Journal editors seek papers for special issue on biases in information, algorithms and systems

 

Emerald Insight’s Online Information Review is preparing a special issue on social and cultural biases in information, algorithm’s and systems, and the publication’s guest editors have issued a formal call for papers.

The stated purpose of the special issue is to bring together researchers from different disciplines who are interested in analyzing, and tackling bias within their discipline, arising from the data, algorithms and methods they use. “As the topic is highly interdisciplinary, we expect that this will be reflected by the submissions,” say the editors. “We intend to invite authors from multiple disciplines, including data/information science, computer science, the social sciences, and psychology. The resulting special issue may also be of great interest to practitioners (e.g., in government, non-profit organizations, or companies) and educators (e.g., in digital literacy).

The submission deadline is October 2018, and complete details can be found on the journal’s website.

The editors include: Dr. Jo Bates, Information School, University of Sheffield, Uk: Prof. Paul Clough, Information School, University of Sheffield, UK; Prof. Robert Jäschke, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; Prof. Jahna Otterbacher, Open University of Cyprus; Prof. Kristene Unsworth, Stockton University, New Jersey, USA

 

iConference 2018 Interactive Sessions Sure to be a Hit with Participants

 

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement (SIEs) are expected to once again be an immensely popular element of this year’s iConference, which takes place March 25 – 28 in Sheffield, UK. SIEs will be an ideal complement to iConference 2018’s peer-reviewed research papers offered Monday through Wednesday. Similar to our Sunday Workshops, but typically spanning a shorter period of time, iConference Sessions for Interaction and Engagement involve participants as more than a passive audience, generating meaningful experiences and thoughtful reflection.

To assist participants in planning, the 2018 SIEs are listed below. These sessions are open to all registered conference participants, with no special advance sign-up required. More detail can be found in our online program schedule.

SIE #1: Mini Maker Fest @ iConference 2018
Presenters: Xiaofeng Li, Sarah Barriage, Ross J. Todd, Leanne Bowler
Times: Monday, March 26, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and Wednesday, March 28, 9:00 – 10:30 am

This two-part SIE provides an opportunity for conference attendees to engage in playful and creative makerspace activities and stimulating critical discussions about the current status and future directions of research in information science related to the maker movement. Participants will also be encouraged to use a mobile photography app to submit their creations to the mini Maker Fest Competition. Learn more

SIE #2: Supporting Group Work in LIS Education
Presenter: Pamela Ann McKinney
Time: Monday, March 26, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with an opportunity to discuss the challenges and benefits experienced by students when they work collaboratively in groups in LIS education. There is increasing interest in visual methods in LIS research, and participants will actively engage with creation of visual data in the form of drawings and will develop their knowledge of the “draw and write” methodology. Learn more

SIE #3: Dériving Data: Wandering as a Research Method for Information Behaviour
Presenters: Melanie Benson, Andrew Martin Cox, Christopher Foster, Jorge Tiago Martins, Elisa Serafinelli, Xin Zhao
Time: Monday, March 26, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

The dérive or drift is a technique of urban encounter developed in Pscyhogeography. It is a playful wander through the city that seeks to uncover the interesting and strange in the everyday environment around us. It is also an opportunity for delegates to encounter Sheffield as a city in an interesting way. Learn more

SIE #4: ALPR DataDive: The Visualization and Analysis of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) Databases – from Data Science to Data Ethics
Times: Monday, March 26, 1:30 – 3:30 pm and Wednesday, March 28, 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Presenters: Bryce Clayton Newell, Mike Katell, Jeff Hemsley

The growing ability of law enforcement to easily and affordably draw information-rich insights from the surveillance data they collect implicates important social, political, and ethical concerns. The purpose of this 2-part SIE is to provide scholars access to ALPR data and to provide an interactive and collaborative opportunity. Participants can go to http://bcnewell.com/alpr-data-dive/ to request access to the ALPR data prior to iConference 2018. Lean more

SIE #5: Data StorySLAM
Presenters: Michael B. Twidale, Kate McDowell
Time: Monday, March 26, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

In this SIE we will explore the potential of data storytelling by inviting the sharing of stories about data. We will also explore approaches to and challenges of teaching data storytelling, including teaching students who may not be at all familiar with this approach. Lean more

SIE #6: Collective Development of Open Educational Resources in Scholarly Communication
Presenters: Maria Bonn, Josh Bolick, Will Cross
Time: Monday, March 26, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Understanding the issues at stake in scholarly communication is a core competency that new librarians need to acquire and that new scholars and researchers need to understand in relationship to their work. In this hands-on session, we ask individuals or small teams to design an open learning object like a video, lesson plan, game, or hack, that supports and maximizes the potential of our systems of scholarly communication. Lean more

SIE #7: Computational Thinking at the iSchools: Why Bother?
Presenters: Mega Subramaniam, Hai Hong, Marijke Visser, Melissa Johnston, Colette Drouillard, Stephanie Long-Murphy
Time: Tuesday, March 27, 11:00am – 12:30pm

This Session for Interaction and Engagement will stimulate discussion on research opportunities in CT that leverage the unique strengths and interests of iSchools and roles that iSchools must play in preparing information professionals who have CT skills; resulting in concrete takeaways related to CT in iSchools such as ideas for future research, redesigned courses and curricula, and other larger initiatives. Learn more

SIE #8: Contemplating Information in the Pleasurable and the Profound
Presenters: Kiersten F. Latham, Jenna Hartel, Tim Gorichanaz, Anh Thu Nguyen
Time: Tuesday, March 27, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Mindfulness, meditation, atmospherics, well-being, flourishing, happiness, positivity, spirituality-all part of contemplative studies, an academic understanding of how contemplative practices are used to interpret the world. What can information science learn from, and contribute to, contemplative studies? Learn more

SIE #9: When iSchool meets D-School
Presenter: ginger “all-lower-case” coons
Time: Tuesday, March 27, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

A comparatively new trend is the iSchool as graduate-level design school, offering courses and concentrations in fields like User Experience Design. In this session, the floor will be open for participants to discuss the experiences, ramifications, and tactics of negotiating design education in an iSchool setting. Learn more

SIE #10: Curators of the Infosphere?: What’s the Good of PI for LIS (and Vice Versa)?
Presenters: David Bawden, Lyn Robinson
Time: Tuesday, March 27, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

This is an interactive panel session, in which the panel members, and Luciano Floridi as discussant, engage with the audience to debate the value and potential of Floridi’s Philosophy of Information as a foundation for library/information science. Learn more

SIE #11: How Ethical will you be with my Deepest Story?
Presenters: Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson, Ina Fourie, Anika Meyer, Liezl Ball
Time: Wednesday, March 28, 9:00am – 10:30am

Transformation of digital worlds that secure social inclusion for all requires a deep understanding of information needs and lived experiences. The session will develop awareness of ethical concerns, offer an opportunity for shared sense-making and co-design of guidelines to help researchers build the confidence to engage in and report on this deeply personal form of research inquiry. Learn more

SIE #12: Standardizing Knowledge
Presenters: Heather Marie MacNeil, Jennifer Douglas, Fiorella Foscarini, Bonnie Mak, Gillian Oliver
Time: Wednesday, March 28, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Standards and standardized languages are frequently invoked as a reliable way to ensure consistency and interoperability in the management of information objects, from archives, libraries, and museums to the digital environment and beyond. This panel seeks to explore how the infrastructure of standards can transmit values and biases, and how those perspectives are embodied in the description, management, interpretation, and use of resources. Learn more

SIE #13: iSchools as an Inspirative Movement: Information Science Harmonization Issues
Presenters: Tatjana Aparac-Jelusic, Alen Doracic, Jan Pisanski, Juan Jose Bote Vericad, Maria Simi
Time: Wednesday, March 28, 11:00am – 12:30pm

This panel will provide an interactive platform for faculty members interested in designing Information Science (IS) educational programs and motivating students with different background other than in IS to become information professionals. It will introduce the goals and aims of the EINFOSE project (European Information Science Education: Encouraging Mobility and Learning Outcomes Harmonization) and debate the issues of harmonization of entry requirements and learning outcomes at graduate level programs in IS. Learn more

iConference 2018 takes place Sunday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 28, 2018. It is jointly organized by two iSchools in the UK: The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. Registration is now open. Visit the iConference website for complete details.

 

iConference Early Registration Ends Friday, Jan. 19. Act Now to get Lowest Rate

 

The iConference 2018 early registration period ends Friday, Jan. 19. Register now to secure the lowest available rate. Late-registration fees will go into effect Saturday, Jan. 20, with an increase of roughly 20 percent. Visit the iConference registration page for details: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/registration/

iConference 2018 will take place in Sheffield, UK, March 25-28. The 2018 theme is Transforming Digital Worlds. The conference will feature an array of papers to be published by Springer, as well as workshops, interactive session, posters, early career colloquium, and three keynote presentations by Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Dr. Susan Dumais and Professor Luciano Floridi.

The early registration rate is £360 ($427 USD) and £270 ($355) for students. This rate will increase roughly 20 percent at the conclusion of the early registration period on Friday, Jan. 19. This year’s registration includes lunch on all conference days, as well as coffee breaks, the opening reception on March 25, and banquet dinner on March 27. Combined, the 2018 rates represent the best overall iConference registration value in many years.

Important Links
iConference 2018 Home: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/
Registration: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/registration/
Program Schedule: https://www.conftool.com/iconference2018/sessions.php
Accommodation, travel and more: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/venue/

iConference 2018 is jointly organized by the University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. The iConference is presented each year by the iSchools organization. 2018 sponsors include Microsoft and Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

 

Announcing iConference 2018 Program Schedule

 

The iConference 2018 Program Schedule is now available. Participants and presenters can browse the agenda to start making their plans. In addition, conference organizers have also published Presentation Guidelines for papers and posters authors, so they can begin preparations.

iConference 2018 takes place March 25-28 in Sheffield UK. Jointly organized by the iSchools at the University of Sheffield and Northumbria University, the conference theme is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” Keynote speakers include Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway (OCLC Research), Dr. Susan Dumais (Microsoft Research) and Professor Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford).

Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 19, 2018. All information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome, regardless of affiliation—affiliation with a member-iSchool is not required. Also please note that the iConference 2018 Program Schedule is subject to change.

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iConference Workshops offer something for everyone

 

The organizers of iConference 2018 are pleased to offer 10 thought-provoking workshops scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2018. This year’s topics reflect the interdisciplinary nature of our field, as summarized below. Participation in workshops is included with your conference fee, and participants will be asked to select their workshop(s) when they register for the conference.

Each of the 2018 workshops listed below is linked to its full description and list of organizers. Note that some organizers are requesting advance submissions from participants. See our Workshop page for full details.

Morning Workshops

Afternoon Workshops

iConference 2018 takes place March 25-28, 2018 in Sheffield, UK. Discounted early registration rates are available through Jan. 19, 2018. More information on travel, lodging, and visas and letters of invitation can be found in our Venue section.

The theme of this, our thirteenth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals, is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” The complete program schedule will be posted later in December. The conference is co-organized by University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria, and presented by iSchools Inc.

 

Registration Opens for iConference 2018

 

Registration is now open for iConference 2018, with discounted rates available through Jan. 19, 2018. iConference 2018 will take place in Sheffield, UK, March 25-28.

The 2018 theme is Transforming Digital Worlds. The conference chairs have just finished the most competitive review process in iConference history, with 30% of completed research papers accepted for presentation. The conference will also present preliminary papers, workshops, interactive sessions, posters, early career colloquium, and three keynote presentations by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Luciano Floridi and Susan Dumais.

The early registration rate is £360 ($427 USD) and £270 ($355) for students. This year’s registration includes lunch on all conference days, as well as coffee breaks, the opening reception on March 25, and banquet dinner on March 27. Combined, the 2018 rates represent the best overall iConference registration value in many years.

Visit the conference website today for more information on registration, booking accommodation in Sheffield, travel, and visa information. The program schedule will be posted in December.

iConference 2018 is jointly organized by the University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. The iConference is presented each year by the iSchools organization, and iConference 2018 marks the thirteenth conference in this annual series. Click here for summaries of past conferences and links to proceedings.

 

“Online Information Review” issues new call for papers

 

Online Information Review, an international, ISI listed journal published by the University of Sheffield iSchool, has just announced the following three Calls For Papers for Special issues:

Social Media Mining for Journalism: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/news_story.htm?id=7570

Lifelogging Behaviour and Practice: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7544

Open-access mega-journals: Continuity and innovation in scholarly communication: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7545

Online Information Review is edited by Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, Robert Jaschke and Angela Lin from the Sheffield Information School. Lean more

 

Your last weekend to finalize iConference submissions

 

The iConference 2018 submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. This is the last weekend for authors to finish up papers, posters, doctoral colloquium applications and other submissions.

The conference will accept submissions throughout the day on Monday, Sept. 19. When the time/date code at the top of the secure submission website rolls over to Tuesday, the conference will close to further submissions.

iConference 2018 will take place March 25-28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK. This is the iSchools’ thirteenth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary society. The 2018 theme is “Transforming Digital Worlds,” and the aim is to bring together thinkers and leaders from academia, industry and not-for-profit organizations, to discuss emerging challenges and potential solutions for information and data management in our rapidly changing world.

Accepted 2018 papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The papers will be published as Green Open Access allowing them to be deposited in institutional repositories as well as in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

iConference 2018 is jointly organised by two of the UK’s iSchools: The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. iConference 2018 will be hosted in Sheffield, a city of stunning landscapes – the greenest in Europe, creative, welcoming and rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and lots to see and do.

The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, a worldwide consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not a prerequisite of participation; we encourage all information scholars and practitioners to take part in the conference.

 

iConference 2018 Opens for Submissions

 

iConference 2018 is now accepting submissions of papers, posters and proposals. Authors can submit their work using the conference’s secure submission website through the deadline of September 18. iConference 2018 will take place March 25-28, 2018 in Sheffield, UK; accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science, and indexed by Web of Science and Scopus.

The theme of iConference 2018 is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” The conference is being jointly organized by the University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. It is the thirteenth event in the iConference series, and the second to take place in Europe.

The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations. It is open to all information scholars, researchers and practitioners, regardless of affiliation with a member iSchool. Click here to view this year’s Call for Participation.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools Inc., a worldwide consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Sponsors for 2018 include Microsoft Corp.

 

iConference 2018 Keynote Speakers Announced

 

iConference 2018 organizers University of Sheffield and Northumbria University have announced their full slate of keynote speakers for next year’s conference in Sheffield, UK. And given that the collective members of the iSchools Organization share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology, it’s only appropriate that the three 2018 speakers are scheduled to give talks on the subjects of people, information, and technology, respectively.

The following is a brief introduction of the 2018 speakers; more detail is offered on the conference’s Keynote Speakers webpage:

  • People: Dr. Lynn Connaway, Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC Research where she leads research into user and information seeking behaviour, and an American Library Association for College and Research Libraries project on academic library support for student learning.
  • Information: Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C., and Faculty Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute.
  • Technology: Dr. Sue Dumais, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft and the Deputy Managing Director of Microsoft’s Redmond Research Laboratory where she leads research at the intersection of information retrieval and human-computer interaction.

iConference 2018 will take place March 25-28, 2018, and this June announcement represents the earliest point at which the conference’s full speaker program has been established.

The iConference 2018 Call for Participation was announced in May, and authors are encouraged to begin work on their submissions. This year, for the first time, accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, and indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. Conference organizers will begin accepting submissions in early July. Visit the conference website for more details.

About the iConference
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 2018 theme is Transforming Digital Worlds. iConference 2018 is jointly presented by the Information School at the University of Sheffield and the iSchool at Northumbria University. Vist the About the iConference page to learn more about the series, including links to past proceedings.

The iConference is sponsored by Microsoft, and additional sponsorships are available.