Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics at ASIS&T 2017 and Dublin Core

Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics faculty and students are excited to participate at the 80th annual Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting (Oct. 27-Nov. 1) and the DCMI International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications (DC-2017; Oct. 26-29), both in Washington, D.C. Following the pattern of last year's conference in Copenhagen, DC-2017 will overlap with the annual meeting of ASIS&T.

We encourage attendees to stop by our booth at the ASIS&T Alumni Tea (Oct. 31 at 2-3 pm) to meet our faculty and students, and learn more about our academic programs. 

The following faculty, students and alumni will be participating in conferences in Washington, D.C. this next week:


“Semantic Analysis and Attribute Clustering: Developing a Data Sharing Agreement Ontology”
Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor; Sam Grabus, MS in library and information science student; Hongwei Liu, data science post-graduate Center for Visual and Decision Informatics fellow
11th U.S. Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop
Oct. 28, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
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“Healthy Users’ Personal Health Information Management from Activity Trackers: The Perspective of Gym-Goers”
Denise E. Agosto, professor; Yuanyuan Feng and Kai Li, PhD in information studies candidates
Oct. 30, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
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This paper examines how healthy activity tracker users, particularly gym-goers, manage personal health information generated by their activity tracking devices. Findings from 117 valid responses to a web survey are presented to provide an overall picture of healthy activity tracker users’ health or fitness-related needs, their personal health information management (PHIM) practices, and the gaps between their needs and PHIM. Based on the survey findings, we suggest considering future activity tracker design improvements for addressing users’ currently unmet needs while recognizing the limitations of current technology. We conclude with a discussion of the necessity for reexamining PHIM in a new era of broader self-tracking activities and needs.


“Tribute to Eugene Garfield”
Howard D. White, professor emeritus; Katherine McCain, professor emerita
Oct. 30, 2017 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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This panel pays tribute to Dr. Eugene Garfield, one of the “fathers” of bibliometrics, former president of ASIS (1999-2000), and the founder of the ISI citation databases who passed away on February 25, 2017. In this panel, we intend to highlight his contributions to information science. The panelists are all well-known researchers who have known and worked with Dr. Garfield. Each panelist will highlight an aspect of Dr. Garfield’s contributions that has transformed science and scholarship, and how, in turn, their own work has been influenced by his contributions. The panel will be moderated by Judit Bar-Ilan and Dietmar Wolfram.

“Standards and Best Practices Related to the Publication, Exchange, and Usage of Open Data”
Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor
Oct. 30, 2017 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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The panel aims to update ASIS&T members and information professionals about important standards, specifications, and best practice guidelines that have been developed or initiated by the international standards institutions and communities in dealing with open data. The openness and flexibility of the Web have created both new opportunities and new challenges for data publishers and data consumers, such as how to represent, describe, and make data available (by publishers) in a way that it will be easily found, understood, used and re-used (by consumers). The panelists will introduce related standards, bring insight to the adoption and implementation of new standards, comment on success and progress in the realm of certain areas such as research data, data on the web (in terms of publishing, annotation, and use), metadata in for special domains (such as electronic health records, space debris and genealogical archives), and look at the raising questions and issues. Using the chart from the 2017-01 W3C recommendations “Data on the Web Best Practices” as context for the panel’s presentations, the benchmarks to be used by the panels include the comprehension, processability, discoverability, reuse possibility and effectiveness, trust, linkability, accessibility, and interoperability.


“Measuring the Impact of R Packages”
Kai Li, PhD in information studies candidate
Oct. 30, 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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“The New Information State: How Information Ethics and Policy Affects Everyone”
Emad Khazraee, PhD information studies ’14, assistant professor at School of Information, Kent State University
Oct. 28, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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In today’s milieu of fake news, misinformation, and generalized distrust of institutions, information ethics and policy affects everyone, across different information science research areas. In this workshop, we will analyze these changes to the informational state and discuss how we can address them through three themes: pedagogy for information ethics and policy, engagement with policymakers, and information ethics and policy across information science. Workshop participants are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways and will leave the workshop with tangible products that can be used in research and teaching.


PhD in information studies candidates Yuanyuan Feng and Tim Gorichanaz were selected to participate in the ASIS&T doctoral colloquium (Oct. 31 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.).

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