2007 Annual Meeting
|3rd Annual Social Informatics SIG Research Symposium: The Social Web, Social Computing and the Social Analysis of Computing (SIG SI)|
Half Day Seminar, Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, 1:00pm-6:00pm (separate fee)
The research symposium follows up on the extremely successful Social Informatics research symposiums held prior to the 2004 and 2006 annual meetings. The symposium is well suited to this years ASIST theme that specifically focuses on Web 2.0 and social computing. The symposium will have three objectives:
To disseminate state of the art research-in-progress between and among the various ASIST SIGs whose work touches on social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT).
To help each other develop and strengthen this research in a friendly workshop environment.
To continue the successful social networking among workshop participants from previous workshops, and to draw in new colleagues.
While information and communication technologies (ICT) were once seen as a discrete sub-interest within the field, in the digitized and networked information reality ICT concerns now pervade most interest groups within ASIST. ICT are increasingly a part of the core goals, stubborn problems, and research streams across the subfields of Library and Information Science.
Starting with a broad conceptualization of ICT that emphasizes technologies in tandem with the data, information or cultural resources they store, transport and display, this workshop will highlight research focusing on the social realities of ICT based information systems (broadly defined) of the Library and Information Science field in order to better understand the following types of questions:
How are the design, implementation, use, disuse, and ongoing reconfiguration of ICT systems influenced by social groups, organizations, politics, and culture? What are the implications of that influence?
What are the roles of these ICT-based systems in ongoing social change at various levels of social analysis such as groups, organizational units, political entities or cultural systems?
What are the complex reciprocal relationships among ICT systems and the social groups and environments that surround and pervade them?
What are the variations in meaning or interpretation of ICT systems across social groups?
What are the moral or ethnical consequences of ICT system development and use?
The symposium organizers encourage all scholars, both beginning and established, interested in social aspects of information systems (broadly defined) to share their research in progress by submitting an extended abstract of their work and attending the symposium.
Research symposium plan:
Symposium participation call for abstracts will be sent to all SIG chairs in order to maximize cross SIG participation. In addition, officers of SIG-SI, SIG-DL and SIG-MED have already made commitments to encourage participation, submit work, organize the abstract submission process, and help manage the actual event.
Submissions will be in the form of short papers of no more than 3,000 words including sources and appendixes. All submissions will be peer reviewed. This year, the symposium will accept fewer submissions but provide a longer period of time for each participant to present their work. All accepted short papers will be posted on the dLIST institutional repository for library and information science.
For information on the symposium, including instructions for submitting papers or posters, see the symposium homepage at: