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  • 28 Feb 2020 00:35 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Today the organizers of iConference 2020 posted detailed presentation guidelines specific to all conference tracks. Authors and session organizers can use these guidelines to begin planning their conference presentations. Visit our Presentation Guidelines page for full details.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. This year’s theme is Sustainable Digital Communities. As always, participants can visit the conference home page for the latest program updates.

    iConference 2020 is a presentation of the iSchools and is hosted by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science. Sponsors include the City of Borås, Monash University, and Springer.

  • 19 Feb 2020 00:05 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    This is the third and final installment in our series on iConference 2020 keynote speakers, this time focusing on Professor Lorna M. Hughes. Hughes will speak at our opening plenary on Tuesday, March 24. More can be found on our keynote speaker webpage.

    Hughes is Professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow, where she is based in the Information Studies Subject area. Her research addresses the creation of digital cultural heritage, and the use and re-use of digital collections for research, teaching, and public engagement. She has a specific interest in the conceptualisation, development, implementation and categorisation of digital methods in the humanities, and the collaborations between the humanities and scientific disciplines that drive this agenda.

    Hughes has worked in digital humanities, and on the development of hybrid digital collections based on material culture held by memory institutions, at a number of organisations in the USA and UK. 

    She has had leading roles – as Primary Investigator, or co-Investigator – on over 20 funded research projects, including the EPSRC-AHRC Scottish National Heritage Partnership. From 2011-2014, while based at the National Library of Wales, she led the development of ‘The Welsh Experience of the First World War’ (cymru1914.org), a digital archive of resources related to the First World War in Wales, including 200,000 pages of archives. The project was based at the National Library of Wales, and funded by a Jisc Mass Digitisation grant. It was a collaboration between all special collections and archives in HEIs in Wales, the BBC Wales Archive, and four local archives, and it also included community generated content. 

    Hughes’ presentation is titled, Co-creating digital cultural heritage: unlocking historic archives and records through new approaches to digitization. This is how she describes it: "Mass digitisation of historic collections in archives, museums, libraries and universities has created a considerable volume of data for research across the disciplines, and opened up new lines of enquiry. Increasingly, community generated digital content can amplify and augment the ‘official’ digital collections, and open up previously hidden histories and encourage greater public engagement with the past. These collections have been developed through processes of co-creation, and they demonstrate how digitisation can enable our archives to expand beyond the physical boundaries of the repository, dissolving the physical boundaries which previously marked official from non-official, and creator from user. This approach highlights a fundamental shift in the material nature and location of the archive that is facilitated by the digital environment. This presentation will discuss examples of co-creation, and the digital affordances that enable it."

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. More information about all of this year’s keynote speakers can be found on the conference website. Click here for registration details.

    iConference 2020 is a presentation of the iSchools and is hosted by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science. Sponsors include the City of Borås, Monash University, and Springer.

  • 18 Feb 2020 20:27 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Baltjc-Adriatic Summer School on Digital Humanities (Bal-Adria) will be held in Zadar, Croatia from 15 to 19 June, 2020. This is the second year of this collaboration of countries surrounding the Baltic Sea and the Adriatic Sea, and serves to help connect scholarly thinking in Northern and Southern Europe.

    Bal-Adria will take place on the campus of the University of Zadar. It is a joint effort of the iInstitute, the iSchool at Linnaeus University, Sweden, and the Department of Information Sciences, University of Zadar. This year’s program is focused on two tracks: digital humanities research tools and fundamentals of programming for digital humanities.

    Details, including schedule and registration information, can be found on the Bal-Adria website.

  • 17 Feb 2020 18:04 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iConference 2020 standard registration period runs through Monday, Feb. 17. Late rates go into effect thereafter. Register now, if you have not already done so, to secure the lower rate. Standard rates remain in effect on Feb. 17 until 11:59 pm, IDLW (GMT –12).

    iConference 2020 will take place March 23 – 26 in Borås, Sweden. iConference 2020 is a presentation of the iSchools and is hosted by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science. Sponsors include the City of Borås, Monash University, and Springer. Click here for registration information.

  • 13 Feb 2020 18:32 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    With this second installment in our series on iConference 2020 keynote speakers, we focus on Prof. Jussi Karlgren, whose talk will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, March 25. Standard conference registration rates are in effect through Feb. 17, after which time late rates go into effect.

    Karlgren is a principal research scientist at Spotify and one of the founding partners of the text analysis company Gavagai. He has worked with language technology and interaction with information since 1987. His main research interest is on how to design a learning knowledge representation to handle the continuously changing form and content of human information and to meet the broad variety of human information needs an information system meets with, including entertainment and diversion. He believes human language to be very well designed representation and that technology to handle it should embrace its characteristics instead of viewing them as problems. Karlgren has worked on stylistic variation and genres in language and on large scale semantic spaces for application e.g. to sentiment analysis.

    Karlgren’s presentation is titled Information Access for Evolving Media Usage. "The media usage habits of the population at large change, which has effects for the educational system, for memory institutions, for the media industry, and therefore for those of us who develop technology for information access,” he tells us. “Many of the current changes are easy to observe through introspection or through observing how people in our vicinity consume media and information: people read text on screens; watch lectures and educational material in video clips; listen to literary material and to short written texts superimposed on brief video clips to their near and dear; and stream music and movies instead of purchasing physical objects to place in shelves in their homes.

    “There are very obvious challenges for technology having to do with how we make documents and their content accessible for search and exploration across media types, and we do not quite know what effects today's changes have on tomorrow’s media usage.

    "This talk will give some examples, based in part on experiences from Spotify, a large music and podcast streaming service, and discuss one of the less obvious challenges: how to evaluate and validate new technology solutions. We know how to measure quality for systems designed to fulfil expressly formulated known information needs, but how can we measure quality of a system designed to entertain and delight? How can we assess the usefulness of systems for digital scholars? And what are the underlying assumptions that have governed the make-up of the experimental benchmarking of today's information systems?" 

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. More information about this year’s keynote speakers can be found on the conference website. Click here for registration details; standard registration rates are in effect through Feb. 17, after which time late rates go into effect.

    iConference 2020 is a presentation of the iSchools and is hosted by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science. Sponsors include the City of Borås, Monash University, and Springer.

  • 12 Feb 2020 05:32 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The University of British Columbia iSchool has a new name. Formerly the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) in the Faculty of Arts, the school has officially changed its name to School of Information, (or iSchool, informally).

    According to an announcement posted to the school’s website, the change in names is “the logical conclusion of more than a decade of evolution of the School’s scope and orientation, mirroring broader changes within the disciplinary areas of library, archival and information studies.

    The UBC iSchool is a member of the iSchools at the iCaucus level, showing the highest possible level of support for the organization. UBC joined the iSchools in 2011.

    Read the full announcement on the UBC iSchool website.

  • 10 Feb 2020 21:21 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Since the adoption of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May of 2018, European iSchools have been developing processes for complying with the Regulation’s privacy requirements. The iSchools organization has now posted a white paper that examines the subject and its impacts on research. This white paper is now available to iSchools members and others with interest in the subject.

    Titled GDPR compliant research at iSchools in the European Region, the white paper was written by Melanie Rügenhagen of Berlin’s Humboldt University and iSchools Executive Director Michael Seadle. Based on a survey of European member-iSchools, the white paper gives an overview of how these schools and their universities are addressing GDPR.

    GDPR is complex and allows European countries to specify their own measures regarding data protection. As a result, final regulations can depend on local decisions to a degree. The white paper should not be considered legal advice nor a discourse on the law. Instead, it is a step toward unfolding how particular schools in Europe cope with the GDPR when it comes to research.

    GDPR compliant research at iSchools in the European Region is available free-of-charge in the iSchools website’s Resources section.

  • 10 Feb 2020 19:26 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Amid worldwide concern about the COVID-19 outbreak, the iConference 2020 hosts are monitoring developments and following the recommendations of the Swedish State and Public Health Authorities. iConference 2020 will take place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden, and the conference hosts will continue seeking the input of these authorities during the remaining six weeks leading to the conference.

    Conference participants are advised to follow travel recommendations issued by authorities in their respective countries. There are currently travel restrictions in some affected areas, and these may not be lifted in time for the conference. In light of this, the organizers are exploring the possibility of enabling virtual presentation by participants in affected areas. These remote presentations would be in keeping with the conference mission of promoting knowledge-exchange on a world-wide basis. More on this will be posted to the conference website as planning develops.

    In the meantime, the conference organizers look forward to hosting participants next month. They will continue to monitor the situation, and all delegates will be promptly informed if any significant changes become necessary. The conference hosts and the iSchools organization wish the very best for all our colleagues in affected areas around the world.

  • 7 Feb 2020 00:02 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies (UPSLIS) has proudly introduced its new Dean, Prof. Mary Grace P. Golfo-Barcelona. 

    According to the school, Prof. Golfo-Barcelona personifies the interdisciplinarity inherent within the information professions. With her BLS and MLIS degrees from UP SLIS she represents the traditions and values of a Scholar ng Bayan, Scholar para sa Bayan (Scholar of the People, Scholar for the People). The subsequent development of her career as a librarian in various academic institutions and as records manager and archivist in the government sector has shaped the way she looks at information across competing applications, priorities, and paradigms of access. Her ongoing PhD in Anthropology and completed MA in Archival Studies (History) from the University of Manitoba broadens and reshapes her professional practice. This foundation coupled with a multi-faceted professional background makes her an archetype of the modern information professional, ever responsive to the continually changing needs and priorities of communities driven by technology, history, and culture.

    Prof. Golfo-Barcelona succeeds Prof. Kathleen Lourdes B. Obille whose 6-year tenure saw the declaration of the School as the sole CHED Center of Excellence in Library and Information Studies, becoming a member of the iSchools, as well as re-established ties in South East Asia and the larger international stage.

  • 6 Feb 2020 21:40 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The City of Borås, Sweden, is sponsoring a free guided walking-tour of art installations from its biannual art festival No Limit Borås. The one-hour tour will take place 1:30-2:30 pm the afternoon of Thursday, March 26, immediately following the conclusion of the conference. 

    This Street Art tour is free of charge to iConference 2020 participants. Interested parties must sign up for the tour on our guided tour webpage.

    This is one of the many excursions being offered to iConference 2020 participants. Some, like the Street Art Walk, are free of charge. Others have a nominal fee. 

    Additional excursions include:

    • A visit to the medieval Torpa Castle, where participants will experience the glassblowers work at Glasets Hus / The House of Glass. Friday, March 27.
    • A visit to the 18th Century Gunnebo House estate, and an opportunity to take in the gorgeous Swedish west coast on the picturesque island of Tjörn. Saturday, March 28.
    • A day-tour of various Gothenburg libraries, including the University of Gothenburg Library and Chalmers University of Technology Library, as well as sight-seeing in the coastal town of Gothenburg (approximately one hour from Borås). Friday, March 27.
    • A visit to the University of Borås library, just minutes from the conference venue. (Date TBA)
    • A guided tour of Abecita Museum of Modern Art, which is located in an industrial estate about 10 minutes from the conference venue. The museum includes more than 500 works of photography and graphic art by internationally acclaimed artists such as Warhol, Rauschenberg, Bourgeois, Hockney, Hamilton, Bacon and Dine, as well as Scandinavian artists and photographers. Thursday, March 26.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. Click here to register. More information about excursions in-and-around the host-city of Borås can be found on the guided tour webpage. iConference 2020 is a presentation of the iSchools and is hosted this year by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science. Sponsors include the City of Borås and Monash University.

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