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.

Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries and Information Science: what relation?

The Seminar AIMS to open a conversation about the relationship between Digital Libraries, Digital Humanities and Information Science. The Seminar will be opened by the 2016-2017 President of ASIS&T, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, and includes presentations That highlights the applications of research methods for information issues.

Secretary: Elena Giusti elenagiusti12@gmail.com
Organizing Committee: Anna Maria Tammaro annamaria.tammaro@unipr.it

Lunedì 24 ottobre 2016 dalle 09:30 alle 16:00 (CEST) – Aggiungi al calendario

Biblioteca Umanistica – Sala Comparetti – Piazza Brunelleschi 4, 50121 Firenze, Italy – Visualizza Mappa

EUChap celebrates its members

The European Chapter is proud for its engaging and outstanding members and congratulates Peter Ingwersen and Isabella Peters!

Our member Peter Ingwersen will receive the ASIS&T Award of Merit, honoring his outstanding contributions to the field of information science! -> Official statement (also below)

Our past Chair and Alternate Chapter Assembly Isabella Peters is Chapter Member of the Year, honoring her engagement and her great ideas she brought into the Chapter!

And last but not least, our Chapter can celebrate istself for again receiving the Chapter of the Year Award for its outstanding activtites.

On behalf of the Chair and board members, congratulations to our members. We are looking forward to celebrating with you in Copenhagen!

Statement on Award of Merit, by Chair Virginia Ortiz_Repiso and Peiling Wang, Professor at School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee:

Pdf-Version: statement_2016_award-of-merit

Dr. Ingwersen has made and he continues to make, remarkable contributions to the field of Library and Information Science. The overarching theme of Dr. Ingwersen’s research interlinks the fundamental essence of the disciplinary triangle of information, people, technology and their relationships; and he stands as one of the most widely published and highly cited researchers in the field of Library and Information Science.

Dr. Ingwersen’s research encompasses two chief domains (1) information retrieval, and (2) bibliometric and especially, webometrics.

Hi is known for development of Cognitive Theory of Information Retrieval, as an attempt to globalize information retrieval through the representation of all components in a holistic approach. Traditional models of information retrieval (Boolean, vector, probabilistic), paid little or no attention to the social context of the tasks of indexing and searching. If we consider information seeking and the ways users use the information retrieval systems, we cannot neglect the social context and thus the cognitive aspects. Dr. Ingwersen made this apparent by leading the way in investigating the cognitive processes of interaction between people and systems. He analyzed the impact of computer technology on the search behavior of individuals, and the application of this approach in the information industry, such as structural representations with different levels of complexity cooperating in a process of interactive communication. Ingwersen emphasizes that these are the binding factors of this theory: the subjective nature that every individual and the context in which it operates; that is, studying their mood, their area of interest, the degree of motivation, and other factors.

Derived from the cognitive IIR model, he and associates created the poly-representation of information needs for improving IIR design. This model, based on inferential logic, indicates that the more evidence one has via consultation documents and the relationships between them, the more likely that the results will resemble the information needs of the user. This is what Ingwersen called intentional redundancy. In short, he created a theory and a school that many others have followed. In recognition of his contributions to IIR, he received several prestigious awards, most recently, the 2015 UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award.

In scientometrics and informetrics, he has developed indicators and metrics to evaluate scientific research across organizations, disciplines, and countries. Peter Ingwersen is not only a rigorous researcher but also an innovative mind that is quick to identify and explore new ideas. He is called the father of Webometrics. Since he and Thomas C. Almind coined the term, Webometrics has grown into an established research area. JASIST published a special issue on Webometrics in 2004. In recognition of this work, Peter Ingwersen received the 2005 Derek de Solla Price Medal.

Peter Ingwersen is one of the most prolific contributors to peer-reviewed journals, books, encyclopedia, and conferences in information science worldwide. His research impact is evident also by the citation indices. Thomson Reuters recognized Peter Ingwersen with the 2005 Thomson Award of Excellence in Denmark for being the internationally most highly cited Danish researcher in the social sciences.

Beyond research, Ingwersen’s significant contributions to the field are also reflected by his teaching and mentoring of new generations of researchers in information science all over the world. As a professor, Peter Ingwersen is a beloved mentor and advisor and a dynamic teacher to many young researchers, doctoral students, and students of his courses. Many of his students and mentees have become successful researchers, academics and award winners. As a luminary in the field, not only does Peter Ingwersen support and encourage the new generation of researchers by commenting on their works and providing tenure and promotion reviews in rarely achieved thoroughness, but he also recognizes them by citing their works.  

Peter Ingwersen is a leader and visionary in the field. He has been selected to many editorial boards of prestigious scholarly journals including J.Doc, IPM, JASIST, ARIST, and Scientometrics. He was elected to the International Advisory Board of China’s iSchool in Wuhan. He collaborates with international researchers through lectures, conferences, and research projects.


Seminar on Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries and Information Science

The Seminar “Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries and Information Science:
what relation?” aims to open a conversation about the relationship between Digital Libraries, Digital Humanities and Information Science.  The Seminar will be opened by the 2016-2017 President of ASIS&T, Lynn SIlipigni Connaway, and includes presentations that highlight the applications of research methods for information issues.

More information in the flyer.

Time and Place

Firenze, 24 ottobre 2016

Biblioteca Umanistica Università di Firenze

Sala Comparetti

Piazza Brunelleschi 4 Firenze





Introduction and Welcome

Anna Maria Tammaro (International Master DILL Digital Library Learning)


Opening Keynote

Lynn Silipigni Connaway

(President ASIS&T, Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research,  OCLC Research)



Fabio Ciotti

(Università di Roma3 AIUCD)

Francesca Tomasi

(Università di Bologna – AIUCD)

Maurizio Lana

(Università del Piemonte Orientale – AIUCD)

 Paolo Sirito, Liliana Gregori (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milano)

Enrica Salvatori, Maria Simi (Università di Pisa)

Maristella Agosti, Gianmaria Silvello (Università di Padova)


Discussion “What are the gaps? What are the sinergies?”

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break



Gabriele Lunati (IFNet-OCLC)

Titia van der Werf (Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research)


Discussion “Planning the next steps”