iConference Award Finalists Announced—Winning paper to receive $5,000 Lee Dirks Award

 

The iConference 2016 organizers are pleased to announce the finalists for the conference’s best papers and poster competitions. The winners will be honored at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Registraion is now open.

Best Completed Research Paper
The winner in the Completed Research Paper category will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and a cash prize of $5,000 provided by Microsoft Research. The award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. The finalists, in order of presentation at the conference:

Title: Synopsizing “Literature Review” for Scientific Publications
Authors: Lin Zhang, Dalian Maritime University; Xiaozhong Liu, Indiana University Bloomington
Presentation: March 21: 10:30 am-12:00pm

Title: (In)visible Cities: An Exploration of Social Identity, Anonymity and Location-Based Filtering on Yik Yak
Authors: Matthew Heston, Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: iSchools, Legitimacy, and the Contribution of Archival Studies to the iSchool Movement
Author: Gregory Leazer, University of California, Los Angeles
Presentation: March 22, 3:30-5:00 pm

Title: The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements
Authors: Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, Melissa Mazmanian, University of California, Irvine
Presentation: March 23, 8:30-10:00 am

Title: Noisy Candidates and Informative Politicians: Analyzing Changes in Tweet Behavior using Tweet Quality Assessment Framework
Authors: Sikana Tanupabrungsun, Jeff Hemsley, Bryan Semaan, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University
Presentation: March 23: 10:30 am -12:00 pm

Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper
This award goes to the author(s) of the most intriguing paper in the preliminary results category. The finalists, in order of presentation at the conference:

Title: Developing an Undergraduate Information Studies Curriculum in Support of Social Justice
Authors: Marika Cifor, Robert D. Montoya, Mario H. Ramirez, University of California, Los Angeles
Presentation: March 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: Networked pedagogy: Exploring asymmetries in the structuring of distributed learning networks
Authors: Rob Grace, Frederico Fonseca, The Pennsylvania State University
Presentation: March 21, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: Open Post Publication Peer Review: An Innovation in Scientific Communication
Authors: Peiling Wang, Manasa Rath, Michael Deike, University of Tennessee; Wu Qiang, University of Science and Technology
Presentation: March 21, 3:30-5:00 pm

Title: Beyond the Organisational Boundaries: Identifying External Barriers to Patient-centred Healthcare Knowledge Sharing
Authors: Lihong Zhou, Wanxin Deng, Fang Liu, Yi Tang, Ruhua Huang, Wuhan University; Miguel Baptista Nunes, University of Sheffield;
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Title: UMLS-Based Analysis of Medical Terminology Coverage for Tags in Diabetes-Related Blogs
Authors: Zhe He, Min Sook Park, Zhiwei Chen, Florida State University
Presentation: March 22, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Best Poster Award
The poster category award is judged based on the submitted abstract and the resulting presentation at the iConference. The poster sessions take place Monday March 21, 5:00-6:30 pm and Tuesday March 22, 5:00-6:30 pm. The finalists, in alphabetical order:

Title: Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior
Author: Toine Bogers, Aalborg University Copenhagen; Maria Gäde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Mark Hall, Edge Hill University; Mette Skov, Aalborg University

Title: Arena: Designing an Adventure Video Game for Second Language Engagement and Acquisition
Authors: Nicole Lane, Ethan Fletcher, Yanming Wang, Nathan Prestopnik, Ithaca College

Title: BABY ElEPHãT – Building an Analytical BibliographY for a Prosopography in Early English Imprint Data
Authors: Nushrat Jahan Khan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, Kevin R. Page, University of Oxford

Title: The Evolution of Latino Threat Narrative from 1997 to 2014
Authors: Kai Wei, Yu-Ru Lin, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Familism: The Transitional Journey of a Latina LIS Doctoral Student
Author: Frank Aviles, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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About the iConference
The winning papers and poster will be named during iConference 2016 in Philadelphia, March 20-23. 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. The 2016 host is the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; this year’s conference theme is Partnership with Society. Registraion is now open.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more. The iSchools share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.

Microsoft Research is a long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 850 Ph.D. researchers openly collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state-of-the-art of computing and solve world problems through technological innovation. In addition to its generous support of the iConference, Microsoft Research also funds the conference’s annual Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper.

iConference 2016 sponsors include: Microsoft Research; the National Science Foundation; PennMutual; Emerald Publishing; the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information; and Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Additional support provided by Thomson Reuters.

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Andrew Sears now College of Information Sciences and Technologys dean

 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State (USA)
Andrew Sears, former dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), succeeds David Hall, who returned to the faculty ranks in fall 2014. Sears began his appointment July 11.

“I cannot imagine a more exciting intellectual space than the intersection of people, technology and information, and I am excited to be joining the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology,” Sears said. “I can’t wait to begin working with the faculty, staff and students to build on the very strong foundation established by my predecessors.”

The Newton, Massachusetts, native has served as a dean and professor at RIT since 2011. During his tenure at RIT, Sears founded the first academic department in the United States dedicated exclusively to computing security and attended the recent White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection where President Barack Obama signed an executive order to promote information sharing about cyber threats.”
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