2018 Quick Links
Location: The University of Sheffield Campus
Date: March 25-28, 2018
Hosts: The Information School at the University of Sheffield and The iSchool at Northumbria University
Conference Theme: Transforming Digital Worlds
Call for Participation: Click here.
Submission Template: Springer LNCS template
Interactive Schedule: Click here to view a pdf of the 2018 online schedule.
ConfTool Submission and Registration Site: Click here to visit the iConference 2018 ConfTool submission instance while it is still active.
Official Papers Proceedings: Click here for “Transforming Digital Worlds” on Springer LNCS
Posters Proceedings: Click here to review the 2018 posters abstracts in the IDEALS open repository.
Doctoral Colloquium Brochure: Click here to view the 2018 DC online brochure.
By the Numbers, 2018
Total registered participants: 468
Completed Research Papers: 42 (acceptance rate 30%)
Preliminary Results Research Papers: 40
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: 13
Special Panels and iSchool-Related Presentations: 2
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 14
Rates (listed in GBP):
|Early (thru Jan. 19)||Late (Jan. 20 onward)|
|One Day Only||£200||£225|
2018 Supporting Materials
- Completed Research Papers and New Work/Preliminary Results Papers, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
- Poster Abstracts, Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) – coming soon
- Workshop #1: iWords: Exploring the interdisciplinary vocabularies of information research
- Workshop #2: Creating and Cultivating a Scholarly Identity within Digital Worlds
- Workshop #3: Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and disciplinary communities
- Workshop #4: Automation and the next wave of computerisation: Sociotechnical approaches to automation, robots, machine learning and artificial intelligence
- Workshop #5: Using Reflection and Reflexivity to Enhance Information Research
- “Workshop #6: Now, New or Next Generation? How current iSchool studies on Research Support Services will inform Education Programs for Future Translational Data Roles
- Workshop #7: Using a qualitative lens to explore the relationships among information, people and technology: Informing iSchool research and learning and teaching
- Workshop #8: Towards Meaningful Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities to Facilitating Information Flow and Use to Support Health and Wellness
- Workshop #9: Creating Exceptional Capstone Learning Experiences
- Workshop #10: BIAS – Bias in Information, Algorithms, and Systems
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Proposals
- SIE #1a and 1b: Mini Maker Fest @ iConference 2018
- SIE #2: Supporting Group Work in LIS Education
- SIE #3: Dériving Data: Wandering as a Research Method for Information Behaviour
- SIE #4a and 4b: ALPR DataDive: The Visualization and Analysis of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) Databases – from Data Science to Data Ethics
- SIE #5: Data StorySLAM
- SIE #6: Collective Development of Open Educational Resources in Scholarly Communication
- SIE #7: Computational Thinking at the iSchools: Why Bother?
- SIE #8: Contemplating Information in the Pleasurable and the Profound
- SIE #9: When iSchool meets D-School
- SIE #10: Curators of the Infosphere?: What’s the Good of PI for LIS (and Vice Versa)?
- SIE #11: How Ethical will you be with my Deepest Story?
- SIE #12: Standardizing Knowledge
- SIE #13: iSchools as an Inspirative Movement: Information Science Harmonization Issues
iSchool Best Practices Proposals
- Scholarly Journal Publishing Practices at Wuhan iSchool: Current Situation and Challenges
- Professional Identity Formation: Can there be a best practice?
- Incorporation Service-Learning in an Information Service-Marketing Course: A Reading Promotion Program in a Community Library for Migrant Children
- Information Science as a Foundation for a STEM-based Intelligence Studies Curriculum
- Raising the baseline: self-directed technology skills assessment and learning
- Teaching Research not Research Methods: a Summer School with a difference
iSchools and Industry Partnership Presentations and Proposals
- Merging Coursework with Real World Experience: Testing User Experience in a Science Agency
- The Business Intelligence Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: A Case Study
- The Heinz College Risk and Regulatory Innovation Center Sponsored by PwC
Technical Chair: Andy Stones, University of Sheffield
Sponsorship Chair: Stephen Pinfield, University of Sheffield
Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iSchools
The following awards were presentation at iConference 2018.
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 an international jury made up of iSchool leadership and faculty. The winner received $2,500 U.S., the runner up $1,000 U.S.
Galen Panger, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
“Emotion in Social Media”
2018 Runner Up
Paul H. Cleverley, Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University,
“Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: Towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes”
Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper
Sponsored by Microsoft, this award is presented to the author(s) of the conference’s most outstanding completed research paper, as judged by the Papers and Program Chairs. The award includes a prize of $5,000 U.S. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Click here for past winners.
2018 Winning Paper
Title: Understanding Interactions Between Municipal Police Departments and the Public on Twitter
Authors: Yun Huang, Qunfang Wu, Syracuse University (USA)
Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Giveme5W: Main Event Retrieval from News Articles by Extraction of the Five Journalistic W Questions
Authors: Felix Hamborg, Sören Lachnit, Moritz Schubotz, Thomas Hepp, Bela Gipp, University of Konstanz (Germany)
Title: How to Assess Cloud Service Contracts? A Checklist for Trustworthy Records in the Cloud
Authors: Marie Demoulin, Universite de Montreal (Canada); Jessica Bushey, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Germany); Robert McLelland, no affiliation (Canada)
Title: Privacy Attitudes and Data Valuation Among Fitness Tracker Users
Authors: Jessica Vitak, Yuting Liao, Priya Kumar, University of Maryland (USA); Michael Zimmer, Katie C. Kritikos, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA)
Title: Reckoning With: Information Use and Engaging With Strategic Decisions in High Tech Work
Author: Christine T. Wolf, University of California, Irvine, IBM Research (USA)
Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper
This award went to most intriguing paper in the preliminary results category as judged by the Papers and Program Chairs.
Title: Using citizen science projects to develop cases for teaching digital curation
Author: Amber L. Cushing, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Data Journalism: Practices, Skills, Opportunities and Values
Author: Bahareh R. Heravi, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Title: Domestic Migrant Workers in Israel: The strength of weak ties
Author: Jenny Bronstein, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Title: Metadata Versus Full-Text: Tracking Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) Users’ Behavior
Authors: Daniel Gelaw Alemneh, Mark Phillips, University of North Texas (USA)
Title: Uncovering Hidden Insights for Information Management: Examination and Modeling of Change in Digital Collection Metadata
Authors: Oksana L. Zavalina, Shadi Shakeri, Priya Kizhakkethil, Mark E. Phillips, University of North Texas (USA)
The 2018 best poster was selected by the Posters Chairs and a committee of their own choosing. Finalists are selected based on their abstract submissions, and the winner is judged by their resulting presentation at the conference.
Title: The Emergence of Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use during and after the Libyan Uprising
Authors: Skina Musbah Ehdeed, Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield (UK)
Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Charities’ perceptions of open access to medical research: a situational analysis
Author: Emily Beatrice Nunn, University of Sheffield (UK)
Title: ICT, Aspirations, and Career Decisions: Does Access to Information Change How Nigerian Students Make Career Decisions?
Authors: Philip J. Reed, University of Washington (USA); Rislan Abdulazeez Kanya, Baze University (Nigeria)
Title: Perceptions and Experiences of Qualitative Open Data (PEQOD): Exploratory Pilot
Author: Michelle M. Kazmer, Florida State University (USA)
Title: Respectful Reuse of Digital Records of Practice
Authors: Daniel Delmonaco, Rutgers University (USA)
2018 Keynote Speakers
The following speakers made keynote presentations at iConference 2018.
Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway
Monday, March 26, 9:00
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC Research, is the President of the Association of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). Lynn held the Chair of Excellence position at the Departmento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield scholar and a Visiting Scholar at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has received research funding from the IMLS in the US and Jisc and the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. She is the co-author of Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 6th ed., has authored numerous other publications, and frequently is an international and national speaker on how individuals get their information and engage with technology and the assessment and development of user-centered library services.
Click here to find out more about Dr. Connaway.
Click here to view Dr. Connaway’s presentation slides.
Dr. Susan Dumais
Tuesday, March 27, 9:00
Susan Dumais a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft, Deputy Managing Director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond, and an adjunct professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was at Bell Labs, where she worked on Latent Semantic Analysis (an early word embedding technique to support concept-based retrieval), techniques for combining search and navigation, and organizational impacts of new technology. Her current research focuses on user modeling and personalization, context and search, and temporal dynamics of information. She has worked closely with several Microsoft groups (Bing, Windows Desktop Search, SharePoint, and Office Online Help) on search-related innovations. Susan has published widely in the fields of information science, human-computer interaction and cognitive science, and holds several patents on novel retrieval algorithms and interfaces. She is Past-Chair of ACM SIGIR, and serves on several editorial boards, technical program committees, and government panels. She was elected to the CHI Academy in 2005, an ACM Fellow in 2006, received the SIGIR Gerard Salton Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2011, received the ACM Athena Lecturer and Tony Kent Strix Awards in 2014, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in 2015, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Science in 2016.
Professor Luciano Floridi
Tuesday, March 27, 13:30
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford and Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (ATI). Among his recent books, all published by Oxford University Press: The Fourth Revolution – How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014), The Ethics of Information (2013), The Philosophy of Information (2011). He is a member of the EU’s Ethics Advisory Group on Ethical Dimensions of Data Protection, of the Royal Society and British Academy Working Group on Data Governance, of Google Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten”. He is Chairman of the Ethics Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework and of the ATI’s Working Group on Data Ethics.
The iSchools organization and co-hosts University of Sheffield and Northumbria University are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of iConference 2018.