Call for Papers: asis&t 2007 Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

[German title: Aufruf für Artikel-Beiträge: asis&t 2007 Jahrestagung, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ]

2007 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, October 18-25, 2007 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science

January 21, 2007 Proposals due for contributed papers, technical sessions and panels, and pre-conference sessions
February 25, 2007 Proposals due for contributed posters/short papers 
March 31, 2007 Authors/proposers notified of acceptance
May 27, 2007 Final versions due for conference proceedings

Web 2.0 and social computing are changing the way people use and perceive the Internet as well as the way they work and play. When users are no longer simply consumers of information, and become active producers and contributors, what are the implications for information science? How are social computing and Web 2.0 trends affecting the work of information professionals? What current research and applications are shaping future directions? ASIS&T 2007 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from all aspects of information science, industry, academe, and information professions for lively discussions and debates about the social aspects of information, about all things 2.0 (or looking to the future) or higher.

  • How and what to study in understanding people’s behaviors in web 2.0? Are there significant behavioral or attitudinal changes? 
  • How and what to measure in understanding web 2.0 and library 2.0 impacts? What are the metrics for ROIs?
  • What are the underpinnings of folksonomy? How does folksonomy mesh with taxonomy? What is the role of  metadata in social computing?
  • How does information architecture affect social computing and vice versa? 
  • What are the trends in user interface design? How will interfaces evolve beyond current web-based designs as social computing grows?
  • How might developments in computer gaming inform design for or impact learning?
  • Is the information world getting flatter? What can we learn from perspectives outside of the United States? 
  • Is social computing creating too much information? How does web 2.0 influence the way we create, represent, organize, store, retrieve, and disseminate information?
  • How are all the new trends in social computing affecting information science education?


Contributed papers
Contributed papers present original, recent, formally conducted research and design projects, theoretical developments, or innovative practical applications providing more general insight into an area of practice. These are generally reports of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly and professional journals. Contributed papers may be grouped by topic for presentation in contributed paper sessions, suggested for poster or special sessions, or integrated with technical or panel sessions. Submissions must be a maximum length of 10 pages single-spaced (no smaller than 10-pt. font) and include title, author(s) and affiliation(s), abstract, and full text. Accepted papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings.

Contributed posters/short papers
Two types of posters/short papers are encouraged. Contributed research posters present new and promising work or preliminary results of research projects. Contributed “best practices” posters present the results of design projects, practical implementations of an organization’s practices or industry innovations. The content should clearly point out how the application advances the state of the art and key challenges, as well as potential impact on the participant’s organization and/or practices in the field. Especially welcome are submissions that discuss applications for which a market analysis and/or evaluation of utility has been conducted. Joint submissions from researchers and practitioners showing different perspectives on a single issue are particularly encouraged. Posters are expected to invite questions and discussion in a personal and less formal setting. Submissions for refereeing should be in the form of a short paper, approximately two pages (no smaller than 10-pt. font). They should include title, author(s) and affiliations, as well as the text of the paper and references to substantive supporting material that will aid reviewers in determining suitability for the conference. The final version of these short papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings. During the conference, presenters are expected to display their work as a poster, incorporating text and illustrations as appropriate. Digital versions of the posters may be included in the conference proceedings at the author’s request.

Technical sessions and panels
Technical sessions and panels present topics for discussion such as cutting-edge research and design, analyses of hot or emerging trends, opinions on controversial issues, reports by practitioners on current information science and technology projects, and contrasting viewpoints from experts in complementary professional areas. Innovative formats that involve audience participation are encouraged. These may include panels, debates, forums, or case studies. Submissions should be in the form of a short paper (approximately two pages, no smaller than 10-pt. font), providing an overview of the issues, projects, or viewpoints to be discussed by the panel. Submissions must include title, sponsor(s), and names and affiliations of all participants (moderator, speakers, reactors, etc.). The final versions of these submissions will be published in the digital conference proceedings. Additional materials, e.g., Powerpoint slides or short papers by individual presenters, will be published in the digital conference proceedings at the author’s request.

Pre-conference sessions
Pre-conference sessions present topics such as theoretical research, management strategies, and new and innovative systems or products, typically for purposes of concept development or continuing education. Purely promotional programs are excluded. Formats may include seminars, courses, workshops, and symposia. Sessions are scheduled for half to a full day and require a registration fee beyond the regular conference fee. Submissions must include title; sponsor(s) and/or speaker(s) with affiliations; duration (half or full day); intended audience and audience size (maximum); difficulty level (intro to advanced); and a description of approximately two pages (no smaller than 10-pt. font), including abstract, objectives, and brief speaker bio(s). Accepted descriptions will be posted on the ASIST Web site.


Individuals, ASIST special interest groups (SIGs), or institutions may make any type of submission. Proposers are welcomed from any academic, nonprofit, corporate, or government area in any part of the world. Proposers need not be members of ASIST. ASIST SIG chairs are encouraged to help coordinate proposals from their members. All submissions are made electronically via a link from the ASIST Web site ( Details on acceptable file formats, citation style, and specific contact information required in the online submission form are on the Web page. Any problems with electronic submissions should be directed to:

Richard Hill, Executive Director
ASIS&T, 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fax: 301-495-0810 | Phone: 301-495-0900 |

Refereeing procedures
All types of submissions will be reviewed by at least two referees. Notices of acceptance or rejection will contain constructive comments from referees. In the interests of achieving breadth and balance in the conference program and dealing with time and space constraints, the committee may suggest changing the type of submission (e.g., turning a paper into a poster) or merging or altering session titles and topics.

For more information and to submit papers online go to the conference website.

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