January 2014 newsletter

ASIS&T SIG SI Newsletter January 2014

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Social Informatics
Summary of Winter 2014 activities and upcoming conferences related to Social Informatics

Conferences, symposiums and workshops


CHI 2014 Workshop on Values & Design in HCI Education, Toronto, Canada, April 27, 2014. http://www.nyu.edu/pages/projects/nissenbaum/vid/chi2014.html. How do we teach future engineers, designers, and citizens to understand values issues that arise in the design of technologies, and to identify and embody specific values in design? (Deadline for submitting position papers: January 17, 2014).

iConference 2014, Berlin, Germany, March 4 – 7, 2014. http://ischools.org/the-iconference/. iConference 2014 will bring together scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about critical information issues in contemporary society. (Submission is closed, registration is open). Includes:

2014 CSST iConference Workshop: Breaking Down and Building Up: Accelerating Sociotech Scholarship in the iSchool Community. http://ischools.org/the-iconference/program/workshops/#workshop1. The annual Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) workshop at the iConference perpetuates a tradition of providing sociotechnical scholars with a place to surface areas and domains ripe for new or renewed attention, highlight synergies that have gone unidentified previously, and establish new relationships.

Workshop on Interdisciplinary Practices at iSchools. http://interdisciplinarity.cci.fsu.edu. Interdisciplinarity is in the DNA of the iSchools. This workshop invites you to discuss how interdisciplinarity plays out in theory and practice.

iConference 2014 Workshop: Exploring the Social Studies of Information. http://www.socialstudiesof.info/workshop14. This full day workshop builds a new community of scholars interested in exploring the potential of the “Social Studies of Information” (SSI) as a meta-identity for information research informed by the humanities and social sciences.

Theorizing the web, New York, USA, April 25 – 26, 2014. http://theorizingtheweb.tumblr.com. What does it mean that digital technologies are increasingly a part of everyday life? (Deadline for abstract submission: January 19, 2014).

42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science & Inaugural Librarians’ Research Institute Symposium, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, May 28-30, 2014. Connecting Across Borders: Globalization and Information Science Research. http://www.cais-acsi.ca. (Deadline for submission: February 24, 2014).

AMCIS 2014, Savannah, Georgia, USA, August 7-10, 2014. Smart Sustainability: the Information Systems Opportunity. http://amcis2014.aisnet.org (Deadline for submission: March 1st, 2014). Includes:

AMCIS Mini-track: Social Theory in Information Systems Research (STIR ’14). http://amcis2014.aisnet.org/index.php/track-list/77-amcis-2014/105.

AMCIS Mini-track: Global and Cross Cultural Impacts of Big Data. https://asistsigsi.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/cfp-global-cultural-impacts-big-data-amcis-2014/.

ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci14), Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 23-26 June, 2014. http://websci14.org. Web Science studies the vast information network of people, communities, organizations, applications, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web, the largest artifact constructed by humans in history. Computing, physical, and social sciences come together, complementing each other in understanding how the Web affects our interactions and behaviors. (Deadlines: workshops – Jan. 17; Papers – Feb. 23; Posters – March 23).

ISIC 2014: The Information Behavior Conference, Leeds, UK, September 2-5, 2014. http://isic2014.com/call-for-papers/. Paper and poster topics of potential relevance to social informatics and SIG SI members include theories of the social aspects of information behavior; research on collaborative information practices, communities, and boundaries; the impact of organizational structures and processes on information behavior; and the design of social media and Web 2.0 systems for meeting information needs in organizational and disciplinary contexts. (Papers and posters due by February 15, 2014).


77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities, Montreal, Canada, October 31- November 4, 2014. http://www.asis.org/asist2014/. The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. Including:

Social Informatics Symposium at ASIS&T 2013. The Social Informatics of Information Boundaries. Organized by SIG SI. Full Symposium schedule: https://asistsigsi.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/schedule-for-the-9th-annual-social-informatics-research-symposium/

Campus events

Indiana University Bloomington

Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics 2014 speaker series. Varied presenters and dates. More information at: http://rkcsi.indiana.edu/speakerseries.html.

Call for papers (other than conferences)

 “The Democratization of Hacking and Making” – New Media & Society special issue. https://asistsigsi.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/cfp-democratization-of-hacking-and-making/.  (Abstract proposals are due by May 1, 2014).

Academic and professional opportunities

Faculty positions – Data Analytics and Cyber-Security. College of Computing and Information, University at Albany. Start Date:  Fall 2014. http://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=B0666683F159FB5330D8263347939F40?JOBID=44980.

Lecturers – Informatics. Informatics Department, University at Albany. Start Date:  Fall 2014. http://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=44924.

i3 PhD Teaching Fellows. The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences seeks four doctoral students to serve as Teaching Fellows at the upcoming 2014 iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3). Preference will be given to applications submitted by January 31, 2014. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASISTsigSI/permalink/532334886862684/.

Internships at Social Media Collective. Microsoft Research, New England. Application deadline is January 31, 2014. http://socialmediacollective.org/2013/11/19/msr-social-media-collective-2014-phd-internships-now-open/.

For more information on Social Informatics and related groups

ASIS&T SIG SI is the Special Interest Group for Social Informatics of the Association for Information Science and Technology. SIG SI brings together researchers who are interested in the social aspects of computerization, including the roles of ICT in social and organizational change, the uses of IT in social contexts, and the ways that the social organization of IT is influenced by social forces and social practices.

If you are aware of SI-related activities taking place on your campuses, at conferences that you’re attending, or elsewhere, please share them with us at Lessard@telfer.uottawa.ca or adam@adamworrall.org. Thank you!

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