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Call for Papers: 15th Annual SIG SI Research Symposium

On behalf of the ASIS&T SIG SI (the Special Interest Group for Social Informatics), I am happy to announce our call for papers for the 15th Annual SIG SI Research Symposium to be held as a part of the pre-conference fun at this year's annual ASIS&T meeting! The theme this year is "Practical Social Informatics: Collaboration across Fields, Sectors, and Borders."

Call for proposal and submission link:

Data protection, privacy, misinformation, and the ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) have drawn much attention in recent years and created many challenges for various organizations in both public and private sectors, including government agencies, businesses, and research institutions. ICT Researchers and practicing professionals are increasingly in need of collaborative efforts and theoretical lenses to examine the various aspects of the new developments in data, AI, and augmented reality technologies, especially their social influences.

Understanding the social impacts of these emerging technologies requires a sociotechnical approach as well as local, national, and international collaborations across different disciplines and sectors.

With a strong interest in understanding how information and technology professionals explore social informatics in practice, the 15th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium provides a great opportunity for sharing and exchanging experiences and ideas and suggesting theories and directions for future work among social informatics researchers and practitioners.

The Special Interest Group Social Informatics (SIG SI) seeks contributors for a full-day pre-conference workshop, scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9:00 - 17:00 during the ASIS&T annual meeting.

For the full workshop proposal, please click here.

Submission Guidelines:
Submission system opens: Saturday, 1 June, 2019
Submission Deadline: July 10, 2019 
Notifications:  August 1, 2019 in time for conference early registration (ends August 2, 2019)

Paper Abstract Submissions:
Extended abstracts (1,000-1,500 words) will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Please remove any identifying information from the text. Word limit does not include references.

Panel Submissions:
Panel proposals (1,000 words) will be peer reviewed and may contain identifying information. Word limit does not include references.

Poster Submissions:
Poster proposals (500 words) will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Please remove any identifying information from the text. Word limit does not include references.

Further Information:

  • Works in progress will be considered.
  • At least one author must be able to attend and present at the preconference.
  • Accepted proposals may choose to publish their submission in the symposia proceedings, to be published on the SIG-SI website

We are particularly interested in collaborative work that explores the human and social aspects of ICT (broadly defined) in professional or practical settings and any work that assumes a critical stance towards the symposium's theme, "practical social informatics: collaboration across fields, sectors, and borders." However, we will also continue our tradition to solicit research on other related social informatics topics. Submissions for the symposiums may include empirical, critical and theoretical work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations. We encourage all scholars interested in social aspects of ICT to share their research and research in progress by submitting a short paper, an extended abstract of their work, or a poster and attending the symposium. The symposiums are also the venue for the presentation of the best social informatics paper awards for each year. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

●      Data protection, privacy, and ethics
●      AI ethics
●      Collaborative work in social informatics
●      Ethics and security of the Internet of Things (IoT
●      Digital equity and digital divide
●      Freedom of expression, hate speech, and the role of platforms
●      Human rights to information and technology
●      Sustainability, environmental concerns, and information technology manufacturing
●      AI, automation, and the impact on job markets
●      Implications and social influence of ICT design

More information can be found in the symposium overview:


  • Xiaohua Zhu (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Theresa Anderson (University of Technology Sydney)


Xiaohua Zhu (University of Tennessee), Theresa Anderson (University of Technology Sydney), Adam Worrall (University of Alberta; Awards Coordinator), Catherine Dumas (Simmons University), Rachel Simmons (University of Texas at Austin), Kolina Koltai (University of Texas at Austin), Kirstin Phelps (University of Illinois), Kenneth Haggerty (University of Memphis), Emad Khazraee (Indeed, Inc.), Kristin R. Eschenfelder (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Call for Submissions