iConference 2018 Announces Award Finalists

 

The iConference has announced its slate of award finalists for 2018. Winners will be announced during iConference 2018, which takes place March 25 – 28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK. Click here to view the complete list of finalists and conference presentation times.

iConference 2018 saw a record number of papers submission, most likely motivated by the conference’s new publishing arrangement with Springer. As a result, this year’s awards were especially competitive.

Lee Dirks Award
The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper is the conference’s most prestigious award, with a $5,000 prize going to the winning paper courtesy of Microsoft Research. The award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, a longtime friend and supporter of the iConference.

The finalists:

Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper
This award goes to the author(s) of the most intriguing paper in the early work/preliminary results category.

The finalists:

Best Poster Award
The best poster award is determined in a two-phase process: finalists are selected based on quality of the submitted abstract, and the overall winner is chosen based on the resulting presentation at the iConference.

The finalists:

More about iConference 2018
An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2018 theme is Transforming Digital Worlds. iConference 2018 is co-organized by University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria, and is presented by iSchools Inc.

iConference 2018 will begin on Sunday, March 25, with ten specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 80 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research and shorter papers focused on early work/preliminary results. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway of OCLC Research, Dr. Susan Dumais of Microsoft Research, and Professor Luciano Floridi of the Univeristy of Oxford and the Alan Turing Institute.

Important Links
Conference Home Page: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/
Award Finalists: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/2017-awards/
Registration: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/registration/
Program Schedule: https://www.conftool.com/iconference2018/sessions.php

 

iConference Early Registration Ends Friday, Jan. 19. Act Now to get Lowest Rate

 

The iConference 2018 early registration period ends Friday, Jan. 19. Register now to secure the lowest available rate. Late-registration fees will go into effect Saturday, Jan. 20, with an increase of roughly 20 percent. Visit the iConference registration page for details: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/registration/

iConference 2018 will take place in Sheffield, UK, March 25-28. The 2018 theme is Transforming Digital Worlds. The conference will feature an array of papers to be published by Springer, as well as workshops, interactive session, posters, early career colloquium, and three keynote presentations by Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Dr. Susan Dumais and Professor Luciano Floridi.

The early registration rate is £360 ($427 USD) and £270 ($355) for students. This rate will increase roughly 20 percent at the conclusion of the early registration period on Friday, Jan. 19. This year’s registration includes lunch on all conference days, as well as coffee breaks, the opening reception on March 25, and banquet dinner on March 27. Combined, the 2018 rates represent the best overall iConference registration value in many years.

Important Links
iConference 2018 Home: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/
Registration: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/registration/
Program Schedule: https://www.conftool.com/iconference2018/sessions.php
Accommodation, travel and more: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/venue/

iConference 2018 is jointly organized by the University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. The iConference is presented each year by the iSchools organization. 2018 sponsors include Microsoft and Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

 

iSchools Announce 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award Results

 

The results are in, and the winner of the 2018 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is Dr. Galen Panger of the iSchool at the University of California, Berkeley (USA). The runner up is Dr. Paul H. Cleverley of the iSchool at Robert Gordon University (Scotland). The iSchools organization congratulates both honorees, and will present their awards during iConference 2018 in Sheffield, UK.

The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes the best iSchool dissertations of the preceding year. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now more than 80 institutions worldwide, and judged by an award committee drawn from leading international schools. This year’s committee was chaired by Dr. Joseph Tennis of the University of Washington (USA) and Dr. Vivien Petras of Humboldt University (Germany).

The Award Committee lauded the winning dissertation for its unique approach to the study of social media. “Dr. Panger’s thesis ‘Emotion in Social Media’ is a novel addition to the literature on the evolving state of self-representation in online environment. Contrary to stereotype, Panger found that people tend to wind down while browsing Facebook and Twitter. This combined with the other aspects of his study call for a more nuanced appreciation of the role of social media in our emotional lives. The skill with which Panger crafted the research question and research design set it apart from others in the competition. This, combined with his skill to communicate his research work at the intersections of conflicting concepts in the literature made it the clear winner for this year’s competition.”

The Committee had this to say about the runner up: “Dr. Cleverley’s dissertation ‘Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: Towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes’ utilizes a mixed-methods longitudinal case study with over 220 participants to develop a socio-technical framework for enterprise search information needs, search modalities and the factors impacting the search outcomes. The combination of the different empirical methods with the theoretical perspectives of the cultural and historical activity and complexity theories resulted in a sophisticated model, which achieved the runner-up position in the 2018 competition.”

Dr. Panger and Dr. Cleverley will be recognized during a presentation at the iSchools annual banquet, which takes place Tuesday, March 27 at this year’s iConference. The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500 US, the runner up $1,000.

The iSchools will begin accepting nominations for next year’s Award in July. All member schools are invited to submit a nomination. The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2013 to honor outstanding work in the information field. Click here for details on current and former honorees.

About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of more than 80 universities and institutions spanning five continents. The organization is incorporated as iSchools Inc. in Washington, DC.

The iSchools organization supports student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium and Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 25-28, 2018 in Sheffield, UK.

 

Announcing iConference 2018 Program Schedule

 

The iConference 2018 Program Schedule is now available. Participants and presenters can browse the agenda to start making their plans. In addition, conference organizers have also published Presentation Guidelines for papers and posters authors, so they can begin preparations.

iConference 2018 takes place March 25-28 in Sheffield UK. Jointly organized by the iSchools at the University of Sheffield and Northumbria University, the conference theme is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” Keynote speakers include Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway (OCLC Research), Dr. Susan Dumais (Microsoft Research) and Professor Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford).

Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 19, 2018. All information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome, regardless of affiliation—affiliation with a member-iSchool is not required. Also please note that the iConference 2018 Program Schedule is subject to change.

Important Links

 

iConference Workshops offer something for everyone

 

The organizers of iConference 2018 are pleased to offer 10 thought-provoking workshops scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2018. This year’s topics reflect the interdisciplinary nature of our field, as summarized below. Participation in workshops is included with your conference fee, and participants will be asked to select their workshop(s) when they register for the conference.

Each of the 2018 workshops listed below is linked to its full description and list of organizers. Note that some organizers are requesting advance submissions from participants. See our Workshop page for full details.

Morning Workshops

Afternoon Workshops

iConference 2018 takes place March 25-28, 2018 in Sheffield, UK. Discounted early registration rates are available through Jan. 19, 2018. More information on travel, lodging, and visas and letters of invitation can be found in our Venue section.

The theme of this, our thirteenth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals, is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” The complete program schedule will be posted later in December. The conference is co-organized by University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria, and presented by iSchools Inc.

 

Registration Opens for iConference 2018

 

Registration is now open for iConference 2018, with discounted rates available through Jan. 19, 2018. iConference 2018 will take place in Sheffield, UK, March 25-28.

The 2018 theme is Transforming Digital Worlds. The conference chairs have just finished the most competitive review process in iConference history, with 30% of completed research papers accepted for presentation. The conference will also present preliminary papers, workshops, interactive sessions, posters, early career colloquium, and three keynote presentations by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Luciano Floridi and Susan Dumais.

The early registration rate is £360 ($427 USD) and £270 ($355) for students. This year’s registration includes lunch on all conference days, as well as coffee breaks, the opening reception on March 25, and banquet dinner on March 27. Combined, the 2018 rates represent the best overall iConference registration value in many years.

Visit the conference website today for more information on registration, booking accommodation in Sheffield, travel, and visa information. The program schedule will be posted in December.

iConference 2018 is jointly organized by the University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. The iConference is presented each year by the iSchools organization, and iConference 2018 marks the thirteenth conference in this annual series. Click here for summaries of past conferences and links to proceedings.

 

iSchools Welcome Two New Members

 

The iSchools are pleased to announce two new additions to its consortium of institutions dedicated to leading and promoting the information field. The new schools are the Wayne State University School of Information Sciences, and the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Department of Library and Information Studies.

With these additions, iSchools membership now totals 86 institutions, with several more currently undergoing consideration.

“The continued growth of the iSchools organization is a testament to the increasing momentum of the iSchools movement worldwide,” said iSchools Executive Director Michael Seadle.

About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2001 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of more than 80 universities and institutions spanning five continents.

The iSchools organization supports and recognizes student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium and Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 25-28, 2018 in Sheffield, UK, under the theme “Transforming Digital Worlds.”

 

Your last weekend to finalize iConference submissions

 

The iConference 2018 submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. This is the last weekend for authors to finish up papers, posters, doctoral colloquium applications and other submissions.

The conference will accept submissions throughout the day on Monday, Sept. 19. When the time/date code at the top of the secure submission website rolls over to Tuesday, the conference will close to further submissions.

iConference 2018 will take place March 25-28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK. This is the iSchools’ thirteenth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary society. The 2018 theme is “Transforming Digital Worlds,” and the aim is to bring together thinkers and leaders from academia, industry and not-for-profit organizations, to discuss emerging challenges and potential solutions for information and data management in our rapidly changing world.

Accepted 2018 papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The papers will be published as Green Open Access allowing them to be deposited in institutional repositories as well as in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

iConference 2018 is jointly organised by two of the UK’s iSchools: The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. iConference 2018 will be hosted in Sheffield, a city of stunning landscapes – the greenest in Europe, creative, welcoming and rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and lots to see and do.

The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, a worldwide consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not a prerequisite of participation; we encourage all information scholars and practitioners to take part in the conference.

 

iConference 2018 Opens for Submissions

 

iConference 2018 is now accepting submissions of papers, posters and proposals. Authors can submit their work using the conference’s secure submission website through the deadline of September 18. iConference 2018 will take place March 25-28, 2018 in Sheffield, UK; accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science, and indexed by Web of Science and Scopus.

The theme of iConference 2018 is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” The conference is being jointly organized by the University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. It is the thirteenth event in the iConference series, and the second to take place in Europe.

The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations. It is open to all information scholars, researchers and practitioners, regardless of affiliation with a member iSchool. Click here to view this year’s Call for Participation.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools Inc., a worldwide consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Sponsors for 2018 include Microsoft Corp.

 

iConference 2018 Keynote Speakers Announced

 

iConference 2018 organizers University of Sheffield and Northumbria University have announced their full slate of keynote speakers for next year’s conference in Sheffield, UK. And given that the collective members of the iSchools Organization share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology, it’s only appropriate that the three 2018 speakers are scheduled to give talks on the subjects of people, information, and technology, respectively.

The following is a brief introduction of the 2018 speakers; more detail is offered on the conference’s Keynote Speakers webpage:

  • People: Dr. Lynn Connaway, Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC Research where she leads research into user and information seeking behaviour, and an American Library Association for College and Research Libraries project on academic library support for student learning.
  • Information: Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C., and Faculty Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute.
  • Technology: Dr. Sue Dumais, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft and the Deputy Managing Director of Microsoft’s Redmond Research Laboratory where she leads research at the intersection of information retrieval and human-computer interaction.

iConference 2018 will take place March 25-28, 2018, and this June announcement represents the earliest point at which the conference’s full speaker program has been established.

The iConference 2018 Call for Participation was announced in May, and authors are encouraged to begin work on their submissions. This year, for the first time, accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, and indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. Conference organizers will begin accepting submissions in early July. Visit the conference website for more details.

About the iConference
An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2018 theme is Transforming Digital Worlds. iConference 2018 is jointly presented by the Information School at the University of Sheffield and the iSchool at Northumbria University. Vist the About the iConference page to learn more about the series, including links to past proceedings.

The iConference is sponsored by Microsoft, and additional sponsorships are available.