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Location: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, California, USA
March 24-27, 2015
University of California, Irvine: The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Conference Theme: Create • Collaborate • Celebrate
Calls for Participation: Click here to view the 2015 CFP that was distributed via email. Click hereClick here to view the 2015 flyer that was distributed at events.
Submission Template: Click here to access the iConference 2015 Word Template.
Submission Template Documentation: Click for PDF file or Word file 
La TeX: Click here to download the LaTex Template and Documentation.
Interactive Schedule: Click here to view a pdf of the online schedule.
ConfTool Submission and Registration Site: Click here to visit the iConference 2015 ConfTool submission instance.
Official Proceedings: Click here to view the official proceedings in the IDEALS open repository.
Printed Conference Brochure and Schedule: Click here to view a pdf of the official print program.
Doctoral Colloquium Brochure and Schedule: Click here to view a pdf of the 2015 Doctoral Colloquium Brochure.
Images: Click here to view images from the conference.

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2015 By the Numbers

Total participants: 531
Regional representation: Roughly 80 % from North America, 11% from Europe, 8% from Asia. 25 countries were represented, the top 10 follow: USA 406; Canada 18; China 15; Germany 14; UK 10; South Korea 9; Denmark 7; Japan 7; Spain 5; Sweden 5

Completed Research Papers: 51
Preliminary Results Research Papers: 40
Posters: 99
Workshops: 11
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: 8
Social Media Expo presentations: 5
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 27

Rates (listed in GBP):

   Early Bird (10/05 -12/05)
 Regular (12/16 – 02/15)  Late (from 02/16)
Standard Registration
 $590  $650  $700
 Student Registration
(full-time, enrolled)
 $395  $450  $500
 One Day Only  $295  $325  $350

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2015 Organizers

Conference Chair: Gary Olson, University of California, Irvine

Technical Program Chairs: Diane Bailey, University of Texas at Austin; Tom Finholt, University of Michigan

Papers Chairs: Madhu Reddy, Penn State University; Katie Siek, Indiana University

Poster Chairs: Michelle Caswell, University of California, Los Angeles; Ricky Punzalan, University of Maryland

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Volker Wulf, University of Siegen

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Ingrid Erickson, Rutgers University; Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School

Workshops Chairs: Aleksandra Sarcevic, Drexel University; Jude Yew, National University of Singapore

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Chairs: John C. Carroll, Penn State University; Judy Olson, University of California, Irvine

Doctoral Dissertation Award Chairs: Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam; Elizabeth Yakel, University of Michigan

Social Media Expo Chairs: Shelly D. Farnham, Research Scientist, Third Place Technologies; Robert Mason, University of Washington; Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Researcher, FUSELabs, Microsoft Research

Proceedings Chair: Bryan Semaan, Syracuse University

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iCaucus

Conference Management: Debra A. Brodbeck, University of California, Irvine

Conference Social Media Director: Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, University of Michigan

Student Volunteer Chairs: Julia Haines, University of California, Irvine; Bart Knijnenburg, University of California, Irvine

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2015 Program Committee

Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan
Cecilia Aragon, University of Washington
Brian Beaton, University of Pittsburgh
Geoffrey Bowker, University of California, Irvine
Rob Capra, University of North Carolina
Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research
Mike Eisenberg, University of Colorado
Karen Fisher, University of Washington
Susan Gasson, Drexel University
Elke Greifeneder, Humboldt University of Berlin
Gillian Hayes, University of California, Irvine
Caroline Haythornthwaite, University of British Columbia
Amanda Hughes, Utah State University
Yong Ming Kow, City University of Hong Kong
Marilyn McGee-Lennon, University of Strathclyde
Atsuyuki Morishima, University of Tsukuba
Floyd Mueller, RMIT University in Melbourne
Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu
Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University
Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University
Chirag Shah, Rutgers University
Kalpana Shanakar, University College Dublin
Patrick Shih, Pennsylvania State University
Kate Starbird, University of Washington
Cassidy Sugimoto, Indiana University
Monica Tentori, CICESE
Kristene Unsworth, Drexel University
Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School
Wesley Willett, INRIA-Saclay
Maria Wolters, University of Edinburgh
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen

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2015 Awards

The following awards were presented at iConference 2015.

Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation of the preceding year. Each member iSchool was invited to submit one dissertation for blind review by a jury of Ph.D. program directors and faculty. The winner received $2,500 U.S., the runner up $1,000 U.S. Both honorees were recognized during the banquet on Wednesday, 55 March.

2015 Winner
Xinru Page, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Factors that Influence Adoption and Use of Location-Sharing Social MediaArchives
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2015 Runner Up
Laura Sheble, School of Information and Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Diffusion of Meta-Analysis, Systematic Review, and Related Research Synthesis Methods: Patterns, Contexts, and Impact
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Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper

Sponsored by Microsoft Research, this award is presented to the author(s) of the conference’s most outstanding completed research paper, as judged by the Papers and Program Chairs. The award includes a prize of $5,000 U.S. The award was announced during the opening plenary session on Wednesday, 25 March. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference.

2015 Winning Paper:
Title: “She said yes!” – Liminality and Engagement Announcements on Twitter

Authors: Munmun De Choudhury, Georgia Tech; Michael Massimi, Microsoft Research. Learn more.

Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Designing a Mobile Crowdsourcing System for Campus Safety
Authors: Elliot Tan, Princeton University; Huichuan Xia, Cheng Ji, Ritu Virendra Joshi and Yun Huang, Syracuse University
Title: Motherhood and Social Networking Sites: How do sociocultural contexts and technological factors affect Korean mothers’ KakaoStory use?
Authors: Jinyoung Kim, Myeong Lee, and Chiyoung Oh, University of Maryland
Title: Online Media Forums as Separate Social Lives: A Qualitative Study of Disclosure Within and Beyond Reddit
Authors: Martin Shelton, Katherine Lo, and Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine
Title: Use and Adoption Challenges of Wearable Activity Trackers
Authors: Patrick C. Shih, Kyungsik Han, Erika Shehan Poole, Mary Beth Rosson, and John M. Carroll, The Pennsylvania State University

Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper

This award went to most intriguing paper in the preliminary results category as judged by the Papers and Program Chairs. The award was presented during the morning plenary session on Thursday, 26 March.

2015 Winner:
Title: Understanding Black Males’ IT Career Choices
Authors: Lynette Kvasny, The Pennsylvania State University; KD Joshi, Washington State University; and Eileen Trauth, The Pennsylvania State University. Click here to access the paper in our official proceedings.

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Informal Networks, Phones and Facebook: Information Seeking and Technology Use by Undocumented Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Authors: Bryce C Newell and Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington
Title: The New-to-Online Instructor: Conceptions, Desires and Expectations
Author: Jenna Kammer, University of Missouri
Title: Self-Obviating Systems and their Application to Sustainability
Authors: Bill Tomlinson and Juliet Norton, University of California, Irvine; Eric P. S. Baumer, Cornell University; Marcel Pufal, University of California, Irvine; Barath Raghavan, ICSI / De Novo
Title: Visual First Amendment: Using empirical legal methods and visualization techniques to enhance understanding of Supreme Court rulings
Authors: Debbie Lee Rabina and Chris Sula, Pratt Institute

Best Poster Awards

Two Best Poster awards were presented in 2014, in recognition of the most outstanding posters of the conference. The Best Poster Award was determined by the Poster Chairs; the Best Poster Presentation Award was determined by a vote of the participants. Sponsored by Emerald Publishing, both awards were presented at the conclusion of the second poster session on Thursday, 6 March.

2015 Best Poster:
The 2015 best poster was selected by the Posters Chairs and a committee of their own choosing. The award was presented at our second poster session on Thursday, March 26.

2015 Winner
Title: Metaphors of Privilege: Public Library Makerspace Rhetoric
Author: Shannon A Crawford Barniskis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Click here to view the poster abstract in our official proceedings.

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Mapping Data Journeys: Design for an interactive web site
Authors: Paula Goodale and Jo Bates, University of Sheffield; Yuwei Lin, University of Creative Arts
Title: Understanding Health Information Intent via Crowdsourcing: Challenges and Opportunities
Authors: Di Lu, Yihan Lu, Wei Jeng, Rosta Farzan, and Yu-Ru Lin, University of Pittsburgh
Title: Understanding the Relationship between Scholars’ Breadth of Research and Scientific Impact
Authors: Shiyan Yan and Carl Lagoze, University of Michigan
Title: Using Ethnography of Email to Understand Distributed Scientific Collaborations
Authors: Sarika K Sharma, Matt Willis, Jaime Snyder, Carsten Osterlund, and Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

2015 Social Media Expo:
Five teams were selected to make presentations at iConference 2015. Each received a $3,000 grant from Microsoft Research to help offset costs of attending. The winning presentation was selected by the Expo organizing committee.

Winning Presentation
Title: “Racial Violence Archive: Public Information System on Incidents of Violence
during the Civil Rights Period”
School: University of California, Irvine: The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Team: Hosub Lee, Michael Bellato, Sowmya Jain, Fernando Spanghero, Roeland Singer-heinze, Ya-Wen Lin, Sunakshi Gupta, Geoff Ward
Faculty Sponsors: Alfred Kobsa and Geoff Ward

Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: “eMigrate: Aggregating Government Open Data for Enhanced Job Category Selection in Support of Immigration Applications”
School: University of Toronto: Faculty of Information
Team: Eva Hourihan Jansen, Jenna Jacobson, Gabby Resch
Faculty Sponsor: Rhonda McEwen

Title: “The Police Officer Involved Homicides Database Project”
School: University of California, Los Angeles: Department of Information Studies
Team: Morgan Currie, Brittany Paris, Irene Pasquetto, Jennifer Pierre, Ashley E. Sands
Faculty Sponsor: Leah Lievrouw

Title: “Society Key: Integrating Social Media Data with Governmental Open Data to Encourage Community Wellbeing”
School: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: School of Communication and Information
Team: Ziad Matni, Jennifer Sonne, Dongho Choi
Faculty Sponsor: Chirag Shah

Title: “TransparencyScience. Return on research investment, where do the funds go?”
School: Polytechnic University of Valencia: School of Informatics
Team: Lidia Contreras, Cristina I. Font, Paulina Morillo, Diego Vallejo
Faculty Sponsor: Antonia Ferrer Sapena

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2015 Keynote Speakers

The following three keynote presentations were made at iConference 2015.

Scott E.Page

Wednesday morning, March 25
Click here to view Dr. Page’s presentation slides.
Two Models of Collective Intelligence

The topic of collective intelligence spans multiple disciplines: information, finance, economics, political science, computer science, ecology, sociology, psychology, and organizational studies to name just a few. Looking across those disciplines, one finds two types of models that purport to explain how collective intelligence emerge. The first is based on statistical logic: errors cancel and the correct answer emerges. The second is based on analytic logic: diverse mappings aggregate to produce a correct mapping. The distinction between the two models is not merely semantic. They imply different weighting schemes and incentives.

Biography: Scott E. Page is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. Scott is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former Guggenheim Fellow. His online course “Model Thinking” has attracted more than one half a million students. He is currently working on an interdisciplinary book on modeling.

Carole Goble

Thursday morning, March 26
Results Vary: The Pragmatics of Reproducibility and Research Object Frameworks

In principle, reproducibility underpins the scientific method. But in practice the reuse and reproduction of scientific experiments is hard, dependent on bundling and exchanging the experimental methods, computational codes, data, algorithms, workflows and so on along with the narrative. These Research Objects are not fixed, just as research is not “finished”: codes fork, data is updated, algorithms are revised, workflows break, service updates are released. Neither should they be viewed just as second-class artifacts tethered to publications, but the focus of research outcomes in their own right: articles clustered around datasets, methods with citation profiles. Many funders and publishers have come to acknowledge this, moving to data sharing policies and provisioning e-infrastructure platforms. Many researchers recognise the importance of working with Research Objects. The term has become widespread. However. What is a Research Object if you have to actually mint one, exchange one, build a platform to support one, curate one? How do we introduce ROs in a lightweight way that platform developers can migrate to? What is the practical impact of a RO Commons on training, stewardship, scholarship, sharing? How do we address the scholarly and technological debt of making and maintaining ROs? What do we really mean by reproducibility anyhow? I’ll present our practical experiences of introducing and delivering ROs in the Computational Biosciences for several European research projects, working with publishers and funders.

Biography: Carole Goble is a Professor in the School of Computer Science, at the University of Manchester in the UK. She leads a large team of researchers and developers working in e-Science, building e-infrastructure for researchers working at the lab, national, and pan-national level. She is heavily involved in European cyberinfrastructures for the Life Sciences and is currently active in linking these with the NIH BD2K Commons initiative. She applies technical advances in knowledge technologies, distributed computing, workflows and social computing to solve information management problems for Life Scientists, especially Systems Biology, and other scientific disciplines, including Biodiversity, Chemistry, Health informatics and Astronomy. Her current research interests are in reproducible research, asset curation and preservation, semantic interoperability, knowledge exchange between scientists and new models of scholarly communication. She has recently been advocating the releasing of research as Research Objects ( and is a long-established leading figure in the Semantic Web and Linked Data, chairing the International Semantic Web Conference in 2014 and co-founding the leading journal in the field.

Goble serves on numerous committees, including advisory boards for Force11 and Software Carpentry, and is a State appointee to the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. At a local level she chairs her institution’s Academic advisory committees for the institutional repository and Research Data Management. In 2008 she was awarded the Microsoft Jim Gray award for outstanding contributions to e-Science and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2014 she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her Services to Science.

Christine L. Borgman

Friday morning, March 27

Creating, Collaborating, and Celebrating the Diversity of Research Data

Research data can be viewed as scholarly products to be shared, mined, and curated – or as transient artifacts of the research process, incomprehensible without context, domain knowledge, and associated software and technologies. These two perspectives represent but one of many dimensions over which research data vary. Data are not things. Rather, they are representations of observations, objects, or other entities used as evidence of phenomena for the purposes of research or scholarship. They are created in a context, often as part of collaborative research activities. Whereas data practices vary widely across domains, disciplines, and cultures, research policy and technological infrastructures promote uniform approaches to data management. By celebrating the diversity of research data, their value and richness may be enhanced. However, that diversity poses challenges for preserving context, for stewardship, for exploiting data in collaborations across research domains, and for reuse over the short and long term.

Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, is the author of more than 200 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication, including three books published by the MIT Press. Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World, released in January 2015, follows Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (2000), winners of the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the Association for Information Science and Technology. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery; recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, Association for Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE and the Research in Information Science Award from the American Association of Information Science and Technology; a Legacy Laureate of the University of Pittsburgh; a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center; and U.S. Co-Chair of the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and Attribution. Prof. Borgman leads the Knowledge Infrastructures Lab at UCLA with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Her visiting appointments include Visiting Scholar, Digital Archiving and Networked Services (Royal Academy, Netherlands), Oliver Smithies Fellow (Balliol College, University of Oxford), Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford eResearch Centre, Fulbright Professor (Budapest), and Loughborough University (U.K.).

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2015 Sponsors

The iSchools organization and The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of iConference 2015.


Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 850 Ph.D. researchers openly collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state-of-the-art of computing and solve world problems through technological innovation. In addition to its generous support of the iConference, Microsoft Research also funds the annual Lee Dirks Best Paper Award.

The Hana Lab is a behavioral research lab at the University of California, Irvine that focuses on how humans interact with technology in all its forms. Hana Lab supports a variety of types of research, including behavioral experiments, brainstorming sessions, demonstrations, design sessions, focus groups, interviews, participatory design, usability studies, video analysis, video prototyping and more.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” NSF provides a grant helping fund U.S.-based participants in the iConference Doctoral Colloquium


Facebook is a premier online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

Nokia is a leader in the fields of network infrastructure, location-based technologies and advanced technologies.

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences provides leading information technology education and research worldwide, and is a long-time member of the iSchools Organization.


Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

The UCI Council on Research, Computing and Libraries advises the Chancellor on matters relating to research policy and administration and academic resources, including information technology, telecommunications, and library policies and administration on the Irvine campus. The UCI Office of Research promotes and facilitates research activities at UC Irvine.

Morgan & Claypool Publishers serves developing communities in science and technology.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville serves the citizens of Tennessee, and its School of Information Sciences is a proud member of the iSchools Organization.

UCI Extension offers over 60 convenient certificates and specialized studies programs on campus and online designed for the working professional who seeks career advancement and personal enrichment.

The University of California, Irvine Institute for Software Research is the only organized research unit in the University of California system with a focus on software research; its goal is to advance software and information technology through research partnerships.

The Newkirk Center for Science and Society seeks to improve science’s response to community needs and to increase the effective uses of scientific information for the benefit of society.

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