use practices as a foundational step toward ensuring responsible AI.

The workshop audience included representatives across Australian industry, government, & academia, including the Centre’s PhD researchers, Postdocs, & Engineers who were keen to learn from Barb.

CIRES PhD researcher Daisy Xu. has utilised some of Barb’s case studies to inform her own research. “Barb has a very admirable skill in communicating research outputs to a wide audience, making academic work highly accessible and practical. I found the Data Monetization Capability Framework to be particularly inspiring. It can be immediately useful for practitioners; for instance, they can use it to self-assess their readiness for monetizing their data assets after participating in a benchmarking survey. What’s truly remarkable is that her team collaborates with many Australian organizations that are at the forefront of the data space.”

CIRES PhD researcher Jorge Retamales said “I’m really appreciative of Barb’s visit. She conveyed important ideas with such clarity. I especially liked the improving-wrapping-selling framework. It provides an easy vocabulary where anyone can understand how tangible value can be obtained from data. I also liked her practical advice on data capabilities. It’s a great tool for organisations to enable productive conversations to plan their data monetization goals while considering their current context.”

Our thanks again to Barb for such a dynamic & insightful session & to everyone who joined us for this event.



How AI’s decisions could transform our trust in technology and its role in our lives

How do you think explainable (generative) AI and the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind AI’s decisions could transform our trust in technology and its role in our lives?

CIRES CI, A/Prof Hassan Khosravi is thrilled to announce the publication of “Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) 2.0: A Manifesto of Open Challenges and Interdisciplinary Research Directions” in the prestigious Journal of Information Fusion.

Read the paper open access at

Use of Generative AI in Australian Schools

CIRES Centre Director Professor Shazia Sadiq attended the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into the use of generative AI in Australian schools, with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering CEO Kylie Walker. They discussed the crucial integration of AI into the Australian education system, emphasising the need for equitable access to hardware, software and skills across the education system. Generative AI has the power to significantly transform the way we work, learn and live.


If properly managed, it will lead to powerful tools to:

  • Reduce workload for educators.
  • Motivate students to improve their learning.

Read more in ATSE’s submission to the inquiry into the use of generative AI.

Visiting Researcher Professor Susan P. Williams

Professor Susan Williams from the Universität Koblenz Germany, is visiting our Swinburne University of Technology node from the 4th to 9th February 2024. Sue is a Professor of Enterprise Information Management and will be collaborating and working with CIRES Chief Investigator Dr Paul Scifleet, and CIRES PhD Researchers Lufan Zhang and Pa Pa Khin.

As an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in the areas of social and organisational informatics, Sue’s work focuses on information ecologies and the design of the digital workplace. With an academic background in computer and information science, her research examines complex socio-technical change (STC) and human-centred technology design. Her long-term research programme investigates the challenges associated with understanding how new information infrastructures are shaping work and work practices, and the design of digital workspaces and workplaces to support distributed collaborative work.

CIRES Chief Investigator Dr Paul Scifleet is looking forward to the collaboration. “Professor William’s is one of the world’s leading researchers in Enterprise Information Management and the challenges businesses face today in managing the ever-increasing amount of vital information shared in workplace collaboration technologies. We are excited to be working with Professor Williams to improve the information resilience of Australian businesses facing the same concerns.”