The 8th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium (SIG SI) - Social Informatics: Past, Present and Future
Saturday, October 27, 2012, Half Day 8:30am-12:30pm (workshop fee)

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 "technology” broadly to include traditional technologies (i.e., paper), state-of-the-art computer systems, and mobile and pervasive devices. This year’s symposium will include the presentation of research papers, the presentation of awards for the best social informatics papers of 2011 and a panel discussion on the past, present and future of social informatics. 

8:30-8:45 Introduction: Howard Rosenbaum - Comments on the History of Social Informatics
J. P. Allen (University of San Francisco): A Business Reform Agenda for Social Informatics

Andrew Cox (University of Sheffield): Turning to practice in social informatics

Kristin Eschenfelder and Andrew Johnson (University of Wisconsin – Madison and University of Colorado at Boulder): Governing the Data Commons: Controlled Sharing of Scholarly Data

Sean Goggins and Christopher Mascaro (Drexel University): Context Matters: The Experience of ICTs, Physical, Informational and Cultural Distance in a Rural IT Firm
Grant Leyton Simpson (Indiana University): Projects and Objects: Points of Contact between Textual Studies and Sociotechnical Investigations

Lori Hoeffner (Adelphi University): The Current State of Social Informatics: A Domain Analytic Perspective

10:00-10:20 Break (light refreshments) and Poster Session
Noriko Hara and Pnina Fichman (Indiana University): Frameworks for understanding knowledge sharing in open online communities: Boundaries and boundary crossing

Beth St. Jean, Katie Shilton, and Brian Butler (University of Maryland - College Park): Self-Tracking is Social: Toward a Model of the Technologically-Mediated Information Behavior of Self-Trackers

Ying Sun and Joseph A Meloche (University at Buffalo, the State University of New York and North Carolina Central University): A Q Methodological Study on What is Important to Support Collaboration in Web 2.0

Lysanne Lessard (University of Toronto): Reframing the socio-­‐technical problem: A way forward for Social Informatics (s)
11:40-12:30 Best Paper Awards and Presentations

2011 Social Informatics Best Paper Award:
Eschenfelder, K., Desai, A.C. and Downey, G. (2011). The pre-internet downloading controversy: The evolution of use rights for digital intellectual and cultural works. The Information Association, 7, 69–91.

2011 Social Informatics Best Student Paper Award:
Lingel, J. (2011). Information tactics of immigrants in urban environments. Information Research, 16 (4).

Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science
Pnina Fichman, Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science

Early Bird:  Members $95, non-members $105
After Sept. 7:  Members $105, non-members $115