iSchools Obtain Nonprofit Status as Charitable Organization

 

iSchools Inc. is now officially a tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization, having been granted 501(c)(3) status by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The nonprofit determination means the iSchools organization is exempt from federal income tax, and donors can deduct their contributions to the organization.

The determination of nonprofit status was made official on August 1, 2016. It comes on the heels of the organization’s official incorporation in 2015, in Washington D.C.

“Achieving nonprofit status is an important step for the iSchools organization,” said Ron Larsen, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and chair of the iCaucus, the governing body of the iSchools organization. “Ever since the iSchools organized in 2005, we have sought to incorporate and obtain nonprofit status. Those goals have now been realized.”

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 77 schools 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 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.

“Many recognize how the information field is creating innovative systems and designing information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society. By promoting the iSchools movement, the iSchools organization helps the world harness the power of information and technology, and maximize the potential of humans,” said iSchool Executive Director David Fenske. “This determination of 501(c)(3) status will benefit individuals and organizations who wish to directly support the iSchools organization in this mission through charitable donations.”

 

iConference 2016 Wraps Up in Philadelphia

 

More than 460 information scholars and professionals gathered in Philadelphia March 20-23 for iConference 2016. The eleventh annual iConference was hosted by Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; the 2016 theme of “Partnership with Society” examined the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

The official proceedings of iConference 2016 are available in the IDEALS open repository. The proceedings include the complete text of all papers, abstracts of poster presentations, and background on workshops and other interactive sessions.

Images from iConference 2016 are now available on Flickr.

iConference 2016 continued the conference’s tradition of thought-provoking plenary presentations. This years keynote speakers were Drexel University Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds, and Clifford A. Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information. There were also three screenings of Reynolds’ award-winning documentary, “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” a film examining the challenges females and people of color face in pursing opportunities in computer science. The “CODE” screenings were sponsored by PennMutual.

Another iConference tradition is the doctoral colloquium. This year, 21 doctoral candidates gathered for an intensive day of discussion and mentoring, funded in-part by the National Science Foundation. Visit the doctoral colloquium page to meet this year’s colloquium participants.

The 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizing outstanding work in the information field was presented to Ashwin J. Mathew of the
School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, for his thesis “Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure.” The runner up was Briony Birdi of the Information School, University of Sheffield. The iSchools presented the first place winner with $2,500, second place received $1,000.

The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper was presented to Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, and Melissa Mazmanian of the University of California, Irvine, for “The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements.” The Lee Dirks Award includes a crystal trophy and $5,000 prize provided by presenting sponsor Microsoft Research.

The Award for Most Interesting Preliminary Results paper went to Rob Grace and Frederico Fonseca of The Pennsylvania State University for “Networked pedagogy: Exploring asymmetries in the structuring of distributed learning networks.” The Best Poster competition resulted in a tie; the award was shared by Nicole Lane, Ethan Fletcher, Yanming Wang, and Nathan Prestopnik of Ithaca college for their poster “Designing an Adventure Video Game for Second Language Engagement and Acquisition,” as well as Toine Bogers of Aalborg University Copenhagen, Maria Gäde of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Mark Hall of Edge Hill University and Mette Skov of Aalborg University for their poster “Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior.” Visit our Awards page for more information about all the papers and posters award finalists.

The results of the iSchools Video Contest were also announced at iConference 2016. First place honors went to the team headed by Francisco Javier Calzada-Prado at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Library & Information Science Department for their video “Unleash the Power.” The top three finishers received $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively from the iSchools. Visit the Video Contest page to learn more about all the finalists and view the winning videos.

iConference 2016 sponsors included: Microsoft Research; the National Science Foundation; PennMutual; Emerald Publishing; the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information; and Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Additional support provided by Thomson Reuters.

Next year’s iConference will take place in Wuhan, China, a 3,500-year-old city combining ancient culture with modern living. iConference 2017 will be the first iConference to be hosted in the Asia-Pacific region. It is jointly hosted by Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwa University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. Theme of iConference 2017 is “Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community.” The official Call for Participation will be released later this spring.

About the iConference
Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Formal affiliation with the iSchools is not required to participate in the iConference—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome.

For more information about the iConference series, including official proceedings of past conferences and other archives, please view our About the iConference page.

 

Clifford Lynch to Speak at iConference 2016

 

Clifford A. Lynch, executive director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), will serve as a keynote speaker at iConference 2016 – the annual, international gathering of information scholars and researchers that pushes the boundaries of information studies and creates new technological and conceptual configurations. Lynch will join director and producer Robin Hauser Reynolds and Drexel University Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, PhD, to serve as the third keynote speaker at the conference, which begins Sunday, March 20.

iConference 2016 takes place in historic Philadelphia March 20-23, 2016. It is presented by the iSchools organization and hoted this year by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI). The event will bring together more than 450 leading researchers and innovators from academia and industry under the theme of “Partnership with Society” to examine the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

“It is an honor to have Cliff as a keynote for iConference 2016,” said Jane Greenberg, PhD, iConference 2016 co-chair and Drexel University Alice B. Kroeger Professor. “Cliff is among the most profound thought leaders of the information fields, and has forged a path for how information professionals can address grand challenges with digital information, while inspiring our leadership.”

cliff-lynch-profile-300x225Lynch’s keynote, titled “Stewardship as a Systematic Future Research Initiative in Schools of Information,” will discuss the importance of recognizing the policies and practices surrounding stewardship as a field of scholarly inquiry and as an emerging discipline. Lynch believes that intellectual inquiry regarding stewardship “falls squarely within the remit of iSchools and draws upon a very wide range of disciplines including history, information management, economics of information, information assurance and security, digital preservation, law, political science, and library, museum and archival practices.”

In his talk, Lynch will highlight the key research questions that a discipline like stewardship must engage and explore. These questions will address legal and public policy issues surrounding archiving and stewardship; seek to understand stewardship institutions and their roles, collaboration, succession and sustainability; and discuss the dynamics of stewardship and stewardship transitions and address why stewardship failures occur, among other questions.

Since 1997, Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) – an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. CNI, a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California (UC) Office of the President, the last ten as director of UC’s Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

In 2011 he was appointed co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI); he serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.

Visit the iConference 2016 Keynote page to learn more about this year’s speakers. For those interested in attending, the iConference will continue to accept registrations through the conference.

 

iSchools name iConference 2018 host: Conference to span three continents in three years

 

The iSchools organization has awarded the hosting of iConference 2018 to the joint proposal submitted by the University of Sheffield Information School and the University of Northumbria Department of Mathematics & Information Science. iConference 2018 will take place in spring of 2018 on the University of Sheffield campus in Sheffield, England.

The announcement comes on the eve of iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23 in Philadelphia. In the following year, the event moves to Wuhan, China, where iConference 2017 will mark the information conference’s first foray into Asia. Now, with the decision to hold iConference 2018 in Europe, it means the iConference will span three continents in three years.

“The awarding of iConference 2018 to Sheffield and Northumbria, coming fresh on the heels of next year’s conference in Wuhan, further underscores the international scope of the iSchools organization,” said incoming iCaucus Chair Ron Larsen of the University of Pittsburgh. “When viewed in light of the recent election of Chair-elect Sam Oh of Korea, our organization continues to help maximize the power of information and technology worldwide.”

The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. For more about the iConference, including conference archives and links to past proceedings, visit our About the iConference webpage.

iConference 2016 is hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; the conference begins March 20, 2016, and registration is now open. iConference 2017 will be jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management in China, and the Sungkyunkwa University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department in Korea. iConference 2018 will be hosted by England’s University of Sheffield Information School and the University of Northumbria Department of Mathematics & Information Science.

 

Avoid Late Fees—Register for iConference by March 11

 

Standard registration for the iConference ends March 11, and late fees apply thereafter. If you’ve been putting off registration, you’ll want to act fast to avoid late fees. Click here to register

iConference 2016 takes place Sunday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This year’s theme of “Partnership with Society” examines the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

The 2016 program includes:

  • Keynote addresses by Drexel Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds, and Clifford A. Lynch, head of the Coalition for Networked Information.
  • Screenings of Reynold’s latest work, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a film exploring the underlying currents that dissuade women and people of color from pursuing coding jobs, even as the nation faces a growing shortage of qualified computer scientists. All film screenings are generously sponsored by PennMutual. Click here to view 2-minute trailer.
  • Special presentations and opportunities provided by sponsors Microsoft Research and Emerald Publishing.
  • Sixty papers that push the boundaries of the information field, 95 posters by current and future thought-leaders, 16 thought-provoking sessions for interaction and engagement, and 8 interactive workshops. Click here to view the schedule, or better yet, download the app to your mobile device.
  • This year we will again offer our Doctoral Colloquium (invitation only) and Early Career Colloquium (open to all—sign up when you register). New this year, we are offing a pair of doctoral mentoring sessions which are open to any doctoral student registered for the iConference (RSVP required in order to join—click here for details).
  • Social events include our traditional Opening Reception on Sunday Evening. On Monday, this year’s our banquet will be held at the National Constitution Center, the museum established by the U.S. Congress to celebrate the American constitutional tradition. It is an apt venue for a conference held in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States of America.

Click here to register now.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association 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 required—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome at the iConference.

 

iConference Award Finalists Announced—Winning paper to receive $5,000 Lee Dirks Award

 

The iConference 2016 organizers are pleased to announce the finalists for the conference’s best papers and poster competitions. The winners will be honored at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Registraion is now open.

Best Completed Research Paper
The winner in the Completed Research Paper category will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and a cash prize of $5,000 provided by Microsoft Research. The award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. The finalists, in order of presentation at the conference:

Title: Synopsizing “Literature Review” for Scientific Publications
Authors: Lin Zhang, Dalian Maritime University; Xiaozhong Liu, Indiana University Bloomington
Presentation: March 21: 10:30 am-12:00pm

Title: (In)visible Cities: An Exploration of Social Identity, Anonymity and Location-Based Filtering on Yik Yak
Authors: Matthew Heston, Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: iSchools, Legitimacy, and the Contribution of Archival Studies to the iSchool Movement
Author: Gregory Leazer, University of California, Los Angeles
Presentation: March 22, 3:30-5:00 pm

Title: The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements
Authors: Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, Melissa Mazmanian, University of California, Irvine
Presentation: March 23, 8:30-10:00 am

Title: Noisy Candidates and Informative Politicians: Analyzing Changes in Tweet Behavior using Tweet Quality Assessment Framework
Authors: Sikana Tanupabrungsun, Jeff Hemsley, Bryan Semaan, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University
Presentation: March 23: 10:30 am -12:00 pm

Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper
This award goes to the author(s) of the most intriguing paper in the preliminary results category. The finalists, in order of presentation at the conference:

Title: Developing an Undergraduate Information Studies Curriculum in Support of Social Justice
Authors: Marika Cifor, Robert D. Montoya, Mario H. Ramirez, University of California, Los Angeles
Presentation: March 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: Networked pedagogy: Exploring asymmetries in the structuring of distributed learning networks
Authors: Rob Grace, Frederico Fonseca, The Pennsylvania State University
Presentation: March 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: Open Post Publication Peer Review: An Innovation in Scientific Communication
Authors: Peiling Wang, Manasa Rath, Michael Deike, University of Tennessee; Wu Qiang, University of Science and Technology
Presentation: March 21, 3:30-5:00 pm

Title: Beyond the Organisational Boundaries: Identifying External Barriers to Patient-centred Healthcare Knowledge Sharing
Authors: Lihong Zhou, Wanxin Deng, Fang Liu, Yi Tang, Ruhua Huang, Wuhan University; Miguel Baptista Nunes, University of Sheffield;
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: UMLS-Based Analysis of Medical Terminology Coverage for Tags in Diabetes-Related Blogs
Authors: Zhe He, Min Sook Park, Zhiwei Chen, Florida State University
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Best Poster Award
The poster category award is judged based on the submitted abstract and the resulting presentation at the iConference. The poster sessions take place Monday March 21, 5:00-6:30 pm and Tuesday March 22, 5:00-6:30 pm. The finalists, in alphabetical order:

Title: Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior
Author: Toine Bogers, Aalborg University Copenhagen; Maria Gäde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Mark Hall, Edge Hill University; Mette Skov, Aalborg University

Title: Arena: Designing an Adventure Video Game for Second Language Engagement and Acquisition
Authors: Nicole Lane, Ethan Fletcher, Yanming Wang, Nathan Prestopnik, Ithaca College

Title: BABY ElEPHãT – Building an Analytical BibliographY for a Prosopography in Early English Imprint Data
Authors: Nushrat Jahan Khan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, Kevin R. Page, University of Oxford

Title: The Evolution of Latino Threat Narrative from 1997 to 2014
Authors: Kai Wei, Yu-Ru Lin, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Familism: The Transitional Journey of a Latina LIS Doctoral Student
Author: Frank Aviles, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

(Click here for press release.)

About the iConference
The winning papers and poster will be named during iConference 2016 in Philadelphia, March 20-23. The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. The 2016 host is the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; this year’s conference theme is Partnership with Society. Registraion is now open.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more. The iSchools share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.

Microsoft Research is a long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 850 Ph.D. researchers openly collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state-of-the-art of computing and solve world problems through technological innovation. In addition to its generous support of the iConference, Microsoft Research also funds the conference’s annual Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper.

iConference 2016 sponsors include: Microsoft Research; the National Science Foundation; PennMutual; Emerald Publishing; the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information; and Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Additional support provided by Thomson Reuters.

(Click here for press release.)

 

iSchools Video Contest Results: Winners hail from Spain, the U.S., and China

 

The iSchools Organization is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural video contest. First place honors, including a $5,000 prize, went to Unleash the Power, a video submitted by the Department of Library and Information Sciences at Spain’s Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and coordinated by faculty member Francisco Javier Calzada-Prado. Additional honorees hailed from Asia and North America.

“We feel deeply honored to receive this award, and humbled that our work may contribute to raise the visibility of iSchools and the information profession,” said Calzada-Prado.

The iSchools Video Contest charged entrants with creating a short promotional video positioning the information field and information schools as exciting, new programs that educate undergraduate and/or graduate students to solve the information problems of the 21st century. The competition ran from September, 2015 through the end of January, 2016, and offered prizes of $5,000 USD for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. In addition, the top five honorees are eligible for a $1,000 travel grant to accept their award in person at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Over a dozen entries were received from across the globe – participants included students, faculty, staff, and alumni from nine different iSchools in six countries. After careful review from a panel of iSchool leaders, the following have been awarded:

First Place:
Unleash the Power
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Department of Library and Information Sciences
(Javier Calzada-Prado; Ana Reyes Pacios-Lozano; Mª Jesús Martínez-Pestaña; Teresa Malo de Molina; Carlos Javier Corral Campos; Sabela de Dios Paz; Andreu Fullana Arias; Harvey Holtom)

Second Place:
iSchool: School for This Century
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – School of Information and Library Science
(Kevin McCraney)

Third Place:
What is an iSchool?
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – School of Information and Library Science
(Nico Carver)

Fourth Place:
My iSchool
University of California, Irvine – Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
(Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Communications Office)

Fifth Place:
Viewing the World Amid Remote Mountains
Wuhan University – School of Information Management
(Panlei Zhang)

More about the iSchools Video Contest honorees can be found here.

“With a winner from Europe and additional honorees from the United States and Asia, the demographics of our contest truly reflect the international nature of the iSchools organization and the caliber of work being done at information schools worldwide,” said iSchools Executive Director David Fenske.

The iSchools Video Contest winners will be recognized at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia. Their videos will be debuted to attendees, and links will be posted on the iSchools website at that time. The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. The 2016 host is the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; this year’s conference theme is Partnership with Society, and registration is now open.

The iSchools Organization is a worldwide association of information schools dedicated to advancing research and studies in the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.

 

iSchools Announce 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorees

 

The iSchools organization is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is Dr. Ashwin J. Mathew. Dr. Mathew’s dissertation, “Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure,” was judged the best to have been completed at a member-iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Dr. Briony Birdi for her dissertation titled, “We are here because you were there: an investigation of the reading of, and engagement with, minority ethnic fiction in UK public libraries.”

The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now 65 institutions worldwide, and judged by a selection committee drawn from leading international schools. The winner receives a prize of $2,500 US, the runner up $1,000. Honorees are also offered a travel allowance so they can collect their award in person at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

2016 award winner Ashwin J. Mathew is a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Information, and Internet Infrastructure Researcher at Packet Clearing House, an international organization responsible for providing operational support and security to critical Internet infrastructure. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2014. Before that, he spent a decade working as a software engineer and technical architect in companies such as Adobe Systems and Sun Microsystems.

“Dr. Mathew’s thesis, ‘Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure,’ exemplifies the close ties between information technology and social science (in this case, ethnographic) research,” said Dr. Michael Seadle, head of the iSchool at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, who co-chaired the 2016 Award along with Dr. Shigeo Sugimoto, head of the iSchool at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. “The author looked at how the decision-making processes in the contemporary networked environment influence and depend on political circumstances, and gathered his data through skilled observation and direct involvement. In the final the reviewers all agreed that this was an outstanding work that richly deserved the prize.”
2016 runner up Briony Birdi is a Lecturer in Librarianship at the Information School, University of Sheffield, where she also completed her Ph.D. and MA in Librarianship. Her research focuses on reading research and the promotion of literature and reading, and public and youth libraries, with an emphasis on social justice and diversity. She currently leads the Centre for the Public Library and Information in Society (CPLIS), which provides a focus for the School’s work in the public library sector. Since 2009 Birdi has been working at the University on a part-time basis, balancing an academic career and family life.

“Dr. Birdi’s thesis: ‘We are here because you were there: an investigation of the reading of, and engagement with, minority ethnic fiction in UK public libraries,’ addresses a current social and political issue involving minority ethnic fiction using three empirical studies to survey reading habits,” said Dr. Seadle. “The reviewers also agreed that this dissertation was a serious competitor for the prize and clearly deserved to be the runner up.”

Click here for more information about the 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award honorees, including research abstracts.

The 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award honorees will be recognized at a gathering of their peers at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia. The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. The 2016 host is the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; this year’s conference theme is Partnership with Society.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.

 

iConference 2016 Announces M. Brian Blake as Second Keynote Speaker

 

Philadelphia, Pa. – M. Brian Blake, PhD, executive vice president and provost at Drexel University, will serve as a keynote speaker along with director and producer Robin Hauser Reynolds at the iConference 2016 — an annual, international gathering of the iSchools organization that pushes the boundaries of information studies and creates new technological and conceptual configurations.

Blake-Brian-800wThe conference, which will take place in historic Philadelphia from Mar. 20-23, 2016, is being hosted by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI). The event will bring together more than 500 leading researchers and innovators from academia and industry under the theme of “Partnership with Society” to examine the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society. Conference registration is now open.

“We are thrilled to welcome Drexel’s Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake as a keynote speaker at the iConference 2016,” said iSchools Executive Director and iConference 2016 Co-Chair David Fenske, PhD. “We’re also looking forward to his address, which will speak to the heart of this year’s conference theme in identifying key advances in data science and how they are impacting our global society.”

Blake’s opening keynote address, presented on Mar. 21, will highlight three distinct projects: informatics for spanning scientific workflows across cloud environments, approaches for energy-efficient service-oriented systems across geographically distributed networks, and infrastructures that leverage mixed human and Web service systems to conduct Big Data analytics. Blake will describe how each of these projects provides advantages for important societal challenges in sustainability and national security.

“As system integrators can no longer develop platforms in isolation of human-centered expertise, we know that the next innovations in Internet-based or mobile-based infrastructures will absolutely require the interpretation of data and the more humanistic aspects. That is why the iConference is so important in convening the world’s information experts to address these complex challenges,” Blake said.

According to Blake, the Internet has matured in such a way that systems and humans are able to exchange information to perform common tasks. Web-scale workflow is our vision towards a paradigm of platforms that integrate human and software collaboration on networked platforms; for this paradigm, managing information is key.

In addition to his role as executive vice president and provost, Blake holds appointments in Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics (as distinguished professor of systems and software engineering), in the College of Engineering (as professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and in the College of Medicine (as professor of neuroengineering).

Prior to joining Drexel, Blake served as vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami (UM). Before joining UM, Blake was professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean of engineering, research and graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Blake was department chair and director of graduate studies in computer science at Georgetown University. Blake’s industry experience includes six years as a software engineer and architect at Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and The MITRE Corporation before entering academia full time.

Blake’s research interests include investigating software engineering approaches for the integration of Web-based systems. His scholarly activities have been funded by more than $10 million in sponsored research awards from various government and commercial organizations (e.g., AFRL, AFOSR, DARPA, Department of Education, FAA, NIH, NSF, IBM, MITRE, SAIC). He has authored or co-authored more than 160 journal articles, books/book chapters and refereed conference/workshop papers.

Blake earned his doctorate in information and software engineering from George Mason University, a master of science in electrical engineering from Mercer University, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

 

Publish Your Work in the iSchool Review

 

The iSchool Review, a new publication showcasing work from master’s students in professional degree programs, is seeking content for its inaugural issue. This is an opportunity for iSchool students to gain attention for their cutting-edge work. The inaugural issue will focus on information management, information design, and information policy.

The editors are seeking contributions that further the interdisciplinary trajectory of 21st-century iSchools. This can include traditional essays, policy papers, interactive information visualizations, UI/UX projects, and more.

The deadline for submission is Feb. 12, 2016. Submission requirements are included at the end of this post. The iSchool Review is published by the University of California, Berkeley, but masters students attending any iSchool are invited to submit. Questions can be sent to ischoolreview@ischool.berkeley.edu. The URL is www.ischoolreview.com.

In addition, a special session focused on the creation of the iSchool Review will take place at iConference 2016 in Philadelphia. SIE # 448 “iSchool Review” will take place Monday, March 21, 3:30-5:00 pm. Click here to view the iConference program schedule. Registration is now open.

iSchool Review Submission Guidelines

Abstract
Each submission should include an abstract that contains the following:

  1. Title of Paper
  2. Name(s) of Author(s)
  3. Contact e-mail(s) for the author(s)
  4. Affiliated academic institution(s)
  5. A brief summary that provides a high-level overview of the work and explains its significance to the relevant field(s).
  6. This summary should be no longer than 250 words.
  7. Acknowledgements (optional).
  8. 3 to 5 keywords that categorize the work.

Faculty Endorsement
Each work that is selected for publication will require an endorsement from a faculty member at the author(s)’s affiliated academic institution(s). The faculty endorsement should be about 250 words and should address the following: describe why the work submitted is important, how it advances the relevant field(s) and/or any noteworthy technical achievements.

NOTE: We do not require the faculty endorsement at the time of submission. However, if your submission is selected for publication you will be responsible for securing and submitting the faculty endorsement. Any/all authors whose work is selected for publication but fail to secure and submit a faculty endorsement will not actually be published in The iSchool Review.

Interactive Component(s)
As a digital-only publication, we seek to take of advantage of interactivity in each issue of The iSchool Review. To that point, we encourage submitters to include interactive components and visualizations when relevant. These interactive components as well as the text of the submissions will be considered when making the final selections for the publication.

If a submission’s interactive component is posted online, please include a link to the appropriate website(s). If the interactive component is not posted online, please include relevant screenshots.

Formatting
Submissions should use Times New Roman font. The font size should be 12 pt. The text of the submission should be double-spaced. All pages should be numbered in the upper right hand corner.

Citations
Each submission should have a separate Works Cited page. Entries should be written according to APA style and listed alphabetically by author’s last name.

Submission Process
All submissions should be sent via email to ischoolreview@ischool.berkeley.edu and should be either in .doc or .docx format. Please submit by the appropriate deadline.

Please do not submit PDFs.

Any/all interactive component(s) should be included via screenshots and/or with a link to an external website.

Selection Process
The Editorial Board will hold a vote after each submission deadline.

Response Time
You can expect to receive a notification within four weeks after the relevant deadline for your submission.