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iSchools organization issues statement following New Zealand tragedy

 

The iSchools, an organization of 100 information schools worldwide, has issued the following statement:

“The iSchools condemn the shootings in New Zealand and all such acts of hate and violence in the world. Together with our colleagues in New Zealand and with colleagues in the Muslim community in all of our countries, we mourn those who died. We offer our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of those killed or injured in the attack and to the people of Christchurch at this time.”

The worldwide iSchools membership includes universities in Muslim-majority countries. The iSchools organization supports academic freedom everywhere as essential to scientific inquiry and the advancement of knowledge.

 

Rutgers iSchool to host Sociotechnical Summer Institute; application deadline March 31

 

The School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University will host the upcoming CSST Summer Institute, supporting late-phase doctoral students, post-docs and early career emerging scholars in the socio-technical systems and critical informatics research domains. The event takes place June 18-22, 2019.

Now 10 years running, the event will be co-organized by Rutgers LIS professor Rebecca Reynolds and Dr. Morgan Ames of the UC Berkeley iSchool. It will be held at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, close to NYC, Newark Airport, and major transportation hubs.

See the online CFP for details, including the list of mentors, and application instructions. The application deadline is March 31, 2019.

The event is ACM SIGCHI Sponsored, with additional support from iSchools-members Rutgers, University of Missouri, and Syracuse University.

 

JCDL 2019 doctoral consortium issues call for papers

 

A Doctoral Consortium workshop will be held as part of the upcoming Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The Consortium takes place on June 2, 2019, and call for papers and topics has been issued with an abstract deadline of Monday, March 25. Visit the online CFP for details.

Questions about the JCDL 2019 Doctoral Consortium can be directed to workshop organizers Dr. Peter Darch, Dr. Edie Rasmussen and Dr. Oksana Zavalina.

 

Two weeks to iConference 2019: updates to be posted regularly

 

iConference 2019 starts Saturday, March 31 — that’s less than two weeks from now! Watch the conference home page from now through the end of the conference for important updates.

Here are a few of the latest developments:

  • For those making presentations, the organizers have prepared track-specific instructions with details on such matters as duration of presentation and A/V technical capabilities. Click here to view.
  • The Doctoral Colloquium webpage now provides full details on the colloquium agenda, mentors, and participant biographies.

Check the conference homepage regularly for more announcements as the conference approaches.

 

Agriculture technology forum invites informatics researchers and data scientists to Washington gathering

 

The Gathering for Open Ag Tech (GOAT) is an ad-hoc gathering of technologists and agriculturalists seeking to collaborate and create a vision for a fully open agricultural future. GOAT has scheduled a gathering April 4 and 5, 2019, immediately following iConference 2019, and invites informatics researchers, research data scientists and members of the public to take part.

The gathering, called GOAT:Hack, will take place at the USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Washington D.C.; application deadline March 22.

Click here for more information and application instructions.

Note: This event is not affiliated with the iConference or iSchools.

 

Singapore Management University launches new computing degree programs

 

In response to industry trends and demand, the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University (SMU) has strengthened its undergraduate curriculum with the introduction of two new degree programs – Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the new academic year commencing in August 2019, and Bachelor of Science (Computing & Law) in August 2020.

Some of the job roles which students in this program can undertake include: IT & business innovation; operating IT & business innovations within a legal framework; employing IT in legal practice; IT audit and compliance; risk management; legal knowledge engineer; legal technologist.

Click here for full story on the SMU website.

 

iSchools reach 100 members as Thailand’s Khon Kaen University joins consortium

 

The iSchools announce that the Department of Information Science at Khon Kaen University (KKU) has joined the organization. With the addition of KKU, the iSchools consortium now numbers 100 active members.

Founded in 1975, KKU’s Department of Information Science is headed by Dr. Malee Kabmala, and resides within the University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Prof. Dr. Kulthida Tuamusk, Dean). The school has doctoral, master’s and undergraduate programs, and significant research areas include Digital Humanities, Information Behaviors, Information/Digital Literacy, Knowledge Management, and Data Mining/Analytics.

The school notes that its curriculum is interdisciplinary in design, maintaining the principles of data and content management in the fields of library science and integrating the issues of information management. The school feels its relationship with the iSchools organization will help facilitate collaboration with other schools in Southeast Asia and around the world.

Visit the Khon Kaen University iSchool website to learn more about the iSchools’ newest member.

 

USPS uses technology from UMD iSchool to improve automated kiosk accessibility

 

The United States Postal Service has a new version of its popular Automated Postal Center that includes an updated EZ Access keypad developed by the Trace Center at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. The keypad, along with software techniques developed by Trace, makes it possible for people with low vision, blindness, physical and cognitive disabilities to use touchscreen-based public systems.

The original Automated Postal Center (APC), which included an earlier version of EZ Access, won the 2004 Kiosk Award as “Best Retail Application.” Over 2,800 of the APC kiosks are deployed in post offices throughout the US.

Development of the keypad began in 1998, when the Trace Center began researching barriers to using touchscreens and self-service kiosks faced by people with varied abilities. Today, the keypads are used on kiosks at automated postal stations, Amtrak ticket machines, Homeland Security kiosks, airport check-in kiosks, museum and other information and transaction machines across the country.

Click here to read this story on the UMD iSchool website.

 

Call for Participation: Libraries in the Digital Age 2020

 

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) has issued a call for participation for their 2020 conference, which will take place from May 19-22, 2020 at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

LIDA addresses changing and challenging environments for libraries and other information institutions in the digital world. LIDA is an international biennial conference that brings together researchers, educators, students, practitioners, and developers from all over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussion, and learning in a beautiful setting. The 2020 theme is “Reshaping Identity in the Digital Age: People, Libraries, Data, Technology & Ethics.” LIDA welcomes papers, panels, workshops, and posters that address this topic.

Click here to view the LIDA Call for Participation.

 

iConference 2019 Papers Finalists Announced: Lee Dirks Award winner to receive $5,000

 

Award finalists have been announced for iConference 2019 full and short research papers. The finalists are listed below and also on the conference website. Winners will be announced at iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3 in Washington DC.

Best Full Research Paper

The winning paper in the full research category will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. This award includes a $5,000 prize, funded this year by Emerald Publishing. The winner will be announced in the conference’s opening plenary on Monday, April 1. The finalists are listed here alphabetically by title:

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
Presentation: Papers 17: Algorithms at Work, Tuesday, April 2, 1:30-3:30pm

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
Presentation: Papers 7: Collecting Data about Vulnerable Populations, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

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
Presentation: Papers 18: Innovation and Professionalization in Technology Communities, Tuesday, April 2, 1:30-3:00pm

Title: Understanding Change in a Dynamic Complex Digital Object: Reading Categories of Change out of Patch Notes Documents
Authors: 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
Presentation: Papers 12: Digital Libraries, Curation and Preservation, Monday, April 1, 3:30-5:00pm

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
Presentation: Papers 3: Concerns about “Smart” Interactions and Privacy, Monday, April 1, 10:30am-12:00pm

Best Short Research Paper

Finalists in the Short Research Paper category are listed below, alphabetically by title. The winner will be announced in the conference’s Tuesday plenary.

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
Presentation: Papers 12: Digital Libraries, Curation and Preservation, Monday, April 1, 3:30-5:00pm

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
Presentation: Papers 6: Limits and Affordances of Automation, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

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
Presentation: Papers 4: Identity Questions in Online Communities, Monday, April 1, 10:30am-12:00pm

Title: Proposing “Mobile, Finance, and Information” Toolkit for Financial Inclusion of the Poor in Developing Countries
Authors: Devendra Potnis, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Bhak Gala, Central University of Gujarat
Presentation: Papers 7: Collecting Data about Vulnerable Populations, Monday, April 1, 1:30-3:00pm

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
Presentation: Papers 14: Data and Information in the Public Sphere, Tuesday, April 2, 10:30am-12:00pm

Finalists were selected by an awards jury overseen by 2019 Papers Chairs Aleksandra Sarcevic of Drexel University and Nicholas Weber of the University of Washington. The organizers of iConference 2019 congratulate all honorees.

iConferernce 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3 in Washington DC. The schedule is available online and we are currently accepting registrartions. All accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

iConference 2019 is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with the Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Sponsors include the Emerald Publishing, Computing Research Association, Elsevier, MDPI, ALISE, NVivo, University of British Columbia, University of Pittsburgh, University of Kentucky, National Taiwan University, and Springer.

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking.