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Updated 14 January 2015.

Call for Student Papers: "What do Information and Technology Mean to the Arts and Humanities?"

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
FINALIST NOTIFICATION: Friday, April 10, 2015
FINALIST PRESENTATIONS: Wednesday, April 22 or Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Special Interest Group for Arts and Humanities (SIG-AH) and the Special Interest Group for Visualization, Images, & Sound (SIG-VIS) of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) are seeking papers for a Master's and PhD student research paper award. Finalists will be invited to present their research during a virtual Symposium in the spring (April 22 and 23) and two (2) winners will receive a Best Student Paper award and cash prize. Winners may also receive an invitation to present on a possible panel at the 2015 Annual Conference in St. Louis (November 6-10).


The contest theme "What do Information and Technology Mean to the Arts and Humanities?" is open-ended to invite participation from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives on the topic. We encourage graduate-level submissions from a broad range of disciplines including arts, humanities, library and information science, and computer science. Papers should explore the role or application of information and technology in the arts and humanities and may include, but are not limited to, past research, case studies, and current projects in the areas of:

(The list is meant to be illustrative, not prescriptive.)

Who is Eligible?

Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students from different institutions. All submitted works should be previously unpublished. Authors do NOT need to be members of ASIS&T. All research is expected to be purely the students' work. Research undertaken as part of a course, an internship experience, or a thesis project is eligible. Authors are required to secure any necessary permissions related to research findings from internships and thesis projects being used in this research competition.

Requirements & Selection Criteria

While the contest theme and eligibility are open, papers should show an appropriate level of writing and should include an advanced theoretical or empirical discussion, methodology or analysis. Paper submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

Submission details should be made via electronic form and final papers emailed by the March 25, 2015 deadline (details below).

Papers will be selected based on the following criteria: relevance of topic to the contest theme, originality of research and approach, and quality of student writing. Papers not meeting these requirements may be excluded from the contest.

Spring 2015 Symposium

Finalists will be invited to present their research during a virtual Symposium on April 22 and 23, 2015. The Symposium will highlight student research projects amidst the larger discussion of the applications and uses of information and technology in the arts and humanities. Finalists will be selected based on the selection criteria above, as well as the possible contribution of the research to the Symposium.


Two (2) finalist papers may be awarded for Best Master's/MLIS Student Paper or Best PhD Student Paper, including a monetary prize. Based on the quality of submissions, additional awards may be made for merit-worthy papers.

Award monetary prize amounts will be announced in February.

Winners may be invited to present on a possible panel at the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, November 6-10, 2015 (pending panel acceptance on the Conference schedule).

Submission and Deadline

Authors are invited to submit papers, based on the requirements and selection criteria above, by filling out the form at and emailing the final paper to ASIST.SIGAH {at} before 11:59 pm PST, March 25, 2015.

Please ensure the information submitted on the web form matches the final paper submission cover page. Finalist and Best Paper selections will be made by a panel of judges.

If you have any questions, please email Jeremy McLaughlin at jeremy.mclaughlin {at}

Student Research Paper Award details:

Student Research Paper Award Submission Form:

2011 SIGVIS Business Meeting

This year's SIGVIS business meeting will be held on Monday, October 10th, from 3:30 -5:00 PM in Room B. At the meeting we will discuss how we wish to participate in the ASIS&T annual meeting for the next year; do we want to continue with the workshop? Offer a webinar? Both? Or something else entirely? We will also make plans for that night's dinner. We will also have a changing of the guard, with Joan Beaudoin taking over as Chair. We will break about an hour before the President's Reception, then head to dinner sometime after the reception. If you have questions that need answering or ideas you'd like to bring to light, we will help any way we can. See you there.

2011 SIGVIS Workshop

SIGVIS is excited to sponsor a post-conference workshop in New Orleans this year. Last year, we had such a good exchange of ideas and enjoyed ourselves enough that we thought that another workshop this year was definitely in order. Like last year, we focused on making sure that the audience would have something to do, and that the session would be as interactive as possible with each of the presenters. We have charged each of the speakers to come prepared with questions they wish to present to the workshop participants, so that the give and take of ideas will be far less one-sided than a typical three-speakers-and-some-questions format. In short, we recognize that the chance to put our hands on the research presented is at least as important as the research itself.

We have five speakers who will be presenting on Wednesday afternoon, touching on topics from the good and the bad of collaborative efforts to bilingual taxonomies to describing editorial cartoons, and from visual literacy skills to motivations for tagging images. Each are described at some length below. We hope to see you there.

3D imaging of Catawba pottery: Lessons learned and best practices

The School of Library and Information Science, McKissick Museum and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of South Carolina, have partnered with Arius 3D to create the USC/Arius 3D Imaging Centre, used to generate multi-dimensional scans of cultural objects for online collections. Among these organizations, many hours were spent on logistics, negotiations, and planning. As the individuals responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining the Imaging Centre, Dr. Sam Hastings & Christine Angel will offer their perspectives, and those of others, on the success and challenges of the collaborative process, including administrative issues, development of policy and procedures, technical issues, cross-disciplinary issues, and how the Centre translates into program curriculum. Opportunities for audience participation in review and evaluation of the planning process will be provided. The audience will be encouraged to participate in a discussion regarding long-term preservation and sustainability issues.

Measuring library and information science students' visual literacy

This past spring Dr. Joan Beaudoin collected data for a study that examined the development of visual literacy skills among LIS students. Students enrolled in a digital libraries course were assigned a group of historic photographs of architectural monuments and asked to describe each of the images. These images were revisited at several points during the semester after exposure to learning modules and exercises designed to increase their understanding of visual materials. At several points during the semester the students re-examined the descriptions they had provided and they were asked to modify the descriptions if warranted. A selection of the learning components and collected data will be presented and methods of analysis used in the study will be introduced to the workshop's participants in order to elicit feedback. This will be followed by a hands-on examination of the data collected from a single individual.

What sharing images can tell us about information selection and value estimation processes

The value of information and the context in which that information is valued can motivate the sharing of information. Dr. Andrea Copeland's research also found that information shared is more likely to be preserved than information not shared. Generally, physical information was valued as a product and for its connection to others, whereas digital information was valued for the processes involved in its creation and for the connection to self rather than to others. A framework of motivations for sharing information has been developed from the work of Copeland and Beaudoin. Examining the values associated with and motivations for sharing information with others, personally and publicly, will ultimately contribute to our understanding of information processes related to information selection, value estimation and digital preservation. Participants will be asked to identify 3 images of importance to them, physical or digital, that they have shared with others in any context. Small groups will explore the images in terms of values attributed and the context shared. Collectively emergent themes will be explored.

Back to basics: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward!

Dr. Elaine Ménard will present the preliminary results of an exploratory study examining the behaviors of image searchers in order to extract relevant knowledge for the eventual development of a bilingual taxonomy (French and English) dedicated to indexing ordinary digital images that could be used in both monolingual and multilingual retrieval contexts. She will ask workshop participants to complete the same survey used for the experiment. Results from the survey will be presented aiming to explore the behaviors of images searchers from four groups of participants from four different linguistic communities (French, English, Russian and Chinese). Dr. Ménard will then ask the audience to discuss the survey's results.

Describing editorial cartoons: When meaning counts

Chris Landbeck's research into the indexing of editorial cartoons has shown that there is a gap between the treatment of these images in specific that is lost in the description of images in general. He will ask the workshop participants to tag ten recent cartoons, five in a description scenario and five in a query scenario. He will then invite the audience to group similar tags together with an eye toward developing common categories of description. Lastly, he will compare the results from the workshop to those of a pilot study conducted as part of his research. The remainder of the time will used to discuss how such images should be described for later retrieval, and what other types of images this research may reasonably be applied to.

Many thanks,

Chris LandbeckJoan Beaudoin
Chair, SIGVISVice-Chair, SIGVIS


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