Schedule by Track

Track 6 - Information in Context: Economic, Social and Policy Perspectives

 Co-Chairs:  Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University
Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

We invite papers which focus attention to epistemological, empirical, conceptual, methodological or analytical issues with information in context, with a specific interest to social, policy and economic perspectives. Information in context research spans a range of topics such as copyright issues, policies and laws; information policies; identity, privacy and security concerns; personal rights vs. freedom of information; surveillance; globalization and trans-boundary flows of information; open access to science and scientific data, open innovation, online political activity and e-democracy; a wide range of computerization movements and informatization processes; and research pursuing situated analyses and other forms of social informatics research.

Research on information in context may or may not emphasize the design, development, deployment, uses, or effects of information and communication technologies, though the increasing amounts of digital forms of data and information often mean that information and technology are bound up in material ways. Still, the informational perspective can focus on digital, non-digital or comparative analyses. Moreover, we welcome papers that take critical, normative or prescriptive approaches to the structure, nature and meaning of information, that contrast alternatives, that advance concepts, and that test current theories of information. 

A distinguishing characteristic of the work we seek is its attention to situating the research activity in some context. In this attention to context, we desire to advance: (1) our understanding of either the situated nature of the phenomena or concept which is the focus of the work or (2) our understanding and ability to study contextualized phenomena or concepts. That is, we value papers which seek to advance our understanding of what context is and how to study information in context.

The work you submit can report on or conceptualize individual, group, organizational or more broad-scale social arrangements. Your work can also focus explicitly on a particular context (such as digital government or community informatics) or on particular characteristics, phenomena or issues that spans contexts (such as age, socio-economic status and gender differences in information seeking).

Papers with high reviewer rankings will be asked to prepare revised versions for inclusion in a special issue of The Information Association that will be guest-edited by Steve Sawyer and Howard Rosenbaum. So, we are keen to receive submissions from scholars who see the ASIST Annual Conference and the “Information in Context” track as a premier venue to develop their work for journal submission and who will benefit from both a round of careful reviews and the presentation and commentary provided by its presentation at the ASIST Annual Conference.

Copyright issues, policies and laws; information policy; privacy; personal rights vs. freedom of information; surveillance; regulation; international information flow& issues; spam 

Types of Submissions
Long and short papers, Posters, Demonstrations, Video, Panels and Workshops. See description of submission types for more information.

Program Committee
Karine Barzilai-Nahon, University of Washington
John Bertot, University of Maryland
Geof Bowker, University of Pittsburgh
Michael Buckland, University of California, Berkeley
Gary Burnett, Florida State University
Kathleen Burnett, Florida State University
Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University 
Phil Doty, University of Texas, Austin
Hamid Ekbia, Indiana University
Ken Fleischmann, University of Maryland
Ingbert Floyd, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Susan Gasson, Drexel University
Sean Goggins, Drexel University
David Hakken, Indiana University
Michelle Kazmer, Florida State University
Michael Khoo , Drexel University
Clifford Lynch, CNI
Eric Meyer, Oxford University
Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia
Anabel Quan-Haase, University of Western Ontario
Kalpana Shankar, Indiana University
Marc Smith, Connected Action
Fred Stutzman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Andrea Tapia, Penn State University
Julian Warner, Queen’s University of Belfast
Andrea Wiggins, Syracuse University