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  • 20 Mar 2019 10:51 | Anonymous

    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 DarchDr. Edie Rasmussen and Dr. Oksana Zavalina.

  • 19 Mar 2019 10:50 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 14 Mar 2019 10:49 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 14 Mar 2019 10:49 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 12 Mar 2019 10:30 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 11 Mar 2019 10:00 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 11 Mar 2019 09:45 | Anonymous

    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.


  • 26 Feb 2019 13:25 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 19 Feb 2019 13:31 | Anonymous

    The iConference 2019 organizers have announced the finalists for this year’s best poster competition. The five finalists were selected from among the conference’s 92 abstracts that were accepted for presentation.

    Conference posters are an opportunity for present and future thought-leaders to display and discuss their research with key members of the information community in attendance at the iConference. The presentations of the five 2019 finalists will be judged during the conference poster session on Tuesday, April 2, and the overall winner will be recognized during the conference’s third and final plenary session Wednesday morning.


    The 2019 best poster finalists are listed here alphabetically, by title:

    Title: Algorithmic Accountability in Surveillance Regulation
    Authors: Meg Young, Michael Katell, Peter M. Krafft, University of Washington

    Title: Decision-making processes for e-book products: mixture of institutional and rational actions
    Author: Mei Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Title: The Economic Value of Personal Information Under the Situation of Information Leakage
    Author: Shengli Deng, Haiping Zhao, Wuhan University; Yong Liu, Aalto University School of Business Finland

    Title: Leaving No One Behind: Preparing China’s Public Librarians for Providing Multicultural Services to Ethnic Minorities
    Author: Lihong Zhou, Cheng Cui, Wuhan University; Tim Zijlstra, University of Derby

    Title: Towards a Domain Ontology for Data Assemblages
    Author: Ceilyn Boyd, Simmons University

    iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC under the banner theme “Inform | Include | Inspire.” The conference poster session will take place Tuesday, April 2, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

    iConference 2019 papers finalists will be announced in the near future. All finalists will be found on our conference Awards Webpage. All accepted poster abstracts from iConference 2019 will be published in the IDEALS open repository.

    Registration for iConference 2019 is open, with standard rates available through Feb. 25; late fees apply thereafter.

    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 Computing Research Association, Emerald Publishing, 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.

  • 14 Feb 2019 13:35 | Anonymous

    Imagine running through a dark forest in a virtual reality video game and being able to smell the crisp scent of pine needles all around you. Or what if you were analyzing a complex data set, and could associate specific scents with data points in order to better track and recall the information?

    University of Maryland researchers in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) are linking virtual reality with sight and smell to help people better process information. HCIL is jointly supported by the UMD iSchool and the UMD Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

    HCIM student, Biswaksen Patnaik and PhD student, Andrea Batch are exploring ways to convey information with scent as a complement to the visual representation of data sets.

    Patnaik and Batch recently presented their research paper, “Information Olfaction,” which explores the sense of smell combined with information visualization at IEEE VIS in Berlin, the largest and most important conference on Scientific Visualization, Information Visualization and Visual Analytics.

    “This was easily our most crazy idea to date,” said Niklas Elmqvist, HCIL director. Elmqvist is also the student’s adviser and co-author of the research paper.

    Click here for more on this story.

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