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2016 Workshops Call

iConference Workshops are intended to foster interactive discussions focusing on a 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 for a half or full day. If you are interested in building a new research community, strengthening an existing research community, or further advancing a particular field, please consider organizing a workshop. We encourage you to submit proposals that will create common knowledge within iSchools.

For more information and inspiration, we encourage you to review the official proceedings of past iConferences in the IDEALS and ACM repositories.

Follow the Submission Guidelines. All submissions must be in English. Proposals should not exceed 750 words (not counting references). All initial submissions for review should be in PDF format, using the official iConference template.


  • Submission deadline: September 28, 2015, 11:59 pm EDT
  • Notification: October 26, 2015
  • Public-facing participant guidelines due: November 9, 2015
  • Final versions for proceedings due: December 14, 2015

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals should describe the organizers, participants, purpose, format (panels, papers, discussions), goals or outcomes, and relevance to the iConference. Please use the structure described below (under “Required Submission Information”) to organize and prepare your workshop proposal. Submit your proposal in PDF format through the ConfTool conference system.

Please note the following:

  • This year, the iConference will impose a nominal fee of $50 per person for workshop participation; the fee will be added to the registration fee of each workshop participant. This is a change from our recent practice of including workshops in all registration fees. The change has been made to help offset costs associated with providing workshop space and food, and also to help ensure that participants attend workshops they have signed up for. Revenue from these fees will not be distributed to workshop organizers.
  • Workshop organizers are encouraged to solicit position papers or other deliverables from their participants. However, the iConference organizers cannot facilitate this process, meaning workshop organizers will need to manage their submission process themselves.
  • The conference will not provide funding support to workshop organizers for their workshop.
  • All participating workshop organizers, as well as their presenters and speakers, are expected to register and pay to attend the iConference.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Workshop Chairs and a review committee of their choosing.
  • Accepted workshop proposals will be included in the official proceedings.

Required Submission Information

Title: Workshop title

Organizer(s): Names and affiliations of the organizers, in preferred order of appearance.

Description: Include a description of the workshop not to exceed 750 words (not including abstract or references). Workshop descriptions should address each of the following:

  • Half or Full day: Indicate if your workshop will be half or full day.
  • Purpose and Intended Audience: Please state the audience to which your event is designed to appeal and the goals and/or expected outcomes for your event.
  • Proposed Format: Describe how your workshop will be organized and structured. The format is up to you. You can have a series of presenters followed by discussion, presentations and discussions of solicited papers, abstracts or position statements, a panel presentation, etc. Include a draft schedule that will fit within the half or full day you have indicated above. To advance beyond “sage on the stage,” explain the strategies you will use to engage workshop attendees. Note: If you plan to solicit abstracts, papers, or position statements, you are expected to set up your own system or protocol for doing so (e.g., through a website, via email, etc.). Participant registration for workshops will be managed through the conference registration site.
  • Goals or Outcomes: State the goals and/or expected outcomes for your workshop. Also, include any plans to prepare a report, proceedings, wiki, or website to disseminate the results of your workshop.
  • Relevance to the iConference: Briefly state the focus of your proposal topic and note the importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the iSchool community. Provide a brief explanation of how this workshop will appeal to the audience both with respect to content and format of the workshop. If the workshop has been associated with the iConference in the past or is part of an ongoing series, please explain.
  • Expected/Preferred Number of Participants: We can accommodate workshops that have anywhere from 20 to 100 attendees but we do have room size limits. Please indicate the expected number of attendees, and also your preferred maximum number of attendees.

Workshops Chairs


Questions about Workshops should be directed to the Workshops Chairs listed above.

For general questions about the iConference, please contact iConference Coordinator Clark Heideger.



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