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About the conference

About ISIC

 

The ISIC conferences have a reputation for being an arena for discussing challenging work concerning people’s contextualised interactions with information of various kinds. Already the first conference 1996 in Tampere, Finland, constructed a platform for development within the field and community for researchers. The history of the ISIC conferences includes high quality papers, theoretical developments as well as a wide range of interesting empirical phenomena in all possible contexts.

 

The history of the ISIC conferences has reflected the multidisciplinary and ever-evolving scope: researchers from information science, information studies, library studies, communication studies, information management, education, management science, psychology, social psychology, sociology, STS, information systems, computer science, and other disciplines contribute to the research field. A common thread is the focus on contextualised information activities, expressed in different framings such as ‘information behaviour’, ‘information practice’, ‘information seeking’, ‘information experience’ and others.

 

ISIC 2018 intends to reflect and engage with the interdisciplinary character of information research and seeks to attract papers from all of these areas. ISIC is a conference for research papers exploring information as a rich site of study, going beyond the sole focus on technological aspects and exploring a wide variety of contexts. This legacy is borne out in the publication of the conference proceedings since the first conference in the series over 20 years ago.

 

First ISIC conference, Tampere, 1996: Information seeking in context. Proceedings of an international conference on Information Seeking in Context, Tampere, Finland 1996. London: Taylor Graham Publishing, 1997.

Second ISIC conference, Sheffield, 1998: Exploring the contexts of information behaviour. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Research in Information Needs, Seeking and Use in Different Contexts, Sheffield, 1998. [Note: the papers of the first and second conferences are reproduced with the kind permission of Peter Taylor of Taylor Graham Publishing.]

Third ISIC conference, Gothenburg, 2000: the proceedings were published as The New Review of Information Behaviour Research, Volumes 1 and 2. Permission has not been received from the publisher to deposit the papers in this archive.

Fourth ISIC conference, Lisbon, 2002: the proceedings were published as The New Review of Information Behaviour Research, Volumes 3 and 4. Permission has not been received from the publisher to deposit the papers in this archive.

Fifth ISIC conference, Dublin, 2004: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 10, Number 1 and Number 2.

Sixth ISIC conference, Sydney, 2006: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 11, Number 4 and Volume 12, Number 1.

Seventh ISIC conference, Vilnius, 2008: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 13, Number 4.

Eighth ISIC conference, Murcia, 2010: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 15, Number 4 and Volume 16 Number 1.

Ninth ISIC conference, Tokyo, 2012: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 17, Number 4 and Volume 18 Number 1.

Tenth ISIC conference, Leeds, 2014: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 19, Number 4 and Volume 20, Number 1.

Eleventh ISIC conference, Zadar, 2016: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 21, Number 4, and Volume 22, Number 1

 

The ISIC conference has thereby become a platform for a broad and open community to engage with the dynamism of the field through research presentations, discussions and workshops about the way people engage with information in a myriad of contexts. This very human focus is reflected not only in the publication of the papers emerging from each conference, but also in the opportunity that each conference provides as a site for open-ended conversations about information. We invite experienced researchers as well as newcomers to the field. We invite you to join us in stretching the boundaries and improving the strength and quality of research in a field that holds value for society at large.

 

See also The Aims of ISIC