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iConference 2018

Transforming Digital Worlds

The University of Sheffield, Northumbria University

Mar. 25 - 28, 2018

iConference 2018

Total registered participants: 468

Completed Research Papers: 42 (acceptance rate 30%)
Preliminary Results Research Papers: 40
Posters: 67
Workshops: 10
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement: 13
Special Panels and iSchool-Related Presentations: 2
Doctoral Colloquium Participants: 14

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Conference Chairs: Val Gillet, University of Sheffield; Peter Bath, University of Sheffield; Gobinda Chowdhury, Northumbria University

Program Chairs: Julie McLeod, The iSchool at Northumbria University; Peter Willett, The Information School at Sheffield

Papers Chairs: Kendra Albright, Kent State University; Noa Aharony, Bar-Ilan University; Mei Mei Wu, National Taiwan Normal University

Posters Chairs: Hideo Joho, University of Tsukuba; Frank Hopfgartner, University of Glasgow

Workshops Chairs: Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield; Alex Peng, Sun Yat-sen University

SIE Chairs: Jenna Hartel, University of Toronto; Theresa Anderson, University of Technology Sydney

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University; Elizabeth Shepherd, University College London

Early Career Colloquium Chairs: Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin; Carsten Oesterlund, Syracuse University

Doctoral Dissertation Chairs: Joseph Tennis, University of Washington; Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

iSchool Best Practices Chairs: Ann-Sofie Axelsson, University of Boras; António Lucas Soares, University of Porto

iSchools and Industry Partnership Chairs: Yvon Kermarrec, Telecom Bretagne; Sean T. McGann, University of Washington

Technical Chair: Andy Stones, University of Sheffield

Sponsorship Chair: Stephen Pinfield, University of Sheffield

Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iSchools

Program Committee

The Organizing Committee was responsible for the program.

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Sponsors & Partners

Microsoft Inc., CILIP, Emerald Publishing, University of Kentucky, National Sicence Foundation, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, facet publishing


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 an international jury made up of iSchool leadership and faculty. The winner received $2,500 U.S., the runner up $1,000 U.S.

2018 Winner
Galen Panger, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
“Emotion in Social Media"

2018 Runner Up
Paul H. Cleverley, Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University,
“Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: Towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes”

Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper
Sponsored by Microsoft, 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. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference.

2018 Winning Paper
Title: Understanding Interactions Between Municipal Police Departments and the Public on Twitter
Authors: Yun Huang, Qunfang Wu, Syracuse University (USA)

Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Giveme5W: Main Event Retrieval from News Articles by Extraction of the Five Journalistic W Questions
Authors: Felix Hamborg, Sören Lachnit, Moritz Schubotz, Thomas Hepp, Bela Gipp, University of Konstanz (Germany)

Title: How to Assess Cloud Service Contracts? A Checklist for Trustworthy Records in the Cloud
Authors: Marie Demoulin, Universite de Montreal (Canada); Jessica Bushey, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Germany); Robert McLelland, no affiliation (Canada)

Title: Privacy Attitudes and Data Valuation Among Fitness Tracker Users
Authors: Jessica Vitak, Yuting Liao, Priya Kumar, University of Maryland (USA); Michael Zimmer, Katie C. Kritikos, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA)

Title: Reckoning With: Information Use and Engaging With Strategic Decisions in High Tech Work
Author: Christine T. Wolf, University of California, Irvine, IBM Research (USA)

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.

2018 Winner:
Title: Using citizen science projects to develop cases for teaching digital curation
Author: Amber L. Cushing, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Data Journalism: Practices, Skills, Opportunities and Values
Author: Bahareh R. Heravi, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Title: Domestic Migrant Workers in Israel: The strength of weak ties
Author: Jenny Bronstein, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

Title: Metadata Versus Full-Text: Tracking Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) Users’ Behavior
Authors: Daniel Gelaw Alemneh, Mark Phillips, University of North Texas (USA)

Title: Uncovering Hidden Insights for Information Management: Examination and Modeling of Change in Digital Collection Metadata
Authors: Oksana L. Zavalina, Shadi Shakeri, Priya Kizhakkethil, Mark E. Phillips, University of North Texas (USA)

Best Poster:
The 2018 best poster was selected by the Posters Chairs and a committee of their own choosing. Finalists are selected based on their abstract submissions, and the winner is judged by their resulting presentation at the conference.

2018 Winner
Title: The Emergence of Libyan Networked Publics: Social Media Use during and after the Libyan Uprising
Authors: Skina Musbah Ehdeed, Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, University of Sheffield (UK)

Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Charities’ perceptions of open access to medical research: a situational analysis
Author: Emily Beatrice Nunn, University of Sheffield (UK)

Title: ICT, Aspirations, and Career Decisions: Does Access to Information Change How Nigerian Students Make Career Decisions?
Authors: Philip J. Reed, University of Washington (USA); Rislan Abdulazeez Kanya, Baze University (Nigeria)

Title: Perceptions and Experiences of Qualitative Open Data (PEQOD): Exploratory Pilot
Author: Michelle M. Kazmer, Florida State University (USA)

Title: Respectful Reuse of Digital Records of Practice
Authors: Daniel Delmonaco, Rutgers University (USA)

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