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The iConference is pleased to make the following Workshops available for participation at iConference 2017. These Workshops were carefully selected by our Workshops Co-Chairs, and all will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Participants can sign up when they register, and there is no fee. Nevertheless, to help us plan, we ask that you only sign up for a workshop if you have a reasonable expectationt that you will attend. Drop-ins will be allowed onsite, space permitting. Questions about individual workshops should be directed to the organizers listed below. iConference 2017 registration is now open.

Workshop #1: Undergraduate Education in iSchools

Organizers: Scott F. Barker, University of Washington; Wonsik “Jeff” Shim, Sungkyunkwan University

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Location: TBA

Abstract: This workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to share experiences and discuss opportunities and challenges associated with undergrad education in iSchools. A panel of presenters will begin the workshop by providing a fast-paced overview of existing undergraduate programs at several schools. Break-out group discussions will follow around topics such as undergraduate program differentiation and niche, teaching and student engagement, curriculum, student and employer expectations, the role of research in undergrad education, generating interest and managing growth, gender and diversity, and future directions for undergraduate education in iSchools.

Contact: Scott F. Barker

Workshop #2: Vulnerable Communities in the Digital Age: Advancing Research and Exploring Collaborations

Organizers: Jia Tina Du, University of South Australia, Australia; Iris Xie, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US; Bhuva Narayan, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Elham Sayyad Abdi, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Huijuan Wu, Northeast Dianli University, China; Ying-Hsang Liu, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Lynn Westbrook, University of Texas at Austin, US

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Location: TBA

Abstract: The intersection between digital information worlds and vulnerable communities is a critical research area within the iSchools movement. There have been concerns about issues regarding bias, social exclusion, cyber-racism, cyberbullying, digital divide, misinformation, and other information sharing hazards in the information experience of vulnerable communities. We seek to bring together a community of researchers and information professionals researching in this important area of our society. We will cover research across disciplinary borders, explore new opportunities for collaboration, and lay the groundwork for a journal special issue centered on vulnerable groups. The iSchools community provides an excellent place to discuss this crucial topic at the intersection of information, society, and technology.

Call for Position Papers: This will be an interactive workshop to enable the fullest exchange of ideas amongst attendees. All interested researchers, graduate students, and information professionals are invited to submit a short position paper (500-1000 words) in which they outline the topic and themes to be discussed during the workshop. Please send your submission as a PDF file to the organizers’ Easychair submission system before 23 January 2017, 11:59pm ACDT.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Vulnerable communities’ experience of information technologies
  • Big data and vulnerable communities
  • Digital libraries and vulnerable users
  • Everyday life information behaviour of older adults
  • Information experience of migrants and refugees
  • Information service model for minorities
  • Information behaviour of indigenous people
  • Homeless population, especially homeless youth
  • People with disabilities
  • Approaches or methods to study vulnerable groups
  • Ethical challenges of studying vulnerable population

This workshop’s organizers have created a webpage for more information:

Contact: Jia Tina Du

Workshop #3: #WithRefugees: Workshop on Field and Design Methods for Supporting Refugees through Library Services and Other Social and Policy Innovations

Organizers: Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington, USA; Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany ; Gunilla Widén, Åbo Akademi University, Finland; Jamie Johnston, University Oslo and Akershus, Norway; Katya Yefimova, University of Washington, USA; Serap Kurbanoglu, Haceteppe University, Turkey

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Location: TBA

Abstract: Over 65 million people worldwide, half of them children, are displaced by war and persecution, marking the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Whether living in camps, in border or destination countries, or while transiting, refugees and stakeholders have substantial, wide-ranging needs that can be supported by the iSchool community. The UN Refugee Agency in 2016 issued a call to stand #WithRefugees. With its focus on people, information and technology, the iSchool researchers have much to offer through designing information services, systems and policy. In this workshop, participants will build on their experiences working with refugees across settings, learn basic methods for carrying out fieldwork and other methods that are sensitive to gender, culture, time, place, and stakeholders. Participants will also learn how using co-design techniques – storyboards, maps, narrative drawings, and personas – can inform the creation of library services, innovations and policy. For more information and to submit a 500 word position paper by 23 Jan 2017, visit http://syria.ischool.uw.edu/iconference2017

This workshop’s organizers have created a webpage for more information: http://syria.ischool.uw.edu/iconference2017

Contact: Karen E. Fisher

Workshop #4 Information Science to Data Science: New Directions for iSchools

Organizers: Jane Greenberg, Drexel University; Xia Lin, Drexel University; Gobinda Chowdhury, Northumbria University; Virginia Ortiz-Repiso, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; Sam Oh, Sungkyunkwan University; Il-Yeol Song, Drexel University; Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba; Qinghua Zhu, Nanjing University

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Location: TBA

Abstract: The iSchools represent the convergence of a range of disciplines (information/library science, computer science, communications, telecommunications, and information technology, while integrating aspects of social science, economics, and policy). The diversity of disciplines positions iSchools to contribute to data science research and workforce needs in both ordinary and novel ways. This workshop will provide a needed forum for international dialog on the iSchool community’s engagement with data science. The goals are to: 1) share iSchool developments in data science education and research, 2) articulate unique contributions and opportunities for iSchools in the data science, and 3) lay a foundation for continued international dialog among iSchools pursuing or seeking to pursue data science. A final report will summarize position papers, synthesize workshop discussions, outline action items for continued iSchool work in this area. An overall output, will be the foundation for a cohesive framework to enable the iSchool community dialog on data science. Read this workshop’s Participation Call for more information.

The organizers invite short postion papers or statements by Feb. 5, 2017. View the Participation Call for topics and submission instructions.

Contact: Jane Greenberg

Workshop #5: Physical Samples, Digital Collections

Organizers: Unmil P. Karadkar, The University of Texas at Austin; Kerstin Lehnert, Columbia University; Chris Lenhardt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Sarah Ramdeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Location: TBA

Abstract: Research in the earth and biological sciences depends on the availability of representative, often irreplaceable physical samples that have been collected at substantial cost and effort. The NSF-funded EarthCube iSamplES (Internet of Samples in the Earth Sciences) research coordination network aims to connect physical samples and sample collections with digital data infrastructures to revolutionize their utility in the support of science. The goal of this workshop is to cross-pollinate the expertise of a broad audience comprising of biologists, earth scientists, and data curators who work with physical samples and information scientists. Prior workhops, hosted in conjunction with JCDL 2016 and ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2016 attracted participation from researchers and practitioners in the USA, Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands. In conducting this workshop at the iConference we aim to strengthen connections between sample-related communities in Asia-Pacific and the USA.

Contact: Unmil Karadkar

2017 Workshops Call

iConference Workshops are intended to foster interactive discussions focusing on a particular topic within the purview of the iSchools, namely, the relationships among information, people and technology. Workshops provide a great opportunity for attendees who share common interests and want to have intensive discussions. If you are interested in building a new research community, strengthening an existing research community, or further advancing a particular field, please consider organizing a workshop. We encourage you to submit proposals that will create common knowledge within iSchools.

For more information and inspiration, we encourage you to review the official proceedings of past iConferences in the IDEALS and ACM repositories.

Follow the Submission Guidelines. All submissions must be in English. Proposals should not exceed 750 words (not counting references). All initial submissions for review should be in PDF format, using the official iConference template.

2017 Timeline:

  • Submission deadline: September 16, 2016
  • Notification: mid-October, 2016
  • Public-facing participant description due: October 31, 2016
  • Final versions for proceedings due: December 12, 2016

2017 Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals should describe the organizers, participants, purpose, format (panels, papers, discussions), goals or outcomes, and relevance to the iConference. Please use the structure described below under “Required Submission Information.” Proposals will be reviewed by the Workshop Chairs and a review committee of their choosing.

All workshops will take place March 22, 2017, the first day of the conference. Due to venue and schedule limitations, we can only accommodate half-day workshops this year. There will be no separate fee for workshops in 2017; all registered participants for iConference 2017 can participate in workshops at no extra cost.

Organizers of accepted workshops will be asked to create a public-facing description of their event that can be presented on the conference website and the registration sign-up form. These descriptions are due Oct. 31. Workshop organizers are welcome and encouraged to solicit position papers or other deliverables from their participants in these descriptions. If deliverables are requested, the public-facing description must explain the delivery process. (Please note that the iConference organizers cannot facilitate the collection of deliverables through the conference submission system; workshop organizers must create and manage their own submission process.)

Required Submission Information

Workshop proposals will be submitted in writing via our confernce submission system. The official iConference template must be used. Initial submissions (due Sept. 16) should be in PDF format. If your proposal is accepted, you will submit a final verison for the proceedings in Word or comparable word processing file formats: .doc, .docx, or .rtf; LaTeX is also acceptable. See our Author Instructions Page for more about templates and formatting.

Title: Workshop title

Organizer(s): Names and affiliations of the organizers, in preferred order of appearance. (Note that all workshop organizers and presenters are expected to purchase an iConference registration. However, they will not be required to pay the separate workshop fee.)

Abstract: An abstract of up to 150 words.

Description: Include a description of up to 1,000 words (not including abstract or references). Workshop descriptions should address each of the following:

  • Purpose and Intended Audience: Please state the audience to which your event is designed to appeal and the goals and/or expected outcomes for your event.
  • Proposed Format: Describe how your workshop will be organized and structured. The format is up to you. You can have a series of presenters followed by discussion, presentations and discussions of solicited papers, abstracts or position statements, a panel presentation, etc. Include a draft schedule that will fit within the half or full day you have indicated above. To advance beyond “sage on the stage,” explain the strategies you will use to engage workshop attendees. Note: If you plan to solicit abstracts, papers, or position statements, you are expected to set up your own system or protocol for doing so (e.g., through a website, via email, etc.). Participant registration for workshops will be managed through the conference registration site.
  • Goals or Outcomes: State the goals and/or expected outcomes for your workshop. Also, include any plans to prepare a report, proceedings, wiki, or website to disseminate the results of your workshop.
  • Relevance to the iConference: Briefly state the focus of your proposal topic and note the importance, relevance, value, and/or interest to the iSchool community. Provide a brief explanation of how this workshop will appeal to the audience both with respect to content and format of the workshop. If the workshop has been associated with the iConference in the past or is part of an ongoing series, please explain.

Duration: Indicate if your workshop will be a half- or full-day event.

Attendance: Please indicate your expected number of participants, and also your preferred maximium number of participants. The iConfernce can generally accommodate workshops that range from 10 to 100 attendees.

Special Requirements: The iConference typically does not provide funding for workshops. If your proposed event has technical or logistical requirements with budget rammifications, you must articulate them clearly for considertation by the chairs.

If you have workshop questions or ideas that need help being fleshed out, please feel free to contact the Workshop Co-Chairs using the mail links below.

2017 Workshops Chairs


Questions about Workshops should be directed to the Workshops Chairs listed above.

For general questions about the iConference, please contact iConference Coordinator Clark Heideger.








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