Results from EUChap Panel at AM 2016

For the panel “Tomato tomahto: European perspectives on information science” at the AM2016 organized by our chapter member Julian Isabella gathered and condensed information on how EUChap members  perceive the concept ‘information science’ from their particular point of view and specific background. The descriptions and definitions were categorized and major as well as outstanding viewpoints have been presented during the panel. With the help of 12 members Isabella could build a map of concepts related to ‘information science’ that also provided a ‘visual’ starting point for discussion among panelists and the audience.

Panel slides.

Storify about AM in Copenhagen

If you want to know what the Library and Informaiton Science community did in Copenhagen this October, listen to our board member Agnes Mainka. She participated in an ASIS&T competition and created a digitale story about her experiences and adventures in Copenhagen, from talks and meetings with colleagues to the first Barcamp of the European Student Chapter.

See Agnes’ story on Storify.

Congratulations to Agnes: She succeeded in the competition and received a prize for her storify.

ASIS&T President Lynn Silipigni Connaway Participated in Two Events in Italy

This post was submitted by Anna Maria Tammaro, PhD

Post from asis.org.

ASIS&T President Lynn Silipigni Connaway participated at two events this past October in Italy, introducing ASIS&T to Italian professionals, students and scholars. This was the first time ASIS&T has presented in Italy — the relevance of these events is high, considering that in Italy, Information Science is misunderstood as Computer Science and that there is still confusion about Documentation, Library Science and Information Science.

On Friday, October 21 the DILL International Master Consortia organized the DILL Master’s Student Research Colloquium in Parma University at the Department of Information Engineering. Panel experts included Graham Walton (UK), Ursula Georgy (Germany), Elena Corradini (IT) and DILL professors and was chaired by Lynn Silipigni Connaway. Ms. Connaway introduced the audience to ASIS&T;s networking history, activities and trends; stressing the importance of research as a professional career.

The DILL master’s students had the opportunity to give a lightning talk style presentation on their research projects. There was also the opportunity to network with colleagues, ask questions to the Panel, and discuss their research projects in an open environment.

On Monday October 24, ASIS&T collaborated with DILL International Master Consortia, AIUCD (Italian Digital Humanities branch of the European EADH) and OCLC Research to organize a Workshop entitled “Digital Humanities, Digital Library and Information Science: what relationship?” in Florence at the Biblioteca Umanistica University of Florence. The aim of the Workshop was to engage digital humanities scholars and digital library professionals and researchers in a conversation about Information Science and the research done by the two communities. The objectives of the Workshop were to build a bridge between Digital Humanities and Digital Libraries communities, outlining areas of synergies and possible cooperation.

Ms. Connaway, as keynote of the Workshop, introduced ASIS&T to the 50 participants and described the initial results of research being conducted on digital technology’s impact on scholars and librarians.

Participating Speakers were:

  • Maurizio Lana  University of Piemonte Orientale, creator of digilibLT project and chair of the ADHO Multilinguality Multiculturality Standing Committee.
  • Enrica Salvatori, University of Pisa, Assistant Professor of History, and Archaeological Informatics.
  • Maria Simi. Associate Professor. President of the study programmes in Digital Humanities; Member of the Digital Culture laboratory
  • Gianmaria Silvello is Assistant professor at Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova
  • Paolo Sirito of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart , Milano. Library Department
  • Liliana Gregori of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart  Library Department,
  • Gabriele Lunati Amministratore delegato  IFNET-OCLC
  • Titia van der Werf is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research based in OCLC’s Leiden office. Titia coordinates OCLC Research

As a first result of the Workshop, an interesting conversation started about the gap between Digital Humanities scholars and Digital Libraries. The gap was evidenced on:

  • Weakness of network among staff, librarians, and faculty
  • Lack of shared vocabulary for describing research questions
  • Different teaching philosophies and strategies

After the Workshop, there is the intention to continue the conversation about the following key questions:

  • What kind of partnership (bridge) between staff, librarians, faculty is needed? What collaboration is desiderable?
  • What are the education and training needs of staff, librarians, faculty? Research has to  be done
  • Is Information Science the common discipline?

The conversation continues in Italian in the AIUCD Blog: http://infouma.hypotheses.org

It is also vital to continue the discussion at the international level; and could be very helpful in continuing the collaboration with ASIS&T to bridge the evidenced gap.

Post submitted by Anna Maria Tammaro, PhD,

Chair IFLA Library Theory and Research Section

Presidente Comitato Scientifico UNIPR CoLab

Università di Parma, Italy

15th International Symposium of Information Science

The 15th International Symposium on Information Science (ISI 2017) will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in March 2017. The organizers invite submissions addressing the overall conference theme of “Everything changes, everything stays the same? – Understanding Information Spaces.”

With the ongoing digitization and virtualization of goods, services and living environments, information science reflects on the potential changes within the information society. While some parts of the community proclaim a revolutionary shift not only in the way we approach information and information systems, but also in the way society constitutes itself, others state that while the applications and interfaces adapt to advances in information technology, the underlying principles for human interactions with information remain the same. At ISI 2017, we invite contributions on the development of innovative information spaces and services, on analyses of human-computer interactions in physical or virtual information spaces and on the role of information science and its research endeavors.

iDocQ and i3 conference

i3 brings together academic and practitioner researchers interested in exploring the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change.

The conference provides a forum for exchange of research findings and an opportunity to identify key questions and issues for future research. It is relevant to those involved in researching, developing or delivering information and knowledge services in any sector as well as those concerned with the development of skills for a knowledge society.

ASIST Annual Lecture: What, if anything, makes knowledge an improvement over information?

This year’s ASIST Annual Lecture takes place on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at Edinburgh Napier University. This is the first time that any lecture in this series has been presented in the UK.

The speaker at this event is Professor Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. In a presentation entitled What, if anything, makes knowledge an improvement over information? Steve will discuss the tension between our thirst for easy access to vast quantities of information and our fears of information overload, and he will explore how concepts of information vary across contexts.

International Digital Humanities Symposium

Recent developments in Information and Communication Technologies  (ICT)  and interactive applications are creating new social tools and conditions for people to connect and interact; therefore changing the ways we communicate, socialize and collaborate. These new forms of digital enhanced communication and collaboration have been rapidly adopted and integrated into people’s everyday lives. Understanding the nature and consequences of these new interactions and social transformations is crucial if we want to design and shape a better future where digital technologies become an integral component of our life. One major challenge we have identified is the exploration of the two-way interactions between society and ICT with a focus on the Humanities. This particular orientation has the potential to become a key success factor for the values and competitiveness of many Nordic countries having in mind recent EU and Swedish political discussions in the field of Digital Humanities.

The 1st International Digital Humanities Symposium will take place in Växjö, Sweden, 7-8 November. The symposium invites and challenges Nordic and  European researchers and practitioners in related disciplines to Digital Humanities (DH) to present, discuss and demonstrate different possibilities, current efforts and upcoming trends in this emergent field.

Future of Information Environments, Thinking and Building with ASIS&T

The first event organized by ASIS&T in Spain will have the collaboration of OCLC Research, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the KIMO (Knowledge and Information Management in Organizations) research group. KIMO is a research group based at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), a distance university fully based in e-learning digital environments. The event will be hosted at UOC headquarters in Barcelona. The session will be open to academics, professional and students.

First part of the session will be devoted to discuss future trends about digital information environments, based on scientific state of the art, results of qualitative fieldwork research and new theoretical paradigms about people and technology.

Second part of the session will be devoted to ASIS&T and the future to explore initiatives and collaborations in the context of Spanish and European ASIS&T networks.