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Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper

Created in memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference, the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper recognizes the most exceptional completed research paper presented at the iConference each year. Papers are judged by the papers chairs, in consultation with the conference and program chairs. 

2022 Winning Paper

Title: A Brief Typology of Time: Temporal Structuring and Dissonance in Service Provision for People Experiencing Homelessness (#214)

Authors: Stephen C. Slota, University of Texas at Austin; Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Texas at Austin; Sherri R. Greenberg, University of Texas at Austin

2022 Runners up (alphabetical by title):

Title: Access to Information Two Years After an ICT4D Project in Bangladesh: New Digital Skills and Traditional Practices (#145)

Authors: Viviane Frings-Hessami, Monash University; Anindita Sarker, Monash University

Title: Facial Recognition Interaction in a University Setting: Impression, Reaction, and Decision-making (#157) 

Authors: Hengyi Fu, University of Alabama; Yao Lyu, Pennsylvania State University

Title: Identifying Machine-Paraphrased Plagiarism (#116)

Authors: Jan Philip Wahle, University of Wuppertal; Terry Ruas, University of Wuppertal; Tomáš Foltýnek, Mendel University in Brno; Norman Meuschke, University of Wuppertal; Bela Gipp, University of Wuppertal

Title: Internet access and bridging the digital divide: the crucial role of universal service obligations in telecom policy (#184)

Author: David McMenemy, University of Strathclyde

2021 Winning Paper

Title: Data and Privacy in a Quasi-Public Space: Disney World as a Smart City (#357)

Authors: Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo, University of Illinois; Yan Shvartzshnaider, New York University

2021 Runners up (alphabetical by title):

Title: How Asian Women’s Intersecting Identities Impact Experiences in Introductory Computing Courses (#382)

Authors: Mina Tari, University of Washington; Vivian Hua, University of Washington; Lauren Ng, University of Washington; Hala Annabi, University of Washington

Title: Immersive Stories for Health Information: Design Considerations from Binge Drinking in VR (#328)

Authors: Douglas Zytko, Oakland University; Zexin Ma, Oakland University; Jacob Gleason, Oakland University; Nathaniel Lundquist, Oakland University; Medina Taylor, Oakland University

Title: A Knowledge Representation Model for Studying Knowledge Creation, Usage, and Evolution (#215)

Authors: Zhentao Liang, Wuhan University; Fei Liu, Wuhan University; Jin Mao, Wuhan University; Kun Lu, University of Oklahoma

Title: Multidisciplinary Blockchain Pedagogy and Design: A Case Study in Moving from Theory to Pedagogy to Practice (#398)

Authors: Chelsea Kathleen Palmer, University of British Columbia; Christopher Rowell, University of British Columbia; Victoria L. Lemieux, University of British Columbia

2020 Winning Paper

Title: Identifying Historical Travelogues in Large Text Corpora Using Machine Learning 

Authors: Jan Rörden, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria); Doris Gruber, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Austria); Martin Krickl, Austrian National Library (Austria); Bernhard Haslhofer, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria) 

2020 Runners Up, in alphabetical order:

Title: AI Models and Their Worlds: Investigating Data-Driven, AI/ML Ecosystems Through a Work Practices Lens

Author: Christine T. Wolf, IBM Research (USA)

Title: Educating for democracy? The role of media and information literacy education for pupils in Swedish compulsory school

Authors: Hanna Carlsson, Linneaus University (Sweden); Olof Sundin, Lund University (Sweden)

Title:“In the beginning, it was little whispers…now, we’re almost a roar”: Conceptualizing a model for community and self in LGBTQ+ health information practices

Authors: Vanessa L. Kitzie, University of South Carolina (USA); Travis L. Wagner, University of South Carolina (USA); A. Nick Vera, University of South Carolina (USA)

Title: Trolling Trump

Author: Pnina Fichman, Indiana University - Bloomington (USA)

2019 Winning Paper

Title: Understanding the Role of Privacy and Trust in Intelligent Personal Assistant Adoption 

Authors: Yun Huang, Qunfang Wu, Syracuse University (USA)

2019 Runners Up, in alphabetical order

Title: Algorithmic Management and Algorithmic Competencies: Understanding and Appropriating Algorithms in Gig work 

Authors: Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Will Sutherland, University of Washington 

Title: Documenting the Undocumented: Privacy and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Work with Irregular Migrants

Authors: Sara Vannini, University of Washington; Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington; Bryce Clayton Newell, University of Kentucky

Title: The Innovation Ecology: Collaborative Information, Community Support, and Policy in A Creative Technology Community

Authors: Guo Freeman, Clemson University; Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University; Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University; Nathan J McNeese, Clemson University

Title: Understanding Change in a Dynamic Complex Digital Object: Reading Categories of Change out of Patch Notes Documents

Authors: Ayse Gursoy, University of Texas at Austin; Karen M. Wickett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Melanie Feinberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2018 Winning Paper

Title: Understanding Interactions Between Municipal Police Departments and the Public on Twitter
Authors: Yun Huang, Qunfang Wu, Syracuse University (USA)

2018 Runners Up, in alphabetical order

Title: Giveme5W: Main Event Retrieval from News Articles by Extraction of the Five Journalistic W Questions
Authors: Felix Hamborg, Sören Lachnit, Moritz Schubotz, Thomas Hepp, Bela Gipp,
University of Konstanz (Germany)

Title: How to Assess Cloud Service Contracts? A Checklist for Trustworthy Records in the Cloud
Authors: Marie Demoulin, Universite de Montreal (Canada); Jessica Bushey, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Germany); Robert McLelland, no affiliation (Canada)

Title: Privacy Attitudes and Data Valuation Among Fitness Tracker Users
Authors: Jessica Vitak, Yuting Liao, Priya Kumar, University of Maryland (USA); Michael Zimmer, Katie C. Kritikos, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA)

Title: Reckoning With: Information Use and Engaging With Strategic Decisions in High Tech Work
Author: Christine T. Wolf, University of California, Irvine, IBM Research (USA)

2017 Winning Paper
Title: An In-Depth Analysis of Tags and Controlled Metadata for Book Search
Authors: Toine Bogers, Aalborg University Copenhagen; Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
This paper will be made available in our official proceedings.

2017 Runners Up, in alphabetical order
Title: Let’s Workout! Exploring Social Exercise in an Online Fitness Community
Authors: Li Zeng, University of Washington; Zack W. Almquist, University of Minnesota; Emma S. Spiro, University of Washington

Title: Location Matters: Geospatial Policy Analytics over Time For Household Hazardous Waste Collection in California
Authors: Kustini Lim-Wavde, Robert J. Kauffman, Tin Seong Kam, Singapore Management University; Gregory S. Dawson, Arizona State University

Title: Re-intermediation in the Fashion Industry: A Qualitative Study on Brokers in the Dongdae-mun Fashion District
Authors: Min-Joon Kim, Nuri Na, Joong-Seek Lee, Seoul National University

Title: Writing to Persuade: Analysis and Detection of Persuasive Discourse
Authors: Taraneh Khazaei, University of Western Ontario; Lu Xiao, Syracuse University; Robert Mercer, University of Western Ontario

2016 Winning Paper
Title: “The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements”
Authors: Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, Melissa Mazmanian, University of California, Irvine
Click here to access this paper in our official proceedings.

2016 Runners Up, in alphabetical order
Title: (In)visible Cities: An Exploration of Social Identity, Anonymity and Location-Based Filtering on Yik Yak
Authors: Matthew Heston, Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University

Title: iSchools, Legitimacy, and the Contribution of Archival Studies to the iSchool Movement
Author: Gregory Leazer, University of California, Los Angeles

Title: Noisy Candidates and Informative Politicians: Analyzing Changes in Tweet Behavior using Tweet Quality Assessment Framework
Authors: Sikana Tanupabrungsun, Jeff Hemsley, Bryan Semaan, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University

Title: Synopsizing “Literature Review” for Scientific Publications
Authors: Lin Zhang, Dalian Maritime University; Xiaozhong Liu, Indiana University Bloomington

2015 Winning Paper
Title: ” ‘She said yes’ – Liminality and Engagement Announcements on Twitter.”
Authors: Munmun De Choudhury, Georgia Tech; Michael Massimi, Microsoft Research.
Click here to access this paper in our official proceedings.

2015 Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Designing a Mobile Crowdsourcing System for Campus Safety
Authors: Elliot Tan, Princeton University; Huichuan Xia, Cheng Ji, Ritu Virendra Joshi and Yun Huang, Syracuse University

Title: Motherhood and Social Networking Sites: How do sociocultural contexts and technological factors affect Korean mothers’ KakaoStory use?
Authors: Jinyoung Kim, Myeong Lee, and Chiyoung Oh, University of Maryland

Title: Online Media Forums as Separate Social Lives: A Qualitative Study of Disclosure Within and Beyond Reddit
Authors: Martin Shelton, Katherine Lo, and Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine

Title: Use and Adoption Challenges of Wearable Activity Trackers
Authors: Patrick C. Shih, Kyungsik Han, Erika Shehan Poole, Mary Beth Rosson, and John M. Carroll, The Pennsylvania State University

2014 Winning Paper: Developing Design Interventions for Cyberbullying: A Narrative-Based Participatory Approach?

Authors: Leanne Bowler, University of Pittsburgh; Eleanor Mattern, University of Pittsburgh; Cory Knobel, University of California, Irvine

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2013 Winning Paper: Cooperative Visualization: A Design Case?

Author: Nathan Prestopnik, Syracuse University

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The Lee Dirks Award was funded by a Microsoft Research grant from 2013 through 2018, and the iSchools organization is grateful to Microsoft for initiating this program. Emerald Publishing sponsored the award in 2019. Since 2020, the award has been funded by Springer Publishing. 




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