Jorge Franganillo

Professor and researcher, PhD in Information and Communication
Faculty of Library and Information Studies
University of Barcelona

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Book on personal information management

October 2018

After several years of painstaking work, I am pleased to announce the upcoming publication of my book, the first in Spanish, on personal information management. This work is born of the conviction that we ​​need information in our daily life to make good decisions and complete tasks efficiently.

EPI Scholar

From the vast amount of information available, we capture and store a personal subset of items in anticipation of future needs and organize them according to our own schemes. There are numerous tools for management. Still, information is not always under control: it is usually dispersed in different forms, applications and devices, and such fragmentation makes proper management difficult.

This handbook, which will be part of the EPI Scholar collection, offers an overview of personal information management, provides some keys to favor integration and addresses a detailed study of email as a unifying application.

Teaching Innovation Group in Media and Communication

July 2018

A group of professors of the degree in Media and Communication have been officially recognized as Teaching Innovation Group in Media and Communication (In-COMAV). The group arises from the need to promote the quality of teaching in the Media and Communication studies, in particular regarding the development of the students' persuasive abilities.

Among other actions, presented several communications in national and international congresses, we have organized focus groups with professionals from the audiovisual industry, we have participated in meetings on teaching improvement and innovation, we are organizing training activities and we are promoting the participation of Audiovisual Communication students in audiovisual festivals.

In-COMAV Teaching Innovation Group

In-COMAV Teaching Innovation Group

Trip to Copenhagen and Malmö

June 2018

In these golden years of TV series, high-quality titles such as Forbrydelsen, Bron/Broen and Borgen have revolutionized the TV fiction panorama. These Scandinavian productions appear in their own right among the favorites of international critics and such is their success that even Hollywood, in search of a way out of its creative stagnation, is getting inspiration from them.

The universe created in them has encouraged me to visit Copenhagen and Malmö, two cities with an enviable urban landscape characterized by sustainability, great design and a peaceful lifestyle. Two cities joined by the iconic Øresund bridge, which symbolizes the creative model that has produced numerous TV hits in these Nordic latitudes.

Nyhavn, Copenhagen's most famous canal

Nyhavn, Copenhagen's most famous canal

Visiting TV3 audiovisual archive

May 2018

Each television manages its audiovisual material really differently. Such work varies according to the objectives of the TV company, the resources available and the needs of its users. However, it's the task to which documentation centres assign more resources, both human and material, because the economic value and heritage of audiovisual documentation is enormous. To confirm this in first person, my students from Audiovisual Documentation Management, the course I'm teaching together with Javier Guallar, have visited Televisió de Catalunya (TV3) Documentation Centre.

TV3 studios

TV3 studios

Interviewed in RAC1: No hi som per festes

May 2018

I've had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Jordi Beltran in the RAC1 program No hi som per festes, broadcasted on May 1st. The conversation has revolved around two very different forms of pollution: informative and radioactive.

First, we have discussed the information overload problem, that is, the excess of information that makes it difficult for us to keep ourselves informed and, therefore, hinders our ability to make decisions.

Then, we talked about the shocking situation of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, in the wake of the trip I made last November. I've described who is now living there and how it feels in a place that has been abandoned and contaminated for 32 years.

Teaching week in Prague

April 2018

This month I've stayed at the Jan Amos Komenský University (Prague) within the frame of the Erasmus+ program. In the course of my stay I've given two lectures on audiovisual documentation, a research area on which there is still little international literature, and I've also visited Český rozhlas, the public radio broadcaster of the Czech Republic.

Jan Amos Komenský University

Jan Amos Komenský University

Since one of the talks focused on production research, I've taken the opportunity to visit Karlovy Vary, a spa town used as the location and inspiration for a number of film-shoots, including the box-office hits Casino Royale and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Exhibition: Chernobyl, city of silence

April 2018

Visiting the area affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 had such an impact on me that I decided to translate this experience into a photo exhibition. It's a traveling exhibit that has began its journey in La Seu d'Urgell (Lleida) and presents the devastating situation of the exclusion zone established around the nuclear power plant as a sequel to that fateful Saturday. That area included the city of Pripyat, then home to a very active community of 50.000 people, now a desolate ghost town, a silent and inhospitable place.

Sant Agustí Library

The exhibition begins its journey in the Sant Agustí Library

Gamified crowdsourcing

March 2018

Some social recommendation sites, such as Foursquare, TripAdvisor and the Google Local Guides program, use gamification strategies to encourage users to engage in desired behaviours via reward-based methods. Constructive inputs are rewarded symbolically to give users recognition and increase their engagement. This motivating strategy, known as funware, has been applied successfully in many platforms. However, some limitations are worth noting. On the benefits and dangers of gamification I have written a short article for ThinkEPI entitled «El funware en los sitios de recomendación social: características, claves e inconvenientes».

Lecture: personal information management

December 2017

I have given a lecture on personal information management, in the context of the Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age program of the University of Experience. This talk, framed within the course Personal Documents: Organization, Conservation and Use, has focused on the importance of personal information as an essential element in daily activity and as a reflection of life itself, and has also dealt with organization and maintenance strategies.

In the nuclear abyss of Chernobyl

November 2017

After several years of wanting to embark on this adventure, I finally entered the Chernobyl exclusion zone, one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world after the nuclear catastrophe of 1986. The accident forced a hasty evacuation and left an apocalyptic landscape where no one will be able to live in thousands of years, until plutonium-239, the main threat that escaped from reactor 4, has completely evaporated.

Pripyat amusement park

Pripyat amusement park

On the urban consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster I'm now preparing a photo exhibition. It will be a traveling exhibit that will present the devastating situation of the exclusion zone established around the nuclear power plant as a sequel to that fateful Saturday. That area included the city of Pripyat, then home to a very active community of 50,000 people, now a desolate ghost town.

Two photography awards

November 2017

I have just won two photography awards: the 1st Jury Prize of the III Photography Contest of the Festa Major de Covadonga and the Public Prize of the Photography Contest of the Festa Major d'Hostafrancs 2017. The two winning snapshots portray the spirit and the atmosphere of both celebrations, and reflect the values of social culture: local tradition, neighborhood and solidarity, and associative and participatory life. These two photographs are framed within the genres of environmental portrait and documentary photography, in which I have specialized, in my desire to explore the many expressive possibilities of photography.

One of the awarded photograhies

One of the awarded photograhies

The essential

Jorge Franganillo

As a specialist in information management and online communication, I lecture at the University of Barcelona, where I teach Communication and Information Studies and where I'm also involved in a series of research projects.

I've authored various papers on digital information handling and related topics. Helped by innovative technologies, I'm interested in audiovisual archives and personal information management.

Among the numerous hobbies I enjoy, worth mentioning is my devotion for trekking, photography and travelling. And I have a passion for music: I'm an occasional composer, arranger and performer of contemporary music.

In the making

New composition in the works

I've embarked on an attractive art project: I'm writing music for a contemporary choreography. Composing music to serve the purposes of a ballet is a challenge I always wanted to take on, and a golden chance has come up. The project also involves a dancer and choreographer, two visual artists, a multimedia artist and a location scouting expert. The show will hopefully be premiered in the Netherlands over the next year.


Information overload: when more is less

We live inundated with information, but we're scant of really useful information. Overabundance makes information harmful, because it's excessive; we can not handle the myriad of inputs we receive every day, so we become overwhelmed. As I've studied this phenomenon, which I contributed to popularize in the press, I've had the good fortune to be interviewed, together with Alfons Cornella, for a news report shown on TV3, the Catalan public television station, which tries to explain the causes and effects of information overload.

La «infoxicació», asfíxia per excés d'informació

The ideas explained remind Nietzche's Human, all too human (1878-1880), so current: «There is no time for thinking, and no rest in thinking. [...] With the tremendous acceleration of life, we grow accustomed to using our mind and eye for seeing and judging incompletely or incorrectly, and all men are like travelers who get to know a land and its people from a train.»

Recent papers


Jorge Franganillo. «Prison blogs, a place of freedom behind bars: notes from a workshop at the Barcelona Youth Detention Centre». En: Infocommunication skills as a rehabilitation and social reintegration tool for inmates. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2018, p. 146−166. Resumen

Resumen. This chapter reports on the cultural workshop which, from 2006 to 2008, encouraged a group of inmates at the Barcelona Youth Detention Centre to produce and publish blogs, as a joint project between the Òmnia on-site Internet access point, the prison library and the Faculty of Library and Information Science of the University of Barcelona. The objectives of the project were to promote inmate education, improve their level of information, encourage them to read and write more, instil some ICT skills in them or strengthen those they already had, and broaden their contact with the outside world. Prison libraries are presented as an agent that supports the intellectual, social and cultural development of inmates and thus can help them on the road to personal betterment. The prisoners' responses are critically assessed; the experience was considered positive, although the insufficient technological infrastructure and the prisoners' rejection of certain social conventions represent obstacles. Lastly, a twofold reflection is made: access to the Internet in prisons is a right that can be demanded which can assist in the integration of inmates both socially and within the workplace; and the prison library has certain requirements when it is seen as an instrument that influences the future integration of inmates.

Jorge Franganillo. «El funware en los sitios de recomendación social: características, claves e inconvenientes». Anuario ThinkEPI: análisis de tendencias en información y documentación, v. 12, 2018, p. 242−250. Abstract

Abstract. Funware is an incentive strategy that uses the rewards systems typical of games in online non-entertainment contexts, to increase community participation. This strategy motivates users to act constructively in order to obtain recognition in the form of symbolic distinctions, like points or badges, and has been successfully applied by a large number of platforms including Foursquare, TripAdvisor and the Google Local Guides program. This paper identifies the incentive elements that underpin gamification, analyzes its use on the main review sites, considers the key features in effective funware design and examines the drawbacks and dangers it can involve.

Jorge Franganillo. «Reuse of news footage: practical, legal and ethical issues». 2018. Teaching material. PDF Abstract

Abstract. This paper first describes the characteristics of video news footage regarding its thematic variety, its historical, sociological, ethnological and corporate value, its polysemy, its redundancy and renewable interest, and its volume and diversity. Then, it discusses the practical, legal and ethical issues related to the reuse of news footage, including moral rights, some technical considerations, the identification of archive material and the proper use of shots of identifiable people. In order to illustrate these topics, some real examples are included.

Andreu Sulé, Miquel Centelles, Jorge Franganillo, Jesús Gascón. «Aplicación del modelo de datos RDF en las colecciones digitales de bibliotecas, archivos y museos de España». Revista española de documentación científica, vol. 39, no. 1, January-March 2016. Resumen

Resumen. This article discusses how and to what extent the RDF data model is applied in major Spanish digital collections of heritage materials. This model, as well as Open Data and Linked Data initiatives, are introduced. Fifty-one digital repositories were analysed to determine whether they expressed their records in RDF, offered SPARQL query points searchable by external agents, and used references as property values. The Europeana EDM and OntoWeb models are also described. It is concluded that the use of RDF is unequal and excessively conditioned by the use of applications that automatically convert records into RDF triples. Few of the collections analysed give SPARQL points for external queries. Also, the use of references is linked to applications using different models: EDM or OntoWeb. Collections should enrich their data and define aggregation levels for generated RDF data in order to be disseminated, made accessible, and adapted to the semantic web.

Conference papers

Jorge Franganillo. «El correo electrónico en las organizaciones: retos, oportunidades y tendencias en la gestión de información personal». Congreso Internacional de Investigación en Comunicación e Información Digital: CICID 2017 (7th: November 2017: Zaragoza). En: Miguel Ángel Esteba, María G. Gómez, Isabel Iniesta (coord.). Comunicación corporativa en red. Sevilla: Egregius, 2018, p. 31−52. Abstrect

Abstrect. Email is the preferred means of communication in professional environments because it facilitates collaboration and, as a conduit, it helps to exercise key functions of personal information management. Many people are using their mailbox for task management, personal archiving and contact management. But they also experience difficulties in processing incoming items, organizing messages and documents, managing tasks and retrieving relevant information, which, in work environments, increases job stress and decreases workers' productivity and satisfaction. This paper examines the behavior of 113 workers regarding email use and management, studies how they face common problems such as information fragmentation and excess communication, and analyzes the impact of new communication and digital collaboration tools.

Seda Atabay, Jorge Franganillo, M. Àngels García, Mario Pérez-Montoro, Lydia Sánchez, Sergio Villanueva. "An international collaboration on the development of a joint master's degree in cross-media journalism: the eMEDia project". Shaping the Future of News Media: the International Conference on Integrated Journalism Education, Research and Innovation (June 2015: Barcelona).


Jorge Franganillo. «El Manuscrit Voynich i la bellesa de l'il·legible». Núvol, 27 January 2016. Abstract

Abstract. No one knows who wrote it, nor for what purpose, nor in which language: the Voynich Manuscript is an intriguing puzzle that resists being solved. Perhaps it has no message and no other intention than enlightening the irresistible beauty of the unreadable. The symbolic universe and the obscure writing of this and other books inspired the artist Luigi Serafini to conceive the exquisite Codex Seraphinianus, a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world, illustrated with images which lead us to an imaginary world of impossible language and objects. Both books share a common virtue: the ability to raise a singular fascination with the indecipherable.

Jorge Franganillo. «Imatges d'arxiu, testimonis d'un passat». Núvol, 5 December 2015. Resumen

Resumen. Audiovisual documents have unquestionable historical and cultural value given its sociological importance and its nature as a testimony of history. Viewers are more and more used to seeing archival footage, which is very positive because then the effort made by television and film libraries to digitize and disseminate their funds makes even more sense. Safekeeping is complex and costy, but very necessary to facilitate historical research and to ensure the rigor of subsequent information products.

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Last updated: October 2018