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”


iConference 2017 Wuhan/SKKU


The iSchool organization is pleased to announce that Wuhan/SKKU have been selected to host the 2017 iConference at Wuhan in China. This will be our first Asian iConference.

The selection process this year involved three external evaluators, the iConference committee, and the members of the executive committee who had no conflict of interest. In total we had five proposals, three from Europe, one from North America, and one from Asia.


iSchools and Microsoft Research Announce Social Media Expo Finalists


“The iSchools organization and Microsoft Research are pleased to announce the five student-‐team finalists in this year’s iConference Social Media Expo. This year’s theme was government open data and social media. The following five projects, listed alphabetically by title, are slated for presentation at iConference 2015, which takes place March 24-‐27, 2015, in Newport Beach, California, USA.
Title: “eMigrate: Aggregating Government Open Data for Enhanced Job Category Selection in Support of Immigration Applications” School: University of Toronto: Faculty of Information
Title: “The Police Officer Involved Homicides Database Project” School: University of California, Los Angeles: Department of Information Studies
Title: “Racial Violence Archive: Public Information System on Incidents of Violence during the Civil Rights Period” School: University of California, Irvine: The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Title: “Society Key: Integrating Social Media Data with Governmental Open Data to Encourage Community Wellbeing” School: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: School of Communication and Information
Title: “TransparencyScience. Return on research investment, where do the funds go?” School: Polytechnic University of Valencia: School of Informatics
Organized in collaboration with FUSE Labs of Microsoft Research, the Social Media Expo recognizes exceptional interdisciplinary research and development work from iSchool programs specializing in social media. Students from the international 59- member iSchools organization were invited form teams of 3‐5 to conduct a specific research, design, development or community engagement project. The year’s theme was government open data and social media, and teams were asked to submit a video presentation and written abstract. Each of the selected teams receives a $3,000 grant from Microsoft Research to help offset the cost of attending the iConference to make their presentations in person. The 2015 Social Media Expo session is slated for Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 3:30 to5:00 pm. The Expo Organizing Committee will announce its decision on the best presentation at the conclusion of the session.”
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iSchools Announce Year’s Best Doctoral Dissertation


“The iSchools organization is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is Dr. Xinru Page. Dr. Page’s dissertation “Factors that Influence Adoption and Use of Location-­Sharing Social Media”, was judged the best to have been completed at a member-iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Dr. Laura Sheble for her dissertation titled “Diffusion of Meta­Analysis, Systematic Review, and Related Research Synthesis Methods: Patterns, Contexts, and Impact”.
The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now 59 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. Both honorees also receive a travel allowance so they can collect their award in person at iConference 2015, which takes place March 24-­27, 2015, in Newport Beach, California, USA.”
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iConference 2015: Early-bird registration available through Jan. 15, 2015


iConference 2015 registration is now open. Discounted early rates are available through Jan. 15, 2015. Register today to secure the early rate!

The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. iConference 2015 will take place March 24-27, 2015, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations—all situated in interdisciplinary discourses. All information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome.

The official iConference 2015 schedule will be posted soon.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa

iConference 2015
24-27 March, 2015, Newport Beach, California, USA
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Call for Participation iConference 2015


The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. iConference 2015 takes place March 24-27 in Newport Beach, California. The following submissions are invited:

Submission Type Deadline   Notification
Papers Friday, September 5, 2014, midnight PDT   mid-November
Posters Friday, October 10, 2014, midnight  PDT   mid-November
Workshops Friday, September 26, 2014, midnight PDT   Monday, October 27, 2014
Interactive Sessions Friday, October 10, 2014, midnight PDT   mid-November
Doctoral Colloquium Friday, September 12, 2014, midnight PDT   Friday, October 24, 2014
Social Media Expo Participation commitment letter due October 14, 2014; submissions due December 15, 2014.   Thursday, January 15, 2015
Dissertation Award Wednesday, October 15, 2014, midnight PDT   Thursday, January 15, 2015


iConference 2015 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine. All information researchers and scholars are welcome.


College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University is hosting the 2016 iConference


The iSchool Caucus is pleased to announce that the location for the 2016 iConference has been selected. It will be hosted by the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

“We at Drexel are delighted and excited that our bid was accepted,” remarked David E. Fenske, the Isaac L. Auerbach Professor and Dean at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel. “Philadelphia is a great city, and Drexel University and the College of Computing & Informatics will do a great job in hosting the iConference. “

“I am proud to name Drexel as the 2016 conference host institution,” said Elizabeth D. Liddy, Chair of the iSchools Organization. “They put forward an excellent conference bid, and will ensure a great experience for attendees.”

A date will be set shortly, and more details of the 2016 conference will be available at that time.

The iConference is an annual gathering of a broad spectrum of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about 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 situated in interdisciplinary discourses.

The iConference series was established in 2005 by the iSchools Organization, a growing worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Each annual iConference is hosted by a different iSchools member-institution.

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.

iConference participants do not need to be affiliated with an iSchool; all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome.

For more information about the iConference, please visit the iConference page.