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ASIS 1999 Annual Conference

Knowledge: Creation, Organization, Use

J.W. Marriott Hotel
Washington, D.C
November 1-4, 1999

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, correlation, 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.

The conference will feature five tracks:

  • Knowledge Discovery, Capture and Creation  capturing tacit knowledge, data mining, and other ways to get knowledge to put into the system, e.g. capturing the results of collaboration, expert directories, intelligent systems employing usage patterns (e.g. search strategies) etc.
  • Classification and Representation  interface design, metadata, information visualization, taxonomies, clustering, indexing, vocabularies and automatic indexing, etc.
  • Information Retrieval,  search engines, intelligent agents, browsing v. searching, navigation
  • Knowledge Dissemination  Communication, publishing, push v. pull, etc.
  • Ethical, Cultural, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Information Acceptance vs. Rejection, behavior modifications, policies and politics, value assessments, corporate and national information cultures, etc.  Knowledge seeking behavior, training needed for effective utilization.  Search and browse behavior. How to manage the knowledge management within organizations.

A Different Format for ASIS Programs

We will begin each track with overview sessions prior to launching into higher level papers and panels preventing the need to repeat background.  We will provide time for HOT TOPICS or late breaking events within tracks, including research, new products and implementation (not product reviews!) at the end of each track.  We will also include sessions which will be more spontaneous and designed to stimulate collaboration, networking, and interaction (such as sessions where presenters can summarize what they are working on and the kinds of partners they are looking for, either in the private or academic sector).

Papers and panels which provide real life results will be favored, with formal papers being integrated into less formal panel sessions, and these into tracks.  What did we do right?  What failed? What are the things not to do?  What methodology was followed?  What were the reactions to that methodology and what changes and improvements are suggested?  We want sessions packed with facts and data.  Session chairs will encourage interaction, debate and questioning of the presenters.  All proposals, both for papers and panels, will be refereed, and preference for acceptance will be given to those fitting the tracks listed.

Poster sessions and demonstrations of prototypes are encouraged and will be accommodated to the extent possible, though presenters are encouraged to provide their own equipment where necessary and reminded that "demonstration of prototype" does not mean "product sales presentation".


CONTRIBUTED PAPERS,  Technical Session panels, and other Presentations can be developed by individuals, by ASIS Special Interest Group (SIG), by collaboration among two or more SIGs, and/or other organizations and individuals within or outside the ASIS community. To submit a proposal, send the title and a 500 word description, and the other required information to or to the address below.  Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and should be submitted to asis99@asis.orgIf electronic submission is not possible two paper copies should be sent to each address below.

TECHNICAL SESSION PANEL  Submissions must include the sponsoring SIG(s) and/or organization(s); the name and complete address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the organizer (contact person) who will be responsible for maintaining contact with all participants; and the names, positions, and affiliations of presenters and other session participants such as moderators, reactors, etc. All proposals for panels, technical sessions, poster sessions, and other presentations must be received by December 15, 1998. Notification of acceptance will be sent to the contact person by February 1, 1999. Final program copy, including participant names and presentation titles will be due on March 15, 1999, and cameraready copy of abstracts for the Proceedings will be due on June 1, 1999.

Individual Panel session papers may be submitted to be refereed for inclusion in the Proceedings in full text rather than as abstracts.  All Proposals will be referred for inclusion in the proceedings as well as in  the program, AND should address one or more of the research and application issues outlined above. Presenters of accepted papers will be allowed 15-25 minutes for delivery. The time for the panel presenters will be determined by the time allowed for the panel. 

Contributed papers may be integrated into panel discussion sessions. To submit a paper, send the title and a 500 word abstract or draft of the proposed paper, indicating that it should be considered as a Contributed Paper, to the address below. Submissions must include the name, position, complete address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the author(s). All intents to submit contributed papers must be received by December 15, 1998. Preliminary approval will be made by January 15, 1999. Three copies of the completed paper will be due on February 15, 1999. Notification of acceptance will be made no later than April 1, 1999, and cameraready copy for the Proceedings will be due on June 1, 1999.

All technical session proposals, of whatever type, should state which track the session fits into as all will be coordinated with the tracks above. Please send your submissions to or contact the Track coordinator directly for discussion of the presentation. To contact the track coordinator please send to with the subject line indicating "contact 'track name'. 

The Track Coordinators are:

  1. Knowledge Discovery, Capture and Creation  Craig Booher, Vic Rosenberg
  2. Classification and Representation   Dave Penniman, Chuck Goldstein
  3. Information Retrieval.   Matthew Koll, Peter Noerr
  4. Knowledge Dissemination  Communication, Publishing Don King, Peter Jacso
  5. Ethical, Cultural, Social and Behavioral Aspects  José Marie Griffiths, Janice Keeler

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

Marjorie M.K. Hlava
Access Innovations
P.O. Box 8640
Albuquerque, NM 87198-8640   

Richard Hill, Executive Director
Association for Information Science
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 501
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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