Sarah E. Bratt

Ph.D. Student
Hinds Hall

Sarah Bratt is a Ph.D. student at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. She holds a B.S. in Philosophy at Ithaca College, and M.S. in Library and Information Science with a Data Science certificate from Syracuse University. As a member of Dr. Jian Qin’s Metadata Lab, her research focuses on scientific communication, data science, and new technologies for organizing scientific communities. Current projects include big metadata analytics of GenBank metadata, the processes involved in distributed science work in the Internet age, and calculating dataset impact.


My research focuses on digital science communication, collaboration, and research dissemination. I study new ways of sharing, organizing, and collaborating made possible by information and communication technology. I approach this question in a few ways: qualitatively and quantitatively for theory building and systems design surrounding socio-technical issues in distributed communities; and to investigate intercultural knowledge-production and diffusion using digital infrastructure to inform policy-making and collaboration processes. I am especially interested in their application in underserved low-resource groups (citizen), and in scholarly (science) coordination projects.

For the most up-to-date research projects including measuring trends in research data sharing through digital media and scientific collaboration of cyber-enabled science communities see


I taught Data Mining online as a graduate TA, and took a dive into teaching Italian as a second language at Ithaca College.


I run, play piano and flute, and enjoy learning new languages. I’ll always say yes to a craft breweries adventure or hiking in the Adirondack Mountains.