[Irtalk] SIG III International Paper Contest

Hussein Suleman hussein at cs.uct.ac.za
Thu Feb 16 11:38:15 SAST 2012

[posted on behalf of Daniel Alemneh]

SIG III International Paper Contest

Announcement of the 2012 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest for 
Developing Countries

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 twelfth competition for papers to be submitted 
for the 2012 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Baltimore, 
Maryland, October 26-31, 2012. (http://asist.org/asist2012/)

Building from the overall conference theme, the theme for this year’s 
paper contest is: "Information, Interaction, Innovation: Celebrating the 
Past, Constructing the Present, and Creating the Future". 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:

     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.
     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.
     Knowledge Organization: Indexing, index construction, indexing 
languages, thesaurus construction, terminology, classification of 
information in any form, tagging (expert, user based, automatic), 
filtering, metadata, standards for metadata, information architecture.
     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, 
     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.
     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.
     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 three winners who will be selected by a panel of 
judges including: Maqsood Shaheen (IRC, US Embassy Islamabad), -Alma 
Rivera (Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México), and, Fatih Oguz 
(University of North Carolina at Greensboro).

The judging criteria will be based on:

     Originality of paper in the developing world and global information 
ecosystem (originality of the project described, etc.)
     Relevance to the paper contest theme
     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 2008-2011 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.


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 Baltimore, Maryland, October 
26-31, 2012..


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:


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, 2012, to Maqsood 
Shaheen at ShaheenMA at gmail.com, preferably as Microsoft Word or PDF 

for more details, see:  http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/papercontest.htm

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