TPDL 2019 invites submissions

 

TPDL 2019 is the 23rd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries. Chaired by Trond Aalberg of Oslo Metropolitan University and Adam Jatowt of Kyoto University, TPDL 2019 attempts to facilitate establishing connections and convergences between diverse research communities such as Digital Humanities, Information Sciences and others that could benefit from (and contribute to) ecosystems offered by digital libraries and repositories. The conference takes September 9-12, 2019 in Oslo, Norway.

Under the general theme “Connecting with Communities”, TPDL 2019 invites submissions for scientific and research work in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations, Workshops and Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium.

Click here to visit the conference website for more information.

 

JCDL 2019 doctoral consortium issues call for papers

 

A Doctoral Consortium workshop will be held as part of the upcoming Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The Consortium takes place on June 2, 2019, and call for papers and topics has been issued with an abstract deadline of Monday, March 25. Visit the online CFP for details.

Questions about the JCDL 2019 Doctoral Consortium can be directed to workshop organizers Dr. Peter Darch, Dr. Edie Rasmussen and Dr. Oksana Zavalina.

 

Agriculture technology forum invites informatics researchers and data scientists to Washington gathering

 

The Gathering for Open Ag Tech (GOAT) is an ad-hoc gathering of technologists and agriculturalists seeking to collaborate and create a vision for a fully open agricultural future. GOAT has scheduled a gathering April 4 and 5, 2019, immediately following iConference 2019, and invites informatics researchers, research data scientists and members of the public to take part.

The gathering, called GOAT:Hack, will take place at the USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Washington D.C.; application deadline March 22.

Click here for more information and application instructions.

Note: This event is not affiliated with the iConference or iSchools.

 

Singapore Management University launches new computing degree programs

 

In response to industry trends and demand, the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University (SMU) has strengthened its undergraduate curriculum with the introduction of two new degree programs – Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the new academic year commencing in August 2019, and Bachelor of Science (Computing & Law) in August 2020.

Some of the job roles which students in this program can undertake include: IT & business innovation; operating IT & business innovations within a legal framework; employing IT in legal practice; IT audit and compliance; risk management; legal knowledge engineer; legal technologist.

Click here for full story on the SMU website.

 

Call for Participation: Libraries in the Digital Age 2020

 

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) has issued a call for participation for their 2020 conference, which will take place from May 19-22, 2020 at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

LIDA addresses changing and challenging environments for libraries and other information institutions in the digital world. LIDA is an international biennial conference that brings together researchers, educators, students, practitioners, and developers from all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussion, and learning in a beautiful setting. The 2020 theme is “Reshaping Identity in the Digital Age: People, Libraries, Data, Technology & Ethics.” LIDA welcomes papers, panels, workshops, and posters that address this topic.

Click here to view the LIDA Call for Participation.

 

iConference 2019 Papers Finalists Announced: Lee Dirks Award winner to receive $5,000

 

Award finalists have been announced for iConference 2019 full and short research papers. The finalists are listed below and also on the conference website. Winners will be announced at iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3 in Washington DC.

Best Full Research Paper

The winning paper in the full research category will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. This award includes a $5,000 prize, funded this year by Emerald Publishing. The winner will be announced in the conference’s opening plenary on Monday, April 1. The finalists are listed here alphabetically by title:

Title: Algorithmic Management and Algorithmic Competencies: Understanding and Appropriating Algorithms in Gig work
Authors: Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Will Sutherland, University of Washington
Presentation: Papers 17: Algorithms at Work, Tuesday, April 2, 1:30-3:30pm

Title: Documenting the Undocumented: Privacy and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Work with Irregular Migrants
Authors: Sara Vannini, University of Washington; Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington; Bryce Clayton Newell, University of Kentucky
Presentation: Papers 7: Collecting Data about Vulnerable Populations, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: The Innovation Ecology: Collaborative Information, Community Support, and Policy in A Creative Technology Community
Authors: Guo Freeman, Clemson University; Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University; Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University; Nathan J McNeese, Clemson University
Presentation: Papers 18: Innovation and Professionalization in Technology Communities, Tuesday, April 2, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: Understanding Change in a Dynamic Complex Digital Object: Reading Categories of Change out of Patch Notes Documents
Authors: Ayse Gursoy, University of Texas at Austin; Karen M. Wickett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Melanie Feinberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Presentation: Papers 12: Digital Libraries, Curation and Preservation, Monday, April 1, 3:30-5:00pm

Title: Understanding the Role of Privacy and Trust in Intelligent Personal Assistant Adoption
Authors: Yuting Liao, University of Maryland, College Park; Jessica Vitak, University of Maryland, College Park; Priya Kumar, University of Maryland, College Park; Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Katherine Kritikos, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Presentation: Papers 3: Concerns about “Smart” Interactions and Privacy, Monday, April 1, 10:30am-12:00pm

Best Short Research Paper

Finalists in the Short Research Paper category are listed below, alphabetically by title. The winner will be announced in the conference’s Tuesday plenary.

Title: Characterizing Same Work Relationships in Large-Scale Digital Libraries
Authors: Peter Organisciak, University of Denver; Summer Shetenhelm, University of Denver; Danielle Francisco Albuquerque Vasques, University of Denver; Krystyna Matusiak, University of Denver
Presentation: Papers 12: Digital Libraries, Curation and Preservation, Monday, April 1, 3:30-5:00pm

Title: Illegal Aliens or Undocumented Immigrants? Towards the Automated Identification of Bias by Word Choice and Labeling
Authors: Felix Hamborg, University of Konstanz; Anastasia Zhukova, University of Konstanz; Bela Gipp, University of Wuppertal
Presentation: Papers 6: Limits and Affordances of Automation, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: Looking for Group: Live Streaming Programming for Small Audiences
Authors: Travis Faas, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Lynn Dombrowski, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Erin Brady, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Andrew Miller, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Presentation: Papers 4: Identity Questions in Online Communities, Monday, April 1, 10:30am-12:00pm

Title: Proposing “Mobile, Finance, and Information” Toolkit for Financial Inclusion of the Poor in Developing Countries
Authors: Devendra Potnis, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Bhakti Gala, Central University of Gujarat
Presentation: Papers 7: Collecting Data about Vulnerable Populations, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: Public-Private Partnerships in Data Services: Learning From Genealogy
Authors: Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin; Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Laurie Buchholz, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Christine Cullen, University College Dublin
Presentation: Papers 14: Data and Information in the Public Sphere, Tuesday, April 2, 10:30am-12:00pm

Finalists were selected by an awards jury overseen by 2019 Papers Chairs Aleksandra Sarcevic of Drexel University and Nicholas Weber of the University of Washington. The organizers of iConference 2019 congratulate all honorees.

iConferernce 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3 in Washington DC. The schedule is available online and we are currently accepting registrartions. All accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

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 Emerald Publishing, Computing Research Association, 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.

 

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.