The intersection between digital information worlds and vulnerable communities is a critical research area within the iSchools movement. There have been concerns about issues regarding bias, social exclusion, cyber-racism, cyberbullying, digital divide, misinformation, and other information sharing hazards in the information experience of vulnerable communities. We seek to bring together a community of researchers and information professionals researching in this important area of our society. We will cover research across disciplinary borders, explore new opportunities for collaboration, and lay the groundwork for a journal special issue centered on vulnerable groups. The iSchools community provides an excellent place to discuss this crucial topic at the intersection of information, society, and technology.
We are going to run a workshop titled “Vulnerable Communities in the Digital Age: Advancing Research and Exploring Collaborations” (VCDA2017) at iConference 2017 to be held in Wuhan, China. Please read through this webpage if you would like to participate in this workshop and submit a position paper.
This will be an interactive workshop to enable the fullest exchange of ideas amongst attendees. All interested researchers, graduate students, and information professionals are invited to submit a short position paper (500-1000 words) in which they outline the topic and themes to be discussed during the workshop.
Submission guidelines for position papers:
- Author’s name, title, and institutional affiliation should be included at the top of the paper.
- Paper text must be 500-1000 words.
- Submission should be in PDF format. The file should be named as ‘2017_iConferenceWorkshop_FirstAuthor’sLastName”.
- All submissions must be made via the Easychair submission system by midnight Adelaide Time on 23 January 2017.
- Accepted submissions will be made available on this webpage both before and after the workshop.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- Vulnerable communities’ experience of information technologies
- Big data and vulnerable communities
- Digital libraries and vulnerable users
- Everyday life information behaviour of older adults
- Information experience of migrants and refugees
- Information service model for minorities
- Information behaviour of indigenous people
- Homeless population, especially homeless youth
- People with disabilities
- Approaches or methods to study vulnerable groups
- Ethical challenges of studying vulnerable population
Prior to the workshop, the accepted position papers will be used to organise small groups (with each group facilitated by a workshop co-organiser).
We welcome your position papers!
- 23 January 2017, 11:59pm ACDT: Submission deadline
- 15 February 2017: Notification of acceptance
- 22 March 2017: VCDA workshop
- 22-25 March 2017: iConference
Program Committee Members:
- Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto, Canada
- Huw Davies, University of Oxford, UK
- Safirotu Khoir, University of South Australia, Australia
- Chang Liu, Peking University, China
- Anne-Marie Oostveen, University of Oxford, UK
- Yuxiang Zhao, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China
For any queries, please contact Jia Tina Du (firstname.lastname@example.org).