Knowledge Innovations:
Celebrating Our Heritage, Designing Our Future
ASIS 2000 Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
November 13-16, 2000


Poised on the edge of the new millennium, ASIS finds itself at an exciting point in the evolution of information science and technology.  We have made enormous strides in collecting, organizing, and disseminating information, but the increased potentialities only underscore the need for continued developments.  At this meeting, we will look at where we are today, how we got here, and where we are going.  We will celebrate our rich information heritage and our decades of accomplishment and consider how best to use the first principles of information science to guide our work in the century ahead.

Our ability to transform data into information, and then into usable knowledge, can change the face of work, education, and life.   We have increasing capacity to generate or gather, model, represent and retrieve more complex and cross disciplinary data and ideas from new sources and at varying scales. The transformational power of information can only be capitalized upon through knowledge acquisition, classification, utilization and dissemination research, tools and techniques. "Knowledge management"  has a substantial and growing body of theory and practice.

This conference will look at current (and imminent) knowledge creation, acquisition, navigation, retrieval, management and dissemination practicalities and potentialities, their implementation and impact, and the theories behind developments.  We will review the processes, technologies and tools.  We will also look at the appropriate or necessary operational policies, relevant legal issues (laws, legislation and the EU Directive), and international and domestic policies and regulations.

Following the successful topical arrangement for the 1999 meeting, the 2000 conference will again feature five tracks:

  • Knowledge Discovery, Capture and Creation (track coordinators Don Kraft and Bonnie Lawlor)- capturing tacit knowledge, data mining, collaboration, expert directories, intelligent systems employing usage patterns (e.g. search strategies) etc.
  • Classification and Representation (coordinators Merri Beth Lavagnino and Gary Marchionini) - interface design, metadata, information visualization, taxonomies, clustering, indexing, vocabularies and automatic indexing, etc.
  • Information Retrieval (coordinators Bill Hersh and Louise Su) - search engines, intelligent agents, browsing v. searching, navigation, knowledge/information architecture, data mining, etc.
  • Knowledge Dissemination (coordinators Julie Hurd and Bob Willard) -communication, publishing (including internet vs. intranet vs. Extranet), push v. pull, etc.
  • Social, Behavioral, Ethical, and Legal Aspects (coordinators Bonnie Carroll and Barbara Wildemuth)  - information acceptance vs. rejection, behavior modifications, policies and politics, value assessments, corporate and national information cultures, knowledge seeking behavior, training for effective utilization, managing knowledge management, legislative and
    judicial issues.

The bulk of the conference sessions will be arranged into these tracks, but additional topics may be proposed and will be incorporated in the meeting as special sessions.   For more information on individual tracks, contact the track coordinators by sending a message to [zero, zero] with the subject line indicating "contact 'track name'".

We are soliciting three types of submissions - contributed papers, technical sessions, and special sessions.   In all three categories, electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and should be submitted to .  If electronic submission is not possible two paper copies should be sent to each address below.

Contributed Papers
To submit a paper, submit the title and a draft of the proposed paper. Submissions must include the name, position, complete address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the author(s). All proposals are due by January 15, 2000.  Papers will be reviewed, and notification of acceptance will be made no later than March 15, 2000.  Camera-ready copy for the Proceedings will be due by May 15, 2000.

Note that this is a change in procedures, and that a full draft of the paper is required as the initial submission.  This allows time for a more rigorous review of papers.

Contributed papers will be grouped by topic and presented in sessions of 3-4 papers.  Contributed papers may be combined into technical sessions at the discretion of the track coordinators.

Technical Sessions
Technical sessions can be developed by individuals, by ASIS Special Interest Groups (SIGs), by outside organizations, or collaboratively among different individuals or groups.  To submit a proposal, send the following information:

  • Title
  • Sponsor(s)
  • Name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the contact person who coordinate the session
  • Names, positions, and affiliations of presenters and other session participants such as moderators, reactors, etc.
  • 500 word descriptive abstract of the session
  • Track or tracks that the session fits into

Proposals for technical sessions must be received by February 1, 2000. Notification of acceptance will be made no later than March 15, 2000. Information for the technical program will be due by May 15, and camera-ready copy for the proceedings will be due by July 1, 2000. Individual technical session papers may be submitted to be refereed for inclusion in the Proceedings in full text rather than as abstracts, and if this is desired the deadline for submission of the paper is May 1, 2000.

Special Sessions
The program committee welcomes submissions from individuals or organizations for innovative types of sessions - debates, group participation sessions, demonstrations, tutorials, historical reenactments or other elements that would add to the celebration of our heritage and consideration of our future.  To submit a proposal, send in a session title, a 500-word descriptive abstract, and information about the contact person (name, address, phone and fax numbers, email address).

Proposals for special sessions must be received by February 1, 2000. Notification of acceptance will be made no later than March 15, 2000. Information for the technical program will be due by May 15, and camera-ready copy for the proceedings will be due by July 1, 2000.

Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and should be submitted to  If electronic submission is not possible, two paper copies should be sent to:

Nancy K. Roderer

Richard Hill, Executive Director

National Library of Medicine

Association for Information Science

8600 Rockville Pike

8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 501

Bethesda MD 20894

Silver Spring, MD 20910



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