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The iConference 2018 organizers are pleased to announce the finalists for the conference’s best papers and poster competitions. The finalists were selected by the papers and posters track chairs, in consultation with the program chairs. Winners will be announced during iConference 2018, which takes place March 25 – 28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK.

All accepted iConference 2018 papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Spurred by this new publishing arrangement, the iConference received a record number of papers for 2018, making this year’s awards the most competitive ever.

Lee Dirks Award for 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 USD provided by Microsoft. The award honors the memory of Lee Dirks of Microsoft Research; Dirks was a long-time friend and supporter of the iConference, and a distinguished iSchool graduate. The winner will be announced at the opening Plenary session on Monday, March 26.

Listed alphabetically, by title.

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)
Presentation: Wednesday, March 28, 11:00 – 12:30

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)
Presentation: Wednesday, March 28, 9:00 – 10:30

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)
Presentation: Monday, March 26, 15:30 – 17:00

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)
Presentation: Tuesday, March 27, 15:30 – 17:00

Title: Understanding Interactions Between Municipal Police Departments and the Public on Twitter
Authors: Yun Huang, Qunfang Wu, Syracuse University (USA)
Presentation: Wednesday, March 28, 9:00 – 10:30

Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper

This award goes to the author(s) of the most intriguing paper in the early work/preliminary results category. The winner will be announced during the morning plenary session on Tuesday, March 27.

Listed alphabetically, by title.

Title: Data Journalism: Practices, Skills, Opportunities and Values
Author: Bahareh R. Heravi, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Presentation: Wednesday, March 28, 9:00 – 10:30

Title: Domestic Migrant Workers in Israel: The strength of weak ties
Author: Jenny Bronstein, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Presentation: Tuesday, March 27, 11:00 – 12:30

Title: Metadata Versus Full-Text: Tracking Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) Users’ Behavior
Authors: Daniel Gelaw Alemneh, Mark Phillips, University of North Texas (USA)
Presentation: Monday, March 26, 13:30 – 15:00

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)
Presentation: Tuesday, March 27, 15:30 – 17:00

Title: Using citizen science projects to develop cases for teaching digital curation
Author: Amber L. Cushing, University College Dublin (Ireland)
Presentation: Monday, March 26, 11:00 – 12:30

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 26, 5:00-6:30 pm and Tuesday, March 27, 5:00-6:30 pm. The winner will be announced during the conference’s third plenary session on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 27.

Listed aplphbetically, by title.

Title: Charities’ perceptions of open access to medical research: a situational analysis
Author: Emily Beatrice Nunn, University of Sheffield (UK)

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)

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)



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