Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Total participants: 467
Rates (listed in GBP):
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
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
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
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
Sponsorship Coordinator: Caroline Fritz, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University
Naresh Agarwal, Simmons
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 Runner Up
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:
Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: (In)visible Cities: An Exploration of Social Identity, Anonymity and Location-Based Filtering on Yik Yak
Title: iSchools, Legitimacy, and the Contribution of Archival Studies to the iSchool Movement
Title: Noisy Candidates and Informative Politicians: Analyzing Changes in Tweet Behavior using Tweet Quality Assessment Framework
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.
Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Open Post Publication Peer Review: An Innovation in Scientific Communication
Title: Beyond the Organisational Boundaries: Identifying External Barriers to Patient-centred Healthcare Knowledge Sharing
Title: UMLS-Based Analysis of Medical Terminology Coverage for Tags in Diabetes-Related Blogs
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
Title: Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior
Runners Up, in aplphabetical order
Title: BABY ElEPHãT – Building an Analytical BibliographY for a Prosopography in Early English Imprint Data
Title: The Evolution of Latino Threat Narrative from 1997 to 2014
Title: Familism: The Transitional Journey of a Latina LIS Doctoral Student
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.
M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost, Drexel University
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.
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
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
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:
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.