Call for SIG SI Chair/Co-Chair Nominations and Interest

Hi SIG SI members, I’m writing with some news about ASIS&T SIG SI, as determined during the ASIS&T 2016 Annual Meeting in Copenhagen. Howard Rosenbaum and Pnina Fichman, our co-chairs for many years now, have decided to step down from their current roles. They intend to remain involved in the SIG and its activities, including at Annual Meetings; not that we could hardly let them disappear completely on us, of course!

This does mean, however, that we are seeking new chairs or co-chairs for the SIG. Kristin Eschenfelder and myself have been given the task of administering this process. We are thus issuing the following call for nominations and interest for those potentially interested and willing to serve as a chair or co-chair of ASIS&T SIG SI for 2016-17. The responsibilities of the SIG’s chair or co-chair include the following:

  • Organize and run SIG SI’s annual symposium / workshop, with assistance from invited symposium committee members (if desired)

  • Coordinate panel proposals that SIG SI may sponsor for the ASIS&T Annual Meeting (the main conference)

  • Support the process of determining the winners of SIG SI’s awards, alongside SIG SI’s Awards Coordinator (Kristin Eschenfelder, as of our business meeting at ASIS&T 2016)

  • Attend the SIG Cabinet Meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting (or determine a suitable substitute delegate from among the SIG officers)

  • Other leadership activities for the SIG, if desired and as determined along with SIG SI’s other officers

The chair or co-chairs would serve alongside SIG SI’s officers, including Communications officer Hillary Stark (North Texas), Social Chair Adam Worrall (Alberta), Awards Coordinator Kristin Eschenfelder (Wisconsin – Madison), and Treasurer Noriko Hara (Indiana).

If you or someone you know is potentially interested in stepping up and serving as SIG SI’s chair or co-chair, please submit a nomination to myself ( and Kristin Eschenfelder ( by Tuesday December 6th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. Please include SIG SI in the subject line. We are also more than happy to discuss the chair / co-chair role further with those who might be interested in serving. We thank you for your consideration of this crucial leadership role within the SIG!

Adam Worrall and Kristin Eschenfelder
ASIS&T SIG SI Elections Committee

The 12th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium (SIG-SI): “The Social Informatics of Work and Play”

Please join us in Copenhagen and celebrate with us as we mark the 12th year of the SIG-SI Research Symposium!

Saturday, October 15, 2015, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
Copenhagen, Denmark

Pnina Fichman, Indiana University (
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University (
Eric Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute, United Kingdom
Adam Worrall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Sponsored by SIG-SI and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics

Note: Early registration deadline for the conference and the workshop is Friday, 9/25/2015


8:30-8:40 Welcome

8:40-9:10 Opening Keynote

Kalpana Shankar
University of Dublin

9:10-10:10 Papers

9:10-9:30 An Analysis of Canadian Media Regarding The Potential Impact of Social Media and Cyberspaces on young bisexual and gay men

Blake Hawkins; Elizabeth Saewyc

9:30-9:50 Coping with Private and Academic Information Needs Abroad: An exploratory Study of International Students

Jette Hyldegård and Morten Hertzum, Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen

9:50-10:10 Impact of IT on Library Patrons: A Perspective from Pakistani Universities

Muhammad Sajid MirzaIslamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad

10:10-10:30 Break

10:30-11:10 Papers

10:30-10:50 Rethinking STIN

Chase McCoy, Indiana University

10:50-11:10 Algorithms and the natural attitude

Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University

11:10-12:00 Awards

11:10-11:25 Best Student paper

Tweet to learn: Expertise and centrality in conference Twitter networks

11:25-11:40 Best Social Informatics Paper Runner up

Online Favela: The Use of Social Media by the Marginalized in Brazil

David Nemer, University of Kentucky

11:40-11:55 Best Social Informatics Paper

Social Networks and the Success of Market Intermediaries: Evidence From the U.S. Residential Real Estate Industry

Kevin Crowston and Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

12:00-12:30 Closing Keynote

Eric Meyer
Oxford Internet Institute

Registration Fees:

Early-bird: $90  Late:  $120

To register for the workshop (and the conference):

For more about the workshop:

For more about Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics:


ASIS&T 2016 Annual Meeting
Copenhagen, Denmark | Oct. 14-18, 2016

Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology

CFP-A Combined SIG-SI and SIG-USE Full-Day Workshop – Enhancing Lives through Information and Technology

Call for Papers and Participation

Enhancing Lives through Information and Technology – A Combined SIG-SI and SIG-USE Full-Day Workshop

The Social Informatics of Work and Play (SIG-SI): Morning
Information Behavior in Workplaces (SIG-USE): Afternoon

ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark
October 15, 2016

Katriina Byström, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences,<>
Pnina Fichman, Indiana University, Bloomington,<>
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia,<>
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University, Bloomington,<>

Join us at ASIS&T in Copenhagen for a full-day pre-conference workshop to explore the ways in which our uses of information and technologies improve our work and social lives. Two vital and dynamic SIGs are joining forces for a workshop that will provide two interesting and complementary perspectives in the conference theme.

In the morning session, SIG-SI will bring a perspective that focuses on the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) in work and play across all areas of ASIS&T. In the afternoon session, SIG-USE will focus on information related activities from different research perspectives and explores the significance of information seeking and use on our lives.

Submissions may include empirical, critical, conceptual and theoretical papers and posters, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations. The combined workshop will allow networking between members of both SIGs during the day.

Co-sponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics

This year’s conference theme is “creating knowledge, enhancing lives through information & technology.” This is a particularly apposite theme for SIG-SI, because the social impacts of ICT and the complex relations among people, technologies, and the contexts of ICT design, implementation, and use have long been core concerns of social informatics. The SIG-SI morning session, our 12th annual gathering at ASIS&T annual meetings, will bring a critical perspective that focuses on the social aspects of ICT that cuts across all areas of ASIS&T This year, we are particularly interested in papers that investigate the social informatics of work and play.

We define “social” broadly to include critical and historical approaches as well as contemporary social analysis. We also define “technology” broadly to include traditional technologies  (e.g., paper, books, etc.), state-of-the-art computer systems, and mobile and pervasive devices. Submissions may include papers and posters that explore the ways in which people’s uses of ICT affect their practices and behaviors while at work, play, and engaged in their social lives.

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. Some of the questions we ask include:

• What are the impacts of ICT on people’s practices and behaviors while at work, play, and engaged in their social lives?
• What are some of the ways our work and play practices shape the design and development of ICT?
• What are the ways ICT positively and negatively impact organizations, work, play, and social life?
• What kinds of theoretical and methodological frameworks are best suited for studying the mutual shaping of ICT and practices and behaviors while at work and play?

The schedule for the morning session of the symposium will involve the presentations of papers, a panel of distinguished scholars, and the best social informatics paper awards for 2015. We expect an engaging discussion with lively interactions with the audience.

SIG-SI symposium chairs

Pnina Fichman, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Eric Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK
Adam Worrall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada


This year’s SIG USE symposium focuses on information issues at work. It acknowledges social, individual and technological perspectives on the roles and flows that information takes as part of physical and digital work. The broad approach relates to the conference theme with a focus on information behavior (IB) or on information practices (IP) in connection to workplaces.

Earlier generations were accustomed to stable and localized work; now work activities and contexts have and are radically changing. During their work life, people may experience several career changes, are expected to learn new skills and adapt to new ideas as well as manage the increasingly fluid boundaries between work and leisure. Moreover, much of information and data are internetworked and accessible simultaneously by multiple mobile devices supporting networked communities anyplace, anywhere, anytime. This challenges both the creation and consumption of information used for work – or at work; it also affects how, when and where people work, as well as their productivity, collegiality and innovativeness.

Despite, or perhaps due to, the advances in technology, today’s workplaces remain challenged by how to create, discover, share, value and enhance information and knowledge at and for work; and, how to design and manage the systems that support these functions, which are so critical to organizationally effective and individually rewarding work. The issues are many, from the consequences of new devices that are stretching the ways that an organization works, to the efficacy dynamics (stress, motivation, collaboration, productivity, age, etc.) and to the new skills and expertise required to work in such changing and changeable environments. Information is indispensable in many, if not all, workplace activities; as a resource for getting work done as well as for learning, managing change, developing and maintaining processes and creating professional networks.

Specific issues to be addressed depend on the interest of the participants and the issues they bring into the workshop. Welcome topics include:

• Critical cultural information behavior – how do we infuse our workplaces and practices with diversity and social justice sensibilities?
• Collaborative IB; virtual team
• Digital workplaces, peopleless offices & officeless people – what happens when the physical workplace dissolves?
• Everyday Life Information (in the workplace)
• Frameworks for understanding IB/IP in work settings
• IB/IP and  workplace or information systems design
• Organizational behaviour research – what can we learn from this field of research that is relevant to IB/IP?
• Organizational information genres
• Personal Information Management (in the workplace)
• The blurring of lines between personal and professional in digital information use in the workplace
• The impact of mobile devices on IB/IP in the workplace
• Workplace culture, diversity and inclusion – how these shape and are shaped by information behaviour (IB)/information practices (IP)?
• and any other work-related informational topics

We aim to an interactive workshop to enable the fullest exchange of ideas amongst attendees. For this reason, we encourage participants to submit; even if participation without a paper/poster is an eligible option. The workshop features a keynote by Professor Hazel Hall (preliminarily confirmed), presentation of selected papers, a joint poster session between the SIGs, and roundtable discussions based on short papers and posters by participants.

Documentation: short papers and posters are shared digitally among the participants. Roundtable discussions are documented by a designated person in each group and collated by symposium chairs to a short summary that is made available for the participants afterwards.

SIG-USE symposium chairs

David Allen, Leeds University, UK
Katriina Byström, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
Nicole A. Cooke, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia, Canada


SI – opening keynote: 8.30-9.00
Paper presentations: 9.00-10.30
Break 10.30-10.45
Panel: 10.45-11.45
SIG SI paper awards: 11.45-12.15
SI- closing discussion and remarks: 12.15-12.45

USE- opening and opening keynote: 13.45-14.45
Short Paper Session: 14.45-15.45
Break 15.45-16.00
Roundtable discussion based on papers & posters: 16.00-17.30
SIG USE Awards 17.30-17.45
USE – closing remarks: 17.45-18.00


Submit a short paper (2000 words) or poster (500 words) by August 19, 2016.

SIG-SI: Please send your submission as a PDF file to:<>

SIG-USE: Please, send your submission as a PDF-file to:<>

Acceptance announcements made by August 31, 2016 in time for conference early registration (ends Sept 2, 2016).


Members – SIG-SI session: $100 – $120 after Sept. 2, 2016
Members – SIG-USE session: $100 – $120 after September September 2, 2016
Members – attending both SIG-SI and SIG-USE sessions: $180 – $200 after Sept. 2, 2016

Non-members  – SIG-SI Session: $120 – $140, after September 2, 2016
Non-members  – SIG-USE Session: $120 – $140, after September 2, 2016
Non-members – attending both SIG-SI and SIG-USE sessions: $230 – $250 after Sept. 2, 2016


ASIS&T 2016 Annual Meeting
Copenhagen, Denmark | Oct. 14-18, 2016

Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology

The 2016 Social Informatics Best Paper Award

Call for nominations for the 2016 Social Informatics Best Paper Award

The Special Interest Group for Social Informatics (SIG-SI) and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics are seeking nominations for an award for the best paper published in a peer reviewed journal on a topic informed by social informatics during the 2015 calendar year. The author or authors will present their paper at the 12th Annual SIG-SI Symposium on Saturday, October 15, 2016 and receive a $1,000 cash award at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in Copenhagen, Denmark in October, 2016.

Nomination letters should be sent to Howard Rosenbaum (<>) or Pnina Fichman (<>) by August 19, 2016 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 9, 2016.

For more information about the Special Interest Group for Social Informatics

(SIG-SI): [<<;

For more information about the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics:


Pnina Fichman and Howard Rosenbaum
Department of Information and Library Science
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

CFP HICSS ’50 Minitrack on Collective Intelligence and Crowds

CFP HICSS ’50 Minitrack on Collective Intelligence and Crowds
Track: Digital and Social Media
Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS)
January 4-7, 2017, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Papers Due: June 15, 2016
This 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, and in particular the social construction of identity and roles. Thus the minitrack invites a 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 sociotechnical relations.
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. To allow for these collectives to evolve, it is necessary to have not only a representation in an individual’s mind but also the knowledge that similar representations exist in the minds of others. The way we can create shared representations have changed with the proliferation of a wide range of Internet platforms. These Internet platforms allow people to aggregate knowledge from socially distant areas. They also allow diverse groups of people – and maybe machines in the form of artificial intelligences  – 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; 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; and 4) papers that simulate the production processes and outcomes through software.
We are looking for papers about the mechanisms that explain the emergence of collective identity. Particularly 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 interested in applying the ideas of James March, Mark Granovetter, Harrison White, Charles Tilly and related scholars to information systems.
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, and in particular the social construction of identity and roles. 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 sociotechnical relations.
Important deadlines for authors:
June 15: Submit full manuscripts for review. Review is double-blind.
Aug 16: Review System emails Acceptance Notices to authors.
September 15: Submission final papers.
Oct 1: Early Registration fee deadline.
Oct 15: Papers without at least one registered author will 
be removed from the Proceedings.
Pnina Fichman, Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and the Director of the Rob Kling Center of Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Jeffrey V. Nickerson, Professor and Director of the Center for Decision Technologies in the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Donald Steiny, President and Founder of the Institute for Social Network Analysis of the Economy, a member of the Silicon Valley Network Analysis Project, and an instructor at the University of California Santa Cruz.

ASIS&T Deadlines Coming Soon


New Leaders Award, May 15

Panels and Workshops: Submission of panels and workshop proposals due:  3 May 2016
2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Copenhagen, Denmark | Oct. 14-18, 2016

ASIS&T New Leaders Award 2016-2017

ASIS&T New Leaders Award – Apply Now!!!!

Are there new ASIS&T members, in their first 3 years, participating in your SIGs and Chapters and ready to take on more leadership responsibility within ASIS&T?

ASIS&T is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 New Leaders Program! Please encourage them to apply.

The New Leaders Award endeavors to recruit, engage and retain members and to identify members that have leadership potential and are interested in increasing their involvement in ASIS&T. Recipients will receive up to $1000 in travel expense reimbursement and free conference registration over two years.

The last day to submit an application is May 15, 2016.

Please note that only members in their first 3 years of membership are eligible to apply. More details about the application process and requirements can be found at the New Leaders Award webpage.
If you have any questions, please contact Ixchel Faniel (co-Chair, ASIS&T Leadership Committee), or Emily Agunod (member, ASIS&T Leadership Committee and New Leader 2015-2016),

The Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST)Calls for Participation in the 2016 Summer Research Institute

When:        27 June to 1 July, 2016

Where:       Skamania Lodge, Stevenson WA (one hour east of Portland, OR)

To learn more about the venue, see:

Deadline: Apply by 29 March, 2016, notifications by end of April, 2016

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 in 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.

For 2016, we are delighted to have commitments from the following scholars who will serve as mentors. We anticipate that several other scholars will join this group:

Jenna Burrell (Berkeley)
Sue Fussell (Cornell)
Tom Erickson (IBM)
Erik Johnston (Arizona)
Carsten Oesterlund (Syracuse)
John Sherry (Intel)
Magy Seif El-Nasr (Northeastern)
Lynnette Yarger (Penn State)

The 2016 Summer Research Institute builds on and extends this tradition to strengthen and expand this diverse community by bringing together graduate students, post-doctoral students, faculty, and other researchers in three groups:

Doctoral students, post-doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers – Mentoring, peer networking, and skill-building tutorials will help doctoral students, post-doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers identify substantive ways that the theories, approaches, and tools within the larger community can advance their work with the design and study of sociotechnical systems.

Emerging multi-disciplinary research teams – Groups of researchers seeking to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations will work with mentors to refine problem statements and research goals; connect with collaborators with complementary skills and interests; and create actionable research agendas and funding proposals. Preference will be given to groups interested in designing and studying sociotechnical systems that address societal grand challenges such as (but not limited to) healthcare; energy management and climate change; cybersecurity and privacy; education and learning; disaster response; technology development and innovation; economic development and work; and civic engagement and participation.

Research infrastructure development teams – Groups of researchers interested in creating computational or analytic tools, data resources, training materials, or other infrastructure to support the design and study of sociotechnical systems will come together to work on new challenges. These infrastructure “hackathon” sessions will result in community resources such as use cases, prototypes, draft materials, and deployable systems.

Applying for CSST 2016 Summer Research Institute

We encourage applications from all academic, industry, NGO, and public sector organizations worldwide. To apply for the 2015 Summer Research Institute, select the group that best fits your needs and situation:

Doctoral students, post-doctoral students, pre-tenure faculty, and early career researchers should send their CV and a short (up to 300 words) response to the question “How does/will your work advance our ability to design and understand critical sociotechnical systems?” Include three relevant references to situate your work within the larger research community. Doctoral students should have completed their dissertation proposal prior to attending and should seek a letter of recommendation from their advisor/department chair indicating their expected graduation date as well as how the CSST Summer Research Institute will advance their scholarship.

Emerging multi-disciplinary research teams should apply as a group, sending their CVs and a short (up to 500 words) response to these questions: “What is the research focus/problem domain? What types of activities/studies are needed to engage that domain? How will pursuing this agenda help advance our ability to design and understand critical sociotechnical systems?” Include references and potential funding sources, if known, to situate the proposal within the larger research community. Your team may have from three to six people. Preference will be given to cross-institutional teams in which junior/mid-career researchers play significant leadership roles.

Research infrastructure development teams should apply as a group, sending their CVs and a short (up to 500 words)) response to these questions: “What is the problem you are seeking to address? What will you do to address that problem? How will creating these technologies, tools, materials or infrastructure improve our ability to design and understand critical sociotechnical systems?” Include references to examples from other domains, if possible, to situate your proposal. Your team may have from three to six people from multiple disciplines and institutions.

Lodging, meals, and other onsite costs will be covered for all Summer Research Institute participants. Limited travel support is available, if needed, for participants from US institutions (with preference given to doctoral and post-doctoral students).  To be considered for all available financial support you should provide the following information when you apply:

  • What college or university do you attend?
  • What is your primary department affiliation?

Send your application materials to Summer Research Institute Co-Director Steve Sawyer at by 29 March, 2016. The CSST Summer Research Institute Advisory Group will review applications beginning 2 April, 2016 using the following criteria:

  • Clear articulation of the hoped-for contribution to the theory, practice, or design of sociotechnical systems
  • Likelihood of Summer Research Institute participation providing significant practical benefit for the individual/team
  • Contribution to a balanced and diverse group of participants

The number of participants we select will depend on the available funding and the fit between applicants’ interests and CSST goals. We expect to share out invitations by late April, 2016.

For more information about the Summer Research Institute, contact the Steve Sawyer ( For information about the broader community of researchers interested in design and study of sociotechnical systems, see: CSST (, the “Researchers of the Socio-Technical” Facebook group, or the CSST listserv (

ASIST Annual Meeting 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 14-18, 2016

Join your colleagues from around the world at the first ASIS&T Annual Meeting outside North America

ASIST AM 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 14-18, 2016

PLENARY speakers, are now on the web at

Greg Welch, Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation, University of Central Florida

Markus Bundschus, Roche Diagnostics, Head Scientific & Business Information Services

CHECK AIRFARES:  Right now Norwegian Air has round trip tickets from cities in the east, west and mid America for less than $600.

Mentor services, April 4
Papers, April 17
Panels and Workshops, May 3



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