Workshops

We are excited to announce that iConference will have 13 highly engaging workshops on Sunday, March 31st, 2019. If you are planning to attend a workshop on Sunday, please indicate your interest upon registration! Congratulations to all our workshop submissions!

Conceptualizing the Future of Information Privacy Research

Privacy is a central issue of the information age. Advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) have exponentially increased the amount of personal information being collected by commercial and government entities. Social media, fitness trackers, voice assistants and other devices provide users with new ways to interact and learn about themselves while creating data trails that reveal sensitive details of users’ lives. The promises of “big data” and “data-driven decision making” lure companies into questionable practices (e.g., Cambridge Analytica scandal) that raise wider concerns for the future of individual privacy.

In this workshop, we will connect a diverse set of academics and practitioners to identify challenges and opportunities to conducting information privacy research over the next 10 years; expand the Networked Privacy (networkedprivacy.com) community throughout iSchools and beyond; and finalize a call and invite submissions for a JASIST special issue on information privacy.

Organizers:
Jessica Vitak, University of Maryland
Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Philip Wu, Royal Holloway, University of London

Workshopping a Data Equity Manifesto

The goal of this workshop is to generate a manifesto around data equity. Data equity refers to the degree of fairness in responsibilities and benefits, opportunities trade-offs that all members of society experience as a result of civic datasets. As a range of civic datasets about the government, environment, education and others become increasingly available, it is important to understand how current technologically-mediated practices can be improved to achieve better data equity and accountability for all. We reflect on these datasets and technical practices through hands-on activities that have been specifically designed to expose the barriers that prevent individuals, communities, businesses, nonprofits and governments from engaging with data. We pay particular focus to the differentials based on sexism, racism and other forms of structural oppression that tend to go under-examined within such settings.

Organizers
Ari Happonen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
Firaz Peer, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Maria Palacin-Silva, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland
Annika Wolff, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland

Charting the Future of Forced Migration Research in Information Science

The proposed workshop will address pressing issues in forced migration research from an information perspective. It will bring together researchers in information science and related disciplines to illuminate two trends in forced migration research: information spaces and environments of refugees, and refugees’ experience in digital environments and how it impacts their resettlement process. The workshop will approach the topics from a variety of perspectives addressing researchers from different countries with a specific focus on early stage researchers. The workshop will be a day long starting with a moderated panel. There will be dedicated sessions for each theme followed by discussion rounds that allow for bringing together the main points. A call for contribution will be issued to interested researchers to present their projects or work-in-progress, as well as to submit pressing ideas for the brainstorming portion of the workshop.

Organizers
Dr. Juliane Stiller, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Dr. Nadia Caidi, Faculty of Information, University Toronto, Canada
Dr. Violeta Trkulja, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Dr. Ishtiaque Ahmed, Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Utilizing an Empathy Lens to Understand Digital Technology Usage and Adoption

This workshop will enable several research leaders across the three disciplines of Sociotechnical Systems, Human-Computer-Interaction and Empathy. The goal is to gain a better understanding of each other’s work and to foster a new research agenda for Future of Work at the Human-Technology-Frontier. In the workshop, we will work on two common and problematic areas related to digital technology: Distribution of Fake News and Healthcare Technologies. The workshop presenters will develop case studies with faculty in the School of Journalism, College of Medicine, and School of Nursing, where faculty utilize technology to engage and train students for related professions. Workshop participants with experience or interest will engage in the process to further identify problems, design studies and discuss solutions. The workshop and project outcomes will provide a new research focus that utilizes the common techniques of each discipline to identify and examine research problems at the Human-Technology-Frontier.

Organizers
Joi L. Moore, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Columbia
Isa Jahnke, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Columbia
Johannes Strobel, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Columbia

Detecting and Taming Social Bots with Mixed Methods

Social bots have been recognized as social media accounts that actively promulgate misinformation during different events such as elections. Studying the contents generated by the social bots opens research opportunities in various applications such as social science and health. This half-day workshop will introduce the audience to the basics of Twitter data collection, social bots detection, and text data analysis. Attendees will learn how to use open source tools including Botometer and R packages to collect Twitter data, detect social bots, and use both quantitative and qualitative methods for investigating activities of social bots. Practical examples will be provided and implemented.

Organizers
Amir Karami, University of South Carolina
Vanessa Kitzie, University of South Carolina
Ehsan Mohammadi, University of South Carolina

Human agency towards digital inclusion: Implementing an international study of tech help networks

This workshop will finalize and recruit people to an international study of technology helpsharing in the digital age. This help is crucial and ubiquitous among elites; what about people in all walks of life? Sessions will finalize and share a field manual and instrument which will enable participants–each with access to different study populations in their cities and countries–to join in implementing a three-year study that will shed light on human agency towards digital inclusion. Scholars will work in their own settings with the shared field manual and instrument, carrying out a short field study with students in their courses or with their research groups. By coordinating analysis as well as field work, we will facilitate publishing findings at the city, country, and global level. Learn more and get to know the 20 scholars from six countries who are already on board, and their driving ideas.

Organizers
Hui Yan, School of Information Resource Management, Renmin University of China,
Noah Lenstra, Department of Library and Information Studies, UNC Greensboro
Kate Williams, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Shenglong Han, Department of Information Management, Peking University

Establishing an Inspiring, Inclusive, and Interdisciplinary Research Community Around Young People, Information, and Technology

The organizers of this workshop are interested in building a research community among scholars interested in the intersection of information, young people, and technology. Specifically, we are interested in addressing questions such as:

• What role can iSchools play in exploring relationships between information, young people, and technology?
• What methods are best for studying young people’s digital practices around reading / writing / gaming, and their effects on how young people participate/engage?
• Which theoretical frameworks support this work?
• How do privacy issues complicate both how young people participate, and how we, as a scholarly community, study them?

While participants are not required to submit, organizers will put out a call for 500-word abstracts due January 15th, 2019. As an outcome of this workshop, organizers plan a special edition of a journal. Abstract authors may be asked to write full papers, which can be included in such journal.

Organizers
Gitte Balling, Department of Information Studies, University of Copenhagen
Katie Campana, Kent State School of Information
Kambiz Ghazinour, Director of the Advanced Information Security and Privacy (AISP) Lab, Department of Computer Science, Kent State University
Claudia Haines, Youth Services Librarian, Homer, Alaska
Paweena Manotipya, Advanced Information Security and Privacy Lab, Department of Computer Science, Kent State University
Marianne Martens, Kent State School of Information
J. Elizabeth Mills, University of Washington
Gretchen Caldwell Rinnert, Visual Communication Design, Kent State

InVivo Inspiration: Investigating Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)

This half-day workshop will provide an overview and comparison of computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS). Since adoption of these programs requires substantial time commitment and/or budget expenditure, it is vital to understand their capabilities and limitations, as well as the types of data best suited for each platform. A panel of experts will present advantages and disadvantages of several software packages, then demonstrate how to use popular CAQDAS platforms, including commercial (i.e., NVivo, ATLAS.ti, Qualtrics, Dedoose) and open source (i.e., RQDA) programs. Panelists will then invite attendees to participate in interactive breakout tables to learn more about and experiment with a product of their choice. Panelists will answer attendees’ questions and demonstrate advanced features. The workshop will conclude with a general Q&A session. Both novice and experienced researchers will benefit by learning about the variety of available CAQDAS options.

Organizers
Marie L. Radforde
Vanessa Kitziee
Diana Floegele
Lynn Silipigni Connawaye
Jenny Bossallere
Sean Burnse

Work in the Age of Intelligent Machines: Key Dilemmas for the Information Community

This half-day workshop aims to promote discussion and disciplinary convergence on the topic of work in the age of intelligent machines. The use of intelligent machines– digital technologies that feature data-driven forms of customization, learning, and autonomous action– is rapidly growing and has and will continue to impact a number of industries and domains. The iSchool community is uniquely situated in this landscape as a community of researchers, educators, and practitioners with a tradition of studying, supporting, and educating professionals working at the nexus between people, information, and technologies. This workshop aims to answer three questions: 1) what is new about intelligent machines today and how are they changing the nature of work; 2) how do these issues impact the iSchool community specifically; and 3) what should a forward-facing agenda for the iSchool community on the topic of work in the age of intelligent machines include? This workshop builds on an ongoing NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) (NSF 17-45463, https://waim.network/). If interested in the workshop please submit a short position papers (approx. 500 words in length) describing your background, current work, and relevance/interest in the workshop’s topic at: goo.gl/KyG6CM

Organizers
Carsten Østerlund, Syracuse University
Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, UNC, Chapel Hill
Christine T Wolf, IBM Research, Almaden
Matthew Willis, Oxford University
Karen Boyd, University of Maryland, College Park

Beyond Representations: Developing Inclusive Workplaces for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

Despite continuous attempts to increase the participation of disabled faculty and staff in information science workplaces, both recruitment and retention efforts fall short. Organizational cultures can range from welcoming to marginalizing, which is determined by a combination of policies, attitudes, support mechanisms, etc. This workshop will provide a constructive environment for honest dialogue about disability at the workplace and offer hands-on activities that contribute to developing an inclusive climate in academic departments and information organizations. The workshop is designed: 1) to generate practical ideas for improving the recruitment, retention, and promotion of disabled faculty and staff; 2) to demonstrate how these ideas can be implemented through hands-on scenarios; and 3) to engage in introspection into our own perceptions of disabilities at the workplace through a sharing circle exercise. The session is intended for administrators of all levels and anyone interested in disability at the workplace.

Organizers
Keren Dali, University of Calgary
Kim M. Thompson, University of South Carolina
Paul T. Jaeger, University of Maryland)

Online nonsense: tools and teaching to combat fake news on the Web

How can we raise the quality of what we find on the Web? What software might we build, what education might we try to provide, and what procedures (either manual or mechanical) might be introduced? What are the technical and legal issues that limit our responses? The speakers will suggest responses to problems, and we’ll ask the audience what they would do in specific circumstances. Examples might include anti-vaccination pages, nonstandard cancer treatments, or climate change denial. We will compare with past history, such as the way CB radio became useless as a result of too much obscenity and abuse, or the way the Hearst newspapers created the Spanish-American War. We’ll report out the suggestions and evaluations of the audience.

Organizers
Michael Lesk, Rutgers
Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland
Charlotte Triggs, People.com
Nina Wacholder, Rutgers
Cong Yu, Google

Designing Diverse and Inclusive Experiences in iSchools

iSchools have a social responsibility to ensure equal access for everyone. This workshop will explore mechanisms and strategies for ensuring that iSchools are diverse and inclusive environments. Participants will engage in interactive activities intended to brainstorm next steps for promoting diversity and inclusion within iSchools, with multiple breakout sessions focusing on a different site for designing diverse and inclusive experiences: classrooms, research, and departments/programs. Each session will begin with a brief panelist discussion and will then evolve into collaborative, interactive activities that encourage participants to engage with and exchange topically relevant ideas. We will conclude the workshop by sharing and discussing emerging themes from the breakout groups and summarizing takeaways. The results of these workshop discussions will be summarized into a report that can be shared with the greater iSchools community. Future outcomes could also potentially include the development of an online community and a journal special issue.

Organizers
Rachel N. Simons, The University of Texas, Austin Austin, Texas, USA
Kayla M. Booth, The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Kathleen Burnett, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Troubleshooting Data Storytelling

In data storytelling, if fears are not articulated and confronted, they can be paralyzing. Participants in this workshop will learn to articulate things that can go wrong in data storytelling. We will lead participants in an interactive workshop that will help them to learn (and practice) what you can do to prevent trouble from happening (ideally), reduce the odds of trouble happening, reduce the consequences when troubles do happen, and recover from data storytelling trouble. We call this “troubleshooting data storytelling.” Experts typically have a repertoire of such techniques. It is one of the galling aspects of being a novice that as your repertoire is more limited, things are more likely to go wrong and to throw you off. Just knowing that can reduce confidence, making certain problems even more likely to occur. We’ll introduce a six-part model of storytelling thinking that can help even the most novice data storyteller to understand how to troubleshoot everyday storytelling problems.

Organizers
Michael Twidale, School of Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Kate McDowell, School of Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Matt Turk, School of Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign