2013 ASIS&T SIG-USE Awards Winners
Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award
Youngseek Kim and Jeffrey M. Stanton
Institutional and Individual Influences on Scientists’ Data Sharing Behaviors: A Multilevel Analysis
University of Kentucky (Kim); Syracuse University (Stanton).
This study investigates institutional and individual factors that influence scientists’ data sharing behaviors across disciplines, drawing on institutional theory and the theory of planned behavior. The findings suggest that, because practices, requirements, and expectations may differ across (and even within) disciplines, future research should focus on those differences, as well as on data reuse issues as well as data sharing.
Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award
Vanessa Kitzie, Erik Choi, and Chirag Shah
From Bad to Good: An Investigation of Question Quality and Transformation
This poster by Vanessa Kitzie addresses the problem of “Question Quality” in social question answering services such as Yahoo! Answers. While there have been a number of studies about the quality of answers, few have examined the quality of questions submitted by users in SQA services. The work reveals the elements that make a difference in question quality in these services, and the findings have implications for developing systems that can flag questions of poor question quality automatically.
Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award
Information Needs: A Conceptualization, Operationalization and Empirical
School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University
This proposal by Waseem Afzel draws on both psychology and LIS literatures with the goal of conceptualizing, operationalizing, and empirically validating a construct of information needs. The study has strong potential to contribute to our understanding of information behavior by providing concrete linkages between theory and empirical research.
Jenna Hartel, Karen Pollock, and Rebecca Noon
The Concept Formerly Known as Information
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
This panel, proposed by Jenna Hartel and colleagues, examines visual data in the form of drawings from participants in order as a novel way to investigate how people define “information” in their everyday lives. The theoretical focus, data collection method, and panel format are all innovative and compelling. Its integration of visual, non-verbal, research methods into the study of information and information behavior is novel and shows strong potential to open up and expand how we think of information.
Student Travel Award
Rethinking Information Boundaries Across Disciplinary Boundaries
Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, University of British Columbia
The focus of Devon Greyson’s work is on public health interventions targeting “high risk” populations, using an information practice perspective. Her investigation of the ways in which health information interventions do and do not interact with personal information practices has important implications for how those interventions effectively influence health behaviors.
Interdisciplinary Travel Award
No submissions were received for this award.