Four University of Sheffield Faculty Members Join Emerald’s “Online Information Review”; available to meet at iConference 2017


Four faculty members from the Information School at the University of Sheffield, UK, have been appointed co-editors of Online Information Review, an international, peer-reviewed journal produced by Emerald Publishing. The four new co-editors are Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, Robert Jäschke and Angela Lin.

Online Information Review is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, ISI-listed journal devoted to research in the broad field of digital information and communication, and related technologies. The journal provides a multi-disciplinary forum for scholars from a range of fields, including information studies/iSchools, data studies, internet studies, media and communication studies and information systems.

According to a press release issued by the University of Sheffield, some changes to the aims and scope of the journal have been agreed to, and the new editors are “particularly interested in publishing research on the social, political and ethical aspects of emergent digital information practices and platforms, and welcome submissions that draw upon critical and socio-technical perspectives in order to address these developments.”

New co-editors Jo Bates and Andrew Cox will be attending iConference 2017 in Wuhan, Chine, March 22-25. Authors wishing to discuss writing for Online Information Review are encouraged to contact them to arrange a meeting. Contact information is available on the school website.

According to the Sheffield press release, the editors welcome empirical, conceptual and methodological contributions on any topics relevant to the broad field of digital information and communication, however we are particularly interested in receiving submissions that address emerging issues around:

  • Online communities, social networking and social media, including online political communication; crowdsourcing; positive computing and wellbeing.
  • The social drivers and implications of emerging data practices, including open data; big data; data journeys and flows; and research data management.
  • Digital transformations including organisations’ use of information technologies (e.g. Internet of Things and digitisation of user experience) to improve economic and social welfare, health and wellbeing, and protect the environment.
  • Developments in digital scholarship and the production and use of scholarly content.
  • Online and digital research methods, including their ethical aspects.

The editorial team invites the submission of papers relevant to the new scope of the journal; contact the editors for more information.

Next year, the Information School at the University of Sheffield will co-host iConference 2018, in conjunction with the Northumbria University Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Emerald Publishing, China, is a sponsor of iConference 2017.


iSchools name iConference 2018 host: Conference to span three continents in three years


The iSchools organization has awarded the hosting of iConference 2018 to the joint proposal submitted by the University of Sheffield Information School and the University of Northumbria Department of Mathematics & Information Science. iConference 2018 will take place in spring of 2018 on the University of Sheffield campus in Sheffield, England.

The announcement comes on the eve of iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23 in Philadelphia. In the following year, the event moves to Wuhan, China, where iConference 2017 will mark the information conference’s first foray into Asia. Now, with the decision to hold iConference 2018 in Europe, it means the iConference will span three continents in three years.

“The awarding of iConference 2018 to Sheffield and Northumbria, coming fresh on the heels of next year’s conference in Wuhan, further underscores the international scope of the iSchools organization,” said incoming iCaucus Chair Ron Larsen of the University of Pittsburgh. “When viewed in light of the recent election of Chair-elect Sam Oh of Korea, our organization continues to help maximize the power of information and technology worldwide.”

The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. For more about the iConference, including conference archives and links to past proceedings, visit our About the iConference webpage.

iConference 2016 is hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; the conference begins March 20, 2016, and registration is now open. iConference 2017 will be jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management in China, and the Sungkyunkwa University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department in Korea. iConference 2018 will be hosted by England’s University of Sheffield Information School and the University of Northumbria Department of Mathematics & Information Science.


Northumbria’s pioneering academic recognised as a global leader in her field


“Professor Julie McLeod, from Northumbria’s iSchool in the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, received the 2014 Emmett Leahy Award at the ICA Conference in Girona, Spain, earlier this month.
Established in 1967, The Emmett Leahy Award honors a pioneer in the field of records and information management whose contributions and outstanding accomplishments have had a major impact on the discipline. It was named after Emmett Leahy, an icon in managing records and information.
The Leahy Award Committee said Julie was chosen for her accomplishments in ‘raising the calibre and status of the records management profession by the creation of undergraduate and graduate programmes as well as by her leadership of the internationally respected, peer-reviewed Records Management Journal’. ”
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European iSchool leaders meet in Copenhagen to discuss cooperation and EU initiatives


Leaders from the European iSchools met in Copenhagen the weekend of November 7-8, 2013 to discuss cooperation and EU initiatives. Those in attendance:

  • Julie Mcleod, Northumbria University
  • Michael Seadle, Humboldt University
  • Pedro Simões Coelho,  NOVA University of Lisbon
  • Ann-Sofie Axelsson  University of Boras
  • Nicolas Julien, Télécom Bretagne
  • Philippe Picouet, Télécom Bretagne
  • Val Gillet, University of Sheffield
  • António Lucas Soares, University of Porto
  • Kari-Jouko Räihä, University of Tampere
  • Josep Cobarsí Morales, University of Catalonia
  • Per Hasle, RSLIS