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Dates: Sunday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Location: The Diamond conference building, University of Sheffield Campus, Sheffield, UK
Hosts: The Information School at Sheffield and The iSchool at Northumbria University
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iConference 2018 wraps up in Sheffield

UPDATE: We have posted a summary of iConference 2018 to our online conference archive. It includes links to the proceedings, accepted proposals, and other details on our recently concluded event. Click here to view.

A total of 468 registered participants took part in iConference 2018. jointly organized by The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria University, iConference 2018 was our 13th annual event, bringing together information scholars, researchers and professionals to share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society.

Over the span of four days, the 2018 delegates took in 82 peer-reviewed research papers, 67 peer-reviewed poster presentations, plus 10 thought-provoking workshops and 13 special interactive sessions. They also enjoyed meeting and mingling at numerous social occasions held at the conference venue, as well as at noteworthy city institutions. Throughout the conference, thanks to surprisingly clement weather for the time of year, the scenic charm of the city of Sheffield was on full display.

iConference 2018 papers have already been published in Springer LNCS, and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The posters abstracts will be made available soon on the IDEALS repository; participants will be notified when these are available. A full summary of the iConference, including links to materials and artifacts, will be posted to this website soon.

We thank all 2018 attendees for your participation. The iConference is a shared experience based on interdisciplinary discourses, and your presence had a direct bearing on the overall quality of the event. A follow-up survey will be sent soon, and we hope you’ll take the time to share your impression of the event, for the benefit of future organizers.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in College Park, Maryland. You can check out the advance website now, and watch for our Call for Participation, coming soon!


  • Click here for a summary of iConference 2018, including metrics, organizers, speakers and more.
  • Click here to access the papers proceedings in “Transforming Digital Worlds” on Springer LNCS.
  • Congratulations Lee Dirks Award Winners: The winners of the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper are Yun Huang and Qunfang Wu of Syracuse University, for their paper, “Understanding Interactions Between Municipal Police Departments and the Public on Twitter.” The announcement was made at the iConference opening plenary on Monday. The paper will be presented Wednesday, March 28, at 9:00 am in Lecture Theatre 2. Click here for a complete list of award finalists, with links to abstracts and presentation times.
  • Preliminary Results Paper Award: Congratulations go out to Amber L. Cushing of University College Dublin on winning the conference’s Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper award. Cushing’s paper is titled “Using citizen science projects to develop cases for teaching digital curation.”
  • Best Poster Award: Best Poster honors were awarded to “The Emergence of Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use during and after the Libyan Uprising” by authors Skina Musbah Ehdeed, Jo Bates, and Andrew Cox of the University of Sheffield.
  • 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award: Congratulations also to Dissertation Award winner Galen Panger and runner up Paul Cleverley. Click here for details on their winning dissertations.
  • Connaway Keynote: Opening speaker Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway has graciously made her Monday keynote slides available to conference participants. Click here to access the slides on the OCLC website.
  • Save the date for iConference 2019: We look forward to seeing you next year for iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3 in College Park, Maryland, USA. The conference theme is Inform Include Inspire. The conference is being jointly organized by the iSchools at University of Maryland, UUMC, and Syracuse.
  • Social Media: Use #iconf18 for social media and follow us on Twitter during the conference: https://twitter.com/iconf
  • Awards: Visit our Awards page to learn more about this year’s winners and finalists. Congratulations to all!
  • Questions: Follow-up questions about the conference should be sent to iconf2018@sheffield.ac.uk.

Background on iConference 2018 the city of Sheffield

iConference 2018 will take place Sunday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 28, 2018 and will be jointly organised by two iSchools in the UK: The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria.

The Information School at Sheffield has been at the forefront of developments in the information field for more than fifty years. The School’s research reflects influences from computing, health, chemistry and different arts and humanities and social sciences disciplines, as well as experience from professional practice in information roles. The iSchool at Northumbria University engages in theoretical and practical research exploring the relationships between people and information through a variety of systems and technologies and focuses on the two interrelated themes of: information behaviour and interactions; and data, information and records management.

The Diamond conference building, Sheffield Campus, site of iConference 2018

iConference 2018 will be hosted in Sheffield, a city of stunning landscapes – the greenest in Europe, creative, welcoming and rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and lots to see and do. The main events will be held at the University of Sheffield which has excellent conferencing facilities. The campus is on the western edge of the city centre (view map) and is easy to get to on foot or by bus or tram from a range of University-approved hotels.

Sheffield is centrally located within the UK and is easy to get to, being well served by national road and rail networks and with excellent local transport. Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Nottingham East Midlands airports are all about an hour’s travel time from Sheffield. Manchester Airport is served by a wide range of international carriers and has a direct rail link to Sheffield both day and night, while both Leeds/Bradford and Nottingham, East Midlands offer a range of links within Europe. Both London airports (Heathrow and Gatwick) are accessible by rail with just one change of train.

The theme of iConference 2018, Transforming Digital Worlds, will be the importance of the information field in transforming the increasingly data-driven world. There are many issues facing the digital world, from technical through to sociological challenges and, with their focus on people, information and technology, iSchools are uniquely placed to tackle these challenges. We aim to bring together thinkers and leaders from academia, industry and not-for-profit organisations, to discuss emerging challenges and potential solutions for information and data management in our rapidly changing world.

Winter Gardens, site of the 2018 Opening Reception

New for 2018: For the first time, the conference proceedings will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The papers will be published as Green Open Access allowing them to be deposited in institutional repositories as well as in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers who will each address one of the key strands within our conference theme.

People: Dr. Lynn Connaway, Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC Research where she leads research into user and information seeking behaviour, and an American Library Association for College and Research Libraries project on academic library support for student learning.

Information: Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C., and Faculty Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute.

Technology: Dr. Sue Dumais, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft and the Deputy Managing Director of Microsoft’s Redmond Research Laboratory where she leads research at the intersection of information retrieval and human-computer interaction.

Visit our Keynote Speakers page to learn more about this year’s speakers.

About the iConference

Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not required—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome at the iConference.

The following is a list of sample topics from past conferences:

  • information behavior
  • social, cultural, health and community informatics
  • human-computer interaction
  • education in Library and Information Science
  • information systems
  • social computing
  • information policy
  • knowledge management
  • information retrieval
  • information services
  • information organization
  • digital curation and preservation
  • bibliometrics and scholarly communication
  • history and philosophy of information
  • participatory cultures
  • digital youth
  • social computing
  • human computer interaction
  • knowledge infrastructures
  • computer-supported cooperative work
  • data, text and knowledge mining
  • computational social science
  • digital humanities
  • network science
  • information and communication technology for development
  • data science
  • information economics
  • information work and workers
  • user experience and design

Lean More

To access the offical proceedings of past iConferences, vist our Past Proceedings page.
To learn more about the conference in general, view our About The iConference page.



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