R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Ciências da Comunicação

Unidade de I&D

LABCOM - Laboratório de Comunicação e Conteúdos on-line [COMS-Centro-Covilha-661] visitada em 07/05/2008

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
Some excellent work was presented and apparent in this unit, though there were some questions as to how much was primary research as distinct from enabling, managing and publishing, while training was inherent rather than formalised. A strong theoretical foundation, not least in Aristotelian rhetoric, gave much of the Unit an intellectual focus. Valuable work was described in the areas of public relations, new media and children, television advertising, blogs, poetry, among others. A great deal of effort was devoted to making work available on-line, including the availability of an online library. A journal on communications studies has been produced biannually since April 2007.

In the 2003-06 period four doctorates and 26 masters’ these had been completed. Some research objectives seemed worryingly broad “to analyse the relations between journalism, everyday life, and common sense…” while in other cases the requests being made were sensibly modest and focused (some kit and two scholarships for the ‘new ways of online information’ group). We would support these latter requests. Methodologically there remain significant questions yet to be addressed; the thorny question of visual image analysis (e.g. of posters) seemed under-developed and not well in tune with work elsewhere in Europe. However, most groups were doing high quality research and the remainder was doing work which was solid by international calibration.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
COMPOLIS - Identities and Citizenship [RG-COMS-Centro-Covilha-661-2363]
IPOCOM - Image and Communication Processes [RG-COMS-Centro-Covilha-661-2364]
NICO - New ways of online information and communication [RG-COMS-Centro-Covilha-661-2362]