Information Architecture and Forensic Data Analysis

This research project is a collaboration with Astral Consulting and is investigating how explainable AI can improve Enterprise Information Architectures to establish a more forensic approach to the discovery, sharing, and use of vital business information. It commenced in March 2022 with the recruitment of PhD Researcher Lufan Zhang at Swinburne University of Technology.

About the Project

The focus of this specific PhD project is Information Architecture and Forensic Data Analysis. How can we improve information architectures to support more effective data discovery and the responsible sharing of data? What methodologies can best support the effective exchange of information inherent in enterprise information architecture?

Sharing trusted, mission-critical data between organisations is a significant business challenge. This PhD research project is a collaboration with industry partner Astral Consulting and will tackle that challenge by investigating how organisations can leverage human & AI/ML approaches to improve the forensic discovery and analysis of organisational data across multiple and complex information architectures. Expected benefits of this research include improved resilience through improved data curation and discovery with a focus beyond search, moving towards provenance, trust, custody, traceability and the governance of information.

This project commenced in March 2022 with the recruitment of PhD researcher Lufan Zhang who is based at Swinburne University of Technology. Lufan will have the opportunity to work with the leading information management team at Astral, and collaborate and participate in industry-led projects, conducting engaged research and advancing information systems at the edge. The supervisory team is led by Chief Investigator Dr Paul Scifleet, Associate Professor Amir Aryani, and partner Investigator Marie Felsbourg from Astral Consulting. This research project will:

  • Provide new insights into modern Information Governance, Information Architecture and Information Management Strategy;
  • Develop methodologies for the design and sharing of Information Architectures to better support data discovery and responsible use;
  • Propose new software solutions for information search retrieval and exchange of structured and unstructured data based on information architectures; and
  • Participate in consultation, undertake interviews and develop use cases with Industry partner and key stakeholders.

This project is one of two CIRES projects with Astral. The second project, Curating Systems of Engagement, commenced in April 2023.

Astral, established in 2000, are industry experts in Information Management delivering services to leading Australian and Global 2000 organisations. Astral address the business challenges of their clients by implementing systems and services that manage the full lifecycle of Information Assets to leverage them across all business processes and add value to the bottom line. Astral provide Information Management and Governance consulting services and support clients by leveraging IP and experience developed in 20 plus years of business. The projects co-designed with CIRES will assist Astral in the objective of being able to advise and support clients in leading technologies and approaches to information management. The research will improve understanding of solution design and implementation options available to clients, and will enable delivery of improved outcomes to clients, providing them with real business advantages. The partnership with CIRES presents opportunities for driving a greater awareness of challenges and potential solutions, stimulating a sense that information controls are not only possible but essential and will add to an organisation’s competitive edge.

Project Team

Lufan Zhang

PhD Researcher

Dr Paul Scifleet

Chief Investigator

A.Prof Amir Aryani

Chief Investigator

Marie Felsbourg

Partner Investigator


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