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Dates: Sunday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Location: The Diamond conference building, University of Sheffield Campus, Sheffield, UK
Hosts: The Information School at Sheffield and The iSchool at Northumbria University
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Browse Conference Agenda: Click here

Get Ready for iConference 2018

Information and tips for conference participants as they prepare for arrival.

  • Program Schedule: Browse the conference agenda to view all 2018 presentation times. Presenters can use the search field to find their time slot.
  • Local Time Change: Travelers are advised that Sheffield will go on British Summer Time on Sunday, 25th March at 1:00 am – very early morning on the day the iConference begins. All local clocks will move ahead one hour (GMT +1). Even locals are sometimes caught off guard by the time change, so please be aware.
  • Getting around in Sheffield: Visit our Travel page for maps of the Sheffield city center and campus. To give you a sense of the layout, most conference sessions will take palce in The Diamond, which is one mile (20 minute walk) to the west of the railway station and around 15 minute walk from the Novotel and Mercure hotels.
  • Location: Most iConference sessions will take place in The Diamond conference building. Some sessions will take place in the nearby ICOSS and Information School buildings. All three locations are labeled on the campus map. Session locations are noted in our online schedule.
  • Registration: The conference registration desk is located in The Diamond foyer. Registration opens at 8:00 am every day. Please remember to wear your badge at all conference sessions and events. We anticipate the first hour on Sunday will be very busy. If you are not participating in a Sunday morning workshop, please allow a few hours to pass before registering. This will help us process everyone more smoothly. We will continue to accept new registrations throughout the conference.
  • Wifi connectivity: Wifi is available free of charge via the WifiGuest network. Select WifiGuest from the list of available wireless networks and sign in or log into The Cloud using your web browser. If you are not automatically directed to the log in page, open your device’s browser and go to www.sky.com.
  • Opening Reception: Our Opening Reception will take place on Sunday evening in the Millennium Gallery and the adjoining Sheffield Winter Garden (see city map) commencing at 6:15 pm. Access will be from the Millennium Gallery (not Winter Garden) – entrance on Arundel Gate: S1 2PP. Drinks and canapés will be served. Participants can register and collect their badges at the reception.
  • Proceedings: All iConference 2018 participants will receive electronic access to the papers proceedings starting next week. You will be sent a notification and link to the papers at that time.
  • Presentation Guidelines: For those making presentations at the conference, consult our website’s Presentation Guidelines for technical details.
  • Social Media: Use #iconf18 for social media and follow us on Twitter during the conference: https://twitter.com/iconf
  • Awards: Visit our Awards page to learn more about this year’s finalists, and award presentation times. Congratulations to all finalists!
  • Questions: Questions about the conference, including childcare and special needs, should be sent to iconf2018@sheffield.ac.uk. We will endeavour to support individual needs as best we are able.

More on iConference 2018 the city of Sheffield

iConference 2018 will take place Sunday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 28, 2018 and will be jointly organised by two iSchools in the UK: The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria.

The Information School at Sheffield has been at the forefront of developments in the information field for more than fifty years. The School’s research reflects influences from computing, health, chemistry and different arts and humanities and social sciences disciplines, as well as experience from professional practice in information roles. The iSchool at Northumbria University engages in theoretical and practical research exploring the relationships between people and information through a variety of systems and technologies and focuses on the two interrelated themes of: information behaviour and interactions; and data, information and records management.

The Diamond conference building, Sheffield Campus, site of iConference 2018

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 main events will be held at the University of Sheffield which has excellent conferencing facilities. The campus is on the western edge of the city centre (view map) and is easy to get to on foot or by bus or tram from a range of University-approved hotels.

Sheffield is centrally located within the UK and is easy to get to, being well served by national road and rail networks and with excellent local transport. Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Nottingham East Midlands airports are all about an hour’s travel time from Sheffield. Manchester Airport is served by a wide range of international carriers and has a direct rail link to Sheffield both day and night, while both Leeds/Bradford and Nottingham, East Midlands offer a range of links within Europe. Both London airports (Heathrow and Gatwick) are accessible by rail with just one change of train.

The theme of iConference 2018, Transforming Digital Worlds, will be the importance of the information field in transforming the increasingly data-driven world. There are many issues facing the digital world, from technical through to sociological challenges and, with their focus on people, information and technology, iSchools are uniquely placed to tackle these challenges. We aim to bring together thinkers and leaders from academia, industry and not-for-profit organisations, to discuss emerging challenges and potential solutions for information and data management in our rapidly changing world.

Winter Gardens, site of the 2018 Opening Reception

New for 2018: For the first time, the conference proceedings 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).

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers who will each address one of the key strands within our conference theme.

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.

Visit our Keynote Speakers page to learn more about this year’s speakers.

About the iConference

Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. 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.

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.

The following is a list of sample topics from past conferences:

  • information behavior
  • social, cultural, health and community informatics
  • human-computer interaction
  • education in Library and Information Science
  • information systems
  • social computing
  • information policy
  • knowledge management
  • information retrieval
  • information services
  • information organization
  • digital curation and preservation
  • bibliometrics and scholarly communication
  • history and philosophy of information
  • participatory cultures
  • digital youth
  • social computing
  • human computer interaction
  • knowledge infrastructures
  • computer-supported cooperative work
  • data, text and knowledge mining
  • computational social science
  • digital humanities
  • network science
  • information and communication technology for development
  • data science
  • information economics
  • information work and workers
  • user experience and design

Lean More

To access the offical proceedings of past iConferences, vist our Past Proceedings page.
To learn more about the conference in general, view our About The iConference page.



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