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2009 ASIS&T Annual Meeting
Thriving on Diversity - Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World
November 6-11, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

5th Annual SIG SI Social Informatics Workshop
People, Information, Technology: The Social Analysis of Computing in a Diverse and Pluralistic World (SIGs SI, CRIT)

Half Day Morning Seminar, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, 8:30am - 12:30pm (separate fee)

The purpose of this preconference research symposium is to disseminate current research and research in progress that investigate the social aspects of information and communications technologies (ICT) across all areas of ASIST. The symposium includes members of many SIGs and defines "social" broadly to include critical and historical approaches as well as contemporary social analysis. It also defines "technology" broadly to include traditional technologies (i.e., paper), state-of-the-art computer systems, and mobile and pervasive devices. 

This year's theme is "People, information, technology: The social analysis of computing in a diverse and pluralistic world. In keeping with the theme of the conference, the symposium is soliciting work that focuses on the mutual shaping of people and information as mediated by ICTs. 

This symposium will highlight research focusing on the social realities of ICT-based information systems (broadly defined) in information science in order to better understand the following: 

~ How does difference/diversity shape design, implementation, use, disuse, and ongoing reconfiguration of information and ICTs where groups, and organizations work and play in a global environment? 

~ Do information and ICTs shape those creating, implementing and using them? How does this vary across cultures? How may such difference be managed in global interactions? 

~ What can we learn about information and ICT and ongoing social and cultural change at different levels of social analysis such as groups, organizational units, political entities or cultural systems? 

~ How may we explore the complex reciprocal relationships among information, ICT, people, groups and the social and cultural environments that surround and pervade them? 

~ What are the variations in meanings or interpretations of information and ICT across social groups, organizations, and cultures? 

~ What are the moral obligations of ICT system development and use particularly in global communication networks and what are the consequences for diverse ethnic groups? 


Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science
Elisabeth Davenport, Visiting Scholar, Indiana University and Professor Emeritus, School of Computing, Napier University
Pnina Shachaf,
Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science
Kalpana Shankar,
Indiana University, School of Informatics

Members $75, non-members $85, before Sept. 25, 2009
Members $85, non-members $95, after Sept. 25, 2009

Receive a $10 discount, if you take this SIG SI course and the SIG USE 10th Anniversary Symposium: Collaborative Information Seeking and Sharing (Sat. 1:30-6:00pm).