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Location: Westin Wuhan Wuchang Hotel, Wuhan, China
March 22-25, 2017
Hosts: Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department
Conference Theme: Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community
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By the Numbers

Total registered participants: 482

Completed Research Papers: 30 (acceptance rate 34%)
Preliminary Results Research Papers: 36
Chinese Papers: 45
Posters: 68
Workshops: 5
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: 7
Special Panels and iSchool-Related Presentations: 8
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 19

Rates (listed in GBP):

   Early Bird (10/05 -12/05)
 Regular (12/16 – 02/15)  Late (from 02/16)
Standard Registration
 $415  $475  $540
 Student Registration
(full-time, enrolled)
 $300  $360  $420
 One Day Only  $290  $330  $380

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2017 Supporting Materials

Official Proceedings

Workshop Proposals and Results

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Proposals

Special Panel Proposals

iSchool Best Practices Proposals

iSchools and Industry Partnership Presentations and Proposals

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2017 Organizers

Conference Chairs: Qing Fang, Wuhan University: School of Information Management; Sam Oh, Sungkyunkwan University: Library & Information Science and Data Science Department 

Program Chairs: Wonsik Jeff Shim, Sungkyunkwan University: Library & Information Science and Data Science Department; Chuanfu Chen, Wuhan University: School of Information Management 

Local Arrangements Chairs: Lihong Zhou, Wuhan University: School of Information Management; Fei Wang, Wuhan University: School of Information Management: Jie Xu, Wuhan University: School of Information Management

Papers Chairs: Jian Qin, Syracuse University: School of Information Studies; Mika Grundstrom University of Tampere: School of Information Sciences; Jevin West, University of Washington: Information School

Poster Chairs:  Ann-Sofie Axelsson, University of Boras: The Swedish School of Library and Information Science; Min Song Yonsei University: Library and Information Science; Esfandiar Haghverdi, Indiana University: School of Informatics and Computing;

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University: School of Information Studies; Bella Jing Zhang, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou: School of Information Management; Pia Borlund, University of Copenhagen: Royal School of Library and Information Science; Jiangping Chen, University of North Texas: College of Information;

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Marcia Zeng, Kent State University; Kathy Burnett, Florida State University: College of Communication and Information; Antonio Soares, University of Porto: Faculty of Engineering in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts 

Workshops Chairs: Noa Aharony, Bar-Ilan University: Department of Information Science; Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh: School of Information Sciences; Fred Ye, Nanjing University: School of Information Management 

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Chairs: Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina: School of Information and Library Science; Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield: Information School; Jin Ha Lee, University of Washington: Information School

Doctoral Dissertation Award Chairs: Michael Seadle, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan: School of Information; Masooda Bashir, University of Illinois: Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Chinese Papers Track Chairs: Ruhua Huang, Wuhan University: School of Information Management; Wei Lu, Wuhan University: School of Information Management; Dan Wu, Wuhan University: School of Information Management

iSchool Best Practices Chairs:  Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina: School of Information and Library Science; Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba: Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies ; Ann-Sofie Axelsson, University of Boras: The Swedish School of Library and Information Science

iSchools and Industry Partnership Chairs: Sean McGann, University of Washington: Information School; Gobinda Chowdhury, Northumbria University: Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences; Joon Lee, Seoul National University, Korea: School of Convergence Science and Technology; 

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iSchools

Conference Administrative Assistant: Molly Sanders, iSchools

Proceedings Editor: Wjatscheslaw Sterzer

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Program Committee

Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Denice Adkins, University of Missouri
Naresh Agarwal, Simmons
Jim Andrews, University of South Florida
Ann-Sofie Axelsson, University of Boras
Tim Baldwin, University of Melbourne
Dania Bilal, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Leanne Bowler, University of Pittsburgh
Josep Cobarsi Morales, Open University of Catalonia
Constantinos Coursaris, Michigan State University
Gianluca Demartini, University of Sheffield
Stephen Downie, University of Illinois
Karen Fisher, University of Washington
Paul Gandel, Syracuse University
Lisa Given, Charles Sturt University
Sara Grimes, University of Toronto
Lorna Hughes, University of Glasgow
Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam
Robert Kauffman, Singapore Management University
Diane Kelly, University of Tennessee
Kyung-Sun “Sunny” Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Young Seek Kim, University of Kentucky
Lars Konzack, University of Copenhagen
Andy Koronios, University of South Australia
Serap Kurbanoğlu, Hacettepe University
Philippe Lenca, Télécom Bretagne
Claire R. McInerney, Rutgers University
Julie McLeod, University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Ruth Nalumaga, Makerere University
Sanghee Oh, Florida State University
Virginia Ortíz-Repiso Jiménez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Jung-ran Park, Drexel University
Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Nils Pharo, University College Oslo and Akershus
Peter Reid, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
David Reitter, Penn State University
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University
Reijo Savolainen, University of Tampere
Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin
Elizabeth Shepherd, University College London
Antonio Lucas Soares, University of Porto
Martin Souček, Charles University in Prague
Eduardo Vendrell Vidal, Polytechnic University of Valencia
Iris Xie, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Yong Jeong Yi, Sungkyunkwan University
Yan Zhang, University of Texas Austin
Lihong Zhou, Wuhan University

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2017 Awards

The following awards were presentation at iConference 2017.

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 an international jury made up of iSchool leadership and faculty. The winner received $2,500 U.S., the runner up $1,000 U.S. Both honorees were recognized during the banquet on Thursday, March 23.

2017 Winner
Rachel Ivy Clarke, University of Washington Information School
“It’s Not Rocket Library Science: Design Epistemology and American Librarianship”
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2017 Runner Up
Jasy Liew Suet Yan, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
“Fine-Grained Emotion Detection in Microblog Text”
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Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper

Sponsored by Microsoft, 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, 22 March. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Click here for past winners.

2017 Winning Paper
Title: An In-Depth Analysis of Tags and Controlled Metadata for Book Search
Authors: Toine Bogers, Aalborg University Copenhagen; Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Let’s Workout! Exploring Social Exercise in an Online Fitness Community
Authors: Li Zeng, University of Washington; Zack W. Almquist, University of Minnesota; Emma S. Spiro, University of Washington
Title: Location Matters: Geospatial Policy Analytics over Time For Household Hazardous Waste Collection in California
Authors: Kustini Lim-Wavde, Robert J. Kauffman, Tin Seong Kam, Singapore Management University; Gregory S. Dawson, Arizona State University
Title: Re-intermediation in the Fashion Industry: A Qualitative Study on Brokers in the Dongdae-mun Fashion District
Authors: Min-Joon Kim, Nuri Na, Joong-Seek Lee, Seoul National University
Title: Writing to Persuade: Analysis and Detection of Persuasive Discourse
Authors: Taraneh Khazaei, University of Western Ontario; Lu Xiao, Syracuse University; Robert Mercer, University of Western Ontario

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, 23 March.

2017 Winner:
Title: CORA: A Platform to Support Citation Context Analysis
Authors: Bei Yu, Yatish Hegde, Yingya Li, Syracuse University

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Activity Patterns of Collaborative Sensemaking in Small Discussion Groups
Authors: Zhe Wang, Jiaxin An, Pengyi Zhang, Peking University
Title: Apples vs oranges or two fruits? Level of detail in literature reviews
Authors: Elke Greifeneder, Kirsten Schlebbe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Title: Community involvement in the Management of Palm Leaf Manuscripts as Lanna Cultural Material in Thailand
Authors: Piyapat Jarusawat, Andrew Cox, Jo Bates, University of Sheffield
Title: Impact of Location-based Augmented Reality Games on People’s Information Behavior: A Case Study of Pokémon GO
Authors: Jin Ha Lee, Travis Windleharth, Jason Yip, Marc Schmalz, University of Washington

Best Chinese Paper

iConference 2017 offered a special track for Chinese Papers. All papers were written and presented in English. The winners were determined by a special committee under direction of the Chinese Papers Co-Chairs.

2017 Winner
Title: Digitizing Dunhuang Cultural Heritage: A User Evaluation of Mogao Cave Panorama Digital Library
Authors: Xiao Hu, Eric M. Y. Ho, Chen Qiao, University of Hong Kong

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Exploring the Value System on Open Government Data in China
Authors: Ruhua Huang, Baiyang Li, Lihong Zhou, Xinyuan Zhang, Wuhan University
Title: Latent Topic Model based Review Opinion Clustering and Measurement
Author: Hui Nie, Sun Yat-sen University
Title: Roles in Enterprise R&D Data Curation from Perspective of Data Governance
Authors: Zhenjia Fan, Xiu Zhang, Nankai University
Title: A Study on the Relationship between Users’ Mobile Search and APP Usage
Authors: Dan Wu, Shaobo Liang, Yuan Tang, Wuhan University

Best Poster:

The 2017 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 Friday, March 24.

2017 Winner
Title: Wikipedia Based Automatic Diagnosis Prediction in Clinical Decision Support System
Authors: Danchen Zhang, Daqing He, Sanqiang Zhao, University of Pittsburgh; Lei Li, Nanjing University of Science and Technology

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Automatic Course Website Discovery from Search Engine Results
Authors: Rui Meng, Zexin Zhao, Yu Chi, Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh
Title: Leveraging Social Media to Facilitate Intergenerational Learning: Bridging Digital Immigrants with Digital Natives
Authors: Yuxiang Zhao, Nanjing University of Science and Technology; Yutian Shi, Qinghua Zhu, Nanjing University
Title: Research on duplication of Personal Names in Chinese Authority File
Authors: Yanqing Shi, Jianjun Sun, Nanjing University; Junzhi Jia, Shanxi University
Title: Understanding transdisciplinary scholarly communication in the field of joint attention
Authors: Jian Xu, Sun Yat-sen University; Ying Ding, Indiana University

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2017 Keynote Speakers

The following keynote presentations were made at iConference 2017.

Mike Eisenberg

Dean and Professor Emeritus, University of Washington Information School
Opening Ceremony and Keynote Presentation: Wednesday, March 22, 9:30-11:30 am

iSchools – Our Time is Now! Dean Emeritus Mike Eisenberg is one of the founders of the iSchool movement, and the first to coin the term “iSchool” itself. He also was the first to brand his school as “the Information School” and successfully transformed the University of Washington’s iSchool into a powerhouse. As a true evangelist for iSchools and the information field, he has inspired numerous iSchools worldwide with his passion, vision, and innovative ideas. In this keynote, Mike takes us across thousands of years—from prehistory to the future: (1) to make the case for the importance of our field in every area of human endeavor and (2) to challenge us to think and act big, bold, and deep in our programs, research, and services to humanity in each of our countries and across the globe.

Mike Eisenberg is an educator, scholar, advocate, and mentor whose personal motto is, “make it better!” He was the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool (a term he coined) as a startup—transforming the school into a top-ranked, broad-based information school with academic programs on all levels (bachelors through doctorate), increasing enrollment 400%, generating millions in funded research, and making a difference in industry, the public sector, and education on all levels.

After stepping down as Dean, Mike picked up his research agendas in information problem-solving, digital youth and education, and virtual enviroments securing grants from numerous agencies including the MacArthur Foundation, the US Institute for Museum and Library Services and National Science Foundation. Returning to the classroom, he focused on exciting undergraduates about the information field through the course, “Intellectual Foundations of Informatics” engaging hundreds of students each term through innovative multi-modal teaching methods and challenging content. The iSchool recognized Mike’s excellence in teaching with the 2010 “Pedagogical Recognition for Our Faculty” teaching award and by nominating him in 2012 for the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Prior to the University of Washington, Mike worked as professor of information studies at Syracuse University (1992 Professor of the Year) where he created the Information Institute of Syracuse (including the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, AskERIC, and the Gateway to Education Materials. Mike was recognized at Syracuse Mike is co-author and creator of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (nine books, dozens of articles and papers, hundreds of keynote speeches and presentations) and has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve individual and organizational information and technology access and use. Mike has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Albany (SUNY) and was designated “Distinguided Alumni” from their Rockefeller College in 1990.

Mike was one of the 5 founders (along with Toni Carbo, David Fenske, John King, and Ray Vondran) of the iSchool movement and organization, recognized as such in 2006 with the iSchools Recognition & Leadership award. Mike is a passionate advocate for iSchools and the information field, having consulted or presented on creating or expanding iSchools at over 2 dozen universities and numerous conferences and organizations.

Jason E. Rollins, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Innovation for Clarivate Analytics
Keynote presentation: Thursday, March 23, 8:30-10:00 am

Web of Science Big Data—Powering Next Generation Discovery & Science of Science
In this presentation the Clarivate Analytics Innovation team will present an overview of the Web of Science citation network as a research dataset. The use case for the Web of Science Core Collection as a search and discovery tool is well-established at thousands of institutions worldwide. But the use of its high-quality metadata outside of the platform for big data citation-based studies is still emerging. When researchers need to study science, technology, and innovation trends, they turn to the Web of Science Core Collection as the only comprehensive citation source to provide over 100 years of consistent, global publication data. Several case studies of innovation projects from leading iSchools using Web of Science data will be presented along with both an overview of emerging trends in big data citation analytics and the ways that Clarivate Analytics is leveraging and embracing these technologies.

Jason E. Rollins, Ph.D. is Senior Director of Innovation for Clarivate Analytics, based in San Francisco, California. Jason is a product development and applied research expert with twenty years of experience bringing inventive projects to life for millions of users in the global scientific, academic research, and intellectual property community. In his current role, he leads innovation initiatives driving novel new solutions and enhancements to market-leading products including Web of Science, ScholarOne Manuscripts, InCites, and EndNote. As well, he manages big data co-innovation partnerships with several major university research labs. Jason is an inventor of a dozen U.S. and international software patents. He has experience as a mentor for government and university innovation programs and several Silicon Valley start-ups. He earned his PhD in Educational Technology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where his dissertation research was supported by a U.S. National Science Foundation grant.

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2017 Sponsors

The iSchools organization and co-hosts Wuhan University School of Information Management and Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of iConference 2017.




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