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Schedule for 10th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Connecting (Epistemic) Cultures and (Intellectual) Communities

Please join us in Seattle and celebrate with us as we mark the 10th year of the SIG SI Research Symposium, to be held on Saturday, November 1st, 2014, from 8:30am – 12:30pm at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, as part of ASIS&T 2014Register for the conference and symposium by September 18th to receive early bird rates!

This year we are celebrating a decade of successful and vibrant SIG SI research symposiums, and gather to celebrate a decade of intellectually challenging and engaging work in social informatics. The symposium, subtitled “Connecting (Epistemic) Cultures and (Intellectual) Communities,” will include presentations of research focusing on the question of understanding and analyzing connections between social informatics and cognate epistemic cultures and intellectual communities from a social informatics perspective. The symposium will also include presentations of the best social informatics paper awards for 2013. We expect an engaging discussion with lively interactions with the audience, and hope to see you there!

OrganizersPnina Fichman and Howard Rosenbaum (of Indiana University), co-chairs of SIG SI
Symposium sponsored by SIG SI and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics.

Symposium Schedule

8:30-8:40 IntroductionSocial Informatics and Epistemic Cultures

8:40-9:40 Papers as follows:

8:40-9:00 EunJeong Cheon and Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): The Interplay Between Different Forms of Knowledge and Use of ICTs in Knowledge Practices of Consultants

9:00-9:20 Wayne BuenteLuz QuirogaTamara Heck, and Joe Greene (University of Hawaii at Manoa): Between Two Publics: Examining the Social Context of ICT use among Homeless Individuals in Hawaii

9:20-9:40 Asen O. Ivanov (University of Toronto): Genres of Workplace Practices: Towards a New Socio-Technical Idiom for Organizational Informatics

9:40-10:00 Mohammad Jarrahi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): Social Informatics and Directions For Future Research on Implications of ICTs in Organizations

10:00-10:20 Break and Poster Session:

Min Sook Park and Hyejin Park (Florida State University): Health Information Referencing in Online Communities: Case Study of Breast Cancer Information for Korean Immigrants

10:20-11:20: Panel discussionSocial Informatics and Epistemic Cultures

Invited scholars will be asked to reflect and consider the following questions:

  • How do you see your work as bridging epistemic cultures and intellectual communities?
  • What are the social and technological forces that enable and constrain connections between SI and cognate intellectual communities?
  • What are some of the ways in which we can begin to establish and maintain connections among SI and cognate epistemic cultures and intellectual communities?
  • What can a social informatics approach tell us about the nature of the boundaries among SI and cognate epistemic communities?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of engaging in this type of SI work?

11:20-11:40 Networking break

11:40-12:30 Best paper awards and presentations

2013 Best Social Informatics Paper ($1,000)

Budhathoki, N.R, and Haythornthwaite, C. (2013). Motivation for open collaboration: Crowd and community models and the case of OpenStreetMapAmerican Behavioral Scientist, 57, 548-575. doi:10.1177/0002764212469364

2012 Best Social Informatics Student Paper ($500)

Oestricher-Singer, G. and Zalmanson, L. (2013). Content or community? A digital business strategy for content providers in the social ageMIS Quarterly, 37, 591-616.


Early-bird (through Sept. 18th):  SIG/SI Members $90, Members $100, Non-members $120
Regular:  SIG/SI Members $105, Members $115, Non-members $135