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Announcement of the 2011 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to announce its eleventh competition for papers to be submitted for the 2011 Annual Meeting, which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 7-12, 2011. ( http://www.asis.org/asist2011/am11cfp.html )

Building from the overall conference theme, the theme for this year’s paper contest is:

“Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology, and Work”. Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme from a global and/or international perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following core areas:

1. Intercultural Information Ethics: Critical reflection on the ethical challenges related to the global and cross-cultural production, storage, and distribution of information, as well as the ethical dimensions of the global development and implementation of information systems, infrastructures, and policies.

2. Information Behavior: Information needs, information seeking, information gaps and sensemaking in various contexts including work, interests or every-day life activities by individuals or groups.

3. Knowledge Organization: Indexing, index construction, indexing languages, thesaurus construction, terminology, classification of information in any form, tagging (expert, userbased, automatic), filtering, metadata, standards for metadata, information architecture.

4. Information Systems, Interactivity and Design: How people use and communicate with information systems; the design, use and evaluation of interactive information technologies and systems, including interfaces and algorithms; search and retrieval, browsing, visualization, personalization.

5. Information and Knowledge Management: Information and knowledge creation, transfer and use at the personal, group, organizational and societal levels. The management of the processes and systems that create, acquire, organize, store, distribute, and use information and/or knowledge. Selected papers will be published in the International Journal of Information Management.

6. Information Use: How people re-purpose existing knowledge from a variety of sources (scientific, humanities, news, family, friends, colleagues), forms (articles, books, video, audio, tweets), locations (work, home, in transit) and mediums (cell-phones, PDAs, digital libraries) to advance knowledge, solve problems, improve information literacy, and learn.

7. Information and Society: Economic, Political, Social Issues: Copyright issues, policies and laws; national and international information policies; privacy and security; economics of information, personal rights vs. freedom of information; surveillance; globalization and the flows of information; computerization movements; social informatics.

Selection Criteria

There will be up to six winners who will be selected by a panel of judges including: Maqsood Shaheen (IRC, US Embassy Islamabad), Johannes Britz (UW-Milwaukee), Maria Haigh (UW-Milwaukee), Hong Xu (University of Pittsburg), Catherine Johnson (Western Ontario), Anindita Paul (University of Missouri), and Borchuluun Yadamsuren (University of Missouri).

The judging criteria will be based on:

1. Originality of paper in the developing world and global information ecosystem (originality of the project described, etc.)

2. Relevance to the paper contest theme

3. Quality of argument, presentation and organization

Eligibility & Information for authors

Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of, and resides in a developing country are eligible. Winners in the 2007-2010 contests are not eligible. The papers should be original, unpublished, and submitted in English. We encourage submissions from librarians, information and network specialists, and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery, and use of digital information.

Award

The award for each winner is a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. In addition, depending on SIG III fundraising for this competition, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration, and accommodations while attending the ASIS&T Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 7-12, 2011.

Style

The international paper contest committee requires that submissions follow the International Information and Library Review instructions to authors. Detailed information is available under the heading, Guide for Authors at:

http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622845/authorinstructions

Publishing opportunities

Submitted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the International Information and Library Review, subject to the usual peer refereeing process, for that journal.

ASIS&T Copyright Policy

ASIS&T will have the non-exclusive right to publish any of the papers submitted on its web site or in print, with ownership and all other rights remaining with the author.

Deadline for submission of full papers: Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5,000 words, by May 31, 2011, to Maqsood Shaheen at ShaheenMA [at] gmail.com, preferably as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments.

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February 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Announcement of the 2009 International Paper Contest

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to announce its tenth competition for papers to be submitted for the 2009 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 6 -11, 2009.

The theme of this year’s paper contest is: “Thriving on Diversity – Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World”.

The theme may be addressed at either the country or regional level issues. Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme, such as, but not limited to the following (mainly adopted from the conference theme):

* Multilingual information systems
* Cross-language information retrieval
* Accessibility and cultural factors in system design and information services
* Cross-border data flows
* Open access and cultural diversity
* Information literacy and challenges of harmony versus hegemony
* The role of international organizations in building on diversity
* Digital inclusion
* Social networking in a linguistically and culturally rich environment
* Information behavior in diverse contexts
* Knowledge management in diverse contexts
* Information policy

There will be up to six winners who will be selected by a panel of judges including Hong Xu (Chair), Jonathan Levitt (Co-Chair), Aaron Bowen, Nadia Caidi, Yunfei Du, Daqing He, Macia Lei Zeng.

Selection Criteria

Papers will be selected through a peer review process. The judging criteria will be based on:

* Originality of paper in the developing world environment (originality of the project described, etc.)
* Relevance to the Paper contest.
* Presentation and organization.
* Style. The international paper contest committee requires that submissions follow the International Information and Library Review instructions to authors.

The prize for each winner is a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. In addition, depending on SIG III fundraising for this competition, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration, and accommodations while attending the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 6 -11, 2009.

Publishing opportunities

Submitted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the International Information and Library Review, subject to the usual peer refereeing process, for that journal.

Information for authors

Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of, and resides in a developing country are eligible. Winners in the 2005-2008 contests are not eligible. The papers should be original, unpublished, and ONLY in English. We encourage submissions from librarians, information and network specialists, and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery, and use of digital information.

ASIS&T Copyright Policy

ASIS&T will have the non-exclusive right to publish any of the papers submitted on its web site or in print, with ownership and all other rights remaining with the author.

Deadline for submission of full papers

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5,000 words, by May 31, 2009, to hgxu [at] pitt.edu, preferably as Microsoft Word attachments.

Please check the SIG III website for more information about the SIG III International Paper Contest, including frequently asked questions, past CFPs and previous winners.

Written by sigiii

May 10, 2009 at 6:35 pm

SIG-III sponsored events at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting

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The following is a list of events that SIG-III has sponsored or co-sponsored for the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH, October 24-29, 2008.

Monday, October 27, 3:30 PM:
25 Years of SIG-III and the Future of International Information (III)
Panelists: Toni Carbo, Bharat Mehra, Yunfei Du and Aaron Bowen

Tuesday, October 28, 8:30 AM:
ICT-Mediated Diaspora Studies: New Directions in Immigrant Information Behavior Research
Panelists: Ajit Pyati, Clara Chu, Karen Fisher, Ramesh Srinivasan, Nadia Caidi, Danielle Allard and Diane Dechief

Tuesday, October 28, 10:30 AM:
Understanding Visual Search Tools through Users’ Reactions
Panelists: Efthimis Efthimiadis, Allison Druin and Andrew Large

Wednesday, October 29, 8:30 AM:
Global Perspective on Wikipedia Research
Panelists: Pnina Shachaf, Noriko Hara, Susan Herring, Ewa Callahan, Paul Solomon, Besiki Stvilia and Sorin Matei

Plus there is the International Reception, 8:00-9:30pm on Monday, Oct. 27. The reception is ASIS&T’s “special thank you recognizing those from other countries who help make the meeting a success.” At the reception, conference attendees will be able to meet the winner of the International Paper Competition and past winners who are at the conference, as well as participate in a silent auction to benefit SIG-III’s InfoShare program, a program to sponsor international members from developing countries to come to the Meeting. Further information on both the Paper Competition and the InfoShare program may be found on SIG-III’s website.

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Written by sigiii

August 12, 2008 at 12:24 pm

2008 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest winners

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The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG III) is pleased to announce the following winners of its 9th International Paper Contest:

First Place Winner:
Maqsood Ahmad Shaheen. Use of social networks and information seeking behavior of students during political crises in Pakistan. (Pakistan)

Second Place Winner:
Neela J. Deshpande & S K Pathak. Use of electronic journals in astronomy and astrophysics libraries and information centres in India: A users’ perspective. (India)

Third Place Winner:
Manjunatha K. Technology and customer expectation in academic libraries: A special reference to technical/management libraries in Karnataka. (India)

Fourth Place Winner:
S. M. Pujar, R. K. Kamat, S. Y. Bansode, R. R. Kamat, & S. H. Katigennavar. Identifying and exploiting human needs for people centric evolving knowledge society: A case study of Indian ICT emergence. (India)

Fifth Place Winner:
Tariq Ashraf. Empowering people through information: A case study of India’s right to information act. (India)

Sixth Place Winner:
Pramila Dangwal. Information: By the people, for the people, for development. (India)

The principal authors of each of the six winning papers will be awarded a two-year individual membership to ASIS&T. In addition, the first place winner will be awarded a minimum of $1,000 to attend the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008. Congratulations to all winners!

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Written by sigiii

August 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm

October SIG-III newsletter now available

Here is what the SIG-III members have been up to as we head into the 2007 Annual Meeting of ASIS&T:

SIG III Newsletter
Volume 7 Number 3 October 2007

In This Issue:

Sue O’Neill Johnson

SIG of the Year Award

SIG III events at the Annual Meeting

Book auction

Some news from the Chair

Global Information Village Plaza

Biographies of some winners of the 2007 International Paper Contest

SIG III Listserv and Web Site

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October 18, 2007 at 4:24 pm

Sue O'Neil Johnson, 1939-2007

Sue O'Neill Johnson (playing the accordion)

Sue O’Neill Johnson (playing the accordion)

It is with sadness that those of us in the SIG-III community learn of the passing of Sue O’Neil Johnson, one of our members who inspired all of us with her dedication to the field of international information and her commitment to information professionals around the world. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 5th at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Bethesda, Maryland.

ASIS&T has posted a touching account of her life. Two passages in particular offer thoughtful glimpses of her life:

Sue was also active in the American Society for Information Science and Technology. She was twice Chair of the International Information Issues SIG, which received SIG of the Year honors three years in a row, and she won the SIG Member of the Year Award in 2003. She also co-founded the ASIST international paper competition which brought travel grants, ASIST memberships, and publishing opportunities to dozens of information professionals in developing nations.

Besides her children, music, and tennis and golf, Sue’s other great interest was in traveling and seeing the world. Beginning with a memorable trip to Yugoslavia and France as a college freshman, Sue had visited some 33 countries (many more than once) and was on her fifth passport. Perhaps her favorite trips were to Provence in 1994, Paraiba, Brazil in 2004, and the old capitals of Japan in 2005, but, in truth, she really loved meeting and talking with different people just about anywhere.

Many of us in SIG-III have shared our personal reflections about Sue on the ASIS&T wiki.

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Written by sigiii

October 3, 2007 at 8:24 pm