|Rosenbaum, Hara, Fichman - 2011 SIG-SI Symposium|
• Projects and readings in SLIS classes often look at the "social aspects of computerization, including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change, the uses of information technologies in social contexts." [definition - Social Informatics] SLIS students can see current developments in social informatics through faculty research.
SLIS faculty members Dr. Howard Rosenbaum and Dr. Pnina Fichman are the co-organizers for a national symposium on social informatics. Dr. Fichman and SLIS faculty member Dr. Noriko Hara will give a talk on "Frameworks for Understanding Knowledge Sharing in Open Online Communities: Boundaries and Boundary Crossing."
The event is sponsored by the American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group on Social Informatics (SIG-SI). The Symposium is a pre-conference for the 75th Annual Meeting of ASIS&T held October 26-30, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Drs. Rosenbaum and Fichman are also working on a book based on the symposium with Cambridge Scholarly Publishing.
The purpose of this ASIS&T pre-conference research symposium is to disseminate and discuss current research and research in progress that investigate the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) across all areas of ASIS&T. Building on the success of past years, the symposium includes members of many SIGs and defines "social" broadly to include critical and historical approaches as well as contemporary social analysis. It also defines "technology² broadly to include traditional technologies (i.e., paper), state-of-the-art computer systems, and mobile and pervasive devices. Submissions may include empirical, critical and theoretical work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations.
This year¹s conference theme is "Information, Interaction, Innovation: Celebrating the Past, Constructing the Present, and Creating the Future." In keeping with this theme, the 8th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium is soliciting work that focuses on the past, present and future contributions and challenges in social informatics - using the rear view mirror to navigate the present and guide us into the future. According to Horton, Davenport, and Wood-Harper (2005; 52) "the impetus for researchers to consider both social and technical aspects as mutually constitutive as a means of understanding technology introduction and use has a growing audience." What can we learn from the history of social informatics? What are the forces currently shaping the field? In what theoretical and empirical directions is social informatics moving?
We are particularly interested in work that assumes a critical stance towards the interplay between people's uses of information and ICT in society and in the workplace. Critical analyses are useful because they "bring into question established social assumptions and values regarding information and ... ICTs and established understandings of information, particularly as they play themselves out and are institutionalized in social and professional discourses and professional training." (Day, 2007; 575).
We encourage all scholars interested in social aspects of ICT (broadly defined) to share their research and research in progress by submitting an extended abstract of their work and attending the symposium. This year we will solicit papers, panels, and posters.
The schedule for the workshop will involve the presentations of papers and the best social informatics paper awards for 2011. This will be followed by a panel that will discuss the past, present, and future of social informatics. We expect an engaging discussion with lively interactions with the audience/
Posted October 19, 2012