Complete Press Release on iConference 2018

Complete Press Release on iConference 2018


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Award Finalists Announced for iConference 2018 Papers and Posters

  • Winners to be announced at iConference 2018 in Sheffield, UK

  • Best Completed Research Paper receives $5,000 prize

    Feb. 8, 2018. 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.

    The following information can also be found on the conference website, with links to abstracts:

    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. The finalists follow, 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. The finalists follow, 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 best poster award is determined in a two-phase process: finalists are selected based on quality of the submitted abstract, and the overall winner is chosen based on 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 second poster session on Tuesday. The finalists follow, listed alphabetically 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 Author: Daniel Delmonaco, Rutgers University (USA)

About the iConference

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2018 theme is Transforming Digital Worlds. iConference 2018 is co-organized by University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria, and is presented by iSchools Inc.

iConference 2018 will begin on Sunday, March 25, with ten specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 80 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research and shorter papers focused on early work/preliminary results. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway of OCLC Research, Dr. Susan

Dumais of Microsoft Research, and Professor Luciano Floridi of the University of Oxford and the Alan Turing Institute.

The complete iConference 2018 program schedule is now available. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs.

iConference 2018 sponsors include: Microsoft, Morgan and Claypool Publishers; Emerald Publishing, and the University of Kentucky iSchool.

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