Your last weekend to finalize iConference submissions

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

iConference 2018 Opens for Submissions

 

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

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

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

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

 

iConference 2018 Keynote Speakers Announced

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

iConference 2018 issues Call For Participation

 

iConference 2018 organizers University of Sheffield and Northumbria University have issued their Call For Participation.

Taking place March 25-28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK, the theme of iConference 2018 is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” It will include peer-reviewed papers and posters, as well as workshops and sessions for interaction and engagement, interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. The special programs introduced last year on iSchool Best Practices and iSchools and Industry Partnership tracks will also continue. Early career and next generation researchers can engage in the Doctoral Student Colloquium and the Early Career Colloquium.

The conference organizers encourage authors to begin work on submissions now. The conference will start accepting submissions in early July. The submission deadline is September 18, 2017.

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

About the iConference
An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. iConference 2018 will take place March 25-28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK. This year’s theme is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” iConference 2018 is jointly organized by the University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. For more about the iConference series, including links to past proceedings, visit our About the iConference webpage.

 

iConference Papers to be Published by Springer

 

The iSchools organization has made arrangements with Springer International Publishing to have future iConference papers published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, where they will be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The papers will be published as green open access, allowing authors to also deposit them into institutional repositories, as well as the IDEALS open repository, which has housed the iConference proceedings for many years.

“The iSchools organization remains committed to open access, and the new arrangement allows us to continue using IDEALS, while also giving us the ability to publish in LNCS,” said iSchools Executive Director Michael Seadle. “Publication is an advantage for members at many schools where this kind of indexing is important for tenure and promotion. Also, in some countries, this can be a critical part of the process that leads to university funding.”

The new publishing arrangement will commence with iConference 2018, which takes place March 25-28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK. Springer will publish the conference’s completed research papers (long) as well as preliminary results papers (short).

More details will be provided on the iConference website when the 2018 Call for Participation is released later this month. iConference 2018 is jointly organized by the University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria.

 

Four University of Sheffield Faculty Members Join Emerald’s “Online Information Review”; available to meet at iConference 2017

 

Four faculty members from the Information School at the University of Sheffield, UK, have been appointed co-editors of Online Information Review, an international, peer-reviewed journal produced by Emerald Publishing. The four new co-editors are Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, Robert Jäschke and Angela Lin.

Online Information Review is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, ISI-listed journal devoted to research in the broad field of digital information and communication, and related technologies. The journal provides a multi-disciplinary forum for scholars from a range of fields, including information studies/iSchools, data studies, internet studies, media and communication studies and information systems.

According to a press release issued by the University of Sheffield, some changes to the aims and scope of the journal have been agreed to, and the new editors are “particularly interested in publishing research on the social, political and ethical aspects of emergent digital information practices and platforms, and welcome submissions that draw upon critical and socio-technical perspectives in order to address these developments.”

New co-editors Jo Bates and Andrew Cox will be attending iConference 2017 in Wuhan, Chine, March 22-25. Authors wishing to discuss writing for Online Information Review are encouraged to contact them to arrange a meeting. Contact information is available on the school website.

According to the Sheffield press release, the editors welcome empirical, conceptual and methodological contributions on any topics relevant to the broad field of digital information and communication, however we are particularly interested in receiving submissions that address emerging issues around:

  • Online communities, social networking and social media, including online political communication; crowdsourcing; positive computing and wellbeing.
  • The social drivers and implications of emerging data practices, including open data; big data; data journeys and flows; and research data management.
  • Digital transformations including organisations’ use of information technologies (e.g. Internet of Things and digitisation of user experience) to improve economic and social welfare, health and wellbeing, and protect the environment.
  • Developments in digital scholarship and the production and use of scholarly content.
  • Online and digital research methods, including their ethical aspects.

The editorial team invites the submission of papers relevant to the new scope of the journal; contact the editors for more information.

Next year, the Information School at the University of Sheffield will co-host iConference 2018, in conjunction with the Northumbria University Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Emerald Publishing, China, is a sponsor of iConference 2017.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

European iSchool leaders meet in Copenhagen to discuss cooperation and EU initiatives

 

Leaders from the European iSchools met in Copenhagen the weekend of November 7-8, 2013 to discuss cooperation and EU initiatives. Those in attendance:

  • Julie Mcleod, Northumbria University
  • Michael Seadle, Humboldt University
  • Pedro Simões Coelho,  NOVA University of Lisbon
  • Ann-Sofie Axelsson  University of Boras
  • Nicolas Julien, Télécom Bretagne
  • Philippe Picouet, Télécom Bretagne
  • Val Gillet, University of Sheffield
  • António Lucas Soares, University of Porto
  • Kari-Jouko Räihä, University of Tampere
  • Josep Cobarsí Morales, University of Catalonia
  • Per Hasle, RSLIS