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January 2013 Newsletter

ASIS&T SIG SI Newsletter January 2013

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Social Informatics
Summary of Fall 2012 activities and upcoming conferences related to Social Informatics

Conferences, symposiums and workshops


iConference, Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 12-15, 2013. Scholarship in action: data, innovation, wisdom (Submission is closed).

Workshop Big Data: Rewards and Risks for the Social Sciences, March 21-22, 2013, University of Oxford, UK. Organized by the Oxford Internet Institute. (Submission is closed).

Twitter and Microblogging: Political, Professional & Personal Practices, Lancaster, UK, April 10-12, 2013. (Submission is closed).

Symposium COSM 2013 – Collaborative Organizations and Social Media 2013, Brunswick, Maine, April 12, 2013. Organized by the Social Network Innovation Lab. (Submission is closed).

Symposium on urban informatics: Exploring smarter cities, June 11, 2013 at Drexel University, Philadelphia: (Deadline for panelist proposals: March 1st, 2013; submission for essay proposals is closed).

Information: Interactions and Impact (i³), Aberdeen, UK, June 25-28, 2013. (Deadline for abstract submission: January 18, 2013).

6th Intl. Conf. on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2013), Munich, Germany, 29 June – 02 July 2013. (Deadline for full papers and workshop proposals: Feb. 1, 2013; deadline for workshop papers, posters and doctoral consortium: May 1, 2013).

The 7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-13), Boston, Massachusetts, July 8-11, 2013. (Deadline for abstracts: February 11, 2013; deadline for full papers, posters and demos submission: Feb.15, 2013).

The 2013 Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration (WikiSym + OpenSym 2013), Hong Kong, China, August 5-7, 2013. (Deadline for paper submission: March 17, 2013).

AMCIS 2013, Chicago, Illinois, August 15-17, 2013. Hyperconnected World: anything, anywhere, anytime (Deadline for manuscript and panel submissions: February 22, 2013).

2013 World Social Science Forum, Montréal, October 13-15, 2013. Social Transformations and the Digital Age (Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2013).

Internet Research 14.0, Denver, USA, 24-27 October 2013. Resistance and Appropriation (Deadline for Papers, Panels and Pre-Workshops submissions: March 1, 2013).

Social Informatics (SocInfo 2013), Kyoto University, Japan, 25-27 November, 2013. (CfP to come).


Fourth International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo2012), Lausanne, Switzerland, December 5-7, 2012.

ASIS&T 75th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, October 26-30, 2012. Information, Interaction, Innovation:  Celebrating the Past, Constructing the Present and Creating the Future

Social Informatics Symposium at ASIS&T 2012, Baltimore, Maryland, October 27, 2012. Past, present and future of social informatics. Organized by SIG SI. Full Symposium schedule: or Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics

Internet Research 13.0, Manchester, U.K., October 18-21, 2012. Technologies.

Campus events

Drexel University

Symposium on urban informatics: Exploring smarter cities,” June 11, 2013 at Drexel University, Philadelphia: (Still time for panelist proposals! Deadline March 1st, 2013).

Technologies transform city life in countless ways. The symposium on Urban Informatics will bring together designers, city planners and managers, technologists, scholars and entrepreneurs in Philadelphia, at the heart of the northeast urban corridor, to explore the frontiers of the urban environment. The event will be hosted at the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) research center on the Drexel University campus.

Florida State University

Teaching Social Media: A Panel Discussion,” August 23, 2012 at the College of Communication & Information (CCI):

Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information (CCI) ( hosted a panel of local experts in social media on August 23, 2012.  Panel members noted that students hoping to work in the field should develop strong writing, creative, listening, and problem-solving skills in order to be able to create great content and work with clients.  The event was organized by Assistant Dean Ebe Randeree to assist faculty in developing syllabi and to assist students in choosing courses and study areas.

Todd Bacile. “Influencer Marketing: Controversies Surrounding Social Media Influence in the Age of Personal Media,” October 23, 2012 at TEDxFSU: Also see

FSU College of Business (COB) ( Ph.D. student Todd Bacile presented on “Influencer Marketing: Controversies Surrounding Social Media Influence in the Age of Personal Media” during the TEDxFSU “Digital Directions” event on October 23rd, 2012.  Bacile, who teaches and undergraduate electronic-marketing course in the COB, uses Klout ( to help his students learn about social media engagement.

Adam Worrall. The Role of Digital Libraries as Boundary Objects Within and Across Social and Information Worlds,” defense of Dissertation Prospectus, November 30, 2012 at the Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies.

Worrall’s dissertation is a study of the role of digital libraries as social phenomena and boundary objects, using a theoretical framework and approach that synthesizes Star and Griesemer’s boundary object theory (1989), Strauss’ social world perspective (1978), and Burnett and Jaeger’s theory of information worlds (2008). Worrall’s supervisory committee is chaired by Michelle M. Kazmer and includes Gary Burnett, Sanghee Oh, and Deb J. Armstrong.

Indiana University

Virginia Eubanks. “Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age,” November 2, 2012 at the RKCSI Spring 2012 Speaker Series:

Nathan Ensmenger. “From Cosmo Girls to Computer Boys: A Gendered History of the Computer Revolution,” October 19, 2012, at the RKCSI Spring 2012 Speaker Series:


Hardin, R., & Clarke, K. M. (Eds.) (2012). Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge. The University of Wisconsin Press.

Widén, G., & Holmberg, K. (Eds.). (2012). Social Information Research. Emerald. Table of content:

Web 2.0 and User-Generated Content as Communication Systems. Special Issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 18(1), 2012.

Kazmer, M. M. (2012). The process of disengaging from online learning community revealed through examination of threaded discussionsInternational Journal of Web-Based Communities, 8(4), 521-536. doi:10.1504/IJWBC.2012.049564.

Call for papers (other than conferences)

Call for chapters: Global Wikipedia: International and cross-cultural issues in online collaboration. Proposals Submission Due: January 15, 2013. For more information:

Academic and professional opportunities

Job postings on

MSR Social Media Collective 2013 Summer Internships (for PhD students): deadline: January 30, 2013)

For more information on Social Informatics and related groups

ASIS&T SIG SI website:

ASIS&T SIG SI on Twitter:

ASIS&T SIG SI on Facebook:

Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems:

Gurstein’s Community Informatics (blog):

Researchers of the socio-technical (Facebook):

Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics:

Social Informatics Blog:

ASIS&T SIG SI is the Special Interest Group for Social Informatics of the Association for Information Science and Technology. SIG SI brings together researchers who are interested in the social aspects of computerization, including the roles of ICT in social and organizational change, the uses of IT in social contexts, and the ways that the social organization of IT is influenced by social forces and social practices.

If you are aware of SI-related activities taking place on your campuses, at conferences that you’re attending, or elsewhere, please share them with us at “lysanne.lessard AT mail DOT utoronto DOT ca“or “adam AT adamworrall DOT org“. Thank you!