iConference Poster Finalists Announced

 

The iConference 2019 organizers have announced the finalists for this year’s best poster competition. The five finalists were selected from among the conference’s 92 abstracts that were accepted for presentation.

Above: Poster Presentatoin from 2018

iConference posters are an opportunity for present and future thought-leaders to display and discuss their research with key members of the information community in attendance at the iConference. The presentations of the five 2019 finalists will be judged during the conference poster session on Tuesday, April 2, and the overall winner will be recognized during the conference’s third and final plenary session Wednesday morning.

The 2019 best poster finalists are listed here alphabetically, by title:

Title: Algorithmic Accountability in Surveillance Regulation
Authors: Meg Young, Michael Katell, Peter M. Krafft, University of Washington

Title: Decision-making processes for e-book products: mixture of institutional and rational actions
Author: Mei Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title: The Economic Value of Personal Information Under the Situation of Information Leakage
Author: Shengli Deng, Haiping Zhao, Wuhan University; Yong Liu, Aalto University School of Business Finland

Title: Leaving No One Behind: Preparing China’s Public Librarians for Providing Multicultural Services to Ethnic Minorities
Author: Lihong Zhou, Cheng Cui, Wuhan University; Tim Zijlstra, University of Derby

Title: Towards a Domain Ontology for Data Assemblages
Author: Ceilyn Boyd, Simmons University

iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC under the banner theme “Inform | Include | Inspire.” The conference poster session will take place Tuesday, April 2, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

iConference 2019 papers finalists will be announced in the near future. All finalists will be found on our conference Awards Webpage. All accepted poster abstracts from iConference 2019 will be published in the IDEALS open repository.

Registration for iConference 2019 is open, with standard rates available through Feb. 25; late fees apply thereafter.

iConference 2019 is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with the Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsors include the Computing Research Association, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier, MDPI, ALISE, NVivo, University of British Columbia, University of Pittsburgh, University of Kentucky, National Taiwan University, and Springer.

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 iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking.

 

UMD iSchool theorist calls for research that is actionable rather than purely curiosity-driven

 

Human-computer interaction theorist Dr. Ben Shneiderman of the UMD College of Information Studies’ HCIL research lab is shaking up the research world by questioning the value of curiosity-driven research conducted in laboratories. “[In] our knowledge-rich, information-overloaded world, new models are needed…” he says.

With his Twin-Win Model of research, Dr. Schneiderman challenges the value of research that solely creates new knowledge. The Twin-Win Model contends that in this day and age, for new research to be impactful, it must be tied to actionable insights that can lead to societal benefits.

According to a recent UMD story written by Mia K. Hinckle, the Twin-Win Model theory is controversial as many researchers actively reject collaborations with businesses with the fear that it will taint the validity of their research or damage their academic credibility. However, Dr. Schneiderman argues that interdisciplinary ideas are not sufficient to achieve the goal of high research impact—that research must solve authentic, real-world problems and that partnerships with businesses or organizations provide a forum to identify these problems, test research, and disseminate actionable solutions.

Click here for more of this story on the UMD iSchool website.

 

Drexel iSchool receives CAHIIM accreditation for Master of Science in Health Informatics Program

 

The College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University is pleased to announce that its Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree program was granted full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organization whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality Accreditation Standards for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIM) educational programs.

With this accreditation, Drexel’s MSHI program is ensured to meet the rigorous academic standards set forth by CAHIIM, and is the first CAHIIM-accredited health informatics program in the Greater Philadelphia area. Students who graduate from CCI’s CAHIIM-accredited program are eligible to sit for professional certification exams including Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) offered by AHIMA.

“With recognition from the top accrediting body in health informatics and information management education, our MS in Health Informatics program is recognized among the best programs in the nation,” said Professor and MSHI Program Director Christopher C. Yang, PhD. “Our interdisciplinary curriculum, led by a world-class faculty, is helping health and computing professionals to advance their knowledge in the health IT field and achieve their career goals.”

Click here for more on this story on the Drexel website.

 

Singapore AI expert named IEEE Fellow

 

Associate Professor Steven Hoi from the School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University (SMU) has been elevated to IEEE Fellow with effect from 1 January 2019. He is being recognised for his contributions to machine learning for multimedia information retrieval and scalable data analytics.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

“I am honoured and greatly humbled to be elevated to IEEE Fellow,”Prof Hoi said “I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to all my collaborators and students for their valuable support and contributions to my professional career, and to SMU for providing a dynamic and supportive research environment that has enabled me to undertake machine learning and artificial intelligence research in Singapore.”

Prof Hoi’s research contributions cover both fundamental research on machine learning methodology, and practical machine learning research for a wide range of real-world application domains in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, including multimedia information retrieval, computer vision and pattern recognition, scalable data analytics, web search and mining, social media, computational finance, cybersecurity intelligence, and healthcare intelligence for smart nation.

Click here for the full story on the SMU website.

 

UMD iSchool offers special participatory events immediately following iConference 2019

 

iConference 2019 host University of Maryland is holding a series of workshops and related events immediately following the conference. iConference 2019 attendees may want to extend their stay in Washington DC to take advantage of these thought-provoking opportunities.

More information and sign up instruction on these post-conference events can be found below. Please note that the sign-up process for these events is separate from iConference registration; these post-conference events do not appear in iConference 2019 registration sign-up.

Developing a Computational Framework for Library and Archival Education
April 3 – 4, 2019

UMD researchers and partners will hold an IMLS-funded workshop to create the building blocks of a Master’s level educational curriculum to educate the next generation of librarians and archivists in the computational treatments of collections. The 2-day workshop will be held on Wednesday afternoon on campus and Thursday in Washington D.C. at the National Museum of Natural History on the Mall. Project outputs will include a framework for creating curricula and lesson plans, open access tools for institutions to deliver this type of educational program, and a community development plan to seed future collaboration in this area.

UMD seeks the participation of interested iSchool educators and researchers and a short statement of interest as the Workshop has limited seating and is by invitation. UMD will reach back out to prospective participants after they have submitted this application form. Registration is free.

Human-Computer Interaction Lab 36th Annual Symposium
April 4th, 2019

The Human-Computer Interaction Lab at UMD has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. The HCIL Symposium will be held on Thursday April 4th, immediately following iConference. It will feature workshops, demos, tutorials and more. Click here for details on the HCIL website.

Disability Summit 2019
April 5, 2019

The 3rd Biennial University of Maryland Disability Summit will take place on Friday, April 5th, 2019. All panels and presentations will take place in McKeldin Library on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Registration is free. Click here for more information

We encourage iConference 2019 attendees to look into these offerings before finalizing their iConference travel and lodging plans; you might want to extend your stay!

About the iConference
iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC under the banner theme “Inform | Include | Inspire.” The event is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsors include the Computing Research Association, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier and MDPI. The iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation.

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. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking. Click here for details on all of our past conferences, including full proceedings and conference summaries.

 

US Librarian of Congress to speak at iConference 2019

 

The organizers of iConference 2019 are pleased to announce that Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has agreed to speak at our upcoming conference. Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library. Her keynote address is a welcome and appropriate addition to the Washington DC-based event.

With the announcement of Hayden’s keynote address, the iConference slate of speakers is now complete. In addition to Hayden, conference delegates will hear from Kentaro Toyama of Microsoft Research India, and Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.

We encourage everyone to finalize their plans to attend iConference 2019. Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through January 18, 2019. A limited supply of specially priced rooms are available at the conference hotel; lodging details can be found on our venue page, along with additional information about travel and visas.

About Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
Carla Hayden’s undergraduate studies took place at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and she earned her a master’s and doctorate from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School. She began her library career at the Chicago Public Library, and then moved on to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Following this, she became CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland from 1993 until 2016. She also served president of the American Library Association (ALA) in 2003 and 2004. Hayden was nominated to the Librarian of Congress position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016; her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13, and she was sworn in on September 14, 2016.

Visit the iConference keynote page for more about Carla Hayden and the rest of our 2019 speakers.

About the iConference
iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC under the banner theme “Inform | Include | Inspire.” The event is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsors include the Computing Research Association, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier and MDPI. The iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation.

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. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking. Click here for details on all of our past conferences, including full proceedings and conference summaries.

 

Scholarly journal “Libri” launches student research paper contest

 

Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies has issued a call for “Best Student Research Paper of 2019.” Masters and PhD students are invited to submit. The winning paper will be published in the 2019:4 issue, and the author will receive an award of 500.00 €, as well as a complimentary subscription to Libri for 2020.

A publication of De Gruyter, Libri has been in continuous publication since 1950. The 2019 student paper competition supports its goal of delivering the high quality articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals.

Submitted papers should be approximately 5,000 to 7,000 words, in English. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2019. Author instructions and submission information are available on the Libri website.

If the quality of competition warrants, additional papers may be designated as honourable mention, and those authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2020. All winners will receive access to e-prints of their winning submission.

 

Latest issue of “Information & Culture: A Journal of History” published by UT Press

 

A special double issue of Information & Culture: A Journal of History has been released. An academic journal printed three times a year by the University of Texas Press, the publication features peer reviewed articles on topics related to the history of information.

Sample content includes:

  • Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America
  • Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing
  • The Weather Privateers: Meteorology and Commercial Satellite Data
    ions: The Role of Information during the Formative Years of the English East India Company (1600–1623)
  • Codebooks for the Mind: Dictionary Index Reforms in Republican China, 1912–1937

Click here for more.

 

ACM recognizes two Singapore Management University faculty members

 

Two faculty members at Singapore Management University’s (SMU) School of Information Systems announces have recently been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Associate Professor Jiang Lingxiao has received the 2018 ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award for his work as co-author on the paper “DECKARD: Scalable and Accurate Tree-Based Detection of Code Clones.” The annual award is presented to authors of papers published at least ten years ago that have been deemed highly influential by the international software engineering community. Professor Jian was honored along with co-authors Mr Ghassan Misherghi, formerly of the University of California, Davis; Professor Su Zhendong of ETH Zurich; and Dr Stéphane Glondu of the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation. Click here for more.

Also, Associate Professor Rajesh Balan has been named as an ACM Distinguished Member for his outstanding scientific contributions to computing. He is one of 49 worldwide, and the only academic from a university in Southeast Asia, to achieve this recognition in 2018. He is also the first SMU faculty to be selected for this honor. The ACM Distinguished Member program, initiated in 2006, recognizes those members with at least 15 years of professional experience who have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the global computing field. Click here for more.

 

UMD iSchool sees emphasis on societal role as key to future library careers

 

A newly published story in School Library Journal traces the impact of the University of Maryland iSchool’s transition of its established MLS program into a more dynamic MLIS program focused on evolving library needs. The new program is more closely connected to changing demands in public librarianship and supporting diverse patrons.

“We’ve seen a pretty systematic dismantling of public sphere safety nets for the better part of four decades,” says UMD’s John Carlo Bertot in the article; Bertot is the school’s former MLIS director and is now co-director of the school’s Information and Policy Access Center. “The Library is becoming this social safety net within communities. We needed to really rethink our program and how we prepare people for careers that might be quite different from what they thought they were getting into.”

The article provides detailed case studies of recent program graduates, demonstrating how their iSchool education launched their new career and empowered them to break barriers and make a meaningful difference in their communities. These are examples of opportunities that iSchools provide to students and communities worldwide.

The evolving educational and societal role of iSchools is one of many topic to be explored at iConference 2019, which is hosted by University of Maryland iSchool. The conference takes place in Washington DC March 31-April 3, 2019.

Click here to read the entire article on School Library Journal.