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.

 

Dr. Sam Oh Elected iCaucus Chair

 

Washington D.C.—The iSchools organization announces the election of Dr. Sam Oh of the Sungkyunkwan University iSchool in Korea to the position of iCaucus Chair. The iCaucus is the governing body of the iSchools organization, and Dr. Oh is the organization’s first chair from the Asia-Pacific Region. He has pledged to continue the iSchools’ mission of advancing the information field, while also expanding the organization’s reach.

2014 Sam Oh“It is truly an honor to be the new iSchools Caucus chair-elect,” said Dr. Oh. “As the first person from the Asia-Pacific region to take on this responsibility, I consider it my express duty to promote the iSchool brand where it has remained less visible. I am grateful to those who have supported me and will do my utmost to represent the iSchool both in areas already at its forefront and in regions that have the greatest need of exposure to its initiatives.”

Dr. Oh’s election was formally announced on Monday, January 11, 2016. He will serve as chair-elect during the 2016-2017 term of iCaucus Chair Ron Larsen of the University of Pittsburgh, and then assume the role of iCaucus chair for the 2018-2019 term.

The election was presided over by outgoing iCaucus Chair Michael Seadle of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, who had this to say: “I am very pleased that the iSchools have elected Sam Oh from Korea as the new chair-elect. Sam has been the leader of the Asia-Pacific region of the iSchools, and his election represents another significant step in the internationalization of the organization.”

Dr. Oh earned his Ph.D. in Information Transfer from Syracuse University in 1995 and worked as an assistant professor at the University of Washington Information School for four years before returning to South Korea to become a professor at the Sungkyunkwan University iSchool. He has taught summer courses at the University of Texas at Austin; Syracuse University; and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also spent a sabbatical year at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool. Dr. Oh served as the chair of ISO TC46/SC9 (Identification and Description) for six years and is currently the chair of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC34 (Document Description & Processing Languages). He is a member of the DCMI governing board and the iCaucus executive committee, as well as chair of the Asia-Pacific iSchools. His expertise lies in the fields of metadata design, social/big data analytics, and data/ontology modeling.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of 65 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 organization is responsible for the iConference, 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. In addition to his duties as iCaucus Chair, Dr. Oh will serve as co-chair of iConference 2017, which will be co-hosted by Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department and the Wuhan University School of Information Management; the event will be held in Wuhan China.

In the meantime, this year’s iConference, which is the eleventh in the series, is hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics, and takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia. The theme is Partnership with Society, and registration is now open.

 

iConference 2016 Early Registration Extended to Feb. 1

 

Early registration for iConference 2016 has been extended to February 1, 2016. Participants now have an additional two weeks to register at the discounted early rate.

This change is being made as the iConference organizers explore a number of late-breaking opportunities to enhance the iConference program. This has delayed publication of the formal schedule, and the organizers feel it’s important to give participants time to view the schedule before making their registration decisions. The official schedule will be posted the week of January 18.

“I think participants will be extremely pleased with the program we are putting together,” says iSchools Executive Director and Conference Co-Chair David Fenske. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while we pursue these exciting opportunities.”

iConference 2016 will take place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia. This year’s theme is Partnership with Society. The conference is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics. Sponsors include Microsoft Research and Penn Mutual Life Insurance.

 

iConference 2016 Announces Robin Hauser Reynolds as Keynote Speaker

 

January 5, 2016

Philadelphia, Pa. – Robin Hauser Reynolds, director and producer of critically acclaimed documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” will be a keynote speaker at the iConference 2016 – an annual, international gathering that pushes the boundaries of information studies and creates new technological and conceptual configurations.

Registration is now open for the iConference, which will take place in historic Philadelphia from Mar. 20-23, 2016. Hosted by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, iConference 2016 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. Discounted early registration rates are available through Jan. 18, 2016.

In addition to Reynolds’ keynote address, the conference will feature exclusive on-site film screenings of her most recent film, award-winning documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” thanks to the generous support of iConference 2016 sponsor Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. The film, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policymakers in Washington, DC and abroad.

“It is a point of great pride to speak and show ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’ at the iConference 2016, as we join together to examine ‘Partnership with Society’ and the reasons behind the tech gender gap that have led to such an extreme shortage of female and minority software engineers,” Reynolds said.

“CODE” documentary explores the reasons behind the dearth of American female and minority software engineers, including the reasons for the gender gap and digital divide. The film also examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how stereotypes, educational hurdles, lack of role models and sexism all contribute to this national crisis.

“Beyond the gender gap, ‘CODE’ documentary targets the growing workforce crisis in computing and digital information – a challenge that educators and administrators within the 65 iSchools across the world can help to address,” said Jane Greenberg, PhD, iConference 2016 co-chair and Drexel University Alice B. Kroeger Professor. “The film is a must-see for anyone working or teaching within the digital information space.”

Reynolds is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC. As both a businesswoman and a longtime professional photographer, Reynolds brings her creative eye and leadership skills to her documentary film projects. Her years in fine art photography give her a keen vision for the artistic design of her films; her experience in the business world affords her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience.

Previously, Reynolds co-directed and produced the documentary feature, “Running for Jim,” which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. She has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at the Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive Conference, InspireFest, AT&T Foundry FutureCast and Dell Women Entrepreneur Network. As director of “CODE” documentary, Reynolds has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and San Francisco Business Times.

Visit the iConference 2016 website to learn more about this year’s conference.

 

Now Accepting Submissions: iConference 2016

 

iConference 2016 | Partnership with Society
Philadelphia, PA, USA
March 20-23, 2016

Conference website: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/
Conference submission site: https://www.conftool.com/iConference2016/

We are now accepting submissions for iConference 2016, our eleventh annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary information society.

iConference 2016 takes place March 20-23, 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 conference includes peer-reviewed papers, posters, workshops and sessions for interaction and engagement, interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. Early career and next generation researchers can engage in the Doctoral Student Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium and Undergraduate Student Showcase forums.

Authors and organizers can now submit materials using our secure submissions website: https://www.conftool.com/iConference2016/. The official proceedings will be published in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS). The deadline for papers is Sept. 9, with other deadlines thereafter.

The iConference brings together scholars and researchers addressing critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations—all shaping interdisciplinary discourses. Visit our website for more information, including sample topics and links to past proceedings: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/

iConference 2016 is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics. Our conference venue, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, is located in Philadelphia’s bustling center city. The historic 33-storey building is hailed as America’s first skyscraper, and is in easy walking distance of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, birthplace of the United States Constitution. Other nearby attractions include the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

The iConference is presented by the iSchools (www.ischools.org), 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. The event is sponsored by Microsoft Research.

IMPORTANT LINKS

* Conference: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/
* Submissions: https://www.conftool.com/iConference2016/
* Past Proceedings: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/about-the-iconference/
* Facebook: IConference: https://www.facebook.com/IConference
* Twitter: @iConf | #iconf16

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

All submissions must be in English using our official template. All work should be original and not previously published. Complete guidelines can be found on our Author Instructions page: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/author-instructions/
* PAPERS:
We invite papers falling into two categories: completed research, and early work/preliminary results. Completed research papers should be a maximum of 10 pages, including references; early work/preliminary results papers should be a maximum of 6 pages, including references. Each paper will be refereed in a double-blind process. The author(s) of the completed research paper judged the best of the conference will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and $5,000. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/papers/
Submission deadline: September 9, 2015
Papers Chairs: Yong Ming Kow, City University of Hong Kong; Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine; Chirag Shah, Rutgers University

* POSTERS
We welcome submission of posters presenting new work, preliminary results and designs, or educational projects. Submitted posters should be a maximum of 1,500 words, not including references. These posters will undergo a double-blind review. Poster abstracts will be published in the proceedings. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/posters/
Submission deadline: October 5, 2015
Posters Chairs: Elke Greifeneder, Humboldt University; Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin

* WORKSHOPS
Workshops can be half- or full day, and are intended to foster interactive discussions focusing on the particular topic within the purview of the iSchools, namely, the relationships among information, people and technology. Workshops provide a great opportunity for attendees who share common interests and want to have intensive discussions. Workshop proposals should be less than 750 words, and follow the guidelines on our website: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/workshops/
Submission deadline: September 28, 2015
Workshops Chairs: Denise Agosto, Drexel University; Sam Oh, Sungkyunkwan University; Nicole A. Cooke, University of Illinois

* SESSIONS FOR INTERACTION AND ENGAGEMENT (SIE)
These sessions provide an excellent opportunity to present ideas, facilitate discussions, and foster knowledge-sharing in unconventional ways. Formats can include panels, fishbowls, installations, performances, storytelling, roundtable discussions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, and more. All should be highly participatory, informal, engaging, and pluralistic. SIE proposals should be less than 750 words, and follow the guidelines on our website: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/sessions-for-interaction-and-engagement/
Submission deadline: October 5, 2015
SIE Chairs: Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington; Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

OTHER EVENTS SCHEDULED

* DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM
The Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and engage with one another in a setting that is relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges. Students receive feedback on their dissertation, career paths, and other areas from participating faculty and student peers. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/doctoral-colloquium/
Application deadline: September 28, 2015
Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Greg Leazer, UCLA; Iris Xie, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

* DOCTORAL DISSERTATION AWARD
Recognizing the outstanding dissertation of the preceding year, this competition is open to all member iSchools. Each school may submit one dissertation for consideration. The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500, the runner up $1,000; both will be honored at the iConference. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/dissertation-award/
Submission deadline: October 12, 2015
Dissertation Award Chairs: Michael Seadle, Humboldt University; Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba

* EARLY CAREER COLLOQUIUM
This half-day event is intended for assistant professors, post-docs, or others in pre-tenure positions and builds on the tradition of highly successful events at past iConferences. Participants will sign up at registration. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/early-career-colloquium/
Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jimenez, University Carlos III-Madrid; Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Eric Myers, University of British Columbia

*UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SHOWCASE FORUMS
The undergraduate showcase will feature iSchool undergraduate research. Such examples include senior design, senior projects, STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholars Program students, etc. Details will be posted to our website as they become available.

ADDITIONAL ORGANIZERS
Conference Chairs: David Fenske and Jane Greenberg, Drexel University
Technical Program Chairs: Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University; Spiros Mancoridis, Drexel University
Proceedings Chairs: Xia Lin and Mick Khoo, Drexel University
Program Committee:
Naresh Agarwal, Simmons
Moranan Alac, University of California, San Diego
Daniel Alemneh, University of North Texas
Eric Baumer, Cornell University
Wade Bishop, University of Tennessee
Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Stockholm University
Gobinda Chowdhury, Northumbria University
Xianghua Ding, Fudan University
Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland
Ingrid Erikson, Rutgers University
Andrea Forte, Drexel University
Roberto Gonzalez-Ibanez, University of Santiago
Helen Hasan, University of Wollongong
Jeff Hemsley, Syracuse University
James Howison, University of Texas at Austin
Yun Huang, Syracuse University
Mohammad Jarrahi, University of North Carolina
Victor Kaptelinin, Umea University
Bart Knijnenburg, Clemson University
Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Karine Nahon, University of Washington and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Gabriela Marcu, Drexel University
Alex Mitchell, National University of Singapore
Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kyong Eunoh Oh, Simmons
Sanghee Oh, Florida State University
Xinru Page, Bentley University
Matt Ratto, University of Toronto
Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University
Jennifer Rode, ACM
Bryan Semann, Syracuse University
Patrick Shih, Indiana University
Clay Spinuzzi, University of Texas
Norman Makoto Su, Indiana University
Emiliano Treré, Autonomous University of Querétaro
Deborah Turner, Drexel University
Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser University
Hao-chuan Wang, National Tsing Hua University
Yang Wang, Syracuse University
Rosina Weber, Drexel University
Tan Xu, AT&T
Jude Yew, National University of Singapore
Xiaojun Yuan, Albany
Yan Zhang, University of Texas at Austin

More at: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/

 

CFP: iConference 2016 | Partnership with Society

 

Call for Participation: iConference 2016

Philadelphia, PA, USA
March 20-23, 2016
http://ischools.org/the-iconference/

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 conference includes peer-reviewed papers, posters, workshops and sessions for interaction and engagement, interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. Early career and next generation researchers can engage in the Doctoral Student Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium and Undergraduate Student Showcase forums.

SUBMISSION CATEGORY DEADLINE
Papers Sept. 9
Workshops Sept. 28
Doctoral Colloquium Sept. 28
Posters Oct. 5
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Oct. 5
Doctoral Dissertation Award Oct. 12

The above deadlines are 11:59 pm EDT, with the exception of the Doctoral Dissertation Award, which is GMT.

The iConference brings together scholars and researchers addressing critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations—all shaping interdisciplinary discourses. Visit our website for more information, including sample topics and links to past proceedings: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/
iConference 2016 is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics. Our conference venue, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, is located in Philadelphia’s bustling center city. The historic 33-story building is hailed as America’s first skyscraper, and is in easy walking distance of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, birthplace of the United States Constitution. Other nearby attractions include the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Art Museum.
The iConference is presented by the iSchools (www.ischools.org), 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. The Champion Sponsor of iConference 2016 is Microsoft Research.

IMPORTANT LINKS
* Conference Home: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/
* Past Proceedings: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/about-the-iconference/
* Facebook: IConference: https://www.facebook.com/IConference
* Twitter: @iConf | #iconf16

SUBMISSION INFORMATION
We will begin accepting submissions in summer of 2015. All submissions must be in English using our official template. All work should be original and not previously published. Complete guidelines and the official iConference template can be found on our Author Instructions page: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/author-instructions/

* PAPERS:
We invite papers falling into two categories: completed research, and early work/preliminary results. Completed research papers should be a maximum of 10 pages, including references; early work/preliminary results papers should be a maximum of 6 pages, including references. Each paper will be refereed in a double-blind process. The author(s) of the completed research paper judged the best of the conference will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and $5,000. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/papers/
Submission deadline: September 9, 2015
Papers Chairs: Yong Ming Kow, City University of Hong Kong; Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine; Chirag Shah, Rutgers University

* POSTERS
We welcome submission of posters presenting new work, preliminary results and designs, or educational projects. Submitted posters should be a maximum of 1,500 words, not including references. These posters will undergo a double-blind review. Poster abstracts will be published in the proceedings. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/posters/
Submission deadline: October 5, 2015
Posters Chairs: Elke Greifeneder, Humboldt University; Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin

* WORKSHOPS
Workshops can be half- or full day, and are intended to foster interactive discussions focusing on the particular topic within the purview of the iSchools, namely, the relationships among information, people and technology. Workshops provide a great opportunity for attendees who share common interests and want to have intensive discussions. Workshop proposals should be less than 750 words, and follow the guidelines on our website: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/workshops/
Submission deadline: September 28, 2015
Workshops Chairs: Denise Agosto, Drexel University; Sam Oh, Sungkyunkwan University; Nicole A. Cooke, University of Illinois

* SESSIONS FOR INTERACTION AND ENGAGEMENT (SIE)
These sessions provide an excellent opportunity to present ideas, facilitate discussions, and foster knowledge-sharing in unconventional ways. Formats can include panels, fishbowls, performances, storytelling, roundtable discussions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, and more. All should be highly participatory, informal, engaging, and pluralistic. SIE proposals should be less than 750 words, and follow the guidelines on our website: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/sessions-for-interaction-and-engagement/
Submission deadline: October 5, 2015
SIE Chairs: Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington; Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

OTHER EVENTS SCHEDULED

* DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM
The Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and engage with one another in a setting that is relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges. Students receive feedback on their dissertation, career paths, and other areas from participating faculty and student peers. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/doctoral-colloquium/
Application deadline: September 28, 2015
Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Greg Leazer, UCLA; Iris Xie, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

* DOCTORAL DISSERTATION AWARD
Recognizing the outstanding dissertation of the preceding year, this competition is open to all member iSchools. Each school may submit one dissertation for consideration. The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500, the runner up $1,000; both will be honored at the iConference. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/dissertation-award/
Submission deadline: October 12, 2015
Dissertation Award Chairs: Michael Seadle, Humboldt University; Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba

* EARLY CAREER COLLOQUIUM
This half-day event is intended for assistant professors, post-docs, or others in pre-tenure positions and builds on the tradition of highly successful events at past iConferences. Participants will sign up at registration. More at http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/early-career-colloquium/
Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jimenez, University Carlos III-Madrid; Eric Myers, University of British Columbia

*UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SHOWCASE FORUMS
The undergraduate showcase will feature iSchool undergraduate research. Such examples include senior design, senior projects, STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholars Program students, etc. Details will be posted to our website as they become available.

ADDITIONAL ORGANIZERS
Conference Chairs: David Fenske and Jane Greenberg, Drexel University
Technical Program Chairs: Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University; Spiros Mancoridis, Drexel University
Proceedings Chairs: Xia Lin and Mick Khoo, Drexel University
More at: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/

 

Award Finalists Announced for iConference Papers and Posters

 

“The iConference 2015 organizers are pleased to announce the finalists for the conference’s best papers and poster competitions. The winners will be honored at iConference 2015, which takes place March 24-27, 2015, in Newport Beach, California.

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

Title: Designing a Mobile Crowdsourcing System for Campus Safety
Authors: Elliot Tan, Princeton University; Huichuan Xia, Cheng Ji, Ritu Virendra Joshi and Yun Huang, Syracuse University

Title: Motherhood and Social Networking Sites: How do sociocultural contexts and technological factors affect Korean mothers’ KakaoStory use?
Authors: Jinyoung Kim, Myeong Lee, and Chiyoung Oh, University of Maryland

Title: Online Media Forums as Separate Social Lives: A Qualitative Study of Disclosure Within and Beyond Reddit
Authors: Martin Shelton, Katherine Lo, and Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine

Title: “She said yes!” – Liminality and Engagement Announcements on Twitter
Authors: Munmun De Choudhury, Georgia Tech; Michael Massimi, Microsoft Research

Title: Use and Adoption Challenges of Wearable Activity Trackers
Authors: Patrick C. Shih, Kyungsik Han, Erika Shehan Poole, Mary Beth Rosson, and John M. Carroll, The Pennsylvania State University

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

Title: Informal Networks, Phones and Facebook: Information Seeking and Technology Use by Undocumented Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Authors: Bryce C Newell and Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington

Title: The New-to-Online Instructor: Conceptions, Desires and Expectations
Author: Jenna Kammer, University of Missouri

Title: Self-Obviating Systems and their Application to Sustainability
Authors: Bill Tomlinson and Juliet Norton, University of California, Irvine; Eric P. S. Baumer, Cornell University; Marcel Pufal, University of California, Irvine; Barath Raghavan, ICSI / De Novo

Title: Understanding Black Males’ IT Career Choices
Authors: Lynette Kvasny, The Pennsylvania State University; KD Joshi, Washington State University; Eileen Trauth, The Pennsylvania State University

Title: Visual First Amendment: Using empirical legal methods and visualization techniques to enhance understanding of Supreme Court rulings
Authors: Debbie Lee Rabina and Chris Sula, Pratt Institute

Best Poster Award
The poster category award is judged based on the submitted abstract and the resulting presentation at the iConference poster sessions.
The finalists:
Title: Mapping Data Journeys: Design for an interactive web site
Authors: Paula Goodale and Jo Bates, University of Sheffield; Yuwei Lin, University of Creative Arts

Title: Metaphors of Privilege: Public Library Makerspace Rhetoric
Author: Shannon A Crawford Barniskis, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Title: Understanding Health Information Intent via Crowdsourcing: Challenges and Opportunities
Authors: Di Lu, Yihan Lu, Wie Jeng, Rosta Farzan, and Yu-Ru Lin, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Understanding the Relationship between Scholars’ Breadth of Research and Scientific Impact
Authors: Shiyan Yan and Carl Lagoze, University of Michigan

Title: Using Ethnography of Email to Understand Distributed Scientific Collaborations
Authors: Sarika K Sharma, Matt Willis, Jaime Snyder, Carsten Osterlund, and Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University”