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Schedule for the 9th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium

We are pleased to present the following schedule of events (updated October 17th) for the 9th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium, to be held November 2nd at the 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Many excellent papers and posters will be presented, along with a keynote by William Jones of the University of Washington and the presentation of our best paper awardees.

The 9th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium

The Social Informatics of Information Boundaries

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8:00-12:30 PM
Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada

Sponsors: SIG SI and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics
Organizers: Howard Rosenbaum & Pnina Fichman (Indiana University)


  • 8:00-8:10: Introduction by Pnina Fichman – The (Information) Boundaries of Social Informatics (Indiana University)
  • 8:10-9:00: Keynote address: William Jones – Towards Places of Our Own for Digital Information: Constructing Roads and Walls on the Web (University of Washington)
  • 9:00-9:10: Break and Poster Session
  • 9:10-10:30: Papers:
    • 9:10-9:30Eric MeyerRalph Schroeder and Linnet Taylor – The Boundaries of Big Data (Oxford Internet Institute)
    • 9:30-9:50Colin Rhinesmith – From Paper to the Cloud: The Social Informatics of Information Boundaries in Human Services (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    • 9:50-10:10Adam Worrall – “Back Onto The Tracks”: Convergent Community Boundaries in LibraryThing and Goodreads (Florida State University)
    • 10:10-10:30Mohammad Jarrahi – Social Informatics and Directions for Future Research on Implications of ICTs in Organizations (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • 10:30-10:50: Break and Poster Session
  • 10:50-11:50: Papers:
    • 10:50-11:10Madelyn Sanfillipo – Government Information Access by Native Spanish Speakers: Social and Technical Barriers (Indiana University)
    • 11:10-11:30Sydneyeve Matrix – Beyond Maps, News and Weather: Everyday Geomobile Media Use and the Changing Perceptions of Location Based Services (Queen’s University)
    • 11:30-11:50Natalia Grincheva – A Failure of Digital Diplomacy: Social, Cultural, and Information Boundaries in Online Cross-Cultural Communication (Concordia University)
  • 11:50-12:00: Networking break
  • 12:00-12:30: Best paper awards and presentations with discussant
    • 2012 Best Social Informatics Paper ($1,000): Toward an Integrated Model of Group Development: Disruption of Routines by Technology-Induced Change by Monica Garfield and Alan Dennis (Bentley University, Indiana University)
    • 2012 Best Social Informatics Student Paper ($500): Knock Knock, Who’s There: The Imagined Audience by Eden Litt (Northwestern University)
    • Discussant: Noriko Hara, Indiana University


  • Shuheng Wu and Besiki Stvilia – Work Organization of a Sociotechnical System: The Case of Gene Ontology (Florida State University)
  • Ingrid Erikson – The Borders and Boundaries of Coworking (Rutgers University)


Towards Places of Our Own for Digital Information: Constructing Roads and Walls on the Web”
Dr. William Jones
, University of Washington

Information can be personal in any of several senses: it might be “owned” by us, about us, directed towards us, shared by us with others, experienced by us or simply (potentially) relevant to us. As personal information moves onto the Web, old boundaries are removed even as new boundaries (and barriers) emerge. We can access information from anywhere at any time so that traditional boundaries between activities @home, @school and @work are blurred. Even within an area, activities blur as when people check email during a company meeting. Moreover, information about us that was once effectively hidden from the prying eyes of others, either because access was too difficult or because access attempts would reveal the identity of the “snooping” party, is now often easily “Googled” on the Web.

On the other hand, new boundaries and barriers are emerging in the form of, for example, application “sandboxes.” These “silos” provide a measure of security because information is meant to be accessed only via the owning application. However, this occurs at the cost of fragmenting information, already a serious problem of personal information management (PIM) on the desktop, that becomes much worse as this information moves onto the Web and into a myriad of devices.

This talk will provide practical guidelines and considerations for the construction the useful boundaries (“walls”) we need for our safety and sanity. Conversely, the talk will consider ways we might traverse (through “road” construction) other boundaries in order to realize a more effective cross-application, cross-device use of our information.

About the speaker:

Dr. William Jones is a Research Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington where he works on the challenges of “Keeping Found Things Found” ( He has published in the areas of PIM, HCI, information retrieval and human cognition. He wrote the book “Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management” and, more recently, “The Future of Personal Information, Part 1: Our Information, Always & Forever” and “Part 2: Transforming Technologies to Manage Our Information.” “Part 3: Building a Better World With Our Information” is scheduled for publication in late spring of 2014. He holds several patents relating to search and PIM from his work as a program manager at Microsoft in Office and then in MSN Search. Dr. Jones received his doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University for research into human memory


Members: $95 during early registration (thru 9/20); $110 after early registration ends
Non-members: $105 during early registration (thru 9/20); $120 after early registration ends