CfP: International Conference on Integrated Information

International Conference on Integrated Information
September 29 – October 3, 2011.  Kos Island, Greece.

You are invited to submit a paper to this international interdisciplinary conference covering research and development in the field of information management and integration. The Conference aims at creating a forum for further discussion for an Integrated Information Field incorporating a series of issues and/or related organizations that manage information in their everyday operations.   The call for papers is addressed to scholars and/ or professionals of the fields of Library and Archives Science (including digital libraries and electronic archives), Museum and Gallery Studies, Information Science, Documentation, Information Management, Records Management, Knowledge Management, Data management and Copyright experts the latter with an emphasis on Electronic Publications. Furthermore, papers focusing on issues of Cultural Heritage Management and Conservation Management will also be welcomed along with papers regarding the Management of nonprofit Organizations such as libraries, archives and museums.

Divergence and convergence: information work in digital cultural memory institutions

My colleague Anna Maria Tammaro and I are organising a session on digital cultural memory institutions, the details of which appear below.  Please note that virtual paper submission is also possible: you do not necessarily have to travel to Kos if your paper has been accepted.  I will be accepting abstracts/papers until  7th September, 2011.

Description: Cultural institutions, such as libraries, archives and museums, are strongly influenced by their contexts and environments. As elements within their environment change, they respond in various ways, whether it is to modify their collections, facilitate or impede access, or change staffing arrangements. Of all the possible phenomena or entities that have had effects on such enterprises, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have arguably been the most significant. Language and writing were the first communication technologies, followed by printing, the telegraph and telephone, and the media, before the internet became predominant. There is no doubt that each of these has played a prominent role in the creation and expansion of the processes unique to the processes of information work, including selection of documents, describing documents and their contents for physical and intellectual access, organising materials, conservation and preservation, copyright and other intellectual property rights and so on.

While there is a considerable body of research which considers such effects on organisations and institutions, there is a corresponding paucity of work which considers how professional work has changed in this field, and the directions in which this might move in the future. Articulating information work, and describing how it is made manifest, is seldom considered, apart perhaps from an emphasis on the technical skills required. While this work is being done in different ways, there now exists the possibility to do quite different work, as ICTs open up opportunities that were impossible in a purely physical analogue world. This seminar will provide a forum for discussion of some of these, including new ways of considering human computer interaction, making meaning from metadata, cross-cultural interpretation and analysis, construction of information users in quite different ways – for example as individuals, rather than communities, and examination of the uses made with the information obtained.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to:
# Intercultural semantics and making meaning online
# Using digital records and artefacts in teaching and learning (at all levels)
# Liaison between the information worker and the knowledge seeker
# Collaborative knowledge creation using digital tools and documents
# The increasing importance of interdisciplinarity to identify and seek solutions to problems
# Extending the reach of the institution
# Everywhere but nowhere: how does the general public know what is available, and how can they find it?
# Open Access, scholarly communication and education
# What information workers can do in the field of Digital Humanities

We invite professionals who work in any of the following areas:
1.    Library Science
2.    Archives Science
3.    Museum and Gallery Studies
4.    Information Science
5.    Documentation
6.    Digital Libraries
7.    Electronic Archives
8.    Information Management
9.    Records / Document Management
10.  Knowledge Management
11.  Data Management
12.  Copyright
13.  Electronic Publications
14.  Cultural Heritage Management
15.  Conservation Management
16.  Management of nonprofit Organizations
17.  History of Information
18.  History of Collections
19.  Health Information

Dr Susan Myburgh, University of South Australia
Dr Anna Maria Tammaro, University of Parma

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