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Workshops & Tutorials

Workshops and Tutorials are offered as an add-on to the full conference or as stand alone events. Conference registration is encouraged but not required.

Thursday, 22 October

8:00 AM-12:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop, Part 1: Metrics 2020: Workshop on Informetric and Scientometric Research (SIG-MET)

Shenmeng Xu. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Fei Shu, Hangzhou Dianzi University, China and Université de Montréal, Canada; Philippe Mongeon, Aarhus University, Denmark

This full-day, 2-part workshop will be devoted to informetrics and scientometrics research. It will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and applications, including new theoretical approaches, indicators, and tools among young and established researchers, Ph.D. students, information professionals and librarians active in the field of informetrics and scientometrics. Part 2 will be presented on Friday, 23 October.

Registration fee: $100 includes both days (First 50 registrants are free using coupon code met2020free)


1:00 PM-5:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop, Part 1: Conceptual Models in Sociotechnical Systems

Nicholas Weber University of Washington, USA;, Katrina Fenlon, University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Peter Organisciak, Denver University, USA; Andrea Thomer, University of Michigan, USA; Amelia Acker, University of Texas, USA; Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina, USA

Conceptual models -- the representation of how a system works, as well as the information objects they process and transmit -- are fundamental to the construction, maintenance, and use of digital infrastructures that mutually constitute people and technology (the sociotechnical). Although conceptual models are critical to sociotechnical systems, they are often overlooked or under-described in information science research. This full-day workshop will convene practitioners and researchers working towards the critical study of conceptual models in sociotechnical systems. In-progress research papers will be workshopped through presentations and discussion amongst participants, and two experts in the field will deliver keynote lectures. The outcomes of this workshop will include a white paper co-authored by participants, as well as the publication of proceedings in an open-access preprint repository. Part 2 will be presented on Friday, 23 October.

Registration fee: $100 includes both days


 

Friday, 23 October

8:00 AM-12:00 PM (World Time)
Workshop, Part 2: Metrics 2020: Workshop on Informetric and Scientometric Research (SIG-MET)

Shenmeng Xu. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Fei Shu, Hangzhou Dianzi University, China and Université de Montréal, Canada; Philippe Mongeon, Aarhus University, Denmark

This full-day, 2-part workshop will be devoted to informetrics and scientometrics research. It will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and applications, including new theoretical approaches, indicators, and tools among young and established researchers, Ph.D. students, information professionals and librarians active in the field of informetrics and scientometrics. Part 1 will be presented on Thursday, 22 October.

Registration fee: $100 includes both days (First 50 registrants are free using coupon code met2020free)


1:00 PM-5:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop, Part 2: Conceptual Models in Sociotechnical Systems

Nicholas Weber University of Washington, USA;, Katrina Fenlon, University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Peter Organisciak, Denver University, USA; Andrea Thomer, University of Michigan, USA 

Conceptual models -- the representation of how a system works, as well as the information objects they process and transmit -- are fundamental to the construction, maintenance, and use of digital infrastructures that mutually constitute people and technology (the sociotechnical). Although conceptual models are critical to sociotechnical systems, they are often overlooked or under-described in information science research. This full day workshop will convene practitioners and researchers working towards the critical study of conceptual models in sociotechnical systems. In-progress research papers will be workshopped through presentations and discussion amongst participants, and two experts in the field will deliver keynote lectures. The outcomes of this workshop will include a white paper co-authored by participants, as well as the publication of proceedings in an open-access preprint repository. Part 1 will be presented on Thursday, 22 October.

Registration Fee: $100 includes both days


 

Saturday, 24 October

8:00 AM-12:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop: ICT for Development, Empowerment for Growth: How Can the Information Field Contribute?

Yuxiang (Chris) Zhao, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, People's Republic of China; Jia Tina Du, University of South Australia, Australia; Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Natalie Pang, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Hui Yan, Renmin University of China, China; Bill Xu, AP (China) Digital School, China; Shijie Song, Nanjing University, China

Information and communications technology for development (ICT4D), which is devoted to leveraging ICT for economic, social, and governance development, has attracted wide attention from scholars and practitioners. However, gaps remain to be addressed in terms of bridging the connections between information, technological development and adoption, and people for development. Through this workshop, we will develop research ideas and foster collaboration opportunities across information fields, which will lay the groundwork for a JASIST special issue on ICT4D. The ASIS&T Annual Meeting provides an excellent forum to discuss this crucial area together with the academics and industry peers.

Registration fee: $50


1:00 PM-5:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop: Grand Challenges in Information Behavior Research: Theory (SIG-USE)

Xiaofeng Li, Clarion University, USA; Jiqun Liu, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA; Rebekah Willson, McGill University, Canada

The 20th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium focuses on the grant challenges in information behavior and information practices research. This workshop is an opportunity for researchers, students, faculty, and information professionals who are interested in information behavior and information practices research to discuss the grand challenges of theory development in these areas. The workshop will facilitate information exchange among scholars and information professionals, provide a place for those new to information behavior and practices to engage critically with the field, and allow both scholars and practitioners to get feedback on preliminary and ongoing work. It will feature a dynamic panel and full paper presentations to explore different development and challenges in information behavior and practices research. The symposium also offers a unique mini workshop for authors who are interested in submitting their works to the JASIST special issue on Information Behavior and Information Practices Theory.

Registration fee: $50

Friday, 30 October 

8:00 AM-12:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop: Writing-Up Research as a Thematic Narrative

Jenna Hartel, University of Toronto, Canada

There is a shortage of guidance and acumen in information science when it comes to writing-up qualitative research. This workshop will present an effective strategy for reporting such findings. Participants will be taught to write a thematic narrative: a gradually unfolding descriptive account that relates vivid pieces of field data to relevant concepts in the scholarly literature. To that end, attendees will learn to create excerpt-commentary units: rhetorical structures that contain four distinct and purposeful elements. The Workshop will be production-oriented, and attendees should ideally bring a data set ready to write-up. This workshop suits doctoral students with research underway, experienced social scientists who wish to fortify their writing, and those who supervise or edit qualitative research. The instructor, Dr. Jenna Hartel, has won the Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award (2016) and she has taught this method to more than 200 masters and doctoral students at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Registration fee: $50


1:00 PM-5:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop: Best Practices for Grant Proposal Development: NSF, NIH, IMLS, IARPA, Amazon, and Google, etc.

Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University, USA; Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Texas at Austin, USA; , Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Xia Lin, Drexel University, USA; Chirag Shah, University of Washington, USA; Amir Karami, University of South Carolina, USA; Jana Diesner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Catherine Dumas, Simmons University, USA; Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University, USA

Proposal development is an essential skill for academics of all ranks. During proposal development, researchers can better organize their thoughts for what they want to plan and achieve in a research project. Even if research proposal is not awarded, the exercise of proposal writing is often beneficial to the research process. Today, one’s ability to seek and receive funding from grant agencies is often used as a yardstick for important personnel decisions by academic institutions. However, researchers, especially junior faculty members, who are just starting their careers often have limited experience with the grant development process. The goal of this half-day workshop is to provide practical guides to investigators, enhancing their understanding of the process and their abilities to write a successful external grant proposal. Participants will have the opportunity to learn best practices from senior scholars who have been awarded several external grants from multiple agencies and agreed to present in this workshop.

Registration fee: $50


4:00 PM-8:00 PM (World Time)

Tutorial: Public Engagement for Information Researchers

Devon Greyson, University of Massachusetts, USA; Wade Kelly, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

What is your responsibility to society as a researcher? What are your goals with regard to research impact and public engagement? How do you leverage and expand the skills in your research toolkit to achieve those goals and fulfill your responsibilities in the area of public engagement? This tutorial will first lead participants through clarifying one’s impact/engagement goals, conducting a stakeholder analysis, and creating a project knowledge translation plan. Following a short break, we will delve into examples of, and skills for, a few specific types of common public engagement activities: media interviews, op-ed writing, public-oriented research summaries/videos/infographics, and policy briefing notes. There will be opportunities to practice some of these skills within the tutorial, as well as resources provided for further individual development.

Registration fee: $50

Saturday, 31 October

8:00 AM-12:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop, Part 1: Ten Lessons for the Age of Disinformation

Thomas J. Froehlich, Kent State University, USA

Ten Lessons for the Age of Disinformation will provide pedagogical techniques to teach ASIS&T members how to cope with our current disinformation ecology, which the author calls the “Age of Disinformation.” It provides a multifaceted approach in which each facet reinforces the others. Topics include (1) characteristics of the Age of Disinformation; (2) the varieties of false information; (3) knowledge, opinion, and second-hand knowledge; (4) deception and self-deception; (5) psychological factors for the acceptance and perpetuation of fake news; (6) cognitive authorities, such as the Washington Post or Fox News; (7) intellectual freedom, freedom of expression and social media; (8) information ethics, media ethics, digital ethics and the violation of ethical principles; (9) logical fallacies in disinformation campaigns; and (10) the benefits and limitations of information literacy, media literacy and digital literacy. Each lesson outlines the key ideas for each lesson and provides exercises to confirm the key points. There will be suggested exercises to do before the workshop begins (e.g., identifying fake news sites), discussions in which to engage and online exercises to do as the workshop progresses, such as identifying violations of ethical or logical principles or discussing kinds of cognitive authorities and their influence. Part 2 will be presented on Sunday, 1 November.

Registration Fee: $100 includes both days


1:00 PM-5:00 PM (World Time)

Tutorial: Navigating Through the Panoply of Provenance Metadata Standards

Michael R. Gryk, University of Illinois, USA; Jessica Yi-Yun Cheng, University of Illinois, USA; Rhiannon Bettivia, Simmons University, USA

Provenance and provenance metadata are used for documenting the chain of custody and verifying the authenticity of both physical and digital objects. Provenance is integral to many fields of information science including digital preservation, data curation, and research data management, where the explicit recording of data dependencies helps foster reproducibility and data re-use. Library and information science (LIS) practitioners who wish to track the provenance of digital objects in their collections have many metadata schemas to choose from. PROV is a metadata model supported by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for enabling provenance on the Web. PREMIS is a model supported by the Library of Congress which is designed for recording provenance in the setting of digital preservation. PROV-ONE provides extensions to PROV for supporting prospective provenance for scientific workflows. The goal of this tutorial is help LIS practitioners choose an appropriate provenance model for their purposes and to explore key considerations which distinguish the various metadata schemas. The tutorial consists of presentations covering each of the three models along with written exercises. Additionally, the participants will engage in a group project to model a complex real-world example and ultimately attempt to crosswalk their solution to another provenance model.

Registration Fee: $50 includes both days


1:00 PM-5:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop, Part 1: Sociotechnical Change Agents: ICTs, Sustainability, and Global Challenges (SIG-SI, SIG-SM, SIG-IEP)

Rachel N. Simons, Texas Woman's University, USA; Loni Hagen, University of South Florida, USA; Colin Rhinesmith, Simmons University, USA; Vivek Singh, Rutgers University, USA; Xiaohua Zhu, University of Tennessee, USA; Abigail Phillips, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Aligning with the theme of the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Special Interest Group Social Informatics (SIG SI) will hold its 16th annual symposium in conjunction with SIG Social Media (SIG SM) and SIG Information Ethics and Policy (SIG IEP), allowing for ASIS&T members to better discuss how we might work collaboratively as “change agents actively addressing society’s grand challenges” (ASIS&T, 2020). The purpose of this full-day workshop is to investigate how research and practice focused on the interaction of people, technology, and society may address societal grand challenges, including addressing the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Submissions may include empirical, critical, conceptual, and theoretical work, as well as practice cases and demonstrations. This collaborative workshop will consist of interactive panel and breakout sessions throughout the day. Part 2 will be presented on Sunday, 1 November.

Registration Fee: $30 students and $60 non-students includes both days

Sunday, 1 November

8:00 AM-12:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop, Part 2: Ten Lessons for the Age of Disinformation

Thomas J. Froehlich, Kent State University, USA

Ten Lessons for the Age of Disinformation will provide pedagogical techniques to teach ASIS&T members how to cope with our current disinformation ecology, which the author calls the “Age of Disinformation.” It provides a multifaceted approach in which each facet reinforces the others. Topics include (1) characteristics of the Age of Disinformation; (2) the varieties of false information; (3) knowledge, opinion, and second-hand knowledge; (4) deception and self-deception; (5) psychological factors for the acceptance and perpetuation of fake news; (6) cognitive authorities, such as the Washington Post or Fox News; (7) intellectual freedom, freedom of expression and social media; (8) information ethics, media ethics, digital ethics and the violation of ethical principles; (9) logical fallacies in disinformation campaigns; and (10) the benefits and limitations of information literacy, media literacy and digital literacy. Each lesson outlines the key ideas for each lesson and provides exercises to confirm the key points. There will be suggested exercises to do before the workshop begins (e.g., identifying fake news sites), discussions in which to engage and online exercises to do as the workshop progresses, such as identifying violations of ethical or logical principles or discussing kinds of cognitive authorities and their influence. Part 1 will be presented on Saturday, 31 October.

Registration Fee: $100 includes both days


1:00 PM-5:00 PM (World Time)

Workshop, Part 2: Sociotechnical Change Agents: ICTs, Sustainability, and Global Challenges (SIG-SI, SIG-SM, SIG-IEP)

Rachel N. Simons, Texas Woman's University, USA; Loni Hagen, University of South Florida, USA; Colin Rhinesmith, Simmons University, USA; Vivek Singh, Rutgers University, USA; Xiaohua Zhu, University of Tennessee, USA; Abigail Phillips, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Aligning with the theme of the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Special Interest Group Social Informatics (SIG SI) will hold its 16th annual symposium in conjunction with SIG Social Media (SIG SM) and SIG Information Ethics and Policy (SIG IEP), allowing for ASIS&T members to better discuss how we might work collaboratively as “change agents actively addressing society’s grand challenges” (ASIS&T, 2020). The purpose of this full-day workshop is to investigate how research and practice focused on the interaction of people, technology, and society may address societal grand challenges, including addressing the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Submissions may include empirical, critical, conceptual, and theoretical work, as well as practice cases and demonstrations. This collaborative workshop will consist of interactive panel and breakout sessions throughout the day. Part 1 will be presented on Saturday, 31 October.

Registration Fee: $100 includes both days