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Call for Participation: SIG SI’s 11th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium

ASIS&T SIG SI, along with our co-sponsor the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, is happy to be able to announce the Call for Papers and Participation for our 11th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: The Impacts of Social Informatics Research. Our symposium will take place the morning of Saturday November 7th, as part of the ASIS&T 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Louis. The deadline for paper, poster, and panel proposals is August 9th; full details are included below. Good luck to all who submit!

The 11th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: The Impacts of Social Informatics Research

Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, MO, USA

Sponsored by: ASIS&T SIG Social Informatics and the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University

Organizers: SIG SI co-chairs Pnina Fichman and Howard Rosenbaum, Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics and School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington

This year we are celebrating the start of our second decade of successful and vibrant SIG SI Research Symposiums. Since 2004, established scholars, young researchers and doctoral students interested in the study of people, ICT and work and play have gathered at the SIG SI ASIS&T Annual Research Symposium to share their work and ideas. Approximately 110 papers, posters and panels have been presented and for the past three years, we have given awards for the best papers published by Social Informatics (SI) faculty and students in the preceding years. This year we gather to celebrate a decade of intellectually challenging and engaging work in SI and hope that you will join us. Our goal remains the same: to disseminate current research and research in progress that investigates the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all areas of ASIS&T.

Building on the success of past years, the symposium includes members of many SIGs and defines “social” broadly to include critical and historical approaches as well as contemporary social analysis. It also defines “technology” broadly to include traditional technologies (i.e., paper), state-of-the-art computer systems, and mobile and pervasive devices. Submissions may include empirical, critical and theoretical work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations.

We are particularly interested in work that assumes a critical stance towards the Symposium’s theme but are also soliciting research on other related social informatics topics. We encourage all scholars interested in social aspects of ICT (broadly defined) to share their research and research in progress by submitting an extended abstract of their work and attending the symposium. Papers that take social informatics further in theoretical conceptualization or empirical grounding are of particular interest to SIG SI this year as we celebrate a decade of Symposiums in ASIS&T.

This year’s conference theme is “Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community.” In keeping with this theme, the symposium is also soliciting work from Social Informatics researchers that focuses on the impact of their work on industry, government, local/national/global community groups, individuals, information systems, GLAMs, and on other practice contexts. We are interested in work that addresses questions and issues such as the following:

  • What are the social, political, economic, and legal implications of social informatics research?
  • What are the ways in which social informatics research impacts various organizations, groups, and communities of practice?
  • How can social informatics researchers work more closely with members of these communities?
  • What can a social informatics approach tell us about roles of information and communication technologies in the work and social practices of people in these communities?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of engaging in SI work that seeks to understand and improve the work and social lives of people in these communities?

The schedule for the workshop will involve the presentations of papers and the best social informatics paper awards for 2014 (the call for nominations is now available). We expect an engaging discussion with lively interactions with the audience.


August 9, 2015: Submit a short paper (2000 words), a poster (500 words), or a panel (1000 words) by email to Kiotta Marshall (

September 2, 2015: Author notifications (in time for conference early registration). (NOTE: This timeline may be adjusted when the registration dates are announced.)


To be determined.