2018 Workshops



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2018 Overview

The iConference is pleased to make the following Workshops available for participation at iConference 2018. These Workshops were carefully selected by our Workshops Co-Chairs, and all will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Morning workshops will take place 9:00 – 12:30. Afternoon workshops will take place 13:30 – 17:30. 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.

Workshop #1: iWords: Exploring the interdisciplinary vocabularies of information research

Organizers: The iStories Lab @ UBC: PhD students Andrea Hoff, Michelle Kaczmarek, Robyn Schafer, Saguna Shankar, and Bonnie Tulloch, University of British Columbia

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 9:00 to 12:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: How do our respective vocabularies affect our conceptualizations of information and the diffuse field of information studies? In this half-day workshop we examine the role language plays in envisioning the interdisciplinary identities of iSchools. Through an interactive arts-based activity, panel discussion, and small group conversations, we seek to: 1) Identify contentious words within information research; and 2) Explore how these words function as a technology through which we epistemologically and ontologically organize our understanding of the field of information studies. Our expert panelists include Dr. Rachel Clarke, Dr. Jenna Hartel, and Dr. Vivien Petras, all of whom have notable experience navigating the interdisciplinary tensions of information research. Designed to facilitate discussion among students, faculty, and practitioners about the ways language structures and limits our understanding of research within the iSchool community, this workshop contributes to efforts to span the disciplinary boundaries that inform our individual projects, collaborative investigations, and teaching. For more information, please visit: https://www.istories.info/iwords

Upon registration, participants are asked to please send an email to the workshop organizers (istorieslab@gmail.com) containing: their name, a photo, and several keywords that describe their research interests and expertise. The organizers will use this information to design a research profile card for the participant to be used at the workshop.

Contact: Michelle Kaczmarek

Workshop #2: Creating and Cultivating a Scholarly Identity within Digital Worlds

Organizers: Dr. Marie L. Radford, Rutgers University; Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC; Dr. Vanessa Kitzie, University of South Carolina; Diana Floegel, Rutgers University; Dr. Gary Radford, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Dr. Mary Chayko, Rutgers University

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 9:00 to 12:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: Relevant to academics at all levels, this workshop focuses on scholarly identity, including endeavors to build and promote their reputation, networks, and research impact. Such practices are increasingly essential for tenure and promotion, and can be accomplished and measured through data-driven methods/analytics for communicating and measuring influence. Workshop facilitators, in various career stages from three disciplines, will present viewpoints on considerations, connections, and consequences related to scholarly networks, and findings from an exploratory study of researchers’ use of online platforms, including social networking sites, to create and cultivate scholarly impact. Subsequent discussion and break-out sessions will provide hands-on demonstrations of selected digital tools, such as Twitter, Academia.edu, ORCID, and ResearchGate. Workshop outcomes include: identifying scholars’ needs in establishing and furthering scholarly identities, hands-on use of online platforms, and developing strategies to increase visibility by leveraging help from various resources including academic libraries. Participants should bring laptops/tablets or another smart device.

Contact: Diana Floegel

Workshop #3: Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and disciplinary communities

Organizers: Prof. Stephen Pinfield: University of Sheffield; Prof. Jenny Fry: Loughborough University; Dr. Simon Wakeling: University of Sheffield

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, from 9:00 to 12:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: Open-access mega-journals (OAMJs) represent an increasingly important part of the scholarly communication landscape. OAMJs, such as PLOS ONE and Nature’s Scientific Reports, are large scale, broad-scope journals that operate an open-access business model, and which employ a novel form of peer review, focusing on scientific ‘soundness’ only and not judgments of novelty or importance. This workshop will facilitate discussion of the future of scholarly communication using OAMJs as a starting point, examining key issues including business models, peer review, and disciplinary community (and other stakeholder) responses to key developments in the field. The workshop will bring to bear the findings of a major two-year mixed-methods research project on mega-journals carried out by the organizers. It will use some of the empirical evidence, theoretical models and practitioner responses generated by the project as the basis for discussion. The contribution of OAMJs to the wider Open Science agenda will also be considered.

Contact: Stephen Pinfield

Workshop #4: Automation and the next wave of computerisation: Sociotechnical approaches to automation, robots, machine learning and artificial intelligence

Organizers: Matt Willis, University of Oxford; Eric T. Meyer, University of Oxford

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 9:00 to 12:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: While computerisation has taken place for decades, we are seeing increased rhetoric and activity across many domains in the areas of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Recent innovations around automated replacements for human work promise to change the ways people organize society and to reshape our working lives, for good or for ill. It is crucial that sociotechnical scholars engage with automation if we are to go beyond the easy rhetoric surrounding the most recent rise of automated technologies. This half-day workshop brings together sociotechnical scholars, developers, engineers, makers, and other stakeholders to unpack the reality and rhetoric of automation and related technologies. This workshop will provide a forum for (1) understanding and approaching automation and related phenomena from a sociotechnical perspective; (2) discussion of methods and techniques for studying and analysing these phenomena; and (3) sharing empirical research.

Please visit the workshop website at: http://healthautomation.oii.ox.ac.uk/iconference-2018/

Contact: Matt Willis

Workshop #5: Using Reflection and Reflexivity to Enhance Information Research

Organizers: Sheila Corrall, University of Pittsburgh; Alison Pickard, Northumbria University

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 9:00 to 12:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: Reflective practice, analytic reflection and reflexivity, are recognized characteristics of qualitative inquiry and evaluation research. Reflecting is central to action research and autoethnography, but informs the whole process of social inquiry, for both qualitative and quantitative researchers. Methodology texts emphasize its role in data collection, analysis and reporting, but also discuss its use in reviewing literature, developing research questions and hypotheses, locating researchers ideologically, surfacing assumptions, and assessing contributions to scholarship. There is a shortage of accessible practical guidance on being a reflective and reflexive researcher, which threatens the quality of information research. We propose a collaborative initiative to fill this gap. Our hands-on interactive workshop invites early-career researchers and experienced scholars to explore a selection of frameworks, models, and tools for reflective inquiry, and assess their utility for iResearch. We also invite participants to augment our toolkit by sending us material in advance, or bringing suggestions to the event.

Contact: Sheila Corrall

Workshop #6: Now, New or Next Generation? How current iSchool studies on Research Support Services will inform Education Programs for Future Translational Data Roles

Organizers: Liz Lyon, University of Pittsburgh; Andrew Cox, Stephen Pinfield and Laura Sbaffi, University of Sheffield; Mary Anne Kennan, Charles Sturt University

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 13:30 to 17:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: This interactive workshop will examine the role of iSchools in data curation, research data management and bibliometrics for open science and open scholarship. It will draw on recent research by the team in a range of areas, and will update on these studies. Topics to be covered include research data management, and specifically a review of the current landscape in terms of research support service maturity, featuring a new maturity model. Biblio/Webmetrics will be addressed in the context of competencies required in this critical area. Finally, the Workshop will look into future challenges for iSchools associated with educating for next generation data roles in areas including Data Rescue and Re-Use, Transparency, Truth and Trust and Beyond Data Analytics. The challenges for iSchools in re-positioning the educational curriculum to support these emerging and translational roles will be explored, and there will be opportunities for participants to contribute to these key debates.

Contact: Liz Lyon

Workshop #7: Using a qualitative lens to explore the relationships among information, people and technology: Informing iSchool research and learning and teaching

Organizers: Alison Jane Pickard, Northumbria University; Kendra Albright, Kent State University; Theresa Anderson, University of Technology, Sydney; Ina Fourie, University of Pretoria; Heidi Julien, State University of New York, Buffalo; Annemaree Lloyd, Swedish School of Library and Information Science

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 13:30 to 17:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: Qualitative research is uniquely suited to exploring the relationships between people, information and technology, an eclectic mix of approach, design, data collection, analysis and presentation that allows us to explore the diverse patterns and complex meanings of our relationships with information and technology. While there is a recognition of the value inherent in rigorous and good quality qualitative research, the know-how pertaining to the why and how, along with explicit real world examples, has not been as widely disseminated as it could be. This workshop aims to go beyond the textbook descriptions of qualitative research to provide a forum for the sharing of qualitative investigation ‘in the wild’, in all its diversity, complexity and reflexivity. The workshop will explore the practice and teaching of qualitative research across the iSchool community in order to extend our network and share our approaches to both.

Contact: Alison Pickard

Workshop #8: Towards Meaningful Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities to Facilitating Information Flow and Use to Support Health and Wellness

Organizers: Dr. Charles Senteio, Rutgers University; Dr. Christine T. Wolf, IBM Research

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 13:30 to 17:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: This and supporting information, including request for submissions and instructions with email address, can be found at our workshop URL: http://charlessenteio.com/iconference/

Despite rapid advances in health information-gathering technologies, barriers persist between patients or health consumers and health care providers in not only sharing health information, but also in facilitating valuable engagement and use of health information. This half-day workshop at iConference 2018 will bring together a diverse range of participants from around the world to identify barriers to, and opportunities for, information sharing to support health and wellness. We focus on three workshop themes: 1. health informatics; 2. data analytics; and 3. user experience design, to discuss the ongoing challenges in this area. We are interested in using this workshop to provide an arena for discussions about how to increase patient engagement through information use, given the rapid advances in health technologies, the diverse stakeholders implicated in the health context, and the ongoing challenges of designing for engagement.

Contact: Charles Senteio

Workshop #9: Creating Exceptional Capstone Learning Experiences

Organizers: Matthew L. Saxton, Andrew J. Ko, Richard Sturman, University of Washington; Benjamin Gan, Singapore Management University; Julie Walters, Northumbria University

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 13:30 to 17:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: Capstone programs require high investment, but have deep potential to return rich gains in regard to bridging academia, industry, and community. Participants will identify best practices in implementing capstone programs through a panel presentation of exceptional programs and an afternoon session on writing up guidelines for successful planning to achieve learning outcomes and nurture relations with external partners. Participants will learn how to leverage capstone to advance multiple school objectives: authentic learning experiences, outreach to industry partners and your alumni network, student recruitment, and contributing to long term social impact.

Contact: Matthew L. Saxton

Workshop #10: BIAS – Bias in Information, Algorithms, and Systems

Organizers: Prof. Paul Clough, University of Sheffield; Prof. Jahna Otterbacher, Open University of Cyprus; Prof. Robert Jäschke, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Dr. Jo Bates, University of Sheffield

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 13:30 to 17:30
Location: TBA

Abstract: In today’s world, and more than ever before, information, algorithms and systems have the potential to influence and shape our experiences and views. With increased access to digital media and the ubiquity of data-driven processes in all areas of life, awareness and understanding of areas such as algorithmic accountability, transparency, governance and bias are becoming increasingly important. Recent cases in the news and media have highlighted the wider societal effects of data and algorithms requiring we pay it more attention. This workshop will bring together researchers from different disciplines who are interested in analysing and tackling bias within their discipline, arising from the data, algorithms and methods they use. The theme of the workshop is bias in information, algorithms, and systems, which includes, but is not limited to, the following areas: bias in sources of data and information, categorisation and representation schemes, algorithms, bias in the broader context of information and social systems, considerations in evaluation, interactions between individuals, technologies and data/information, considerations for data governance and policy.

The workshop welcomes submissions of position papers, talks, posters, and research papers. Get on the workshop’s homepage: http://ir.shef.ac.uk/bias/.

Contact: Robert Jäschke

2018 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.

All workshops will take place Sunday, March 25, 2018, the first day of the conference. Half-day and Full-day formats are possible. There will be no separate fee for workshops. Participants will sign up for workshops when they register. All registered participants for iConference 2018 can participate in workshops at no extra cost.

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 “Submission Guidelines.” Proposals will be reviewed by the Workshop Chairs and/or a review committee of their choosing, in consultation with the Program Chairs. After the conference, accepted workshop proposals will be archived to the iConference website; they will not be included in the official proceedings.

Workshop organizers are welcome and encouraged to solicit position papers or other deliverables from their workshop participants. However, this process must be entirely managed by the workshop organizers; iConference organizers cannot facilitate the collection of deliverables through the conference submission system.

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


  • Submission deadline: September 18, 2017
  • Notification: mid-October, 2017
  • Public-facing participant description due: October 31, 2017

Submission Guidelines

Workshop propoals will be submitted in writing using our ConfTool submission system. All submissions must be in English and submitted as a pdf. The following format should be used.

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.)

Abstract: An abstract of up to 150 words.

Description: Include a description of up to 1,000 words (not including abstract). 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 iConference 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 ramifications, you must articulate them clearly for consideration by the chairs.

If you have questions or ideas that need help being fleshed out, please feel free to contact the Workshop Chair listed below.

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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