Call for Student Papers: “What do Information and Technology Mean to the Arts and Humanities?”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FINALIST NOTIFICATION: Friday, April 10, 2015

FINALIST PRESENTATIONS: Wednesday, April 22 or Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Special Interest Group for Arts and Humanities (SIG-AH) and the Special Interest Group for Visualization, Images, & Sound (SIG-VIS) of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) are seeking papers for a Master’s and PhD student research paper award. Finalists will be invited to present their research during a virtual Symposium in the spring (April 22 and 23) and two (2) winners will receive a Best Student Paper award and cash prize. Winners may also receive an invitation to present on a possible panel at the 2015 Annual Conference in St. Louis (November 6-10).

Theme

The contest theme “What do Information and Technology Mean to the Arts and Humanities?” is open-ended to invite participation from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives on the topic. We encourage graduate-level submissions from a broad range of disciplines including arts, humanities, library and information science, and computer science. Papers should explore the role or application of information and technology in the arts and humanities and may include, but are not limited to, past research, case studies, and current projects in the areas of:

  • eHumanities/arts and humanities eScience
  • Digital reference and eResearch discovery platforms
  • Text/data mining and the use of large-scale corpora
  • Scholarly communications and digital publishing
  • Data visualization
  • The role of information technology in managing images and audiovisual resources
  • The use of images and audiovisual resources in information practices
  • Digital Humanities
  • Technology implementation projects
  • Research assessment and altmetrics

(The list is meant to be illustrative, not prescriptive.)

Who is Eligible?

Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students from different institutions. All submitted works should be previously unpublished. Authors do NOT need to be members of ASIS&T. All research is expected to be purely the students’ work. Research undertaken as part of a course, an internship experience, or a thesis project is eligible. Authors are required to secure any necessary permissions related to research findings from internships and thesis projects being used in this research competition.

Requirements & Selection Criteria

While the contest theme and eligibility are open, papers should show an appropriate level of writing and should include an advanced theoretical or empirical discussion, methodology or analysis. Paper submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Word .doc or .docx format
  • 10 single-spaced pages or less (approximately 4,000 words), 12 pt. font, and must follow a standard citation style (APA preferred). Tables, graphs, images, etc…may appear within the body of the text.
  • Author names should not appear anywhere in the main text
  • Separate cover page with title, author names, institutional affiliations, and abstract of 250 words or less

Submission details should be made via electronic form and final papers emailed by the March 25, 2015 deadline (details below).

Papers will be selected based on the following criteria: relevance of topic to the contest theme, originality of research and approach, and quality of student writing. Papers not meeting these requirements may be excluded from the contest.

Spring 2015 Symposium

Finalists will be invited to present their research during a virtual Symposium on April 22 and 23, 2015. The Symposium will highlight student research projects amidst the larger discussion of the applications and uses of information and technology in the arts and humanities. Finalists will be selected based on the selection criteria above, as well as the possible contribution of the research to the Symposium.

Awards

Two (2) finalist papers may be awarded for Best Master’s/MLIS Student Paper or Best PhD Student Paper, including a monetary prize. Based on the quality of submissions, additional awards may be made for merit-worthy papers.

Award monetary prize amounts will be announced in February.

Winners may be invited to present on a possible panel at the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, November 6-10, 2015 (pending panel acceptance on the Conference schedule).

Submission and Deadline

Authors are invited to submit papers, based on the requirements and selection criteria above, by filling out the form at http://goo.gl/forms/tSFJjckVId and emailing the final paper to ASIST.SIGAH {at} gmail.com before 11:59 pm PST, March 25, 2015.

Please ensure the information submitted on the web form matches the final paper submission cover page. Finalist and Best Paper selections will be made by a panel of judges.

If you have any questions, please email Jeremy McLaughlin at Jeremy.mclaughlin {at} sjsu.edu

Student Research Paper Award details:  http://bit.ly/SIGStudentRsrch

Student Research Paper Award Submission Form:  http://goo.gl/forms/tSFJjckVId

http://ischoolgroups.sjsu.edu/asistsc/studentresearchaward/