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iConference 2021 Announces Best Paper Finalists

6 Jan 2021 00:47 | iSchools News (Administrator)

The iConference organizers have announced the 2021 finalists for the Best Papers Awards in the Full Research Paper and Short Research Paper categories. Five finalists were selected for each research paper track, and the winners will be announced during the conference. iConference 2021 will take place online, March 17-31. Registration is now open.

UPDATE: Best Poster finalists have also been named in a separate announcement.

Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Research Paper

The best submission in the Full Research Paper category will receive the Lee Dirks Award, which includes a $1,000 prize courtesy of conference proceedings-publisher Springer and the iSchools organization. The nominees are listed below, and more detail can be found on the Awards webpage, including paper abstracts.




Data and Privacy in a Quasi-Public Space: Disney World as a Smart City

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


How Asian Women’s Intersecting Identities Impact Experiences in Introductory Computing Courses

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


Immersive Stories for Health Information: Design Considerations from Binge Drinking in VR

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


A Knowledge Representation Model for Studying Knowledge Creation, Usage, and Evolution

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


Multidisciplinary Blockchain Pedagogy and Design: A Case Study in Moving from Theory to Pedagogy to Practice

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


Best Short Research Paper

The nominees for Best Short Research Paper are listed below, and more detail can be found on the Awards webpage, including paper abstracts.




Case study on COVID-19 and archivists’ information work

Deborah A. Garwood, Drexel University; Alex H. Poole, Drexel University


Creating Farmer Worker Records for Facilitating the Provision of Government Services: A Case from Sichuan Province, China

Linqing Ma, Renmin University of China; Ruohua Han, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Development and Evaluation of a Digital Museum of a National Intangible Cultural Heritage from China

Xiao Hu, University of Hong Kong; Jeremy Tzi-Dong Ng, University of Hong Kong; Ruilun Liu, University of Hong Kong


Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Library and Information Science through Community-Based Learning

Alex Poole, Drexel University


Something New Versus Tried and True: Ensuring ‘Innovative’ AI Is ‘Good’ AI

Stephen C. Slota, University of Texas at Austin; Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Texas at Austin; Sherri R. Greenberg, University of Texas at Austin; Nitin Verma, University of Texas at Austin; Brenna Cummings, University of Texas at Austin; Lan Li, University of Texas at Austin; Chris Schenefiel, Cisco Systems


The iConference 2021 organizers and the iSchools organization congratulate all of this year’s finalists. Note that the Best Poster Award finalists have also been named in a separate announcement.


About this year’s conference

iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place online. Registration fees are the lowest in iConference history, with early rates of $260 regular, $125 student, and a special scholarship rate for students with an accepted submission. 

iConference 2021 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by Renmin University of Beijing, China. This year’s theme is Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue. Sponsors include Springer Publishing and the U.S National Science Foundation. Visit the iConference home page to learn more.



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