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iConference 2015

Create • Collaborate • Celebrate

University of California, Irvine: The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Mar. 24-27, 2015

iConference 2015

Total participants: 531
Regional representation: Roughly 80 % from North America, 11% from Europe, 8% from Asia. 25 countries were represented, the top 10 follow: USA 406; Canada 18; China 15; Germany 14; UK 10; South Korea 9; Denmark 7; Japan 7; Spain 5; Sweden 5

Completed Research Papers: 51
Preliminary Results Research Papers: 40
Posters: 99
Workshops: 11
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: 8
Social Media Expo presentations: 5
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 27

Image by Christian Holzinger

Conference Chair: Gary Olson, University of California, Irvine

Technical Program Chairs: Diane Bailey, University of Texas at Austin; Tom Finholt, University of Michigan

Papers Chairs: Madhu Reddy, Penn State University; Katie Siek, Indiana University

Poster Chairs: Michelle Caswell, University of California, Los Angeles; Ricky Punzalan, University of Maryland

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Wayne Lutters, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Volker Wulf, University of Siegen

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Ingrid Erickson, Rutgers University; Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School

Workshops Chairs: Aleksandra Sarcevic, Drexel University; Jude Yew, National University of Singapore

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Chairs: John C. Carroll, Penn State University; Judy Olson, University of California, Irvine

Doctoral Dissertation Award Chairs: Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam; Elizabeth Yakel, University of Michigan

Social Media Expo Chairs: Shelly D. Farnham, Research Scientist, Third Place Technologies; Robert Mason, University of Washington; Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Researcher, FUSELabs, Microsoft Research

Proceedings Chair: Bryan Semaan, Syracuse University

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iCaucus

Conference Management: Debra A. Brodbeck, University of California, Irvine

Conference Social Media Director: Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, University of Michigan

Student Volunteer Chairs: Julia Haines, University of California, Irvine; Bart Knijnenburg, University of California, Irvine

Program Committee

Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan
Cecilia Aragon, University of Washington
Brian Beaton, University of Pittsburgh
Geoffrey Bowker, University of California, Irvine
Rob Capra, University of North Carolina
Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research
Mike Eisenberg, University of Colorado
Karen Fisher, University of Washington
Susan Gasson, Drexel University
Elke Greifeneder, Humboldt University of Berlin
Gillian Hayes, University of California, Irvine
Caroline Haythornthwaite, University of British Columbia
Amanda Hughes, Utah State University
Yong Ming Kow, City University of Hong Kong
Marilyn McGee-Lennon, University of Strathclyde
Atsuyuki Morishima, University of Tsukuba
Floyd Mueller, RMIT University in Melbourne
Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, University of Oulu
Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University
Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University
Chirag Shah, Rutgers University
Kalpana Shanakar, University College Dublin
Patrick Shih, Pennsylvania State University
Kate Starbird, University of Washington
Cassidy Sugimoto, Indiana University
Monica Tentori, CICESE
Kristene Unsworth, Drexel University
Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School
Wesley Willett, INRIA-Saclay
Maria Wolters, University of Edinburgh
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen

Image by Jason Leung
Sponsors & Partners

Microsoft Inc.,
Hana Lab,
National Science Foundation,
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences,
UCI Council on Research, Computing and Libraries,
Morgan & Claypool Publishers,
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
UCI Extension,
University of California, Irvine, Institute for Software Research,
University of California, Irvine, Newkirk Center for Science and Society,


Doctoral Dissertation Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation of the preceding year. Each member iSchool was invited to submit one dissertation for blind review by a jury of Ph.D. program directors and faculty. The winner received $2,500 U.S., the runner up $1,000 U.S. Both honorees were recognized during the banquet on Wednesday, 55 March.

2015 Winner
Xinru Page, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Factors that Influence Adoption and Use of Location-Sharing Social MediaArchives

2015 Runner Up
Laura Sheble, School of Information and Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Diffusion of Meta-Analysis, Systematic Review, and Related Research Synthesis Methods: Patterns, Contexts, and Impact

Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper
Sponsored by Microsoft Research, this award is presented to the author(s) of the conference’s most outstanding completed research paper, as judged by the Papers and Program Chairs. The award includes a prize of $5,000 U.S. The award was announced during the opening plenary session on Wednesday, 25 March. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference.

2015 Winning Paper:
Title: “She said yes!” – Liminality and Engagement Announcements on Twitter
Authors: Munmun De Choudhury, Georgia Tech; Michael Massimi, Microsoft Research.

Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Designing a Mobile Crowdsourcing System for Campus Safety
Authors: Elliot Tan, Princeton University; Huichuan Xia, Cheng Ji, Ritu Virendra Joshi and Yun Huang, Syracuse University
Title: Motherhood and Social Networking Sites: How do sociocultural contexts and technological factors affect Korean mothers’ KakaoStory use?
Authors: Jinyoung Kim, Myeong Lee, and Chiyoung Oh, University of Maryland
Title: Online Media Forums as Separate Social Lives: A Qualitative Study of Disclosure Within and Beyond Reddit
Authors: Martin Shelton, Katherine Lo, and Bonnie Nardi, University of California, Irvine
Title: Use and Adoption Challenges of Wearable Activity Trackers
Authors: Patrick C. Shih, Kyungsik Han, Erika Shehan Poole, Mary Beth Rosson, and John M. Carroll, The Pennsylvania State University

Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper
This award went to most intriguing paper in the preliminary results category as judged by the Papers and Program Chairs. The award was presented during the morning plenary session on Thursday, 26 March.

2015 Winner:
Title: Understanding Black Males’ IT Career Choices
Authors: Lynette Kvasny, The Pennsylvania State University; KD Joshi, Washington State University; and Eileen Trauth, The Pennsylvania State University. Click here to access the paper in our official proceedings.

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Informal Networks, Phones and Facebook: Information Seeking and Technology Use by Undocumented Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Authors: Bryce C Newell and Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington
Title: The New-to-Online Instructor: Conceptions, Desires and Expectations
Author: Jenna Kammer, University of Missouri
Title: Self-Obviating Systems and their Application to Sustainability
Authors: Bill Tomlinson and Juliet Norton, University of California, Irvine; Eric P. S. Baumer, Cornell University; Marcel Pufal, University of California, Irvine; Barath Raghavan, ICSI / De Novo
Title: Visual First Amendment: Using empirical legal methods and visualization techniques to enhance understanding of Supreme Court rulings
Authors: Debbie Lee Rabina and Chris Sula, Pratt Institute

Best Poster Awards
Two Best Poster awards were presented in 2014, in recognition of the most outstanding posters of the conference. The Best Poster Award was determined by the Poster Chairs; the Best Poster Presentation Award was determined by a vote of the participants. Sponsored by Emerald Publishing, both awards were presented at the conclusion of the second poster session on Thursday, 6 March.

2015 Best Poster:
The 2015 best poster was selected by the Posters Chairs and a committee of their own choosing. The award was presented at our second poster session on Thursday, March 26.

2015 Winner
Title: Metaphors of Privilege: Public Library Makerspace Rhetoric
Author: Shannon A Crawford Barniskis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Click here to view the poster abstract in our official proceedings.

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Mapping Data Journeys: Design for an interactive web site
Authors: Paula Goodale and Jo Bates, University of Sheffield; Yuwei Lin, University of Creative Arts
Title: Understanding Health Information Intent via Crowdsourcing: Challenges and Opportunities
Authors: Di Lu, Yihan Lu, Wei Jeng, Rosta Farzan, and Yu-Ru Lin, University of Pittsburgh
Title: Understanding the Relationship between Scholars’ Breadth of Research and Scientific Impact
Authors: Shiyan Yan and Carl Lagoze, University of Michigan
Title: Using Ethnography of Email to Understand Distributed Scientific Collaborations
Authors: Sarika K Sharma, Matt Willis, Jaime Snyder, Carsten Osterlund, and Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

2015 Social Media Expo:
Five teams were selected to make presentations at iConference 2015. Each received a $3,000 grant from Microsoft Research to help offset costs of attending. The winning presentation was selected by the Expo organizing committee.

Winning Presentation
Title: “Racial Violence Archive: Public Information System on Incidents of Violence
during the Civil Rights Period”
School: University of California, Irvine: The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Team: Hosub Lee, Michael Bellato, Sowmya Jain, Fernando Spanghero, Roeland Singer-heinze, Ya-Wen Lin, Sunakshi Gupta, Geoff Ward
Faculty Sponsors: Alfred Kobsa and Geoff Ward

Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: “eMigrate: Aggregating Government Open Data for Enhanced Job Category Selection in Support of Immigration Applications”
School: University of Toronto: Faculty of Information
Team: Eva Hourihan Jansen, Jenna Jacobson, Gabby Resch
Faculty Sponsor: Rhonda McEwen

Title: “The Police Officer Involved Homicides Database Project”
School: University of California, Los Angeles: Department of Information Studies
Team: Morgan Currie, Brittany Paris, Irene Pasquetto, Jennifer Pierre, Ashley E. Sands
Faculty Sponsor: Leah Lievrouw

Title: “Society Key: Integrating Social Media Data with Governmental Open Data to Encourage Community Wellbeing”
School: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: School of Communication and Information
Team: Ziad Matni, Jennifer Sonne, Dongho Choi
Faculty Sponsor: Chirag Shah

Title: “TransparencyScience. Return on research investment, where do the funds go?”
School: Polytechnic University of Valencia: School of Informatics
Team: Lidia Contreras, Cristina I. Font, Paulina Morillo, Diego Vallejo
Faculty Sponsor: Antonia Ferrer Sapena

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