All-day workshops

Half-day workshops, morning

Half-day workshops, afternoon

Other Resources


The iConference is pleased to make the following Workshops and iCommunity Sessions available for participation at iConference 2016. Workshops were peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by our Workshops Co-Chairs. The iCommunity Sessions were specially selected for presentation by the Conference Co-Chairs, and represent a continuation of popular programs from previous years.

All Workshops and iCommunity Sessions will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Participants can sign up when they register, for a fee. On-site signup will be allowed, space permitting, at a higher fee. All sessions will closed to further signup when full.

Full-Day Events

Workshop #1: Enhancing Collaboration and Community for The Discipline of Organizing

Organizers: Robert J. Glushko, University of California, Berkeley; David Bamman, University of California, Berkeley; Ed Cortez, University of Tennessee; Bruce Fulton, University of Arizona; Mikael Gunnarson, University of Borås; Vivien Petras, Humboldt University; Isabelle Sperano, Laval University; Nina Wacholder, Rutgers University

When: Sunday March 20, 2016, all day; time and location TBA

Abstract: The overall purpose of this workshop is to strengthen the existing collaboration and community among instructors and schools using The Discipline of Organizing (Glushko 2015), to promote further innovation in digital publishing, and to enhance ISchool teaching practices through experimentation with new models of collaborative courses. Details and participation protocols will be posted to

Contact: Robert J. Glushko

Workshop #2: Developing Activity Theory in Information Studies (DATIS)

Organizers: D.K.Allen, University of Leeds; Emma Forsgren, University of Borås; Stan Karanasios, RMIT University; Alistair Norman, University of Leeds; Boyka Simeonova, Loughborough University; Jyoti Mishra, Bradford University; Tom Wilson, University of Borås

When: Sunday March 20, 2016, all day; time and location TBA

Abstract: Over the last two decades the use of Activity Theory has grown within the field of information studies. However, while there is a budding community, the use and development of Activity Theory in information studies remains underdeveloped and fragmented. This community building workshop provides an opportunity to: (1) introduce information scholars to the basic conceptual premises of Activity Theory focusing on the use, development and contribution of Activity Theory; (2) provide a forum to extend the development of Activity Theory; and (3) It will also provide a networking opportunity for scholars already utilizing Activity Theory and an opportunity to discuss the contributions iSchool scholars can make to the wider Activity Theory community.

Presentation of your work is not required for attendance at the workshop, however, if you would like to present your work for discussion in the breakout sessions, provide position papers or would like to contribute to the panel session, a 500-word paper is due by March 4th. This should be emailed to for the attention of Hannah Preston with the words “iSchool Workshop” in the title. Extended versions of the best contributions will be considered for a special edition of Information Research and proceedings will be published.

Contact: D.K. Allen

Workshop #3: Information Privacy: Current and Future Research Directions

Organizers: Masooda Bashir, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Heng Xu, Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, and Program Director for Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace, National Science Foundation; April Lambert, Graduate Student, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Hsiao-Ying Huang, Graduate Student, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

When: Sunday March 20, 2016, all day; time and location TBA

Abstract: As more and more data is collected, concerns about information privacy become more and more salient. Information privacy is an inter- and multi-disciplinary subject relevant to researchers throughout the iSchools community. This full-day workshop will bring researchers together to discuss current and future research directions in information privacy and how iSchools can respond to the forthcoming National Privacy Research Strategy. Through a keynote presentation, plenary speakers, position papers, and group discussion, participants will explore current privacy research issues and their relevance to information research conducted by the iSchools community. Privacy scholars may submit position papers on their research projects and future directions to the workshop website for selection for presentation during the afternoon of the workshop. In addition to discussions of the presentations, during breakout sessions the workshop participants will seek to define new information privacy research questions for future work by iSchools scholars.

Contact: April Lambert

Morning Half-Day Events

iCommunity Session #4: Crash Course for Sociotechnical Scholars: Introductory Concepts and Approaches

Organizers: Kristin Eschenfelder, The University of Wisconsin, Madison; Stephen Voida, The University of Colorado, Boulder; Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

When: Sunday morning March 20, 2016; time and location TBA

Abstract: The 2016 Crash Course for Sociotechnical Scholars is designed for those who are new, or curious about, sociotechnical research — a tradition underlying many other iConference workshops and sub-communities. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Attendees will gain (1) knowledge of basic conceptual premises of sociotechnical scholarship; (2) an understanding of the range of methodologies possible; (3) an orientation to venues where sociotechnical research is published and disseminated; and (4) an overview of the overlapping communities of sociotechnical scholars, with a focus on opportunities to become more involved. Like previous pre-iConference Sociotech events, the crash course provides participants an introduction to the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST). CSST serves a trans-disciplinary community, connecting like-minded scholars from many different intellectual communities with interests about the mutual constitution of social and technological phenomena. Attendees are encouraged to submit a short bio and to come with questions.

Contact: Kristin Eschenfelder

Workshop #5: Analyzing Visual Data

Organizers: Jenna Hartel, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; Rebecca Noone, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

When: Sunday morning, March 20, 2016; time and location TBA

Abstract: Visual research methods are hot. In any visual research design, data collection is relatively easy compared to the complicated task of analysis. Therefore, this half-day Workshop focuses on visual data analysis. The session is intended for three audiences: 1.) Those who wish to be guided in advance through their own original visual research project that is analyzed at the Workshop; 2.) Scholars who already have a visual data set that has yet to be analyzed; and 3.) People with a general interest in visual research methods. These groups will convene at the iConference to learn and practice five visual analysis techniques, namely: compositional interpretation, content analysis, thematic analysis, pictorial metaphor analysis, and conceptual analysis. The event concludes with recommendations from an artist on ways to disseminate the results of visual research via traditional and non-traditional formats and channels. Those who identify as #1 (above) should email by January 18, 2016.

Contact: Jenna Hartel

Workshop #6: Applying continuum informatics to complex information systems problems

Organizers: Leisa Gibbons, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University; Heather Soyka, DataONE, University of New Mexico; Joanne Evans, Centre for Organisational and Community Informatics, Monash University

When: Sunday morning, March 20, 2016; time and location TBA

Abstract: This workshop introduces participants to the concepts and models of continuum informatics and how they can be used to explore the complexity of information contexts. The goal of the workshop is to explore how continuum thinking can unravel the complexities of interconnected information systems by analyzing multi-dimensional contexts and activities of people, data, information management, publishing, recordkeeping over spacetime. Utilizing the continuum models, participants will explore example scenarios in health, social and cultural heritage informatics to identify and analyze the complexities of interactions over spacetime and how this might impact on research and systemsdesign. Information issues explored via this process include: access, ownership, integrity, privacy, technology standards, data management, preservation, multiple provenance, classification, metadata, data mining, storage & migration, and authenticity.

Contact: Leisa Gibbonsl

Afternoon Half-Day Events

Workshop #7: Mapping the positive turn for information science

Organizers: Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield; Brian Griffin, University of Toronto; Jenna Hartel, University of Toronto; Robert Stebbins, University of Calgary

When: Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2016; time and location TBA

Abstract: This half-day workshop will bring together scholars, practitioners, and students from across the iSchool community to discuss current research around “positive” information phenomena, that is, non-problematical perspectives on the information experience. The session will explore a range of positive concepts recently emerged in information science, such as: well-being, happiness, leisure and positive computing. Throughout the session, our conversation will move between information science to specialties such as positive psychology, positive sociology, and the sociology of happiness; we will clarify terms, concepts and themes and ultimately generate an interdisciplinary map of positive scholarship. Participants will share their own thinking and research on these topics, map current and future research trajectories, and produce a foundation for future collaboration. In keeping with a spirit of interdisciplinarity, the event will feature a keynote by the architect of positive sociology, sociologist and leisure scholar Dr. Robert A. Stebbins. Short position papers will be solicited from all participants, and these will be circulated prior to the workshop through a simple WordPress site.

Contact: Brian Griffin

Workshop #8: The Movement of Scholarly Communication from Print to Video and Other Multimedia Formats

Organizers: Dan O’Connor and GoUn Kim, Rutgers University

When: Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2016; time and location TBA

Abstract: Today’s journal literature has a growing graphic and digital presence. As some science and medical journals now exist solely in video format, it is possible that the form of research papers will also get replaced by digital, electronic, or multimedia forms; moreover, this indicates that student work is following a similar trajectory. This workshop explores the issues related to the reasons the academy is substituting written text with multimedia presentations. A presentation by the organizers of this workshop will report on a research study involving acceptance of digital products in a U.S. university which includes data from individuals publishing in video journals. A free-form discussion among participants will explore if this transition to multimedia is redefining the meaning of scholarly information and the definition of an educated person. It is possible that iSchools could collaborate to create their own video journal similar to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).

Contact: GoUn Kim

Workshop #9: Advanced Topics in Sociotechnical Systems: Methods and Concepts of Trace Data

Organizers: Rosta Farzan, Matt Burton, Amelia Acker, Warren Allen

When: Sunday morning, March 20, 2016; time and location TBA

Abstract: This workshop will refine the methods and concepts of sociotechnical systems. Through interactive training the organizers will provide the workshop participants a mix of qualitative interpretation with quantitative, data driven approaches. The workshop will be divided into two parts. First, a conceptual grounding exercise featuring the motivations of participants in sociotechnical research, followed by small group discussions (led by organizers) about the sui generis of “traces” in our work. The second part will be four different technical breakout skills sessions about data collection, preparation, and analysis from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. This advanced methods workshop builds upon the established base of people and practices to further the impact of sociotechnical research. It is directed towards scholars with exposure to Sociotechnical Systems research and ideas as well as researchers from other domains including science and technology studies, data science, social computing, new media literacies, HCI, critical information studies, and infrastructure studies.

The organizers are setting up the webpage of which includes a link to a Google form as our submission method. Here is the link to the submission form:

Contact: Rosta Farzan

iCommunity Session #10: Digital Youth

Organizers: Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington

When: Sunday afternoon March 20, 2016; time and location TBA

Abstract: Details will be posted when available.

Contact: Karen E. Fisher

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 fee 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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