ASIS&T 2006 - Call for Papers

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Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future for All"
November 3-8, 2006
Hilton Austin, Austin, Texas

Information technology has enabled an expanding digital world, inextricably linked to our physical existence but revolutionary in terms of human creativity and thought. New technologies for mobile communication, massively distributed collaboration, and real-time information sharing are radically impacting human expressions, interactions and records. There is likely to be a continuing demand for powerful information organization, aggregation, and dissemination tools to harness these new information realities.

However, the key to understanding these trends must be found at human and social levels. To reflect on and address the challenges ahead, some of the critical questions we are interested in are:

  • What are the implications of these digital trends?
  • What opportunities are arising?
  • Are there dangers that we need to prepare for?
  • How will the future information world be shaped and who will shape it?

ASIS&T 2006 challenges us to explore this moment in the history of information science as people seamlessly move between their physical and digital worlds to create information realities for themselves and others.

Submissions by researchers and practitioners are solicited on a wide range of topics including but not limited to the following:

  • New theoretical perspectives on information use and management
  • Ethical and legal implications of digital worlds
  • The nature of the information profession in the digital future
  • User, organizational and cultural analyses of information realities
  • Future information architectures to both build and harness information realities
  • Implications for information (seeking) behavior and retrieval
  • New forms of human-computer/information interactions.
  • Distributed collaboration and information sharing
  • Enhanced access to multi-format and multimedia information
  • Learning and education in the digital future
  • Digital storytelling and presentation
  • Conflicts in information realities, their recognition and resolution
  • Preserving our cultural records in a digital age
  • Scientific underpinnings of new information designs and uses

Type of Submissions

Contributed papers: Contributed papers present original, recent research and design projects, theoretical developments, or innovative practical applications providing more general insight into an area of practice. These are generally reports of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly and professional journals. Contributed papers may be grouped by topic for presentation in contributed paper sessions or suggested for poster or special sessions. Submissions must be a maximum length of about 7000 words (no smaller than 10-pt. font), exclusive of references and supporting images/tables. Submission must include title, abstract, and full text. Accepted papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings.

Contributed posters/short papers: Contributed research posters present new and promising work or preliminary results of research projects. Contributed best practices posters present the results of design projects, practical implementations of an organization's practices or industry innovations. The content should clearly point out how the application advances the state of the art and key challenges, as well as potential impact on the participant's organization and/or practices in the field. Especially welcome are submissions that extend our understanding of new information realities. Posters are expected to invite questions and discussion in a personal and less formal setting. Submissions for refereeing should be in the form of a short paper, approximately two pages (no smaller than 10-pt. font), exclusive of supporting images and tables. They should include title and the text of the paper and references to substantive supporting material that will aid reviewers in determining suitability for the conference. Submission of actual posters as image files is strongly encouraged. The final version of these short papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings. During the conference, presenters are expected to display their work as a poster, incorporating text and illustrations as appropriate.  Digital versions of the posters may be included in the conference proceedings at the author's request.

Practitioner/Industry track: Practitioners are invited to submit papers and posters that focus on interesting challenges and problems in their work settings. Papers/posters on implementation of a particular technology to improve service/s, analysis of and possible changes to work practices, and evaluation of services are particularly encouraged. A group of practitioners with a strong background in research or established track record in groundbreaking practices will be responsible for reviewing and selecting items submitted to this track. The submitters should select the "practitioner/industry track" category in the submission form under the list of keywords/topics (along with any other appropriate terms) to indicate submission under this particular track.

Symposia and panels: Symposia and panels present topics for discussion such as cutting-edge research and design, analyses of hot or emerging trends, opinions on controversial issues, reports by practitioners on current information science and technology projects, and contrasting viewpoints from experts in complementary professional areas. Submissions should be in the form of a short paper (approximately five pages, no smaller than 10-pt. font). The submission must include two distinct parts: 1) scope: providing a clear rationale for the panel, an overview of potential issues to be discussed, and justifications for selecting the proposed panel members and 2) panel member contributions: a single page from each member (to be included in the 5 page count) describing what the member plans to discuss and a list of questions the member will raise for other panel and audience members to react to. It is assumed that a panel will have about three to four members.  Submissions must also include title, sponsor(s), and names and affiliations of all panel members. The final versions of these submissions will be published in the digital conference proceedings. Additional materials, e.g., PowerPoint slides or short papers by individual presenters, will be published in the digital conference proceedings at the author's request.

Pre-conference sessions: Pre-conference sessions present topics such as theoretical research, management strategies, and new and innovative systems or products, typically for purposes of concept development or continuing education. Purely promotional programs are excluded. Formats may include seminars, courses, workshops, and symposia. Sessions are scheduled for half to a full day and require a registration fee beyond the regular conference fee. Submissions must include title; sponsor(s) and/or speaker(s) with affiliations; duration (half or full day); intended audience and audience size (maximum); expertise level (intro to advanced); and a description of approximately two pages (no smaller than 10-pt. font), including abstract, objectives, and brief speaker bio(s). Accepted descriptions will be posted on the ASIS&T Web site.



Feb. 13, 2006

Proposals due for contributed papers, technical sessions and panels, and pre-conference sessions

Feb. 25, 2006

Proposals due for contributed posters/short papers

April 28, 2006

Acceptance notices issued

May 27, 2006

Final versions due for conference proceedings

Anonymous review: Authors must remove all identifying information from submissions. For example, no explicit self-references should appear in the paper. Authors may cite their own work, but should make an effort to not reveal their identity while citing such works. No author affiliation information should be included in the paper. This rule only applies only to paper and poster submissions and not to panel and pre-conference session submissions. Note that the submission form in the ASIS&T web site (see below) requires all submitters to provide name and contact information. This information is needed to facilitate communication between conference organizers and submitters but it will not be shared with reviewers.

Who can submit: Individuals, ASIS&T special interest groups (SIGs), or institutions may make any type of submission. Proposers are welcomed from any academic, nonprofit, corporate, or government area in any part of the world. Proposers need not be members of ASIS&T. ASIS&T SIG chairs are encouraged to help coordinate proposals from their members.


All submissions are made electronically via a link from the ASIS&T Web site ( Details on acceptable file formats, citation style, and specific contact information required in the online submission form are on the Web page.

Any problems with electronic submissions should be directed to: Richard Hill, Executive Director ( Association for Information Science & Technology 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510 Silver Spring, MD 20910. Fax: 301-495-0810 Phone: 301-495-0900

Refereeing procedures: All submissions will be reviewed by at least two referees. Notices of acceptance or rejection will contain constructive comments from referees. In the interests of achieving breadth and balance in the conference program and dealing with time and space constraints, the committee may suggest changing the type of submission (e.g., turning a paper into a poster) or merging or altering session titles and topics.