If you want to publish a news item or a social media announcement please read our instructions on Posting of News and Social Media Announcements.

iConference 2016 Wraps Up in Philadelphia


More than 460 information scholars and professionals gathered in Philadelphia March 20-23 for iConference 2016. The eleventh annual iConference was hosted by Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; the 2016 theme of “Partnership with Society” examined the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

The official proceedings of iConference 2016 are available in the IDEALS open repository. The proceedings include the complete text of all papers, abstracts of poster presentations, and background on workshops and other interactive sessions.

Images from iConference 2016 are now available on Flickr.

iConference 2016 continued the conference’s tradition of thought-provoking plenary presentations. This years keynote speakers were Drexel University Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds, and Clifford A. Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information. There were also three screenings of Reynolds’ award-winning documentary, “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” a film examining the challenges females and people of color face in pursing opportunities in computer science. The “CODE” screenings were sponsored by PennMutual.

Another iConference tradition is the doctoral colloquium. This year, 21 doctoral candidates gathered for an intensive day of discussion and mentoring, funded in-part by the National Science Foundation. Visit the doctoral colloquium page to meet this year’s colloquium participants.

The 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizing outstanding work in the information field was presented to Ashwin J. Mathew of the
School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, for his thesis “Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure.” The runner up was Briony Birdi of the Information School, University of Sheffield. The iSchools presented the first place winner with $2,500, second place received $1,000.

The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper was presented to Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, and Melissa Mazmanian of the University of California, Irvine, for “The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements.” The Lee Dirks Award includes a crystal trophy and $5,000 prize provided by presenting sponsor Microsoft Research.

The Award for Most Interesting Preliminary Results paper went to Rob Grace and Frederico Fonseca of The Pennsylvania State University for “Networked pedagogy: Exploring asymmetries in the structuring of distributed learning networks.” The Best Poster competition resulted in a tie; the award was shared by Nicole Lane, Ethan Fletcher, Yanming Wang, and Nathan Prestopnik of Ithaca college for their poster “Designing an Adventure Video Game for Second Language Engagement and Acquisition,” as well as Toine Bogers of Aalborg University Copenhagen, Maria Gäde of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Mark Hall of Edge Hill University and Mette Skov of Aalborg University for their poster “Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior.” Visit our Awards page for more information about all the papers and posters award finalists.

The results of the iSchools Video Contest were also announced at iConference 2016. First place honors went to the team headed by Francisco Javier Calzada-Prado at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Library & Information Science Department for their video “Unleash the Power.” The top three finishers received $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively from the iSchools. Visit the Video Contest page to learn more about all the finalists and view the winning videos.

iConference 2016 sponsors included: Microsoft Research; the National Science Foundation; PennMutual; Emerald Publishing; the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information; and Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Additional support provided by Thomson Reuters.

Next year’s iConference will take place in Wuhan, China, a 3,500-year-old city combining ancient culture with modern living. iConference 2017 will be the first iConference to be hosted in the Asia-Pacific region. It is jointly hosted by Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwa University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. Theme of iConference 2017 is “Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community.” The official Call for Participation will be released later this spring.

About the iConference
Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Formal affiliation with the iSchools is not required to participate in the iConference—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome.

For more information about the iConference series, including official proceedings of past conferences and other archives, please view our About the iConference page.