France Bouthillier
Boryung Ju
co-Chairs, 2013 Conference Committee

Greetings from the Conference Chairs

Welcome to Canada and to the beautiful city of Montreal! This is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 76th ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Montreal as it is only the third time in the entire history of ASIS&T that the Annual Meeting takes place outside the United States. We truly hope that you will enjoy the city and the program that we put together.

For historical reasons, it is also very exciting to have this event in Montreal under the new name, the Association of Information Science & Technology, which clearly expresses the intention of increasing the international dimension and presence of ASIS&T. It could not be better planned. As geographical boundaries are challenged, this year’s theme, Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries, was intended to suggest that information and related notions are also constantly redefined in our ever-changing information world.

This year’s call for participation has attracted 347 submissions: 128 contributed papers, 168 posters, and 51 panels. From these submissions, the Program Committee accepted 83 papers, 78 posters and 28 panels. The program is extremely rich in content and will draw attendance from scholars and practitioners from information related fields all over the world. The conference program focuses on research and technological development on the latest issues affecting information environments, information phenomena, and information users. The program sets to provide a wide range of research topics and related practical issues such as cloud-based metadata, biomedical research, social informatics to collective information seeking, adoption of social media, digital humanities and human information interaction, among others. We hope that the discussions generated by the papers, panels and posters will contribute to expand our understanding of information problems and to help us in better addressing them in our research and professional endeavors.

We are delighted to welcome our keynote speaker, Jorge Garcia, a Montreal-based expert in the area of business intelligence and data management. His work involves the assessment and implementation of information technologies and he is therefore at the forefront of technological developments that he will describe in his talk, and that will certainly affect our lives and our field.

This year, the Annual Meeting follows the 9th International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM), another great venue for learning about developments in information and knowledge management. The presence of ICKM attendees at ASIS&T Annual Meeting should provide additional opportunities for great discussions.

The social program this year is very busy with a special dinner at McGill University sponsored by both the Canadian Association for Information Science and the School of Information Studies at McGill. We hope that you will be able to attend most of the events as they usually provide unique moments for buildings relationships and enhancing synergies among attendees.

This wonderful event could not be achieved without timeless effort and enthusiasm from the Program Committee Members, the help from ASIS&T staff and Executive Director Dick Hill, and the special support of the President of ASIS&T, Andrew Dillon. We also give deep appreciation to the numerous reviewers who volunteered their time to review the submissions and provide valuable feedback. Their contribution is truly invaluable.

Thank you for joining us at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2013 and we hope that you will enjoy not only the program and the city but also the people and the interactions!

France Bouthillier and Boryung Ju