Friday, 8 May 2015

Call for Papers - iFutures Conference 2015

The iFutures conference for PhD researchers in the information science field is back for 2015.

Organised by PhD students in the Information School, 2015 sees the third running of the conference.   The theme of the 2015 conference is “Open Information Science: exploring new landscapes”. Openness is a key part of Information Science research, from using open source tools and big open data sets to open standards advocacy, creating open accessible environments in institutions, and opening information science to radical perspectives and exploring diverse communities. The conference will give delegates the chance to talk about how open information influences and relates to their research.

In addition to these workshops, the programme will include keynote talks by two distinguished speakers - Fabio Ciravenga (Professor of Computer Science, University of Sheffield) and Helen Kennedy (Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield), who will get to the heart of the technical and sociological perspectives of the conference theme. Workshops on the use of open data and APIs in information science as well as how to use social media as an open dissemination tool will also be available during the conference.

Papers will be presented by PhD students during the conference and a lunchtime poster session will also take place. Finally the programme includes a repeat of last year's highly successful Pecha Kucha session. While nerve-wracking for presenters, the aim of the unconventional format (twenty slides each displayed for twenty seconds) will both entertain and stimulate discussion.

Submissions are welcome from doctoral students at any stage of their research. Contributions are encouraged from doctoral researchers working in any area of information science or in related fields, including information retrieval, knowledge management, HCI, informatics or library and information studies. We would also encourage students at any stage of their research to submit – the event will hopefully benefit those just starting their research as well as those with more concrete results to present.

The following types of submissions are invited:
a) Papers: Intended as a means of introducing your current research in a 15 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words; final papers should be no more than 1500 words.
b) Posters: Display your research for discussion with fellow PhD students. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words; final papers are optional (no more than 1000 words).
c) Pecha Kucha Presentations: How do you envision your research, or IS research in general, impacting openness in society or science? You have 20 slides lasting 20 seconds each to address this question. More information about the Pecha Kucha format is available on their website. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words; final papers are optional (no more than 1000 words).

Authors are requested to submit abstracts by Friday, June 5th. Abstracts are being reviewed by a panel of PhD students, and accepted submissions will be notified by Friday 12th June.  Successful authors of papers will be invited to submit a short paper of up to 1500 words, for publication in our open access conference proceedings. Poster and Pecha Kucha presenters will also have the option of submitting a paper for publication.

Registration for the conference will be £20, which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. To start the submissions process please visit our submissions website. When creating a profile please be sure to tick “Author” at the bottom of the registration page. Once you have created a profile, clicking on the User Home tab will allow you to begin a New Submission.

For more information please contact the iFutures team by emailing ifutures@sheffield.ac.uk



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