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On August 30th, the iSchool of Sun Yat-sen University and Asia-Pacific iSchools Next Generation Committee (AP iNext) successfully held a young scholars’ forum. The theme of this forum was Frontier Research in Informetrics and Scientific Evaluation. Over 170 participants from the Asia-pacific region joined the forum.
Professor Yang Zhang, Dean of the iSchool of Sun Yat-sen University presented the welcoming speech, followed by Dr. Di Wang, Chair of AP iNext. Associate professor Houqiang Yu of Sun Yat-sen University organized and chaired the forum. Five young scholars from different iSchools in the AP region were invited to give presentations about their recent studies related to informetrics and scientific innovation.
Assistant professor Yi Bu from Peking University, with the topic of "Pandemics are Catalysts of Scientific Novelty: Evidence from COVID-19", elaborated on the influence of COVID-19 on scientific outputs, especially scientific novelty. His research explored how scientific novelty, first-time collaboration, and international collaboration evolved before and during COVID-19 by using a DID approach. At the same time, he shared the ways of using multiple databases to search articles related to the pandemic, extract bio-entities and calculate scientific novelty.
Assistant professor Hiroyoshi Ito from the University of Tsukuba gave a talk named "Data mining for social networks: towards modeling, forecasting, controlling”. He developed a general control scheme to automatically intervene and predict the changes in network structure and node’s attribute values and carried out experiments using synthetic datasets and real-world datasets. This research work not only innovates the method but also could further predict the social trend, market sizes, and the mechanism of human relationships, which could well meet the actual needs.
Associate professor Ying Huang from Wuhan University, with the topic of “Exploring Technology Evolution Pathways to Facilitate Technology Management: from a Technology Life Cycle Perspective”, defined the meaning of Technology Life Circle (TLC), introduced two traditional identification methods, such as growth-curve approach and multiple indicators approaches, and proposed a new method——dynamic patent citation networks, which realized the combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, technological breakthrough and future prediction.
Assistant researcher Chao Min from Nanjing University explained the interaction between scientific breakthroughs and the knowledge structure of science in detail with the topic of " Predict Scientific Breakthrough based on Knowledge Structure Variations", and reminded us that disciplinary differences existed in knowledge structure, confirming the negative prediction effect of direct citation counts on scientific breakthroughs, but we would also pay attention to the influence of time.
Associate professor Haoyang Song from Sun Yat-sen University reported the recent research results and progress on the catalytic capacity of technological innovation (CCTI), together with Houqiang Yu discussing the frontier issues of informetrics and scientific innovation with all participants.
As emphasized and concluded by Professor Yang Zhang, this forum not only help outstanding young talents to share research frontiers and build a high-level academic exchange platform but also cultivate reserve forces for consolidating discipline development in Asia-Pacific region.
The journal receives contributions in the areas and lines of research of the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información of UNAM (México).
The journal INVESTIGACIÓN BIBLIOTECOLÓGICA: Archivonomía, Bibliotecología e Información is indexed in both national and international databases.
It accepts texts in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
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The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has announce its newest degree offering, the Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences + Data Science (BS/IS+DS). The degree combines interdisciplinary courses in mathematical foundations, data science fundamentals, computational fundamentals, and social impact in data science. In addition, it incorporates meaningful research or discovery experiences, including practicum, independent study, and study abroad coursework.
The Council on Library and Information Resources has announced the release of the full programs for its in-person conferences happening in Baltimore, MD this October: the Digital Library Federation’s (DLF) Forum and Learn@DLF, NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2022: Preserving Legacy, and CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Collections Symposium. Learn more
The iSchools Sponsored Research Fund supports research by the iSchool community through grants of up to $5,000. Grant applications were previously considered twice a year, but the submission date is changing to October so that the evaluation committee can meet to discuss all proposals face-to-face at the iConference. The committee consists of iSchools officers and Board members.
The applicant should have a teaching position at a member-iSchool or be an iSchools doctoral student. The range of topics is open, and projects involving doctoral research or outreach to underrepresented regions are especially encouraged. Applications with external matching funds are a plus, but not a requirement.
Decisions were recently announced for grant applications received through 1 March 2022. Of the six proposals received, the following three were selected for funding.
One grant went to Henria Aton of the University of Toronto. In a proposal titled Tamil in the Archival Multiverse: Power, Memory, and Loss in Contemporary Sri Lankan Archives, Aton requested support for a two-month dissertation research trip to Sri Lanka. Her goal is to excavate “the entanglement of archives with politics in Sri Lanka, from the postcolonial moment to the present.”
A second grant was awarded to Haley Bryant, also with the University of Toronto, for a proposal titled Digital Memory Work. Bryant will research “digital memory work: the assemblage of people, practices, protocols, knowledge, and technologies that enables digital cultural heritage projects in museums.”
A third grant went to Heather Moulaison Sandy, Brian Dobreski, and Karen Snow from the University of Missouri, the University of Tennessee, and Dominican University, respectively, for their proposal entitled “LGBTQ+ Identity, Code-Switching, and User Studies of Information Retrieval Systems.” They investigate how “members of a marginalized community (e.g., LGBTQ+) engage in ‘code-switching’ to adjust the terminology they use regarding identity.”
The next Sponsored Research Fund application deadline is 1 October 2022. Visit the Sponsored Research Fund webpage for more information, including judging criteria and an application form.
Climate change represents a growing research area in most parts of the world. A quick search of Google scholar shows over 4 million hits on a search for “climate change“, and a more detailed search would likely produce even more hits. A look at universities that belong to the iSchools shows that most do research on climate issues, even though the programs are not necessarily associated with the iSchools themselves. In the information world, climate has become big business.
Climate information can be controversial. There are political leaders in most countries who both deny the evidence of climate change, and deny the role of humans in creating the conditions for atmospheric warming. Complex information issues are rarely completely without controversy. An important task is to separate fact from fiction, reliable information from speculation. Information quality is a long-standing concern that dates back to the iSchools‘ roots in the library world and information quality is an issue in every aspect of climate research.
In the iSchools organization we currently support a number of special interest groups, and hope to expand to include iSchools scholars who would like to focus on climate issues. Such a group could develop in a number of ways, including sharing information about how their home universities do climate research, or creating criteria to judge the quality of climate information (including climate disinformation). As with all of the iSchools special interest groups, it will be up to those in the group to decide its direction and preferences.
Those who have an interest in founding a group devoted to climate information issues should contact the iSchools staff at email@example.com. Depending on the level of interest, there could also be multiple groups based on region, time zone, or approach to the issues involved in climate research.
The Council on Library and Information Resources has announced the opening registration for their in-person conferences happening in Baltimore, Maryland, this October: the Digital Library Federation’s (DLF) Forum and Learn@DLF, NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2022: Preserving Legacy, and CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Collections Symposium.
Events will take place on the following dates:
In addition, the following speakers have been announced:
Visit the DLF 2022 Forum website for full details and registration.
Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SC&I) faculty and staff will attend, present, and exhibit at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 23-28, in Washington, D.C. According to the conference website, the world’s biggest library event brings together thousands of librarians, library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends groups, trustees, exhibitors, and special guests. Full details available on the Rutgers iSchool website.
The iConference has twice offered a Chinese-language papers track, and iConference 2023 will continue that tradition, as well accepting papers in Spanish and Portuguese. The iSchools organization represents more than 120 information schools worldwide, and while English remains the primary language of its annual iConference, accepting research papers in these additional languages more fully reflects the international nature of the conference and organization.
This is just the latest step in the iSchools' ongoing commitment to globalism. 2012 marked the first time the iConference was held outside the U.S., and 2014 the first time it was held outside of North America. When Wuhan University hosted the iConference in 2017, a Chinese-language track was introduced and attracted almost 40 percent of all papers submitted that year.
Since then, iConference hosting has rotated regularly among the iSchools’ global regions. Meanwhile, the iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award competition began accepting dissertations in their original language. And when the iConference was again hosted by a Chinese School in 2021 (Renmin University of China), the Chinese papers track was reintroduced with similarly successful results.
Now, the iSchools expect to make the Chinese Papers Track a permanent addition to the iConference program. This means that every year, Chinese scholars will have the opportunity of submitting work to this track in their native language. The Spanish and Portuguese Papers Track may also become permanent in time, depending on author interest and the availability of reviewer resources.
Submissions to these tracks will be subject to double-blind review by reviewers fluent in each of their respective languages.
The addition of these tracks introduces logistical challenges, including the recruitment of a sufficient pool of qualified reviewers. The conference organizers are confident these can be addressed with the help of the global information community. See instructions below on volunteering to review.
Scholars are now invited to make submission to all iConference tracks per the submission guidelines on our website; papers and posters are due 1 September.
Submissions are invited for presentation at the LIDA (Libraries & Information Institutions in the Digital Age) biennial international conference to be held in Osijek, Croatia, May 24-27, 2023. The theme of the conference is Information Everywhere.
The conferences welcomes submission of papers, panels, workshops, and posters that address critical and theoretical examinations of the theme; report current research and evidence-based approaches as well as present innovative approaches from the field, and practitioner applications and perspectives.
The LIDA conference is being planned to be fully in-person. If circumstances do not allow an on-ground conference to take place safely, LIDA will move to a virtual conference platform.
The conference will also include a celebration of the life and research of longstanding LIDA Co-Director Dr. Ross J. Todd of Rutgers University, who passed away on March 30, 2022.
Earlier that week (May 23-24, 2023) an international conference Digital Transformation and Inclusiveness of the Higher Education Institutions in the Time of Crisis Situations, organized by Erasmus+ project DECriS will also take place in Osijek. Participants are invited to consider prolonging their stay in Osijek and take part in both events at a discounted registration rate.
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