WORKSHOPS UPDATE: The dealine for workshop submissions has passed. Decisions will be announced in late October.

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. iConference Workshops 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 for a half or full day. We encourage you to submit proposals that will create common knowledge within iSchools.

Please follow the Submission Guidelines below in describing your proposal. All submissions must be in English. Submitted proposals should not exceed 750 words (not counting references). All submissions should be in PDF format, using the official iConference template.


  • Submission deadline: : end-of-day September 26, 2014, midnight PDT
  • Notification: October 27, 2014
  • Web-friendly description due: November 10, 2014
  • Final versions for proceedings due: December 15, 2014

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:

  • The conference registration fees include registration for workshops; therefore, participants will not be charged extra to attend any of the workshops at iConference 2015.
  • The conference will not provide funding support to workshop organizers for their workshop.
  • All participating organizers, presenters, and speakers are expected to register and pay to attend the iConference.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Workshop Chair and a subset of the Program Committee, and some brief but useful feedback will be provided.
  • 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). This description will be used to help us select workshops. 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.). Participants registration for workshops will be managed through the conference registration site.
  • Goals or Outcomes: Please 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 this.
  • 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

Workshops Program Committee

  • Dharma Akmon, University of Michigan
  • Warren Allen, Florida State University
  • Joshua Introne, Michigan State University
  • Lily Irani, University of California San Diego
  • Yong Ming Kow, City University of Hong Kong
  • Jian Qin, Syracuse University
  • Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University
  • Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan
  • Elizabeth Thiry, McKendree University
  • Zhan Zhang, Drexel University


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


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For general questions about iConference 2015, please contact iConference Coordinator Clark Heideger.

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