CFP: iConference 2016 | Partnership with Society


Call for Participation: iConference 2016

Philadelphia, PA, USA
March 20-23, 2016

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.

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:
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 (, 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.

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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:

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
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

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
Submission deadline: October 5, 2015
Posters Chairs: Elke Greifeneder, Humboldt University; Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin

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:
Submission deadline: September 28, 2015
Workshops Chairs: Denise Agosto, Drexel University; Sam Oh, Sungkyunkwan University; Nicole A. Cooke, University of Illinois

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:
Submission deadline: October 5, 2015
SIE Chairs: Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington; Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University


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
Application deadline: September 28, 2015
Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Greg Leazer, UCLA; Iris Xie, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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
Submission deadline: October 12, 2015
Dissertation Award Chairs: Michael Seadle, Humboldt University; Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba

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
Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jimenez, University Carlos III-Madrid; Eric Myers, University of British Columbia

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.

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
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