Seminars & Workshops


The 9th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium (SIG SI):
The Social Informatics of Information Boundaries

The purpose of this ASIST pre-conference research symposium is to disseminate current research and research in progress that investigates the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all areas of ASIST. Building on the success of past years, 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. Submissions may include empirical, critical and theoretical work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations. 

This year’s conference theme is “Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries.” In keeping with this theme, the symposium is soliciting work that focuses on the critical analysis of the concept of information boundaries and boundary work from a Social Informatics perspective. • What can a social informatics approach tell us about the nature of information boundaries, boundary crossing, and boundary work? • What are the social and technological forces that enable and constrain information boundaries and boundary work? • How do the social, technological, and informational boundaries evolve and shape each other? • How and to what extent can we enhance our understanding of information boundaries by drawing on sociological and organizational theories? 

We are particularly interested in work that assumes a critical stance towards the Symposium’s theme but are also soliciting research on other related social informatics topics. We encourage all scholars interested in social aspects of ICT (broadly defined) to share their research and research in progress by submitting an extended abstract of their work and attending the symposium. Papers that take social informatics further in theoretical conceptualization or empirical grounding are of particular interest to SIG-SI this year as we remember Rob Kling. 

The schedule for the workshop will involve the presentations of papers and the best social informatics paper awards for 2011. We expect an engaging discussion with lively interactions with the audience.

Co-sponsored by SIG HFIS.

Speakers:  Pnina Fichman and Howard Rosenbaum


Early-bird:  SIG SI Members $90, Members $100, Non-members $115
Regular:  SIG SI Members $105, Members $115, Non-members $130