Winners of the ASIS&T SIG SI Social Informatics Best Paper Award 2019

It is my pleasure, as the Awards Coordinator for the ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Social Informatics (SIG SI), to be able to announce the winners of the 2019 ASIS&T SIG SI Social Informatics Best Paper Award. Out of eight nominated papers, each received two reviews from social informatics scholars, with those reviews then evaluated by our award jury of Awa Zhu (SIG SI Chair), Rachel Simons (SIG SI Chair-Elect), and Adam Worrall (SIG SI Awards Coordinator). Reviewers and the jury evaluated papers on their relevance to social informatics; the clarity of their methods, findings, and implications; their significance and contribution to social informatics research; and their overall strength as deserving of the Best Paper Award.

The award jury chose one winning paper whose authors will receive the $1,000 prize: Madelyn Sanfilippo (Princeton University), Pnina Fichman (Indiana University, Bloomington), and Shengnan Yang (Indiana University, Bloomington), for their paper “Multidimensionality of online trolling behaviors,” published during 2018 in The Information Society, volume 34 issue 1, pp. 27-39. https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2017.1391911
Given the high quality of nominated papers, we also wish to recognize two honourable mentions:

  • Jessa Lingel (University of Pennsylvania), for her paper “A bookmobile critique of institutions, infrastructure, and precarious mobility,” published during 2018 in Public Culture, volume 30 issue 2, pp. 305-327. https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-4310942
  • Corey JacksonKevin CrowstonCarsten Østerlund, and Mahboobeh Harandi (all of Syracuse University), for their paper “Folksonomies to support coordination and coordination of folksonomies,” published during 2018 in Computer Supported Cooperative Work, volume 27, issue 3-6, pp. 647-678. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10606-018-9327-z

All authors and their papers will be recognized during the 2019 ASIS&T SIG SI Symposium, to be held on Saturday, October 19th, as part of the ASIS&T 2019 Annual Meeting in Melbourne, Australia. Sanfilippo, Fichman, and Yang will also present their award-winning paper as part of the symposium. A reminder that early registration for the ASIS&T Annual Meeting ends this Friday, August 2; to register for the Annual Meeting and the SIG SI symposium, please go to https://www.asist.org/am19/registration/
(Two nominees were also received for SIG SI’s Best Student Paper Award, but in the determination of referees and the award jury neither were deemed suitable to win the award.)

Thanks to those who reviewed nominated papers for our Best Paper or Best Student Paper Awards this year: Theresa Anderson, Kaitlin L. Costello, Catherine Dumas, Kristin Eschenfelder, Pnina Fichman, Ken R. Fleischmann, Noriko Hara, Mohammad H. Jarrahi, Emad Khazraee, Kolina Koltai, Eric T. Meyer, Kirstin Phelps, Howard Rosenbaum, Kalpana Shankar, Sarika Sharma, Rachel Simons, Adam Worrall, and Awa Zhu. Congratulations again to all of our winning authors, and especially Madelyn, Pnina, and Shengnan, for their strong, insightful, and interesting research and for their contributions to social informatics. We hope to see everyone in Melbourne for our 2019 SIG SI Symposium and the presentation of our winning paper!


Adam Worrall, Ph.D.

2019 Social Informatics Best Paper Awards – Call for Nominations

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Social Informatics (SIG SI) is issuing a call for nominations for the 2019 Annual Social Informatics Best Paper Awards, with nominations due by July 10. Self-nominations are welcome and the nomination process is quite short, as detailed below. Winners are also invited to present their work during SIG SI’s Research Symposium at ASIS&T 2019 in Melbourne.

We seek nominations for the following two awards:

  1. Best SI Paper: For a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal on a topic informed by social informatics during the 2018 calendar year. The winning author(s) will receive a $1,000 (USD) cash award.
  2. Best SI Student Paper: For a paper published in either a peer-reviewed journal or in peer-reviewed conference proceedings during the 2018 calendar year, authored by a PhD or Master’s student on a topic informed by social informatics. The winning author(s) will receive a $500 (USD) cash award. 

Winners of both awards will also be invited to present their papers at the Annual SIG SI Research Symposium at the 2019 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday October 19.

To nominate a paper for these awards, please send the following to Adam Worrall (worrall@ualberta.ca), SIG SI Awards Coordinator, by July 10, 2019, 11:59pm PDT (UTC-7):

  • A full reference of the article being nominated, including the authors, title, and publication venue; also be sure to note any student authors
  • A brief explanation of why you are nominating this article
  • A digital copy of the article (PDF preferred)

Award winners will be notified by August 1, 2019, in time for ASIS&T 2019 Annual Meeting early bird registration (ends August 2). Good luck to all who apply!

Call for Papers for 2019 ASIS&T SIG Research Symposium

ASIST Annual Meeting 2019

Melbourne, Australia, October 19, 2019

We invite you to submit to our 15th SIG Research Symposium. We are particularly interested in collaborative work that explores the human and social aspects of ICT (broadly defined) in professional or practical settings and any work that assumes a critical stance towards the symposium’s theme, “Practical Social Informatics: Collaboration across Fields, Sectors, and Borders.” However, we will also continue our tradition to solicit research on other related social informatics topics. Submissions for the symposiums may include empirical, critical and theoretical work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations. 

The Social Informatics SIG seeks contributors for a full-day pre-conference workshop, the 15th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium, scheduled for 19 October, 2019 from 09:00 am – 05:00 pm during the ASIS&T annual meeting. 

More Information & Submission Details here: https://asistsigsi.wordpress.com/the-15th-annual-social-informatics-research-symposium-full-day-workshop/?frame-nonce=b00a5dbf5c

Join us for the 2018 Social Event in Vancouver!

This year’s ASIS&T SIG SI Social and Dinner at ASIS&T 2018 will take place Sunday, November 11th at 7:15pm, at Showcase Restaurant & Bar1122 W Hastings Street, Vancouver.

The restaurant is about 6-7 minutes from the conference hotel, at the SW corner of Hastings and Thurlow, and is attached to the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle (with separate entrance). We’ll gather at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver (the conference hotel) right around 7pm, outside the ASIS&T Welcome Reception as it wraps up, then head over together. Or you can meet us there! Our reservation is under the name of our social chair, Adam Worrall.

Menuwww.showcaserestaurant.com/lunch-dinner-menu

Directions from the Hyatt Regency: goo.gl/maps/fMnDQVT82i52

We hope to see many of you in Vancouver and for our SIG SI Social and Dinner Sunday night!

2018 ASIS&T SIG-SI Business Meeting and Social Event

Please come out and join your fellow SIG-SI members at this year’s ASIS&T Annual Meeting in lovely Vancouver!

SIG-SI will be holding our 2018 business meeting on Monday, November 12th, from 2-3:30 PM in Room 2 Plaza C.

This year’s SIG-SI social event will be at 7 pm on Sunday, November 11th; details on the exact location will follow shortly.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Winners of the 2018 Social Informatics Best Papers Awards by the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group on Social Informatics

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Social Informatics Best Papers Awards by the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group on Social Informatics

These awards recognizes outstanding social informatics scholarship published in the 2017 calendar year.

Ken Fleischmann (University of Texas at Austin), Cindy Hui (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and William Wallace (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) have been awarded the 2018 Social Informatics Best Paper Award by the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group on Social Informatics for their paper: Fleischmann, K. R., Hui, C. and Wallace, W. A. (2017). The Societal Responsibilities of Computational Modelers: Human Values and Professional Codes of Ethics. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 68(3): 543-552. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.23697

Jenny Korn (Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University) has been awarded the 2018 Social Informatics Best Student Paper Award by the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group on Social Informatics for her paper “Expecting penises in Chatroulette: Race, gender, and sexuality in anonymous online spaces,” published in Popular Communication (15)2 2017.

Ken Fleischmann will be presenting his teams paper at the ASIS&T 2018 SIG SI, IEP, SM Workshop: The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies at the ASIST Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada, November 10, 2018

Get the Early Bird Rates!! Register by 10/1/18 ASIS&T 2018 SIG SI, IEP, SM Workshop: The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies

ASIST Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada, November 10, 2018
The emergence and fast-paced development of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, virtual and augmented reality, and embedded and ubiquitous computing present myriad forms of opportunities and challenges. For example, the increasing role of AI in autonomous systems (e.g., self-driving cars or production robots) and the role of social media in disseminating misinformation have created anxieties in our society ranging from discussions about safety, job security, and the future of democracy. Understanding the impacts of emerging technologies requires a multidisciplinary, sociotechnical approach; accordingly, this line of investigation must inevitably engage with major questions regarding sustainability, privacy, human agency, equity, and the ethics and governance of information technologies.
The Social Informatics, Information Ethics and Policy, and Social Media SIGs seek contributors for a full-day pre-conference workshop, the 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, 10 November, 2018 from 09:00 am – 05:00 pm during the ASIS&T annual meeting.
SIG Full-Day     Early Bird     Advance     On-Site
Member.            $230.00          $255.00       $280.00
Non-Member.   $260.00          $285.00       $310.00
This workshop is offering a $40 discount for students! Use discount code SIS40 at registration.
The workshop registration fees includes: Continental Breakfast, Mid-Morning Refreshment Break, Box Lunch, Afternoon Break with Snack.

CFP: ASIS&T 2018 SIG SI, IEP, SM Workshop: The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies

 
ASIST Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada, November 10, 2018
 
The emergence and fast-paced development of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, virtual and augmented reality, and embedded and ubiquitous computing present myriad forms of opportunities and challenges. For example, the increasing role of AI in autonomous systems (e.g., self-driving cars or production robots) and the role of social media in disseminating misinformation have created anxieties in our society ranging from discussions about safety, job security, and the future of democracy. Understanding the impacts of emerging technologies requires a multidisciplinary, sociotechnical approach; accordingly, this line of investigation must inevitably engage with major questions regarding sustainability, privacy, human agency, equity, and the ethics and governance of information technologies.
 
The Social Informatics, Information Ethics and Policy, and Social Media SIGs seek contributors for a full-day pre-conference workshop, the 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, 10 November, 2018 from 09:00 am – 05:00 pm during the ASIS&T annual meeting.
 
We seek proposals for one panel and three papers, in the form of extended abstracts, that examine theories or propose practical solutions to problems of ethics and sustainability in our technologically-dependent lives. We are especially interested in proposals that critique technologies in relation to developing countries, or global perspectives on information policy.
 
More Information & Submission Details here: https://easychair.org/cfp/sigsiiepsm2018

Call for nominations for the 2017 annual Social Informatics Best Paper Awards

• Nominations due July 13, 2018.
• Self-nominations are common and encouraged.
• The nomination process is quite short.
The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Social Informatics (SIG-SI) is seeking nominations for the following annual awards:
Best paper published in a peer reviewed journal on a topic informed by social informatics during the 2017 calendar year: The author or authors will receive a $1,000 cash award, and they will be invited to present their paper at the Annual SIG-SI Symposium at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in Vancouver Canada in late fall 2018.
Best paper written by a PhD student on a topic informed by social informatics: Nominations for the PhD student paper may include a published paper in a peer reviewed journal or a conference proceedings in the 2017 calendar year. The winners will receive a $500 cash award, and they will be invited to present their work at the Annual SIG-SI Symposium at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in Vancouver Canada late fall 2018.
How to apply:
Nomination statements for both awards should be sent to Kristin Eschenfelder (eschenfelder@wisc.edu) by July 13, 2018 and must include:
1. a full citation,
2. a brief explanation for the nomination, and
3. an e-copy of the article.
Winners will be notified in late August.
For more information about the Special Interest Group for Social Informatics
(SIG-SI): https://asistsigsi.wordpress.com/
For past award winners see: https://asistsigsi.wordpress.com/awards/

CFP HICSS-52: Collective Intelligence and Crowds

Minitrack: Collective Intelligence and Crowds

HICSS 52 http://hicss.hawaii.edu/ 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.

IMPORTANT DATES

– 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: http://hicss.hawaii.edu/

Author Guidelines:  http://hicss.hawaii.edu/tracks-and-minitracks/authors/

Minitrack organizers

Pnina Fichman fichman@indiana.edu

Donald Steiny steiny@steiny.com

Jeffrey Nickerson jnickerson@stevens.edu

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