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Call for abstracts: Information Science Trends Conference 2022: Untold stories in Information Science

  • 1.  Call for abstracts: Information Science Trends Conference 2022: Untold stories in Information Science

    Posted 05-10-2022 16:15
    Edited by Sheila Webber 29 days ago
    The European Chapter (EC) and European Student Chapter (ESC) of  ASIS&T seek your contributions to an online conference: Untold Stories in Information Science

    The basics!
    - Conference date:
    June 15-17, 2022, 14.00-17.00pm (BST/ Dublin time: which is, e.g., 9.00-12.00 US EST).

    - Deadline for submitting proposals (abstract of 400-750 words): 23rd May 2022.
    - Submissions: At including uploading a completed abstract template
    - Registration: (free to ASIS&T members; US $10 non member students; $25 other non members)

    We invite researchers, practitioners and students to submit abstracts for talks (15 minutes presentation + discussion time). Students can also submit abstracts for posters (10 minute presentation of their poster). We welcome proposals both from ASIS&T members, and from non-members. The revised abstracts will be published at Zenodo, an online repository for research outputs. Each day we will have one keynote, short online talks, and student poster sessions.

    Themes: This event focuses on Untold Stories in Information Science and accepts submissions within information science/studies (broadly construed) covering research (completed or in progress), practical projects or examples, and conceptual work. "Untold stories" may refer to a story that simply has not been told before (a new research question or problem), or to stories from voices, cultures and places that have been neglected or suppressed. It is a theme open to your interpretation, but this gives some ideas about what we have in mind:
    • Research methods for untold stories. Discussion of approaches & methods for discovering and exploring unknown stories (e.g. ethnography; autoethnography; participative & collaborative approaches; mixed methods; data mining). This can include: Scholarly discussion of challenges and possibilities of specific data collection & analysis methods; Engagement with ethical and practical issues; Methodologies used in specific research projects
    • Places where untold stories unfold. Are untold stories in hidden or hard- to-access places (e.g. in the dark web, in conflict zones, in people's heads, buried in big data) or are they hidden in plain sight? You may want to tell us where and how you discovered an untold story, and issues around that discovery
    • The people in the untold story. Who were the people who featured or guided your research? What did you discover and how were they involved in that discovery? What do you know about how they feel about their story and how it is told?
    • Telling the untold story. Discussion of how one can disseminate: e.g. experience of using multimodal presentation of results, what channels you use to tell the story, challenges and possibilities
    • The researcher and the untold story. Discussion of researcher positionality & impact; reflection on personal research journeys
    We interpret Information Science broadly to include all kinds of information experience and information behaviour, information retrieval, data science, information literacy, information organisation, and ways of knowing. If you are not sure whether your idea fits in with our theme do please email

    Submission requirements
    For both presentations and posters, we request an informative, structured abstract (400-750 words, including references in APA format, and written in English). You will find our template at You must submit via Easychair: All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. All presenters must be registered for the conference (see below: the conference is free to ASIS&T members; US $10 to non-member students and US $25 to other non-members. Submissions are due on: 23rd May 2022.
    If your submissions is accepted, we require you to upload your abstract with a CC-BY 4.0 International License at Zenodo.

    Opportunities for all researchers and practitioners
    You may submit proposals for presentations (presentation of 15 minutes + question time). Please submit your abstract and choose the submission type "presentation" in the submission form. The conference will be online, using Zoom. Multimodal presentations, as well as traditional presentations, are welcome, as long as they fit in the time limit.

    Opportunities for students
    Students may either submit presentation proposals (see above) and/or posters. All posters will be entered in a Best Poster competition. Poster sessions will be 10 min in length, and will be held through the conference. Students are defined as BA/BSc, MA/MSc, or PhD students within Information Science (including related areas such as Data Science and Information Management). Please submit an extended, structured abstract and choose the submission type "poster" in the submission form. The conference will be online, using Zoom. Presenters of the posters at the conference may use a pdf, a video (playable from a publicly-accessible platform such as Youtube) or a very short slide show. You need to verify your status and name your supervisors/ course leader. 

    Cannot Give a Talk But Want to Attend?
    Participation is not restricted to those presenting. If you do not want to present your work, you may want to join and listen to the talks. The fees are: ASIS&T members: no charge (but registration still required). Student non-members: US $10; Other non-members: US $25. Register here (if you are an ASIS&T member, log into the ASIS&T website to enable your discount):

    For more information:
    We are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding this event. Please send an email to: or the IST conference co-chairs

    Sheila Webber,
    Dr Sophie Rutter,
    Dr Jesse Dinneen,

    Sheila Webber
    Senior Lecturer. Information School, University of Sheffield, UK