Successful Completion of iConference 2017
2017-04-24 08:23:55

iConference 2017 takes place on March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China. The annual gathering of 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. This first-ever Asia-based iConference has reflected China’s research strength and international status in the area of Library and information science. It is known that iConference is the annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in information issues, especially a participating must for iSchool members, iCaucus and their Deans.

The theme of iConference 2017 is “Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community.” There is a wide range of presentation topics at the conference: interpersonal interaction, information behavior, data mining, information retrieval, knowledge discovery, social media, data science, information education, information organization and so forth. The iConference pushes the theoretical boundaries of information studies and provides an interdisciplinary knowledge-sharing platform for scholars and researchers all around world. A number of foreign scholars attended the conference: Professor Ronald Larsen, iSchools Chair and Dean of School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Professor Sam Oh, iSchools Chair-elect and Head of School, Library & Information Science and Data Science Department, Sungkyunkwan University, Professor Michael Seadle, iSchools Executive Director and Head of Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt University of Berlin, Professor David Fenske, iSchools Past Chair and Honorary Dean of College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, Professor Harry Bruce, Dean of Information School, University of Washington, Professor Gary Marchionini, Dean of School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Professor Liz Liddy, Dean of School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, Professor Shigeo Sugimoto, iSchools Asian/Pacific Representative and Head of School of Library, Information, and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba, Professor Marcial Lei Zeng, School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, Professor Jian Qin, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, and more than 30 iSchools Deans from Mainland China and Taiwan.

iConference 2017 brings together 535 scholars, researchers and professionals who come from 28 countries covering five continents, including USA and Canada in North America, UK, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Spain in Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Pakistan and Indonesia in Asia, Nigeria, South Africa and Sierra Leone in Africa, as well as Australia. Among the participants, foreign scholars account for 49.5% of the total.

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Professor Ronald Larsen, iSchools Chair and Dean of School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

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Professor Michael Seadle, iSchools Executive Director and Head of Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt University of Berlin

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Professor Sam Oh, iSchools Chair-elect and Head of School, Library & Information Science and Data Science Department, Sungkyunkwan University

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Professor Harry Bruce, Dean of Information School, University of Washington

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Professor Shigeo Sugimoto, iSchools Asian/Pacific Representative and Head of School of Informatics, University of Tsukuba

At the opening ceremony, Xiankang Dou, President of Wuhan Univerity (WHU), gave a speech. As co-host iSchools Deans, Professor Qing Fang, Dean of WHU SIM, and Professor Sam Oh from Library & Information Science and Data Science Department, Sungkyunkwan University, respectively delivered welcome speeches. The opening ceremony has invited two distinguished experts to make keynote speeches: Professor Mike Eisenberg, founder of iSchool and founding president of University of Washington Information School, and his presentation titled iSchools- Our Time is Now!; Doctor Jason E. Rollins from Clarivate Analytics, who has developed databases and tools, such as Web of Science, Scholar One Manuscripts, InCites, and EndNote, delivered a presentation titled Web of Science Big Data- Powering Next Generation Discovery & Science of Science.

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Professor Xiankang Dou, President of Wuhan Univerity (WHU), delivered welcome speech

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Qing Fang, Dean of School of Information Management, Wuhan University, delivered welcome speech.

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Professor Mike Eisenberg, founder of iSchool and founding president of University of Washington Information School, made keynote speech

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Dr. Jason E. Rollins from Clarivate Analytics made keynote speech

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Professor Huanwen Chen, Library Director and Principal Assistant of Sun Yat-sen University

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Guests attending opening ceremony

iConference 2017 has received more than 400 submissions, and has sessions including Completed Papers, Preliminary Papers, Workshops, iSchool Best Practices, Deans Meeting, Early Career Colloquium, Sessions for Interaction and Engagement, Special Chinese Papers Track, Doctoral Student Colloquium and so forth.

Chinese Papers Track and iSchool Best Practices are new added programs in 2017 and have become popular sessions.

Chinese Papers Track consists of 9 sessions and has received 44 scholars’ submissions, covering following topics: Open Data & Electronic Government, Archive Curation & service, Data Curation & Service, Information Analysis & Informetrics, User's Information Behavior, Knowledge Management & Service, Data Mining & Analysis, Library Service & Education, and Information Service & Evaluation.

The 18 chairs of 9 Chinese sessions are iSchools Deans and scholars from universities of Mailand China and Taiwan: Professor Qinghua Zhu, Associate Dean, School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Professor Bo Jin, Director, Department of library, information and archives, Shanghai University, Xiangyang Huang, Director of Chinese Academy of Science, Professor Xiaobin Lu, Associate Dean, School of Information Resource Management, Renmin University, Professor Yuelin Li, Director, Department of information resources management, School of business, Nankai University, Professor Lin He, School of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Professor Zhiming Chen, Director, Graduate Institute of Library Information and Archival Studies(LIAS), National Chengchi University, Associate Professor Bolin Hua, Department of information management, Peking University, Professor Xiaoying Zhou, School of Information Resource Management, Renmin University of China, Professor Weijun Wang, School of Education, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Professor Yongzhong Sha, Library Director of Lanzhou University, Professor Ping Ke, Department of information resources management, School of business, Nankai University, Professor Shujin Cao, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Professor Yaolin Zhou, Associate Dean, WHU SIM, Professor Jing Zhang, Associate Dean, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Professor Xincai Wang, WHU Library Director, Professor Miguel Nunes, Dean, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Professor Chengzhi Zhang, School of economics and management, Nanjing University of Science and Technology.

At the Chinese Paper Sessions, scholars discussed following topics: standards, laws and policies of open data in China, the operation and supervision of open information, public ability of utilizing open data and the improvement of national data center; the impact of data management on archival information service provides a new perspective for the development of archival information service in the era of big data; research on value system of open government data, evaluate foreign institute research database(IRDR), combine North American joint training experience and Chinese reality to construct a DCERC Model of data supervision joint training by higher education and data center; new problems that information analysis encounters in big data environment, and the status and significance of visualization in information analysis; the relationship among user search session, query and app, and relationship among search topic, search time and app type; use LDA Model to extract theme from microblog and predict the impact of microblog entries on infectious diseases; the influence of clustering coefficient on link prediction of co-author network; research on phishing site identification based on URL characteristics and network evaluation; present situation of public library information service for migrant workers, and influence factors of migrant workers’ low library using rate; the construction of service performance evaluation model of public library in China; Xiao Hu (University of Hong Kong) conducted a user evaluation on availability of panoramic DL, providing a methodological reference for the future assessment of the visual cultural heritage DLs. The sessions were so popular that audience almost filled the lecture room to overflowing.

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Second from the left: Professor Peng Wu, Associate Dean, School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Science and Technology; Third from the left: Associate Professor Jingzhu Wei, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University; First from the right: Professor Lixin Xia, Dean, School of information management, Central China Normal University; Second from the right: Shuiqing Huang, School of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University; Third from the right: Professor Shujin Cao, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University

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WHU SIM leadership with domestic peer experts (second from the left: Professor Jianjun Sun, Dean, School of Information Management, Nanjing University; Professor Bin Zhang, Dean, School of Information Resource Management, Renmin University of China)

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Professor Ping Ke, “Changjiang Scholar” Department of information resources management, School of business, Nankai University

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Professor Xincai Wang, WHU Library Director, with foreign guest

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Participants filled Chinese Paper Session to overflowing

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Foreign guests attend Chinese Paper Session on user’s information behavior

iSchools Best Practice is a distinguishing and innovative session of iConference 2017, by inviting iSchools to share their best practice on education, academic development and social service. On March 23, iSchools teachers and leadership from University of Washington, University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, University of Michigan, Wuhan University and Sun Yat-sen University, had a discussion on student curriculum, teachers’ career development, students’ career planning and iSchools & industries.

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iSchools Best Practice session room

The iConference 2017 Poster Session has accepted totally 68 submissions, and 63 posters were exhibited during the conference. The Poster Chairs and committee selected 5 best poster runners up, which are from Indiana University, University of Pittsburgh, Nanjing University, Sun Yat-sen University, Nanjing University of Science and Technology and Shanxi University. At last, the Best Poster Award goes to Associate Professor Daqing He from University of Pittsburgh.

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Discussion between poster author and participant

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The Best Poster Award goes to Associate Professor Daqing He from University of Pittsburgh

The Data and Information Management (DIM) journal launching ceremony was held on March 23. The journal was presented by WHU SIM. Its Editors-in-Chief are Professor Feicheng Ma, WHU Senior Professor of Humanities and Social Science, and Professor Gary Marchionini, Dean of School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, and Executive Editors-in-Chief is Professor Xiaojuan Zhang, WHU SIM.

As one of the few domestic English journals in China, Data and Information Management is devoted to making contributions to promote cross-disciplinary big data-driven information management research, especially targeting large scale datasets in science/academic, government and industry sectors. DIM encourages specific topics as follows: innovative theories and technologies in big data-driven analytics; digital humanities, academic data analytics and scientific data evaluation; new methods, algorithms and processes of conducting data/text/web mining; scalable semantic annotation and reasoning across distributed data repositories; information visual analytics and non-numeric analysis models; data supervision and protection; data and information security system and networks; social impact of data and algorithm on individuals and organizations. DIM is an open access journal published by the De Gruyter Open, a publishing house with a long history of 260 years. DIM intends to make the best efforts to enhance the China’s global academic influence.

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Professor Feicheng Ma, WHU Senior Professor of Humanities and Social Science, hosted the journal launching ceremony

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Professor Harry Bruce (left), Dean of Information School, University of Washington, and Professor Feicheng Ma (right), WHU Senior Professor of Humanities and Social Science on the journal launching ceremony

Dongmin Li, alumnus of WHU SIM and Director of Baidu Map, delivered a keynote speech on China urbanization based on big data and VR at the conference. Mr. Li collected data of users using Baidu Map navigation during Chinese Spring Festival 2017, analyzed the latest pattern of urbanization in China, showed the application of big data technology in Baidu map products, and released the latest Baidu maps VR products - 3D Baidu Map. The report aroused interest among Chinese and foreign participants, which roduced a good publicity effect.

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Dongmin Li, alumnus of WHU SIM and Director of Baidu Map, delivered a keynote speech

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Professor Chuanfu Chen, "Changjiang Scholar", Dean of Graduate School of WHU, hosted free discussion session

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Professor Jianjun Sun, "Changjiang Scholar", Dean, School of Information Management, Nanjing University, awarded the Best Chinese Paper Prize to the winners

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Professor Gang Li, "Changjiang Scholar", Director of Center for the Study of Information Resources, WHU, awarded Doctoral Dissertation Award to the winners

The theme of iConference is closely related to the development of Information Science. The sessions have provided scholars, researchers and professionals with a platform for presentation, interaction and engagement, interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. The success of iConference 2017 has a considerable impact on China’s information education and research, and has improved its global academic influence and value.