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  • 4 Oct 2021 16:30 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools organization announces the hiring of Katharina Toeppe in the newly created role of Program Manager. Toeppe will support the organization in the implementation of numerous new programs and projects that are being developed for the benefit of the organization’s membership.

    This new hire comes as the organization seeks to expand the resources it offers to members, and broaden its support for education- and research-related events and training programs. Examples of these new programs include the iSchools Global Research Database (launching this coming winter with support from the Mellon Foundation) as well as the organization’s new Information Integrity Academy (details coming soon).

    Katharina Toeppe joins an iSchools staff consisting of Executive Director Michael Seadle, Business Manager Slava Sterzer, Communications Director Clark Heideger, and Social Media Specialist Cynthia Ding. The team can be contacted via staff@ischools-inc.org.

  • 29 Sep 2021 05:18 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The organizers of iConference 2022 have announced that the second and final submission deadline will be proactively extended to Oct. 18, 2021. This allows scholars more time to propose an interactive session, submit a research poster, and apply to any of our mentoring sessions specially tailored for doctoral studentsmaster’s and undergraduate students, and early career faculty.

    Meanwhile, research papers are in review, with decisions to be announced in November. Conference registration will open at that time.

    iConference 2022 will take place online, Feb. 28 to March 4. This truly global event is collectively hosted by Kyushu University (Japan), the University of Texas at Austin (USA), and University College Dublin (Ireland). The conference theme is Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future.

  • 28 Sep 2021 20:26 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Are you a master’s or undergraduate seeking guidance on your studies and career? The iConference Student Symposia provide unique opportunities for students to share their work with senior academics and receive invaluable mentoring. This is an unprecedented opportunity to boost your future career path! Participants must apply and be accepted in advance to take part, and the application deadline has been extended to Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

    This year’s plans call for several Student Symposia events, each specially tailored to suit the needs of students in the iSchools primary regions of North America, Asia/Pacific and Europe; students in other regions will also be accommodated and are encouraged to apply.

    The Student Symposia take place during iConference 2022, Feb. 28 – Mar. 4. Application instructions are found on the Student Symposia webpage; be sure to submit your application by Oct. 18!

  • 27 Sep 2021 17:59 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative takes place Oct. 4 - 15, 2021. A project of ASIS&T, DCMI supports innovation in metadata design and best practices. This year's program features virtual, invited and moderated sessions including keynotes, best practice sessions, expert panel discussions, invited talks, tutorials, and student and member forums.

    DCMI's 2021 theme is Metadata Innovation. The keynote speakers are Eero Hyvönen, director of Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities, and Dan Brickley, best known for his work on Web standards in the W3C community.

    Visit the DCMI website for details. 

  • 22 Sep 2021 22:22 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    UPDATED 28 SEP, 2021: The second and final deadline for iConference 2022 submissions has been extened to Oct. 18, 2021. There is still time to propose an interactive session, submit a research poster, and apply to any of our mentoring sessions specially tailored for doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students, as well as early career faculty. Act now!

    iConference 2022 will take place online, Feb. 28 to March 4. This truly global event is collectively hosted by The University of Texas at Austin (USA), University College Dublin (Ireland) and Kyushu University (Japan). The conference theme is Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future.

    iConference 2022 comes at a unique point in history. As we look forward to building our post-COVID-19 realities, the conference can be a forum for shaping a better world. How can information help us pay closer attention to justice, equity, sustainability, and empowerment of the most vulnerable members of our societies? What should our institutions – government, the private sector, civil society – look like for the betterment of all? How can our workplaces, schools, universities, research labs, libraries, museums, and other institutions and organizations, physical and virtual, be constituted collectively so that we can build a better world? 

    The following submissions and applications are due Oct. 18:

    Interactive Events: We’re seeking proposals for workshops, panel discussions, hackathons or any collectively engaging group event. Impress us with your proposal! This is an unprecedented opportunity to directly engage with scholars and researchers from throughout the global information community. MORE

    Posters: This year we are elevating the impact of posters by spotlighting each of them, one at a time, in featured global sessions. Students and faculty are invited to present their research to the global community in this new and dynamic format. MORE

    Doctoral Colloquium: An anchor of the iConference since its inception 16 years ago, our doctoral colloquium is an unprecedented opportunity for doctoral candidates to refine their research approach and prepare for their careers. Accepted applicants will participate with a cohort of peers, presenting their work and engaging with helpful mentors. MORE

    Early Career Colloquium: Specially targeted at assistant professors, early career researchers, postdoc fellows and the like within five years of completing their doctoral degree, this program provides thoughtful feedback on the plans and aspirations of accepted applicants, and career guidance from senior faculty on how best to move forward. MORE

    Student Symposium: Are you a master’s or undergraduate student looking for feedback on making your work stand out? Our student symposium is a unique opportunity for accepted applicants to showcase their research in a friendly setting of peers and invited senior researchers. MORE

    Important Links

    Conference Home: https://ischools.org/iConference

    Submission Site: https://www.conftool.com/iconference2022/ 

    iConference 2022 is a presentation of the iSchools organization: www.ischools.org

  • 22 Sep 2021 19:15 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools welcome Jeonbuk National University (JBNU) to the organization’s worldwide membership. The JBNU iSchool spans two departments, the Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) and Department of Records and Archives Management (RAM). It is one of seven iSchools members in Korea. There are now 123 institutions in the iSchools membership.

    JBNU LIS was established in 1979 and now offers a bachelor's program, three master's programs, and a doctoral program; the department is headed by Soojung Kim. The RAM was established in 2012 and provides master's and doctoral programs; its leader is Geun Kim. Combined, the JBNU iSchool currently has 12 doctoral students, 82 master’s students and 150 undergraduates.

    In applying for membership, the JBNU noted that many of their faculty have degrees from and/or have worked at established and well-respected iSchools, including the University of Maryland, University of California at Los Angeles, University of North Texas, and the University of South Florida. Having already experienced the benefits of being part of the iSchool network, and those faculty members expressed an eagerness to share those benefits with other JBNU faculty members. JBNU has joined the iSchools organization at the Basic level.

    The iSchools organization was founded almost two decades ago. The iSchools educate thought-leaders of the future, and their researchers focus on enhancing the lives of people, the productivity of companies, the innovation cycles of industries, the design of technologies, the policies that govern technology and information use, information services to communities, and much more.

  • 11 Sep 2021 18:49 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The organizers of iConference 2022 have proactively announced a two-day deadline extension for Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers. The new deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. All research papers are due end-of-day, 23:59 SST (GMT-11). This extension is being made proactively due to an unprecedented number of author-requests related to COVID and other factors, as noted on the iConference home page:

    Under ordinary circumstances the iSchools do not grant extensions for submitting papers, but COVID and other factors have made this an extraordinary time. Many people have asked us for an extension and many good colleagues are working under considerable stress to get a paper done by Monday. The iSchools have decided to grant an automatic two-day extension for full and short research papers until the end of Wednesday Sept. 15, 23:59 Pacific Midway (SST, GMT -11) for the good of the whole community.

    This change to the papers deadline does not impact other tracks. The deadline for all other iConference 2022 tracks remains Oct. 4, 2021. This includes PostersInteractive EventsDoctoral ColloquiaEarly Career Colloquia, and Student Symposia. iConference 2022 will take place online, Feb. 28 to March 4.

  • 6 Sep 2021 19:31 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    UPDATE: The iConference 2022 research papers deadline has moved to Wednesday, Sept. 15. Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers are due end-of-day Wednesday at 23:59 SST, which is GMT -11; consult the World Clock or other resource to determine what this corresponds to in your time zone. All papers must be fully anonymized and conform to the Springer LNCS template; see our Author Instructions page for details. Submissions are made on our ConfTool submission platform.

    The Full Research Paper deemed to be the best in the eyes of the papers chairs and organizers will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and a cash prize of $1,000 courtesy of the iSchools and Springer. All papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science

    After the updated Sept. 15 papers deadline has passed, the deadline for all remaining iConference tracks is Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. This includes Posters, Interactive Events, Doctoral Colloquia, Early Career Colloquia, and Student Symposia. iConference 2022 will take place online, Feb. 28 to March 4.

  • 5 Sep 2021 20:32 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Elsevier publication Information Processing and Management is preparing a special issue that will report on cutting edge interdisciplinary research at the intersection between intelligent technology and healthcare across the lifespan. The editors are seeking interdisciplinary submissions, featuring collaborations from researchers in computer science/engineering, health sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields such as information science and data science. Visit the special issue’s online call for papers for full details.

    Guest editors for this special issue include Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh; Bo Xie, University of Texas at Austin; Rita Orji, Dalhousie University; and Khin Than Win, University of Wollongong. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2022.

  • 3 Sep 2021 03:32 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Singapore-based information scholars Steven M. Miller and Thomas H. Davenport have authored an analysis of the future of Artificial Intelligence, based on findings from the MIT Task Force’s Work of the Future Report, and also on 30 smart-machine related case studies the authors conducted as research for their forthcoming book.

    Titled Artificial Intelligence and Work: Two perspectives, the article is a critical examination of major findings from the MIT report. The article is published in AI Singapore, which is a product of Singapore’s National Research Foundation. The article is available for viewing here.

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