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iConference 2017 Commences in Wuhan, China


iConference 2017 commenced today with an appeal by opening keynote speaker Mike Eisenberg for information schools and professionals to enthusiastically embrace the “Science of Information” in its many forms. The first-ever iConference to be held in Asia, iConference 2017 will run through Saturday, March 25.

Eisenberg began his talk by tracing the history of information from its earliest roots, and concluded with an appeal to broaden perceptions of the scope of the field, embrace as many schools as possible, and create even more opportunities for students.

The iConference 2017 Opening Ceremony was launched with a welcome from the president of Wuhan University, this year’s local host school, and also addresses from conference co-chairs Dr. Qing Fang of the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Dr. Sam Oh of Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department. The two schools are jointly hosting the conference.

The opening ceremony also included the naming of the winner of this year’s Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. The winning paper was “An In-Depth Analysis of Tags and Controlled Metadata for Book Search.” Congratulations go out to co-authors Toine Bogersof Aalborg University Copenhagen and Vivien Petras of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The two authors share a $5,000US prize, courtesy of Microsoft, one of this year’s many sponsors. Our congratulations to them, and all of this year’s nominees.

About iConference 2017

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 begins on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is available online.

iConference 2017 sponsors include: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; MDPI; DE Gruyter; Springer Nature; CNKI; and