For the first time in the history of the iConference series, iConference 2020 was conducted virtually, with presenters and participants around the world using Zoom video conferencing technology to take part remotely. Originally scheuled to take place in Borås, Sweden, iConference 2020 was transitioned to an all-virtual format in response to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Location: Virtual, via Zoom video conferencing
Conference Theme: Sustainable Digital Communities
Call for Participation: 2020 CFP
ConfTool Submission and Registration Site: Users can visit the iConference 2020 ConfTool submission instance while it remains active.
Host Welcome Address: Video address by Helena Francke and Tor Arne Dahl
iSchools Chair Welcome: Message from Gobinda Chowdhury
Outgoing Chair Farewell: Message from Sam Oh
Total registered virtual participants: 390
Full Research Papers: 27 (acceptance rate 30%)
Rates (listed in Swedish Krona):
Eleven workshops were initially accepted for iConference 2020. As a result of the transition fo a vitural format, eight were subsequently cancelled by their organizers. The following three workshops took place via Zoom.
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Proposals
Local Organizing Committee Chair: Alen Doracic, University of Borås
Sponsorship Chair: Nasrine Olson, University of Borås
Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, The iSchools
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.
2020 Runner Up
Values in Knowledge Organization Standards: A Value Analysis of Resource Description and Access (RDA)
Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper
Sponsored in 2019 by Springer Nature, the Lee Dirks Award is presented to the author(s) of the conference’s most outstanding full research paper. The 2020 award included a prize of $1,000 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.
2020 Winning Paper
Authors: Jan Rörden, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria); Doris Gruber, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Austria); Martin Krickl, Austrian National Library (Austria); Bernhard Haslhofer, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria)
2020 Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: AI Models and Their Worlds: Investigating Data-Driven, AI/ML Ecosystems Through a Work Practices Lens
Author: Christine T. Wolf, IBM Research (USA)
Title: Educating for democracy? The role of media and information literacy education for pupils in Swedish compulsory school
Authors: Hanna Carlsson, Linneaus University (Sweden); Olof Sundin, Lund University (Sweden)
Title:“In the beginning, it was little whispers…now, we’re almost a roar”: Conceptualizing a model for community and self in LGBTQ+ health information practices
Authors: Vanessa L. Kitzie, University of South Carolina (USA); Travis L. Wagner, University of South Carolina (USA); A. Nick Vera, University of South Carolina (USA)
Title: Trolling Trump
Author: Pnina Fichman, Indiana University - Bloomington (USA)
Best Short Research Paper
Title: Challenges in Organizing and Accessing Video Game Artifacts
Authors: Jin Ha Lee, University of Washington (USA); Marc Schmalz, University of Washington (USA); Stephen Keating, University of Washington (USA); Jeewon Ha, University of Washington (USA)
2020 RUNNERS UP
Title: How does media reflect the OA and Non-OA scientific literature? A case study of Environment Sustainability
Authors: Tahereh Dehdarirad, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden); Jonathan Freer, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden); Alexander Mladenovic, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
Title: Indigenous Cultural Sustainability in a Digital World: Two Case Studies from Aotearoa New Zealand
Authors: Anne Goulding, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); Jennifer Campbell-Meier, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); Allan Sylvester, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Title: On the Breakdown of the Controlled Environment Paradigm in Norwegian Archival Repositories
Author: Herbjørn Andresen, Oslo Metropolitan University
Title: The What of Data: Sharing Appropriate Scientific Research
Author: Bernadette Marie Boscoe, University of Washington (USA)
Title: Who Gave You the Right?: Exploring Power and Politics in Journalism and Academic Work Chronicling Hurricane Maria
Authors: Amy Chew, University of Michigan, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Gabriela C. Delgado-Fernandini, University of Puerto Rico, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Jamario Devon Cantrell, Vanderbilt University, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Daniel Carter, Texas State University, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3)
2020 RUNNERS UP
Title: Dealing with privacy - Personal Privacy from a research data management perspective
Authors: Live Håndlykken Kvale, Oslo Metropolitan University; Peter Thomas Darch, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Title: Digital Literacy Initiatives in Canada: Exploring Successes from Multiple Perspectives
Authors: Heidi Julien, University at Buffalo, SUNY; Brian Detlor, McMaster University
Title: “I Like the Way the Skin Looks”: Player Perspectives on Aesthetic Appeal and Self-Representation With Video Game “Skins”
Authors: Alia Fatima Reza, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Adanna Floris Nedd, The Pennsylvania State University, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Sabrina Chu, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Amy Castillo, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Zuaira Khan, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Daniel Lowell Gardner, University of California, Irvine, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3)
Title: Telling Multifaceted Stories with Humanities Data: Visualizing Book of Hours Manuscripts
Authors: Rongqian Ma, University of Pittsburgh; Kai Li, Drexel University
The following speakers made keynote presentations at iConference 2020.
Dr. Lina Dencik
Biography: Lina Dencik is Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, UK and is Co-Founder of the Data Justice Lab. She has published widely on digital media and the politics of data and is currently Principal Investigator of the DATAJUSTICE project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Her publications include “Media and Global Civil Society” (Palgrave, 2012), “Worker Resistance and Media” (Peter Lang, 2015), and “Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society” (Polity, 2018).
Presentation: Civic Participation in the Datafied Society
From the speaker: "The use of data and algorithmic processes for decision-making is now a growing part of social life and helps determine decisions that are central to our ability to participate in society, such as welfare, education, crime, work, and if we can cross borders. Citizens are increasingly assessed, profiled, categorized and ‘scored’ according to data assemblages, their future behavior is predicted through data processing, and services are allocated accordingly.
"In a datafied society, state-citizen relations become quasi-automated and dependent on digital infrastructures. This raises significant challenges for democratic processes, active citizenship and public engagement.
"In this talk I will engage with the question of advancing civic participation in a context of rapid technological and social transformation, considering also experiments in new democratic practices to ensure legitimacy, transparency, accountability and intervention in relation to data-driven governance. In so doing, I will outline emerging terrains for developing civic agency in a datafied society."
Biography: Jussi Karlgren is a principal research scientist at Spotify and one of the founding partners of the text analysis company Gavagai. He has worked with language technology and interaction with information since 1987. His main research interest is on how to design a learning knowledge representation to handle the continuously changing form and content of human information and to meet the broad variety of human information needs an information system meets with, including entertainment and diversion. He believes human language to be very well designed representation and that technology to handle it should embrace its characteristics instead of viewing them as problems. Jussi Karlgren has worked on stylistic variation and genres in language and on large scale semantic spaces for application e.g. to sentiment analysis.
Presentation: Information Access for Evolving Media Usage
From the speaker: "The media usage habits of the population at large change, which has effects for the educational system, for memory institutions, for the media industry, and therefore for those of us who develop technology for information access. Many of the current changes are easy to observe through introspection or through observing how people in our vicinity consume media and information: people read text on screens; watch lectures and educational material in video clips; listen to literary material and to short written texts superimposed on brief video clips to their near and dear; and stream music and movies instead of purchasing physical objects to place in shelves in their homes. There are very obvious challenges for technology having to do with how we make documents and their content accessible for search and exploration across media types, and we do not quite know what effects today's changes have on tomorrow’s media usage.
"This talk will give some examples, based in part on experiences from Spotify, a large music and podcast streaming service, and discuss one of the less obvious challenges: how to evaluate and validate new technology solutions. We know how to measure quality for systems designed to fulfil expressly formulated known information needs, but how can we measure quality of a system designed to entertain and delight? How can we assess the usefulness of systems for digital scholars? And what are the underlying assumptions that have governed the make-up of the experimental benchmarking of today's information systems?"