CfP: iConference 2013 (Texas, February 12-15, 2013)

28 May 2012 - 00:00

Fort Worth, Texas
February 12-15, 2013

The iConference is an annual gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. iConference participants advance the boundaries of information studies, explore core concepts and ideas, and create new technological and conceptual configurations—all situated in interdisciplinary discourses. These issues will be addressed during our four-day event in Fort Worth, Texas, February 12-15, 2013. The conference theme is Data, Innovation, Wisdom: Scholarship in Action.

Please join us for a multitude of high-quality papers, posters, and workshops, along with interactive alternative events that will frame the conversation. In addition, the will host a Doctoral Colloquium and an Early Career Workshop, lots of social events, and many networking opportunities.

iConference 2013 is hosted by the College of Information at the University of North Texas. The presenting sponsor is Microsoft Research, which is also providing support for the conference’s inaugural Social Media Expo.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools (<>), a growing association of Schools, Faculties and Colleges in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Affiliation with the iSchools is not a prerequisite of participation; we encourage all information scholars and practitioners to take part in the conference.

Submission Information

In response to requests for more varied opportunities to participate, we are offering several new submission formats this year.

Papers: Results of completed original research, 8-10 pages in length in publication format; papers will be refereed in a double-blind process. Submissions will be in PDF format.
Submission deadline: September 3, 2012.
Notification: Early November.
Final version due: December 3, 2012.

Notes: Reports of early and partial results, 4 pages or less in length in publication format; Notes will be refereed in a double-blind process. Submissions will be in PDF format.
Submission deadline: September 10, 2012.
Notification: Early November.
Final version due: December 3, 2012.

Posters: We welcome submission of Posters presenting new work, preliminary results and designs, or educational projects. Applicants will submit an abstract describing the proposed Poster, and these abstracts will undergo a single-blind blind review process (i.e., reviewers will know the identity of authors, but not vice versa). Poster abstracts are not to exceed two pages in length. Abstract submissions will be in PDF format. Completed Posters will be presented at the iConference.
Abstract submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.
Final abstract due: December 7, 2012.
Completed poster due: February 12, 2013

Workshops: Workshops can be half- or full-day and can focus on any area related the conference theme (Scholarship in Action) or more broadly to the purview of the iSchools, namely, the relationships among information, people and technology. A proposal template is provided on the website; submissions should be in PDF format.
Submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Early October.
Final version due: Early November.

Alternative Events: These can include panels, fishbowls, performances, storytelling, roundtable discussions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, and more. All should be highly participatory, informal, engaging, and pluralistic. A proposal template is provided on the website; submissions should be in PDF format.
Submission deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.
Final version due: December 7, 2012.

Research Paper Development Roundtable: This new iConference submission track is for researchers developing manuscripts for submission as journal articles. The goals of this track are to provide a forum for interactive development of research papers, enable a discussion of current research ideas, provide a clear path to journal publication, and increase collaboration opportunities for junior faculty. Papers reporting work in progress and late breaking research are welcome. See website for additional details.
Submission deadline: Extended abstracts due August 1, 2012.
Notification: Early October.
Full draft due: January 7, 2013.

Other Events Scheduled

Doctoral Colloquium: The doctoral student colloquium will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and one another in a setting that is relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges. Students will receive feedback on their dissertation and/or current research from participating faculty and student peers. Participation in the doctoral colloquium is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the colloquium. The colloquium will not be open to observers. Visit the doctoral colloquium webpage for more information:
Application deadline: September 24, 2012.
Notification: Mid-November.

Early Career Colloquium
: This half-day event is intended for assistant professors, post-docs, or others in pre-tenure positions and builds on the tradition of highly successful events at past iConferences. The program will include an introductory presentation on the tenure process, panels by recently tenured faculty and experienced former deans, and small group discussions to provide informal dialogue, guidance, and insights. Visit the early career colloquium webpage for more information:

FUSE Labs iConference Social Media Expo: The iConference, in collaboration with FUSE Labs of Microsoft Research, is pleased to announce the first iConference Social Media Expo. The exposition is designed to showcase exceptional interdisciplinary research and development work from information school programs specializing in social media. Students are asked to form interdisciplinary teams of 3-5 students to perform research, design, development or community engagement exploring technological solutions to people’s real needs around the theme of leveraging social media to foster lifelong learning in everyday life. A representative team from each participating school will be selected to attend and featured in a presentation at a special session of the iConference in February of 2013. Visit the Social Media Expo webpage for more information:
Initial notification: Letters of Interest due September 14, 2012

New this year, the leadership of the iCaucus and the iConference 2013 organizers have arranged for a special full-day workshop on Information Privacy. The workshop is being co-organized by the following iCaucus members: University of California, Berkeley School of Information; Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College; Indiana University, School of Informatics and Computing; University of Michigan, School of Information; and Singapore Management University, School of Information Systems. The deans from each of these five iSchools have committed to send top faculty researchers in information privacy (spanning technology, management, law and policy) to participate. Details on how to take part will be publicized in the future.


Honorary Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University; Herman Totten, University of North Texas

Conference Chair: William Moen, University of North Texas

Program Co-Chairs: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University; Martin Halbert, University of North Texas

Program Committee:
Randolph Bias, University of Texas
Wade Bishop, University of Kentucky
Pia Borlund, Royal School of Library and Information Science Copenhagen
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh
Joy Davidson, Glasgow University
Robert Deng, Singapore Management University
Pedro Ferreira, Carnegie Mellon
Andrew Flinn, University College London
Fred Fonseca, Pennsylvania State University
Maria Gade, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Steve Howard, University of Melbourne
Heikki Keskustalo, University of Tampere
Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Cory Knobel, University of California, Irvine
Eden Medina, Indiana University
Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia
Karine Nahon, University of Washington
Arcot Rajasekar (Raja), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University
Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University
Mega Subramanian, University of Maryland
Elaine Toms, University of Sheffield
Judith Wusteman, University College Dublin
Iris Xie, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

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