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iConference 2019 Summary

2019 Contents

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By the Numbers
Supporting Materials
Keynote Speakers

2019 Quick Links

Location: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
March 31-April 3, 2019
Hosts: The University of Maryland, College Park: College of Information Studies
Conference Theme: Inform | Include | Inspire
Call for Participation: Click here for pdf of the 2019 CFP 
Submission Template: Springer LNCS template
Program Schedule: Click here for pdf of the online 2019 program schedule.
Printed Program: Click here  to view the printed program that was distributed at the conference
ConfTool Submission and Registration Site: Click here to visit the iConference 2019 ConfTool submission instance while it is still active.
Official Papers Proceedings: Click here for “Information in Contemporary Society” on Springer LNCS.
Posters and Blue Sky Proceedings: Click here to review the 2019 posters abstracts and Blue Sky papers in the IDEALS open repository.
Doctoral Colloquium Brochure: Click here to view the 2019 DC brochure, including biographical information on participants

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By the Numbers

Total registered participants: 593

Full Research Papers: 44 (acceptance rate 33%)
Short Research Papers: 33
Posters: 92
Workshops: 13
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: 14
iSchools Partnerships and Practices presentations: 9
Special Panels and iSchool-Related Presentations: 3
Doctoral Colloquium Participants accepted*: 28
Early Career Colloquium Participants accepted*: 21
Undergraduate Symposium Participants accepted*: 42
*not all accepted particiapnts chose to participate

Rates (listed in GBP):

   Early (11/15 – 1/21)  Regular (1/22 – 02/25)  Late (from 02/26)
General Registration
 $595  $650  $700
Student Registration
(full-time, enrolled)




 One Day Only  $295  $325  $350
 Undgraduate Symposium  $50 $50  $75

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2019 Supporting Materials

Official Proceedings

Workshop Proposals

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Proposals

iSchools Partnerships and Practices Proposals

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2019 Organizers

Conference Chairs: Mega Subramaniam, University of Maryland, College Park; Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University; Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Program Chairs: Michelle H. Martin, University of Washington; Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine

Papers Chairs: Aleksandra Sarcevic, Drexel University; Nicholas Weber, University of Washington

Posters Chairs: Yong Ming Kow, City University of Hong Kong; Eric M. Meyers, University of British Columbia

Workshops Chairs: Gitte Balling, University of Copenhagen; Marianne Martens, Kent State University

SIE Chairs: James Howison, University of Texas at Austin; Kate Marek, Dominican University

Keynotes Chair: Dan Russell, Google, Inc.

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Sun Young Park, University of Michigan

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Hamid R. Ekbia, Indiana University; Dick Kawooya, University of South Carolina

Doctoral Dissertation Chairs: Tawanna Dillahunt, University of Michigan; Volker Wulf, University of Siegen

iSchools Partnerships and Practices Chairs: Elke Greifeneder, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Sean McGann, University of Washington; Timothy Summers, University of Maryland, College Park

Proceedings Chairs: Natalie Taylor, University of South Florida; Caitlin Christian-Lamb, University of Maryland

Student Volunteer Chairs and Mentor: Samantha McDonald, University of California, Irvine; Elizabeth Mills, University of Washington; Nora O’Murchú, University of Limerick (Mentor)

Social Media Chairs: Amelia Gibson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jessica Vitak, University of Maryland, College Park

Undergraduate Symposium Chairs: Matthew Bietz, University of California, Irvine; Yubo Kou, Florida State University

Blue Sky Track Chairs: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University; John King, University of Michigan

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iSchools Inc.

Conference Management: Mary Kendig, University of Maryland

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2019 Awards

The following awards were presented at iConference 2019.

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.

2019 Winner
Maia Jacobs, Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Computing
Personalized Mobile Tools to Support the Cancer Trajectory
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2019 Runner Up
Jennifer King, University of California, Berkeley, School of Information
Privacy, Disclosure, and Social Exchange Theory
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Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper

Sponsored in 2019 by Emerald Publishing, the Lee Dirks Award is presented to the author(s) of the conference’s most outstanding full research paper. The award includes a prize of $5,000 U.S. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks of Microsoft Research, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Click here for past winners.

2019 Winning Paper
Title: Understanding the Role of Privacy and Trust in Intelligent Personal Assistant Adoption
Authors: Yuting Liao, University of Maryland, College Park; Jessica Vitak, University of Maryland, College Park; Priya Kumar, University of Maryland, College Park; Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Katherine Kritikos, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Algorithmic Management and Algorithmic Competencies: Understanding and Appropriating Algorithms in Gig work
Authors: Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Will Sutherland, University of Washington

Title: Documenting the Undocumented: Privacy and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Work with Irregular Migrants
Authors: Sara Vannini, University of Washington; Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington; Bryce Clayton Newell, University of Kentucky

Title: The Innovation Ecology: Collaborative Information, Community Support, and Policy in A Creative Technology Community
Authors: Guo Freeman, Clemson University; Jeffrey Bardzell, Indiana University; Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University; Nathan J McNeese, Clemson University

Title: Understanding Change in a Dynamic Complex Digital Object: Reading Categories of Change out of Patch Notes Documents
Author: Ayse Gursoy, University of Texas at Austin; Karen M. Wickett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Melanie Feinberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Best Short Research Paper

2019 Winner:
Title: Characterizing Same Work Relationships in Large-Scale Digital Libraries
Authors: Peter Organisciak, University of Denver; Summer Shetenhelm, University of Denver; Danielle Francisco Albuquerque Vasques, University of Denver; Krystyna Matusiak, University of Denver

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Illegal Aliens or Undocumented Immigrants? Towards the Automated Identification of Bias by Word Choice and Labeling
Authors: Felix Hamborg, University of Konstanz; Anastasia Zhukova, University of Konstanz; Bela Gipp, University of Wuppertal

Title: Looking for Group: Live Streaming Programming for Small Audiences
Authors: Travis Faas, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Lynn Dombrowski, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Erin Brady, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Andrew Miller, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Title: Proposing “Mobile, Finance, and Information” Toolkit for Financial Inclusion of the Poor in Developing Countries
Authors: Devendra Potnis, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Bhakti Gala, Central University of Gujarat

Title: Public-Private Partnerships in Data Services: Learning From Genealogy
Authors: Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin; Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Laurie Buchholz, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Christine Cullen, University College Dublin

Best Poster:

Finalists were selected based on their abstract submissions, and the winner determined based on their resulting presentation at the conference.

2019 Winner
Title: Algorithmic Accountability in Surveillance Regulation
Authors: Meg Young, Michael Katell, Peter M. Krafft, University of Washington

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Decision-making processes for e-book products: mixture of institutional and rational actions
Author: Mei Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title: The Economic Value of Personal Information Under the Situation of Information Leakage
Authors: Shengli Deng, Haiping Zhao, Wuhan University; Yong Liu, Aalto University School of Business Finland

Title: Leaving No One Behind: Preparing China’s Public Librarians for Providing Multicultural Services to Ethnic Minorities
Authors: Lihong Zhou, Cheng Cui, Wuhan University; Tim Zijlstra, University of Derby

Title: Towards a Domain Ontology for Data Assemblages
Author: Ceilyn Boyd, Simmons University

Blue Sky Papers Awards

Awards for this special track were funded by a grant from the Computer Research Association, with $1,000 going to the first place paper, $750 to second and $500 to third.

First Place:
Title: Disrupting the Coming Robot Stampedes: Designing Resilient Information Ecologies
Authors: Philip Gregory Feldman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and ASRC Federal; Aaron Dant, ASRC Federal; Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Second Place:
Title: Troubled Worlds: Bringing Bodies and the Environment into Computing Research, Practice, and Pedagogy
Authors: Megan Finn, University of Washington; Daniela Rosner, University of Washington

Third Place
Title: Human Security Informatics: A Human-centered Approach to Tackling Information and Recordkeeping Issues Integral to Societal Grand Challenges
Authors: Anne J. Gilliland, University of California, Los Angeles; Kathy Carbone, University of California, Los Angeles

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2019 Keynote Speakers

The following speakers made keynote presentations at iConference 2019.

Kentaro Toyama

Monday, April 1, 2019, 8:30 am

Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. He is the author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. From 2005-2009, Toyama was co-founder and assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India. There, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world’s poorest communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support their socio-economic development. Prior to his time in India, Toyama did research in artificial intelligence, computer vision, and human-computer interaction at Microsoft and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Ghana. Toyama graduated from Yale with a Ph.D. in computer science and from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in physics. 

Presentation abstract:

Technology’s Law of Amplification, and What It Means for iSchools
The same social media that connects us with friends and colleagues accelerates fake news. The same Internet that enables international banking allows remote theft and ransomware. The same digital technology that empowers economic growth exacerbates inequality. In 2015, I published a book, Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology(PublicAffairs), that proposed that a simple “Law of Amplification” explained and even predicted these kinds of information technology impacts — positive, negative, and in between. My hope was to influence two key groups familiar to the information community: technologists interested in social change, and social activists excited about applying technology.

Four years out, I am not sure what the net impact of the book has been, but I have received a lot of excellent feedback. In this talk, I will overview the amplification thesis, discuss the feedback I have heard (and not heard), and highlight a paradoxical consequence of technological amplification — that in an age of advanced technology, people and institutions matter even more than before. This last point hints at an essential, discipline-unifying role for Schools of Information that I would like to propose for the iConference community.

Brewster Kahle

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 8:30 am

Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than 25 years. Since the mid-1980s, Kahle has focused on developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. In 1989 Kahle invented the Internet’s first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system. In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive which may be the largest digital library. At the same time, he co-founded Alexa Internet which helps catalog the Web in April 1996, which was sold to in 1999.

Kahle earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982.

Presentation Abstract:
Today, a growing majority of people get their information online—often filtered through for-profit platforms. For many, if a book isn’t online, it’s as if it doesn’t exist. Yet much of modern knowledge still lives only on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries haven’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, ebook restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure.

But now, through innovations in technology and new legal frameworks, we have the power to transform our library system and bring it into the digital age. The Internet Archive’s Open Libraries project is working with library partners across the country to bring 4 million books online, starting with a wishlist of the most widely held and used books in libraries and classrooms. Our project includes expanded circulation of these digital books, enabling libraries who own the physical works to lend digital copies to their patrons.

Through Open Libraries, thousands of libraries can unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, ensuring free, long-term, public access to knowledge.

Carla Hayden

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 8:30 am

Carla Diane Hayden is an American librarian and the 14th Librarian of Congress. She is the first woman and the first African American to hold the post, and she is the first professional librarian appointed to the post in over 60 years.

Hayden attended Roosevelt University in Chicago (B.A., political science, 1973), also earning a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School (1977, 1987).

Hayden began her library career at the Chicago Public Library. From 1973 to 1979, she worked as an Associate/Children’s Librarian and from 1979 to 1982, she was Young Adult Services Coordinator. From 1982 to 1987, Hayden worked as a Library Services Coordinator at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Following this, she was the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland from 1993 until 2016. She advanced the Baltimore library system into the digital age, greatly expanding the library’s digital resources, increasing the number of computers available to the public, and opening an after-school center for teens. During her tenure with the Baltimore library, she oversaw the opening of the system’s first new branch in more than three decades.

During this time, she became the president of the American Library Association (ALA) from 2003 to 2004, choosing as the theme of her presidency “Equity of Access.” In this role, Hayden was vocal in her public opposition to the Patriot Act, leading a battle for the protections of library users’ privacy.

On February 24, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress.

On July 13, 2016, she was confirmed as Librarian of Congress by a 74-18 vote in the United States Senate. Hayden was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on September 14, 2016. Even though more than eighty percent of American librarians are women, for over two hundred years, the position of Librarian of Congress was filled exclusively by white men, making her appointment notably historic.

Presentation abstract:

Libraries in the Digital Age: Now What? The Library of Congress is leading the way in having collections and resources digitized and accessible online. As we navigate through new technologies and applications, how do libraries adopt to the changing digital landscape and keeping users engaged?

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2019 Sponsors

The iSchools organization and host school University of Maryland, College Park are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of iConference 2019.




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