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iConference 2018 Summary

2018 Contents

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By the Numbers
Supporting Materials
Keynote Speakers

2018 Quick Links

Location: The University of Sheffield Campus
March 25-28, 2018
Hosts: The Information School at the University of Sheffield and The iSchool at Northumbria University
Conference Theme: Transforming Digital Worlds
Call for Participation: Click here
Submission Template: Springer LNCS template
Interactive Schedule: Click here to view a pdf of the 2018 online schedule.
ConfTool Submission and Registration Site: Click here to visit the iConference 2018 ConfTool submission instance while it is still active.
Official Papers Proceedings: Click here for “Transforming Digital Worlds” on Springer LNCS
Posters Proceedings: Click here to review the 2018 posters abstracts in the IDEALS open repository.
Doctoral Colloquium Brochure: Click here to view the 2018 DC online brochure.

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By the Numbers

Total registered participants: 468

Completed Research Papers: 42 (acceptance rate 30%)
Preliminary Results Research Papers: 40
Posters: 67
Workshops: 10
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: 13
Special Panels and iSchool-Related Presentations: 2
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 14

Rates (listed in GBP):

  Early (thru Jan. 19) Late (Jan. 20 onward)
Standard Registration £360 £420
Student Registration
(full-time, enrolled)



One Day Only £200 £225

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2018 Supporting Materials

Official Proceedings

Workshop Proposals

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Proposals

iSchool Best Practices Proposals

iSchools and Industry Partnership Presentations and Proposals

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2018 Organizers

Conference Chairs: Val Gillet, University of Sheffield; Peter Bath, University of Sheffield; Gobinda Chowdhury, Northumbria University

Program Chairs: Julie McLeod, The iSchool at Northumbria University; Peter Willett, The Information School at Sheffield

Papers Chairs: Kendra Albright, Kent State University; Noa Aharony, Bar-Ilan University; Mei Mei Wu, National Taiwan Normal University

Posters Chairs: Hideo Joho, University of Tsukuba; Frank Hopfgartner, University of Glasgow

Workshops Chairs: Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield; Alex Peng, Sun Yat-sen University

SIE Chairs: Jenna Hartel, University of Toronto; Theresa Anderson, University of Technology Sydney

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University; Elizabeth Shepherd, University College London

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin; Carsten Oesterlund, Syracuse University

Doctoral Dissertation Chairs: Joseph Tennis, University of Washington; Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

iSchool Best Practices Chairs: Ann-Sofie Axelsson, University of Boras; António Lucas Soares, University of Porto

iSchools and Industry Partnership Chairs: Yvon Kermarrec, Telecom Bretagne; Sean T. McGann, University of Washington

Technical Chair: Andy Stones, University of Sheffield

Sponsorship Chair: Stephen Pinfield, University of Sheffield

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iSchools

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2018 Awards

The following awards were presentation at iConference 2018.

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.

2018 Winner
Galen Panger, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
“Emotion in Social Media”
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2018 Runner Up
Paul H. Cleverley, Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University,
“Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: Towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes”
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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. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Click here for past winners.

2018 Winning Paper
Title: Understanding Interactions Between Municipal Police Departments and the Public on Twitter
Authors: Yun Huang, Qunfang Wu, Syracuse University (USA)

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Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Giveme5W: Main Event Retrieval from News Articles by Extraction of the Five Journalistic W Questions
Authors: Felix Hamborg, Sören Lachnit, Moritz Schubotz, Thomas Hepp, Bela Gipp, University of Konstanz (Germany)

Title: How to Assess Cloud Service Contracts? A Checklist for Trustworthy Records in the Cloud
Authors: Marie Demoulin, Universite de Montreal (Canada); Jessica Bushey, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Germany); Robert McLelland, no affiliation (Canada)

Title: Privacy Attitudes and Data Valuation Among Fitness Tracker Users
Authors: Jessica Vitak, Yuting Liao, Priya Kumar, University of Maryland (USA); Michael Zimmer, Katie C. Kritikos, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA)

Title: Reckoning With: Information Use and Engaging With Strategic Decisions in High Tech Work
Author: Christine T. Wolf, University of California, Irvine, IBM Research (USA)

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.

2018 Winner:
Title: Using citizen science projects to develop cases for teaching digital curation
Author: Amber L. Cushing, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Data Journalism: Practices, Skills, Opportunities and Values
Author: Bahareh R. Heravi, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Title: Domestic Migrant Workers in Israel: The strength of weak ties
Author: Jenny Bronstein, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

Title: Metadata Versus Full-Text: Tracking Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) Users’ Behavior
Authors: Daniel Gelaw Alemneh, Mark Phillips, University of North Texas (USA)

Title: Uncovering Hidden Insights for Information Management: Examination and Modeling of Change in Digital Collection Metadata
Authors: Oksana L. Zavalina, Shadi Shakeri, Priya Kizhakkethil, Mark E. Phillips, University of North Texas (USA)

Best Poster:

The 2018 best poster was selected by the Posters Chairs and a committee of their own choosing. Finalists are selected based on their abstract submissions, and the winner is judged by their resulting presentation at the conference.

2018 Winner
Title: The Emergence of Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use during and after the Libyan Uprising
Authors: Skina Musbah Ehdeed, Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield (UK)

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Charities’ perceptions of open access to medical research: a situational analysis
Author: Emily Beatrice Nunn, University of Sheffield (UK)

Title: ICT, Aspirations, and Career Decisions: Does Access to Information Change How Nigerian Students Make Career Decisions?
Authors: Philip J. Reed, University of Washington (USA); Rislan Abdulazeez Kanya, Baze University (Nigeria)

Title: Perceptions and Experiences of Qualitative Open Data (PEQOD): Exploratory Pilot
Author: Michelle M. Kazmer, Florida State University (USA)

Title: Respectful Reuse of Digital Records of Practice
Authors: Daniel Delmonaco, Rutgers University (USA)

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2018 Keynote Speakers

The following speakers made keynote presentations at iConference 2018.

Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway

Monday, March 26, 9:00

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC Research, is the President of the Association of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). Lynn held the Chair of Excellence position at the Departmento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield scholar and a Visiting Scholar at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has received research funding from the IMLS in the US and Jisc and the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. She is the co-author of Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 6th ed., has authored numerous other publications, and frequently is an international and national speaker on how individuals get their information and engage with technology and the assessment and development of user-centered library services.

Click here to find out more about Dr. Connaway.
Click here to view Dr. Connaway’s presentation slides.

Dr. Susan Dumais

Tuesday, March 27, 9:00

Susan Dumais a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft, Deputy Managing Director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond, and an adjunct professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was at Bell Labs, where she worked on Latent Semantic Analysis (an early word embedding technique to support concept-based retrieval), techniques for combining search and navigation, and organizational impacts of new technology. Her current research focuses on user modeling and personalization, context and search, and temporal dynamics of information. She has worked closely with several Microsoft groups (Bing, Windows Desktop Search, SharePoint, and Office Online Help) on search-related innovations. Susan has published widely in the fields of information science, human-computer interaction and cognitive science, and holds several patents on novel retrieval algorithms and interfaces. She is Past-Chair of ACM SIGIR, and serves on several editorial boards, technical program committees, and government panels. She was elected to the CHI Academy in 2005, an ACM Fellow in 2006, received the SIGIR Gerard Salton Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2011, received the ACM Athena Lecturer and Tony Kent Strix Awards in 2014, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in 2015, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Science in 2016.

Professor Luciano Floridi

Tuesday, March 27, 13:30

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford and Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (ATI). Among his recent books, all published by Oxford University Press: The Fourth Revolution – How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014), The Ethics of Information (2013), The Philosophy of Information (2011). He is a member of the EU’s Ethics Advisory Group on Ethical Dimensions of Data Protection, of the Royal Society and British Academy Working Group on Data Governance, of Google Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten”. He is Chairman of the Ethics Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework and of the ATI’s Working Group on Data Ethics.

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2018 Sponsors

The iSchools organization and co-hosts University of Sheffield and Northumbria University are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of iConference 2018.




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