iConference 2014 Summary




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Location: Berlin, Germany (Humboldt University Campus)
4 – 7 March, 2014
Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 
Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen
Conference Theme: Breaking Down Walls – Culture • Context • Computing
Printed Call for Participation: http://ischools.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/iConf2014_CFP_May2013.pdf
Submission Template–Word: http://ischools.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/iConf.docx
Submission Template Documentation–Word: http://ischools.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/iConf2014TemplateDocumentation_Word.docx
Submission Template Documentation–PDF: http://ischools.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/iConf2014TemplateDocumentation_PDF.pdf
Submission Template La TeX: https://www.ibi.hu-berlin.de/forschung/infomanagement/iconference2014/iconference-latex-template/view
Interactive Schedule: http://ischools.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/iConference-2014-_-Breaking-down-walls-culture-•-context-•-computing-ConfTool-Pro-Printout.htm
ConfTool Submission and Registration Site: https://www.conftool.com/iConference2014/
Official Proceedings: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/45869
Printed Conference Brochure and Schedule: http://ischools.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/iconference_2014_printed.pdf
Doctoral Colloquium Brochure and Schedule: http://ischools.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/iconf_14_DC_booklet_final.pdf
Images from the conference: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=iconf14

By The Numbers

Total participants: 450
Countries represented: 30 countries total, the top ten follow: United States (242 participants); United Kingdom (26); Denmark (26); Canada (22); Germany (22); Japan (12); China (10); Sweden (8)
Papers presented: 39
Notes presented: 36
Posters presented: 66
Workshops presented: 11
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement presented: 17
Social Media Expo presentations: 6
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 24


Early Bird (10/05 – 12/15) Regular (12/16 – 02/15) Late (from 02/16)
Standard Registration 380 Euro 420 Euro 460 Euro
Student Registration
(full-time, enrolled)
280 Euro 320 Euro 360 Euro
One Day Only 225 Euro 225 Euro 225 Euro


Conference Chairs: Michael Seadle, Director of the School and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin; Per Hasle, Rector, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen.

Program Chairs: Elke Greifeneder, Adjunkt, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen with Program Co-Chairs Jack Anderson, Lektor, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen; Beth Juncker, Professor, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen

Paper and Notes Chairs: Diane H. Sonnenwald, Professor, Chair in Information and Library Studies, UCD School of Information & Library Studies, Dublin; Dietmar Wolfram, Professor, School of Information Studies University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Poster Chairs: Toine Bogers, Assistant Professor, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen; Paul D. Clough, Senior Lecturer, Information School of Social Science, University of Sheffield.

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Jeffrey Pomerantz, Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; Vivien Petras, Professor, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin.

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Karen E. Fisher, Professor, The Information School, University of Washington; Jens-Erik Mai, Professor, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen; Gloria Mark, Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine.

Workshops and Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research User Behavior Studies & Synthesis; Soo Young Rieh, Associate Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan.

Proceedings Chair: Maxi Kindling, Lecturer, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin

Social Media Expo Organizing Committee: Shelly D. Farnham, Researcher, FUSELabs, Microsoft Research; Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Researcher, FUSELabs, Microsoft Research; Robert Mason, Professor,
Information School, University of Washington; Lai Ma, Lecturer, School of Information and Library Studies, University College Dublin

Doctoral Dissertation Award Organizing Committee: Howard Rosenbaum, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University; Yunan Chen, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Creativity Chair: Theresa Anderson, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Creative Practice and Cultural Economy, University of Technology Sydney .

Social Media Chair: Juliane Stiller, Research Assistent, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iCaucus

Local Arrangements Committee Chair: Maria Gäde, Lecturer, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin

Design: Violeta Sekulovic, Student, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin

Editorial Assistants: Stephanie van de Sandt, Student, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin; Heinz-Alexander Fütterer, Student, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Berlin

Program Committee

  • Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Paavo Arvola, University of Tampere
  • Fernando Bação, Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação PT
  • Nicholas Belkin, Rutgers University
  • John Bertot, University of Maryland College Park
  • Wade Bishop, University of Tennessee
  • Catherine Blake, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Pia Borlund, Copenhagen University
  • Geoffrey C. Bowker, University of California, Irvine
  • Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto
  • Donald Case, University of Kentucky
  • Miguel de Castro Neto, ISEGI-NOVA PT
  • Chuanfu Chen, Wuhan University
  • Andrew Clement, University of Toronto
  • Sheila Corrall, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University / National Science Foundation
  • Mats Dahlström, University of Borås
  • Ernesto William De Luca, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
  • Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Qing Fang, Wuhan University
  • Melanie Feinberg, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Robert Glushko, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jette Seiden Hyldegaard, University of Copenhagen
  • Hideo Joho, University of Tsukuba
  • Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Christopher Lee, University of North Carolina
  • Ulf Leser, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Dirk Lewandowksi, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Bonnie Mak, University of Illinois
  • Julie McLeod, Northumbria University
  • Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia
  • William E. Moen, University of North Texas
  • Atsuyuki Morishima, University of Tsukuba
  • Karine Nahon, University of Washington
  • Bonnie Nardi, UC Irvine
  • Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu
  • Gary M. Olson, University of California, Irvine
  • Nils Pharo, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology
  • Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University
  • Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University
  • Linda Schamber, University of North Texas
  • Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin
  • Jaime Snyder, Syracuse University
  • Juliane Stiller, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington
  • Michael Twidale, University of Illinois
  • Robert Villa, University of Sheffield
  • David Wainwright, Northumbria University


The following awards were presentation at iConference 2014.

Doctoral Dissertation Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation of the preceding year. Each member iSchool was invited to submit one dissertation for blind review by a jury of Ph.D. program directors and faculty. The winner received $2,500 U.S., the runner up $1,000 U.S. Both honorees were recognized during the opening plenary session on Wednesday, 5 March.

2014 Winner
Jennifer Lynn Douglas, University of Toronto Faculty of Information
Archiving Authors: Rethinking the Analysis and Representation of Personal Archives
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2014 Runner Up
Parmit K. Chilana, University of Washington Information School
Supporting Users After Software Deployment through through Selection-Based Crowdsourced Contextual Help
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Lee Dirks Best Paper Award

Sponsored by Microsoft Research, this award is presented to the author(s) of the conference’s most outstanding paper, as judged by the Papers and Program Chairs. The award comes with prize of $5,000 U.S. The award was announced during the opening plenary session on Wednesday, 5 March. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference.

2014 Winning Paper: Developing Design Interventions for Cyberbullying: A Narrative-Based Participatory Approach
Authors: Leanne Bowler, University of Pittsburgh; Elanor Mattern, University of Pittsburgh; Cory Knobel, University of California, Irvine

Best Note Award

Sponsored by Emerald Publishing, this award is presented to the author(s) of the conference’s most outstanding note, as judged by the Notes and Program Chairs. The award was presented during the morning plenary session on Thursday, 6 March.

2014 Best Note: Rumors, False Flags, and Digital Vigilantes: Misinformation on Twitter after the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing

Authors: Kate Starbird, Jim Maddock, Orand Mania, Peg Achterman, Robert M. Mason

Best Poster Awards

Two Best Poster awards were presented in 2014, in recognition of the most outstanding posters of the conference. The Best Poster Award was determined by the Poster Chairs; the Best Poster Presentation Award was determined by a vote of the participants. Sponsored by Emerald Publishing, both awards were presented at the conclusion of the second poster session on Thursday, 6 March.

2014 Best Poster: Twitter and the Virtual Branch: The Public Library in Social Space
Authors: Lorri Mon and Jisue Lee

2014 Best Poster Presentation: Organizing Anarchy: The Forgotten Zine Archive
Authors: Leigh Ann Dakota Hamel, Tom Maher, Mick O’Dwyer, and Eric Cook

Best Social Media Expo Project

This award is presented to the authors of the conference’s most outstanding Social Media Expo presentation, as judged by the Expo Organizing Committee. The award was given at the conclusion of the Social Media Expo session on Thursday, 6 March. Learn more.
2014 Social Media Best Project: Community Systems, Sensor Monitoring, and the Internet of Things: A Case Study About Feed Denton Community Compost
Team: Laura A. Pasquini; Andrew J. Miller; Fiachra E. L. Moynihan; Patrick McLeod, University of North Texas

Exceptional Reviewer Awards

Much of the success of the iConference lies in the selfless work of volunteers who review the hundreds of submission we receive each year. The 2014 organizers chose to honor this commitment with a special award recognizing outstanding reviewer dedication. The recipients were recognized during the morning plenary session on Thursday, 6 March.

2014 Winners

  • JoAnn M. Brooks, Syracuse University, for her reviews of Notes
  • Terry Costantino, University of Toronto, for her reviews of Papers and Posters
  • Beth St. Jean, University of Maryland, College Park for her reviews of Posters
  • Christopher Lee, University of North Carolina, for his reviews of Papers and Notes
  • Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia, for his reviews of Papers and Notes
  • Stephen Voida, Indiana University, for his reviews of Posters

Keynote Speakers

The following two speakers made keynote presentations at iConference 2014.

Tony Hey

Tony Hey
As Vice President of Microsoft Research Connections, a division of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for the worldwide external research and technical computing strategy across Microsoft Corporation. He leads the company’s efforts to build long-term public-private partnerships with global scientific and engineering communities, spanning broad reach and in-depth engagements with academic and research institutions, related government agencies and industry partners. His responsibilities also include working with internal Microsoft groups to build future technologies and products that will transform computing for scientific and engineering research. Hey also oversees Microsoft Research’s efforts to enhance the quality of higher education around the world.

Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.’s e-Science Initiative, managing the government’s efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. Before leading this initiative, Hey worked as Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science; and, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the most respected computer science research institutions in England.

His research interests focus on parallel programming for parallel systems built from mainstream commodity components. With Jack Dongarra, Rolf Hempel and David Walker, he wrote the first draft of a specification for a new message-passing standard called MPI. This initiated the process that led to the successful MPI standard of today.

Hey is a fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of Science and Technology. He was a member of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics.

Tony Hey also has a passionate interest in communicating the excitement of science to young people. He has written popular books on quantum mechanics and on relativity. Hey is a graduate of Oxford University, with both an undergraduate degree in physics and a doctorate in theoretical physics.

Keynote Abstract:
“The late Jim Gray, legendary pioneer in database processing and ACM Turing Award Winner, envisioned a world where all research literature and all research data were online and interoperable, which would increase “information velocity” and improve the scientific productivity of researchers. The last decade has seen significant progress in the move to open access to scholarly research publications, removing barriers to access and re-use. But barrier-free access to the literature alone only scratches the surface of what the revolution of data intensive science promises. More recently, in the US, the White House has called for federal agencies to make all research outputs (publications and data) openly available. But in order to make this effort effective, researchers need better tools to capture and curate their data, and iSchools have the opportunity and obligation role to cultivate the next regeneration of professionals who can help define, build, manage, and preserve the necessary data infrastructure. This talk will cover some of the recent progress made in open access and open data, and will discuss some of the opportunities ahead.”

Click here to view Tony Hey’s presentation slides in the IDEALS open repository.


Melissa Terras

Melissa Terras
Melissa Terras is Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), where she teaches Digitisation and supervises a range of Masters and Ph.D. students. Terras is also Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities.

Terras’s research interests involve applying computational technologies to Humanities problems, to allow research that would otherwise be impossible. She is interested and involved in a variety of research areas that span many areas of Digital Humanities. Current projects include QRatorTranscribe BenthamTranscriptoriumThe Great Parchment Book and Textal. Previous projects include Log Analysis of Internet Resources in the Arts and Humanities, Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology, eScience and Ancient Documents, and Researching eScience Analysis of Census Holdings.

Further information about Terras can be found on her research page.

Terras is general editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly, is current Secretary of the European Association for Digital Humanities and also serves on the executive committee of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.

Keynote Abstract:
“The Arts, Humanities, and Heritage sectors have often been early adopters of available computing technologies, even though undertaking interdisciplinary digital projects requires great understanding and acceptance of different working practices, habits, vocabularies, and expectations. In this lecture, Professor Terras highlights areas of flash points when building interdisciplinary digital projects for the culture and heritage sector, giving examples from her experience in working with programmers, technologists, information providers, curators, librarians, Humanities academics, and end users. How can we best plan for success in a changing, converging, and often diverging cultural information environment?”

2014 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Microsoft Research

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Additional Sponsors

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De Gruyter


Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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Purdue University Press

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MIT Press

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Royal School of Library and Information Science