Preliminary Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Date: Sunday, 25/Mar/2018
8:00am - 5:30pmRegistration desk open
Diamond Foyer 
9:00am - 10:30amWorkshop 2a: Creating and Cultivating a Scholarly Identity within Digital Worlds
Session Chair: Marie L Radford, Rutgers University
Workroom 1 (Diamond) 
 

Creating and Cultivating a Scholarly Identity within Digital Worlds

Marie Radford, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Vanessa Kitzie, Diana Floegel, Gary Radford, Mary Chayko

Increasing and measuring scholarly impact represents a growing concern for scholars, who must navigate emerging, data-driven methods for communicating their influence. Relevant to academics at all levels, this workshop focuses on scholarly identity, which includes endeavors by scholars to build and promote their reputation, network, and research. Facilitators, who are scholars from three disciplines at various stages of their careers, will explore this topic from different perspectives via a discussion and breakout sessions. Additionally, facilitators will present preliminary findings of an exploratory study concerning how researchers use online platforms, such as academic social networking sites (SNS), to create and cultivate scholarly impact. Workshop outcomes include: identifying scholars’ needs in establishing and furthering scholarly identities, exploring optimal use of online platforms to achieve professional goals, providing hands-on practice with selected sites, and developing strategies to increase visibility by leveraging help from resources such as SNS, apps, Open Access, and librarians.

 
9:00am - 10:30amWorkshop 4a: Automation and the next wave of computerisation: Sociotechnical approaches to automation, robots, machine learning and artificial intelligence
Session Chair: Matt Willis, University of Oxford
Workroom 2 (Diamond) 
 

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

Matt Willis, Eric T. Meyer

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 (to follow a morning CSST workshop on introductory ideas and approaches to sociotechnical research) 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.

 
9:00am - 10:30amWorkshop 3a: Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and disciplinary communities
Session Chair: Stephen Pinfield, University of Sheffield
iSpace (Regent Court - The Information School) 
 

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

Stephen Pinfield, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi, Simon Wakeling

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.

 
9:00am - 10:30amDoctoral Colloquium, Part 1 of 4
Session Chair: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University

This all-day event is by invitation only and is not open to observers.

Siemens Mindsphere Lounge (Diamond) 
9:00am - 10:30amWorkshop 5a: Using Reflection and Reflexivity to Enhance Information Research
Session Chair: Sheila Mary Corrall, University of Pittsburgh
Conference Room (ICOSS) 
 

Using Reflection and Reflexivity to Enhance Information Research

Sheila Mary Corrall, Alison Jane Pickard

Reflective practice, analytic reflection and (particularly) reflexivity, are generally recognized as core characteristics of qualitative inquiry and evaluation research. Reflecting (along with planning, acting and observing) is an explicit step in the classic fourfold cycle of action research, but also forms an integral, often taken-for-granted, part of the whole process of social inquiry for both qualitative and quantitative researchers. Methods texts in our own and other domains reference the use of reflection in reviewing literature, developing research questions, formulating hypotheses, and judging research contributions; they acknowledge its crucial role in locating researchers ideologically and surfacing their assumptions, and foreground its use in data collection, analysis and reporting. Yet there is a shortage of accessible practical guidance on being a reflective and reflexive researcher, threatening the quality of information research. This workshop will collaboratively explore some frameworks, models, and tools available to facilitate reflective inquiry and assess their utility for iResearch.

 
9:00am - 10:30amWorkshop 1a: iWords: Exploring the Interdisciplinary Vocabularies of Information Research
Session Chair: Michelle Ania Kaczmarek, University of British Columbia
Board Room (ICOSS) 
 

iWords: Exploring the interdisciplinary vocabularies of information research

Michelle Kaczmarek, Bonnie Tulloch, Robyn Schafer, Saguna Shankar, Andrea Hoff

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 that language plays in envisioning the interdisciplinary identities of iSchools. Through an interactive arts-based activity, panel presentation, and small group discussion, we seek to: 1) Identify contentious keywords within the information studies field; 2) Explore how these keywords function as a technology through which we epistemologically and ontologically organize our understanding of the field; and 3) Discuss the critical and creative value of keyword conversations to our individual research projects, collaborative investigations, and teaching. This workshop is designed to facilitate discussion among students, faculty, and practitioners about ways in which language structures and limits our understanding of our own and our peers’ work within the iSchool community. These discussions will contribute to ongoing efforts to span the boundaries of disciplines and form crosswalks across disciplinary vocabularies.

 
10:30am - 11:00amBreak
 
11:00am - 12:30pmWorkshop 2b: Creating and Cultivating a Scholarly Identity within Digital Worlds
Session Chair: Marie L Radford, Rutgers University
Workroom 1 (Diamond) 
11:00am - 12:30pmWorkshop 4b: Automation and the next wave of computerisation: Sociotechnical approaches to automation, robots, machine learning and artificial intelligence
Session Chair: Matt Willis, University of Oxford
Workroom 2 (Diamond) 
11:00am - 12:30pmWorkshop 3b: Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and disciplinary communities
Session Chair: Stephen Pinfield, University of Sheffield
iSpace (Regent Court - The Information School) 
11:00am - 12:30pmDoctoral Colloquium, Part 2 of 4
Session Chair: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University

This all-day event is by invitation only and is not open to observers.

Siemens Mindsphere Lounge (Diamond) 
11:00am - 12:30pmWorkshop 5b: Using Reflection and Reflexivity to Enhance Information Research
Session Chair: Sheila Mary Corrall, University of Pittsburgh
Conference Room (ICOSS) 
11:00am - 12:30pmWorkshop 1b: iWords: Exploring the interdisciplinary vocabularies of information research
Session Chair: Michelle Ania Kaczmarek, University of British Columbia
Board Room (ICOSS) 
12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch break (meal provided by the conference)
Diamond 
1:30pm - 3:30pmWorkshop 6a: Now, New or Next Generation? How current iSchool studies on Research Support Services will inform Education Programs for Future Translational Data Roles
Session Chair: Elizabeth Josephine Lyon, University of Pittsburgh
Workroom 1 (Diamond) 
 

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

Elizabeth Josephine Lyon, Andrew Cox, Stephen Pinfield, Laura Sbafi, Mary Anne Kennan

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. Bibliometrics 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.

 
1:30pm - 3:30pmWorkshop 7a: Using a qualitative lens to explore the relationships among information, people and technology: Informing iSchool research and learning and teaching
Session Chair: Alison Pickard, Northumbria University
Workroom 2 (Diamond) 
 

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

Alison Pickard, Kendra Albright, Theresa Anderson, Ina Fourie, Heidi Julien, Annemaree Lloyd

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.

 
1:30pm - 3:30pmWorkshop 10a: BIAS – Bias in Information, Algorithms, and Systems
Session Chair: Paul D. Clough, University of Sheffield
Lecture Theatre 4 (Diamond) 
 

BIAS - Bias in Information, Algorithms, and Systems

Paul Clough, Jahna Otterbacher, Robert Jäschke, Jo Bates

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.

 
1:30pm - 3:30pmWorkshop 9a: Creating Exceptional Capstone Learning Experiences
Session Chair: Matthew Locke Saxton, University of Washington
iSpace (Regent Court - The Information School) 
 

Creating Exceptional Captsone Learning Experiences

Matthew Locke Saxton, Andrew J. Ko, Richard Sturman

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.

 
1:30pm - 3:30pmiSchools Meeting 3: iSchools Regional Meeting - North America

This meeting of iSchools North America school heads is by invitation only.

Lecture Theatre 3 (Diamond) 
1:30pm - 3:30pmDoctoral Colloquium, Part 3 of 4
Session Chair: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University

This all-day event is by invitation only and is not open to observers.

Siemens Mindsphere Lounge (Diamond) 
1:30pm - 3:30pmiSchools Meeting 2: iSchools Regional Meeting - Europe
Session Chair: Ann-Sofie Axelsson, University of Borås

This meeting of iSchools Europe school heads is by invitation only.

Conference Room (ICOSS) 
1:30pm - 3:30pmWorkshop 8a: Towards Meaningful Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities to Facilitating Information Flow and Use to Support Health and Wellness
Session Chair: Charles Roland Senteio, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information
Board Room (ICOSS) 
 

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

Charles Roland Senteio, Christine Wolf

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. We propose a half-day workshop at iConference 2018 aimed at bringing 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 (health informatics; data analytics; and 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.

 
1:30pm - 3:30pmiSchools Meeting 1: Regional Meeting - Asia
Session Chair: Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba

This meeting of iSchools Asia school heads is by invitation only.

Meeting room 231 (Regent Court - Information School) 
3:30pm - 4:00pmBreak
 
4:00pm - 5:30pmWorkshop 6b: Now, New or Next Generation? How current iSchool studies on Research Support Services will inform Education Programs for Future Translational Data Roles
Session Chair: Elizabeth Josephine Lyon, University of Pittsburgh
Workroom 1 (Diamond) 
4:00pm - 5:30pmWorkshop 7b: Using a qualitative lens to explore the relationships among information, people and technology: Informing iSchool research and learning and teaching
Session Chair: Alison Pickard, Northumbria University
Workroom 2 (Diamond) 
4:00pm - 5:30pmWorkshop 10b: BIAS – Bias in Information, Algorithms, and Systems
Session Chair: Paul D. Clough, University of Sheffield
Lecture Theatre 4 (Diamond) 
4:00pm - 5:30pmWorkshop 9b: Creating Exceptional Capstone Learning Experiences
Session Chair: Matthew Locke Saxton, University of Washington
iSpace (Regent Court - The Information School) 
4:00pm - 5:30pmiSchools Meeting 4: Open Meeting to discuss future Program Initiatives with the iSchool Leadership
Session Chair: Sam Gyun Oh, Sungkyunkwan University

This meeting is open to all iConference participants

Lecture Theatre 3 (Diamond) 
4:00pm - 5:30pmDoctoral Colloquium, Part 4 of 4
Session Chair: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University

This all-day event is by invitation only and is not open to observers.

Siemens Mindsphere Lounge (Diamond) 
4:00pm - 5:30pmWorkshop 8b: Towards Meaningful Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities to Facilitating Information Flow and Use to Support Health and Wellness
Session Chair: Charles Roland Senteio, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information
Board Room (ICOSS) 
5:30pm - 6:00pmFree Time
 
6:15pm - 8:00pmOpening Drinks Reception

Millennium Gallery: Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP

Millennium Gallery 

 
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