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CFP HICSS-52: Collective Intelligence and Crowds

Minitrack: Collective Intelligence and Crowds

HICSS 52 Track: Digital and Social Media

January 8-11, 2019, Maui, Hawaii, USA

This minitrack is open to analysis of collective intelligence, knowledge creation, and crowdsourcing. We think that assemblages of people and machines are making new forms of organization possible, and we are interested in research that explores these new forms of organization. The minitrack invites papers that look at crowd sourcing, at idea generation, at remixing communities, and hybrid organizations in which learning machines plays a strong role.

We live surrounded by socially constructed identities – organizations, nations, websites – all of which are constituted through a complex interplay of interactions, a kind of distributed cognition. These Internet platforms allow people to aggregate knowledge from socially distant areas. They also allow diverse groups of people – and maybe autonomous learning machines – to negotiate identities. With these socio-technical configurations we can build collective intelligences that themselves will steer the quest for knowledge. These collectives can be self-catalyzing, deciding individually or collaboratively what to do next, out of which novel and practical ideas emerge.

While these open design collectives rely on organic growth and slow embedding of members in the network, alternative structures based on crowds can be assembled more rapidly. Between the two extremes are a host of different organizational and social structures, in which committed members of a community create, improve, and share ideas. The output of these socio-technical systems often takes the form of digital media, and their traces are varied, ranging from ephemeral short messages to curated collaborative knowledge repositories.

We are interested in 1) papers that observe, analyze, or visualize these socio-technical structures and their outputs: for example, analyses of open design and open source collectives 2) papers that analyze the phenomena of crowdsourcing, collective intelligence and collaborative mass knowledge production; 3) design research that creates and evaluates new tools and processes for crowds and communities; and 4) papers that simulate the production processes and outcomes through software.

We are open to papers that explore unusual ways of modeling emergent organizations: models that demonstrate or reflect the influence of social systems on user behaviors, models that consider the multiple connections between people, technology, and institutions, models of technological and social affordances, models that break personal identity into sub-relations, models that examine the emergence of roles, identity, and institutions, as well as socio-technical models of deviance and disruption. We are particularly interested in papers that apply the foundational ideas of James Coleman, James March, Herb Simon, Mark Granovetter, Harrison White, Charles Tilly and related scholars to modern information systems. We are open to papers concerned with how to visualize large scale social phenomena. And papers that analyze the role machine algorithms and human processes play in our politics and our personal interactions.

In sum, the content of the minitrack is open to analysis of collective intelligence, new sociotechnical configuration of knowledge creation, and crowdsourcing. Included also is the analysis of social interaction as a way of describing underlying social structure. Thus, the track is open to a wide range of content areas that lend themselves to the analysis of relations between people, collectives, and machines, as well as the products produced as a result of these relations.


– April 15: Paper submission begins
– June 15: Paper submissions deadline
– August 17: Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
– September 22: Deadline for authors to submit final manuscript for publication
– October 1: Deadline for at least one author to register for HICSS-52

Conference Website:

Author Guidelines:

Minitrack organizers

Pnina Fichman

Donald Steiny

Jeffrey Nickerson


Schedule for 11th Social Informatics Research Symposium: The Impacts of Social Informatics Research

Please join us as part of ASIS&T 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri for the 11th SIG SI Research Symposium, to be held on Saturday, November 7th, 2015, from 8:30am – 12:30pm at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. We will be in Grand C, on the fourth floor right near the elevators and escalators.

The symposium, subtitled “The Impacts of Social Informatics Research,” will include presentations of research with particular focus on the impact of social informatics work on industry, government, local/national/global community groups, individuals, information systems, and other practice contexts. The symposium will also include presentations of the best social informatics paper awards for 2014.

We also will be holding a SIG SI Social Dinner on Saturday evening starting shortly after 6:30pm. Those interested can meet at the SIG KM Happy Hour at that time and walk over together, or we will also post the restaurant on the Facebook event page (viewable without login).

As always, we expect a lively and engaging discussion, and hope to see you there!

OrganizersPnina Fichman and Howard Rosenbaum (of Indiana University), co-chairs of SIG SI
Symposium sponsored by SIG SI and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics.

Symposium Schedule

Note: The following schedule has been edited to reflect the actual schedule of the symposium as it transpired.

8:30-8:45 Welcome

8:45-9:25 Papers:

8:45-9:05 Social Informatics and the Study of ICTs in Marginalised Communities
Natalie Pang and Schubert Foo (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

9:05-9:25 “Dude… I Zone Out Like That All the Time”: Banter as Phatic Communication in the Context of Online Discussion Forums Focused on Illicit Behavior
Kaitlyn Costello (Rutgers University); John D. Martin III and Ashlee Edwards (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

9:25-9:45 Break

9:45-10:45 Panel: IT Education and iSchools: How to Develop the Scholarly Layer?
Laura I. Spears, Marcia A. Mardis, Nicole Alemanne, and Charles R. McClure (Florida State University). Panelists: Mardis, Ken Fleischmann (University of Texas at Austin), Susan Winter (University of Maryland, College Park), Larry Dennis (Florida State University), and Flora McMartin (Broad-Based Knowledge LLC).

10:45-11:45 Papers:

10:45-11:05 Human Rights Values in Social Informatics Research: A Case from Indonesia
Abdul Roman (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

11:05-11:25 Striving for Research Impact: The Peculiar Case of the AIS Bright ICT Initiative
Jonathan P. Allen (University of San Francisco)

11:25-11:45 Managing the Unimaginable: Applying a Social Informatics Lens to Keep the Human in Big Data
Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson and Simon Buckingham Shum (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

11:45-12:15 Awards:

11:45-12:15 Best Social Informatics Paper ($1,000)
Techno-social Life: The Internet, Digital Technology, and Social Connectedness
Mary Chayko (Rutgers University)
Published in July 2014 in Sociology Compass vol. 8 no. 7, pp. 976-991

12:15-12:25 Wrap-up (Emad Khazraee)

12:25-12:30 Concluding comments (Howard Rosenbaum and Pnina Fichman)


Early bird (through Sept. 25th): $100
Regular: $120
($10 discount for SIG SI members)

Register for ASIS&T 2015 and the 11th SIG SI Research Symposium!

Call for nominations: 2015 Social Informatics Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards

ASIS&T SIG SI and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics (RKCSI) are seeking nominations for two awards. One, the 2015 Social Informatics Best Paper Award, is for the best paper published in a peer reviewed journal on a topic informed by social informatics during the 2014 calendar year. The other, the 2015 Social Informatics Best Student Paper Award, is for the best paper written by a doctoral student on a topic informed by social informatics, including a published paper in a peer reviewed journal during 2014 or a conference paper presented in 2014. The authors will present their papers at the 11th Annual SIG SI Symposium on Saturday, November 5, 2015, as part of ASIS&T 2015, the Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology in St. Louis, Missouri. The Best Paper Award authors will receive a $1,000 cash award, while the Best Student Paper Award authors will receive a $500 cash award, given at the Symposium.

For both awards, nomination letters should be sent to Howard Rosenbaum or Pnina Fichman by August 15, 2015 and must include a full citation, a brief explanation for the nomination, and a copy of the article. Self nominations are acceptable. Winners will be notified by September 5, 2015. Good luck to all!

Call for Participation: SIG SI’s 11th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium

ASIS&T SIG SI, along with our co-sponsor the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, is happy to be able to announce the Call for Papers and Participation for our 11th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: The Impacts of Social Informatics Research. Our symposium will take place the morning of Saturday November 7th, as part of the ASIS&T 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Louis. The deadline for paper, poster, and panel proposals is August 9th; full details are included below. Good luck to all who submit!

The 11th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: The Impacts of Social Informatics Research

Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, MO, USA

Sponsored by: ASIS&T SIG Social Informatics and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University

Organizers: SIG SI co-chairs Pnina Fichman and Howard Rosenbaum, Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics and School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington

This year we are celebrating the start of our second decade of successful and vibrant SIG SI Research Symposiums. Since 2004, established scholars, young researchers and doctoral students interested in the study of people, ICT and work and play have gathered at the SIG SI ASIS&T Annual Research Symposium to share their work and ideas. Approximately 110 papers, posters and panels have been presented and for the past three years, we have given awards for the best papers published by Social Informatics (SI) faculty and students in the preceding years. This year we gather to celebrate a decade of intellectually challenging and engaging work in SI and hope that you will join us. Our goal remains the same: to disseminate current research and research in progress that investigates the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all areas of ASIS&T.

Building on the success of past years, the symposium includes members of many SIGs and defines “social” broadly to include critical and historical approaches as well as contemporary social analysis. It also defines “technology” broadly to include traditional technologies (i.e., paper), state-of-the-art computer systems, and mobile and pervasive devices. Submissions may include empirical, critical and theoretical work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations.

We are particularly interested in work that assumes a critical stance towards the Symposium’s theme but are also soliciting research on other related social informatics topics. We encourage all scholars interested in social aspects of ICT (broadly defined) to share their research and research in progress by submitting an extended abstract of their work and attending the symposium. Papers that take social informatics further in theoretical conceptualization or empirical grounding are of particular interest to SIG SI this year as we celebrate a decade of Symposiums in ASIS&T.

This year’s conference theme is “Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community.” In keeping with this theme, the symposium is also soliciting work from Social Informatics researchers that focuses on the impact of their work on industry, government, local/national/global community groups, individuals, information systems, GLAMs, and on other practice contexts. We are interested in work that addresses questions and issues such as the following:

  • What are the social, political, economic, and legal implications of social informatics research?
  • What are the ways in which social informatics research impacts various organizations, groups, and communities of practice?
  • How can social informatics researchers work more closely with members of these communities?
  • What can a social informatics approach tell us about roles of information and communication technologies in the work and social practices of people in these communities?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of engaging in SI work that seeks to understand and improve the work and social lives of people in these communities?

The schedule for the workshop will involve the presentations of papers and the best social informatics paper awards for 2014 (the call for nominations is now available). We expect an engaging discussion with lively interactions with the audience.


August 9, 2015: Submit a short paper (2000 words), a poster (500 words), or a panel (1000 words) by email to Kiotta Marshall (

September 2, 2015: Author notifications (in time for conference early registration). (NOTE: This timeline may be adjusted when the registration dates are announced.)


To be determined.


iConference 2016 Call for Participation

The iConference 2016 Call for Participation has been posted. Deadlines this year are in September and October (more details below), with the conference in Philadelphia, PA March 20 – 23, 2016:

iConference 2016 takes place Sunday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This year’s theme of “Partnership with Society” examines the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society. The conference includes peer-reviewed PapersPostersWorkshopsSessions for Interaction and Engagement, and iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award, all interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. Early career and next generation researchers can engage in the Doctoral Student ColloquiumEarly Career Colloquium, and Undergraduate Student Showcase.

The iConference brings together scholars and researchers addressing critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations—all shaping interdisciplinary discourses.

The call also includes this useful timeline of submission deadlines:

  • July 2015: Open for submissions
  • 9 September 2015, 11:59 pm EDT: Papers deadline
  • 28 September 2015, 11:59 pm EDT: Workshop and Doctoral Colloquium application deadline
  • 5 October 2015, 11:59 pm EDT: Posters and SIE deadline
  • 12 October 2015, 11:59 pm GMT: Doctoral Dissertation Award application deadline

Conference registration will open in mid November. Read the full call at the iSchools iConference web site for details, and good luck to all! (Edit: We of course meant iConference 2016, not 2015, in the title!)

CFP: Workshop on Sociotechnical Perspective in IS Development @ CAISE 2015

A call for papers has been issued for a Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development to be held in Stockholm, Sweden on June 9 as part of CAISE 2015 (Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering). Abstracts are due by March 7th; full papers by March 15th.

The main purpose of the workshop is to arrange discussions on using a socio-technical perspective in IS development, the long term goal being to make this workshop a meeting place for the community of IS researchers and practitioners interested in the socio-technical approach.

Despite that a socio-technical perspective has been around for over a half century, it is often forgotten in the Information Systems (IS) discourse today. Consequently, many “new approaches” appear to reflect on IS systems problems, such as modern IT systems poorly adjusted to the external or/and internal environment (e.g. market, organizational culture) of organizations in which they are (to be) deployed. We strongly believe that it is high time the social-technical perspective took its proper place in IS research, practice and teaching.

To learn more about the workshop and how to make a submission, read the full call for papers. (Seen via Twitter)

Call for applications: Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) 2015 Research Summer Institute

The Research Summer Institute organized by the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) has issued its annual call for applications. 2015’s Summer Institute will be held July 20th – 24th, 2015 at The Nature Place, near Colorado Springs, CO. Applications are due by February 25 March 2 (deadline extended!)

Personal health and well-being; open innovation, eScience, and citizen science; co-production, open source, and new forms of work; cultural heritage and information access; energy management and climate change; civic hacking, engagement and government; disaster response; cybersecurity and privacy; education and learning – these are just a few problem domains where effective design and robust understanding of complex sociotechnical systems are critical.

To meet these challenges, a trans-disciplinary community has come together, drawing together scholars from intellectual communities such as CSCW, HCI, social computing, organization studies, information visualization, social informatics, sociology, information systems, medical informatics, computer science, ICT for development, education, learning science, journalism, and political science. Through Summer Research Institutes, extended workshops, preconference workshops, and other activities, this community of researchers from academia and industry has developed a strong focus on problems and opportunities arising from the interplay of social and technological systems that span individuals, groups, organizations, and societies.

The 2015 Summer Research Institute builds on this tradition to strengthen and expand this diverse community by bringing together graduate students, post-doctoral students, faculty, and other researchers.

Applications are accepted from three groups:

  1. doctoral students, post doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers;
  2. emerging multi-disciplinary research teams; and
  3. research infrastructure development teams.

Application materials are due to Summer Research Institute Co-Director Diane Bailey by February 25 March 2, 2015 (extended deadline). For more details about the workshop and what materials members of each group should provide in their application, view the announcement and call on the CSST Web site, or contact Summer Institute co-coordinators Diane Bailey and Dan Cosley. Good luck to everyone!

iConference 2015 schedule posted – potential interest for SIG SI members

The schedule and program for the 2015 iConference has been posted, to be held in Newport Beach, CA March 24th – 27th. Registration is open with early rates good through January 15th (this Thursday).

We include below (click “read more” if necessary) a summary of workshops, papers, and interactive sessions that we believe ASIS&T SIG SI members may find interesting at the iConference. Click on each of the links for more details. We further encourage attendees to look over the lists of posters that will be presented during the two poster sessions at the iConference: session 1 and session 2. Given the interdisciplinary interests of our members, it is possible that you see something on the program that you think belongs here but that we have missed. If so, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter or by contacting Communications Officer Adam Worrall.

Finally, SIG SI often holds a social gathering at the iConference for social informatics and sociotechnical researchers; we will post details close to the event. We look forward to seeing many of you in Newport Beach at the iConference, and congratulations to our members who had papers, workshops, or sessions accepted! Continue reading

Call for papers: Social Theory in Information Systems Research (STIR) minitrack at AMCIS 2015

A call for papers for the Social Theory in Information Systems Research (STIR) track at the 2015 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) has been made available. Paper submissions are due by February 25, 2015. AMCIS 2015 is to be held in Puerto Rico from August 13-15, 2015.

STIR ’15 solicits papers that make use of social theory in information systems research drawing upon such approaches as sociotechnical theory, critical theory, social informatics, organizational theory, cultural anthropology, sociology and others. We are interested in understanding and supporting the evolution of social theory, socio-technical theory, and social informatics in IS research. We want to highlight research that uses these approaches to critically examine the constitution of ICT, and their roles in organizations and society. We are particularly interested in research that makes use of social theory to address the main theme of the conference, blue ocean IS research, meaning work that is bringing a new theory, conceptual framework, or methodology to an existing or new research domain; for this mini track, it can mean innovative uses of social theory and methodologies to study the impacts of new and emerging technologies on people in their organizational and social lives. Issues might include designing smart and sustainable digital futures, critically examining the constitution of ICTs, and their roles in the design, maintenance and dissolution of online and offline organizations and social groups, and posing and investigating questions about how we are interacting with ICTs in our work and social lives in ways that help and hinder the move towards more useful, productive, and happier lives.

We are interested in high quality empirical and conceptual work that uses social theory to study and theorize about application domains including large-scale social and organizational phenomena. We seek to attract research papers and research-in-progress papers from IS researchers who are using the work of social theorists, organizational theorists, sociotechnical theorists, and cultural anthropologists, symbolic interactionists, and many others. We are particularly interested in research that makes use of social theory to 1) investigate designing smart and sustainable digital futures; 2) critically examining the constitution of ICTs, and their roles in the design, maintenance and dissolution of online and offline organizations and social groups; and 3) posing and investigating questions about how we are interacting with ICTs in our work and social lives in ways that help and hinder the move towards more useful, productive, and happier lives.

You can review the full call below (click “more” if necessary). Questions and concerns should be addressed to minitrack chairs Howard Rosenbaum and Pnina Fichman (of Indiana University).

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Call for submissions: 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting

The call for submissions for the 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting has been posted. Papers, panels, workshops, and tutorials are due by April 30th; posters, demos, and videos are due by July 1st. ASIS&T 2015 will take place in St. Louis, Missouri from November 6-10, 2015. This year’s theme is “Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community.”

Information science research is inspired by, and designed to, address the needs of various practice communities. Whether researchers investigate the implications of new information technologies in hospitals, or explore best practices for managing collections in academic libraries, the impact of information science research in communities is significant. Information science research shapes policy decisions, informs organizational practices, and changes the lives of individuals. Research designed to contribute to society, culture, the economy, the environment, or other practice contexts outside academe is at the heart of information science research. Research findings, for example, can alter the records management practices of small, local community groups or they can change the ways that large, multi-national companies share information across digital networks. The potential for impact in a discipline that is linked to diverse information settings, populations, technological contexts, and service orientations is a defining feature of information science research.

This year’s conference theme provides an opportunity for information science researchers – including academics and practitioner researchers – to discuss the impact of their research on industry, on government, on local/national/global community groups, on individuals, on information systems, on libraries/museums/galleries, and on other practice contexts. The theme highlights the introduction of a new conference focus on Applied Research, which recognizes that basic research in information science is also inspired by, and/or connected to, information practice contexts.

For further details on submissions, we have included the full call below for your convenience (click “more” if necessary), or view it on the main ASIS&T web site. Good luck to everyone!

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