Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 review #i3rgu

CSI staff Peter Cruickshank, Dr Laura Muir, Professor Hazel Hall & Visiting Professor Brian Detlor at #i3RGU

Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Peter Cruickshank, Dr Laura Muir, Professor Hazel Hall & Visiting Professor Brian Detlor gather at #i3RGU

Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 took place at Robert Gordon University at the end of last month from Tuesday June 27th until Friday June 30th 2017, with a packed programme for delegates who had travelled to Aberdeen from across the world. As in previous years, staff and research students from the Centre for Social Informatics (who didn’t have too far to travel) enjoyed participating at the event. We delivered a total of nine papers, as summarised in the table below.

Paper title Presenter Co-authors Resources see also
Demonstrating the impact of the public library on citizenship development in the UK: focus group findings Leo Appleton Hazel Hall, Alistair Duff & Robert Raeside SlideShare
Tacit knowledge sharing in online environments: locating “Ba” within a platform for public sector professionals Iris Buunk Hazel Hall & Colin Smith SlideShare Iris’ blog
Practices of community councillors in exploiting information channels for citizen engagement in democratic processes Peter Cruickshank Hazel Hall & Bruce Ryan SlideShare & Liveblog Community, knowledge, connections blog
The application of Social Cognitive Theory in Information Science research on workplace learning and innovative work behaviours Lyndsey Jenkins Hazel Hall & Robert Raeside SlideShare Lyndsey’s blog
Undermining our data: implications for trust in the population census Lynn Killick Alistair Duff, Mark Deakin & Hazel Hall SlideShare
Job search information behaviours: an ego-net study of networking and social media use amongst young jobseekers John Mowbray Hazel Hall, Robert Raeside & Peter Robertson SlideShare & Liveblog John’s blog
Youth digital participation: measuring social impact Alicja Pawluczuk Hazel Hall, Colin Smith & Gemma Webster SlideShare Alicja’s blog
Getting unstuck: information problem solving in high school STEM students and evidence of metacognitive knowledge Todd Richter Laura Muir, Tom Flint, Hazel Hall & Colin Smith SlideShare
Blurred reputations: managing professional and private online Frances Ryan Peter Cruickshank, Hazel Hall & Alistair Lawson SlideShare Frances’ blog

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We also had the opportunity to hear about the research of others in the conference sessions, and contribute to two plenary discussions. I particularly enjoyed the excellent keynote presentation on the last day Champions, deviance and information delivered by Dr Crystal Fulton of University College Dublin. Crystal spoke about the information behaviours of secretive groups such as Urbexers, who document the changing urban landscape, and gamblers. I also found interesting the work of Dr Kendra Albright (Kent State University, US) on unconscious influences in information retrieval: there’s more information on this in Kendra’s 2011 paper in Information Research.

I chaired two papers, both by colleagues based at the University of Technology, Sydney. The first was on the co-construction of learning presented by Dr Theresa Anderson (which recalled some of my own work on blogging in hybrid learning environments – see, for example, this paper that I published with Brian Davison in Library and Information Science Research in 2007), and the second on knowledge creation amongst weavers in Ghana based on the doctoral work of Henry Boateng.

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Of course, participating at conferences isn’t just about the papers, but also (and often more) about the conversations between the sessions and the networking opportunities. The highlight of the evening social events was Thursday’s conference dinner at the Chester Hotel. As at i3 in 2015, this began with some superb comedy from RGU’s Professor Peter Reid and Simon Burnett, and ended with some excellent ceilidh dancing. The food that we ate between all this fun was delicious,as can be seen in the slideshow below.

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Thanks are due to the local organisers of i3 2017 at Robert Gordon University for a great conference (again), and to all those on the wider international programme committee who selected an excellent range of papers from those submitted for peer review back in January 2017.

For further information about the event, please see the official conference web pages, and photos on Flickr. In addition, Sheila Webber of the University of Sheffield liveblogged many of the i3 2017 presentations on her Information Literacy blog, and others have posted their own reviews of the i3 2017 (as well as the iDocQ doctoral colloquium, which took place on the Monday before i3 2017).

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