Andrea Thomer

4440 North Quad
Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Reasearch


Dr. Andrea Thomer is an assistant professor of information. She conducts interdisciplinary research in the areas of scientific data curation and data practices; "science of science" -- "meta" examinations of how scientific research gets done; and computer supported cooperative work in scholarly research settings.

She is especially interested in long-term data curation and infrastructure sustainability -- on the scale of decades rather than just years; the creation and application of data and metadata standards; the impact of information organization and structure on information use; and issues of data provenance, reproducibility, and integration.

Dr. Thomer earned her doctorate at the School of Information at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign in 2017. She has prior work experience in natural history museum curation and paleontology, which she she continues to draw on in her research.

Areas of interest

data curation, data practices, science of science, information organization, provenance, earth science informatics, natural history museums, CSCW.


PhD, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
BA, UCLA, 2007

Research Projects