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Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
March 20-23, 2016
Drexel University: College of Computing & Informatics
Conference Theme: Partnership with Society
Call for Participation: Click here to view the 2016 CFP that was distributed via email.
Submission Template: Click here to view the official submission template.
Program Schedule: Click here to view a pdf of the online schedule.
ConfTool Submission and Registration Site: Click here to visit the iConference 2016 ConfTool submission instance.
Official Proceedings: Click here to view the official proceedings in the IDEALS open repository.
Printed Conference Brochure and Schedule: The iConference 2016 schedule was offered in digital formats only.
Doctoral Colloquium Brochure and Schedule: Click here.
Images: Click here for 2016 images on Flickr.

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2016 By the Numbers

Total participants: 467

Completed Research Papers: 42
Preliminary Results Research Papers: 18
Posters: 95
Workshops: 8
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: 16
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 21

Rates (listed in GBP):

   Early Bird (10/05 -12/05)
 Regular (12/16 – 02/15)  Late (from 02/16)
Standard Registration
 $675  $700  $750
 Student Registration
(full-time, enrolled)
 $500  $575  $600
 One Day Only  $400  $425  $475

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2016 Organizers

Conference Chairs: David Fenske, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University; Jane Greenberg, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University

Program Chairs: Howard Rosenbaum, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University; Spiros Mancoridis, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University

Papers Chairs: Yong Ming Kow, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong; Bonnie Nardi, Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine; Chirag Shah, Department of Library and Information Science (LIS), School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

Poster Chairs: Elke Greifeneder, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Kalpana Shankar, School of Information and Library Studies, University College Dublin

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Greg Leazer, Department of Information Studies, UCLA; Iris Xie, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Virginia Ortiz-Repiso, Library and Information Science Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Eric Meyers, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia

Workshops Chairs: Denise Agosto, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University; Sam Oh, Library & Information Science and Data Science Department, Sungkyunkwan University; Nicole A. Cooke, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Chairs: Karen E. Fisher, Information School, University of Washington; Steve Sawyer, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Doctoral Dissertation Award Chairs: Michael Seadle, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Shigeo Sugimoto, Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba

Proceedings Chairs: Xia Lin, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University; Michael Khoo, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University

Student Volunteers Chairs: Nazanin Andalibi, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University; Oliver Haimson, University of California, Irvine. SV Faculty Mentor: Andrea Forte, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iSchools Director of Communications

Conference Management: Caroline Fritz, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University; Molly Sanders, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University

Sponsorship Coordinator: Caroline Fritz, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University

Conference Communications Directors: Kerry Boland, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University; Eva Mendez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

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2016 Program Committee

Naresh Agarwal, Simmons
Moranan Alac, University of California, San Diego
Daniel Alemneh, University of North Texas
Eric Baumer, Cornell University
Wade Bishop, University of Tennessee
Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Stockholm University
Gobinda Chowdhury, Northumbria University
Hong Cui, University of Arizona
Xianghua Ding, Fudan University
Niklas Elmqvist, University of Maryland
Ingrid Erikson, Rutgers University
Andrea Forte, Drexel University
Roberto Gonzalez-Ibanez, University of Santiago
Helen Hasan, University of Wollongong
Jeff Hemsley, Syracuse University
James Howison, University of Texas at Austin
Yun Huang, Syracuse University
Mohammad Jarrahi, University of North Carolina
Victor Kaptelinin, Umea University
Bart Knijnenburg, Clemson University
Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Liz Lyon, University of Pittsburgh
Karine Nahon, University of Washington and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Gabriela Marcu, Drexel University
Alex Mitchell, National University of Singapore
Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kyong Eunoh Oh, Simmons
Sanghee Oh, Florida State University
Xinru Page, Bentley University
Matt Ratto, University of Toronto
Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University
Jennifer Rode, ACM
Bryan Semaan, Syracuse University
Patrick Shih, Indiana University
Clay Spinuzzi, University of Texas
Norman Makoto Su, Indiana University
Emiliano Treré, Autonomous University of Querétaro
Deborah Turner, Drexel University
Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser University
Hao-chuan Wang, National Tsing Hua University
Yang Wang, Syracuse University
Rosina Weber, Drexel University
Tan Xu, AT&T
Jude Yew, National University of Singapore
Xiaojun Yuan, University at Albany, State University of New York
Yan Zhang, University of Texas at Austin

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2016 Awards

The following awards were presentation at iConference 2016.

Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation of the preceding year. Each member iSchool was invited to submit one dissertation for 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 Monday, March 21. Click here for more about our current and past winners.

2016 Winner
Ashwin J. Mathew, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure
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2016 Runner Up
Briony Birdi, Information School, University of Sheffield
We are here because you were there: an investigation of the reading of, and engagement with, minority ethnic fiction in UK public libraries.
Learn More.

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 2016 award was announced during the opening plenary session on Monday, 21 March. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Click here for past winners.

2016 Winning Paper:
Title: The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements

Authors: Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, Melissa Mazmanian, University of California, Irvine
Click here to access the winning paper in our official proceedings.

Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Synopsizing “Literature Review” for Scientific Publications
Authors: Lin Zhang, Dalian Maritime University; Xiaozhong Liu, Indiana University Bloomington

Title: (In)visible Cities: An Exploration of Social Identity, Anonymity and Location-Based Filtering on Yik Yak
Authors: Matthew Heston, Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University

Title: iSchools, Legitimacy, and the Contribution of Archival Studies to the iSchool Movement
Author: Gregory Leazer, University of California, Los Angeles

Title: Noisy Candidates and Informative Politicians: Analyzing Changes in Tweet Behavior using Tweet Quality Assessment Framework
Authors: Sikana Tanupabrungsun, Jeff Hemsley, Bryan Semaan, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse 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 Tuesday, 22 March.

2016 Winner:
Title: Networked pedagogy: Exploring asymmetries in the structuring of distributed learning networks
Authors: Rob Grace, Frederico Fonseca, The Pennsylvania State University.
Click here to access the winning paper in our official proceedings.

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Developing an Undergraduate Information Studies Curriculum in Support of Social Justice
Authors: Marika Cifor, Robert D. Montoya, Mario H. Ramirez, University of California, Los Angeles

Title: Open Post Publication Peer Review: An Innovation in Scientific Communication
Authors: Peiling Wang, Manasa Rath, Michael Deike, University of Tennessee; Wu Qiang, University of Science and Technology

Title: Beyond the Organisational Boundaries: Identifying External Barriers to Patient-centred Healthcare Knowledge Sharing
Authors: Lihong Zhou, Wanxin Deng, Fang Liu, Yi Tang, Ruhua Huang, Wuhan University; Miguel Baptista Nunes, University of Sheffield;

Title: UMLS-Based Analysis of Medical Terminology Coverage for Tags in Diabetes-Related Blogs
Authors: Zhe He, Min Sook Park, Zhiwei Chen, Florida State University

Best Poster Awards

The poster category award was judged based on the submitted abstract and also the resulting presentation at the iConference.

2016 Winners (tie)

Title: Arena: Designing an Adventure Video Game for Second Language Engagement and Acquisition
Authors: Nicole Lane, Ethan Fletcher, Yanming Wang, Nathan Prestopnik, Ithaca College
Click here to view abstract on IDEALS.


Title: Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior
Authors: Toine Bogers, Aalborg University Copenhagen; Maria Gäde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Mark Hall, Edge Hill University; Mette Skov, Aalborg University
Click here to view abstract on IDEALS.

Runners Up, in aplphabetical order

Title: BABY ElEPHãT – Building an Analytical BibliographY for a Prosopography in Early English Imprint Data
Authors: Nushrat Jahan Khan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, Kevin R. Page, University of Oxford

Title: The Evolution of Latino Threat Narrative from 1997 to 2014
Authors: Kai Wei, Yu-Ru Lin, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Familism: The Transitional Journey of a Latina LIS Doctoral Student
Author: Frank Aviles, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

iSchools Video Contest

The results of the iSchools Video Conference were announced at iConference 2016. Click here to view the videos and learn more about the winners.

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2016 Keynote Speakers

The following three keynote presentations were made at iConference 2016.

M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Provost, Drexel University
Keynote presentation: Monday, March 21, 8:30-10:00 am, Regency Ballroom

Our opening keynote speaker on Monday, March 21, will be Executive Vice President and Provost and computer scientist/software engineer M. Brian Blake, Ph.D. His presentation will highlight three distinct projects: informatics for spanning scientific workflows across cloud environments, approaches for energy-efficient service-oriented systems across geographically distributed networks, and infrastructures that leverage mixed human and Web service systems to conduct Big Data analytics.

Blake’s keynote address touches on this year’s iConference theme, “Partnership with Society,” in discussing how these projects provide advantages for important societal challenges in sustainability and national security.

According to Blake, the Internet has matured in such a way that systems and humans are able to exchange information to perform common tasks. Web-scale workflow is our vision towards a paradigm of platforms that integrate human and software collaboration on networked platforms; for this paradigm, managing information is key.

M. Brian Blake, Ph.D. is the executive vice president and provost at Drexel University, where he serves as chief academic officer of the University and has responsibility for all of the University’s academic functions. The Office oversees all academic programs of study as well as supporting academic and administrative offices.

Prior to joining Drexel, Blake served as vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami. Before joining UM, Blake was professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean of engineering, research and graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Blake was department chair and director of graduate studies in computer science at Georgetown University. In industry, Blake spent six years working as a software architect, technical lead and expert developer with General Electric, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and The MITRE Corporation.

Blake’s research interests include investigating software engineering approaches for the integration of Web-based systems. His scholarly activities have been funded by more than $10 million in sponsored research awards from various government and commercial organizations (e.g., AFRL, AFOSR, DARPA, Department of Education, FAA, NIH, NSF, IBM, MITRE, SAIC). He has authored or co-authored more than 160 journal articles, books/book chapters and refereed conference/workshop papers.

In addition to his role as executive vice president and provost, Blake holds appointments in Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics (as distinguished professor of systems and software engineering), in the College of Engineering (as professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) and in the College of Medicine (as professor of neuroengineering).

Blake earned his doctorate in information and software engineering from George Mason University, a master of science in electrical engineering from Mercer University, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Robin Hauser Reynolds

Director/Producer, Finish Line Features, LLC
Keynote presentation: Tuesday, March 22, 8:30-10:00 am, Regency Ballroom
Film screenings: Monday, March 21, 3:30-5:00 pm; Tuesday, March 22, 3:30 am-5:00 pm and 7:00-8:30 pm, Regency Ballroom

Our featured speaker on Tuesday, March 22, will be documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds. Her presentation will explore the reasons behind the dearth of American female and minority software engineers, including the reasons for the gender gap and digital divide, as explored in her most recent film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap.

This documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how stereotypes, educational hurdles, lack of role models and sexism all contribute to this national crisis. What would society gain from having more women and minorities involved in coding? How can we inspire change in cultural mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding? There will be three screenings of CODE during the conference, followed by a Q/A with the director.

The film screening and Reynolds’ participation are generously supported by iConference 2016 sponsor Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company.

The topic of female and minority participation is an ideal fit with this year’s theme of “Partnership with Society,” and the iConference is proud to make Reynolds and her work available to participants. Reynolds will participant in a Q&A following each film screening.

“The ‘CODE’ documentary targets the growing workforce crisis in computing and digital information – a challenge that educators and administrators within the 65 iSchools across the world can help to address,” explains iConference Co-Chair Jane Greenberg, Drexel University’s Alice B. Kroeger Professor. “The film is a must-see for anyone working or teaching within the digital information space.”

Click here to view 2-minute trailer.


Robin Hauser Reynolds is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC. As both a business woman and a longtime professional photographer, Reynolds brings her creative eye and leadership skills to her documentary film projects. Her years in fine art photography give her a keen vision for the artistic design of her films; her experience in the business world affords her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience. Her most recent film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policy makers in Washington, DC and abroad. Previously, Reynolds co-directed and produced the documentary feature, Running for Jim, which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. She has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at the Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive Conference, InspireFest, AT&T Foundry FutureCast, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network. As Director of CODE documentary, Reynolds has been featured in national publications: USA Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times.

Clifford A. Lynch

Coalition for Networked Information
Keynote Presentation: 1:30-3:00 pm, Regency Ballroom

Abstract: Stewardship as a Systematic Future Research Initiative in Schools of Information

I believe that the policies, practices, materials, and systems surrounding stewardship now call for urgent attention as an area of scholarly inquiry and for recogition as an emerging discipline in their own right. this includes an understanding of the composition, status, and evolution of the broad cultural record (which includes, but goes far beyond, the scholarly record). Such intellectual inquiry falls squarely with the remit of I-schools and draws upon a very wide range of disciplines including history, information management, economics of information, information assurance and security, digitial preservation, law, political science, and library, museum and archival practices; the I-school forms the perfect and perhaps only common ground where all these perspectives can come together to meet the challenges. In this talk I will try to sketch the key research questions that such a discipline must engage and explore, as well as making the case for the urgency of the issues and their multi-disciplinary character. These questions include:

  1. Defining and mapping the cultural record and understanding how it is evolving in scale and shape; tracking how much of this record is being managed at present.
  2. Developing methods and systems for selection, appraisal, re-appraisal and triage in the face of massively inadequate resources; seeking balances among centralization, cooperation, and distributed decision making.
  3. Legal and public policy issues surrounding archiving and stewardship, memory, privacy, creators rights and similar issues (including but going far beyond copyright). Also, responsible behavior norms in a digital world to honor stewardship.
  4. Understanding stewardship insitutitons and their roles, collaboration, succession and sustainability.
  5. Understanding the dynamics of stewardship and stewardship transitions, both from creators to stewards, and from one steward to another. When and why do stewardship failures occur, and what can be done to reduce them?


Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

In 2011 he was appointed co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI); he serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.

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2016 Sponsors

The iSchools organization and the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics are grateful to the following for their generous support of iConference 2016.

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

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.

Since 1847, Penn Mutual has been driven by our noble purpose to create a world of possibilities. At the heart of this purpose is the belief that life insurance is the most protective, responsible and rewarding action a person can take, and is central to a sound financial plan. The company is committed to helping families unlock life’s possibilities through life insurance and annuity solutions. This is accomplished through a national network of financial professionals, who help clients make great things possible. Penn Mutual supports its field representatives with brokerage services through Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc., (HTK) Registered Investment Advisor and wholly owned subsidiary. Member FINRA/SIPC.

Founded in 1967, Emerald today manages a range of digital products, a portfolio of nearly 300 journals, more than 2,500 books and over 450 teaching cases. More than 3,000 Emerald articles are downloaded every hour of every day. The network of contributors includes over 100,000 advisers, authors and editors. Globally, Emerald has an extraordinary reach with 12 offices worldwide and more than 4,000 customers in over 120 countries.

The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information and its programs enjoy remarkable leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of communication, journalism, integrated strategic communication, media arts and studies, and library and information science. The College of Communication and Information is a member of the iSchools organization.

Morgan & Claypool Publishers is an independent publisher of digital-first scholarly eBooks (‘Lectures’) for the Engineering, Computer Science, Life Science, and Physics research communities.





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