iConference 2017 Commences in Wuhan, China

 

iConference 2017 commenced today with an appeal by opening keynote speaker Mike Eisenberg for information schools and professionals to enthusiastically embrace the “Science of Information” in its many forms. The first-ever iConference to be held in Asia, iConference 2017 will run through Saturday, March 25.

Eisenberg began his talk by tracing the history of information from its earliest roots, and concluded with an appeal to broaden perceptions of the scope of the field, embrace as many schools as possible, and create even more opportunities for students.

The iConference 2017 Opening Ceremony was launched with a welcome from the president of Wuhan University, this year’s local host school, and also addresses from conference co-chairs Dr. Qing Fang of the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Dr. Sam Oh of Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department. The two schools are jointly hosting the conference.

The opening ceremony also included the naming of the winner of this year’s Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. The winning paper was “An In-Depth Analysis of Tags and Controlled Metadata for Book Search.” Congratulations go out to co-authors Toine Bogersof Aalborg University Copenhagen and Vivien Petras of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The two authors share a $5,000US prize, courtesy of Microsoft, one of this year’s many sponsors. Our congratulations to them, and all of this year’s nominees.

About iConference 2017

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 begins on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is available online.

iConference 2017 sponsors include: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; MDPI; DE Gruyter; Springer Nature; CNKI; and Chaoxing.com.

 

iConference 2017 Provides Complimentary Shuttles from Airport and Train Station

 

iConference 2017, the annual gathering of information scholars and researchers, takes place next week, Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday March 25, at the Westin Wuhan Wuchang Hotel in Wuhan, China. For the convenience of incoming participants, Local host Wuhan University School of Information Management has arranged for complimentary shuttle buses from the Wuhan Airport and Train Station to the conference hotel.

The shuttles are provided on the days leading up to the conferece, Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21. They will depart from Wuhan Tianhe Airport at 9:00, 12:00, 17:00, and 21:00 on each day. They will leave Wuahn Railway Station (the high-speed train station) at 9:40, 12:40, 17:40, and 21:40.

Participants arriving in Wuhan should look for student volunteers holding signs that say “iConference 2017.” You will be directed to the shuttles.

The local hosts have summarized shuttle details and other local transportation options, such as taxi and metro, in a convenient document. The document also includes area maps, a guide to local dining, and more. Click here to view.

About iConference 2017

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is now available for review. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs.

iConference 2017 sponsors include: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; MDPI; DE Gruyter; Springer Nature; CNKI; and Chaoxing.com.

 

Inaugural Issue of iSchool Review is out!

 

The iSchool Review (www.ischoolreview.com) is a new, digital publication to showcase work from iSchool students around the world.
The inaugural issue features work from students at four iSchools: UC Berkeley, the University of Toronto, University College London and Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin. Enjoy this and future issues!
Students who are interested in submitting work to be published in the Fall 2016 issue, please review the submissions guidelines.

 

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.

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: iSchools Promotional Video Contest: You could win up to $5,000

 

UPDATE: The submission deadline has been exteended through January, with entries due by 11:59 PM [SST (Samoa Standard Time) UTC/GMT -11 hours] on January 29th.

Contest entries received during this extended period will only be eligible for the $1,000 iConference travel support award, and are not eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes.

The iSchools organization announces a video contest that seeks to foster interest in the field of information and promote study at an Information School. Prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 will be given for the top-three most innovative and impactful videos, respectively. The top five finishers will also be offered up to $1,000 in travel support to attend iConference 2016 in Philadelphia.

The submission period is Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, and the contest is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, the general public. Participants are invited to submit two-minute videos that speak to information as a field of study or to iSchools as exciting, new programs that educate undergraduate and/or graduate students to solve the information problems of the 21st Century.

Contest submissions will be judged by a panel of iSchool deans. Winning videos will debut at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Videos will also be used on the iSchools Organization website and through other channels to promote the iSchools organization and the mission of Information Schools.

Click here for details, including eligibility, contest guidelines and links to the online entry form.

 

Two CCI Library and Information Science Alumnae Recognized as “Movers & Shakers” by Library Journal

 

“Taneya Gethers, ’07 and Alison Macrina, ’09, both graduates of Drexel University (USA) College of Computing & Informatics’ master of science in library and information science (LIS) program, were recently recognized by Library Journal as two of this year’s “Movers & Shakers.”
The editors of Library Journal selected Gethers and Macrina as two of over 50 up-and-coming individuals from around the world who are recognized by their peers as innovative, creative, and making a difference.
Gethers and Macrina join the ranks of 13 CCI alumni to be honored by Library Journal […].
Gethers was recognized in the Community Builders category for her work in developing culturally empowering programming as senior librarian at Macon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) in New York. While a student at Drexel, Gethers was selected by the American Library Association as a Spectrum Scholar, and has since contributed chapters to The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges (Scarecrow, 2012) and Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond (Library Juice, 2014).
Macrina was recognized in the Advocates category for her work in bringing awareness to digital surveillance issues as founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries. Macrina, co-author of the Radical Reference Collective’s zine We Are All Suspects, received a $244,700 two-year grant from the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge: Libraries, which will enable her to take her work to libraries nationwide.
Now in its fifteenth year of recognizing emerging leaders in the library world, Library Journal is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 “Movers and Shakers” to appear in the March 15, 2016 issue.”

 

New research series supports the vision of the iSchools

 

“Facet Publishing have announced the release of Cultural Heritage Information: Access and management, the first book in the new iResearch series.

iResearch is a new academic series edited by G G Chowdhury, Professor in Information Science and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Information Science at Northumbria University. This peer-reviewed monograph series supports the vision of the iSchools and creates authoritative sources of information for research and scholarly activities in information studies. Each book in the series addresses a specific aspect or emerging topic of information studies and provides a state-of-the-art review of research in the chosen field and addresses the issues, challenges and progress of research and practice.

The series is overseen by an editorial board comprising; Peter Willett, University of Sheffield; Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde; Dorothy Williams, Robert Gordon University, Harry Bruce, University of Washington; Jonathan Furner, UCLA; Edie Rasmussen, University of British Columbia; Michael Seadle, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Fabio Crestani, University of Lugano; Schubert Foo, Nanyang Technological University and Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba.”
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SMU awarded three significant research grants to address national and urban needs

 

“The School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University (SMU) received three major grants to undertake Research, Development, and Deployment (RD &D) projects in support of Singapore’s national initiatives related to ageing in place, improving people and goods flow, reducing congestion in urban settings, and improving the security and trust of cyberspace. The total investment for these three projects comes to SD 36.5 million, with funding from a combination of Singapore government research support schemes as well as private sector sources.
Professor Steven Miller, Vice Provost (Research) and Dean of SIS, said “We are delighted to have secured these three new research grants to support Singapore’s national needs as well as regional and global urban needs. To reach final agreement on SD 36.5 million of R&D funding for a set of projects that are all highly integrated with Singapore’s national R&D needs was fantastic news for SMU.”
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2014 Asia-Pacific iSchool Meeting

 

A meeting of Asian-Pacific members of the iSchools was held Dec 4-6 in Seoul, Korea.
People from the following iSchool mebers attended:

KOREA
· Sungkyunkwan University, iSchool
· Yonsei University, iSchool
· Seoul National University, School of Convergence Science and Technology

CHINA
· Nanjing University, Information Management School
· Wuhan University, Information Management School

Japan
· University of Tsukba, Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies

Australia
· Melbourne University, School of Information

Singapore
· Singapore Management University, School of Information Systems

Asia-Pacific iSchool Meeting