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iConference 2018 Commences in Sheffield


iConference 2018 is underway. 466 delegates have gathered in Sheffield, UK for our 13th annual gathering of information scholars and researchers.

The iConference officially began Sunday, March 25, with 10 thought-provoking workshops. This was followed by an opening reception in Sheffield’s Winter Garden, a dramatic tropical garden housed in a modern structure of curved wood and glass.

The official opening plenary took place Monday morning, March 26, with welcome statements from joint conference hosts University of Sheffield and Northumbria University, followed by a keynote address by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC Research. Connaway’s talk, based on an ongoing project and interviews, explored how individuals at different age levels engage with technology and get their information. More information on Connaway’s presentation will be made available on the conference website in the near future.

In addition, Galen Panger of the University of California, Irvine, was formally recognized as the winner of the iSchools 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Emotion in Social Media.” Panger’s work was judged the best dissertation to come out of a member iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Paul Cleverley of Robert Gordon University, recognized for his work, “Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: Towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes.” Click here for more on the Doctoral Dissertation Award, including links to this year’s winning dissertations.

Also honored at the opening plenary was the winner of the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. That honor went to Yun Huang and Qunfang Wu of Syracuse University, for their paper, “Understanding Interactions Between Municipal Police Departments and the Public on Twitter.” This is the second time in the 6-year history of the Award that the winning paper has originated at the Syracuse iSchool. The Award is sponsored by Microsoft, and was presented this year by Susan Dumais of Microsoft Research; it honors the memory of Lee Dirks, a long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Click here for more on this year’s winner and runners up.

More information will be posted to the conference website as the 2018 program unfolds. Host iSchools Sheffield and Northumbria, along with iSchools Inc, thank everyone for their participation.